Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday Meme

I read this on Melissa's blog that looked like a fun one. If you decide to play along, leave a comment letting me know so I can check yours out.

1. What's your staple meal (ie what meal do you cook most often when you can't be bothered to be adventurous)?

A roasted chicken. It's easy to put together, add some potatoes or make some rice and a veggie and you've got a great meal. I make one at least once a week. The other staple is spaghetti. Make a big pot of sauce and add your pasta of choice.

2. What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I was in 6th grade, we had career day and I dressed up as a receptionist. My teacher thought I was a business woman, but when I told him I was a receptionist, he was disappointed. He said I needed to aim higher than just a receptionist. I ended up disappointed because my mom was a receptionist. What was so wrong with it??

Fast forward 18 years to when I was 30, pregnant with #1 Son and working as an office manager for a local business. Part of my responsibility was, you guessed it, the receptionist. One day it hit me, I became what I wanted to be when I was 12 yrs old!!!

And I am what I wanted to be when I grew up, a stay at home mom with kids and a husband. Who knew it would be more exhilarating or exhausting than working in the advertising department of a NY newspaper?!?

And the great thing abt it all is that I can still be anything I want to be. The adventure is figuring out what's next.....

3. What books are you reading at the moment?

I have some books to read on my dresser, and I just got a call from the library that some books I requested have come in. The book that's on the nightstand right now is a somewhat trashy novel entitled A Black Tie Affair.

4. How do you relax?

Knitting, watching movies, playing on-line games and reading.

5. What color are the interior walls of your home?

The inside walls in the main part of the house are a soft yellow with burgundy accents. The bedrooms are in different colors, all of which need to be re-done.

6. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Icecream and the occasional somewhat trashy novel.

7. What time is bedtime and getting up time?

Depends on the time of year. When we have school, I'm up by 7am and wake the kids at 7:30am. I'm in bed by 11pm or midnight. Now that summer is here and Baby Girl is older, bedtimes are MUCH looser around here unless we need to be up early the next day. We are only in week three of summer vacation and we've been getting up around 11am. Seems very late unless you're up until 2 or 3am. (I am SUCH a night owl). However today I was up at 6am which made for a VERY long day!

8. How long do you spend reading blogs (per day or per week)?

I probably spend abt 2 hours reading blogs 4 or 5 times a week. However I'm on Facebook a LOT AND I'm constantly checking news sites for updated info. Then there are days that I need to keep the computer off. Need a break from all the news, esp the Gulf.

So there you have it. I have been working on the south side of my bedroom and while you can't really tell, I'm making major progress! My room has been the dumping ground for all things not-needed-this-very-minute or need-to-unpack-(eventually). I moved my yarns from bags to bins so that I can stack them in the craft room instead of leaning them in my small hallway going into my bathroom. I've also gone thru the pile of papers on my night stand and the pile of junk I stuck in a clothes basket when I was clearing off the kitchen bar area. I was able to throw out the majority of the stuff in it. Old coupons, flyers, newsletters, etc that I no longer needed. I can actually see the bottom of the floor in that area!!!

And boy do I need to vacuum!

Guess that's why we're all in the living room......

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Shopping

Books A Million had a major sale going on today so we decided it was time for a family field trip!!! Everybody got something, including me.

Other than the Rachael Herron book, the rest were from the bargain bin. I snatched up that book by Monica Ferris SO fast I didn't stop to think that I might already own it.....

And the book that had no writing on the pink spine?? Meet my new knitting journal!!

I can hear a cyber collective AWWWWWWW!! SOO cute!!

Since we were close to the mall, we stopped in to buy a few other necessities.

And who knew that the 80's Madonna look was making a comeback!

I found this image of Madonna on line.

The gloves are VERY similar. And notice the earrings?? Claire's had the EXACT same ones in the store.......

Lace gloves are fine, cone bras are not.

On the way home, we saw this.

Too bad the heat index was 104.

Friday, June 25, 2010

That was quick!

Bulky really does knit up fast!! I started a scarf on Sunday and by Tuesday I had this!

