I was dropping off international orders at the post office yesterday and talked to the nice postal gals about the increasing postage rates. ugh. I’m tired of postage going up! We’ll have to be making some website adjustments in postage prices when this goes into affect in a week. I wish I didn’t have to do that. I was particularly appalled to hear what the international rates are going to. So we’re exploring other shipping options for internationals this week. I’d rather see them cut Saturday deliveries instead of raising rates again – but she assured me that that would not help. (?) She said that for every penny the gas prices increase, it costs the postal system $8 million. Yowza. I guess I had better use up my Loopy kisses stamps.
We have a weird bird that lives in our yard. I have tried to get a picture of him just to see if anyone can tell me what he is. I assume he’s a mockingbird because he does ALL different bird sounds. We’ll be sitting on the back porch and he starts into his whole program. Cracks me up because he doesn’t stop until he has done them all, one right after the other. He does blue jays, cardinals, sirens (yes, sirens), etc. And when he gets through the whole routine, he stops for a moment and then starts again. The funniest thing about him is that he also enjoys going through his routine at 1 am. (How strange is it to hear a bird joyfully singing at the top of his lungs in the middle of the night? Darkness and bird sounds don’t go together in my mind.) So – does anyone else have birds like this? Weird. But actually, he makes me smile. He’s just so happy all the time.
And finally, if you’re ever having a bad day, maybe you can hint about it to your WH and he’ll do what mine did yesterday. Maybe he’ll bring you Coldstone Creamery Cake Batter ice cream. (Nothing added to it – just plain. There’s nothing better than that.) He’s a good guy. Actually, he’s a good guy who will be spending a good part of the weekend photographing things for all of us. (The Midnight Sneak Up seemed to work out great last week, don’t you think?) Here’s our list of what we’re hoping to put up sometime next week: Stone Barn Fibers (new to us, beautiful colors), bunches of Fleece Artist regular sock and also their Sea Wool Bordello socks, Hand Maiden cashmere and Hand Maiden 150g Sea Silk in new colors, more Peppermint Mocha from Claudia, and something new from Claudia as well – skeins of “Sport Shorts”. I had talked to Claudia awhile back about the yardage in her sportweight skeins, and how some people seem to run out before their pair of socks are done. She is experimenting on us by letting us offer “Sport Shorts”. These are half skeins of her sportweight. So those of you who found that the old skein worked just fine for your size feet can order 2 Sport Shorts, and those of us who have bigger longer feet, can use 3 skeins. I think it’s going to work out just great. Do keep in mind that when you click on “What’s New” on the website, there are often more than 5 pages of items, so not all of the new things show there. That’s one reason I try to give you a list the week before – so that you’ll know what yarn companies to click on to see the full offering. It’s so fun to have new stuff going up all the time.