Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Apparently they're just not that into them

So you've seen all my pictures of the squirrels running amok around our backyard and the cats doing nothing abt it. Well apparently they just don't care for squirrels. I've had tons of lizards (which I don't mind) and a few snakes (which I DO mind), but lately they've been bringing in different *presents* for us. #1 Son found a dead mole in his bedroom, just outside his closet. Ick. But that wasn't the worst one.

The worst one was a dead mockingbird.

In Baby Girl's bedroom.

And she was the one to find it.

UGH! It was bad on so many different levels. The IO picked it up and relocated it to the outside. Meanwhile Baby Girl is sobbing in her bed for the dead bird. Of all people to find it, it had to be her. This was last night. She's recovered, but the IO is NOT happy. While he is a cat person, he was a bird person first. This is the 2nd bird in a week that has been attacked in our backyard. We don't know which one did it, nobody's speaking up. And the fact that they snuck it in w/o us knowing makes it that much worse.

We have a cat door that has been removed. This will no longer allow lizards, snakes, birds or other wildlife entrance into the house w/o us knowing abt it. And it will also keep the Big Orange Cat out as well (he snuck in 2 nights ago to eat our food; the IO ALMOST caught him, but he ran out the way he came in).

This should help. It's one thing to find a dead bird outside, but a completely other thing to find one in your bedroom.


And you wonder why we need to be fast!

Monday, May 25, 2009

One Proud Mama!

Ok for those of you who are sick of me talking abt ballet, you are good for another 3 months.

After this post.

She did a fantastic job and she had so much fun doing it. I'm so glad I took pictures on Saturday because Sunday was such a rush, there wasn't time for much else other than rehearsing curtain call (the younger ones need it) and getting dressed. They didn't even get a chance to run thru it again. Afterward it was getting ready to pour as we were leaving so I didn't get many pictures at all. The one we got of us is very blurry. I'm hoping my nephew got a better one. However I really like this one of the rugrats.


And if you want to see her part in it, watch this clip on YouTube. It's 3 min long. She's the one next to Alice.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Some quiet mommy time

We don't have to get to the theatre until later in the day, and instead of catching up on laundry or cleaning, I've decided to make some coffee and cinnamon oatmeal and catch up on some blog reading (some read the paper on a sunday morning, I read blogs). I have my usual suspects that I frequent often, and then I have a few that I don't get to as much, but still enjoy. These are mostly food blogs.

A couple of my favorites are The Pioneer Woman, Smitten Kitchen, and Chocolate and Zucchini. I think my favorite-favorite is Bakerella. She has some GREAT simple ideas, my favorite being her cupcake pops. These are simple easy and are on my list to make. I'm thinking these would be great for the kids and maybe some more for the teachers

(do you see what I'm doing? Now that we are at the tail end of the madness I call end-of-school-year rush, I'm already planning on making a bunch of these in the next two weeks! I have no one to blame for my busy life but myself.)

She also has some graduation cap pops. I WILL make these for my friend's daughter who is graduating. I think this is just a fantastic idea and VERY simple to make.

So my time on here is over and I need to move on to getting ready for later today. I'm hoping I won't have to fix anymore costumes (I had to fix a crown and some stingers for the bumble bees yesterday), but I'm bringing the sewing kit just in case. I'm also going to try to take some video with my digital camera, not sure how that will come out, but if I can post it later on, I will. I think she's on stage for 10 min with her dancing for 3 min.

Meanwhile here is a little something for your enjoyment.....

Lucy sez: "You're lucky I'm not hungry right now."

Meanwhile, Tiger is thinking abt his probability factors of getting the squirrel vs falling to the ground below.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday Sky

It's still raining here, we've had anywhere from 15-20" of rain in the Orlando area. Thankfully we are on high ground so no flooding here, but those poor people along the coast are not fairing as well. We have now surpassed the amt of rain from HURRICANE FAY! This wasn't even a tropical storm (even though I think it is now, and may become this year's first named storm) and it's dropped more rain than a hurricane.

Here's what it looked like tonight.

I took it while eating in the car with Baby Girl. We just finished up our long day of Dress Rehearsal and we were both hungry so we drove thru McDonald's and had a picnic in the car.

