Archive for May, 2008

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Late Garden

May 29, 2008

I am starting my garden late this year.  I just couldn’t find the time and wasn’t feeling well enough at times to go out and weed my planter box.  I have almost half of it done now, worked my butt off (I mean back off) yesterday.  Today I am finishing it up.  I bought my plants (already started by Home Depot) and will plant them today.  I decided it was better to have a late garden one that may or may not be bountiful then no garden.

However, last year I had tomatoes all the way until the late fall.  In fact, when I pulled out my plants this winter they had green fruits on them.

Last year I only planted 2 tomato plants, they were both Better Boy Hybrids.  This year I am planting a variety of tomatoes.  (Cherry, Better Boy, 100 Sweet, and Roma.)  I am also planting yellow crook neck squash and zucchini.  I think I might also see if I can get some watermelon to grow.  We don’t really have the room, but perhaps I can think of something clever.

While weeding my garden, I looked under the wheel barrow and there was a HUGE black widow.  It was the biggest I have seen in a long time.  I have only seen small ones this year.  It scared me.  They always do.  I called the girls over to see it as I really want them to know 1.  How prevalent they are and 2.  what they look like.   Then I killed it.

At the Junior college I go to they don’t kill black widows, but rather move them to a location away from where people are sitting…fools.  I know this because one day I saw some spider webs under a bench outside of my class.  I looked under it and Lo and Behold, a Black Widow.  I went to the office department of that building.  They didn’t seem to care.  I stressed the serious of it and then they called someone from the Biology Department to come and get it and move it to another location.  You would think they would call someone to just come over and kill it.  I suppose I could have tried to kill it with my shoe.

Seriously, they are not in any way endangered and they make 5 to 10 egg sacks which contain 200-900 babies, though the babies do eat each other, several offspring come from each egg sack.  In this area we are not lacking in black widows.

Tony is almost done with putting down the patio stones.  He has to redo some of it and buy a few more stones.  Then we will be all set up to sit out on the patio and watch the garden this summer, something we both enjoy doing.

Yesterday I found time to re-pot all of my house plants.  They have been needing it for awhile.  I also chopped the top of my rubber tree off.  I was hoping I could just cut it off and throw it in water to see if it would propagate.   Later I read online that you have to wound the plant, wrap it in moss and wait a couple of months for it to form a root ball.  Then you cut it off.  The plant is pretty tall and so I am thinking about doing this and making the top of the plant a new plant.  I shouldn’t have let it grow that tall.  It is just long and awkward.

I knit a few dishcloths/washcloths and gave them to my girl scout co-leaders as a Thank You.  I needed to create something for Sierra’s teacher.  Perhaps I will get her a gift card.  I just am not sure if I have enough time.

Sierra’s last day of first grade is tomorrow.  The last year sure went by fast!  In the fall, Madeleine will start preschool every day for 3 hours and Sierra will be in 2nd grade.  What will Tony and I do with no kids at home?  Ha ha.

I am not sure what is going on with my and the Junior college.  I registered for Summer school, but couldn’t afford to pay for my classes.  The day school started I logged on to drop the class and couldn’t.  They froze my account because I didn’t pay the fees.  So now I owe for a class I never attended and will have to withdraw and it might just cause me huge problems.  I was so busy with other things that I didn’t realize that was going to happen.  This weekend we are going to have a mini garage sale, all proceeds will go towards groceries.  Then I think we will work on our backyard.

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For my mother

May 29, 2008

I took these pictures about a month ago. The kids still look the same, so here they are…
Madeleine

Madeleine  (One thing this picture doesn’t show is how tall she is getting.  She is growing out of her baby look.)
Sierra

Sierra

This is Sierra’s last week of school.  I can’t believe she is almost in 2nd grade.  We just finished up Brownies for the year.  It was a blast and I am going to miss it.  We will still do some fun stuff over the summer.  I am trying to get a job to pay down our debts so we can buy a house.  Every day I put in 1 or 2 resumes.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  I am realizing that it isn’t easy for a sahm to re-enter the working world.

