Here we are, Little Red Riding Hood, and my brother, Michael Phelps.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We had fun raking up the leaves last night, and jumping in them. We put up a few more seasonal items in the yard - all homegrown, pumpkins and cornstalks.
So what did my sister bring me? A birthday gift from last December. I was just trying to figure out how to fit these into my budget; I had just gotten a notice about them yesterday. (Last chance to order!) When she went to order them last year, they were out of season. Now's just the the time to plant for spring!
IF you happen to need a bath-water-level inspector, I've got two, and can lend one at a good price:
And by the way, I am still a quilter. I'm loving pink and brown, ever since I stumbled across the In the Pink line from Henry Glass last year. (You can only get In the Pink II, now). I am working on a quilt for a little friend, and I am stuck. It is a Grandmother's Fan, four blocks together so it's kind of a flower. Now do I put the "center" on each block, and then sew them together? Or should I sew them together and then put in one big center circle? Decisions, decisions.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Besides the fact that I love her quilts, I enjoy reading quilter Nicole's blog (Sister's Choice Quilts) because of her family's enthusiastic participation in things. Here are some pictures of their annual Halloween party, which took place over the weekend. If you go back to her archives, October 2007, you can see pictures from last year, and my favorite is her son-in-law dressed as Edward Scissorhands.
As for my family, my brother has gone all out for costumes the last several years. We should all be so fun! It reminds me of the Walgreens commercial where the trash man, the guy in the elevator, everyone is dressed up. I tried to find that for you, but no luck. Here is a picture of my brother from last year. Guess who he was?
I tried to find a picture of my brother from 2006 but that was pre-digital camera. That year, he was Dog the Bounty Hunter. He stopped by our house on his way to work to have BFJ draw on some Sharpie tattoos. He had a wig, Kevlar vest, black pants, badge, etc.; he looked pretty convincing. I wish I could show you! I guess I need to sort out my pre-dig. pictures. This year, he has a pretty good costume planned. If I happen to see him that day, I'll try to get a picture!
Last year, I was a cowgirl. It was what I had, you know. This year, I was hoping to make myself a costume but time ticks away, and I haven't gotten to it. I guess I'll just throw on the black and orange stuff and some fake eyelashes.
Have you ever seen Mean Girls? I thought the best scene was when Cady, the main character, showed up for the Halloween party. All the girls looked kind of tarty, but she showed up to scare. Kind of like the saying, Dance like no one's watching; like Phoebe, enjoying her run. My sister-in-law found a kooky hat and told me she was going to make it her vacuuming hat. I don't know if she did; but we should all enjoy life so!
Friday, October 24, 2008
I have been sick, and losing my voice on and off over the past week. I guess I was just too stressed out about the surgery, but now I am going to get past it. As soon as this cold is gone.
Last night, BFJ and I watched Lord of the Gourds. What a bunch of fanatics! This afternoon, I have discovered that we left our own pumpkins out on the woodchopping stump too long. All the green ones are squishy. I knew they should have gotten moved to the garage, but I have been too busy being sick and miserable to worry about it. BFJ says that now he empathizes with those people losing their giant pumpkins. Hmmmmm.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Today is my nephew's birthday. Happy Birthday Nephew!
Also, one of BFJ's best friends delivered a baby girl today! I might tell you her first name, but she doesn't have one yet.
I saw a few flakes of snow floating around today. Tonight is the last knitting class. I have several hats; seven, I think. I need to try something else!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
But actually, I am taking a break from EVERYTHING. Tomorrow, I am having surgery. If you know me personally, you probably think I work this into every conversation possible, lately. It's not that I want to talk about it, but my fear and horror compels me to bring it up ad nauseum. Oh, it's minor; minor. It's oral surgery. But the dentist... I think there's no more appropriate horror film poster than this one. With all these human cells that miraculously regenerate, why not teeth!???
My wonderful husband has taken a couple of days off of work to man the house. (No pun intended.) BFJ can cook, clean, do laundry, read stories, the works. And I don't mean frozen-pizza-and-pbjs cook. I know, I am a lucky girl; I make him hats and quilts to compensate him. (This is not to say that he has never shrunk a dress I borrowed from a friend, but I am not going to have to hire a nanny. Although, Nana is also coming for the day.) So I plan on being a big baby for the next four days, and you may not hear from me. And I have not posted lately because I have been trying to get all my October Things done in one week, so that I can spend the rest of the month crying on the couch and reading and watching HGTV. But hopefully I won't have to. And if you're a pray-er, I would be happy for your prayers. I really do not want to go tomorrow. In fact, if you have a time machine, I would also be happy to skip ahead a few days. Or at least 15 hours. I think BFJ knows how freaked out I am; he is ignoring my lack of housekeeping. Or maybe he knows that, while I'm out of it, he can do everything his way.
Before I go, a few more things:
- I still haven't gotten a picture of the second hat on the model. One of these days.
