Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Felines

Everybody gets along when they're tired.........

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Counting Down

We have a white board near the garage door and the kitchen that has turned into a countdown machine.  Right now it says there is one day left of school.  While that may be true for school work, technically there are still FOUR days left of school.  Next week is just promotion practices and movies. 

Meanwhile PTO is imploding as I type.  There has been an ongoing fight between the president and the treasurer and somehow I've got caught in the middle.  NEVER a good place to be.  I missed blowup #1 yesterday, but I was present for blowup #2 today.  And it got loud.  Since this was all apres coffee, I grabbed my purse, told them that there was only 4 days left of school and why cant they just get along??  They've been fighting for a year and I am SO over it! 


I really need to keep my mouth shut.   However both coaches and the ppl in the front office could still see them going at it after I walked away.

They are making it very easy for me to be happy that the year is ending.  I've already had several teachers ask me if I'd be willing to volunteer again next year (which I plan on) so that will ease any separation anxiety I'm dealing with.  Pleasing the teachers is easy.  Pleasing the parents is impossible.  Especially when you have ones that just LOVE to stir the pot.

What do I do to keep sane and/or avoid killing people?  I knit of course!  Which brings me to my latest finish. 

It's just your basic hat recipe with a 3x1 rib.  I was planning on adding it to the charity bin, but Baby Girl has claimed it for her own (with #1 Son sneaking it away from her).  Charity begins at home, right??  I still need to weave in a few more ends and then it will be complete.  I'll add it to my winter bag instead. 

I did finish one more thing but I need to wait before I post abt it.   I'm also looking at some bulky acrylic that would make a nice blanket for the kitty shelter.  Yes the socks and scarf are still in progress but I'm not liking either one right now. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today:

Outside my window:  Ok apparently the weather gods dont want to hear me complain because we've had such nice weather!!  It was actually comfortable enough to open my windows at night.  For the end of May this is unbelieveable!  I am enjoying every minute.  I figure it's a consolation prize for the forecast of a heavy hurricane season which starts on Saturday. 

I am thinking:  I'm gonna have to hit a party store for the party supplies that I want for the kids.  Baby Girl is into mustaches and #1 Son has become obsessed with Dr Who.  I can't find either at Target or Walmart. 

I am thankful: that there are only 6.5 school days left.  I was SO happy to have Monday off, but boy did I pay for it this morning!!  Getting up was hard for all of us.  #1 Son has a couple of things to finish up and then finals.  Baby Girl has one more test and then they sign yearbooks and watch movies and party!

In the kitchen: I've tried a couple of recipes that have been floating around Facebook lately and so far nothing is good enough to save.  The apple bread was a bit too apple-y (I think it would be better with applesauce) and the lemon chicken was too lemon-y.  So last night I made cheesecake brownies. 

The timing on the box was way off, but once they were done, they were yummy!

I am wearing: purple tee and beige shorts.

I am creating:  I realized that I didnt have alot going on so I started the scarf I mentioned in my last post.  Still not fond of it and I didnt want to start sock #2 (I'm not loving the worsted weight sock) so I cast on for a hat instead.  Its finished but I need to weave in ends and get Baby Girl to model it.  It was meant for the charity box, but she wants to keep it so for now it's hers.  It's grey w/a red stripe which means #1 Son may want it as well.  It may have to become a family hat.

I am going: to be getting free baked goods for the Safety Patrol party tomorrow.  Our local grocery store donates their expired baked goods to the local shelters, but I was able to get some for our party.  We did this at the beginning of the year and boy the food we got for free!!!  It's a great treat for the kids and a way of sugaring them up for the rest of the day.  The teachers hate it!!  LOL

I am wondering: how it's already 1:30pm.  I am SO tired, but there is no time for a nap.  I went to bed late last night, but what made it worse was I was dreaming of all the things I had to get done today.  And it's not like it's a busy day!  My brain would not shut down and I was up for almost an hour going over what I needed to do today.  I HATE when I do that!

I am reading: fan fiction.  I'm hoping to resolve that this summer.

