Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
One thing Chris and Isaiah love to do in the evening is light the fire pit. I think it was one of the best splurges they made when the house was purchased. Its a small one in the backyard, a place for them to relax and unwind….after he gets it lit. No, really it could take a while. Growing up with a wood stove & in a camping family it drives Erika crazy. The concept of twigs, airflow and kindling to start a fire is beyond him.
He starts with a huge log, paper a match..and charcoal grill starter…a lot of it…..WOOSH!
He says he did not come from “Pioneer People”
He’s been pretty good about all the teasing so, for Christmas as a joke (sorta) I made him some fire starters…
Normally I would use cardboard egg cartons but they are hard to find. So I had to substitute with cardboard fruit packing trays
I cut them in strips trimming the excess into tiny bits
I’ve been saving leftover candle wax all year, storing in baggies
I also saved dryer lint from my cotton towels & jeans. You can use the lint from all loads but the cotton works best….
Melt your wax carefully ( I don’t have a double broiler so I used a large old measuring cup on top of a pan of boiling water…
Topping it all off again with lint, make sure everything is saturated by pushing it down. Some may start to ooze through the bottom but that’s ok you know it’s all soaking in.
Let dry and your good to go start your fire!
And no Chris, you don’t throw the whole box in, you just need ONE to start the fire!
Store in a cool dry place and they will last forever
An additional benefit of using wax fire starters?
Your roasted hotdogs and marshmallow's don’t taste like lighter fluid!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Our oldest daughter Danielle was scheduled to be off work Christmas Day. But after a scan of the work schedule realized a single Mom of 3 was slated to work….so she told her co worker to spend Christmas Morning with with her children she would cover her shift…..Christmas morning Danielle called “on her way to work” to say Merry Christmas & that she had left something on our porch…..
I came back inside and this is what I found! Yes I fussed as we were going to have a big breakfast when we were done…..bottomless pit “kids”..
Mr... Fix~it the ring leader of the revolt? Not a very flattering photo of my crew, but the brats all get what they deserve!
Poor Chris has no idea what to think of some of our jokes and pranks
Mr..~Fix~it can be evil at times….
As new home owners they need all kinds of things but most importantly a new door!
We tried to stay practical this year, Rachel & Adam a Zoo pass, Danielle a food processor, items they would put to good use.
And me? Well Mr... Fix~it did well this year. He gave me a Kitchen aid mixer!
How did he know!
Could it have been the puddles of drool I left in any house ware department when I caressed one saying “someday”…..
We missed Aaron in Calif & Ania in Poland, Rachel, Adam & Hayden in Indy but, I’m sure they didn’t miss the clean up or the breakfast dishes!
Hope you found JOY in your day!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Using the scientific system of numbering the entries I then asked my brother in law to pick a number……
The winner is number 5
Who said:I would love the star crayon for my son! He loves to draw and he loves the nursery rhyme "twinkle twinkle little star," so this would be the perfect gift for him
Cindy, I’ll be contacting you this afternoon for your address!
Thanks to all who entered.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
A friend sent this to me.
It's wonderful. I hope you take the time to read it.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A few months I found a wonderful Etsy seller LemonDropsShop. I purchased some cute hair clips for Evie hoping they would be the set that actually stayed in her baby wisps
Boy was I (and Erika) pleasantly surprised….they worked! With no fuss or pulled strands! Very well made, no loose or frayed ends. Needless to say we’ve picked up a few other sets.
I looked at them at first and thought I could make these….after checking in to the supplies we decided it wasn’t worth the bother as the pricing she offers can’t be beat!
A Mom of twins, who knows what is useful and works amid all the baby garb..after all she has 2 product testers in residence!
I’d been looking at her bibs for our “Drool Diva” and When she offered a give away a few months ago I signed up!…
I really like her nontraditional baby prints, bright & cheerful but not overly cutesy. The second bib I ordered after winning. I’m not sure what she uses in the construction but, they are to date leak proof & great size to protect clothing.
I ordered this Star Crayon for Hayden, Its a great size for little hands to hold on to.
I just wish I’d had this post completed early enough for Christmas as her items are wonderful, she offers the customer a variety of fabrics and patterns to select, her customer service is EXCELLENT! Fast shipping and gift packaging!
So, as a belated gift to readers, I’m having a giveaway!
I ordered an extra “Star Crayon” which will be great as a stash gift or for your own little one!
Here are the rules,
Leave a comment telling me your favorite baby item in her shop….(be sure and look at her sold items also) for an entry
Link the giveaway on your blog for another entry & let me know, for a 2nd entry
Tweet and or face book for a 3rd/4th entry..(These can be as many as you’d like)
The drawing will be held Christmas Eve, and announced by the 26th. A quickie!
