let it grow

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this holiday weekend is all about growing, haha.


the weather was so changeable the day before we left home that i was a little concerned we’d run into problems, but apparently all the snow fell the week before in the areas we were traveling through on tuesday.


but we ended having a glorious day for travel—beautiful late fall skies from start to middle


to end


traveling east, it gets dark now by 4:30 or so even on a nice day like this, so we got to see a clear moonrise before arriving at our destination.


so pretty . . .

i drove the first half and then worked on my red snow tire fundraiser scarf until it got dark.


i didn’t get as many repeats knit as i thought i would—because i also also dozed off a couple of times, having gone to bed only a few hours before getting up to leave home. napping is one of the little luxuries of travel, hehe.

i’m so glad we planned ahead and took that extra day before thanksgiving to travel because we had no idea what was in store for us the next day . . .


the first big east coast snow storm of the year hit midday with a vengeance and did not let up until early the next morning. in fact my mom and i were out when it started and within minutes it was a white-out storm.


we finished up our errands quickly and headed home to watch it snow while we started the cooking for thursday. i opted for the gym that afternoon instead of outdoor running, hehe.


we watched movies and knitted all evening; it was wonderfully relaxing. my mom is working on a secret project which i hope to show you in january.


by midnight, we began to worry that my thursday morning race might be called off, but no—that hardly ever happens (last year we ran in the snow at home, too).


sure enough, the race was on—thursday morning david and i got up and headed out in the dark for troy, where the 67th troy turkey trot was scheduled to begin at 8 am.


the scene outside was a holiday card come to life!


all the way over to troy i took pictures out the car window—one of my favorite passenger seat pastimes, haha.


the scene was spectacular with heavy snow clinging to each and every branchlet and blade of grass


the sun was just getting ready to rise as we descended toward downtown.


i think this one was actually taken on the way home, but you can’t really tell the difference in the sky.


overnight work crews made a miracle happen in terms of clearing the snow for the start of the event, which annually draws a crowd of about 8,000 runners and walkers


this was david’s first visit to downtown troy, so i was grateful the streets of old troy were looking so pretty and were so easy to navigate that morning.


one reason i opted to run the longer—and earlier—10K event was that i figured it would draw less people, so we’d be able to navigate it more easily, getting in and out ahead of the 5k surge.

and i was right—while there certainly was a big enough crowd at the 8 am start


it’s really nice that they open the atrium mall building to shield the runners from the weather as we prepare for the race.


david hung out to take pictures during the race and managed to catch me as i ran by him at the start line—now you see me


now you don’t.


we ran down to the green island bridge and across to a turnaround, then back again,  before up heading along river street. dear david started snapping photos when those first couple of groups got back to the foot of the bridge—as though i had a prayer of pacing with them, haha!


no, i was well back with my own age group, heh.


despite the cold and snow and my slow pace, this event was a lot of fun and if we’re back in albany for future thanksgivings, i’ll run it again.


runners also donated cash and food items to contribute to the capital area food bank.


afterward it was back into the warm car as quickly as possible and to home for a hot shower. brrr, the temperatures have been chilly here this weekend.

once i was home and into dry clothes again, it was time to start working on dinner.


my mom had a rotisserie turkey breast for herself, but wanted lots of vegetables, which is always our favorite part of the meal.

it was just the three of us, but we made all our favorites and then some.


even gluten-free bread stuffing (which was good and almost no extra trouble to make).


after the dishes were washed and put away, i worked some more on my red scarf while we watched another movie (we tend to watch a lot of films while we’re together)

another thing we’ve worked on while we’re here is getting my mom on an iPhone to replace her tracfone (it’s been quite the project, haha).


anyway thanks to david, we are finally all squared away; she has the phone, some accessories, and is looking forward to using it, especially since her car lacks GPS. this will be a good all-in-one tool for her.


while i was packing for this trip, i decided i needed a change of pace for my neckwear and since i was packing a new, dark teal dress to wear to a retirement party last night, i decided to bring my personal copy of the pine and ivy shawlette. this one in size medium is knit from a cashmere/silk lace yarn that i spun by hand—in fact, i designed this shawl to use that yarn, knitting a prototype first in alpaca lace to test my pattern and make sure i had enough in my two-ounce skein.


i don’t know why i haven’t worn this more often! it feels so wonderful and looks great with both my hair color and the gray colors i favor for coats and jackets. i think i thought it was “too nice” to use.

silly me . . .

alright now, it’s dinner time and i need to rustle up some grub for dinner; we are heading home tomorrow and will be back at our desks for our cyber monday event. wow, the holiday went by so fast. i hope it was really, REALLY good for all of you; safe travels and see you back at home.


11 thoughts on “let it grow

  1. Glad your holiday was a good one. I ran as well, after a fashion. I was one of the coordinators for the Annual Nome Community Thanksgiving Potluck. On my feet from 8am to 4:30 pm. Good time, great volunteers, and lots of good food. I like your teal scarf as well. One of my favorite colors and looks good with my teal eyes and golden blonde hair(bottle). Looking forward to cyber Monday and your holiday posts. Will David ever get a Christmas sweater again? hehehe

  2. A happy belated thanksgiving to you, David and your mum. As always, thank you for all you do for your customers. Your yarn is beyond compare, and your patterns are beautiful. Safe journeys!

  3. Thanks for taking us on this journey with you. So very happy you were able to travel safely to Albany. It was quite a storm on the coast just in time for holiday travel. Bring on Cyber Monday!!

  4. Too nice to use???? Really???? Anne, you know better haha. It does look great and the color is yummy. I remember being on Lake George in November and how amazed I was at the early darkness. Your Thanksgiving feast looks delicious (and healthy) and what fun to cook and knit with your mother. Thank David for the great race pictures.

  5. Your handspun shawl is just beautiful and you are right, the colour is perfect for you! Loving all those snowy scenes – it has yet to feel like it’s winter here. (I know, be careful what you wish for, right?!) The run looked pretty chilly. Do you wear contacts to run in or can you see well enough without your glasses? Safe travels back home and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  6. Looks likes the perfect Thanksgiving visit w/your Mom, Anne. Your shawlette is gorgeous on you! Such a beautiful color.

  7. Gorgeous photos, Anne! How I miss NY when I’m not there. Though, I would be enjoying it from behind windows during snowy weather 🙂 Beautiful shawl!

  8. You are a real trouper to run in that weather, Anne. You looked adorable. All of the food looked yummy. So glad you and David are getting time away and time with your mom. Enjoy your visit. And safe travels. Hope Cyber Monday is wildly successful for the business.

  9. I love a mostly veggie feast! The turkey was never the main draw for me, it was the mashed potatoes, green beans, squash, etc. We had a new one this year… mashed cauliflower! It was a big hit with even some cauliflower doubters enjoying it.
    David takes great race photos… I appreciate the variety of runners he captures. I love the sparkly lady in the one photo with you!

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