I am hoping: for a nice summer.  And as usual I'm making my organizational plans.  Every year at this time I get a bug to reorganize everything!  And it never happens.  However we have no summer plans so I'm hoping I'll at least get one room done. 

I am looking forward to:  going to sleep tonight.  How sad is that?!?

I am hearing:  it's quiet so all I hear is the hum of the a/c and Hemi grooming himself. 

Around the house:  the flowers I planted outside are almost dead.  The house is trashed.  I'm having a party for both kids in a week.  All I want to do is knit. 

I am pondering: the logistics of getting my room/pictures/life organized.  I seem to be a work in progress.  Then again, aren't we all?

A favorite quote for the day:

One of my favorite things: this fuzzy belly.

Lucy is a VERY full figured gal and some days it's just easier to lay back and enjoy the softness of the flannel sheet and matress.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Safety Patrol party tomorrow.  Preparing for and going to the Mother/Son event on Friday.

A peek into my day:

No matter where I am, he is ALWAYS a part of my day!

Come play along here.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Sleep

We had another busy week here at Happy Acres.  How do I know this?  Because I had to wake up two kids at noon to get them to start the day!  And I had to rewake a teenaged boy at 1pm to at least get him to move from his bed to the couch.  There are technically 7 school days left, but in reality it's more like four.  Next week (four days) is all abt finals.  The week after that is all abt graduations and moving on.  I'm holding it together pretty well, but then there will be a comment made and I can feel the waterworks wanting to start.  So far I've kept them at bay, but I'm not making any promises for those last few days. 

If I feel this way now, I have no idea what high school graduation or weddings or babies will do to me. 

Last week I sold tickets for a mother/son bowling event coming up next week, taste tested lasagna for said event, took Baby Girl to the dr on Tues(needed to renew her meds and check out her ankle.  She's still needing to wear the boot to school, but she's been on it more often than she should), went to a music party in the afternoon and a band banquet that same night on Wed.,
he cleaned up with the awards!

spent Thursday at the middle school with Baby Girl for two different tours, plus a D.A.R.E graduation (a program put on by the Sheriff's dept to warn kids abt the dangers of alcohol and drugs)in between.
her essay won for her class!

Friday was the school talent show.  Baby Girl wasnt in it but a lot of her friends were. 

So there you have it, my week in a single paragragh.  I'm very happy to have Monday off!

In between all of this, I've been missing my knitting!  I need to start sock #2 but I just havent done it.  Instead I have a yarn kit I was gifted that's been staring at me for awhile so I decided to use it.  I cast on for a scarf using all the different colors.  This is what I have so far.

Hmmmm, I liked the colors better in the bag.  Not sure how this is gonna turn out, but I'm going to keep going.  It will probably end up in the charity bin.

Hope everybody has a great and SAFE weekend.  Any fun things planned or will it be like ours and rather low key?

Take some time to enjoy your day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

What Makes Me Happy

About a year ago I made a cute little sweater
for a teeny tiny new nephew.  

It was a size 6-9 month sweater, but unlike my children, he's actually a little peanut.  However since it's been a cool spring and my nephew is almost a year old, I got to see this.
He's cute coming and going!!!

I am SO happy that he got to wear it.  His mom said he got to wear it a few times before it got too warm.  A benefit to a long and cold spring!!  It had a matching hat which will probably fit him in December.  Unlike my children, he has a small head.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday Sky

It's official.  The last of the field trips are over!   And so are the concerts!!  #1 Son's Spring Concert was last Tues and they did fantastic!  It explains all the superiors and grand champion trophies they won.  While Baby Girl likes to pose for the camera, #1 Son is a bit harder to pin down.  This is the only still I got of him all night!
I was hoping to get a family shot, but after the concert they had to start packing up the bigger musical instruments.  He did stop by to say hi but just as quickly he was gone.  I'm attaching a video of him playing a song on steel drums, it's not my favorite of all the ones he played but its the one where I got the best video of him.  Feel free to watch a min or so of the kid in action.

The field trip on Friday to Epcot was also lots of fun.

