The Witching Hour

It’s just after midnight.  It’s very quiet right now.  I can hear the snake slithering around in his habitat.  The new dog gnawing on a chewtoy.  My keys clicking as I type.  Otherwise it’s nice and peaceful right now.

Many people don’t get why I stay up way past a sensible bedtime.  Would I benefit from a full 8 hours of sleep?  Probably.  Would I get more accomplished if I got enough sleep and didn’t hit a wall and doze off at 2 pm every day? Probably.  Would I start to go stark raving mad from lack of quiet, no demands, no one touching me, no stream of constant and unending chatter, no tasks to do but what I feel like doing?  Definitely!!!  I need this time.  I thought I might have it happen during the day once The Boy started kindergarten.  I thought that while he was at school for the afternoon I would have the opportunity to get some stuff done and have a chance to drink a HOT cup of coffee and a have a sit down and get some uninterrupted stitching in.  Turns out, 2.5 hours is not long enough.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than nothing, but it simply is not enough time to do what needs to be done and spend some time doing me stuff.

So, I stay up way past midnight.  That’s when I do most of my writing.  Get most of my stitching done.  Bought some fabulous yarn with my Chistmas money.  I’ve promised the hubster that I’ll actually keep what I’m making with it.  I may even keep that promise.

 

It is so very me, this lovely green yarn.  The blanket is meant to go on top of my plain duvet on my bed.  I may even start to actually make the bed just to show this one off.

Well, that’s what’s on my mind tonight.  I’m about to go work on a project and I’m a bit excited for tomorrow.  Starting a new yoga program and my second workout is tomorrrow.  Still have to go out and get myself a proper mat.  Made due for the first workout but the hard floor is hell on my knees.  It’s a good, hard but not too hard, workout called DDP Yoga.  It was designed by a wrestler named Diamond Dallas Page to help himself get through the assorted injuries and pain he suffered as a result of his time in the ring.  It grew into a whole yoga program and has helped tons of people with pain control, weight loss and general fitness.  I liked the first workout.  Usually, when I try something like this, I know right away that I don’t like it.  I hate working out.  I hate aerobics and weights and cardio.  I love the pool but don’t have one so that’s an occasional treat.  This one seems like something I can do and maybe even enjoy.  One of the instructions was to take a bunch of pictures of myself.  The “Before” photos.  Gonna do that tomorrow too.  Perhaps, someday, I’ll put them up here with the after photos.

Here’s to quiet and feeling optimistic.

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Good Bye Summer

It’s Autumn.  I adore the cooler weather.  The beautiful colours.  The lack of biting insects.  It’s the best time of year to be home with my little dude.  Or out with him.  We went to the park today.  It’s cloudy and a bit blustery but we dressed for it.  I’m a knitter and crocheter.  We are not lacking in scarves, hats and mittens.  Or we won’t be once I get finished making this year’s crop of them.  Lately, I’ve been addicted to making a particular shawl.  Called a Virus Shawl, it’s a quick and pretty easy pattern once you get the hang of it.  It’s easy to find if you google it and there’s a pretty straightforward video tutorial.  There’s some small amount of controversy over whose free pattern it is so for this one you’re just going to have to google it for yourselves.  It works up like this…

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And here’s one of a most beautiful lady modelling a gorgeous one I made…

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They are both made with Red Heart Unforgettable yarn.  I’m making a third with colourway Parrot.  It’s glorious.

I also managed to whip up a throw blanket in just under a month.  Yay me!!  It was a wedding shower gift for a dear cousin.  I’m so glad she liked it.

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This is it half done.  I really love the way it turned out.  The pattern was Easy Ripple Afghan which is another favourite of mine.  I like it because it’s an easy repeat and doesn’t have the holes you so often find in a crochet chevron blanket.  I have some of the yarn left and have matching plans for it but I’m not going to get into it in case my cousin reads this.

Now that it’s cooling off and the Boy and I aren’t so new at this whole “at home all the time with mom” thing, I should have more time to blog again.  Also, with the cooler weather I’ve pulled out my stock pot and will be searching out and trying new recipes for soups and stews to help keep our bellies nutritionally, yet frugally, full.  I already have a delightful pork stock that has squash soup written all over it.

Catch y’all later.

 

Gooooozefrabba!

