This is the back: a sweet Alexander Henry print. I saw it on Etsy.com and loved it immediately. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but when I started this project, this fabric seemed like an ideal complement to the bold colors on the front.
So, I will send this to baby Julianna. It is my hope that it will take many fieldtrips: to the park, in the car, in the stroller. I would love to see it grass-stained and mud-stained, covered in remnants of the fun and exciting childhood I know she is going to have. Congratulations, Tracy and Mark, and welcome to the world little baby Julianna!
Here are some notes from the kitchen for the past week:
- It is a really good idea to have the husband and baby go to the store while you are cooking risotto. No interruptions make the process so much smoother.
- When making risotto, long grain white rice is NOT a good substitute.
- Double the macaroni and cheese recipe, freeze extra in small containers. Easy lunch for LLSS.
- Make pizza, then call someone. Pizza is just the right temp when you get off the phone. No roof-of-mouth burn.
- When offering the baby frittata, don't label it "eggs." She apparently likes the way "frittata" rolls off her tongue.
- Always throw in some fast, easy favorites (Pumpkin Sage Pasta).
- Clare will still not eat fish. Spicy salmon burgers were not a hit. Even with sweet potato french fries.
One more night of dinner here before we head off to the Pacific Northwest. It is looking like chicken, red onion, and bell pepper broiled then topped with cheese and made into sandwiches.
I also did some baking today. There is something so soothing about the smell of freshly baked bread on a crisp fall day. And I threw in a pan of cinnamon rolls for breakfast, although they are half gone already. They are going to be delicious with my coffee tomorrow morning!
Between the bark and the wood, we found many insects and arachnids. Tons of little green winged things. Sometimes more than 100 per round.
Clare is getting pretty excited about her trip to Grandma and Grandpa's for Thanksgiving. We have started the COUNTDOWN!
We really need to have a garage sale around this place. We have lots of extras or things we rarely or never use that are taking up valuable space, like the middle of the living room. Two large boxes and a super-sized coffee table. Maybe we can get our act together to at least get it out to the garage. That would be a step in the right direction.
And yes, there is a spell check for this blog, but I choose not to use it. I don't know why, but I don't use it. So if you see something in the super-sketchy-spelling category, please just ignore it.
I hope everyone has some great weekend plans in mind. I'll see you back here tomorrow!
Clare got to see a horse today, somewhat up close. He was in a horse trailer in the grocery store parking lot. A beautiful black horse with a white star on his forehead. He (yes, we're guessing) stuck his nose out a few times much to the delight of LLSS. We called him Midnight. And we had something interesting to tell the daddy when he got home from work.
I have completed the second side of the quilt binding. Binding clips, or regular hair clips, a really genius for making the process go a lot quicker. Wish I'd tried them on the first side.
I went to the dentist this morning to have my teeth cleaned. There's really nothing like that fresh-from-the-dentist smoothness. Seriously. If my insurance would cover it, I'd have my teeth cleaned once a month. I really liked the hygenist as well.
Off to the produce aisle first. Carrots. Check. Bananas. Check. Celery. Check. All is going quite smoothly. Then I pass the broccoli without putting any in the cart. From the cart I hear, "Mom needs the broccoli." Huh. "Get the broccoli, Mom." Okay. It was on the list. We hadn't gone over the list. If only she loved broccoli, but she doesn't eat it. Double hmmm. I'm sure it was purely coincidence, but it is going to be nice when the day comes and I do have a list reader in the cart!
I have just started to hand stitch the binding on the quilt. This is what I am thinking. It is going to take a while. But it looks beautiful. The blue is contrasting quite nicely with the pinks.
Looks like it is going to be another beautiful one tomorrow.
In quilting news, here is the back of the baby quilt. It is waiting for a binding, a box, a trip to the post office, and a new home. Clare wrote this for me today. She called me over and asked me to read it to her. I sounded it out. Her reply was, "No, Mommy. It says, 'No.'"
These apples were a gift from our neighbor Harold (of green grape notoriety). The arrangement is by Clare. "I made the apples a circle, Mommy." Nicely done. This was Wednesday. They are still there, looking lovely.
I planted some bulbs and flower seeds today while LLSS slept. I'm hoping to add a bit of color to the street side of the house next spring and summer. Iris, daffodil, delphinium, malva, and poppy.
I'm off to the dentist tomorrow. I already know that it is going to be expensive, but let's hope for good news on a second tooth that I know I have ground into submission. I need to relax or I will be toothless pretty soon.
Here's our typical morning conversation:
Clare's new expression is, "What is Mom figuring out?", or "What is Dad figuring out?" when we are working on something she doesn't quite understand. She also made a reference to bodily functions today as "butt music", as in, "Daddy is making butt music." Can't wait for her to use that one at the post office or the library.
Oh yeah, it's raining here tonight, which, unlike Sitka, is really something to write about.
1 healthy baby
1 well-baby appointment
1 doctor's office
1 plastic table
1 activity cube
1 friendly four-year-old
Mix all of these ingredients together. Wait three days. Sneezing will indicate that the mixture is successful. Runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, and stuffed up head to follow.
After all the symptoms have developed, allow once-well baby to sleep in parents' bed so at least someone in the family can get some rest.
Makes me think I should have kept her home from the "well" baby visit as she is now a "sick" baby. At least she got a flu shot out of the deal as well. Now, if only she would learn to open her mouth to breathe while sleeping.
Here is a little conversation we had on our way home from the post office yesterday.
Here is Clare on Halloween night, about three houses into the trick-or-treating experience. I know this because I am only carrying her bag and not the Queen Bee herself. House four is when that happened! Sorry the audio is so jumbled. I feel our camera was better at picking up the sound of crunching leaves that tiny baby voices.
On a brighter note, our walk to the post office took just a little longer today as there were piles of leaves all over the sidewalk that LLSS couldn't resist. She was pretty cute tromping through soggy leaves, picking up handfuls and putting them back in yards.
Here are a few shots from the past week. Little Lovey Sweet Sweet playing in a huge pile of leaves, courtesy of our weeping birch and some hard-core raking by me.
And here she is spending some quality time under the table with her polka dot blanket courtesy of Eve. Thanks, Eve! She loves it.
Things of interest:
Dust can collect for seventy years in cracks and crevices without being cleaned up, especially behind large, heavy items.
Silverfish, or earwigs, live under large sheets of unidentified material when placed near basement windows and boy can they ever move quickly when someone is trying to smash them.
Rubber dish gloves really are a girl's best friend!
Mike and I make a really good team when it comes to clean up. I love that man!
Of course, in typical form, I forgot to take "before" pictures of the space, although I'm not sure the "after" pictures are too exciting. Removal of all these items really only revealed a whole new list of things that need attention (walls painted, floors painted, window sills replaced, etc...). But at least it is some sort of progress. Yeah!