I am alive - thank you for asking.
Sorry - I have been incredibly busy at work. My lucky bum co-worker was whisked off on a surprise Caribbean cruise for her 50th birthday and I had to cover for her while she was away. Hint, hint - husbands...
I did manage to finish both pairs of socks I had been working on by Saturday night. Here are the Mandy socks:
They are too big for me, so I will be gifting them to someone, as soon as I make sure I have her mailing address (Ahem, Amy B. Cats).
Here are the Ampersand socks:
I love these socks, but I will be giving these to someone as well. They are beautiful, they fit - but I know someone who will really appreciate them. More on that later.
In the meantime, I discovered a cool feature on my new camera - super macro! Look what it does for the Ampersand socks:
Everyone, now - "Oooh..."
And my basil (which I started from seed, thank you very much) that desperately needs transplanting outside:
And my Christmas cactus, which not only have I managed to not kill, is sprouting new leaves:
I have a bad track record with houseplants...