Thursday, January 31, 2013

35 and the next project...

Elijah took this picture of me.  Not too bad for the end of the day.
Tomorrow I turn 35.  I still feel like I should be 12 or so, most days.  Elijah wants me to make a cake.  He told me that he would bake it, but, he is not allowed to use the oven.  Maybe I will.  White cake with strawberries and whipped cream sounds yummy.  The kiddies made me cards this morning.  They hid them downstairs so that I wouldn't be able to see them until tomorrow...so sweet.
Here is a glimpse of my next project.  I started making fabric yo-yo's several years ago, but only ended up with about 12 or so done.  I am going to make more and I think I want to use them to make a table runner or something.  I went to Joann's and got a few more fabrics to add more color and dimension to the thing as my tastes have changed a bit.  I want to tone down the pink and purple of what I had already have made.  This project will be all hand sewing...which I like, so bring on the Netflix.  I foresee a great deal of BBC shows in my future...yes!  Anything anyone wants to recommend?  British TV is my fav right now. I also want to get back to watching classic films...anything I should see?  I love Jimmy Stewart, Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, etc.  Musicals, comedy, or drama...it's all good.
The quilt is almost done, just need to quilt it now.  I think I am going to stitch in the ditch or do lines of stitching straight up and down with the sewing machine.  I am still liking how it turned out.  I used up just about every bit of the blue flannel and all of the wool squares that I had, which I am happy about.  I love it when things are put to good use.  I hope that I have honored the vision of the person that took the time to cut out all of the wool squares...at least in some small way.  I am thinking of giving this quilt away and I have someone in mind.  I think they will like it.  They have always spoken of the virtues of wool, so it seems like a good fit.  So now I think I should embroider my initials on it or something.  I'll keep you posted.
Lunch time...I must go feed my hungry, hungry hippos!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A lot of a little...






Lots of indoor adventures...
Valentine making.
Blanket fort building.
Puzzles.
Tea drinking.
Sewing.
Pajama wearing.
Candle flickering.
Snowflake watching.
Spring and Summer plotting.
Amazed and excited that it is about to be February...where do the days fly to?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Projects etc...

 My latest project as it looked yesterday afternoon...a small quilt made from squares and rectangles of wool.  I got it pieced last night and this afternoon.  I had forgotten how much fun piecing is. These were pieces of wool that I inherited from somewhere years ago.  They were already cut to the sizes you see, I just had to play around with them until I was happy with how it looked.  It is definitely random.  That one red, yellow, and black block looks odd perhaps, but it totally works in the finished piece.  I was surprised with how much it shrank in size after I got the pieces sewn together.  So, tonight I am going to create a wide border around all of the sides using a blue flannel that will also be the backing.  I am loving this project, partly because it is going so fast but, also because it is turning into an interesting piece.  Should I tie quilt it or stitch in the ditch?  Hmmmm, input please?
And as an aside...our dining room chairs finally arrived after being back ordered several times.  We bought them back at the very beginning of November. The table was delivered Christmas Eve, but no chairs.  It is so very nice to have them around the table and I love them more then I thought I would.  I had only seen a picture of the chair and not in person.  I was a little nervous that they would turn out to be awful...but, no, they are pretty rockin'!  I adore the juxtaposition of a wood table combined with metal chairs and I love having a round table big enough to seat all six of us at meals.  The table is made from reclaimed wood, which is also something I had been hoping to find. It is what I had been looking for and I am  so happy with it.
Also, I watched a wonderful mini series this week with Netflix On Demand streaming.  It's called North and South.  No, not the old series from the 80's, this one was made by BBC recently and is based on a book by Elizabeth Gaskell.  If you are loving Downton Abbey, you just might like this one. It has only 4 episodes of about an hour each, so it goes fast.  The main male character, Thornton, is just as dark and brooding as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, and with even a hint of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.  It's full of unrequited love and misunderstanding, however, it concludes wonderfully.  Check it out.
Peace friends...time to go cook dinner.  Chicken Parmesan with egg noodles, green beans and fresh orange slices.  We are gobbling up the citrus these days, no one wants to get sick again.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Done!


  Project #1 is finished!  I got all of the granny squares crocheted together and it is soft, frilly, and lovely.  It is a nice lap blanket, but I do wish it was a tad bigger.  I think down the road I may add to it until it is about double in size.  That's 58 squares up there, so I am not going to pretend that that will happen any time soon.  So for now (and maybe forever) it is finished!  I love how the afternoon light filtered through the blanket in the photos.  Almost like one of those camera filters they used to use on cheesy TV shows and soap operas in the 70s and 80s. 
  The blanket is full of eyelash and other funky yarns that I used to be hot for.  It was begun almost 6 years ago as an effort to use up tidbits left over from other projects.  I did have to buy a couple more skeins here and there, but for the most part I stayed true to that mission.  I do have quite a bit of the black yarn left and I think a crocheted border would look nice.  But, I'll put that on hold.  It is nice as it sits right now.
Well, now it is on to the next partially finished project.  I will share about it soon...once I take some pictures and actually figure out what direction I want to go with it. 

This was last nights dinner. 
OK, from the picture I don't think it looks that great, beige never photographs well, but, my oh my...I thought it was tasty.  Chicken and Cauliflower braised in a lemony sauce...delish!  It is in the latest issue of Better Homes Gardens magazine which happened to arrive in my mailbox yesterday.  I had the ingredients on hand (most of them) and I gave it a whirl.  The kids liked it, except Elijah whined about the cauliflower and the spinach ( he still had to eat it).  Rubia couldn't shovel it into her mouth fast enough.  Although, I think it would be a miracle to have no whining at a meal, last night was pretty close. 
It is a keeper recipe for sure.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pictures!

