Monday, April 30, 2007
And as you can see here, Gizmo thinks it's pretty cozy. :)
Thursday, April 26, 2007
And in other crafty news ... i've had some ideas floating around lately. Something exciting is in the works. But ... i'm not ready to share just yet. And besides, i'm still too sick to really make much progress in anything but lying around the house wishing somebody else was here to take care of my kids. I just about lost my last marble last night. And Brett got home about nine-thirty last night ... about ten mintues after I finally got the kids to sleep and was able to get a minute of peace. I am in serious need of some me time or I am going to go postal mama on somebody. If you see me around it's probably best to just keep on goin' like you never saw me there. The kicker is that tonight was supposed to be a mom's night out with some mommy friends in gainesville. I was really looking forward to it. Well that all fell apart due to some sick kids and me having the mystery crud that I do figured I wouldn't go spread it around the mom's group anyway. So I decided that I was going to go sit at the Marion Street Cafe downtown here in LC and knit for a little while. (i can sit outside and not spread my germs) Just to be alone and not have somebody need something every two seconds. Well as of lunchtime today that has fallen to hell as well ... to do with Brett having to go to a meeting because someone he works with is sick. And saturday they have a booth at the mall for some sort of trade show so the yarn sale I was thinking of going to in G'ville just to get away for a bit ... well that looks to be out as well unless I want to deal with two kids and lots of little balls of yarn and people all at the same time. We'll see how desperate I am to get out of here by then. As usual what I want comes last. Fun thing about being a mom. Okay, i'm done venting now. Thanks for listening, er ... uh ... reading. By the way ... anybody watch Idol Gives Back last night? That stuff will make you feel bad for ever complaining about anything ever again ... but hey, this is my blog so i'll complain if I want to. :-P
And as for the mystery crud ... I have honestly never been sick like this. I definitely feel better than I did this past weekend when all I wanted was somebody to put me out of my misery but I am nowhere near my usual self. I haven't eaten much at all since saturday which is very strange for me. I love food. I can always eat. Even when I have the flu ... I still eat. That not feeling like eating because you are sick thing has never happened to me ... until now. I did manage to eat a sandwich for lunch today that Brett brought me when he came home to get his clothes for the meeting tonight. That's the most I've eaten in one meal since saturday afternoon. I have the oddest sore throat ever. It's more like all the muscles in my neck are sore and swollen so it makes my throat hurt. It's not a raw sore throat like with strep, it's kinda like there's some really big dude with his hands around my neck squeezing and bruising everything. Does that make sense? My ears hurt and feel like they are stuffed with cotton and I can't wear my contacts. I'm considering going to a doctor if i'm not better by next week. And that says a lot. I haven't gone to the doctor for being sick in ten years. Literally. It was finals week during my third year in college. I remember it well. I'm not the type to turn to a doctor everytime there's a sickness or a fever in the house. I go to the chiropractor and midwife and accupuncturist but not a regular MD. I believe in my body's ability to heal itself and I know there are a lot of great herbs and homeopathics out there to help it along. I use nature's antibiotics when I have an infection ... garlic, grapefruit seed extract, vitamin c and colloidal silver. I cured an ear/jaw infection earlier this year with those things plus a lymph terrain tincture from my accupuncturist and a homeopathic for nerve injury. I stay away from standard antibiotics for several reasons that I won't bore you with here. Let's just say they throw your body off balance and leave you with a mess to clean up afterwards, even if you don't know it. Sure they have thier place but for me they are a last resort. Oh yeah, and the fact that I tend to be allergic to them doesn't help much either. I would have started that same arsenal of supplements last weekend but I was out of everything but the vitamin c and lymph terrain. On tuesday I finally was able to make it out of the house with both kids to Healthy Solutions and restock my arsenal. I even found a homeopathic for fevers which I was really happy about because I felt my fever coming back right as I was pulling up to the store. I've been dosing up on those since I got them and guess what ... I haven't had a fever since! That's pretty impressive considering my fever came back every day for about four days as soon as the ibuprofen wore off. My neck and throat are still sore but not anywhere near as bad as they were before tuesday. I can actually get some sleep now which is nice. My ears are starting to hurt a little less as well. Hopefully i'll be able to kick this by the end of the weekend and not have to go to a doctor. And it would be really nice to be able to wear my contacts again. It's really bright outside and I don't own any prescription sunglasses.
Well that's it for my bah humbug post for the day. Hope your day is going better than mine. :)
Monday, April 23, 2007
All this being said, I am really starting to question the sanitary practices of our pediatrician's office. Why, you ask? Because (and this can be verified by searching through previous blog entries) for at least the past five or six times we've been to the pediatrician I and/or the kids have been sick within 72 hours. Once or twice I might consider a coincidence. Five or six times in a row ... I think it's more than a coincidence. I'm considering calling them and sharing my story. Don't know if it will do any good but I feel like maybe I should tell them.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
It's okra, can't you tell?!?! :)
I've received great feedback so far about my stitch markers. Robin posted here and here about the "Fields of Green" markers I sent to her. Seems like she really likes them. They were my favorite out of the three sets I made. I also sent some to my secret pal but I can't blog about that yet for fear that she will figure out who I am and then I wouldn't be her "secret" pal anymore, now would I? :) Julie posted here and here about the markers I sent her. What a great picture she took! My third pal was Sulah. She is blogless but she sent me a nice email about the markers I sent her. She was the recipient of the "Romantic Hearts".