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It is good to be 4, recap…

May 15, 2008

Here is one of  the infamous banners created by Netter. This will be laminated and treasured. We love it! Madeleine loved it! It took up our whole living room wall. I drag friends and family into my house just to show off the banner. Sierra will be surprised that she gets one too. We will hang hers this Sunday.
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Oh, see that ugly scratched up chair…it is a goal one day to reupholster it along with the one that is to the right in the picture (buried in blankets.)

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Here she is with the doll I made her.   The doll surprised her and at first she wanted to hide behind it.  It was pretty funny.  She was happy that day. Then the next day decided she hated it, too much hair. Then a few days later she saw it in my room and wanted it back. She then slept with it. I think she likes it now, but I am ready to take it back and keepsake it any time.
Birthday 008

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What to do…

May 14, 2008

I need to update you about Madeleine’s birthday and provide you with pictures.  I have been so busy, I just haven’t had time.  I don’t know if I shared this tidbit, but I became a Girl Scout leader in April.  I am leading my daughter’s Brownie troop.  It is a blast.  This month we are making paperbag scrapbooks.

So, that is where I have been…sorry.

I did have a little crafty/crochet question for you…

If a pattern suggests using 1 ball of yarn, however then says to hold 4 strands together.

a.  Do you buy 4 balls and only use 1/4 of each ball?

b.  Do you buy 1 ball and then wind it into 4 balls?

c.  Some other variation (liking working 2 balls from each end…)

Just curious…

Oh, and Netter, the birthday banner was a hit.  I am going to cut out the 4th and have it laminated so I can use it every year!  It is truly awesome.  Hopefully I will upload some pictures this weekend.

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Birthday Post

May 3, 2008

Today was my birthday.   It was better then last year. A friend of mine (non-yarn friend) gave me a basket full of yarn, knitting needles, coffee and a cheesecake. Coming from someone who is not a yarnie, it was an incredible thoughtful gift.

Tony made me a lemon cake. It was good, but not as good as my mom’s. I told him not to feel bad. Not many people can live up to my mom. 🙂

The girls gave me cards and then the girls and I went out to dinner. Sierra, of course, made sure everyone know it was my birthday. She even tried to make me wear her princess crown (she wore it the entire time in the restaurant.) I told her, “you know your mom, Sierra…she ain’t no princess.” When I was a little girl, I didn’t dream to be a princess. I wanted to be a cowgirl.

Madeleine’s birthday is Monday. I am hoping to be able to take her and a friend to Build a Bear. She is going to be 4 years old.

I knit a sock, with Noro Kureyon sock yarn. I just knit a generic sock, with a CO 64 st, size 1 needles.

The yarn had a problem though…the colors went from brown to a blazing pink! There was no gradual change and I started to question my ball of Noro yarn. I finally frogged back to the brown and cut the yarn. I then wound the yarn until I went through all of the colors to the next brown and lo and behold…it did not go right into a bright pink. So I joined the yarn there and went on with my knitting.

Noro Sock Yarn

Here you can see the lovely blue that was cut out of the yarn in the above picture. The sock below looks much better.
Noro Sock

I am trying to get Madeleine’s doll done. It hasn’t been easy making clothes for it. You think it would. However, I really gave the doll too much hair. She is top heavy and her head likes to flop around. It makes putting on doll sweaters difficult. Maybe she will leave it on? Or is that not much fun? I was hoping to be able to make the doll more clothes, but I think as long as she isn’t naked, it will be fine. Then I can make doll clothes at my convenience this summer, right?
Knit doll

Thanks all for the nice comments about her face.  This doll has been very challenging for me.  Seriously!  Please let’s hope that all the work I put into giving the doll hair isn’t for naught.  I spent hours giving that doll too much hair.  It would only take seconds for scissors to take it away.  Maybe this is too much doll for a 4 year old?