Friday, December 28, 2007
Here's the latest favorite YouTube offering from my family to yours. The kids and I have watched these guys several times in the last few weeks. (If your kids haven't heard Africa by Toto, have them check out this video, too. Makes the choir even more impressive.)
Car Mechanic: "Yes, it's all fixed. I changed your spark plugs, put in new wires, and then you still had that misfire problem, so I put in a new coil. Now it runs great."
Car Mechanic: "There are a few things you should consider fixing in the next few months. You have a small hole in an exhaust tube and that should be replaced. Also, one of the sensor wires in the blah de blah (at this point, the technical aspects of the fine workings of the oxygen filter and heating thingie went right over my head) and should be changed. I'll write those up for you so you can see what they will cost."
Car Mechanic: "And there's one more thing."
(Are you holding your breath?)
(Wait for it - it's worth it.)
Car Mechanic: "You need to get your pest problem eliminated. I found mouse droppings on your engine. Those mice love to chew on wires. You need some poison or something."
@#$%&* mice. This means war.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This one cracks me up. Samuel's eyes are closed, Sally is wearing her new Christmas outfit, and look outside: the sun is coming up.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Samuel: "That's just silly. Everyone knows that motorsidles can't fly."
Mom: "Who's there?"
Mom: "Orange who?"
Samuel: "Knock knock"
Mom: (starts to laugh because he has no idea that he is doing the joke wrong) "Who's there?"
Samuel: (starts to laugh because his mom is laughing) "Orange"
Mom: "Orange who?"
Samuel: "Knock knock"
Mom: (laughing harder now) "Who's there?"
Mom: "Orange who?"
Samuel: (barely able to talk because he's laughing so hard) "Knock knock"
Mom: "Who's there?"
Mom: (barely breathing because she has no idea how this will end) "Banana who?"
Samuel: "Baa . . . . " (reallizes he messed up the joke and quickly regroups) "Bet you're glad I didn't say orange!"
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The kids in front of the Christmas tree.
And one more of the tree:
I put on the lights, and let them decorate away. My only rule was heavy (translation: pricy) ornaments go up high. (Stu's only rule is no flocking. We don't like flocking over here. Also not a real fan of tinsel, but I didn't get any this year. I digress.)
Also under the children's responsibility. They arranged them boy/girl/boy/girl, starting with Dad. (They ARE just like me - thanks for the compliment!)
The kitchen shelves.
These are above the sink - they had some flowers and other stuff on them, which I took off, threw half of it away, cleaned the rest, cleaned the shelves, (get up off the floor, Mom - I do sometimes clean) and put up Christmas fun. The red tealight holders are new this year. (Red and gold are my Christmas colors, by the way. I decided a few years ago that I will only buy new Christmas items if they are (a) on sale, and (b) red or gold. I need rules. It helps me.)
And now, since she doesn't read the blog, here's the secret Christmas knitting:
It's a hat for Sally. Well, it's the band for a hat for Sally. I'm almost done with the band (just 14 more rows) and then I can start on the body, which will go very fast. The band is a braided cable, which means that I knit it pretty slow, because I'm still new to the cabling, and I have to stop and keep track of which row that I'm on (that's the chart in the background - I like charts better than those plastic row counters) since when I made this hat for me I lost track, crossed some of the cables wrong, and had to rip it out and start over. Anyways, the body is just plain knitting, around and around. Goes very fast. I think I'll make it.
The Christmas cards go out tomorrow. Sally helped me with the stamping yesterday. They are all ready today, but she has a few notes she wants to write, so I told her I'd wait to mail them on Friday. One more day won't hurt. (update: She also sealed most of them tonight. Such a good helper!)
Thanks for all the good wishes in the comments and the emails and most of all for the prayers for my eye and my health. Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I've been busy growing a new cornea over here. It's exhausting work. I spent two days strung out on vicodin, laying on the couch and eating whatever random thing was placed in front of me and sleeping on the couch. (I've grown very fond of that couch.) I'd get up only when the drugs wore off, pacing until the new one started working. It felt like someone scraped a big hole in my eye with a hot poker. It hurt bad.
