Friday, May 30, 2014

Feline Fridays

*clean, clean, clean*

Hey Princess, can you take over this photo shoot?  I'm bathing over here!

You know I'm not the only cat in the family.

Headless Hemi

High Eight!

If I stay very quiet, she'll never find me.

What the?!?  Princess where are you?!

I'm on my way!  I had to chase off those pesky birds. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... it's hot.  HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!!!!!   We are just starting with the heat and I'm already over it.  It feels like 92 outside but it feels hotter than that.  We are also talking storm systems.
The cone of despair!
This one was headed over Orlando, but it's turned and now headed toward the big curve of Florida.  It wont be that bad, mostly a rainmaker from what I'm hearing.

I am thinking... of adding some side trips when we drive up to NC in a couple of weeks.

I am thankful... for air conditioning.  I woke up at 2:30am Friday (why yes it WAS the same day we had to be at the school by 5:30am) because I was so warm.  The IO checked and at first he thought it was the compressor but it ended up being a much simpler fix.  Thankfully he was able to get the guys out here to fix it that same day.  Leave it to us to have our a/c die on the Friday before Memorial Day wknd!!!

In the kitchen... burgers yesterday, spaghetti tonight, stewed chicken tomorrow and hot dogs on Thursday.  Not exactly a gourmet week in dinners, but it will keep them fed.

I am wearing... I was wearing some workout clothes, but changed back into a big blue t-shirt.  I needed to cool down after my hectic morning. 

I am creating... socks.  I am just abt to start the gusset on one sock and turning the heel on the other.  I was hoping to have that done this wknd, but I never did get to it.

I am going... to tackle more of Mount Washmore.  It amazes me how much laundry four people can generate. 

I am wondering... when I will finish unpacking those 6 boxes in the corner of the living room. 

I am reading... you better all sit down because I HAVE READ A BOOK!!!!  It was a nice mindless book by Carol Higgins Clark called Gypped.  She writes a lot like her mom and I always enjoy them.  I am in the middle of another one (SHOCKER!) called Taking the Wrap.  The last time I read something from this author was when I was pregnant with Baby Girl. 

I am hoping... to find some part time work.  High school is expensive! (this might become a reoccurring theme...)

I am looking forward to... the end of school.  It will be a nice break in routine.

I am hearing.... nothing but the bathroom fan.  I have less than an hour before kids start coming home and I'm enjoying the quiet.

Around the house... Move update!  I have officially unpacked the car!!  There are no more items in the car from the move.  #1 Son unloaded the books a couple of weeks ago and I finished it off this morning.  The car is lighter and I'll now be able to go thru the books in the bookshelf.  I'll deal with the fabric later on....

I am pondering... the teenage years and wonder how anybody survives.  My kids are good, but it's a constant battle to keep them that way.  It also amazes me what they have to battle on a daily basis.  Sex, drugs, alcohol, e-cigs, suicide, emotional drama, etc.  I can't protect them from it all, but I try my best to help them deal with what they see and hear at school. 

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things aka Hemi's Corner...
A little privacy please!  I'm trying to bathe in peace!

A few plans for the rest of the week: they have started up marching band practices and we have a band banquet toward the end of the week.  Easy Peasy compared to last week!

A peek into my day... Insomnia is rearing it's ugly head again and I was up for a couple of hours last night.  Instead of laying there with my head going in a million directions I decided to get up and get some stuff done!  I was going to be awake anyway so why not utilize the time.  I folded a load of laundry and sorted a huge pile of paperwork to be dealt with later on today.  I ran a bunch of errands this morning (after unloading the back of the van), got to the gym and put another load in once I got home.  I still have canned goods to put away but that will happen later on. 
If you want to play, go here.  Hope everybody had a safe wknd!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday in the Garden

As we get closer to center-of-the-sun temps, I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to have a garden.  It's almost 92 but it feels like 96.  Welcome to summer in Florida!! Here is what I have right now.
Notice anyone??

I've got an EYE on you!

Tomato plant #1 is doing extremely well.  I have abt 15 tomatoes on the plant.  All green. 

Tomato plant #2 has 2 that are almost full grown.  Tomato plants #3 & #4 have nothing on them.  They look healthy and are getting very tall but they are not producing fruit.  I give my plants another month before it will be too hot for them.  We're probably there now, but I'm being hopeful.

Other things are still alive.
The geranium amazes me considering it was barely a stem with a few roots.

While others not so much. 
The last of the plants I was given after my surgery.  The poor things have a long and torturous life with me.

Update on Monday's field trip to Wet & Wild, overall we had a great time. 