If you aren’t familiar with the movie Anger Management starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, I highly recommend it.  The title of today’s entry is a phrase from the movie and is used to calm and relax those experiencing anger and anxiety in the movie.  I had a goooozefrabba moment yesterday.  Doing much better today.  Found a reason to laugh at/with (he didn’t know why we were laughing but whatever) my son, went for a long walk, threatened his life if he didn’t play on his own with his own toys for a while which he finally did and I got some time to just sit and veg and play with my new crochet thread stash.  He actually came over and helped me sort it.

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Mostly just playing around at this point but whipped up a bracelet for myself…

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And I’ve started on one for my sister.  She says she wants ‘camo colours’…

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She didn’t say it couldn’t be a camo coloured granny square cuff.  She’s being a good sport about it.  If she doesn’t end up liking it I’m sure it will have a good home with me or someone might decide to adopt it.

The Boy is co-operating well today.  Got him interested in his building blocks last night and he’s been keen to build stuff since.  Erected his first bridge yesterday.

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He was very proud of it.  We started a penny chore jar a couple of weeks ago and it seems to be working well.  I let him paint it.

He gets a few pennies for a day without potty accidents and varying amounts for doing whatever chores I need him to do.  Today he got a couple for helping me put away the clean dishes and deal with the dirty ones so we could make cookies.  I think the cookies were more exciting than the pennies going in the jar.

We just used the recipe on the Chipits bag also available at Original Chipits chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Ours aren’t as super perfect looking as the ones on the bag but taste like chocolate chip cookies.  I’m puzzled as to how The Boy manages to get chocolate all over his face by eating itty bitty individual chocolate chips.  Meh, he’s a boy.  His natural state is dirty.

Time For Mommy To Grow Up

I am a filthy, disgusting smoker.  I’ve been smoking for a very long time.  It is a smelly, unhealthy, expensive habit.  Time to drop it, it’s bad.

I’ve tried to quit before.  Several times.  It feels like I’m losing an old friend.  The anxiety alone is mindboggling and usually is the main thing that drives me to relapse.  I want to quit, need to really, but have a very hard time giving it up.

So, in the interest of creating my family and me a new, healthier, less poor life, I’m quitting.  And I’m bribing myself to do it.  I am bribing myself with this…

Furls Odyssey

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The guy who started the company that makes this wants to make luxury crochet tools available and affordable.  This hook looks like it might achieve that goal.  I’ve looked at their other hooks and oh my GOD are they beautiful!  The hardwood ones are made of some of the most gorgeous woods that I would just love to own and hold and look at let alone get to use them and the colourful Candy Shop line makes me smile just looking at them and their gorgeous colours.  Using these hooks would be a pleasure and a delight (pending trying one out to be sure their design is a good fit for me).  Unfortunately, the handcrafted wood hooks are way too pricey for me.  At the moment.  I will be watching the mail for the next 6-14 days for my Odyssey and once I’ve tried it I just might create myself a reward for non-smoking success.  For every pack I don’t spend $15 a day on, I’ll save it for a while and perhaps pick up a set of the wood hooks.  I am lusting after them so very badly.

I’m finding it incredibly amusing at the moment that the health and finances of my family and myself haven’t been enough for the toddler I turn into whenever I try to quit to bugger off for once and let me succeed but bribing her with pretty, fun crochet hooks might be.

So, I have a blog

Been working on deciding how to go about writing a blog and what exactly it will be about.  Difficult part right now is trying to type with an incredibly uncooperative “L” key as my son has somehow managed to infest my laptop with crumbs despite not being allowed to touch it.

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So I suppose I’ll post a pic of some of my work.  This was a series of “princess” hats I made by request.  Uh, lets say Snow Princess, Water Princess and Tidy Princess with a fondness for mice and pumpkins.  I’m told the little girls who were the recipients absolutely adore them.

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These ones are neat.  I made the ball of yarn on the left into the hat on the right.  That one was a free pattern I found on www.ravelry.com called the Squarshy Hat http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/squarshy-hat.

Looking forward to getting some stitching in tonight.  Just checking if the Winnipeg Jets are playing tonight and…YES!!!!  Mommy is gonna cuddle up with her jammies and her Jets and work on Papa’s afghan.

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Remember to Think Knotty Thoughts