Friday, December 28, 2007

A Gift For You

I'm signing off for a few days - Happy New Year, All!

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.)

Adding Insult to Injury

Me: "I'm calling to see if my car is ready."

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."

Me: "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."

Me: "Okay."

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

Knit Bit: Log Cabin Update

Knit Bit: Sally's New Hat

Knitty's Coronet pattern, Fantasy Naturale 100% cotton yarn, color: spearmint. (Sweater in progress, too)


"Oh yeah! It's Christmas!" (Please note the window: still dark outside. 6:45 am.)

The largest gift of the year: a Spiderman bike for Samuel from Santa. He got a Transformers helmet, too. ("Sweet!")

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

Merry Christmas

I finished Sally's hat on Saturday night. Because I cannot keep a secret well at all, and because I was excited to give it to her, I decided to give it to her on Sunday. I called her in to my room and sat down on the bed with her. Samuel came in, too. I told her I made her something and I couldn't wait two more days to give it to her. "Yeah, and it's a hat!" Samuel told her. He's worse than me. It fits and she loves it.

The other super secret knitting gift is not finished. I blame the vicodin and the flu. (I am passing the blame to things that cannot argue that they are not to be blamed. This is sad, I know, but still I am doing it.) I was making socks for my husband. (Surprise, honey!) I am still making them for him, but one of these days he'll ask me what I'm making and then I'll tell him they are for him. Hopefully they will be done before his birthday. In May. (I don't knit socks fast at all.)

I'm signing off for the holidays. I might get a photo post or two, but no promises.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Conversations with Samuel

(If you haven't seen the latest Harley commercial about the Naughty List, watch it here. It's funny. This is Samuel's comment after watching it on TV the other night.)

Samuel: "That's just silly. Everyone knows that motorsidles can't fly."

Conversations with Samuel

Samuel: "Knock knock"
Mom: "Who's there?"
Samuel: "Orange"
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?"
Samuel: "Orange"
Mom: "Orange who?"

Samuel: (barely able to talk because he's laughing so hard) "Knock knock"
Mom: "Who's there?"
Samuel: "Banana"
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

Good Tidings of Great Chaos

Now that I've caught up on my sleep, I'm a whirlwind of productivity. I'm even impressing myself over here. First, the photos to appease the masses:

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.)

The stockings.
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 night I got the flu. Can you even believe that? I couldn't.

The cornea looks good. Everything else over here is a wreck. Six days until Christmas? Yikes.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Holy cricket - is it that close to Christmas? SOOO not ready.

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

Went To The Dr

and got my eye scraped

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

kid photos to distract you

Here they are, goofing off in the front of our house. They've been riding scooters in between rainy days (which have been frequent for us over the past two weeks).

Here they are in our front yard with the bear named Buttons. He keeps falling over because the wind is so strong. "Silly Buttons!" we all shout to him. We are a bit crazy.
I go in tomorrow to see my eye doctor and I am most likely going to have the lovely scraping procedure I've been dreading. Although, I was in so much pain at 4 am on Monday that I almost scraped it out myself, so maybe the scraping thing won't be so bad after all. Maybe it will be like therapy, some kind of punishment for my eye, justice for causing me pain.
Yeah right. I'll let you know.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Grumbling & Gratitude


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

Conversations with Samuel

Samuel: "Look at that Mom! That's for the Wii. I totally want that game."
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 had a great weekend. We actually started on Thursday night by getting dinner and eating it in the car while driving through our favorite Christmas lights neighborhood. And, lest you think this is strange, let me tell you that this is THE neighborhood to see, and if you live near me, email me and I'll tell you where it is. It's fantastic. Not everyone was ready with their decor, so we will have to go back again in a few weeks. Not a sacrifice - we have decided that it is one of our favorite things to do in December.

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:"

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

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.)

New Stuff on the Side

Hi everyone! I wanted to call attention to some new goodies on the sidebar - some stuff for knitters, and a new business that I want to promote - Pressed Ink, a friend's business. If you like quality note cards, go check them out. Pink & brown and light blue & brown - in polka dots and stripes. So lovely.