I've only received one of my three sets so far so i'm anxiously awaiting the mail each day, hoping to find some handmade goodness in the mailbox. I got a great set of stitch markers from Crissy with some beautiful glass beads. In fact, i'm actually using one of them already on my first Booga Bag.
And speaking of stitch markers, I found the cutest stitch markers on Etsy. They are sheep ... check them out here. Just too freakin' cute!
APRIL SHOWER BRINGS METEOR TRAILS
Spring's temperate observing weather comes just in time for April's Lyrid meteor shower. This is the first shower since January's Quadrantids. The Lyrid shower produces meteors from April 16 to 25 and peaks with about 20 meteors per hour April 22. With the Moon's first-quarter phase April 24, this year's prospects are good. The shower radiant - in the constellation Lyra - rises by midnight, local daylight time, just as the Moon dips below the western horizon. The best rates occur a few hours before dawn, when Lyra rides high in the sky. Lyrid meteors are fast and average as bright as the Big Dipper's stars. The particles we see as meteors originated from Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). This shower occasionally displays outbursts, with triple its usual rate.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
But I just LOVE the looks of this bag, and well, a woman can never have too many handbags. Just ask my closet. And what a great gift to make as well. Now all I need is a never ending supply of Kureyon yarn. I think my Lizard Ridge yarn is going to turn into Booga Bag yarn. I have much better chances of actually finishing (and using) an awesome tote bag over an afghan.
In other news, Houston has been a little terror for going on about two weeks now. I hope this phase ends soon otherwise I am going to absolutely lose my mind ... what's left of it anyway. I had to send him to his room at least ten times today. And I can't get anything done that takes more than two minutes worth of focus. I can't even eat breakfast or lunch without him being crazy requiring me to get up and deal with something every three or four minutes. It's driving me bonkers! It's times like this that I consider giving up on this whole stay-at-home mom thing and going back to work.
Monday, April 16, 2007
I think I made up for all that laziness over the weekend though. We finally planted our garden and tended to the nursery. Saturday we bought our seeds and some compost and got the garden tilled up and part of the compost mixed in. And being the engineers that we are, we planned and plotted everything out on paper first. We change our design every time based on what we are planting and what part of our garden plot we are using. We had to break early on saturday to go to Houstons friend Isabel's third birthday party. It was a lot of fun. Brett and the boys played in the pool and we drank beer and ate some of the yummiest fajitas i've ever had. Isa's parents, Erin & Kevin sure know how to cook! I had to get her salsa and cheese dip recipes ... they were sooooo good. After all that fun we came home and all fell asleep pretty early. Good thing too because we had a big day ahead of us on Sunday. We got up the next morning and ate some pancakes and then headed back out to the garden. We got our rows all set up and planted our seeds. Then we moved to the nursery. I don't usually help Brett with the nursery besides planting time every February but since we were already out there I helped him pull weeds (what a chore) and spread fertilizer. I managed to figure out a way to hold a small bucket of fertilizer and drink a beer all with my left hand, leaving my right hand to spread the fertilizer in all of the pots. Now that's the way to work!
We had a really great weekend with lots of quality family time. And productive too! I'm so super happy that we finally got our garden planted. I really missed having a summer garden last year. Things were just too crazy with the kids last summer for us to handle a garden on top of it all. Brody is a little older now and was pretty happy to sit and nap outside while we worked. And Houston is our little helper. He planted seeds, did some digging and some weed pulling, played in the sprinkler and just had a great time. I think the craziest thing about this weekend was the weather. On saturday I wore a tank top, shorts and flip flops during our gardening adventure and got a bit of a sunburn. On sunday I had on a sweatshirt, sweatpants and even socks and shoes (a rare thing for me). This is Florida, is it not? And this IS the middle of April, correct? What in the blazes is going on with this weather?!?!?! At least we finally got some rain out of it all though.
So now that we're at the beginning of a new week, it's time to get back to work. My agenda for this week includes a lot of "finishing up" and apparently, upon review, is going to also require a lot of coffee ...
1. finish the spring cleaning out of my craft room
1a. post reply on The Conversation (as Andy so kindly reminded me in the comments)
2. start the spring cleaning out of my office
3. finish my nephews knitted birthday gift (better late than never ... but i had to learn intarsia to do it which i stumbled about for a while, i've got it now though)
4. finish my brother-in-laws wildflower website in time for the wildflowers blooming out in the field (also better late than never)
5. finish the boys toybox that has been on hold ever since the strange streaks and spots showed up when i stained it three months ago (i decided to paint their names on the top of it to cover up the spots and put poly on the sides since those are fine)
6. paint the doorway between the kitchen and laundry area red (i started taping the trim over a month ago)
7. walk at least three times this week
8. and of course, all the usual things such as laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, diaper changes, hair appointment, dentist appointment, pediatrician appointment, etc.