Why yes that IS a wheelchair that Baby Girl is sitting in!  She twisted her ankle pretty badly on Wednesday and there was NO way she'd be able to walk the entire day.  I felt so bad for her, but we still had a good time.  She could still pop up and down for rides, even climbing into a boat, but there were times I could tell she was in pain. 

The girls in our group all played drums in music so they had a blast here.

Baby Girl decided that her souvenier would be from Japan in the form of a pearl. 

It was a decent sized pearl and she'll eventually have it set in a ring or necklace.
The girl is all abt the bling!

AND of course they had to ride the newly renovated Test Track.  Not once,

but twice!!

The weather was ok until abt 2pm and then it got HOT!  There's not a lot of shade when you are in certain parts of the park (like when you're walking the countries for those of you who are familiar with Epcot) and that's where we were during the hottest part of the day.  But we made it thru and stayed long enough to watch the fireworks. 

So there you have it.  All that's left are the promotion ceremonies for both kids and a band banquet.  And a PTO sponsored Mother/Son bowling event.  And a DARE graduation event.  And a tour of the middle school.  All in the 12 school days that are left.

This is why I'm taking it easy today at Happy Acres.  Very little has been done.  The only reason I left the house was because we had no food.  I did remember to take my sky.

while I was outside burning my feet on the sidewalk I heard a noisy plane and saw this.

I thought it was a really pretty plane.  Don't see many like that! 

Hope you all had a pleasant Saturday!  Next time I post I hope to have a sock to share......

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window:
  I had to wear a jacket to school today.  I am COMPLETELY blown away by our weather.  Ocala was in the 40s this am.  I woke up to 56 degrees.  However the forecast is showing a high of 90 for Friday.  Just in time for Epcot.

I am thinking: how weird our weather has been.  It's practically the middle of May and we are still getting cool mornings.

I am thankful: for my dayplanner.  It keeps me on track (for the most part).  It's a little bigger than a paperback book and it fits in my purse.  I used to use a Jan-Dec planner but switched over to a July-June one.  Works better for me since my plans usually follow the school calendar.

In the kitchen:  it's going to be basics this week.  I'm roasting a chicken for tonight (I'm making it early in the day so we can throw it on plates for the 45 min we will have for dinner) and I want to make those chicken tacos that I saw on Rachel Ray's magazine cover.  I've got one more day to plan and the boys will be on their own for Friday.  I'll probably get some frozen pizzas for them to pop in the oven.  When I'm not home, not a whole lot gets made.

I am wearing: Purple t-shirt and shorts.  I no longer am wearing the jacket.

I am creating:  I cast on for another pair of socks.  These are a worsted weight blue and will go in the charity bin when I'm done.  Since it only took me a couple of hours to do a 6 inch cuff, I'm making them to fit a man's foot.  I was originally going to start a tank top for Baby Girl, but I can't find my size 5 attachments from my Denise needles.  I'll do a more thorough search this wknd.

I am going:  to have a hard time when Baby Girl gets promoted to middle school.  I know, I know I keep saying this but it's something that keeps weighing on my mind.  While I'm THRILLED the school year is almost over (something like 3 weeks left, #1 Son has it by days left!), I'm sad to leave the school.  Yesterday was our last PTO meeting and we elected new officers.  As the new officers were starting to make plans for next year it made me sad to think I wont be a part of it.  Later my voice cracked when I was talking to the administration abt end of year promotion.  It's pathetic.  The crazy thing is this has little to do with my youngest moving on as it has to do with ME not wanting to leave. 

I am wondering: how much xanax will be needed that last day of school......

I am reading:   I actually read a book a couple of days ago and I was so excited to be able to post abt it here!!! 

The book is called Extra Yarn and it's a very sweet book abt a little girl who finds a box filled with yarn.  She starts out by knitting herself a sweater and one for her dog, but she has extra yarn.  She keeps knitting for her school mates, her neighbors and all the woodland animals, but she still has extra yarn.  There is a bit of drama at the end, but it ends up happy.  Yes it's a kid's picture book, but I'm going to look for this at the bookstore.  It's a great story abt community, a never ending stash and the occasional yarn bombing! 