The contact is now out and I've been growing a nice new cornea. Hopefully it will be happy and stick on tight so I don't have to go through this ever again. One of the optomitrists at the practice watched my procedure and told all the nurses that I was the bravest woman he'd ever seen - that he was in pain just watching me sit there and have this procedure done. He didn't know how I did it. I told the nurse that I had lots of people praying for me, that I'm not really very brave at all.
I'm now in the Extra Strength Tylonol and eye drops every hour phase of recovery. We watched Transformers. It was awesome. (That could be the drugs still in my system. Hard to tell.) And I don't like to go outside because the light hurts my eye. The really awful part of the recovery (besides the pain) is that I couldn't even knit. I was too sleepy to concentrate.
Now I think I have a cold. Can you believe that?
And I found the pringles lid. It was in the driveway this whole time.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
which was probably a good thing because Dr.K kept saying "wow - i'm just barely touching it and it's just flaking off - it's more damaged than I thought - just a few more minutes"
not things you want to hear about your cornea. no, not really.
but it didn't hurt - was just very mentally exhausting. Nice kind Dr.K gave me a vicodin before I left his office, and I've been on the couch all morning. I just took my second dose. Thank God for vicodin.
stephenee is the bestest friend a girl could have. she said nice things and got me my pills and fed me lunch. and she didn't even get mad at me that I lost the pringles lid whilst eating in the grocery store. isn't she the BEST?!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
My eye is hurting again. I go to the doctor next week.
Grey's Anatomy was all bloody this week. It was like ER. I don't like ER - I like crazy doctors complaining about their lives and making bad choices about their personal relationships. I don't like the blood.
I'm working on a secret knitting gift project and I found two mistakes on Thursday. I tried to fix it - actually I did fix it - but I wasn't happy with the results so I had to rip back about and inch and a half of knitting. (This is approx. 2-3 hours of work) Problem is now fixed and I'm going to be very careful.
There was a new Psych on last night which we all watched together. (This is Sally and my favorite show!)
I made some homemade breakfast sandwiches (even homemade oatmeal whole wheat rolls) and they turned out great. Recipes to come next week.
We are going to go get our Christmas tree today.
We have ordered new carpet for the living room, which means (are you ready for it?) that the year-long living room redecorating project is nearing the end.
Christmas is coming soon! I love December. I just wish that it could last a few more weeks.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Me: (smirking because we bought it last month to give to the kids from Santa) "Really?"
Samuel: "Yeah. It looks cool."
Stuart: (in on the Santa conspiracy) "Maybe you should ask Santa for it."
Samuel: (very concerned) "Do you really think the elves can make a cd?"
Sunday, December 02, 2007
We listen to Christmas music, too, and I just love the lyrics of Christmas songs. Especially the second or third verses of traditional hymns. Like the third verse of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing:"
I love carefully chosen words like these. It's a delight to the ears and the mind.
Friday our plans were rained out (Sally had a soccer game) so we were all able to go to Samuel's Christmas program at his school. Always fun. He couldn't have been more bummed about their first song - he didn't sing, didn't smile, and did about half of the motions - but he came alive for the finale, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - the whole song, complete with the figgy pudding verse. (Now he wants to try figgy pudding. That kid.)
Saturday we had a sleepover with some friends here, and Sunday was church then watching the football game with friends. I got to do some baking and some knitting, which makes everything just about perfect. (Pumpkin muffins and chocolate chip cookies, in case you were wondering.)
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
A note on the numbers: For this blanket, I cast on 20 stitches and knit enough rows so that one side had 20 ridges and the other had 19 ridges. I then bound off, making the 20th ridge on the back side. I picked up 20 stitches (some people like to pick up 21 - it's a matter of preference and how tight you knit) and knit 10 ridges. The next time I picked up 30 stitches, and knit 10 ridges. I'm liking the look.
And one piece of advice: weave in the ends as you go. You'll be happier when you are done. Trust me.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I sat in the doctor's chair while the assistant gave me two rounds of numbing drops (two!) and tried to keep calm while my dear friend made funny small talk with me.
