Archive for June, 2010

Hello blog, I missed you.  Lots is happening around here and posting just was not happening.  Then I started getting that weird craft blog guilt thing where you can’t post new stuff until you’ve posted old stuff, but you can’t find your camera cable to get photos from your grownup camera, and you feel stupid posting MORE pictures from your cell phone, because honestly, and you’re irritated about that dragonfly washcloth pattern you felt impelled to write even though you apparently can’t count to eight, and does anyone really care that I fried some okra? 

So here’s some fried okra.  I would have already had a harvest if the dratted squirrels hadn’t eaten the seedlings, thereby forcing me to actually purchase okra seedlings.  I’m ok with buying tomato seedlings.  But for some reason okra seedlings makes me feel kind of fraudulent.  Oh well, it’s not like I won’t eat the okra.  When I picked these, Little Owl was so excited that she spent 10 minutes running in circles screaming “Okra okra ba-bokra!”  It was eaten very very quickly.  Happy days.


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I’ve been noticing lately how many outlandish things I say in the course of a perfectly ordinary day as the mama of my little wild child.

“If something gives you a wedgie, you should probably rethink it.”

“There is a big difference between resurrection and reincarnation.”

“It may sound like fun, but you could die, so stop it.”

“No you may not pat the fish.”

“If I say not to touch something, you should not then try to lick it.”

“Put on some underwear; it’s time for dinner!”

“When you are lying on the floor screaming, I know it’s time to go home.”

“Please make the choice not to hyperventilate.”

Ah, motherhood.

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Getting Ahead


I’m getting ahead on some projects – trying to get a little stash of present built up.  Very industrious, very motivated.  I’m using an unidentified yarn – I remember it’s an alpaca blend but I lost the tag ages ago.  It’s quite nice though.  The pattern is the Blossom Silk-SeaShell Shawl from Luxury Yarn One Skein Wonders.  I didn’t find a link for the pattern anywhere.  I never really plan any projects from this book, but I like it for dealing with the random skeins I wind up with because of yarn store related lapses in judgment.

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In the Can

Well, the jar, to be strictly accurate.  Today I put up some tomatoes.  We had just barely enough ripe in the garden to make it worthwhile – but I consider that remarkable given that it is June 3 and that the tot eats them off the vine at an incredible rate of speed.

This is the first time I’ve ever canned anything.  Although I realize that it’s not exactly rocket surgery, I do hope that what I’ve canned is food and not an elaborate and somewhat time-consuming way to poison everyone.

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Doll has been repaired. I can’t find the before pic I took, but her poor little self was all ripped and stained and worn through. I found her in a box in the top of the closet in my old room on a recent trip home and kind of freaked out a little. I don’t remember her at all but I just love her sweet little face.  And I love how her hair has gotten kind of smooshed into a fauxhawk.

I made a new body for her, following suggestions from Jean, The Artful Parent.

I used an old t-shirt for the body – a knit is definitely a good idea.  I made it a bit bigger than was strictly warranted, so the shoulders are a bit loose.  And the neck is slightly wonky.  But all in all I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.


I always love the ideas Little Owl comes up with for art, and particularly for artistic mediums.  Today she was playing in the kiddie pool, with the little backyard climber’s slide stuck in it so she could slide down into the water.  I found a piece of chalk that had been soaked by the sprinkler and just handed it to her.  She then spent 30 minutes drawing on the slide, erasing, and drawing some more.  She drew individuals, family groups, the dog, all sorts of things.

She also spent most of her shower this evening drawing on the shower wall with finger paint.  We actually do that pretty often.  Fun fun fun.


And today, I finally made my Little Owl her long-awaited sandbox.  She’s been loving them so much at friends’ houses, one of the nearby parks and at her playschool.  And her beloved school is closing.  So it was time for something big, and a sandbox seemed a good idea.  I ransacked the scrap lumber in the garage and came up with leftover planks from the deck and some timbers from the raised garden beds.  IU built it back in a little corner of the yard that was a huge mess when we came in and is now filled with native plants and wildflowers.  Perfect.  We picked up a bunch of sand, but I need to go get more tomorrow.  The tot loves it.  Happy day! 



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