Since we are also having the book fair at school this week, I've been able to see a lot of new children's books come out.  Another book that I read was Unspoken: A Story of the Underground Railroad.  It's another picture storybook abt a little girl whose family is a stop along the underground railroad.   She finds a runaway slave and brings him some food.  At one point the authorities come to her family's farm looking for any runaway slaves and she's very scared.  It's all from her point of view.  What I loved abt this book?  There were no words used in the making of this book (hence the title Unspoken).  The emotional story was depicted thru illustrations.  Amazing.  The author said he specifically made it that way to emote conversational thoughts.  It's another book I would love to have.

I am hoping: the weather forecast for Friday is wrong.  I dont want to walk thru Epcot when it's 90 degrees outside.

I am hearing:  birds tweeting outside my window.  I have them open and they are very loud!  My bathroom fan.  The IO shuffling his feet while he sits at the computer.

I am looking forward to:  Epcot.  Yes, I'm a mixed bag of emotions.  I complain abt the heat, I'm a mess abt leaving, and yet I look forward to the trip. 

Around the house:  It's a mess.  I need to clean.  I have no baseboards.

A favorite quote for today:

I got this from Facebook and I truly believe this.  The same goes for learning.  It may be a lot harder to do as we age, but it's not impossible. 

One of my favorite things:  my double pointed needles.  Mine are nothing fancy, just metal ones from either JoAnn's or KnitPicks.  They allow me to make socks which makes me happy.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Music concert for #1 Son tonight,  book fair tomorrow and Thursday (we break everything down then), Epcot on Friday. 

A peek into my day:  as I sit on my bed writing this post, I see unopened mail (they are bills so why bother?  I'll pay them eventually),  two Sunday's worth of newspaper, and clothes that need to be folded and put away or hung up.  Oh and a sleeping orange kitty.

Here's to a safe and interesting week!  Here's your link if you want to play.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Regia Recycled

When I first started knitting socks, I had a few issues to overcome.  Like the thinness of the yarn.  Or the tiny, toothpick-like needles.  My first pair of socks were made using a size 3 needle and dk weight yarn for a baby.  Manageable yarn in a sock size that wasnt overwhelming.   I was hooked!!!  However I needed to figure out what size needle went with what weight yarn.  It was a hit or miss for the first couple of pairs, but I did eventually figure it out.

One of those experimental socks were these.

They were made with a sport weight Regia wool on size 3 needles.   They were warm and fit really well on my feet.  At least at first.  And then they would grow.   And grow some more!!!  They got floppy.  Socks should never be floppy.  Floppy socks are NOT fun to wear so they hardly ever got worn.

Tiime went by, my skills got better and I realized that with the sport weight yarn I should have used size 2 needles instead.  After awhile they started to bug me.  I knit them wrong.  I could hear them mocking me everytime I opened my sock drawer. I tried thinking of who might be able to wear them, but I wasnt happy enough with them to gift them out.  I had two choices, rip them out or throw them out.

I went to the frog pond.

Do you know how hard it is to unravel something that's been washed a few times, each time blooming a bit more?!?!  It was a challenge to say the least, but I was stubborn determined to get it right.  Since they were knit with a shorter cuff and bigger needles, I had to suppliment them  with additional yarn, making them look a bit like a patchwork quilt, but I think they came out pretty good!
I call them my Regia Recycled socks.  I tried them on again and they fit well.  Even after a few minutes!!  They have gone back into the sock drawer waiting for it to get cool enough to wear them.

Which was NOT today.  It was 92 earlier today.  Tuesday it was in the 70s and today we were in the 90s!  Whatever happened to the 80s?  Oh wait, we had that back in January! 