It was really fun until one of the kids got sick on the bus.  Poor kid, between the heat, the watery rides and all the soda you can drink, it was just too much for him.  I totally get it, I used to be the same way.  Then Baby Girl woke up Tues with a cold that we're trying to keep from becoming bronchitis.  I think we're winning, but I can't give up yet.  I'm glad we have a three day wknd coming up, but that's only if she's doing ok.  Otherwise we'll end up in urgent care......

Tomorrow is Universal and I already told her we need to keep it low key (yeah right).  It's gonna be another hot one, 94 with a heat index of 99.  I'm melting already.......

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... the heat is kicking up.  Friday is supposed to be a high of 94.  Perfect timing for our field trip to Universal......NOT.

I am thinking... that I need to unpack one more box.

I am thankful...for my knitting.  It really does keep me sane.

In the kitchen... my niece posted pics of some cookies she made.  This led me to searching salted caramel chocolate chip cookies.  Do you know how many recipes there are of salted caramel chocolate chip cookies?!?!  And they all claim to be the best.  Since I wasn't in the mood to separate eggs or toast nuts or find some quick cooking oats, I went to MY favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Its on the back of a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips and made in a tollhouse.  I added some caramel bits and they did the trick!!  
Tonight's menu includes mushroom cheeseburgers and we're eating late.  Marching band practice has started......

I am wearing... a very old radio station t-shirt with tan shorts. 

I am creating... socks!!  I'm really happy that I cast on for two different pairs.  Both socks are at the heel part and I just started the heel on my hot pink socks.  Honestly if I had another pair going I'd still be working on the ribbing.  It's perfect mindless work.  Now I need to get both to the foot where I can just knit in the round for many inches before the toes...

I am going... to be cleaning soon.  I have a piles of laundry to fold and more piles to wash.  I also have a dishwasher to unload. 

I am wondering... when I will have more red tomatoes.  There are abt 15 on that one bush, but not ONE is turning red!  I'm not sure about the other plants, they've really struggled since I planted them. 

I am reading... I went to the library, does that count??  I checked out some movies and a couple of books.  One I had already read and the other was a new knitting book.  I love looking at new knitting books just to see what *new* thing they added. 

I am hoping... to find some part time work.  High school is VERY expensive and we could use the extra cash. 

I am looking forward to... school ending and a few quiet days before  summer camps and road trips ensue.

I am hearing the clicking of my computer keyboard and the texting notifications from #1 Son. 

Around the house... is laundry and paperwork and dishes.  I should just cut and paste this each week.  These are items that never seem to go away.  HOWEVER #1 Son did unload the books from the back of the car so I have less to tote around.  I just need to finish cleaning the rest of it out.  It has to be early in the morning because it is getting too hot to do much in the afternoon.

I am pondering... different personality traits.  Some of my friends LOVE to clean their houses.  I mean really clean their houses.  I have one friend who loves her steamer and bagless vacuum cleaners because she can actually see the dirt that is leaving her house.  Me?  Not so much.  I find cleaning gets in the way of real life.  While I enjoy a clean house, I don't get excited abt it.  I trust the vacuum is doing it's job.  And *when* I mop, the dirty water is just gross. 

A favorite quote for today...
This applies to students, teachers and parents!

One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner...
Princess says:  This is MY side of the porch!

Stay on your side and nobody gets hurt.

Hemi says:  Princess needs to chill.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Universal on Friday.  The only thing I'm worried abt is Baby Girl is not feeling well.  She's caught a summer cold and we're hoping she feels better in a couple of days. 

A peek into my day... calling the dr to renew Baby Girl's allergy meds.  I really need to find a new dr because this place is a pain in the butt!!  The new dr is all abt dissecting  their behavioral traits but not of their physical ailments. 
Hope you enjoyed todays installment of TSWD.  If you want to play, go here.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Arts

Friday and Saturday had us at the local theatre to see Peter Pan Jr.  Both kids had friends who were in it on different nights and this got us to see the majority of them.  Baby Girl is taking Theatre Camp over the summer and the only reason why #1 Son is not is because it overlaps with Marching Band Camp.  We know of a couple of kids who are going to work it out to do both, but Marching Band is EXHAUSTING!!  Having rehearsal in the morning, marching all day in the sun and then a performance that night is going to be grueling on a 14 y/o.

However we will get around that for #1 Son.  He can volunteer with stage props and lighting until the week of Band Camp.  He gets to watch the show and be with his friends w/o me having to pay for it!
Meanwhile I have had two different people tell me they can see the excitement OOZING out of Baby Girl to be in theatre.  My drama queen excited abt being on stage?!?!  Shocker! 

