Sunday, July 23, 2006

Can you believe?

1. It is almost time for the younger kids to go back to school.
2. The situation is the middle east continues to unravel.
3. A whole summer has almost passed and I haven't even finished a scarf!
4. My house is still not self cleaning...darn it. Willing something to happen doesn't always make it so!
5. My oldest son turns 20 Wednesday!
6. My husband and I celebrate 16 years of marriage on Friday!
7. The yarn and books in my house are multiplying faster than TRIBBLES (if you don't know what a tribble is, search the old (ORIGINAL)Star Trek series....You'll know....


Sunday, July 16, 2006

No-he's not flat!

This is a picture of my oldest son's cat. As you can tell, the animals at my house feel no fear, even when it comes to sprawling their overfed fannies under the vehicles....Don't worry, he's still alive...and very well fed!

Maybe we'll get pictures, maybe not!

You never forget how......

to ride a bike....bull! After not riding in over 20 years, I got a wild hair and bought a bike today. Nothing fancy, just a basic cruiser (which by the way was more expensive than a bike with gears!)--so I figured I'd be able to just pop on and go....that did not happen. Thankfully I am starting this new adventure at night when I don't make my neighbors laugh because they are in bed....

I am hoping to get the hang of this again, but it feels really strange. I used to love to ride bikes when I was a girl, so it seemed like something that will help me lose the weight I have gained since having kids. My goal right now is to get at least 70 pounds off and then I will go for a second phase. I have such a huge amount to lose! I am playing roulette with my life being at the weight and the age I am right now. I figure once I get started, I will ride with my boys at night when it is cooler. I get bored walking so this will hopefully keep me on the right path. Starting tomorrow I am going to start taking salads at least 3 times a week -- and mostly greens, not protein. The rest of the week will be whatever. I just need to take small steps. A lot of the girls at the office are on weight watchers, but I just don't have time to get to the meetings so I am going to try it on my own. I have to admit I am inspired by one of the knitters (Lolly) whose blog I read regularly. She has lost almost 50 pounds, and she has her eating regime on a blog, so I am basing mine off that. The water part is going to be a little hard to work into since I do love my diet cola.

On the other front, I am discovering that having a washer on the fritz totally bites! Luckily hubby like doing clothes, so he hits the laundromat. We went looking for one today but came to an impasse--he wants a top loading model because they are much cheaper. I want a front loading one because they are more enviromentally friendly and use less water. I found one I like but we ended with " let's keep looking" --- I will go back this week and buy the darn thing and have it delivered before he realizes --- it took him forever to figure to buy a dishwasher, I had to do the same thing....

Cute animal pictures included with todays post.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Is It Autumn Yet?

While summer is nice for gardening, I am getting pretty darn tired of the humidity!

It rained for a little bit yesterday and last night-just enough to get the ground wet enough to send up steady steam as it heated the earth!
I know it is nowhere like being at the ocean or the swamps, but it still is yucky!

On a different note--you know your housekeeping has kicked your butt when you secretly reason that a tornado wouldn't be half bad---it may even help....However, I would just want one that dipped out and sucked up my house, not my neighbors--they are too nice. Plus their homes are clean...unlike mine! This is the first time I have worked outside the home full time since the twins were born. They turn 13 this year....I am having a little bit of trouble keeping up with everything. Luckily I have a husband that works just as hard-if not harder around the house, but it has run away. Sooooo the next month I will concentrate on purging.A friend of mine is part of a group that leaves books in public places with an identification number and instructions for whoever finds it to log in and put info on where they found it and what they thought of it. Then the finder is supposed to "release" the book into the wild again so it can be tracked. Sounds like fun. I am going to start leaving books in coffee houses and send some to friends to release for me in other states.I like the idea of recycling.

Speaking of recycling, I found a really interesting book called "Save the world for a fiver"--it is British, so I actually had to order from an individual on eBay. It is a small book, but has some good ideas that are easy to do such as use a fabric shopping bag for groceries like they do in France. Although I rarely remember shopping bags when I am actually at the store, I will try to be better about it. At bookstores and places I have small purchases, I forgo the bag altogether. I would love to hear about how everyone else does their part, so email me!

I am hoping to get away for at least a three day weekend with my kids when it cools down a bit this Fall. Either to Arkansas for a little outdoors activity or shopping in Eureka Springs or to go up to Kansas City. The kids want to go to Cabello's so bad it isn't even funny! I like Kansas City - both the Missouri and Kansas side. There is something there for everyone.

On the knitting front, I am almost finished with another scarf. I am going to move on to a scarf made in basket weave with alpaca yarn. If you've never played with it, it is sooooo soft! Surprisingly, the yarn I have a huge crush on lately is a novelty yarn I found at Wal-Mart! It is their brand and it is so soft that I am going to hoard some more skeins when I finish with the one I'm on now. I have a pattern for a "Lucy" bag that I have to start on. I am really bad about getting the supplies but freezing up on the start. I guess that is why I like simple scarves and no-brainer patterns. It is much easier to frog a scarf then a lace shawl that has half your life looped into it!

Oops-gotta run!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy July 4th!

Hopin' everyone is having a bang-up 4th! We are hanging close to home-however not without the proper noise making, ear popping firecrackers required as annual tradition dictates. We usually have a pretty big shin dig at our house every year, but we are opting out this year so we can relax and have a quieter night. If the kids really don't like it, we'll ramp it back up next year. It's kind of nice to not have all the crazy prep but it does feel weird-like I should be running around DOING SOMETHING!

On the knitting homefront: I have been pretty darn negligent in anything related to knitting lately, but I have been making efforts to change that. I went to a family reunion with a friend this Saturday and got quite a bit done on a pretty simple scarf that has been in my project bag forever. The reunion gave me lots of time to sit and knit. I go every couple years to keep my friend company-it gives her someone to talk to. We are assisting with the 2008 reunion so I can guarantee we will have more activities to force the different members to mix. Plus we are definitely going to have kid activities....It was a nice diversion and got me thinking I need to get back East to visit family.

I really need to finish the socks that I started on for my son. I think this is going to be a legacy project!I need to just get to the darn yarn shop and have Mary show me how to TURN THE DAMN HEEL--and all will be right with the universe! I will be glad to get that pair finished as I can then say I have finished a pair and can move on to another pair. I already have the pattern picked out...And of course I have yarn for it! I am eyeing the Weekend Knits book at JoAnn's Craft store near me and I just happen to have a 40% off coupon....HMMMMMM. That store is a major danger to my budget when I have the monthly coupons they send in the mail! I go in thinking I am going to get one thing using the coupon and come out with additional things in tow....Which is probably what keeps them in business....

Jeremy started taking lessons on the pottery wheel. I need to get pictures because he is soooo happy! He and I have been taking handbuilding classes for a couple month but he has been really wanting to throw on the wheel. I made him take two handbuilding then promised him he could move on after that. It is so rare to find a studio that will teach youth to work on the wheel, but we have been going to the Secret Gallery where they have wonderful and patient teachers for both wheel and handbuilding. Jeremy actually got two pots thrown--and had a smile on his face I can't describe---this is what makes it fun to be a Mom. After class he announced he is now a potter....