Of Salamanders and Accidentally Buying a Car

Yesterday at about 8:15 I got a call from my husband. He had run out to pick up supplies to do a minor home repair this weekend and while he was taking what seemed to be his sweet time, I wasn’t too worried as I had some school work to tackle with the kids. When I got the call, though, he wasn’t calling from Mendard’s, he was calling from a nearby car dealership. He excitedly told me that they had a barely used version of the van/wagon we’ve been talking about for over a year and that I needed to get shoes on and get over there for a test drive. Appropriately clenched up and seriously concerned at his excitement and clear intent here, I got my shoes on and had the kids grab a book and headed over.

Long story short, we bought a new-to-us car yesterday.  To answer your questions: 1) Yes, we did just buy a house. 2) No, this was not exactly planned. 3) Yes, I was panicking. 4) No, Mr Knitting Sarah was not panicking. 5) Yes, we have tremendous luck. 6) Yes, we are probably crazy, but not because of this. It was the right car at the right price and the bottom line is it would have been foolish to have waited. So we didn’t wait.

Having the new adventure-mobile, we thought it only right that we take it on an adventure after lunch. So the kids finished up their studies and we all had a bite to eat and I grabbed by latest FO…

My Wurm hat!

(Sorry for the dark photo — I’m still learning the best places to take photos in the new house.)

I didn’t make it as slouchy as the pattern told me to, but I knit until I ran out of yarn. I used Sundara Yarn Merino Sport Two and I absolutely love everything about this hat! It’s soft and warm and fits perfectly. An excellent hat for a new adventure, to be sure!

We headed out to a highly recommended spot, Big Eau Pleine County Park. We drove through it to get the lay of the land and then hopped out for a short hike.

The trails were wide and well-maintained…

And the forest was deep and dark on this cloudy day.

But there were little pops of color…

…As the Dutchman’s Breeches were blooming.

We also had a very, very, very lucky find…

A Blue-Spotted Salamander! We’ve been trying to find salamanders for years, but have always missed that window when they are out, but it’s cold enough that you can easily find them. This little guy was adorable and must have been very cold because he was not moving much.

We also found what we’ve been told is a Red-Backed Salamander…

I honestly didn’t know that there were more than one kind in Wisconsin, but there you have it. This guy was really hard to photograph as he was very active. This photo was my husband’s handiwork as mine weren’t nearly as good. We were all over-the-moon with these guys. Maybe the new adventure-mobile will prove to be good luck!