- We had a killing frost over the weekend. Luckily, I went out in the rainy sleet and stripped my pepper and tomato plants JUST before they froze, and have a nice little harvest. I was just hoping everything would last for Picture Day, and it did. We had little ears of corn that Speed had planted. Maybe next year, we won't plant it under the tree! I dug up my basil and rosemary. Somehow, I just cannot keep basil alive in a pot.
- And now I can dream about next year's garden.
- And I joind the Holiday KALCAL. And you can, too! but only til October 31, so go now.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I am also belated in my thanks to Candace. I won the "name the bike" contest, and Candace sent me a packet of Moda swatches. I am going to make a basket with them, thank you, Candace. I sent her a little thank you in return. When I know she's gotten it, I'll show you what it was. She said she'd like to be surprised.
Also, one of my sister-in-laws read about my knitting and sent along a little bag of knitting goodies, last time I saw my brother. Wasn't that nice? Thanks, Natalie.
Alas! still no picture of the latest hat. I will have to get one of those soon. At our knitting class last night, we talked about blocking. I don't want to block my knitting. In fact, I throw all - yes, all - of my quilting in the washing machine. But our knitting teacher said, "It's the difference between your stuff looking homemade and looking professional." Okay, I guess I'll have to do it.
Hmm. What else was I going to tell you? Oh yes. I have been faithfully replying to every comment I get. Then I realized I have been replying most of the time to "no-reply at blogger." So I apologize if I seem aloof. It was not my intention.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Yesterday, I went out and found a zucchini in the garden and my little boys helped me make zucchini bread. I used Paula Deen's recipe from foodnetwork. Several people commented (online) about making it, and alterations that they'd made, so I have my own version. The original recipe has a LOT of sugar. As recommended by others, I used a bit less. The final result: it is so good, everyone wanted it for breakfast! Over the summer, when I've had more zuc than I could use that week, I've shredded it up and frozen two-cup portions, so we'll have plenty for bread all winter.
After dinner last night, the five of us worked together to change the mantel around. Last year, we had a scary tangle of tree roots that we put on our mantel, but apparently that went into the fireplace at some point during the winter! If you can't tell, there is a (rubber) rat sitting on the biggest pumpkin (above). We also needed a place for all the pumpkins; we picked several at the farm, but there are at least three from our own yard in here. All of the little gourds and mini pumpkins are from the yard, too. It's very satisfying to know that I grew or made something instead of buying it!
I love the apple crate; it was my grandpa's; another treasure from the garage.
Speaking of making things, I have finished another hat! I will post pictures once I have a model. Hopefully the hat will fit the model.
And lastly, something that has been on my mind the last day or so: My sweet little grandmother, for as long as I can remember, had a little sign hanging in her kitchen. It said something like,
Make sure they are sweet.
You never know which ones
You may have to eat.
Sometimes, people hurt my feelings. I mean, really, really. I know, we all feel that way. I'm one of those people who would rather just get things out in the open, but I know not everyone deals with problems that way. It is hard for me to keep things bottled up, but sometimes you have to, and sometimes you don't have to, but ... you know you should. So I am trying to remind myself to make sure my words are sweet. I might have to paint my own sign, and hang it on my own kitchen wall!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
As we drove home, I practiced knitting, the seed stitch. Life is woven together.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
GASP! Nothing like kickin' a girl when she's down. But I don't hold it against them. Really. I swear. And by the way, if that's true, I blame the DH.
I've known since early spring that there wasn't going to be a repeat League win for our team this year, and anyone could see that the Cubs were going to make it to the post season. Despite rooting against them at Coors Field this spring, I've been planning to root for them to go all the way. Wouldn't that be great if the Cubs played the White Sox in the World Series? If the Red Sox can overcome the Bambino, isn't it time the Cubs overcame the goat? But the Cubs are down two games. Can they make it back?
It is a Trip Around the World with a Snowball in the center. It's a baseball diamond, get it? I used tickets (from the fabric) for all the American League teams, in order of year of affiliation, and then since the AL only has 14 teams, I had to add two NL teams. I added the Rockies (he was born in Colorado, after all) and the Mets, because being New Yorkers, the Mets rank above most other NL teams for them anyway. The other fabrics are red and blue, the NYY colors; personally, I would have said blue and gray, but BFJ said blue and red. Hmm. Well, it matches the NYY block, and if I did it wrong, they were kind enough to overlook it. Then, green for grass, woodgrain for the bats; hand-stitched lacing on the baseball. And finally, since I'm just tooting my little horn anyway, there is a label on the back with name and date, etc. but also who won The Series the year my little friend was born, and the Yankee team leaders of batting average, etc. Boy did I learn a lot about baseball that year, looking up all the AL teams, and so on. It really bolstered my interest in America's Game.
Now, pick a team and root for someone!
Thursday, October 2, 2008