While it was a long day, we really had a great time. They practiced on the big stage (she's the one up front, click to make bigger; she's in the box)

and spent their down time coloring

and watching movies.


Toward the end of the day some of the girls were letting off steam by running around the back room we were in. While I kept trying to keep them under control, it got to a point where I was moving past Sergeant Mom to Mean Mom and I decided to just walk away. I was the only mom who was making a fuss and nobody was listening anyway so as long as Baby Girl was behaving, that's all I cared abt. (took everything in me to keep from saying *told you so* to the little girl who fell and bumped her head and knee, but I digress).

However they did look cute!

(she's back row, far right)
They were toad stools and did really well. I've had two different people tell me their mushroom caps look like pizzas. Actually they sort of do, but I think Baby Girl carries it well!

She thinks they look like cheerleaders.

Warning! Be prepared for more pictures tomorrow since that is when we have the actual performance and when we take the family pictures outside. Lets just hope it stops raining long enough for us to take them.

Meanwhile, we had a great time together!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The parting of the clouds

Today was the first morning I woke up to no rain. It's been raining here non-stop since Sunday night. We have gone from fire zones to flood zones in 4 days. I'm just happy to live on high ground. My yard will puddle up in places, but the sandy soil helps drain everything pretty quick. Lousy for gardening, but great for keeping the water out of the house.

Today was also my stitching day, but I had to miss it. #1 Son had a field trip to the high school today. The high school has a program for those kids who find writing challenging so they have the 4th graders fill out a questionaire abt who they are and what they like to do. The high schoolers work on writing a story abt them and present it to them at the end of the school year. It's really a cool program and it gets the older kids writing in a fun way. Plus we had donuts and soda after! I have to say, it was really interesting. You forget how OLD high schoolers look. These were MEN AND WOMEN and they were only in the 10th grade!!! YIKES! I know I'll be seeing more of this as time goes by, esp when #1 Son starts middle school in a year, but I'm glad we are just now getting into double digits and not hitting the 20 year mark any time soon.

I have no updates to share, I haven't been still or awake long enough to really do anything. By the time I stop, I'm too tired to have to think to even knit. And while I can usually knit during ballet rehearsals, I'm being utilized for costume duty instead. The costumes came in, but you can tell they were a rush job because they weren't really finished. So we added some lace to the front, some beads to the bodice (that would be me!), and new shoulder straps. They look MUCH better. The nylon shirt reminds me of a cavegirl skirt, but they arent finished off and are starting to unravel. The company won't refund their money and there is no time for new costumes (since the performance is this wknd), so while they'll look nice this wknd, they won't last much longer.

And while I have no updated projects, I do have a project that will soon be retired. I made this dress for Baby Girl back in July of 2005.

I wasn't thrilled with it, but she loved it.

And still does.

It's getting too small, but she'll insist it still fits fine and will put it on. Then take it off 5 min later because it's uncomfortable. I think it's time to put it in storage. And maybe make her a new one......

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Sky

First of all, let me say how much I'm LOVING my new grill! It's practically automatic! The IO picks up the steaks, the potatoes and the corn and ~VOILA~ dinner is served!! I seriously didn't do a thing. Ok I poured myself a soda, but that was the extent of it.

Second of all, I got a fantastic gift in the mail!

My sil who lives in NY sent it to me. Isn't she a sweetheart?? I absolutely love it and can't wait to use the patterns off the cards.

We do have sky and temps to show.



It got cloudy in the afternoon which helped cool things off a bit (if you consider 86 to be *cool*)

We had another ballet rehearsal today which lasted for abt 2.5 hours. She doesn't dance the entire time, a lot of it is spent going thru both scenes of Act I. We went in a bit early since the costumes had arrived, but some adjustments would be needed. Baby Girl was the dressform. The costumes were sent out late and you can tell they were thrown together. There are 3 layers of sheer nylon that are cut into Vs. Well at the inverted point, the snips overlap, some by alot. Plus they weren't finished off and are starting to unravel. There will be no time to return them so her teacher will be fixing ALL 13 OF THEM. Oh and did I mention that I will be helping? HA!! I'm actually looking forward to it. Her teacher gave me a big hug today. She is so thrilled with all my help and support of the ballet school and their performances. You mean you appreciate the support instead of the complaints? (side note, I have never been around more moms who complain as much as this group does. I've almost posted abt it twice. I still may on another day). I don't see what I do as all that special. I'm there to support my daughter. If I can help the teachers out, this gives them more time to be available to their students, which benefits my daughter. Sounds a bit self serving to me, but apparently I'm in the minority here.

