Thank you so much for your anniversary wishes! We had a happy dinner out last Tuesday night, with a visit to the beach. Unfortunately, we left the camera at home.
Chris was unable to blog from the road for the Get Your Guts in Gear ride last weekend, but you can read about his experiences here. Everyone had a fantastic time, despite the horribly hot weather in New York, and the primitive camping conditions. Chris met his rider's fee of $1900 in the week before the ride, so a big thank you again to everyone that supported him and us! The final total raised for the New York ride hasn't been tabulated yet, but I do believe $200,000 was mentioned as a guesstimate.
The Seattle ride is the first weekend of August, and the Texas ride is the third weekend in October. So if you live near those areas and you or a loved one deal with Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis, I hope you'll consider joining as a crew member or rider. It's a lot of fun and the people are terrific.
One of the organizations that benefits from the Get Your Guts in Gear ride is the IBD Quilt Project. They collect squares that honor patients who battle the disease. The squares are assembled into quilts sent all over the world, similar to the AIDS quilts. I wanted to make Chris a square, but because I don't sew, I wasn't sure how to go about it. And then I received an email from Yarnfloozy, asking if she could make a square for Chris and Charlie. I just cannot tell you in words how touched I was for her to ask. I didn't think the IBD Quilt folks would accept a square for a cat, but sure enough, when she asked them, they said yes!! With Dotty's permission, I want to share her photos of the quilt squares with you:
Dotty, thank you so much for your kindness and beautiful squares!! It will be an honor for us to be a part of the finished quilt.
Last week, there was a question for the secret pal swap about our favorite summer drink. Mine must be iced tea, the unsweetened kind, that I usually make from a mix. I love raspberry iced tea too. What is your favorite summer drink?
Knitting on the shrug progresses. Seaming on the cardigan does not. How are your summer projects going, knitting and otherwise??