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.