When my doctor came in and looked at my eye and said, "It looks really good - much better than last time - I'm really surprised" I just held my breath because I couldn't breathe. When he said that he didn't think it was necessary to do the debridement today, I opened and closed my mouth, and then my friend did the nicest thing - she said out loud the thing I was thinking.
Prayers have been answered!
I go back in one month. I'm so so thankful. Thank you, Dr. K. To everyone sending prayers my way, thank you. To my husband and kids who prayed over me this morning, I love you guys. To the God who keeps me in His hands, thank you for your work in my eye and my life.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This is not an endorsement for money or profit. I was excited about saving so much money on something that I found at a low price and I would have ordered anyway. Happy coffe drinking. (They have teas, too.)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
What with all this eye drama, I haven't been to the library to get a new book. So I'm reading Little Women. Can you believe that I have never read it? Me neither. It's such a sweet book. I'm enjoying it alot.
In other news, the kids are fine. Samuel went ice skating for the first time on Saturday. He's not very good, but he had fun. Sally is a fair skater. They were surprised that I knew how to skate. The husband is fine, too. My dad is doing really well and is feeling better and better all the time. The mice that were living in our back yard left and never came back. (I don't count the stuffed mouse that my best friend left for me to find, OR the candy mice that she lovingly gave me last week. They don't count, but they made me laugh.) So, if it weren't for the bad eye, things would be pretty great around here.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
If you see a mistake, DO NOT TELL ME. My eye is feeling much much better tonight, and it's not necessary to distract me because I need a good night's sleep. (Knitters, it's Lion Cotton Ease yarn in Taupe on US7 needles.)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Well, I have it. I went to the opthamologist today and he gave me a contact lens to wear for a week while my cornea heals and some drops so it doesn't get infected.
This totally messes up my practical wise advice. I'm kinda bummed about that.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Samuel: "Mommy, I love you forty two."
Me: "I love you forty five!"
Samuel: "I love you a hundred and a googolen*."
*One day I explained to the kids that there is no such thing as the biggest number, but a very large number is called a googol (which is a '1' with 100 zeros behind it). They frequently throw around this knowledge, but almost never get the word 'googol' right.
Friday, November 02, 2007
In other news, I was walking in a parking lot this morning and some guy had on Eternity cologne. That always makes me think of this guy from college - he wore way too much of the stuff every single day, but he was a good guy - and it got me to thinking how smell is so closely linked to certain memories for me. I think I've mused on this before - vinegar reminds me of Easter, chocolate chip cookies of my mom, and playdough of my uncle (we used to play playdough whenever he would come over for a visit). Today, I was thinking about what smell will make my kids think of me. (My guess is vanilla. Samuel always asks to smell the vanilla when we bake, and my perfume is a vanilla scent.)
I'm off. I have some laundry to fold, some bills to pay, and some yarn to knit. Have a great weekend, Internet!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
(2) I don't like the first day of the month because the bills are due. (hate those bills)
(3) Since I live in crazy southern California, I will spend part of this first day of November replanting my morning glories into the ground. They are growing like crazy and totally too big for the pot I planted them in. We are STILL getting tomatoes, and there are a few pumpkins that I am holding out hope for them to turn orange. I want to try this recipe I found for a baked pumpkin dessert - you clean out the pumpkin, put in some cut fruit and brown sugar and spices, and pop the lid back on and bake it for 1-2 hours. Sounds yummy and fun, right? I'll let you know.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Him: "Yes. Did you know that there was a piece of cheese bread in the back of the toaster oven?"
Inside my head: Note to self - you really must have a coffee before using the kitchen appliances.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It turns out to be a great deal on that yarn, because it will take me pretty much forever to finish knitting it. (The diamond shawl pattern is free on-line from lionbrand.com.)
(1) It's Pumpkin Muffin time! I'm still getting comments on this post - two years later! There is even a recipe for the Big Can (if you can't find the small can of cooked pumpkin). I'd love ideas for another varation. Thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
(2) The biggest yarn stash that I've ever seen - go see it here. Seriously. Is that amazing or awful? You be the judge.
