Tuesday, May 17

Small Packages

That title almost sounds bad. XD

Rofl. I was previewing "Best Love Song" by T-Pain featuring Chris Brown and he just "sung" the line: "Look her in the eye" but I totally heard: "Lick her in the eye" and burst out laughing. It seemed even more random because I was using my headphones and had been completely quiet until then. :P

I have some minor sinus thing or really bad allergies according to the weather reports and my head has not let me be a happy camper the past couple of days. However, I'm in a pretty darn good mood today and am reminded that there's great beauty in the ordinary. Maybe it's the full moon that lit up the backyard last night, the space shuttle launch, or learning more about the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon. Simple things are often the most awe-inspiring. Learning or trying something new can lead to great pride and something that you see everyday can continue to bring you great joy.

Here are a few snapshots of what I've been up to the past couple of days:

A tower of kitties that are almost getting along.

"Mommy! Leave me alone- I'm napping! I don't care how cute I am!"

Buttering up the hilariously cute and tiny pan that FMIL got for her birthday.

Scrambling two cheesy eggs to have breakfast for dinner!

English muffins, cheesy scrambled eggs, and cheese! 
The perfect amount for me. Yum!

Now that I've learned how to knit,
I'm learning how to crochet!

Single crocheting.

Half-double crocheting.

 Double crocheting.

Triple crocheting.

Finally crocheting in the round!

I don't know what it is about going around that I struggle so much with.

 I'm also not quite sure which is the "right" or "wrong" side. XP

After sitting on the bed for the better part of the day, 
kitty discovered the clean laundry basket that we need to put away.

"Whaaat?Why are you bothering me? I'm comfy!"

Glam shot of one cozy cat. It's best when daddy's shirt is on top.

Pretty everyday stuff and yet I can't stop smiling for different reasons when I look at these pictures. Having this mini-revelation came just in time and was just the recharge that I've been seeking. I hope I have some interesting plans to share for Memorial Day weekend and I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Wednesday, May 11

Never-ending Knitting


After what seems to be a million years later, I have finally completed my first knitting project!

Go figure that I choose a "simple sampler scarf" to try because it sounds harmless enough but then I realize each section is 50 stitches wide and 60 rows long. This is despite the fact that I even used smaller needles than the pattern recommended. Excuse me? The end product is roughly 10 inches wide and over 7 feet long. Not to mention the fact that scarves are so incredibly useful in the desert or swamp (the only two places I seem to be). :P I'm glad it's done and I'm proud of myself for sticking it out. Here are some close-up shots of the different sections:

Checkerboard and knit garter stitch.

Diagonal stripe. I find it more of a zigzag.

Stockinette stitch.
I looked like such a train wreck yesterday. I had changed into pajamas that I didn't care about getting gunk on because we had planned to work on the roof but ended up not deciding against it because of the gusting wind. Then, I also got my hands a Thirty-One Apple Blossom Apron thanks to my wonderful blog buddy, Jenn! That last statement actually contains three different links to her blog, the item, and the store. I can't wait to use it so I may have thrown it on over my pj's and then tossed on my knit scarf once I finally finished it. Oh yes, I am that put-together.

Mother's Day was kinda different in that I woke up early and made brunch (with some help) for the family so we could also work on the first coating for the roof and do more yard work. Toast, juices, made to order eggs, and bacon. Yum! 
Moral of that story is: It looks like our productive weekends are turning into some substantial spring cleaning and I find that very exciting! As much hard work that it's going to be, it will be so rewarding in the end. I have to keep telling myself that when I'm all scraped up and grungy. Lol. 

I'll see you soon! <3

Sunday, May 1

Picture [Im]Perfect

I think that I'm caught up with the pictures I've taken in terms of uploading, labeling, and sorting them all out! Phew.

Here are some pictures that I've been meaning to post:

Notebooks of little notepads for the students for the end of the year.

A rare moment of our kitty teasing his typically bullying cousin.


Some gift card holding thank you cards made for our lovely office managers.

Based on this card that I made for my Stampin' Up! blog because of a lovely seasonal stamp set.

A close-up of a card that I also made for my Stampin' Up! blog based on a lovely new summer stamp set. I adore the bold and crisp graphic. 

Crawfish that some of the older kids that I've worked with are now caring for as a way to learn about different types of lives and habitats.

Today was such a great day and I could not be happier about how it turned out. I was a little stressed out in the beginning but the household rallied together so well when it came down to it.

After many of us had a late night last night, we were worried about getting up as early as we'd like to in order to tackle our biggest household project in a timely manner. Eventually (lol), we did! Okay, by "we" I mean the boys came together to clean and prep the roof for re-coating. It was a borderline chilly and then windy day, but overall was a wonderful day to get things done.

We also had gathered together today to celebrate FMIL's birthday because it's tomorrow (bleh, Mondays). We combined about five big recipes of Beef Stroganoff and did our own take. The original plan was to hang out and play video games together, but before that, we wanted to move an old couch that has been sitting in the backyard for the doggie to use as a bed out to the curb for bulk trash pickup that's also tomorrow. The ball started to really roll after that!

We started sweeping out the patio and then started clearing it and then I started wanting to chop away at an overgrown tree-bush that has been encroaching on the space... and the boys took to the idea and ran with it. I was beyond elated! I have been trying to rally them together especially with bulk trash pickup day fast approaching and the freeze happening a few weeks ago that annihilated much of the beloved (and not so beloved) plant life. We've been hoping that some of the plants would come back. Some did and some didn't and we purged much today. I think the only reason why we lost steam was because we can only fit so much in our trash for pickup. :P
Oh so yummy vanilla ice cream chocolate cake. 
The background is tinted a light blue and that's FMIL's favorite color.

What you see above is about one-third of what was actually there before the men attacked it. We maimed several dead plants and trees throughout the yard and property. 

Kitty stealing a drink from the plant watering pitcher.
Silly boy. 

The beginning of my pepper plants.

 Then it went nuts.

I tentatively re-potted the survivors today and put the biggest plants in their own/ new pots.
I really hope they keep living despite barely having any roots.

Now that I'm not all grimy and dirt-covered with gravel falling out of my hair... (>_< I may have gotten a little over-ambitious with de-rooting a dead bush), I feel so proud of all that we accomplished together today. 

-- EDIT -- Whoa. Saw the news broadcasts as well as the President's speech! I hope that this means that we're that huge step closer to bringing all the troops home and ending this war. <3

Thanks again for tuning in and I'll see you soon!
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