Thursday, May 29, 2008


So hi everyone! We're plugging right along over here, getting things done and trying to find time to relax and enjoy each other. I finally recycled our cans - our normal recycling place closed, and the new one is, well, I don't like it. The hours are crazy (closed Tuesday - who's closed Tuesdays???) and the posted lunch hours are not always the actual lunch hours. Consequently, I have loaded up our cans twice now and gone to recycle them only to have the place closed. It's frustrating. Yesterday I decided it must be done - no matter what - and I had three full garbage cans of cans. The lady behind me even commented that it was a lot of cans, and I felt compelled to defend myself - I've been twice and they are always closed! Grrr.

Here's a lovely pic of a flower in our front yard:
Thanks to Mom and Ken for the flower bulbs - a gift from last year. We were so happy to see them come up again this year.

Here's the best of the three garden boxes:
Lovely. Can't wait for the tomatoes & cucumbers!

Monday, May 26, 2008


Sorry about the lack of posting lately. We've been busy around here. Saturday the hub and I celebrated sixteen years of marriage with a dinner at The Melting Pot, and boy was it fantastic. Highlights for me were stuffed mushrooms (mushrooms filled with a little Green Goddess sauce then dipped in batter and cooked - yum) and Vanilla Rum Chicken (yeah, it was super good) and of course the dark chocolate fondue with fresh strawberries and a cup of coffee. We passed on the "modern gift" suggestions - hollow flatware? (lame!) - and went with entertainment gifts - I got him National Treasure 2 and he got me the Indiana Jones triology. Happy Anniversary, honey! Love you!

I think I've posted everything I meant to from our Disneyland weekend, except for this great shot:
which was our entire party on one boat on the Pirates ride - a self portrait at that. (the last row is not us - that guy in the big hat and his friend) Thanks, Mom and Ken, for a fun time :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Weird Weather

Last week, it was in the 90s and we went swimming several times.

Last night, cold cold wind.

Currently, pouring down rain.

Thought you'd like to know :)

Cornea Update

I went to the eye doctor for a checkup yesterday and my eye is completely healed. Thank God! Dr. K said it looks great and there is very little scaring. My vision is even back to what it was before all this mess started and my eye pressures are back to normal, too. For those of you who forgot, I was diagnosed with RCE (recurrant corneal erosion) and had to have two debrisments (removing the damaged top layer of my cornea) to fix it. Anyway, Dr. K told me to keep doing what I am doing, which is using eyedrops (Systane) three times a day, and then ointment at night (Muro 128 5%). These are both available without a perscription, by the way. My own treatment includes a multivitamin, vitamin E, and flaxseed oil supplements. I also run a cool mist humidifier every night and try to drink lots of water. Also, I've stopped wearing eye makeup. I can't tell you what a great thing that has been. I had no idea how much time I wasted putting on makeup, checking makeup, and taking off makeup every day. Guys have it easy.

I am so thankful that I have been pain free. It was a real trial. This is something that I'll have to watch and manage for the rest of my life, but the drops and ointment aren't so bad. We also talked about a more aggressive dry eye therapy, like punctal plugs (which are teeny little plugs that go in the corners of your eyes - in the eye drains) to keep the natural tears in my eyes, but I don't need to do that now. For now, I just have to stay the course. So a big thanks to everyone for your prayers and good wishes and concern, and a big shout out to my husband, my Mom and Dad, friends Stephenee, Wendy, Marsha, Leah, Melanie, and Tracy, who helped me by driving me around, holding my hand, bringing me food, and watching my kids. You have all been a blessing to me, the hands and feet of God.


Oh, American Idol - I am so so so glad that David Cook won. I love that guy. Even at the very beginning, when they were in the tryouts week, I liked him from the start. And I freaked out (in a good way) when George Michael came out to sing (I was a huge Wham! fan in high school) but then he sang and I didn't care for the song at all. Anyway, great season, AI. Can't wait to buy David Cook's first cd! (Favorite David Cook performance: Billie Jean. Go to the American Idol website, then to Videos, and it's in Season 7: Top 10 performances. Genius.)

Although Sally had her last soccer game Saturday, they are going to have playoffs, so she had practice this week. Last night, a cold wind blew through, so I was able to wear my new hat :) and wool socks and I was still a little cold. Playoffs are next week, I think. Hopefully at night, because it's going to get hot again.

Samuel has been taking gymnastics lessons and he is really enjoying it. I'm glad we found something he likes - I was so surprised that he didn't like soccer more - I think the other five year old boys were too goofy and crazy and made him frustrated. He's been telling me that he wants to keep taking gymnastics, but when he turns five he wants to learn to golf because he thinks that will make his dad happy. He comes up with the funniest ideas.

Well, I'm off to find the last scene from American Idol online, since our TiVo cut off the last few minutes of the show. Crazy TiVo.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Garden Progress

The pumpkins (back) and beans (front) are coming up: The squash (in the back) are crazy, and the cucumber (right middle) and basil (right front) look good, too. Tomato in the front middle:
And for Stephenee, who told me not to expect any tomatoes until July:

That one looks like she'll be ready before June. And if you look close in this one, you'll see another tomato starting to turn orange:Yea! I love tomatoes!

Knit Bit: Finished Stuff

Despite the craziness and the heat, I managed to finish a couple of projects. First is an Amanda Hat:This is a project done to see if I like the yarn (Malabrigo wool, and yes, I love it - will be making a sweater in this yarn in a darker blue colorway) and this is a lovely warm hat for the winter. However. You cannot see that in this photo, I am wearing the hat with a swimsuit. Southern California can be a little trying if you are a knitter.