(3) Evidence that you should NOT self-diagnose with the internet. A few weeks ago I was waking up in the middle of the night with eye pain. It felt just like I had an eyelash in my eye. I wasn't too concerned because I had just been to the eye doctor last month, but stupidly I did a little search and came across this article. I got a bit concerned, but my level-headed husband told me to NOT self-diagnose with the internet, to use the eyedrops that the eye doctor recommended, and see what happens. Guess what happened? My eye doesn't hurt anymore. (The good eyedrops? Systane. Excellent drops.)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
And the wind! Yesterday the wind was CRAZY, blowing all kinds of problems around southern california. We walked the girl to school on a carpet of evergreen and leaves. It was surreal.
I'm completely smitten with Ravelry. I'm switching my blogging time to Ravelry time, so the posting may be choppy. Also, the holidays. Boy, this time of year just rushes past me. Even when I try and do some things to slow it down, it still goes so fast.
The boy and I are off to the grocery for supplies for dinner. I thought I'd celebrate the non-working car by making some homemade bread. This one. Yum.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Today I get this in my email. At first, no matter what I do, I can only see her turn clockwise. Meaning right-brained. After concentrating very hard, I saw her turn counterclockwise, too, but each time I walk away and come back, she's clockwise.
What if all this time I was wrong? What if I wanted to be left-brained, so I outsmarted the tests, but all the while, I'm really right-brained?
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
words and language
present and past
math and science
knows object name
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
"big picture" oriented
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
knows object function
Doesn't this change everything?
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Samuel: "Don't touch those bushes with the greeen on it. They're bad. They'll give you ashes."
Fun, easy, cheap, and very useful. (OK, so useful to me - maybe not for everyone out there.) Thanks, Robyn!
And just for Julia, because I know you'll laugh, I found the AntiCraft.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
While in the car -
Me: "Samuel, you can't have a t.v. in your room, but I'll tell you what. Daddy and I will think about getting you your own clock with a cd player in it, like Sally's, for your room. How about that?"
Sally: "Yeah, but I need a new one because mine keeps, you know, skipping on the cd's."
Stuart: "It does what?"
Me: "It skips sometimes, but that's because she plays it too loud." (pause, with no reply from the girl) "That, and their cd's are scratched up because they keep manhandling them."
Sally: "Manhandling!" (laughs) " 'I don't like to be manhandled!' "
Samuel: " 'It makes me feel small.' "
Me: (to Stuart) "I love our kids."
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
(2) My Ravelry invitation arrived on Sunday, but I didn't find it until Monday night. It is the coolest thing. It's an on-line knitting and crocheting community and you can keep track of what you knit, what you knit it with, and who else knit that pattern and what yarn they used, or if you like a yarn, you can check out all the stuff people knit with it. It's super fun for me. Oh, and it automatically links to Blogger and Flikr and merges stuff for you. (Ok, so I could go on and on, but I'll stop now.)
(3) I am in the middle of the latest Jasper Fforde book, First Among Sequels. As always, it is so clever that I am delighted by something every few pages.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Me: "Samuel, don't pick your nose."
Sally: (looks down to check it out) "Ew. Caterpillar number two."
Sally: "Caterpillar poop. It looks like caterpillar poop."
Sally: (laughs) "I've seen it! It looks like little yellow balls! I saw caterpillar poop last year!"
Me: "So you're saying Samuel's boogers look like caterpillar poop."
(we both laugh and laugh)
Sally: "It's funny 'cause it's true."
Monday, October 08, 2007
Today, we are doing homework and playing Monopoly (10 minutes each until the homework is gone) and Sally is currently beating me. She's wicked good at Monopoly. I'm helping with homework, cleaning the kitchen, starting dinner, and writing this. Multitasking I am good at - staying calm in the face of mice, not so much.
And the highlight of my inbox today: my Ravelry invitation arrived. If I get a nice bout of insomnia, I'll be online.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
(2) I still love music by Rick Springfield.
(3) I made cookies yesterday with the kids. Every time I make cookies, I call my mom. Making cookies and my mom will always go together in my mind. (They are Monster Cookies - if you are in the area, you should really stop by after school. Monster Cookies are made with oats and peanut butter and chocolate chips and m&ms (no flour). We made these with Halloween m&m's.)