Pretty nice huh? It's really soft too. Baby Girl loves it, but #1 Son thinks its too bulky. Not sure if it will stay with me or shipped off in a care package up north. I've got time to think abt it.

Here are the stats:

Harlot One Row Scarf

c/o 18sts using size 13 needles

Date start: 6/20
Date end: 6/22
total project time: 3 days

Yarn used: Serenity Chunky Weight from the Deborah Norville collection
Red Bayou #2 lot S262
1.5 skeins used
5.7 oz 177.5 yds

total size of scarf: 5" x 65"

Since its almost the end of June and it's almost 1/2 way thru the year, I've been looking back at what I've gotten done this year. It's been a busy year plus I've discovered games on Facebook so what EXACTLY have I gotten done?

Not a whole lot.

I'ved finished two hats, a trivet, a scarf and 5 prs of baby socks. Hmmmmm, slim pickin's for 6 months work! And it's not as if I'm getting lots of other things done. No sewing or stitching pieces finished and only 2 books have been read. I decided to remedy the paltry reading list by getting a couple of books for me when we went to the library on Wednesday. Now it's just finding the quiet time to enjoy them. I think that's why I'm on Facebook so much; it's easily left when I'm summoned by a child or need to get up and do something else.

Like tend to a kitty or two.

This is MY pedistal you fool cat!

This is why I stay by the door, too much drama!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Finally some stash to report!

Do you know the last time I bought stash?? Back in DECEMBER!!! Yep, that long ago.** It was time, esp when that yarn is bought on clearance or using a 50% coupon.

First, some sock yarn (cuz I don't have enough of that!)

Its Heart and Sole Watercolor Stripe. I've been eyeing this for awhile now; I pick it up, look at it, tell myself I haven't worked on a sock in a long time and have a ton of sock yarn in stash, then put it back in the bin. Saturday I decided 2 skeins needed to come home with me. If I've been wanting it that long, then I really like it! Best part? It was on clearance! Not sure why that was the only colorway on clearance, but hey, I'll take it!

The other yarn is by Serenity, the Deborah Norville collection.

Another yarn I've been eyeing, but could never decide what I wanted to do with it. Finally I decided that instead of a big project, I'd make a scarf using Yarn Harlot's One Row Handspun Scarf. In fact, I cast on yesterday and got quite a bit done in only one day.

Not sure if this will end up with family in NY or if I'll keep it for me. I don't have a scarf to wear and while we don't need them often, I'm happy to have it when it's in the 40s, windy and dreary.

**Some of you may remember the shawl I started for Baby Girl. That shawl never did get very far and I ended up taking the yarn back to the store for a school related project. If it's not sitting in my house, it's NOT stash!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What's on the Needles

I'm going thru my projects to see what needs to be done to what and I'm realizing I don't have a lot going on. I'm on the heel of sock #2 of one pair of socks

I just finished sock #1 of another pair of socks

and I'm abt 3-4" into my kitty blanket.

I'm itching to start another project, just not sure what. A sweater for me? A tank for Baby Girl? Since I needed some quiet time, the IO stayed home with the kids and I went to JoAnn's just to walk around. While there, a MAJOR storm popped up and I was stuck in the store. I know, the trauma! I walked around for a bit, looked thru the yarn department a couple of times, sat down and looked thru a couple of books. I pulled out some yarn and was considering buying some needles to start a project. Around 8:30 I decided to brave the storm to head home, but the computer system was down. Nobody could buy anything!!!


I called the house to let them know what was going on and found out they were sitting in the dark surrounded by candles. The power was out. Hmmmmm. Not good. So I decided to just hang out in the store a little longer. I was sitting next to a woman who had Florida Gator yarn colors in her basket and we started to talk shop. Everybody else ended up leaving, including her. Baskets of items were labeled with our names so we could come back today to get them, yet still get the sale prices (the Firefly sale ended yesterday). But I waited. Talked with the guy at checkout (yes, GUY) and I told him that the whole reason I was there was to buy my Ott light replacement bulb. I really wanted to work on some projects that required that light (like, all of them!) so he said, let me see it.