Next, I finished the Absorba Bathmat (from the MasonDixonKnitting book):
and this is such a fantastic thing I can't even tell you. It's made with three strands of cotton yarn (the dishcloth kind) and it is very cushy and really does absorb a lot of water. The fam has been very appreciative of this one, which only feeds the knitting obsession even more.

I've been working on a super secret project that I will reveal soon (it's a gift) and I'm doing a bit more baby knitting for the June wave of births around here. I've also been working on little blue squares which will be sewn together to make a crazy knitted patchwork blanket for me. I'll be posting some progress photos of that soon. Soccer is winding down, which means I will have less knitting time, but I am convincing a few friends that they really need to learn to knit because I don't have room in my queue to knit them the stuff they want, and they should knit it themselves. (Especially a young friend who wants a monkey. She wants a knit monkey real real bad. I tried to tell her gently that there is no way I'm knitting her a monkey - wouldn't she like a nice hat? Nope.) So teaching means more knitting time! :) See how I did that?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jedi Photos

We didn't get any video of the Jedi Training show, but we have lots and lots of photos. This first one is Samuel waiting to be chosen out of the audience: Stu tells me that he didn't raise his hand at first - apparantly he was using The Force to let the people know that he wanted to participate. Finally he showed some interest, and he was picked. Here he is with his training robe:
And here's an action shot with the light saber:
He told me later that he was sad that they gave him a purple one, but he used it anyway. After all the kids learned a fighting sequence (right shoulder, left leg, duck, left shoulder . . . that kind of thing) then the Storm Troopers came in: and Samuel tried to run to us but one of the actors took him by the hand and led him and the rest of the kids to safety. (He's wearing blue jean shorts and a navy blue top. He's to the left of the Storm Trooper's arm.) And then Darth Vader arrived:
and the kids lined up to fight him one at a time. Samuel was last - here he is getting a final pep talk (lower left corner - we were far away so this is a super zoom shot):

He did a great job.

Check out that smile. After, all the kids got a certificate. I think Samuel likes his:
He'll never forget this.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Celebrity Sighting

OK, I should have taken a picture, but I didn't. I almost sent Stuart a message, since he was waiting for us while we were in line, and if I did, I would have seen that he left me a voicemail. Check out who was on the bumper cars in the Bug's Life area at California Adventure:Yep. Ed Begley Jr was there with his wife, Rachelle, and daughter, celebrating Mother's Day together. I spent the rest of the day on the lookout, but didn't see them again. The funny thing about this is that I realized that we live in Southern California, we do lots of things, and we hardly ever see famous people. This was quite a thrill.


Conversations with Samuel

(at the character breakfast)

Samuel: (pointing to a hallway) "They must go back there to rest. They probably take their heads off and eat something."

Me: "Take their heads off???"

Samuel: "Yeah. I know there are people in there."

Me: "How do you know?"

Samuel: "Since their eyes are plastic and don't blink. They aren't real."

Cousins Pics

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lots of Things

First off, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms reading. Especially to my mom, Linda, and my husband's mom, Tina, who I always think of with thanks on Mother's Day because they both took care of me and my family when I was pregnant with Samuel and so so so sick. Also to my husband's grandma, Pearl, who is a great lady, and to my husband's stepmom, Eleanor, who has become a dear friend to me. One more - to my grandmothers, Marjorie and Thelma, both now in heaven, but while they were alive they were formidable women and I am grateful to them both for very different reasons - Marjorie, who told me I was her favorite in a way that I believed it (I found out later that she told all of us that), and Thelma, who taught my mom to knit (so she could teach me some thirty years later).

OK, lots to tell you, so some highlights for now:

  • my parents came for a quick visit, and we had fun together, but sadly no pictures

  • Sally played a soccer game on Saturday and her team won

  • we went to Disneyland with Stu's family on Sunday and Monday and have lots of stories and lots of pictures to share, which I'll do over the next few days because I have the required pile of laundry to deal with and some errands to run this morning, but I shall leave you with this picture:

Yes, that is Samuel fighting Darth Vader. This was by far the highlight of my week (and probably his entire life). There is a Jedi training show in Tomorrowland, and Samuel is currently StarWars crazy (due to his love of the Wii Lego Star Wars game) so when Stuart and I saw they had this show, we knew we had to take him. They pick kids from the audience and train them to use a light saber. I was taking Sally on another ride while Stuart and Samuel waited for the show to start, and Stuart told me that they passed over Samuel twice before picking him on the third time. They teach the kids a fighting sequence, then two storm troopers come out and they scared the kids, but then the stage rises up and there is Darth Vader, come to lure the new recruits to the dark side. They brought each kid up, one at a time, to fight him. It was so great.

So great that the boy was completely exhausted at dinner and fell asleep with his chin on the table.

More to come:

Sally and her cousins
Conversations with Samuel (during the character breakfast)
Girl power at Libby Lu
An amazing dinner
A celebrity sighting

Friday, May 09, 2008

For Jon

The Boy

The Girl

The Girl's Light

Just for you, because you are the only one who asked about it :)

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Weekend Warriors

Sally and I have been hard at work this weekend. Yesterday, we changed the light fixture in her room. That's right - I can do that kind of stuff. Turned off the power, took the old one off, installed the new one - in the ceiling - and turned the power back on. It works, too. Today, we did the garden. Some photos to thrill you ~

The before picture:

The after picture:

Yep, I made that box. Now we have three planter boxes for the garden.

We planted five different kinds of tomotoes, summer squash, watermelon, basil, cilantro, sweet bell peppers (a little mix up there - thought I grabbed some hot pappers for Stu, but got these instead), cucumbers, pumpkins, and green beans.
This is the crazy healthy tomato plant from last summer. It's already huge!

Now this is what awaits me:
Gotta go swimming. Catch you later.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Another One

(Thanks, Uncle Cliff!)

Thursday, May 01, 2008