And it hasn't been all work and no play around here. After I volunteered at the Book Fair on Friday (which was a good thing too since everything hit the fan that day!), I went to lunch with another mom. Someplace that didn't offer a Happy Meal! THAT was nice!!!!

Later that night I had a date with a handsome young man.

It was the Mother/Son event. In the past it was a dance, but the boys tend to get a bit roudy so the current PTA officers decided to change things up a bit.

WOW! I was not expecting this! It's a huge bouncy house type thing that has baseball, basketball, soccer and football activities around it.

We also had a dunk tank

and an obstacle course.

Sometimes you win,



sometimes you lose,



but you always remain friends.

We rounded out the evening at Dairy Queen.

While I've been keeping busy, I've been making sure to keep knitting.
Baby Girl's shrug/sweater as of 5/7

as of today

The body is finished and I just started the sleeves.

My sock.

Yes this is still sock #1. I have finished the gusset and am abt 3 inches into the foot.

#1 Son's sock

No more has been done on this.

And the kitty blanket.


I'm hoping to get more done once this performance, and then school, is over. I've said that before (just check out each May posts over the years), but I have high hopes for this year!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Day Off

Well I did it. I decided that I would schedule in some *me* time and today is it. I did have some things scheduled but I either cancelled them or rescheduled them to have some quiet time today. I'm usually pretty good abt not overextending myself or telling people no, but the end of the school year makes it a lot harder to do since everything is coming to a head.

So instead I'm doing some stuff around the house, catching up on my blogs and emails (though that might take a couple of days!) and just kicking back. We've got ballet rehearsals thurs, fri and saturday so I'm trying to keep it low key for Baby Girl as well.

And last night?? Well my boy did me proud!

#1 Son had his musical concert last night and they did a fantastic job!!!! I stayed earlier in the day to watch them practice and it always amazes me how the practice can go SO badly and the performance turn out so well! Not only did he play the recorder, but also the xylophone bars and some kind of maraca type things. He did a fantastic job and you can tell he had a great time doing it!

I LOVE that picture! I need to clean it up a bit, but it just shows the pure joy of the moment.

All in all, it was a fun time by all. Even the sky was happy.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Here we go!!!

For the next two weeks, it will be a bit crazy here at Happy Acres. I've got art shows, science fairs, music performances, ballet rehearsals and performances, a field trip, book fair, and a couple of other things going on. Gotta love the end of the school year.

Over the wknd I was trying to get myself ahead of the game by getting my grocery list together, finish going thru the piles of paper and clothes in the bedroom, start this week's laundry to make things easier on myself. Twice my heart almost went into palpitations (I had this problem once back in the early 90s) and I know it's stress. I'm fine during all the chaos, but its the anticipation that kills me. So I prepare.

But my psyche has different plans. It doesn't want to go down that road again. It remembers the early 90s when I was on beta blockers because my heart was going floopy (when I was in my 20s, WAY too young for that to be happening). When my alarm goes off at 6:50am, I hit the snooze bar. The next thing I know it's 7:45am. The time #1 Son is supposed to be at band rehearsal. I hop up, get the kids up and get everybody at school by 8:05. Thankfully they started rehearsal late so he didn't miss anything. I get done what I have to do, including a few things I wasn't planning.

I sit in the car and think of the morning and how insane it was. And start to laugh. Not a hysterical-give-that-woman-a-xanax laugh, but a I'm-not-going-to-let-this-get-me sort of laugh. Instead of going grocery shopping, I came home, made some breakfast and went on line. While I won't be on here as long as I'd like, I'm still going to pace myself and not make myself nuts.

Or so I say now, ask me again at the end of the week!!

I did take my sky and temp on Saturday. It's starting to get HOT!

Saturday Sun provided by Baby Girl


Now if you'll excuse me, I have a few things to take care of this week.

