Friday, February 26, 2010
"I could grow asparagus, and broccoli, and yellow beans, and sugar snap peas, and green beans, and squash and zucchini...and fruit trees! And berries! And we'll have a flower bed here..."
When we all know that I'm a marginal gardener at best. Possibly improving a teensy bit each year. Come Spring we'll find out what actually made it through the winter. I'm a little worried about the trees, and the bushes I planted in front of the house, and the ornamental grass I got for my birthday and already replaced once. (The local garden store will give you another one, even if you kill it.)
But for now, I'm feeling optimistic, and making plans...have any of you started anything from seed? How'd it go? And do you have a good gardening blog recommendation? Just someone to inspire me a little, give me some hints.
Most of all, when the garden catalogs come in the mail and the snow is swirling outside, I think of this: (From "Emily Climbs" by L.M. Montgomery)
"I love a storm like this at night when I don't have to go out in it," wrote Emily. "Cousin Jimmy and I had a splendid evening planning out our garden and choosing our seeds and plants in the catalogue. Just where the biggest drift is making, behind the summer-house, we are going to have a bed of pink asters, and we are going to give the Golden Ones – who are dreaming under four feet of snow – a background of flowering almond. I love to plan out summer days like this, in the midst of a storm. It makes me feel as if I were winning a victory over something ever so much bigger than myself, just because I have a brain and the storm is nothing but blind, white force – terrible, but blind. I have the same feeling when I sit here cosily by my own dear fire, and hear it raging all around me, and laugh at it. And that is just because over a hundred years ago great-great-grandfather Murray built this house and built it well. I wonder if, a hundred years from now, anybody will win a victory over anything because of something I left or did. It is an inspiring thought.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Finally I got some dimensions and got to work. I carefully chose fabric (of course choosing one piece that was just BARELY big enough, and then having trouble with that choice) and then quilted it.
I'm really hoping it fits. It was a super fun project.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
(pic from wikipedia)
Matthew played some pieces from Water Music on Mother's Day, right before Anna was born. She kicked up a storm during "Alla Hornpipe", so I think it must be one of her favorites too. :)
Happy Handel's Birthday!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I love these two people.
We had a wonderful time taking pictures.
And I think Matthew did a fantastic job.
How can you help but smile?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I spent a long time looking for something else, but nothing is as good as this. Let's watch it again.
I'm limiting my internet time for Lent; no facebook and no craft blogs. I feel kind of crazy when I think about not looking at craft blogs, which I figure is a clue it's a good sacrifice. I'm also going to attempt to quit hitting "snooze" and use that time for a little prayer. I say 'attempt' because asleep Betsy doesn't always do what awake Betsy wants her to. Wish me luck.
What are you doing this year?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Frog
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I got some beautiful pictures, so I was half excited, half nervous, when it was time to try again.
This was the first shot of the day. She was really into this pose.
It was tricky, because she has this funny fake smile right now, so I had to keep her talking in order to avoid it.
Towards the end she realized we hadn't taken any in a crown! *gasp*
Thursday, February 11, 2010
We made barrettes for the girls in her class (4). She drew the hearts and then I cut them out.
and then we slid hair clips into them and hot glued a smaller heart on top. Easy Peasy. (You can see stitches on this one, it's before I thought of hot glue).
For the boys (7), we made bean bags out of some animal print felt I had in the basement. Why do I have animal print felt? I'm not certain. I think it was a hand-me-down.
Then we made little cards. I had some blank pink cards (Super Clearance at Target...5 years ago?) so she just wrote "Happy *heart* Day" on the top and we taped a picture (of her choosing) to the front. On the inside, stickers and her name. We taped the barrettes inside for the girls.
It was really fun, but I don't know that I can keep it up if she has a class of 24 next year.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
A little door hanger made from the scraps of a project. (you'll see it just as soon as I know it's been received).
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
One trip to Goodwill = one pretty old sheet, two pretty pillowcases, and this sweet canvas fabric with barns and dancing folk people.
I figure, as long as I use it this year for something, it'll be OK. :)
Monday, February 08, 2010
Here's what she's got:
Really, it's enough for me. It's spontaneous, creative language production, which is one of the things I'm always shooting for with the kids because it closely mimics the patterns of learning in the first language. (gobbledegook?)
Friday, February 05, 2010
We had Cheese and Crackers, cut "fancy", and Choco-Banana Pocky...very elegant.
And "Hors d'oeuvres"
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Matthew went on his "guys weekend" a couple of weeks ago and brought me a little box of chocolates back.
It came with this little freshness stamp, which was good, because sometimes I hoard things until they're not good anymore.
We have been having the best time, sharing one each night. (Seems much less expensive, spread over 9 days!)
We started with Irish Cream, and we've been eating right to left, in a nice orderly fashion.
It's practically impossible to pick a favorite, but maybe I can say... Glenmorangie Simgle Malt Sherry Wood Scotch. (The fleur de lis)
Highly recommended--and made in Kansas! Cocoadolce.com
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Monday, February 01, 2010
(pic from Amazon.com)
January: Wash Curtains
I am having a really good time with it. It goes one week at a time through life, organizing little bits at a time. In January we were "organizing myself", getting all set up with a planner and a cleaning schedule and lists, all things that I love.
Remember when I was asking what sorts of things you're supposed to do to your house, other than the regular cleaning and tidying? I finally looked online and made up a list, and I'm going to do one bigish task each month. Some of these things Better Homes and Gardens thought I should do monthly, but if I haven't washed the windows in 5 years, it doesn't seem like something that I need to do every month. :)
Here's my annual list:
February: Deep Clean Carpets
March: Medicine Cabinets
June: Fridge and Freezer
July: Rotate and Flip Mattresses
August: Check Batteries
September: Wash baseboards
October: Light Fixtures
November: Vacuum upholstery/wash slipcovers
(Don't judge me for never doing these things.)
Next month we're going to be organizing my papers. I've had "buy a fireproof box" on my mental list for years, and it's one of the tasks in the first week of February. Very exciting.