Such strange weather.  We had cloudy skies
which produced abt 10 min of rain.  Thankfully it was followed by a *cool front* that dropped the temp down to 78 (see, still no 80s).  Usually when it's that hot and we get rain, it just makes it steamy and still hot.  What a difference a cool front makes huh?  Actually if you think abt it, the temp dropped 14 degrees which means if it was originally 70, it would have been 56 after the rain.  Cool fronts are relative when you begin with really hot temps.  I have a feeling those socks won't be leaving the drawer anytime soon, but at least they wont be mocking me.

They'll be saying thank you.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The Postponed Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window:  another gorgeous day!  We've had some unseasonably cooler weather where I havent' had to use the a/c so much.  In fact it's inspired me to plant a few things!  Baby Girl wanted to get her teachers a cactus for flower day (this is Teacher Appreciation Week and the PTO has a list of suggestions for each day.   Baby Girl likes to do them all) and they had a few plants on clearance so I bought some.

I didnt go crazy, but it was nice to plant a few flowers in containers in the front yard. 

I was actually chilly while doing it too!  Granted it was 9pm and I was only wearing a light t-shirt and shorts but for this time of year I should be sweating buckets!  We are forecasted to have a high of 90 on Friday so I'm enjoying it while it lasts.....

I just realized that the weather is our version of an indian summer,  gorgeous weather before it all goes horribly bad. 

I am thinking:  that quite a few 4th and 5th graders got an education during our trip to Sea World this wknd!   A lot of the dolphins and beluga whales were in heat and did what comes naturally.  In fact one of the beluga whales would swim past the observation glass and show us all what he had!  Gotta love mating season!

I am thankful:  that I survived this past weekend!  It was causing me the most stress of all the events in May.  Three field trips in two days is a lot!  Everybody had fun
my girls!

and there are no injuries to report so it was a win/win!

In the kitchen:  I have a recipe for the crock pot that I've been trying to make for the past couple of days.  It's chicken breasts, pineapple juice, soy sauce and brown sugar.  That's it!  It sounds so yummy and I've got everything all set to go.  I'm hoping to make it for tonight. 

I am wearing:  t-shirt and shorts but I'm gonna have to change soon.  Today the PTO is sponsoring a lunch for the teachers and I'll be scooping out lasagna from Olive Garden.  While I dont plan on wearing anything *good*,   I'd like it to be stain and hole free.

I am creating:  amazingly enough I am working on my second sock!  I started it over the wknd (because the only part of my body that wasnt sore were my hands) and I just finished the gusset.  I have abt 5" of foot to knit now.  And I know I'm gonna run out of yarn before I hit that 5" mark. 

I am going: to be at the school a LOT this week!  We had another field trip to the middle school yesterday,  there are two PTO sponsored food events, a music concert and Book Fair. 

I am wondering:  when I will learn to say no.

I am reading:  does Facebook count?  I brought a magazine with me to read once the kids settled in for the night, but that never happened.  Ever hopeful that I am, I did just check out some library books.  We'll see how many fines I can incur with this group of books.  I swear sometimes it would just be cheaper to buy them....

I am hoping:  that I keep it together during the last couple of days of school.  You will hear me speak more of this as we go along.  Between the 8th grade promotion and the 5th grade promotion (THIS is the one I expect to kill me), I'm going to be a mess.

I am looking forward to:  Saturday.  Nothing is planned and I'm keeping it that way!  Hmmmmm, guess I can say no!

I am hearing:  Hemi purring (he's sleeping in a pile of clean laundry, who wouldnt purr?),

the tv in the living room.

Around the house: it's been a cleanup job since Monday.  Laundry and dishes have been the main focus.  Who cares if there is a layer of dust when you have no clean underwear??

I am pondering: the idea of disposable cookwear. 

A favorite quote for today:
uh oh, the Twinkies didn't make it!

One of my favorite things:  eSembler.  It's a website that keeps me up to date with what work the kids have coming up, what work is due and what's missing.  In some ways it keeps #1 Son passing.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  reread the post for I am going.

A peek into my day:    yep I'm all abt school events here at Happy Acres so that will be the majority of posts.  Hopefully I wont bore you too much.  Maybe I'll have some sock progress reports to share soon.  If you want to play or read other daybooks, go here.