Friday, October 30, 2009
..........Mary Beth. And since you live nearby you can stop by sometime and choose something from my sewing room. How does that sound? But not until the boy pictured below is feeling better.
All I wanted to do tonight was to sit and stare and soak up the new colors, but all the furniture is covered with toys and curtains. I am so excited about how it turned out!
Poor Aidan not only missed his field trip today, but we were going to carve pumpkins tonight, and tomorrow he will miss his new Tae Kwon Do class and Halloween festivities with neighborhood friends, along with our long-awaited family photos which we will have to reschedule. I took his temp before bed and it was back up to 104. Even in his feverish state he knew that number meant trouble, and he started to cry hot little tears, "I knew it! I am not going to be able to go trick-or-treating tomorrow." So much disappointment in two days for that child! Maybe some of our neighbor friends will let us trick or treat later this week. If not for his sake, for ours! I try not to buy candy so his inability to trick-or-treat affects James and I too!
Today is kind of a freebie for me. I had a bunch of errands to do and places to go and I am home with a sick kid instead. We have spent the first half of the morning snuggled on the couch. I love days like that as they are so rare now that he is in school. We did have a rough morning, however, because today was to be Aidan's first ever field trip and he has been talking about it all week. "Only three more days until the big day mom......" "I learned who my team is for the field trip mom....." Poor boy. I am also assuming he has H1N1 as his only symptoms are a high fever and headache. I hope he does okay with it. Some of our friends' children only had those symptoms for a day or two and then they were better, where others have had it last all week and ended up needing hospitalization for severe dehydration.
This week I received two great surprises, both of which I have pictures to share with you, but none of the pictures are loaded onto the computer yet. On Tuesday a big box of dried lavender came in the mail from this lady's garden. Thanks so much Mindy! What a treat to find that in my mailbox. (Mindy knew my parents (and our family) years ago when they all went to the same church in Fargo ND.) I am thinking sachets, but am not too sure yet.
And yesterday I was at work and I happened to look out the window and see a figure looking alot like James bolting across the parking lot through the rain. I thought about calling him to see why he would be at Unity Hospital, but then I let it go thinking it was probably my imagination. Well, a few moments later who should appear but James with a vase of flowers for me, congratulating me on getting through his unemployment. (I don't know if he was being kind, or if I really did okay. I thought I occasionally "spazzed out" and drove him crazy. Maybe he was just being kind.) Anyway, I usually always work at our Mercy Hospital office, but that happened to be the only day in the past few months I was at our Unity Hospital office. So in other words, he had all the ladies talking about what an amazing guy he was to drive to not one - but TWO hospitals in search of his wife. Thanks James, they are right. And yes, I will miss you when you are gone all the time again.
This week a friend and I tried our hand at making lefse. It turned out rather well, if I do say so myself. Her parents have sold it for years and so she is thinking we should do the same. We will see if anyone actually wants to buy it from us! (And Jane - it is nothing like Bob's. He has the Kahl family totally spoiled as his the thinnest, most tender lefse you can imagine. I have no idea how he can make it like that! Maybe in 25 years Carin and I will be at that level)
I also picked up a chair on Craigslist for 10 dollars that I plan to reupholster. A friend of mine recovered a chair like it recently following step by step instructions that she found on You Tube. So we will see. I need to finish up a few other projects first. (My living room is currently half painted. And did you know that Behr painter and primer in one works on every color but red? That's what the man who works at the counter told me, so I am priming over the red, cursing the day I chose that color. ( I think maybe someone warned me about that.... but I did love the color and it made our living room very warm and cozy the last few years.) But the time has come to move on! I am so excited!
So that's the week folks. Hopefully Aidan will be recovered tomorrow as we have lots of plans! What about you? What kind of plans do you have? (And after I find my camera I will insert some pics into the post to help liven it up a little.)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I can't believe that Monday's post was my 500th! I started blogging two years ago, and I honestly wasn't quite sure what I had gotten myself into, and I certainly did not expect that I would still be blogging today.
But I am, so to celebrate I think we need to have another giveaway. Granted- I just mailed the item from the last giveaway....... ( I can't help it, my credit card was stolen so I needed to keep all my little stash of cash for things like milk and eggs people!)
So what I am trying to say, is don't expect an overnight delivery if you win the giveaway. but if you do, know that you will receive a handmade treasure in a few weeks. Okay? (It may be handmade by me, or I may feature some of the beautiful items my aunt is sending from Mexico.)
So to enter - tell me why you enjoy reading blogs. Because if you actually read mine regularly you must have the same sort of blog addiction I do. So it's now time to fess up.
Contest ends November 1st.
(P.s. I found the lovely picture collage here.)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Looking back to yesterday's post, I just have to confess I am with Jess. Sorry Mom and Val, I know you both have age and wisdom on your side, but.......... (If I knew how to add a cheesy smile this is where I would do it!) Why did that catalog have to come today? And why, oh why do I always find the cutest things that are way out of my price range? Anyone need some eye candy, (or items for under the Christmas tree James) head here.
(p.s. check back here tomorrow for a giveaway!)
A variety of potatoes, sweet potatoes and butternut squash with salt, nutmeg, fresh sage and olive oil.
(And up until last year I wouldn't even eat sweet potatoes or butternut squash, and now I can't get enough! )
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
(This is where James and Aidan have spent most of their week. James bought some electronic circuit toy/science project and they have been making projects all week. Now you know why they keep asking about a rug!)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
We have been gathering costumes for play at the thrift store, so here is our Ninja Rower, minus the scary mask.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I have just been pondering. Jobs, houses, big decisions, little ones, I am just stuck.
In the meantime, I am just enjoying this kid and his dad.
(I know James isn't in the picture, but he took the picture. Who else would take a picture like this????)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Now he will have some of "the good stuff" next week. Little does he know, but I added some leeks, celeriac root and turnips along with the carrots, peas and corn. I also added the rest of the
basil pesto I made this week. I had planned to make more pesto to freeze, but I didn't cover my basil plants up last night because I didn't really believe the weather man........... so in other words, no more pesto. But - we will have lots of soup to enjoy this week. I hope you all are staying warm too.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I am actually enjoying the luxury of a totally free day. I went to the gym for a few hours, made this soup, and now I am going to get a haircut. Aidan is at school, James is out light fixture shopping (????) and the house is still. I love it.
I love the soup too. You should try it.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
And for the Grandma's....... a short little movie featuring Spiderman speaking Chinese as he cooks. Amazing.