Finally, a glimpse of hope!
I was scooping errant leaves out of the pond today, and I came across our good buddy Bullet! We weren't sure he would make it through the winter in our little water hole. Last October, on a cold & rainy afternoon, we came home to find a heron gulping down our fish. He got all but 2. Lousy bird. The fish were sluggish and we weren't home to shoo him away. We hadn't seen Bullet since that day, so this is really good news!
On the other hand, I also have mushrooms growing in the garden. How did that happen? Until this morning, it was covered in snow. I know they like damp soil (which it very much is) but this is ridiculous! No green peeping out anywhere, but I have 'shrooms!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Finally, a glimpse of hope!
No vacation recap today. I have more pressing matters to address.
Evan is a creature of habit, sometimes frustratingly stubborn in his refusal to change. It's especially evident in his clothing selections. I literally have to tear clothes off his body so that I can wash them. And sweatshirts? Don't get me started. He insists on wearing one every day. He has shirts by the dozens, both short and long sleeved, but without fail he will reach for a hoodie 9 times out of 10.
This particular oft-worn sweatshirt has become his favorite in the last 6 months. No particular reason, except maybe the lack of hood. Hoods don't work well with winter jackets. The wearer looks like a hunchback.
Last Thursday was a whirlwind of activity. After school Evan had a soccer game literally right after school, so we had to hurry to get dressed and on the field in time. Naturally, he was wearing the beloved garment.
Sometime during the last wearing/washing cycle, the zipper tab came off. Usually this is no big deal; just attach something to the pull mechanism and you're good to go. Not this time. He had it zipped all the way to the top, with not a centimeter to spare (another maddening habit), and that sucker would not come undone.
He suffered through gym class, and a warmish mid 50's day, without being able to get it off. We tried and tried to pull it off over his head, but without removing his ears it wasn't happening. I tried spraying WD-40 into the zipper and using pliers to yank it down.Nothing. Now he's beginning to cry that he'll have to wear it to the soccer game and he's going to melt if he gets any hotter and blahblahblah.
So I did the only thing I could do.
I cut the jacket open down the zipper.
Evan was horrified that I defiled his favorite sweatshirt EVER in such a manner. How could I live with myself after causing him so much pain?
Easy. You offer to replace the zipper. Little did I know that he was going to hound me about it.
Friday he was disappointed that I didn't find time to fix it before we left on vacation. Never mind all the packing, vacuuming, snack gathering, dog dropping off that I did. I should have made time to go to the fabric store and buy a zipper, tear out the old one, and replace it. So that he could wear it to Florida, naturally.
Yesterday he asked me if I ever was going to get around to fixing it. Like it's been a year since I cut it off him. Sheesh.
So before I upload any vacation pix, or go to the grocery store, or relax for a minute, I'm headed to JoAnn's to find a 21" dark grey zipper. Wish me luck!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
...which is a good thing. I think in the last 48 hours I have slept 40, no exaggeration. I might be setting a new world record. It's too much trouble for me to find out.
I went to Target today. I needed to get out of the house & buy dishsoap. Be out among the living. I instantly regretted my choice of outerwear-I was wearing a fleece jacket that made me break out into an immediate sweat. I seriously thought I was going to be sick, in Target. Not a great scenario. Luckily I made it out of the store and drove to school with the windows down.
Before I left the store, some cute pj's followed me home! Tomorrow is pajama day for the kids, so I bought Em a cute pair with monkeys on them, and Ev some sports themed pants. They didn't have a set that he would be caught dead wearing, so I also bought him this tee. I don't know if he'll wear it, but it makes me very happy and that's all that matters. :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
last night we went to my sister & brother-in-laws house for a homemade
sushi party. We haven't made sushi in a really long time. When Em was little we were on a sushi kick, and then I think we got burned out on it.
I forgot how long it takes to actually get it made. This is probably why we quit making it. Who has time for a baby and a 4 hour dinner?
This was fun because E&E are old enough to help, and they really like sushi. Then again, Evan will eat anything that includes dipping sauces.
It was delicious and fun. I won't wait so long to do it again.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
(although I have to say, my niece Olivia wasn't any bigger than the doll.)
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
which would be finished objects for all you non-knitters.
I haven't felt like doing anything lately. Maybe it's the weather. I think I have winter blues. I slept longer today than I've been awake. Pathetic.
I did manage to make this knitted 'babe' for my niece Olivia. She was really fun to make. I can forsee more of these in my future.
I also finished, washed, & blocked the baby blanket. I had put a fuzzy yarn edge on it, and I hated it. Hated. So I ripped that off.
The kids in general are driving me crazy. It wasn't a great weekend. Emma mouthed off at me and ended up grounded to her room for the entire day Sunday. Only to come out for dinner & potty breaks. It was rough but I didn't back down. I also didn't get an apology.
Evan has been super moody as well. They aren't getting enough sleep, and are constantly trying to push each other over the edge. It doesn't take much. It's making me exhausted.
And it's starting to snow. Again.