I would love to journal. I think the concept is fabulous. Jotting down your thoughts, feelings, the events of the day, creating a personal history. It is very intriguing to me, but I never follow through. No matter how cute the journal, how nicely the pen writes (I'm a big fan of a good pen), or how excited I am to start, I've never been able to keep a journal or a diary. I think this blog is the closest I've come and while I share a lot here, it's really what I would write in a personal journal, but it's a start. I came across the Simple Woman's Daybook on another blogger's page
and thought it might be fun to try. I'm thinking I will try this weekly and see how it goes. So my first entry…
FOR TODAY, Wednesday February 11, 2009
Outside my window…
The snow is melting from the "unseasonably warm" weather we had today. The temps hit around 50, so they say. It was delightful! My sister-in-law moved here from Tennessee, and the 4 or 5 years she lived her she noticed that each year she was told by various friends, family and coworkers "This isn't what winter is usually like here", and said she's not sure what winter here is supposed to be like, because all 5 years were different and all 5 years it wasn't normal.
I am thinking…of all the things I want to do before the baby arrives in March. There is knitting to be done, a house to be REALLY cleaned, not just tidied up, baby clothes and other items pulled out of storage and cleaned, and prepared for a new little life. That's just the stuff for prepping for the new family member. I also have taxes and seed ordering to do.
I am thankful for…
A loving family, and very committed and wonderful husband who sees the good in me even when the ugly is all I'm showing, a wonderful daughter who amazes me daily, a new baby to share my love with.
From the kitchen…
Today not much came from the Kitchen. I am still living off the Pea Soup and other goodies I made the other day.
I am wearing…
Maternity jeans that just barely fit comfortably, socks I knit, a long sleeve t-shirt and an over shirt that I sewed a few weeks ago.
I am creating…
a few things. I finished the Sweet Pea Coat and a Baby Bib today. I knit several more rows on the front of Husband's sweater vest.
I am going…
(went) to Silver Moon Creperie and to see the movie, Coraline, today.
I am reading…
"Putting Food By" off and on, while Knitting, and Heirloom Tomatoes which is greatly inspiring me! I am so excited to start the seeds inside to give us some green to delight over, while the ground is still all white outside.
I am hoping… that all the things I listed under what I'm thinking about will get done and great joy will come from the accomplishment. I'm also hoping the Dog House I found on Craig's list will work out, and I'll be able to pick it up tomorrow.
I am hearing…
water dripping because the roof snow is melting and leaking in the window…dripping into the canning jar I put on the window sill, and Husband reading stories to Mini.
Around the house…
There are books, toys, crafting supplies, but a clean kitchen.
One of my favorite things… is knitting baby clothes. I love knitting in general, but baby clothes just put me over the moon!
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Time with a friend tomorrow. Getting a dog house for Jane, the chicken. Finishing all the WIP projects I have on the needles this week, so I can cast on a slew of new goodies for next week. Making a pair of those house slippers from the Angry Chicken pattern I got a few weeks ago. Making Corn Chowder.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Mini took her "Fancy Nancy" Hat and turned it into a nest, for her chicken to lay eggs in. My sweet little chicken farmer.
So that was fun, right? I think I'll do this regularly on Wednesday's and see how it goes. So some do wordless Wednesdays, but I'm going to do Wordy Wednesday!
Why am I getting a dog house for Jane, the chicken? She is broody. This means she's trying to become a momma. She likes to sit on the eggs the other girls lay, and we often go out and have to move her to get the clutch she's accumulated. It's not a big deal since she's the only one, and she's not really going to hatch them, but it does mean she's probably not laying any eggs because they don't lay when they are sitting on eggs to hatch them…so she's eating for free.
In talking to my friend from Yellow House Farm, I decided to take advantage of her broodiness and I'm going to set her up in her own little house, with a nesting box, food and water, and a few fertile eggs from Yellow House, and let her have a go at becoming a mom. It will be a fun little opportunity to get my feet wet on the whole natural chicken reproduction thing. I want to start breeding so I can supply my own egg and chicken needs, without having to buy baby chicks every spring, and I will be learning about that during Chicken School in a couple weekends. So before class I'm trying to get a Large Dog house (I think I've found one for $15.00 on Craig's list) so when I come home from class, with fertile eggs, the Momma Chalet will be ready for Jane and her eggs.
As mentioned above, I went to see Coraline today. It was weird. I liked that fact, and the dark feel, and I loved the watching of it. It was very visually delightful. The story…not sure how I felt. I did not like the fact the real mom and the "other mother" were both controlling and emotionally cold with sycophant husbands. I dislike that sort of dynamic, and feel it does little to foster a sense of family… but it is often something you see in kids movies, not that I would classify this film as a kid's movie, but simply the fact it's animated make people think it is for kids. I also wonder what the point or message of the movie was. The ending had sort of an unresolved feel. Still the animation, props, cinematography, costumes, and how it was made was all amazing. I think I may have been more excited about the making of pieces I watched last week, in anticipation, than I was with the actual film…Yes, I know most people just watch a movie, leave with an emotion and based on that they decree that they liked it or didn't…I'm never that simple.
Finished Knitting! It seems like a long time since I've had finished knitting to share. I have started a lot of projects which makes finishing take longer than when I stay focused on just one or two projects. But today I finished the little baby bib that I started on my day out last Thursday at Flatbread Pizza.
The baby can drool in style
I also finished Sweet Pea!! Great project, not sure I really did much in the way of Knitting-along…as I didn't really see anyone that was knitting this while I was knitting it, but I did have a couple little chats on Ravelry with some other knitters, so that was fun. The coat is blocking (meaning I wet it and layed it out so that the yarn would relax and hopefully the fronts will line up properly) in the tub on the baby gate…improvise!
More pictures tomorrow when it's dry and has buttons.
Update on other projects…As stated above I'm hoping to finish all my WIP's by the end of Sunday, so I cast on new projects for next week. I'm so close to being done the things I'm working on, I figure this will be good incentive, and then I can start again. The Vest is getting close. I've had the back done for a while, but today I made great progress on the front. I have about 10-12 more rows to go on one side, then just the neck shaping the other side. Neck and arm ribbing, and I'm done!
The honey longies are close too. One leg done, but I'm ripping out the foot to make a change in how it's worked. I'm going to do a few rows of ribbing then finish the foot like a sock, instead of a bootie. The second leg has about 10 rows to go until where I plan on starting the ribbing, so in effect I have 2 feet left to make on those!
The sleep sack needs a zipper, the shoulders grafted, and the neck and arm ribbing/edging done.
I'm not concerned about the socks, as that is an "As I Go Along" project, not one that has a time frame of any sort.
So check back on Sunday, if not before, to see if I've finished the Vest, Sleep Sack, longies, and to see pictures of the Sweet Pea with buttons! Phew. I think I can pull it off.
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