Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today was dangerously cold again.  The district delayed school 2 hours to help prevent kids being out in the cold too long while waiting for the bus.  My kids look like the little kid from A Christmas Story.  They are so bundled up, they can hardly put their arms down.  :) 
See that window up there?  That is a large oval of ice...on the inside of the window.  That was taken on a -35 degree morning.  It has happened a few other times since.  Thanks Polar Vortex, I know we need new windows, you don't have to remind me.
Cabin Fever is here and sheesh.  The kids are going stir crazy.  If we could just get outside and run around a bit I know it would do us all tremendous good.  Plus, I think we have all been sick so much because we are shut inside so much.  Oh to open a window!  Such bliss that would be.
So to combat the Winter blahs just a bit, I planted Paper White bulbs a few weeks ago.  I have them blooming in my kitchen window and on my mantle piece.  It is nice to have green growing things here and about.
I forgot to show you my labels that I sewed into the cowls I made .  I had these made about 4 years ago and I am finally putting them to good use.  I also made several really fun headbands as gifts this year and I sewed the labels on them as well.  I have lots of ideas boiling in my head for things I can make and I am contemplating doing a couple craft shows this year.  It would give me a little spending money and I think it could be fun.  We'll see if I can put these cabin fever days to good use.
Well, time to get the kiddies to bed. Peace friends!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The coolest cowls...

I made these two cowls for teacher gifts this past Christmas.  It is the Honey Cowl pattern by MadelineTosh and it's free! The Melon colored one is the longer version that can be worn long or doubled up and the Navy one is the smaller.  I knew Elijah and Evelyn's teachers would like something to help keep their neck's warm and taosty this Winter.  They both have told me they love them and wear them often.  So glad...that is my hope when I give knitted gifts.  I think long and hard before I knit someone something.  I have had people laugh at what I have made them or just shove it in a drawer, so if I am at all unsure about whether they might like it...I pass.  It's not just the expense, but, the time and heart that I try to put into every piece.  So I don't knit for others outside my small family circle very often.
I am working on one for myself now.  What with being sick, I have only managed about 6 rows, but I hope to have it done next week.  Then I want to move on to some fingerless mittens.  I have some lovely deep red yarn that will be truely warm and a nice pop of color on these below zero days.
Time for some tea.  Peace!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hello again...

The weeks have flown by since I was last here.
I have been sick more then my fair share over the last four weeks and so have the kiddies for that matter.  David has been well except for the last couple of days.  I thought he was going to make it through scott free, but not quite...keep chugging the vitamin water Babe.  :)
Today, for the first time in weeks I have been motivated to do more then just muddle through.  I have felt zombie-like for far too long  and now I am getting the normal/everyday accomplished.  It is such a good feeling.  There are birthdays get ready for and Valentines to make.  Menus to plan and Father visits to look forward to.  I have no time to be sick.  The good thing about spending so much time resting due to illness is the fact that I have been able to read.  I have finished a stack of books and I have more on the way thanks to inter-library loan.  Have you ever done that?  If you have a local library that is part of a network of libraries, you can very likely find most any book you are looking for.  I do have to wait for the new releases, but, I go online, put myself in the cue and I get an e-mail when I have books or DVDs to pick up.  Love it! 
The kitties are growing like weeds.  George is going to be a big boy when he is full grown.  They are scheduled for their "fixing" in a couple of weeks.  Thank goodness they don't know what's coming.
Well, my two oldest are getting off of the bus.  Time to jet.  I will be back soon.  Lots of things to share!