I had #1 Son take a picture for my Saturday Sky.  This was his interpretation of it.

I decided to try again when we were at the theatre. 

Before the show

and after the show.

This area is one of my favorite local spots.  It's hot and buggy during the summer, but for now it's just a beautiful area to visit and chill.

Do you have a local place that is peaceful and relaxing??

Friday, May 16, 2014

I just needed to cast on.....

Whenever I had some time to sit and knit, I never really had anything to work on.  I have three things on the needles, one requiring some kind of thought and the other two I just don't like.  This meant I had to cast on.  I really don't like casting on.  Don't ask me why.  I have no idea.  I prefer the rhythm of knitting than the actual counting and construction of it.  

I decided last Sunday to remedy that and I cast on not one, but TWO different socks.

This is sock two of my Good Riddance to 2013! socks.  I already finished the 4" cuff and am ready to start the heel.

And Sock #1 of my Sweet Georgia Brown socks.  I'm abt 2 inches into this one.

I didn't think I would like having two different socks going at once, but it's working out pretty well.  I didn't feel like paying attention to a heel so I just grabbed the other pair and kept going with my ribbing.  This could work out quite well for me!! 

What else has happened this week??

One awards ceremony,

two concerts. 

Baby Girl is the one in glasses.  It was the best one I took all night!

Tues was a comedy of errors with instruments being left at the school (which required hunting down custodians to open up the band room), award ceremonies starting much later than expected, a husband spraining his foot BADLY, wrong uniforms being worn.  It was a mess, but it happened in front of family which was good since it helps explain the craziness that can be my life.  I've gotten the "what do you DO all day" comment on more than one occasion and this helps clarify what that is!  Add in AP exams and you've got yourself a typical week in May!!

OOOH!!!  I almost forgot!!  Guess what I got to do this week??  EAT A HOMEGROWN TOMATO!!  The outside looked a bit rough, but OH that inner sanctum was beautiful.

Look how pretty it made my salad!!

It amazes me how much more flavor a tomato that grows in your backyard has compared to one from the store.  I have abt 8-10 more in various stages of growth so I'm looking forward to a few more yummy tomatoes before the plant shrivels up from the heat.

Right now I am enjoying some quiet before the craziness of my day ensues when I pick up the first kid from school.  I think I'll watch a show (uninterrupted!!!) while working on my cuff. 

And since it IS Feline Fridays I'll leave you with a feline.
Nothing like having your phone match the cat!

Have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sedentary Saturday

Today we all did very little.  I think we needed a day of quiet.  Part of me wanted to go out, maybe dinner and a movie, but that required showering and I was too lazy for that.   So instead I've been watching TV and movies all day long.  While this was fun, I do wish I had accomplished something today.  Maybe unpacking or organizing a shelf or putting some things on eBay. 


I was going to cast on for a sock, but decided to turn this

into this

Another yarn I'm excited about, I just need to cast on!!!

It is Saturday and I did take the time to look up.

Did you?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A quick post.

Normally I'd be doing a SWDB today but I'm tight on time so it's going to be quick.  Friday we were in Tampa for State Concert Band and Saturday we were in Gainesville for FMEA Steel Drum.  They all did really well.  It especially helps that both kids are in Steel Drum which made it a 2 for 1 special!!
USF has a beautiful concert hall!

everybody is happy to pose when it gets you out of loading the trailer!

sibling love

blowing off steam after competition

I've had a chance to finish up two projects.  One is my cat bed.

I got this pattern from a wonderful lady on Ravelry.  It looks like a big floppy hat before you felt it.

It came out ok.  I'm realizing that I'm not very good at felting, nor do I have a desire to improve my skills.  While I'm ok with how this came out, I will stick with my basic kitty blankets.

Here is Lucy's reaction.

And of course here is Hemi.

While he has fun attacking it or sitting in it, he's not one to curl up in it to sleep.  Apparently that's what I'm for.

I also made a child's charity vest. 

I used a pattern from that I've used in the past and it never disappoints.  Great way to use up some extra wool that's hanging around.  I added a black wool thruout to give it some consistency.

AND I also need some help.  I went to check on my tomatoes this AM and this is what I found on the two original ones.

Do I need to be worried??  The actual plant is doing really well and there are more tomatoes on it, just these guys are looking a bit rough.  Do I need to do anything??

Ok that is it for today.  I have to get ready for a band banquet tonight.  This one will feed me dinner.  I have another one in a couple of weeks and we only get dessert. 

At 6pm. 

When we normally eat dinner....... 

I'll have to make a quick dinner before we head out to that one.