And then the most wonderful thing happened. It worked!!!! Since it was still flukey, the mgr said to only ring up that item. I didn't care. I was thrilled to be getting my light! I said now I can go home and work on my projects!!! He said, if you have electricity.

*head smack*

I had forgotten I had no power.

BUT by the time I got home, the power was back on and I was able to kitchener the above sock. YES!

I still plan on going back today and pick up the rest of what I had in my basket. A yard of cozy flannel for a buck. Some Deborah Norville bulky to make a Yarn Harlot One Row scarf using the 40% off coupons. Some Red Heart sock yarn I've been eyeing for awhile using my 50% off coupons. None of which I need, but really really want! Oh and some white t-shirts so the kids can make some tye dye shirts. Now THAT should be fun!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Moving Forward

For me, today is officially the start of summer vacation. It is Monday and there is no place we have to be. For us anyway. The IO has started a new job and today is his first day. (woohoo!) And of course he is sick! Blech. Poor guy. Nothing is ever easy, is it?

So now that I'm home, I can focus on home stuff. Every single room is upside down. Seriously. My bedroom being the worst. I really want to go thru each room, each closet, each DRAWER and clean out clutter. While I don't plan on getting rid of EVERYTHING, I do want to weed thru stuff I don't use and to organize better. And maybe get thru some projects that have been put on hold for a couple of years now.

Hmmm, I've posted this same idea every summer for the past 4 years. Maybe *this* will be the summer it gets done.....

Meanwhile Tiger's neck is doing SO much better!!! The fleshy part is down to the size of a quarter now and is healing nicely. I'm letting her back outside again, but it's been so hot, she doesnt stay out long. None of them do. Even night temps haven't been all that cool. Much nicer in a climate controlled house where there are tea parties to be had

and board games to be played.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wrapping it up and taking a breath.....

Yesterday I was sitting in bed watching some show on tv and it was WONDERFUL! School is over. Events are over. Family is gone. I can now relax!

Well sort of.

We just found out that the local country club is offering free tennis clinics to those 10-18 in the county. So guess what #1 Son will be doing for the next 6 Saturdays! It's a bit of a drive so no dropping off and going home, but thankfully I know a few of the moms so we'll sit in the tennis pro shop while the kids play tennis in the bowels of the earth! That's my only concern, the heat. It was 97 yesterday and that was NOT including the heat index. One girl passed out before it all began, and a boy needed to quit a half hour before it ended. #1 Son did fine until we started going home. He was HOT. They took 2 water breaks but I think I'll ask if they can add in a third.

Meanwhile I no longer have a son in elementary school!! I have to say I did really really well. The honor walk was going to be the hardest for me and I got choked up when they started the song *Nananana, nananana, hey hey hey, goodbye*, but I held it together. However when your son cuts the line and you don't even see him walk past until it's too late

well that sort of sobers things up a bit!

He got two awards during his promotion

then we went out to Sonny's BBQ for lunch with my family, and then back to the house for a family party

This is a cake from Publix and while it was REALLY cool in the picture, it is NOT a cake for real life!!! This was the second cake the baker had to make because the first one collapsed on itself. This one barely made it home and on the table before it started to do it again. #1 Son loved it which is all that matters, but I will never get it again.

Since I love my before and after pictures so much, here is #1 Son on his first day of Kindergarten

both of them on their first day of school this year

and the last day of school

I am very thankful for the couple of months rest before he starts Middle School.....

Monday, June 07, 2010

Making a Comeback?

Sunday afternoon I'm trying to get thru the pile of newspapers on my bed and I come across an article in Saturday's paper that catches my eye. Sewing Experiment. Apparently Martha Stewart has a new book out entitled "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts". And the part highlighted in the article? Cross stitching! Wow that made me do a double take! Most of the articles on fiber related crafts have to do with knitting or quilting. You never see anything related to needlepoint or cross stitching. And a side box highlights another cross stitch book called "A Rainbow of Stitches" "that trades ducks and bunnies for Dior-clad mademoiselles, fields of poppies and Art Deco letters."

Huh, something I've been doing for over 20 years is making a comeback. Check out the article for yourselves here.