 The neighbors out on the pond...a couple of weeks ago.
 Christmas candy
 The sleep of the sick
 Lots of book reading
 Washing my Le Creuset pot.  *Squeee* Love it!
A snowflake made by Evelyn
My craft books now have a home

Being so bitter cold has kept us all indoors I am afraid.  Cabin fever is setting in a bit.  I have been pondering how to get the kids outside and get some exercise, but even the high temperatures this week have been negative and with wind chills in the minus 20s and 30s, outside is just not going to happen.  I have heard rumor of an indoor walking and running track at the community center.  I need to find out more about that, as that might be our best option for the weeks to come.

So I keep plodding on the house.  A little here and a little there.  It is too cold to spend much time in the garage with the remaining boxes, so I am finding other things.  I just went through piles of old papers, bills and misc.  I shredded two garbage bags full of stuff and cleaned out quite a bit of unneeded paper clutter.  I got my clothes all put away in a new dresser that we bought.  I still need to organize the closet a bit more, but at least my pajamas are all in the same spot now.  I have done some cleaning in the kids rooms too!

Elijah is enjoying basketball on Saturdays and we are all starting to create valentines for school mates and family.  Evelyn was screened for attending kindergarten next Fall and she did very well. I feel she will be more then ready. Rey had his 9 mo. check up.  He is tracking tall and skinny like his siblings.  Rubia is just as bright as ever.  She has started drawing people...really well for age 2 and one of her favorite things to do is to search for objects in a hidden picture puzzle book.

Well, the kiddies and running about and I best see to the breakfast dishes.
Peace!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

So, I still can't upload photos...sheesh.
I guess I will have to query blogspot.  Oh, technology, how you make my head ache.
We have all been really, really sick here.  I think I can count on one hand the things that I have gotten done this week.  Oh well, tonight I am feeling much improved. Onwards and upwards!
I will be back when I get this photo upload business figured out.  It is much more fun to post with pictures after all.
Peace out!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I have been trying to load pictures to the blog for a few days now, but blogspot seems to be having issues.  I will keep trying however.
We are just trying to keep warm here.  Listening to lots of Pandora radio.  Reading lots of picture books.  Laying all over the new couch.
Elijah will be starting Winter Basketball on Saturday.  David will be helping coach, it should be fun for both.  Evelyn with be starting a Pre-school math and science class in a few weeks too.  There seems to be a great community education set-up here (which is who is putting on these activities)  I hope we will find them to be wonderful.
The snow is melting a bit, but we are supposed to get more on Saturday.  Is it so very wrong to start hoping for Spring already?  Oh, well...a snowy, cold Winter just makes Spring all that much sweeter right?
Be back later!

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year's doings...

I had so hoped to be here blogging a couple of weeks ago.  Waxing poetic about the holidays and all of the fun things we were doing.  Then reality tapped me on the shoulder and blogging got put on the back burner.
Right before Christmas Evelyn got sick...then Rubia a few days later...then Elijah a few days after that...then Rey...then David.  I think you get the picture.  Fevers, coughing, etc.  Honestly, I don't think it would be Christmas without someone getting sick. We did manage to have a nice day...it was low key here at home, which never happens.  I loved it!  I would be home, just our family, every year if I could.  Don't get me wrong, it is nice to be with extended family, but, I so enjoy getting to create our own family traditions and doing our own thing, so to speak.
I have also, gotten more done on the home unpacking front. I finally found the silverware and cutlery!  It was in a box in the back corner of the garage, on the bottom...of course.  So now at meals the when I hand the kids their utensil, they squeal, "Silverware!"  It was a long time coming people, a long, long time.
*I also had two very special vintage lamps repaired and it is so nice to have them in place and working again.
*My new calendar is updated and ready for the new year.  That is always such a nice feeling.
*Wellness Doctor's appointments have been made for the kids in the next coming months.
*The house has been de-Christmased, except for the tree, David has to help me with that one.  But it's naked and ready to roll.
*I got all of our books unpacked and put on the book shelves.  I try hard to glean and get rid of, but, when it comes to books, I have a hard time parting with them.
*I know there is always much talk of resolutions every new year.  I guess the thought of a fresh start or clean slate that the new year seems to bring, makes us all want to improve and to do those hard things that seem to always get pushed off.  I kind of rebel against the notion of resolutions. I don't like putting that amount of pressure on myself, when I should have the fortitude to do it no matter what time of year it is.  Plus, life is so short, none of us is guaranteed tomorrow, so we should do what needs doing...today.  I am not going to begin to say that I do that or that I am even good about trying to do that.  But, I do have some resolutions, despite what I just wrote. This year I want to be more mindful of my to do list and stop putting things off.  I want to be a woman of my word, especially when it come to my children and to follow through with what I say I am going to do.  I also want to start finishing up half finished projects.  I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago.  Tying up those loose ends will be liberating and free my mind, energies, and closet space for other pursuits. I am already almost finished with the granny square lap blanket...it is turning out so cute.  When I move on to the next project I'll blog it.  It's going to be another fun one to get finished.  Why I stopped in the first place seems silly...lost motivation , I guess.  Well, now it's back in spades, so I best keep going.  More to come.
What have you been up to in this new year?