My Blanken World

My world of boys, textiles and moving.

Just a little excitement please… November 30, 2010

Filed under: Family,Knitting,Sewing — blankenmom @ 12:20 am
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I wouldn’t mind a little excitement?  Not the “Your house has blown up and your being sued” kind of excitement, but the “You’ve won the lottery” or ” Come to our party” kind of excitement.  I’m growing rather weary of the daily grind; the constant doldrums of arguing with the borough and paying bills.  Hmmm – I think I  need to get into some sort of trouble?

I’ll be working on my patterns tonight for a short while.  I hope to work on them tomorrow if my very efficient boys don’t put the table outside for me again.  *Grin*  I was less than two inches from being done on my final stocking, when I realized the pattern wasn’t matching up correctly.  Because it’s an older pattern, there isn’t a stitch count, so I measured it up to the first one, and yup, lo-and-behold, it was about and inch wider than the first!  *UUUHHHGGG*  So, frogged again, to nearly where I started at the beginning of the weekend.  I’m past disliking this stocking and now on to loathing it.  I just want it DONE! 

As for “That house”, we’re finally getting somewhere.  The man who was “supposed” to be giving us our C/O has been asked to take administrative leave.  I’d like to say I’m bummed for him, but I’m not.  I’m really not.  I know it’s mean, but it’s passed time.  So now they said they’re working extra hard to get the paperwork done.  But after all we’ve been through with them, I’m not holding my breath.

The Oly Monster had an appointment today.  Always entertaining – the poor thing was scared to death.  150 pound dog and she’s quivering and shaking; at one point she got startled and jumped into my lap!  The vet was great, allowing us to have her appointment outside.  She doesn’t feel so trapped outside; besides, if she piddles (or more) outside, it’s easier to clean.  It worked great!  She stayed calm, didn’t even notice she was getting her shots, or blood taken and even calmed down about the vet.  I really appreciated the vet doing that for us, it will make her future appointments go much smoother; I might even be able to get her to come through the door!  Plus, he gave us some great idea’s on how to get her to stop lunging at other dogs in an attempt to play – the ding-dong!  She’ll run up to the other dog, full-bore, fur raised, stop and roll over; but not before scaring the pants off the other dog owner.  I’d be scared too!  So, we’ve got some work to do with her.

We got our first Christmas present.  The hubby’s brother always sends us meat for the holidays and we ALWAYS enjoy it.  A house full of boys….  the second-born can’t eat a lot of it, ironic I know, since it’s meat.  But, we only have to buy his now, instead of for all of us.  Mmmm – food is always a good gift!  We’re thinking of sending them a Wine Basket?  It’s food, for fancy people!

So, tomorrow, I’m going to work on patterns (I hope), and try a new recipe (I hope), and wait for a little quiet, calm, non-expensive excitement (I hope).


I only dust when I move November 28, 2010

Chore day!  The day the hubby and I celebrate and wait all week for.  Except today, WE had chores to do.  That makes for a different story.  The hubby and I had to dust the fans and oddly enough, the walls?  I normally don’t dust until we move, but this was particularly troublesome.

I was also able to start work on the fourth-borns bed.  I have all the holes drilled, now I need to put the other piece of wood on it and stain it.  The boy might have his bed back by next weekend.  I’m wondering if he’ll want it back once he realizes he’ll have to change the sheet again?

I didn’t get much work done on my stocking or sewing.  It’s so difficult with the table outside, but I really want to get sewing again.  It makes me feel more normal.  I should probably work on some cooler weather shirts though.  It finally cooled down here a bit.  They gave a freezing warning last night, but it still got up to 70* today.

We were able to make our grocery shopping trip.  Always interesting!  How DOES one go to church and then Wallyworld in stiletto heals?  Good entertainment though!  After more than 30 minutes of looking for watch batteries and light bulbs, the hubby and I were on the verge of giving up.  But at the last moment, all was saved.

And then a trip to the geek store to check out new flat screens.  They are nice and shiny and I admit it would be nice.  I just can’t see, buying a new one, when our’s is still working.  I do, however, foresee a broken t.v. in the very near future.  Hahaha!  I can’t blame them for trying!


What to do with a Saturday?

Filed under: Boys,Family,Hubby,Knitting,Moving,Pets,Sewing — blankenmom @ 12:16 am
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Ah Saturday!  A day to sleep in, relax, go to the Farmer’s Market and tootle.  I like that word, tootle.  Just doing things as you please, no rhyme or reason.  That’s what a day off is supposed to be.

I watched the boys turn my cutting table into a fort.  Fun to watch, but makes cutting out patterns tough.  And the cat sat on my yarn, which makes knitting tough, so the hubby and I went to a movie, which also gave the first-born an opportunity to earn $5 for babysitting for a game he wanted.  Everyone wins.  Megamind was very cute.  I have, however, surmised that movies are approximately 2 minutes to long, because I alway have to go to the bathroom about 2 minutes before it ends.  The hubby offered to buy me some depends for the next movie – I passed, although, that would solve the whole, cold in the movie theater issue!

I got home and my super efficient, super boys, put my cutting table back outside, which also makes cutting patterns tough.  So tonight I’ll work on my stockings and tomorrow when they go to bed, pattern cutting time.

