Saturday, February 28, 2015

No party after all...

Well, Sethy is running a fever, so we had to cancel the party.  Now I have 6 stick horses floating about the house, a pinata full of chocolate, and a Pin the Tail on the Horsey game still in the packaging.  Sigh...

Perhaps our play date on Friday can be a little partyish.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


The horse heads are stitched.  They need to be stuffed and sticked (tonight), then I can cross that off my list.

Hannah and I have been working on birthday knitting. I stitched together a stuffed animal for her, and realized that I did it backwards, so I need to go back and redo it.  Boy, howdy, do I hate stupid mistakes!  It'll take me 45 minutes or so to take it apart and put it back together.  Wasted time!

Let's see, today is Thursday.  It's bathroom cleaning day!  School, an hour of yard work, 30 min of birthday knitting (party on Sat).  It will be a busy day, but a good one I think. Oh!  I also need to drop some books off at the library.

Well, I'd better get started!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stuff in general

Okay, the horse heads are set to be sewn up and stuffed tomorrow.  Sticks on Thursday.  Decorating and bake the cake Friday afternoon.

Here's my completely realistic goal for Saturday:

Tape off Friday night, so that right after breakfast on Sat, we can start staining.

Stain till 11:30.

Make/eat lunch, then clean up.

Frost cake (probably have Hannah do this while I am staining).

Have Hannah and/or Leah cut up some veggies for snackage.

Party starts at 1pm and goes till 3.

After party, tidy up and start dinner.  Probably something easy like spaghetti & salad.

Sounds totally do-able, right?  Today, Hannah and I are in a knitting frenzy to finish 2 stuffed animals by Sat.  I think we would each need to knit about an hour and a half, so this is do-able too.  Really.  We can do this. I think.

Monday, February 23, 2015

My sweater...

So my sweater is seeing some progress.  Leah is modeling it here.  I've finished Phase 5.  Being that there are 10 Phases, you would logically assume I am halfway finished.  Not so!

I think most of the hard part is done.  The shoulders and sleeve-cap shaping is interesting, slowish sort of work.  And since I can only knit a few minutes each day (30 at most), I expect this will take until April-ish.  I have a project planned for the greater part of March - a birthday present.  Within our circle of family and friends, we have 16 birthdays in March.  That's one every other day.  Oiy!

Well, children are calling and dinner must be started.  Have a great week!

Friday, February 20, 2015


So, it's Friday.  I didn't get everything done I wanted, but made good progress.  The horse heads are cut out and all pinned together, all ready for sewing.  A 20 minute sewing session tomorrow should get that part done, then we can work on the sticks.

My floors are swept and mopped, the bathrooms cleaned, and a very large amount of yard work done.  We worked in the yard 1 hour a day Wed, Thurs and today, and also plan to do it again tomorrow.

I finished Olivia's birthday hat too.  I want to knit another sheep cozy, a little bigger this time. I have a small ball of leftover brown wool that would be perfect.  The white one I made is for a small Starbucks size cup, but I'd like one to fit a medium cup.

I'm going out with DH tonight to dinner w/o children, and then he's promised to take me to the yarn store!!  How romantic is that?!  I want to start on a shawl, but haven't found just the right yarns.

Well, we need to do a quick tidy before we go out tonight.  Until next time!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Week 'Off"

Here's what I need to complete this coming week since it is our week off of school.


  •  put dinner in the crockpot since we have music co-op in the afternoon
  • start birthday hat for Olivia
  • Leave by 12:30 for home around 4:30
  • cut out 7 stick horses with corresponding eyes and ears
  • re-think the stick part of the horses...those dowels are a bit pricier than I expected
  • Make phone call to schedule class for Michael for his birthday...shhhh!
  • piano teacher comes Tues for and hour and a half
  • Make a couple phone calls to invite new friends for dinner
  • Make phone call to schedule my eye exam
  • phone call for Josiah and Seth Dr appts
  • trip to library to pick up Hannah's books on Haiti for her project
  • Have girls cut yarn for horse manes
  • Sew horse heads/ears/manes together        
  • Catch up on any housework
  • Have Hannah draw large horse pic for Pin the Tail on the Pony game
  • Michael goes to mens group in the evening, so we can have a simpler dinner
  • Hopefully have figured out the stick problem
  • stuff horse heads and secure sticks
  • Come up with prizes for party games - maybe hit the Dollar Store
  • maybe meet with friends in the afternoon (knitting time!)
  • Go to Hobby Lobby and buy Pony Cake Pan (with 40% off coupon!)
  • Help Michael do whatever on the kitchen project
  • Grocery shopping

Friday, January 30, 2015

On furniture

"Any piece of furniture, I don't care how beautiful it is, has got to be lived with, and kicked about, and rubbed down, and mistreated by servants (or children), and repolished, and knocked around and dusted and sat on or slept in or eaten off of before it develops its real character," Selina said. "A good deal like human beings. I'd rather have my old maple table, mellow with age and rubbing, that Pervus' father put together himself by hand seventy years ago, than all the mahogany library slabs on Wabash Avenue."

So Big  by Edna Ferber, 1927