Friday, November 15, 2013

A little of this and that...

We are working on being on the mend here.
Miss Rubia now has the cold...pitiful she is.  So I just keep here cozy and she is getting her
fill of Veggie Tales and Berenstain Bears videos and movies.
I'm trying to clean off my desk so I can sew a few things and plotting a few fun Christmas decorations for the house.
Elijah is becoming an awesome reader and speller.  Evelyn too for that matter.  The words she knows and can write is amazing.  She and I co-read a picture book the other night.  I had her read the words she knows while I filled in the rest.  I am so proud of the girl.  Of all the kiddies really...they amaze me each and everyday.
Well, off to have my second cup of coffee and then maybe I'll think about not wearing my pajamas all day.
Peace Friends!

Monday, November 11, 2013

A little more organized...

 The newly organized school papers.  Each child has a slot with an alligator clip for small notes.
I go through them every couple of days to make sure we are on track.
 I have had these great magnetic boards from Three by Three since last Spring.  My Mom helped me put them up finally while she was here.
 A newly framed picture of David and I.  I have had the picture stuck in a drawer, but I found a vintage frame in the right size to finally get it up on a wall.
And Rey...eating a quesadilla.
Rey, David and I seem to have gotten head colds.  So I seem to be moving in slow motion.  I get one thing accomplished like cleaning the litter box and then I have to go sit down.  The last few days have been chilly, so I just stay tucked inside for the most part eating porridge with maple sugar and dried cherries and drinking warm spiced cider.
I did manage to menu plan for the next two weeks or so.  I must be craving ground beef, because there are a lot for recipes that call for it in there.  Plus, warm home baked breads and get this...desserts done in the crock pot!  Why have I never used it for that?  Very little effort, a little organization and voile!  Fudgy, Chocolate Pudding Cake...yes, please!
Elijah has now lost his two bottom, middle cool, so weird, so fun to play tooth fairy.
I got the front yard cleaned up for winter...hostas and lilies cut back, bushed pruned, pots cleaned out.  I think I am going to plant some tulip bulbs in them and tuck the pots in the garage for the winter.  They will be nice on to place on the stoop come spring.  Now I just need to find the energy to get the back yard beds done.  I do know that If I don't get them done before the snow really flies, they'll be waiting for me come Spring.  That's the great thing about yard'll keep.
Well, off to costco for milk...Peace Friends!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Corners of my home...

I've got the house all situated for Fall.
I had a fun afternoon on Sunday putting up little things here and there.  I really like to have artwork that kids have made for previous holidays on display.  So I have tucked a few favorites about...a turkey made from cardboard toilet paper rolls, a pilgrim hat, watercolor Indian corn and so on.  It makes me happy to see what my children have made.
I also reorganized my sewing area.  I again got rid of things, organized a little better and moved my books to a different book shelf.  I now feel like it is getting to be a cozy nook instead of feeling over crowded and un-inspiring.  So I have been back to making a few things, once I get my chores done of course.  :)
I have been noshing on a tasty snack as of late.  I grab a few Somersault crackers and half a sliced plum to eat when my energy wanes mid-afternoon.  My Mama turned me on to the crackers while she was visiting.  Yummy, satisfying, and healthy.
Well, I best get the floor mopped so I can get back to crafting!
Peace friends!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Well, the snow came and it lit a fire under me to finish getting all the winter gear in order.  I had to go buy snow boots for the girls and Rubia's feet have decided to have a growth spurt, so she got a new pair of sneakers too.
Vera and George are settling in nicely and are quite mellow, despite the fact that Rubia keeps shutting them in drawers and closets only to be found when I happen to walk by and are alerted by the sound of frantic meowing.  I am keeping a very close eye on her...she's trouble.  :)  The must think well enough of her to keep allowing her to catch them and by the fact that they have both taken to sleeping with her at night.  Crazy.
Rey is still potty training. He spends his days clad in underpants, socks and a shirt to save on laundry due to accidents.  He goes every time I take him, he just hasn't decided to start telling me when he has to go.  I catch him most of the time...but, that one's a tough nut to crack.  But, he'll get it.  I've outlasted the other three with this, I will outlast Rey too.
I have finally gotten a system together for keeping track of the kiddies school papers, assignments, and whatnot.  No more piles of clutter on the counter.  Boy, does that feel good.
Well, off to go be crafty...I've got some fun things in the works. And maybe a bathroom or two to nevers ends does it?
Peace friends!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A visit...