How I ended up planning a dentist, hair and doctor appointment all in the same week, three days in a row i'm not sure. *she makes a mental note not to do that again*
I'll add some garden pictures soon, although they won't be very interesting until things start to sprout. I'll leave you here with a list of what's to come from the Crews Family Garden.
Super sweet corn, green beans (bush blue lake), acre peas, speckled butter beans, texas sweat peas, okra, straight neck squash, crook neck squash, zuchini, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon, cantelope, peppers, tomatoes, and a patch of some fruit seeds that i'm experimenting with including papaya, pomegranite, noni, kiwi and guava.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I have several WIPs right now (who doesn't?) but i'm going to knit a strip for this "knitart" tonight. I'll post a picture of each strip I knit as well as each strip I receive so you all can see how it's coming along.
Friday, April 06, 2007
I'm doing some major spring cleaning and what i'm calling "life clutter clearing". I'll try to make a very long story a little shorter here so please bear with me. I've realized (and i've posted about this before) that I hold onto things as a way of holding onto that part of my life. I've also realized how much this is weighing me down and i've decided to get rid of a lot of "stuff". I no longer want to be surrounded by what I used to be or wish I still was. I want to be surrounded by things that inspire me, things that fit my life now, things that make me happy, things that inspire my creativity, etc. As part of this i've been doing a bit of redecorating. I've taken down old pictures and i've hung new things on the walls. The latest of which is a crocheted ribbon shawl in just the right colors for our family room. I've also had an idea waiting in the wings of a piece of "knitart". I just haven't had the time to work on this project yet.
So here is where the "calling all knitters" thing comes in ... and I hope I describe it well enough that you all know what i'm saying ...
I want to make a piece of knitted art to hang on the wall, well two actually, one for the kitchen and one for our bedroom. My idea is to knit strips and weave them together to make a wall hanging. I got the idea of using strips from a baby blanket I saw once on Knitty Gritty. It's a good way to use up leftover yarn and yarn that I just don't want to knit anything wearable out of. It's also a good way to practice a new stitch, a cable, a lace pattern, etc. I'm thinking of making each one of these 2' x 3'. So I need to knit (or get help knitting) a bunch of strips that are either 2 feet or 3 feet long. Or maybe I should make it a square so everyone can stick with one length. As for the width of each piece, I would like them to be anywhere from 1 inch to five inches across. I want a good variety and therefore don't want them to all be the same width. Make sense?
And here's some more background for you ...
Since I started knitting a little over a year ago, I've been amazed by the knitting community. Both online and in person. It really brings people together and i've met some really great people this way. I just can't say enough about it. Knitters are some of the most generous people i've ever met. And what a wonderful craft to keep alive and well in the age of machines doing everything faster and cheaper. So how cool would it be to have some of that knitterly love and inspiration hanging right here in my house? I think it would be just great. So I thought i'd send it out there and see what kind of a response I get. I guess only time will tell ....
And here are some more details for you ...
Our kitchen is red (more dark, burnt red and burgundy than bright red but i don't think it really matters), green and tanish-brown (is that a color?). I would love strips in those colors or anything you think would gel with those colors.
Our bedroom is brown, blue and white. Any shade of those will do.
If you are feeling crafty and would like to help or want to tell me what a bad idea this is (hope not) or just have something to say about it, then either leave a comment to this post or email me at celenam [at] intergate [dot] com. Thanks and happy knitting!
Oh yeah ... and i'll be sure to track the progress here so everyone can see how it's coming along.
Aren't they pretty? :-)
The boys got a package from thier Pappy Tom and Grammy Lee yesterday. Houston is always super excited when a box shows up on the front door. And he just loved, loved, loved this one!
Actually the UPS guy showed up yesterday morning and said he had a package for us. After about five minutes of searching his truck he said he couldn't find it and that it must have ended up on another truck. Interesting, I thought. Especially since I didn't know we were expecting a package from UPS. My jogging stroller was scheduled to arrive yesterday but it was via FedEx, so I really wasn't sure what was going on. Later in the day FedEx did arrive with my stroller and then about 6 o'clock in the evening here comes UPS again with a big box for the boys. And as for the jogging stroller ... i've been anxiously awaiting its arrival and wouldn't you know the day it finally comes i'm in the middle of such a bad allergy attack that I didn't even open the box. It was so nice out yesterday that I opened all the windows and set up the fan to air out the house. It took me several hours of feeling like I was getting very sick to realize that I had filled the house with pollen and that both Houston and I were having an allergy attack. I finally closed up the house and turned the air back on and we were both better in about an hour or so.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
And a big group of us ended up downtown at Durty Nelly's later that night.