Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas is on the way

We received our first Christmas present in the mail today (probably the only one that will come by mail, too). It traveled here from London and is wrapped in pink angel foil paper. What a fantastic bright spot in a pretty good day.

Also working on Christmas sewing. I have LM's messenger bag almost finished. I'll take a photo soon and post it.

For the time being, here is the first bag that I made on the sewing machine. I love the birdies (I think that birdies is more appropriate for this fabric than birds).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Attention Cats: No sewing for you!

This is photo evidence of why cats should not be allowed in crafting areas.

“Hi Mom! Whatcha doin?”

“Oo, is that string? Can I eat it?”

“Photos? Aren't you meant to be sewing?”

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Some days I just don't have anything to say, and then it seems to go on for a week or so. I still don't have much to report, but hate being absent.

I had a wonderful day yesterday at the lovely Heather's house. There were olives, cheese, veggies, and wine as well as good company. Knitting was had, spinning was done, and a movie was watched. There was also an understanding between women that sometimes a quite day alone with a book or yarn and a diet Sprite is really all you need.

Friday night was well spent going on a date night to see Date Night with my husband. I don't think I've laughed that hard since knitting night got a bit raunchy, which was quite a while ago. You try listening to Tina Fey saying intravenous penis medicine and NOT laugh. Really, try it. It isn't possible. : )

Next post I will try to round up some of my embroidery photos. Here is one for now.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


what do you do with furniture that you don't have room for, but really don't want to get rid of.

you cannot reason with kitties. no matter how hard you try.

always say thank you.

sit in the sunshine.

listen to the rain.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Year 3

Today is Ian's birthday. He was born three years ago this morning. He had a great day according to Daddy. First, he got Lego Army Men and a fuzzy monkey card from Mommy and Daddy. Next, he went to the Coffee Shop with Daddy and got a muffin from Jen. He had his favorite supper for dinner and when asked if he wanted to do have ice cream sundaes he said. . . No. I want to take a purple bath.

Gotta love it.

Ian then:

Ian now:

And of course, Ian's army guys.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May the 4th Be With You

At lunch today I got out the spinning wheel and spun while I watched Star Wars. It was a lunch well spent.

I'm trying to decide if I want to get out the wheel and watch The Empire Strikes Back or if I am going to put some photos in an album. Hmmm. I could do both I suppose.

We are reading The Fellowship of the Ring again. Tonight's chapter is The Finding of the One Ring.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Yesterday was May Day and it was an (almost) perfect day to go to the opening of the Mankato Farmer's Market. Almost perfect because it was pretty windy and so Ian went to sit in the car with Grampa after a quick go through. He did enjoy his mini donuts though.

Linda bought some prairie grass and phlox to plant in her yard while I perused some hand-spun from a young woman who spins from her own sheep. I asked if she was going to the Sheep and Wool festival next weekend and she said yes, but unlike the previous year, she was Not going to bring 3 sheep home with her. We also bought some asparagus that we later had on the grill with a leg of lamb while we drank mint juleps and watched the two minutes that is the Kentucky Derby.

Before the Derby (and a wonderful two-hour nap that was well needed by Ian's alter-ego, Super Naughty) we watched the annual motorcycle parade that is put on by the Minnesota chapter of ABATE. When Ian wasn't trying to run into traffic he enjoyed all of the bikes.

This the three of us got up, watched Shrek, read the paper and had donuts. Pretty sweet-filled weekend so far.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My neighbor across the street has the most beautiful tulips. I'm sure she has lived in that house for 20 years or more and just put in a few flowers at a time, but I am so impatient. Which means I usually bite off more than I can chew and then nothing gets done.

Maybe just a few flowers this year, not the dream landscaping project in my head.

Chris, Ian, and I went on a bike ride yesterday with the bike trailer that the lovely Heather brought over. Ian loved it! We were worried that he was going to want out after 5 minutes, but he was quite content to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Of course, the super-naughty streak has continued, but we'll get through it. The potty training is going well at daycare. Chris might stay home with Ian this summer and that is an exciting prospect. I wish I could stay home too!

Yesterday was nice. I had to run back and forth to North Mankato for work, but on one of my trips I stopped at the coffee shop and ran into Heather and Caroline. It was great to have a little break and chat.

Tonight I'm not sure what we are up to, but we are really looking forward to the first Farmer's Market on Saturday!

Sunday, April 25, 2010


We have finally decided to hit the potty training and be consistent. Today was day 1. Mommy and Daddy: 0 Soiled/Wet underoos: I think we are on pair 5 and. . . it is only 1:30 in the afternoon. I know this really won't take long, but man is it frustrating. He just isn't interested at all! Argh!!

As always, we'll keep at it. At least we have all had a lot less stressful day when Ian was naughty boy supreme.

Took a long, hot bath during quiet time and read a third of my book. (Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window) I've been reading it for months now. It is full of short stories and I try to read them when I need to get centered after a stressful day. Maybe I am just trying to make a good book last as long as possible.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Quiet Afternoon

Yesterday was a nice day. While I was crazy-busy at work, as I always am at this time of year, when I got home it was nice and quiet. Chris and I made supper (grilled tuna, with basil, lemon, and sun dried tomato topping, even Ian couldn't say no to that!) and Ian insisted on watching more Scooby Doo. He would only be interrupted to come and push the plunger down on the press pot. While Chris ran to the store to get basil I took a few photos of the quiet rainy kitchen.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

He tries hard

Tonight Ian went and found his pajama shorts in his drawer. He then proceeded to put them on all by himself. When he was finished he stood up and said 'I did it! All by myself!' and Chris and I smiled and said good job. Even though he had both legs in one hole and had put them on upside down (with the elastic at the bottom).

He put in a great effort though.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Little Boy Blue

This is what happens when you leave your child alone for three minutes to stir the skillet in another room.

Anyway, you have to love Crayola. When they say washable, the mean washable!

Last week Chris and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. We bought some Zeitgeist wine (locally made!) and made fish with spinach, broccoli, and crusty french bread. It was quite tasty.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Normally, I leave myself a note as to where I am on a pattern when I stop knitting for the night. That way if I don't get back to the project for a few days can remember where I was. Normally. Except with this heel! Grr. I think I've got it though.

The LM had his first hot fudge sundae today and he, of course, loved it. I'm still surprised that he didn't end up with chocolate all over!

The original plan for this weekend was to buy a crowbar and use it on some logs in the backyard as well as a not-so-useful shelf on the porch. Back issues prevented that, much to my annoyance.

Oh well. At least I got some knitting done.