My Mama came for a visit.
She blessed us with a week of game playing, baking, and my favorite comfort foods for meals.
We laughed so much and watched fun movies like The Avengers and The King's Speech.
I was ever so sad to see her go.
The kids were too.
Now my thoughts move to the upcoming holidays.
I have de-halloweened the house and replaced certain spots with harvest/Thanksgiving goodies.  I have taken care of some Christmas gifts and I think I have a plan figured out for Advent.  It feels good to be productive doesn't it?
I just finished reading Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Lovely...really good.  And I just started The Spymistress also by her.  I am loving it too.
The ol' weather man is calling for a few inches of snow today...I'm not sure I'm ready.  Oh, well.  I guess it will come whether I am ready or not.
Peace Friends!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Post Halloween...

Halloween was fun.
We had Jango Fett, Ariel, Princess Leia, Thomas the Tank Engine...and me, Cleopatra.
Too much candy...who gives out full sized candy bars????  Honestly!
My Mom's Chicken and Dumplings for dinner.
A nice little bit of an evening.

Friday, October 25, 2013

which one, which one...

I need to do laundry.
I need to clean the downstairs bathroom.
I need to change Elijah's and Evelyn's sheets.

I want to eat donuts.
I want to take a nap.
I want to eat cheesy mashed potatos and nothing else for dinner.

I wonder which list will get completed first...(ahem).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The new (furry) loves...

Where have I been?  Playing with these two of course!
True Story...I went to my in-law's to pick up Rey, he was being potty trained.  I was gone one night.  When I got home, David had gotten me (all of us) two 10 week old loves. I was so surprised.  David is allergic and while he has always said that I was welcome to get a cat, I didn't want him to be uncomfortable, so I never did.  He knew this and also knew that I really did want one, so he did it for me.  What a sweet man!  He even took them to the vet and bought all of their supplies.  All I had to do was name them...George and Vera.  Silly old fashioned names that I love. George has the white markings.  They are typical kittens who play hard and eat a lot.  I love them already.  There were two fuzzy, kitten shaped holes in our lives...we just didn't know it until now.

Monday, October 14, 2013

It is rather chilly today...with clouds that look to promise a cold rain at some point.
I got my crafty on a bit this weekend.  I embroidered on a tea cozy, knit on a dish cloth, sewed three more place mats, and almost finished my second quilt top.  Despite what I thought were my best efforts, it ended up being the exact same size as my first one.  And by exact, I my mean literally...weird.  I guess that is what comes by just winging it.  I cut out the pieces and just start sewing.  I was using scraps for the most part, so it was hard to gauge how many pieces I would end up with.  Ah well, I have a few ideas on how to make it larger, but I got the bulk of it done for now.
I put the garden to bed for the winter yesterday.  I tilled the dirt after I got all of the plants out.  I felt a little sad that the growing season was over.  It was my first garden since I was a child and I learned a lot.  I planted way too much in the space that I had and the plants became much too crowded.  I was a wee bit over zealous with the planting.  Surely the spacing suggested on the seed packets is just that...a suggestion, right?  Turns out that High Mowing Seeds knows what they are talking about.  It was hard to get in and pick the veggies.  I kept finding green beans that were too tough to eat, simply because I hadn't spotted them soon enough.  The tomato plants were a mess and the pumpkins ended up growing outside of the boxes on the lawn.  I hope to streamline it a bit more next year.  I've decided that I don't need to grow cucumbers, I'm not in love with them so much that I want to eat them everyday for two months straight and I think one zucchini plant will be plenty.  Those are the things you can't know about yourself unless you go through it, right?  There is only so much you can do with a zucchini.
I was a bit snappy after working in the yard...the kids were fighting in the sand box and throwing dirt clods at each other.  I really hate feeling like a glorified referee.  So they went in to take showers and I was a bit short with David, which put him in a bad mood.  Bad moods breed and bad.
So after dinner and putting the kiddies to bed and gave myself a time out and went to bed.  I streamed Captain America on Netflix...almost a little too much cheese for me in that one, but still a decent movie.  It won't stop me from watching Thor next. :)
I have a whole stack of books on order from the library...excited. I hope they come soon.
Well, off to clean something!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