At least she remembered to feed me.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A day in the life

I don't like crazy busy. I like to putter around the house with laundry and cleaning and MAYBE having one thing scheduled for that day. Anything more than that makes me nuts.

However, it is May. Welcome to the nut farm.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Our school has given out ideas of what you can do to show your appreciation for your teachers. Monday was flower day. Sunday night we picked up some flowers for the teachers and Monday morning while the kids were getting ready, I put them in a vase and tied a ribbon around the neck to dress it up a bit.

Got to school early since #1 Son is in band and they are preparing for their spring concert coming up in two weeks. Baby Girl and I made the deliveries. After spending some time with the teachers, I was off to the grocery store. Saw my nephew, who needed to talk so invited him over for dinner.

Got home, put groceries away, made breakfast, started laundry and cleaning up the house. A friend of mine is planning a graduation party for her daughter and I'm helping her out so at noon she picks me up to start going over details. Drive thru McDonalds to inhale some food and off we go to look at what she has and then off to the store for more supplies.

Home at 4:30. Nephew is already there. Kids are happy to see me and while I'm starting dinner, I'm listening to each one tell me abt their day. Get sauce going and then start on brownies (Tues is Sweet Day for the teachers). Finish up sauce, start pasta, pull out brownies. Get rest of dinner finished while listening to the IO tell me abt possible job opportunities and Baby Girl tell me abt the new kittens that were born behind us. Meanwhile #1 Son is outside playing in mud. Get him inside to shower before we eat.

Eat dinner. (and sit down finally!)

Once dinner is done I explain to everybody that a portion of the brownies is for the school so DON'T TOUCH THEM. Get our dessert and then into office with nephew to discuss life. He is interested in another girl who 1)only likes him as a friend and 2)is already dating somebody else. TWO HOURS LATER the IO is getting ready to go to bed, the kids need to get ready for bed and there is nothing left to analyze abt what he did wrong or could have done differently (think beating dead horse at this point). He finally leaves (feeling worse than when he got here), got Baby Girl ready for bed while listening to more of her day. Spend some time with her before she falls asleep. Go to #1 Son to hear more abt his day (he hands me two more forms for field trips. There is only 4.5 weeks left of school and they are squeezing in not one but TWO more trips). Fill out paperwork, fill out checks, spend some time with him. At this point it's almost 10:15. I watch one show before I go to bed.

But I can't fall asleep. My mind is reliving the day; thinking of ideas for the grad party, frustration with my nephew, trying to figure out how I'm going to fit everything in.

I finally fall asleep only to wake up 5 min before we need to get out the door. My alarm got messed up and instead of waking up to music, it was only static which didn't penetrate the brain enough to wake me up. Jump out of bed, wake everybody up, claw thru laundry for clean clothes, wrap up brownies to give to teachers today. Somehow we make it to school only 2 min late. #1 Son runs out with his brownies and I spend some time adding some curling ribbon to Baby Girl's.

Rush home to start getting ready for work when I get the call that I don't have to go in today. THANK GOD!!!!! While we can definitely use the money, I need the time off more. So I can putter around getting more laundry done, cleaning the kitchen (which looks like a bomb went off in it) and oh, I don't know, maybe knit a bit.

I have a couple more days like that in the next couple of weeks which means I should be dead at the end of the month.

So how was your Monday?


You'd never see a cat doing all that!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sewing is stressful.....

I was able to fix my machine today which meant I was able to fix my block. I went from this

to this

to this.

MUCH better! It gets rotated and looks like this in the quilt.

I pulled out the June block but ended up putting it back in the bag. Three blocks in two days apparently is my limit. Instead I pulled out another kit from JoAnn's, this time an apron.

This will be for a friend who loves coffee AND aprons! However the pattern directions are a bit off and I'm at a stand still.

If I was a better seamstress, I'd be able to figure it out, but I'm not sure which would be a better way to go. I think it needs to sit some more. I'll look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow. And then the sewing machine will be still for a bit more. I need a break! While I love to make simple items with fabric, the process is VERY stressful for me. I somehow get thru it, but I'm wiped out at the end of it.

I think it's time to pull out a vanilla sock to give the brain a bit of a rest.