Friday, April 29, 2011

A Little At A Time

The seedlings are coming along nicely--indoors and out.  The peas that I planted a few weeks ago now look like something intentionally planted rather than weed sprouts.  The lettuce is taking shape, but the rock stars of this year's garden have to be the onions and garlic.  It's very gratifying to watch their green shoots grow and grow.

May 15 is our frost-free date, and I'll wait until then to put these in the ground.

On the knitting front, things were moving along slowly-but-surely until today.  Today it came to a grinding halt because I had to order another ball of yarn--seems the ball of yarn I ordered a couple of weeks ago wasn't enough to finish.

Here's what I have left to knit:

 The second sleeve.  I'm almost done, but this is all the yarn I have left:
 That is not going to be enough.  The front panels are finished and waiting for seaming.  I'm so glad I did those first before doing the sleeves.
 So hopefully by next weekend I can show you my finished work.  In the meantime, dishcloth fever is about to strike around here--gotta keep the needles moving!

Happy weekend to you all!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday again

Most mornings, we can see a dove perched on our neighbor's roof.  He sits up there and coos.  We dig it.  Earlier this week, our dove and a friend stopped by our pond.  Can you find them?

We haven't turned on the pump yet, so we're not getting the zen-like sounds of gently flowing water.  Soon.

 The indoor seeds are sprouting (along with a little mold, it appears).  I also fed our houseplants for the first time in ... ever?  I can't remember giving them any food.  I'm halfway expecting the houseplants to turn back flips!  I'll let you know if that happens.
And the first baseball game is scheduled for tomorrow--but so is an 80% chance of rain.  In case of a rainout, I have plenty of reading material to see me through.

Happy weekend!

Monday, April 11, 2011


{Big exhale} That's much better.

Boy, Friday was a downer, wasn't it?  I decided that I couldn't wait for the weather to improve to cheer me up, so Caitlin and I went in search of our own cheer.  We had a nice long trip to the grocery store where we bought ice cream and lots of fixin's for sundaes.  I think we all had some ice cream Friday night. 

And Saturday!  Well, I think you could hear everyone in the county tear off their coats, run outside and raise their arms to the sky and shout, "finally!"  A much-needed day of sunshine and warmth.  Oh, it did wonders for the spirit.  I finally made it outside to the garden.  We added in some fresh organic soil and put in some seeds.

Yesterday Bobby participated in the Pinewood Derby regionals.  He did well--even came home with a small trophy.  I think Rob is already planning next year's car.

Tonight is one of those crazy nights--Caitlin has dance from 4:30 to 5:30, and Bobby has baseball practice at 6.  I have a meeting at 7:30.  I'm planning on spaghetti and meatballs.  But as I typed this out, I saw that we don't really have a window of time to sit down and eat together (somehow I was thinking there was more than a half-hour of time between activities--Bobby will be practically jumping out of one car and into another).  I think I'll make the meal early this afternoon, and then serve it in shifts--or I'll bring Bobby's dinner to dance!  We'll just make it up as we go!

This week I'll try to take more pictures of my New York cardigan.  It's still in progress, but now I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

I wish you all a happy Monday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Ten Things

It's Friday again, and I'm wondering if I can come up with ten seems the delayed Spring is affecting my mood.  Here goes:
 1.  I feel like I've been in a creative funk.  Or rather, I am working on some things, but I feel like completing them is taking forever, or there are so many things I want to make, but I have limited time, I don't know.  It's sort of a rushed feeling--or a not-enough-time feeling--does that make sense? 

2. In general, I'm battling an overall crabby mood (mine) around the house.  And I feel like I'm nagging myself.  And nobody responds well to nagging.  I think it's time to give myself some grace.

3. Remember these pillows that I recovered recently?  Well, even all prettied up, they're still a thorn in my side because I'm still finding them all over the floor.  I am seriously contemplating following Larissa's lead and pitching them.  And I may also pare down the blanket collection in the family room too for the same reason.
 4.  Caitlin was sent home from school yesterday with a temperature of 101.5, so she's home again today.  I was on my way to Lowe's yesterday to buy garden soil so I could finally get started on our veggies when I got the call from the nurse.  I may take her over there today, but it's supposed to rain today...maybe I'll just do it tomorrow when the weather is supposed to improve.  Sigh.  Delayed gratification can be difficult.
 5.  We have one more Lenten supper to go.  This Wednesday night is a special night at our church.  It is the actual anniversary date of our church's founding--150 years!  I'm looking forward to the celebration, but I will also be very glad to have this year's suppers behind me.
 6.  We are planning our summer vacation already.  It looks like we're going to take a road trip to Niagara Falls and then over to Toronto.  This means passports for the kids.  Would you believe I have an appointment at the post office for the kids' passports for 8:30 on a Saturday morning?  I don't even want to think about how early that is!  I don't know the last time all five of us rolled out to be anywhere by 8:30 in the morning. 
 7.  Kristyn left a great comment last week about dinner recipes to help get through baseball season.  It's a great one to think over.  Right now, I'm stumped!  All of Bobby's weeknight games are scheduled for 6:00, and he probably has to be at the field by 5:45 at the latest.  I want the kids (and the adults, if we can) to eat before the game.  Eating dinner at 8:00 on a school night is not conducive to a peaceful bedtime.  So, that leaves us eating dinner around 5:00, 5:15 at the latest.  I'll let you know what we come up with.
 8.  I have not been taking pictures.  Maybe looking through the camera will help me see things in a more positive light.  Pulling up some of these old pictures has been a treat.  See how stinkin' cute Bobby was?
 9.  Hey--I'm all the way to nine!  That's kind of a cheat, isn't it?
10.  I'm going to take a deep breath and go plan something fun for all of us for tonight.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April (Or, everyone say, "Hi, Mike!")

It was T.S. Eliot who wrote that "April is the cruelest month..."  I know, because I looked it up.  It's the first thought I had when I looked out the window this morning.  Here, have a look out my window:

Not so promising, is it?  The kids have a half-day today. This afternoon, we're going to the movies.

Bobby's baseball schedule has been published, so we're looking at a whole lotta crazy for the next couple of months, because it's not just two ball games a week, it's also dance picture day, dance dress rehearsal day, cub scout field trips, two cub scout meetings that we have to run, spring strings concert, spring chorus concert, et cetera, et cetera.

What's with the "Hi, Mike!"?  He's my brother.  He requested more frequent blog posts.  So there you have it.  I'm all about customer service.

And just because Mike loves the Phillies so much--here's Rob and Cliff Lee on Wednesday night.
Bobby has been pulling teeth like it's his job.  He also just asks us for the money--he can't be bothered by any Tooth Fairy middleman.

Even though the weather looks like winter, the ants know it's spring, because they've resumed their annual assault on my house.  I won't say any more on that topic.  Unless you have any advice--I'll take advice!

And that's a wrap for this week!  I hope you are able to find some signs of spring wherever you are!