Today was Baby Girl's classroom awards and she did really well. She was the only one in her class to get a trophy as a Math Superstar and she is officially reading on a 5th grade level (though she's just finishing 2nd grade). Needless to say we are very proud of her!

One down, one to go.....

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Saturday Anniversary!

Today's sky is brought to you by Baby Girl.

I just checked on the temps, and it's hot! The temp reads 90, but the heat index cranks it up to 105!! *I* won't be leaving the house anytime soon!!

Speaking of summer heat, we are truly in summer mode here, but we still have 4 days left of school. Thankfully those days mostly consist of awards and parties. While I'm looking forward to not having to wake up at a specific time each day, I'm already getting a taste of what summer will be like. Right now Baby Girl and #1 Son are in the family room watching Animal Planet while #1 Son has a contraption made with his Silly Bandz (have you guys seen these?? They are the latest craze with kids), a ruler and the ceiling fan. I think we'll be participating in a lot of the free activities with the local library.......

No updates to show. I need a replacement bulb for my Ott Light which means no stitching has been happening. I haven't worked on my sock lately either because I'm getting close to the toe and I need to measure #1 Son's foot. He has claimed these socks as his own and while our feet are close in size, mine's still a bit bigger than his. And Baby Girl has requested another tank. She also wants me to make her some summer short sets. I have the fabric and the patterns so maybe the 2nd week of summer will be a sewing week.

Last but not least, Happy Blogiversary to me!!! Four years ago I fell down the rabbit hole and I'm still here blogging away. It's amazing how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. My love for all things fiber has stayed the same. My love for cats have as well, but we have a completely different crew now. Rugrats and IOs are still here, but we're all much older. Four years ago I started renovations on the house. Most of those never got finished and I already need to re-paint again....

I've noticed some blogs have gone by the wayside due to other modes of virtual communication (ie, Ravelry), but I still like my blog. I like having a place to not just share my knitting, but my stitching as well. Plus it's a great place for me to keep track of life.

I've enjoyed my blog and I'm hoping I've added some entertainment value to those who read here as well. Here's to many more!

You know I'll still be 4 years from now!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Beginning to Feel Like Summer

Today while I was helping in Baby Girl's classroom, it really started to hit me that this was the end of the school year. Today was my last day helping in the classroom. While I'll be there to help for her end of year party and also for her 2nd grade graduation, I won't be in the classroom checking off books or filing papers or helping out with math. They also get their year books today. Nothing says end-of-the-school-year like a year book.

While Baby Girl is finishing off 2nd grade, #1 Son is graduating from elementary school. Didn't I just go to his first day of Kindergarten not that long ago? I know it only gets worse. Soon I'll be saying the same thing abt his high school graduation. I think I'll be ok during his 5th grade promotion, but what's going to tear me up is the 5th Grade Walk of Honor. ALL the kids in the school make banners and signs cheering the 5th graders on as they board the bus to their graduating ceremony. Even as I type this I'm getting choked up. I don't know what it is abt this tradition that kills me, but I'm going to be a mess. I think it's gonna be a xanax kind of a day. All I know is that I'm REALLY proud of this kid.


I posted this on Facebook, but I need to post it here as well.

Happy Hurricane Season everybody!!! Let the churning of the Gulf oil begin.

Hurricane season is always an interesting time in Florida, but with the gushing of oil now filling up the Gulf, it will take on another twist. I always prepare for storms and power outages; some of our summer storms can seem worse than the hurricanes that pass thru. However this year I did put together a *Go To* bag, a bag of items that I can just grab in case I need to leave the area quickly. I even packed yarn and needles for 2 pairs of socks. Somehow that doesn't seem like enough.

And for those of you who asked, Tiger is doing well. Her neck still looks ugly, but it's getting better. It's not as oozy as before and it doesnt appear to be bothering her either. She's eating and drinking and grooming herself as normal so I'm just going to keep an eye on it and let her do her thing. It's not infected, but the second I see or smell anything funky, off we go!

Nothing to see here. She won't post the gory pic of my neck, but I'm still this cute, even with a big boo-boo.