What lovely days we have been having.  Sunshine, cool yet warm temps, beautiful leaves are beginning to speckle lawns and corners and paths.  Miss Ruby and I have been spending some time in the sun when she is not at school.  We must soak it up whilst we can, the snow and ice will be here all too soon.
I have been keeping on top of my homekeeping duties, so the house is pretty neat and tidy, leaving a wee bit of time for some sewing and embroidery.  I am also itching to get a project back on my knitting needles, so I checked out a couple books from the library, including one on needle felting.  I am plotting making something for Rey for Christmas from that book.
I made up a batch of Chai Tea syrup yesterday and it is lovely.  I based it loosely on a recipe by Dee Dee Emmons, but mostly I just winged it, using what I had in my spice cupboard.  I had some last night before bed...1/4 cup of the syrup in 1 cup warmed frothy milk and a bag of black tea.  Seriously good, while I read my Charlain Harris book (she is seriously addicting, though a little on the naughty side).  The mason jar full of the syrup in my fridge won't last long.  If you want the recipe...let me know!
Peace friends!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Things are busy here.
We seem to be finding our Fall rhythm.
I decorated for Halloween...gee, so much fun.
I started a new quilt.
Evelyn is enjoying gymnastics.
Elijah is about to end soccer and start basketball.
Rey is potty training.
Rubia is in love with doing art.
Life is good.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Big Brother...

Big brothers are the best.
Mine was here for a very short visit in August.
I love him...I miss him.
It might sound sappy, but I can honestly say that he is one of my dearest friends.
He and I know things about each other that no one else probably does.  Not to say we have big shocking secrets that we hide from the, just those little silly things that you share and remember with your sibling from childhood.  Goofy my enduring countless old Dr. Who episodes to spend time with him (my apologies to any Dr. Who fans out there, but uggggggggg).
We talk almost daily and I am thankful for that.
I love you Bro.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pictures on my wall...

I love having candid shots of my loves around the house.  But, I'm a nerd.  I'm picky about the frames etc.  Vintage frames make me the most happy and when I find them for a song I snatch them up.  They might have an issue or two, but usually they are very usable and having a lovely patina to boot.  I had been wanting to do an arrangement of pictures in my living room and so I set about to putting a recently acquired stack of metal and wood frames to use.
Never one to do the norm, I didn't want to be boxed in with using traditional matting.  I like different colors and textures placed together in the same grouping.  So I selected a variety of cardstocks and patterned papers and I cut them to fit the frames using my paper cutter and an oval shape that I found online.  I then taped the pictures to the mats and stuck them into the frames.  Up on the wall they went.
I am very pleased.

Friday, September 20, 2013

I think the switch has flipped.
Just in time for the first day of Fall.
Autumn is here, Summer has said farewell.
It's raining more. The evenings are cool.
The garden is about wrapped up.
All that is left is to pick the pumpkins and clean up the remaining plants.
Those pictures are from last month.
I have tidied the porch, removing the dying geraniums and potted a few hardy Mums.
Gourds and Squash are nestled here and there.  I have pruned bushes and weeded the flower beds for what seems the thousandth time.
Elijah had his first spelling test...he got 100%, so proud.
Evelyn can read and write the words "I" and "can."  She is so proud of herself as am I.
Rubia lives for Pre-school and immediately goes to the paint easels. I get masterpieces on a regular basis.
Rey says: doggie, no, up, cracker, juice, bye-bye, go, Daddy, is by far his favorite.
Apple picking will be happening soon and costume plotting. Gosh I love Fall.