So, what are you waiting for….go check LemonDropsShop out!
Monday, December 21, 2009
For at least 68 Children, Christmas is not about stacks of gifts under the tree, if there is one.
Its not about the latest electronic gadget or game, when your cold or hungry
For 167 adults, Christmas is about being fed in the body & spirit & knowing there will be food for at least a few more weeks
A wonderful group of people that gave so generously to those in need
For 10 years we have had the JOY and Honor of co-chairing the Advent Project at Sacred Heart. The love and generosity of the parish has moved us to tears every year. Nothing was more rewarding than the night before delivery & the visual gift of Sacred Heart being Jesus to the community.
EVERY year, the Advent Project ran on FAITH & integrity with the funds donated. We came to the painful realization we can no longer in good conscience continue to participate in the program when the parish staff chose to use what should have been a “joyful giving” as a “fundraiser”for the church.
When all was delivered, with our adult children and grandchildren, we left knowing it was our last year to participate and the last day as members of the the parish.
Sometimes growth and knowledge is painful but necessary. But for the first time in months, Larry & I are sleeping through the night, knowing we did the right thing.
So, the gate is open, coffee is fresh and bread is baking so stop in for a chat.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Once in a while everyone comes to a point when they have to just step back and as my friend Rhonda says, “close the gate”. My “closing the gate” may not be the same but, I’m finding I need to step back for a bit.
We’ve had a few challenges that have set us on our heals and seriously shaken us to the core leaving us both feeling very hurt and emotionally battered. I’m finding its become unstoppable, like a huge wave, flowing into and affecting all other aspects of our lives. We both are having a difficult time focusing or sleeping. I’m having a difficult time maintaining commitments I’ve made. As a moderator on the Down_To_Earth Forum (I haven’t been able to do for a week) and the Ruby e-zine article I’m 2 weeks late with. Both are such wonderful & joyful places to be a part of.
With a lot of prayer, & supporting each other we’re taking baby steps to move forward but, needing to let some things go, at least for a little while.
We have for the past 10 years co-chaired what is called the Advent Project at our parish. To our family this project is our Christmas, interviewing those in need, coordinating sponsors with recipients of a pantry restock & gifts of clothing & toys for children. This year we have scaled back and only have 50 families sponsored. When we found ourselves making comments such as, let’s just get through this year we knew we had to make a few personal changes. Everything else we do is set aside for now as this needs to be done with a good spirit & joy in our hearts. Anything less would not be right and in fact be a disservice.
Tomorrow night is Advent Eve for us, all the groceries & gifts will be brought to church and Saturday morning will be delivery day.
So, we’re stepping back …. and closing the gate on everything for a bit, trying to find our balance.
Drum roll please!
and the winner is :
I want a cute little jar of Lanolin! That would be so much easier to carry around than a 1 lb Mason Jar! (when traveling.... I don’t just carry around lanolin!
Be sure and email me you address & this will go in Mondays mail!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Mr. Fix~It is hunting again this weekend so I’ve had a bit of a knitting marathon. And baking Chocolate Chip Cookies.
2 pair of small longies, I didn’t realize I was almost out of smalls, these knit up much quicker than larges. Almost instant gratification..but not quite!
A Gray & Cream Marle twist. Super thick and soft
The lake waters were so crystal clear, blues and greens with touches of purple ….I wish I could capture with dye and do justice to the true colors
I’ve been trying to
clean up organize my wool. It’s taking over the living room. That I can’t say no to a great fiber bargain has started to become a problem….anyway last year thrifting I bought a large bag of cotton scraps & made countless dishcloths Well, in the midst of sorting I found the bag….got sucked in to matching colors……and started knitting…I can justify the distraction and say I was stash busting….Right?.
There are 3 others I haven’t taken a photo of. Very few skeins are enough for one cloth so I’m having fun striping & playing with patterns.
I just looked over at the room that looks like there was a yarn storm so I’d better get busy & clean it up!
What did you do this weekend?
Friday, December 11, 2009
I finally was able to take a photo of Evie in her new Punkinhaus Gnome HatIt’s a tad big but I think the smaller size would be to small of course I may be a bit biased, bit I think she’s a doll! The hats darn cute too!
Today in Etsy I listed to day a pair of large longies I call Black Ice
I found the pink Trim and completed the Bunny Longies
On the needles I have a small pair of hand dyed and a small pair of Gray & Cream Marle, nice unisex colors. Just need to finish the legs and they will be ready to post.
Our son Aaron James’ birthday was yesterday. We called him In San Diego. He’s putting on a good front but I know he misses Ania badly. She’s still in Poland, caring for her mother who was diagnosed with cancer 2 days after the wedding. Thank God for Skype!