Sunday, November 30, 2008
Dad and Alli had a running battle for his chair. Alli was good about it - if Dad had the chair, she settled for the couch, but if he got up - it was hers! Dad had a new MRI done a couple of weeks ago, and it showed several new stress fractures, so he is looking at more surgery - probably several more surgeries, since his surgeon doesn't like to treat more than three fractures at a time, and they counted at least 7 new fractures. He is probably exhausted today - he spent most of the day hanging with the guys out in the garage. (That and coming in to see if we had dinner ready yet!)
I finished a scarf for Alli's daycare provider on the way up - I'll try to post a picture later today when I have some natural light. I took the baby sweaters I finished in to work on Friday, and they made it to the babies! Alicia and Isabella just happened to be visiting grandma this week, so Linda brought them it for us to see. They are so sweet! It looks like the sweaters will fit - happy day! I hate making things for babies sometimes - you never know if they will fit until after they are done, and due to my speedy work (ha ha!) by then, they have outgrown them.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I still have a cheesecake to make for today. It was on my "list of things to do" last night after work, and it just didn't happen. I had a nail appointment and got home around 7:30, and went to bed around 9:30. I need more energy! Of course, yesterday was another day that Alli was up early, so I guess I had been awake my fair share of the day! I did get to sleep in this morning. Alli got up around 6:00, so I got about an extra hour. Now - to go make a cheese cake!
I actually need to make two cheesecakes - one for today and one for tomorrow. Today, we are going to Ralph's family's Thanksgiving, and tomorrow I am cooking a turkey dinner for us. Ralph is actually cooking the turkey part - I have to work. I have to make the 'fixin's' for the dinner after I get home. Since it is just us, I am not making a lot of side dishes - mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, broccoli, gravy, pumpkin pie, and a cheesecake. (Alex is insisiting that he wants both!) Easy! I got a 14 pound turkey, so we should have lots of leftovers! This year, Ralph would like to brine the turkey before cooking it - something I have never tried. (I didn't know he was paying attention to the cooking shows I was watching, really!)
Monday, November 24, 2008
After a very productive Saturday (cleaning house, grocery shopping, etc.) Sunday was kind of a bust. I didn't get a lot done around the house - laundry, but that was about it. I did get Alli to walk about 20 minutes combined on the treadmill! (No, I didn't get any time on it myself - I've been bad!) I couldn't even settle down to any hand work until close to dinner time. I seem to have spent quite a bit of time looking at this website: http://icanhascheezburger.com/. I am sure I could have found something more productive to do, but it is a fun site. (That is where the 'munsters under mai bed' photo came from.)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I did sit down and make a list of needed snowflakes, and I have 55 made, and need about 75. I know the number I need will go up, so I am planning on making extras. One problem - the 55 are crocheted, but not stiffened! I will have to start stiffening a bunch every night here pretty soon (yes, I am still procrastinating!) I still haven't made my list of 'things to get done' before Christmas.
I don't know if we will have a 'cookie decorating party' this year or not. I haven't checked with AJ lately, and it doesn't look like the Derby's will be able to make it up. I don't know that AJ really wants to do it with his 'guy friends'. I am sure he would love to have them come over, but I don't think they want to interrupt their video games to decorate cookies! As the kids got older, it was easy to see the gender differences (at least for the kids that usually come!). I have to force Dallas to make an ornament and decorate cookies to take to his mom. (Now, if the cookies all made it home, I would be very surprised, and it is a very short walk!) The girls, on the other hand, spent a lot of time making the ornaments look just right, and decorated a lot more cookies that AJ and Dallas do.
