Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cook-um - A Mealtime Saga

On day I was carrying Nick as I was putting some fish sticks in the toaster oven. Nicholas loves fish sticks and I was trying to explain that they were too cold to eat and that I needed to cook them first.

A couple days later I was making dinner and Tim was holding Nick up so Nick could see what I was doing. He looks at me and asks "Cook-um?". I told him that yes I needed to cook the food (I don't remember exactly what I was making).

Monday, Nick and I were snuggling on the couch near dinnertime. He snuggles with me for a minute, gives me a kiss, and says "Cook-um?". As in "Hey, I'm hungry. Are you going to make some supper?"

It must be Spring

I am pretty sure this is my favorite time of the year. It is finally warm out and I spent pretty much all afternoon and evening out in the yard. Andrew was a great helper this year and pulled out old plants, picked leaves out of a flower bed, identified and pulled some weeds and helped bag up leaves and grass that I raked up so we can take it to the compost center. He also had a chance to do some of his annual worm digging. I cabled Kapik (our dog) to a fence in front so he could hang out with us safely (he is a husky and loves to run and probably wouldn't think twice about running out in front of a car to check it out). I wish I had my camera outside because I looked up once to find Kapik standing on his back legs examining the bird feeder and another time to see him drinking out of the bird bath. Nicholas and I had a talk about staying out of the street and staying on the grass. I mentioned that if he was in the street the cars could go boom and Nick could get ouchies. Amazingly it seemed to work (for today anyway) and I only had to tell him to stay off the stairs instead. He is getting pretty good at going up, it is going down that is still pretty tricky since he insists on walking down. He had a blast zooming around on the boulevard. He is getting very close to running.

I went back outside after the kids went to bed and continued cleaning up the front yard. I was out until almost 10pm, but most of the front is cleaned up and weeded now. I have a single light out front, but it is enough to rake by and pick dead leaves out of the flower beds. It was so nice to get thing cleaned up and to not be freezing or being eaten alive by the bugs. It feels like I am very behind with yard clean up this year. I know I'm not really because there isn't much growing yet. Winter lasted much too long this year. The iris leaves are only a couple inches tall and the hostas haven't even sprouted their leaves yet. I have mostly perennials in the front beds and I love seeing the plants come back to life in the spring. There is always more work to do when winter is over with all the yard and outside maintenance, but somehow life in general just seems more manageable when it isn't cold.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I love Thursdays

Because on Thursday, I spend the evening with other knitters.

Last Thursday evening was spent here

Stephanie is so funny and so nice. I made scones that morning so I brought her one in case she had yet another early flight and no time for breakfast. They had chocolate chips in them, good ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips. Mmmmm

with pizza afterward here

Most other Thursday are spent with Jessica and Kathy at Black Sheep Coffee Shop. We even had a new knitter join us tonight. Knitting with others is very good. Especially since it means time out of the house, without the kids. It is amazing how much difference it makes to have a scheduled time every week to spend doing something fun and talking with other adults. Come join us if you are near South St. Paul on Thursday evenings. We meet from 6:30 pm until they close at 9pm.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I bought some merino roving from Amy at Spunky Eclectic last fall and have been spinning the same four ounces off and on all winter. I made lace weight yarn for the first time. It is maybe a little over plyed, but since it will be lace and will be blocked it should all be ok. The yarn is beautiful shades of blue and purple blending from one shade and color into the next. I can't wait to see what it looks like knit up. Although, I'm pretty happy just admiring it right now.

Singles on the bobbin
Singles on the ball winder

Her Majesty Merino Roving from Spunky Eclectic
over 900 yards / 4 ounces

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Moon

Nick discovered the moon today. He has been interested in vehicles (cars, trains -choo choos, and airplanes) and making noises and telling me when he sees them. This afternoon we were in the backyard and he looks up and tells me there is an airplane. Then he sees the moon and points and says "ball". After a couple tries he says the word moon and turns my head in the right direction when I talk to him about it. We were sitting on the ground and he literally takes his hands and puts them on my head and turns my head so I am looking at the moon instead of him. He has to make sure I know where it is, of course.

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