Thursday, August 28, 2008


"Things" have been going on here.
I spent most of last week mopey and fighting a pretty bad case of the blues. Nothing really to be sad about, but yet still feeling sad.
I've stepped up the workout routine, met with a trainer who (gently) kicked my butt and started to get back into eating healthy again.
Lo and behold, I'm feeling better. I don't know whether it's the food, the workouts or just time, but I'm good again.
Thank goodness.
I've been knitting. Finished my Ravelympics sweater for The Boy. I need to take a photo of him in it. I think the arms are too big. (For a tall kid, he has tiny shoulders. There's bunching around there but I have no idea how to correct it. That's a post for another time though.)And I started a new vest for me. I'm not typically a fan of the vest, but with the cooler...almost cold... mornings starting already in the Northeast, I have this need to churn out wooly, cold weather gear. The vest is a happy medium.
You'll notice the similarities in the yarn between the two projects. The same Patons yarn was used for both. (Had to promise Hubs that I wouldn't make us wear them on the same day. Dork.)

I'm promising myself that I'll post more often. My already thin readership had dropped to only a couple of people a day. I hate when I get to like a blog, only to have the owner drop off the face of the earth.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Magic Inside.

On my daily walk to the mailbox today the sun was shining, the birds were squalking and The Boy was singing his songs. I had just come around the bend to full sun in the face, instinctively looked down and found these sparkling in the light:

It once was a single rock. It's split into two now, I imagine from us driving over it repeatedly. From the outside it looks like any other rock in the world. Inside, it's a glittery mess of white, gray and black crystals.

Coolest thing ever.

And Hubs thinks he's paving over the driveway next year. Over my dead body.

Oh, and I hearby declare myself the worst Ravelympics competitor this year. I picked the Bird in Hand Mittens as my project. I decided half way through the first mitten that I wanted to design The Boy a sweater. Off I ran with that project instead. It's like training for the diving, but after getting to China, deciding to do gymnastics instead.

Good news is, all I have to do is the neckline and sewing and the sweater will be done.

Do I get a medal for that??

Not Dead

Just very busy.

More later!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Driveway Tales

I think I've shown this photo before, but this is my driveway. Atleast, this is the paved part closest to the house.

Every day The Boy and I go out to the mailbox, singing the mail song from Blues Clues ("Here's the mail, it never fails, it makes me want to wag my tail, when it comes I want to wail- MAIL!").

A trip that should take us about 2 minutes takes about 15. He explores everything while we walk. He picks up stones, an occasional bug, sticks...whatever he finds interesting for that day. I love this. I love the fact that I can give him the space to find new adventures every day.

This is him- he's in the center of the photo. I'm standing at the mailbox, he's turned towards me, yelling, "Momma!?" (because I'm not moving fast enough.) Most days we walk to the mailbox, but he always runs back towards the house, to the bend in the driveway. He knows not to go further, but is also impatient to get back home.

I hope this is the way it always will be.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Wild, Wild Life

Anyone who knows me, knows I hate bugs. But nature in general- I love it.

Yesterday The Boy and I were out on the deck enjoying the afternoon. We got divebombed by two HUMMINGBIRDS! I had no idea that we had hummingbirds, nevermind that they divebombed! It was really cool to see them checking us out just as much as we were checking them out. My mom thinks they are a couple and perhaps have a nest nearby.

A short while later, we were running around the yard and I noticed movement in the grass. It was a little gardner snake, about 5 inches long. Cutest thing ever.

Anyways, I'm blessed by the nature that I have in my life now- the deer, the hummingbirds and the snake.
Here's some more photos of the house!

Kitchen on move in day:

Kitchen yesterday:

We also have one rose bush. Here's a photo of one of the blooms.

And the other dying two.

And the beetle eaten leaves.

It really is a sad little rose bush. Next year, this is going to be my baby. I'm going to do everything in my power to make this thing into something beautiful. I do not have a green thumb at all, but when I saw the loveliness of that one bloom, I knew that I had to make it come back. I think it's too late (please tell me if I'm wrong!) for this season, but next's going to be wonderful.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Yay For Intact Living Rooms!

Saturday was a busy day here at the new house.

We got a delivery of two new leather chairs, matching ottomans, and a big sofa.

Here's some before shots, taken on move in day:

That wooden thing on the right is for our big screen tv. Ignore it.

And here's the room with furniture:

It still needs work, but atleast you can sit in there and watch tv. The room is an odd shape, so getting all that furniture in there was a challenge. It seems a bit overstuffed, but we have an extra room with nothing but toys in it now, so if we needed to, we can put a chair or the sofa in there later.

The chairs are super comfy. The Boy and I snuggled in and napped in one this morning.

We also purchased a new plasma tv. I wish I had my camera on me during *that* ride home. Hubs, The Boy and I drove home squashed with this big box in the back seat. Hysterical.

Tomorrow: dining room. We need a new table. You'll see why.