Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Non-Christian thoughts about Halloween from a Christian? Maybe.
I mean, yes, I agree that I don't want to celebrate evil. And yes, some people see Halloween as a day to celebrate evil. And I agree that is bad.
But here's the thing: this morning, I wished a lady Happy Halloween. And I don't know if it was because she forgot that it is Halloween today, or if it was just really early in the morning to begin the festivities for her, or maybe it was just me, but she laughed. As we passed each other, she laughed. I made a stranger happy. That's something to celebrate.
Monday, October 30, 2006
The good stuff this week: knitting knucks. Knucks are fingerless gloves that were featured in the on-line knitting magazine, Knitty, last issue and they have charmed me. Certainly one of the more difficult projects I have ever attempted, I am smitten. They already look like gloves! Ask my husband when you see him - I'm silly happy about this project.
Other good stuff is afoot at our house, and God is indeed good to us! More to come on that topic later, but for now, I must take my boy to the park. Monday is park day for us. I'm going to do some swinging.
Friday, October 27, 2006
(Tiara is for an upcoming wedding ~ she's a flower girl.)
Back off, ladies! He's still all mine (at least for the next 13 or so years)
(Tux is for the above mentioned wedding)
Ah, yes, here we have the yummy Pocket Pies ~ chocolate version ~ with vanilla bean ice cream and decaf coffee. Pocket Pies were made by the whole family after watching Alton Brown's show for several seasons and never making anything. Sally, we finally made something! (PS: If you follow the link to the recipe, I have to tell you, the strawberry jam pies are my favorite. I was not too fond of the chocolate filling, and if we make them again - I mean WHEN we make them again, I'll put mini marshmallows and chocolate chips inside.)
Thursday, October 26, 2006
(2) The windy season reminds me of my sophomore year of college when, in total frustration and pain because of the wind constantly blowing stuff in my eyes, I threw away my contacts and went back to wearing glasses all the time.
(3) A good tip for the windy season: watch your car doors. Those things fly open faster than you would guess is possible.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Things I've Done Today:
walked the girl to school
Things I've Yet To Do:
post office (mailing off the Caps to the Capital!)
Things I Want To Do (but might not get time):
update my bookshelf blog (woefully behind there)
finish the pink blanket for my friend's baby
read some in my book
watch the movie I taped on Monday
Monday, October 23, 2006
Samuel and I went to the park today, just the two of us. We went on the swings. I pumped my legs fast until I was going very high, so high that my stomach did a little flip on the way down. Then I leaned way back and looked up at the tops of the trees and the sky and I let my hair blow around in the wind and it felt like childhood.
Swings are good.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
The only down side? I missed my family.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
(1) The most consistent thing in life is that things change.
(2) People are usually more concerned with what they are wearing than with what you are wearing.
(3) Laughter and friendship are as important to physical health as diet and fitness.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
I started this Baby Blocks blanket on Monday for a friend who recently had a baby. I did the greatest thing: I took the numbers from the baby's birthday, and used them to form the blanket. (I'm so pleased with the cleverness of this idea.) It's a fun project and I'm enjoying knitting it. Note the pretty stitch markers at work :)
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Today, I took Sally to the dentist. I didn't tell her last night or this morning that we were going. I just showed up at her school and asked the secretary to get her for me. She didn't see it coming either.
Sometimes, it's better if you don't see something coming.
PS - no cavaties (whoo hoo!) but tooth crowding means an orthodontist consult is in our near future
Monday, October 09, 2006
~ Our family had a great, fun, relaxing time in Hawaii.
~ Samuel is starting to pronounce words correctly. "Wuv" is sounding more like "love" and our beloved "motorsidle" is being replaced with "motorcycle". It's good, in a bittersweet sort of "He's growing up so fast" kind of way.
~ We are all healthy.
~ Last night, Sally read a book to Samuel. Without being asked to. And she got almost all of the words correct on her own.
~ We serve a wonderful and amazing God.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
The library in my town is very generous with their renewal policy, too.
746. That's the number where the knitting books are shelved in the non-fiction section.
I thought if I wrote it down, I may have a shot at remembering it.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Samuel, Sally, and their cousin, K.
Would you believe this is one of the best pictures I could get of them?
(Note the knitted market bag - finished the night before we left!)
I took several black and white photos of flowers while we were in Hawaii. I have a wall in our family room that I am doing a multi-frame installation of my photography (don't I have visions of grandeur?) and these are some of the prints that I will frame and hang.
(2) My favorite strand of math is geometry.
(3) My favorite shape is a circle. (I also like spheres and regular hexagons)
So sorry, regular TTT players, that I didn't even do my own theme suggestion! I blame the PTCS (post trip cleaning syndrome). I'll do that theme next week!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
We also went to Spouting Horn, the location of this group photo, which has the best local shopping - small local vendors set up right on the way to the view. The kids were thrilled by the chickens running everywhere - Kauai Free Chickens (get the KFC joke, Kentucky Coop Chickens?) Sally was happy to find a few chicks, too.
We got to drive through the famous Tree Tunnel almost every time we left our condo, and toward the end of our trip, I bought an Iz cd and we turned on his "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" song while driving through the trees. I think that I will always think of this week, driving in the car with my family, seeing the beautiful handiwork of God, whenever I hear that song.
Well, as you can imagine, we are wading through trip debris, piles of (thankfully) clean laundry, and trying to stay awake so we can go to bed at a "normal" time in hopes of resetting our internal clocks back to the proper time zone. Add to all of that finish Sally's homework, pick up the dog, run to the store for fresh milk, and get to soccer practice. Aloha for now - more pictures to come!