Monday, August 31, 2015

35/52 First Day

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona: excited for her first day of school (second year at our local preschool)... I love her squinty anime smile when she's super happy about something... she wore her backpack for a full hour before it was time to leave

Elsa: enjoying all the extra Mama-time by taking me on a date to the library... we got there a little early so we read on the front step... (I can't believe this girl will start school next year, too!)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pink Unicorn Back to School Dress

Preschool starts up again tomorrow and I wanted to be voted the coolest mom in the universe, so I made Oona (my unicorn loving girl) a pink unicorn dress. I'm so glad I got it done in time. There's ribbon ties in the back to give it a more fitted look. She tried it on when I finished, but was very good and took it off right away so she wouldn't get dirty and then hung it on a coat hanger in her room so she could stare at it. I'm glad we'll have no problem getting her dressed on the first day. Of course, Elsa wants one too, and wants one this second. "Where's my unicorn dress?" she asked right as I turned off the sewing machine. I don't have enough fabric to make her the same type of dress, but I'll figure something out. So you see, it's not me that hell bent on making my girl's wear matching dresses...

P.S. The pattern is Simplicity 2019-Child and the fabric is "Far Far Away Purple Unicorns" by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Sunday, August 23, 2015

34/52 Make Hay While the Sun Shines

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona and Elsa: two fearless explorers getting lost in the long grasses...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

In the Garden: Pickles and Pranksters

The garden is alive! Sometimes I'm afraid to go in it knowing hours will be lost picking and preening or that I just won't find my way out again. I finally took a large bowl of cucumbers to the cutting block today to make pickles. I have no idea how they turned out, but I'm crossing my fingers that I didn't overcook them as I did last year. The cukes I used are called "poona kheera cucumbers" from High Mowing Seeds, and that's why they are yellow and not your typical green and I do belief they will make a good pickling cucumber. Sadly, I am alone on the pickle eating as I was with the radishes. The kids love regular cucumbers, and there's still plenty for eating, but they are picky about pickles. Oh well. I'm going to visit family soon and will come bearing pickles.

In other garden news, we've once again waited until the last minute to devise a plan to protect our corn from hungry critters. So we threw all the bells in our house on the corn and made a quick scarecrow out of a clothes rack, hat and tee shirt. And then because I couldn't think of what else to do, I threw some hula hoop booby traps all about and a table cloth over my favorite ones at night. So far I think it actually helped, but maybe they're just biding their time for the corn to get plumper as I am. We'll see who has the last laugh.

Here's my previous garden posts from this year (2015): 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ukulele Lady


Reading: "American Favorite Ballads: Tunes and Songs as Sung by Pete Seeger
Crocheting: "Briar Rose" Granny squares from "200 Crochet Blocks" by Jane Eaton

I think I really must be a North land girl to still be working on wool projects in this humidity! Jake, my darlin' companion, was making dinner tonight so I brought my crochet hook, book and yarn to the table, so I could talk to him and crochet while he cooked. But, alas, sitting on the table was his latest repair job, a warm little pineapple uke just waiting for someone to play it. I had been learning to play uke before having kids, but have found it increasingly hard to find time to practice now that I'm out numbered. But, as everyone was happily engaged for a moment, and Jake invited me to try it out (his sneaky plan for me to say he could keep it! ), I picked it up. This uke is indeed a keeper and I am definitely going to give my fingers yet another occupation... strumming on my sweet little uke.

The squares, by the way, are for a little blanket for a little lady (my very first niece!) who has not yet made her way into the world yet. She won't be able to appreciate it until the colder months, but they might well be here before it's finished anyways.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Golden Pumpkin

It seems insane to be working with wool yarn in the cruel heat of August, but that's what happens with projects born in the long months of winter when you're not sure you'll ever see the sun again, let alone days so hot you'd like to just jump out of your skin! I use to have a rule to only crochet with cotton in the summer, but that was before I had goals and plans to keep on top of... I'll be honest and tell you that today was particularly brutal, so the amount of doing anything was kept to a  minimum. The only reason I'm able to write this is because there is a fan blowing directly in my face. I still have that hazy feeling and lack of caring that comes when all your physical energy is being depleted by the ripples of heat dancing around your body. I think if I do anything tomorrow of grand importance, it will have to be with a sewing machine or the ice cream maker or dunking my head in a lake. I hope things are feeling a little more comfortable where you are. Autumn, I am ready for you clear-headedness and brisk winds.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Sunday, August 16, 2015

33/52 Cooling Off

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"
Oona and Elsa: well, at least it was only the shoes that came off... it could have been much worse on a hot day with the perfect down town "swimming pool" and two little girls that are oh so fond of skinny dipping!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In the Garden: Zinnias and Zucchini

The garden seems to have a mind of it's own these days... Zucchini, squash, and cucumbers are stretching their limbs and finding new places to call home. The pumpkin patch is also quite wild, climbing the hillside toward the road... uh oh! No pumpkins in the road, I must insist! The corn stalks have grown pregnant bellies that make me smile each time I notice. The wildflowers and zinnias planted in the children's garden are now making a show. "Next year... next year", I keep saying..." I will have a huge flower patch... I don't care if I have to use up the rest of our yard to do it!" Anyways, despite the all around wildness and willfulness of my garden, more time seems to be spent in the kitchen finding what to do with it all. This is not to say I have a bumper crop in anything... things are just finally starting to go okay for this beginner. This morning we had our first loaf of zucchini bread. Our small freezer is starting to get pretty tight with pesto and blanched kale and snap peas and summer squash, and more plans on the horizon. And I better start pickling soon... anyone have a great pickle recipe to recommend? I haven't found "the one" yet. I might just go for "quickles", though, because last year their was bit of a disaster with over boiling several jars while my little one was nursing... very tragic to have soggy pickles. We have been catching up on our weeding the last few days. Do you see how clever I am getting Elsa a wheel barrow for her birthday... they were actually picking up the weeds for me to bring to the compost after I toss them from the garden. Okay, it didn't last long, but it was still nice. Oh, it's so nice to watch things grow... cucumbers and pumpkins and little people too! 

As always, I'd love to hear or see what's going on in your garden this time of year!

Here's my previous garden posts from this year (2015): 
May 29th
May 11th

And here's last years posts (2014):
May 28th
June 20th 
June 26th
July 16th
July 17th
July 26th
August 15th
August 20th
September 11th
September 26th
October 10th