The Farmer’s Market was very small today.  No honey stand lady, jam dude, or squash folk.  But we got our onions, apples and peanuts.  We also got to meet a Great Dane.  He was no Oly Monster, but boy did we fall in love with him.  That will be our next dog for sure.  Gorgeous, just gorgeous!  (Still no Oly Monster though!)  As for the old lady dog, you just can’t top her!  *Giggle*

We went to one of my favorite stores today, and I actually saw someone I knew.  I love it when that happens.  And as much as we move, it doesn’t happen very often.  I almost jumped the center display to say “HI”, but that would make me sort of crazy and we don’t want that secret out already!

It’s starting to cool down.  I’m a bit shocked, but it is.  I actually had to wear pants today!  The boys still played outside and we still took a walk in just our sweatshirts.  The girls had a blast and the two boys that went with me argued the whole way.  I do have to say, for people with small dogs; just because they’re little, doesn’t mean they don’t need to be leashed or tethered.  They can still run out into traffic or chase big dogs like ours and get stepped on, and then whose fault is it when they get hurt?  Ours of course, because we have big dogs, even though their on leashes.  Not theirs, because they can’t seem to keep them where they belong?  Oh, I take issue with little dog owners.  Not the dogs, the owners! 

Ok, I’m done.

It was a good day, entirely to short.  I need another day off for my four-day weekend.  Tomorrow is chore day, so we have to actually, *GASP*, do work.  Bleck!


Long day off November 27, 2010

Filed under: Boys,Family,Hubby,Knitting,Sewing,WTFr — blankenmom @ 1:52 am
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I haven’t had a real day off in quite a while.  Yeah, when we first got here I didn’t have anything to do, but that’s not really a day off.  That’s just sheer boredom, this was an actual day off, where I didn’t have to get up for anything and had nothing planned for my day – but still had options.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

My stomach has been upset since yesterday, so I didn’t eat all day long like the family; I’m jealous.  But, I did spend it finishing up the second stocking, frogging the first and restarting it in the proper order (only from the heel).  They may be almost wearable now that their fixed!  I also got a burst of energy tonight and hauled in my cutting table (from outside… isn’t that where everyone keeps their cutting table?)  I got two patterns cut out and ironed and one piece of fabric ironed.  I was hoping to get at least one pattern transferred, but my stomach started up again before I could.  So a little more work on the stocking before bed I guess. 

This is the shirt pattern?

We’re going to the Farmers Market tomorrow as usual, although, we’re not sure if they will be there with this being a holiday weekend and all.  But, it’s an outing for the boys, so they still want to go.  I might have to fit in a few other errands to make it worth going out.  I’m a little afraid to go out to the stores this weekend though, so we’ll be avoiding them.

I plan on Christmas shopping next weekend.  That should give people some time to calm down.  Ordering and the stores; it’s easier to get it all done in one weekend than to extend it out for weeks at a time.  I hate shopping, so I want to hurry up and get it done. 

The boys have finished off the last of the leftovers in record time; I think next year I might buy two hams?  I may have to look into two turkeys for Christmas?  Feeds 14-16 my backside!

The second-born and I went out tonight to return our Redbox and on the way there had to swerve for big, giant snake!  Ok, so it wasn’t an Anaconda or anything, but it was the biggest snake I had ever seen in real life; big enough to swerve for!  I wish I had gotten a picture of it.  I think that was the peak of my excitement today?

The hubby and I took the girls for a walk today.  I think the neighborhood thought we were nuts, walking in the rain, but really, are we going to melt?  The old lady dog was less than thrilled with us, but the Oly monster was as happy as could be.  And as we walked passed the pond, there were more ducks than usual swimming around.  Including the baby duck that swims around the middle of the pond all by itself – so cute!

She's got two of her own beds, 4 boys beds and where does she choose to sleep? Under my cutting table!

Normally we pull the Christmas tree out on the first weekend of December, but this year we have something special planned.  But we have to wait for it to show up… I’ll have pics as soon as it does.


We’re having ham, thanks. November 26, 2010

Filed under: Boys,Family,Knitting,Sewing — blankenmom @ 1:31 am
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I think we were the only people in the U.S. to have ham this year for Thanksgiving.  Everyone we talked to about their meal plan paused and asked again.  “You’re having ham?”  I’m not sure why this was so strange, but I guess it doesn’t matter, it tasted good.

The boys were excellent with helping out.  I started about 10:30-11:00 this morning and had planned on having the meal out by 3, but per usual my cooking skills, it was done at 5.  But again, it tasted good.

We rented “A Christmas Carol” tonight; the new CG one.  It was pretty odd, the boys liked it, but I have a strong feeling the fourth-born will be waking me up for the next few nights – that is, if he’s wants to brave the dark of our room? 

It will be nice to have a day completely off, nowhere to be, or anything to do.  I’ll be working on my stockings.  Yes…. I said stocking(s), plural.  After getting nearly finished with what I thought was my last, I realized I made a HUGE mistake on the first one, that isn’t hidable or dealable.  It’s major, so I have to frog it up to where I had started it last and rework it.  At least now I have the pattern down again, so it’s going faster.  I think I want to start cutting on my new outfit tomorrow too?  I need to find “Betty” (my body form) though.  I have three, “Betty”, “Wilma” and “Suzie”; “Betty’s my size, well, at least for a while longer.

I wish I had  a little more excitement, but it was a nice “relaxing” day of cooking.  I hope everyone else had a nice Thanksgiving also.