For Alison: This is the recipe I use for Monster Cookies, but I use 3 cups of peanut butter and one cup of chocolate chips and one cup of m&ms. Also, I don't mix in the m&ms but put them on top right before baking. It makes the cookies prettier. I also make half a batch, as it makes A LOT of cookies. If you have the freezer space and the time to bake them all, they do freeze great and my mom and dad like to eat them right out of the freezer.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
For the knitters, the yarn is Lion Magic Stripes “Purple” (a discontinued color) and I used US 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles. The pattern is straight out of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Knitting Rules! I got the gague right so took off following her numbers and it worked great. Look here - I was even able to match the stripe pattern pretty well!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Stupid fast food gimmick. I fall for it every time.
After a walk where we checked out the fountain and the hummingbirds, I was pushing Samuel back to the house when he pointed to the bushes:
Samuel: Dose are blueberries.
Me: What's that?
Samuel: Dose are blueberries, but they're bad.
Me: Why are they bad?
Samuel: Cus if you eat them, they will make you sick.
Me: Ahhh yes, those are bad blueberries.
(After turning the corner and pushing the stroller up the driveway, Samuel points at my car)
Samuel: You're car is dirty. It's bad like the blueberries.
Monday, October 01, 2007
2-3 cans cooked chicken
1-2 packets taco seasoning
1 can tomatoes (I used plain diced)
1 can beans
1 can corn
Put some oil in your pan and heat it up. Add the chicken and any spices you have and cook, chopping up the chicken. Add all the other cans of stuff and let it simmer for 20-40 minutes. Serve with tortillas and shredded cheese and anything else you have around. Also great as a topping for nachos. I wish I had some leftover rice to add to the mix - it would have been so good. Pack some ziplock bags for any leftovers!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
(2) Bad thing of the day: the cheeky mice that have been coming over at night to eat the dog's leftover food have found the birdseed bag and chewed a big hole in it. Good thing it was outside. Bad thing I got up before they left - I let the dog out and three of those little $%&@ mice ran out of the seed bag and over the wall. The worthless dog didn't even see them. Really. Good thing he barks at strangers. I decided today was eviction day for their little lair in my pile of broken bricks (note to self: those bricks need to get out of here. Next week. ASAP.) so I took a big three-pronged rake and moved bricks around and then hosed down the pile until the big guy (he's a mouse that has been living on dog food - he's big) went over the wall. I screamed and ran in the house. (No, I did not even attempt to use the rake to kill the thing, as then I would have a dead mouse to deal with, and that would be worse.) Now I have the heebie jeebies and am going to clean something. For a few hours. For the record, I hate all vermin. Mice, rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs included. Sorry, all you animal lovers. I'm from a rural area where the only nice animals are the ones good for milk, eggs, or killing and eating. (Yes, that does make me a bit freakish. I don't care. I like me this way.)
(3) In all the insanity of my life, I managed to finish the second sock. Pictures next week.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
My dad is doing much better. It is amazing. I went in to give him a hug, forgetting that he had CPR administered by an Air Force Sergeant and has a few cracked ribs, forgetting that his incisions are still healing. But he can play cards - he remembered how to play and was even beating my mom and me at our favorite family card game (Liverpool Rummy, if you were wondering). We didn't finish the game because we were all tired, so we watched an old movie and went to bed early.
I read a book, and listened to another one in the car on the way there and back, so check the Bookshelf in a few days for some new posts. Oh, and I'm almost done knitting those socks :) Sally and I found some yarn that we both like for me to knit her a sweater, and I'm deciding on a pattern that I like. I'm thinking about this sweater . But for now, it's time for an after school snack and homework.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
(3) This is one of the reasons I love my kids playing soccer - they wear uniforms. They are a part of a team. They belong. They make new friends. They run and laugh and sweat and love it.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I'm very close to being done. I've finished the gusset decreases and now I'm just knitting around and around the toe part. I'm inspired to finish because I want to knit some of these socks next. Here's a Christmas project I'm working on for my dad:
Of course, I am already off pattern, and doing my own thing. But isn't that the beauty of the log cabin? You can do your own thing and it still looks good. I am thinking I may buy some flannel fabric for the back and do a little hand quilt action. And here's the colors I am using for the boy version: