Archive for March, 2007

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Getting closer to FO

March 31, 2007

I am getting close to finishing my dad’s sweater.  I need to block it, seam it and then do the collar.  I don’t know if I will get to blocking it tonight.

The kids are still acting out.  I can’t take them anywhere without them screaming and fighting each other.  Now I know why my parent’s left the kids in the car years ago…can’t do that in this day and age…

I can’t wait to start knitting more summer things.

This came in the mail yesterday from my kitchen set swap partner, Bron.   She spoiled me!

I have been examining the pinwheel potholder and have decided I need to buy the booklet for that.  Those would make excellent Christmas presents.

I am still working on her set.  It isn’t going to be as color coordinating, but it has a theme.

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Need a Vacation…

March 29, 2007

from my vacation….

Yesterday Tony, the girls, and I got back from our mini vacation.  It was fun, but Tony and I both decided we really need a vacation away from the kids.  My parents watched the girls for a few hours two nights.  One night we drove around the coast and ate candy.  The funniest thing was when we drove down by the Headlands and it rained so hard on us we thought the ocean was blowing in.  It was like driving through a car wash.  We were so crazy (or sugar high.)  It was fun.

The second night we went to the movies and saw 300.  It is an excellent flick.  I am normally not a fighting movie type gal, but this was really good and who can complain about the period costumes?

My dad hooked me up with a local woman who has a llama farm.  She gave me 4 bag full of fiber for free.  The fiber is the first sheering off of their baby llamas, so it is really, really soft.  It is dirty, though so I am contemplating if I should wash it or just try to pick out the matter and spin it and then wash it.  I only have 2 small hand carders, so I don’t really know if I wash it if I can card it out real well.  I put an ad on craigslist for a drum carder, but I doubt that will pan out.  This really was a highlight of our trip.  I was told I can get more in July from them, as that is when they do their annual shearing.

Most of the time the weather was rainy or windy.  Sometimes we saw sun.  The nicest day was yesterday, the day we left….of course.  Every time I leave I get really depressed.  In fact, this trip, I started to get depressed about 3 days before we left.  I really want to live there, not just for the beauty of the place or the outdoor things to do, but for so many reasons.  The reality is that it is so darn expensive to live there and nothing for Tony to do.

I guess I just need to finish school and then we will decide what is best for our family.  Summer school….here I come!  (Yes, I did promise I would never do summer school…but I am…)

Here are some photos from our trip:

Fondue night:

Sleeping Beauties:

We wanted to go on a hike on the Headlands, but it was so cold that this is as far as we got…one picture, and then turned around and got back in the car.

You can’t tell from this picture, but the birds were doing some funny flying things.  They would periodically lift up their feet and then just hover in the air…they weren’t really flying anywhere.  It was funny.  They were just playing in the wind.

We drove to a private Redwood park on accident…long story is we were driving to find a bathroom and one really long windy road to a town that doesn’t existed made us end up in Leggett, home of the drive through tree.   So, we do what any tourist would do and pay the $5 so we could drive through the tree.

On the way back to my parent’s house we saw signs for Elk crossing and wouldn’t you know…saw a huge herd of elk.

Road Sweeping:

Car pics:

Colorful buildings in Willits:

We saw lots of animals, including goats, sheep, turkeys, raccoons, frogs,  alpacas, llamas, cows, horses, elk, deer, etc.

Lots of windy roads…thank goodness for children’s Dramamine.   Unfortunately we have to give them drugs or they throw up all over the car.

We had a really nice time…wish we were still there:

On the way home I stopped at Dharma Trading Company.   I told Tony I had no idea they sold yarn there.  I thought it was only dyeing supplies and blanks.  I thought maybe it would be “blank yarn,” you know, to dye.  However, the store has all yarn, from Noro to you name it.  They also have a large selection of knitting magazines and other knitting and weaving supplies.  I bought some silk roving and some acid dyes.

I did drop into my favorite yarn store in Mendo and I bought some Bearfoot sock yarn.   In a fall colorway called Goldrush.

Usually when we come back from a vacation we are broke, happy, and relaxed.   Well…we were all of that, but then this morning the kids went on a sneaky spree and got into all sorts of stuff in the house that made Tony get really stressed out.  Good thing he only works today and tomorrow and then gets the weekend off.

Did I mention we need a vacation from our vacation?  I think the next vacation me and Tony are going to drive up to Mendo, drop the girls off with grandma and grandpa and then drive home and rest for the week….Yeah, I like that idea A LOT!  I do miss sleeping in my own bed.  🙂

On the crafting front, I have finished several things for my kitchen swap partner.  I am so excited about it…I can’t share what I have done, but I will only give one hint that when I got the idea, I thought….”Elementary, My dear Watson.”

I am almost done with my dad’s sweater.  I am decreasing for the sleeve caps right now and then will do the collar and finishing.  I am also almost done with one sock.  I am getting closer to the toe.

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Black Widow

March 24, 2007

Tonight when my husband came home from work I asked him to water our plant out front.  I was outside with him and as he was bent down by the pot, I noticed there was a black widow spider about 8 inches from his hand.

Because of his location we weren’t sure how to kill him without him dropping into the hole of the cinder block.   Then we remembered last summer when we killed the 30 some odd black widows in the back yard that we bought spider killer.

Tony sprayed him and then he slowly tried to escape and then was stepped on.  Tony sprayed the rest of our front walkway and found an even larger black widow, which escaped under the siding of the house, though it did get sprayed first.

Here are some nice black widow pictures for you:

I guess it is the season…..to think I was going to weed that section of the yard soon.  I guess I will wait a few days…

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The farm

March 22, 2007

So today we went to my friend Dawn’s house to visit her, her family, and her farm.  It was a lot of fun.  Tony was able to come with us, the benefit of his job being swing shift.

They got to feed the donkeys, look at the turkeys, hold the baby sheep, throw eggs at the chickens, and chase after the dogs.  It was awesome!

My friend Dawn is so generous for letting us come out and hang out at her place.  She lives about 45 minutes from me and I wished we lived closer.

Here is Sierra holding one of the triplets.

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Rainy day…

March 21, 2007

And the Little People will play!

Yesterday it took me over 2 hours to help Sierra with her room.  She had been in there all day cleaning and Tony would say for the last month.  I went in there with the “clean sweep” approach and went through all of the toys, boxed up the ones they no longer play with, got rid of all of the garbage, clothes on the floor, etc.  We also moved the play kitchen out as the kids were breaking it.  (They don’t play with toys right…)

We might move the play kitchen outside, but I don’t know…I think it is going to go on freecycle.  The sink faucet is broken off and it no longer makes noise.

I vacuumed the room and now am pretty happy with it.  In a few weeks, Sierra’s bed will be replaced with a Jr. Bunk Bed set.  Right now the girls are sharing a bed.  Madeleine did have a crib/toddler bed, but I had to move it out of the room because they were both jumping on it and it was just a matter of time before they broke it.  Toddler bed does not equal trampoline.

So back to the Little People.  To be honest, the kids only play with them when I initiate it.  I love them.  It took me 45 minutes to set up the whole city.  They are playing with them now, only because I did all of the setup work.

This morning they took the toy bin out of their closet, tipped it onto its side and were crawling in it, I presume pretending it was a boat or something, but Tony thought they were just trying to break it.  I told him he just needed to screw it to the floor if he didn’t want them to play with it.  He put it in the closet thinking it was safe…nope.

Sometimes I wonder if I should just replace their toys with cardboard boxes and blankets.  Seriously….

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To the Farm

March 20, 2007

On Thursday, the girls and I (and maybe Tony) will be going to a friend’s farm.  She has 4 baby sheep and she told me they will catch them and let Sierra hold a baby sheep.  How cute is that!  Sierra is so excited.   I will definitely post some pictures.

I saw the urologist yesterday.  He said drink lots and lots of water.  I go back in June.  He forgave me for not getting the testing done.  He knew I had a rough time in January and now have the bills to follow.   My hospital portion to pay is $500 and insurance’s is over $3,000.  What a ripoff!

I have been very airheaded lately.  For over 2 weeks, I had lost my cellphone.  Apparently, it was under the seat of my truck.   This weekend, I lost my wedding ring.  I found it later in my pants pocket.  Then, I thought I put it in my jewelry box and found it again ontop of a dresser.  I feel like if I am on with some things in my life, I am off in other areas.

Tony has been very stressed out lately.  He has taken on a new position in his company, but is still waiting to find out how he will be reimbursed for that new position.  I guess they are forming a package for him.  Luckily, he will be taking 3 days off next week, so we are going out of town for some rest and relaxation.  It will be a low key, mini-vacation at my parent’s house in Mendocino.  I love that place.

It is raining today.  I need to find a project to do with Sierra.  She is so bored.

I am past the heel of the sock I am making.  I worked on that last night.  I need to finish the baby blanket and my dad’s sweater.  Don’t you think I should finish the sweater before I go visit them this weekend?  That only leaves me a few days to do the sleeves…better get on that.

Wow, what a rambly post…

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Babel

March 19, 2007

I watched this movie last night.  When it was over, I was scratching my head about the whole Japanese teen story line.  I just don’t understand why she was part of the movie or even really what the end of it was about.  Very confusing and sometimes boring.  The only thing really engaging about the movie was the music and the cinematography.  I don’t know…just one weird movie.  I wouldn’t recommend renting this movie, just my 2 cents.