Friday, November 21, 2008
AJ is home sick (again). He called Ralph on Wednesday to come pick him up at school, and the school nurse told him not to come back. It's just a cold, but he feels pretty miserable. He is out of school (both kids are) all next week anyway. He does have wrestling practise during the week, but I don't know that he will make it in for them. Not just because he is sick, but because of the time and energy required to come pick him up, take him in, and then reverse the process a couple of hours later. He is really enjoying wrestling though. His latest request for Christmas - a wrestling mat so he can practise at home! Now - where he puts the mat is a good question. I told him to do some research about the mat - how big, where to get it, where to store it, etc. and we would talk. I don't think a lot of research has has happened yet.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This weekend is going to be a 'catch up' weekend. I hereby vow to make a list of all the things I need to do or want to do, between now and Christmas. (See how much leeway I gave myself - I have between now and Christmas to come up with a list! Not quite what I meant.) I know I have a ton of things I want to do, but I don't seem to focus on the important projects. (I would rather sit down and read a book.) I work better with a list, so it is there in black and white. I also feel better when I can cross an item off my list.
For things that have to happen this weekend, major housecleaning is tops on the list. I also need to get the leaves off the front lawn - just to make room for the other leaves! My trees can't loose all their leaves at once! Alex is supposed to help me, and I might even get some help from Dallas - we'll see.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
AJ decided to 'clean out the garage' for me. After consultation, we decided that all he could really do was get rid of the empty boxes out there. (Ralph would skin us alive if we threw away any of his stuff!) Even just doing that cleared up a whole lot of room! I also went through and found all the boxes of clothes that need to go to Salvation Army and put them in one area. It was already too late in the day to take them over this weekend, so I am going to try for next weekend!
Since Alex was cleaning out the garage, I decided to tackle the coat closet! Last weekend, Ralph went through and got all of his 'extra' coats out. He did find two to donate to S.A., the rest just went out to the guest house for storage. At least I have more room in here now! I boxed up two more boxes of jackets for S.A. - mainly jackets the kids have out grown. I also 'found' a bunch of scarves that I had made and had forgotten about (out of sight, out of mind?) Since I had so much more room, I put them all on hangers, so I can see them now! Anyone need a scarf?
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I added a new 'task' to my routine the last couple of weeks. I have been trying to walk on the treadmill twice a week during the week. (I would like to do three, but so far have just been able to do twice), and both days on the weekend (unless I take the dogs for a walk!). So far, so good! It is hard to find the time. I'm not a good exerciser early in the morning, so getting up early doesn't work well (I find a good excuse to not get up or I want a few minutes to wake up before I get started, and then don't have enough time) and I don't like to exercise after dinner, so....that leaves right after work. Dinner has been a few minutes late around here (and Alli is quick to let me know!), so I can fit the time in - and I have just been walking for 30 minutes! I don't know what I am going to do when I start with more time - later dinner? (I know, heaven forbid that anyone else actually fixed dinner while I am walking!) I'm working on getting dinners that I can start and leave alone (soups, chili, etc) to give me some time, since it is colder now. So far, so good! My ultimate plan is to add some strengthening work on the 'off days', but I haven't gotten that far yet!
Alex has a new sport! He starts wrestling practice next week. I never thought of him as the wrestling type, but it will be good for him. He has been working out a couple of times a week lately as well, at the YMCA after school. The boy has muscles! (He is very proud of those muscles!) Since he is around 6' 3", and 150 pounds, he still looks like skin and bones! I keep hoping he is done growing, but...he still looks a little taller every time I see him. Since his great uncles were 6'6" +, he may still have some growing in him! I keep hoping he will do his growing in the summer, when he is wearing shorts, not jeans!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Here are the pumpkins AJ carved for me for Halloween! I took the first two pictures at night - the third is a (possibly) better picture of the Goblin pumpkin. I entered the 'Goblin Goodies - Dusk to Dawn' in the Bank's competition, but we didn't win. There are too many creative people at the Bank! One person brought in a small watermelon in a pumpkin costume - too cute! The Unknown Pumpkin came in second. I didn't get a picture on the winning pumpkin - it came in late! I like to think we would have come in 3rd, if they had done a 3rd place winner! (Probably not - I didn't ask, so I can continue thinking what I think :) All in all, it is a fun time. The customers actually vote on the winning pumpkin, and many of the customers come in just for that!