My Blanken World

My world of boys, textiles and moving.

Just another weekend – May 30, 2011

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I’m not sure what your plans called for this Memorial weekend; picnic, bbq, parades, did you even know it was Memorial weekend?  In our house it included cleaning out the garage for the upcoming move.  Yup, that’s what a military family does for Memorial day weekend.  Well, we *may* go to the beach tomorrow, but only after a few trips to Goodwill and the dump.  (How did I accumulate so much crap in only 9 months?)

Man I'm going to miss this beach!

Saturday was a wash for me, my stomach wasn’t cooperating with anything fun, so today was my big day to do something.  No knitting all weekend, definitely no sewing, I did however peruse some patterns while laying in bed.  We did manage to make it to the Farmer’s Market yesterday, which is always nice.  We don’t get a lot before we move, but it’s nice to get out and enjoy the people, smells and good food.  This coming weekend will be our last market here, so we’ll have to stay a while.  I hope there’s one close by at the next place;  we went from walking to it, at our last place, to driving 20 minutes here.  But we make a day of it and the boys love getting out – and they really love petting everyone’s dogs that are there.  The girls like smelling all the dogs the boys “bring home” when we get back –  “Who have you been cheating on me with?”  I’d take them, but the Oly Monster can be a bit fickle about the dogs she likes and I’d rather not chance it in such tight quarters!

Today we got to go grocery shopping and as the day got a bit cooler (it was over 90* here), I cleaned out the garage enough that the movers can actually see what’s in the garage.  I could no longer walk through the darn thing! 

This is MOST of our worldly possessions.

See, when the military moves you, you drive to the moving building so they can give you some paperwork to fill out and tell you to go to a site that is useless, pointless, and extremely frustrating – to the point of making grown men cry, to tell them that your moving.  Then you take all the paperwork they gave you and our other paperwork to the moving building (that has varying acronyms according to which branch you’re in) and they make an appointment for you to come in and sign more paperwork and schedule a move date.  (If your counting that’s three trips and a website)

Then you wait for the movers to call to schedule a date for them to come out and look at all your stuff so they know how many days they’ll be there.  Then a few days or weeks later they come, tell you everything that is wrong with your furniture, pack it up for a day or so, put it on the truck and move it to your next base.  Easy as mud!  But it’s free… if you don’t include your sanity.  As another spouse put it, “You have to have a sense of humor in the military or it will kill you!”  Boy howdy, sister!!

(Please don’t get me wrong – movers are great people in general, I just don’t like strangers touching my skivies; same reason I don’t fly!)

We also were visited by the cutest little boy ever!  We’ve never seen the kid out of a super hero costume and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen him in the same one twice and today he had on two different ones (not at the same time).  He’s about 4 or 5 and we can never remember his name.  But he spends A LOT of time at our house, when he does come over.  I think he was here until 9:00 tonight, when I finally told him MY boys had to go to bed!  SO STINKING CUTE!

The "HULK" drying the Oly Monster.

That’s about the extent of our excitement, short of a stray tick.  Preparing for the move across the country and all that – that entails.  And…. the final episode of the X-Files tonight!  I know, I’m exciting!


Perfect day! May 22, 2011

If you are reading this – you were not one of the chosen ones! 

But that’s ok, neither was anyone I know.  So the second coming is still alluding, well everyone.  Few – I had a few things I still wanted to get done.  *wink*

Last night we had “Armageddon pizza” and today we went to the Farmer’s Market and beach (might as well enjoy our last day on Earth after all).  Perfect day for the beach too; except that everyone else seemed to have the same idea, we even saw our neighbor there.  Even the hubby went; it was so much fun to watch him boogie board with the boys!  The first-born chose to sit in the sand, grousing that we made him venture out into the sun, but his brothers had a good time making sand castles, boogie boarding and beating each other with large pieces of drift wood.  We even had a small crab come join us – it even attempted to stow away in our wagon.  We did leave the girls at home though; to hot, to many people and I wanted to just sit.


Tomorrow will be back to the usual, short of the heat.  It’s supposed to 90*+, that should slow everyone down!  Monday will be a big day though.  Our second-born will be 13, an actual teenager!!  So on top of him being bi-polar, we’ll get teenage mood swings – just what I was hoping for… yay.  In all honesty, it’s has already started.  The eye rolling, the attitude; all the wonderful little mannerism’s of a teenager.  Still love the kid – just can’t wait till he’s human again.  We’ll have school off for the day, Chuck E. Cheese and the local ice cream parlor is the call of the day, #2 will be getting his usual “rice-cream” however.  And the big gift will be a new bike – you know, right before we move  just to add extra weight!
The knitting – the knitting is going slowly, very slowly.  Ok, I’m bored with the skirt.  I DID however find a LYS – EEK!  Of course I found it, we’ve only got 3 weeks left here!  But at least I’ll know where it is for when we get stationed here next.  I got two new yarns; how could I not?  To just go in and feel – that’s just crazy talk!   Now, if they’d just get a fabric store before we’re here next, I might not ever leave! 

Cascade Yarns - Alpaca Lace


Knit One, Crochet too - 2nd Time Cotton

If you’re wondering about the constant knitting and no sewing, trust me, I’ll be back to the sewing as soon as we get to the new place.  I can’t wait to get my machines humming again and to feel the fabric slipping through my hands!
On top of all this wonderfulness, I made an excellent meal!  Don’t laugh – it was good!  We’re trying to clean out the fridge to avoid our usual “handing out the meat” that we usually end up doing right before we leave.  Unfortunately, that left us with 8 pounds of tilapia.  It’s supposed to be a mild fish, without a lot of flavor.  But instead I found it had a very “fishy” flavor that I really don’t like – and I LOVE fish, so that wasn’t a good sign.  I found a Curry Stew recipe that was REALLY good.  It covered the flavor of the tilapia, but was very spicy, not good on a hot day.  But even the two resident fish hater’s had to admit it was pretty good and the house “chef” could only state that it needed more salt.  Not to bad for someone who can burn a grilled cheese sandwich!  The second-born even liked it; poor kid can’t have Casein so no whipping cream for him, just rice milk.  But the third-born was stoked that it was spicy, that boy LOVES spicy!  We will definitely be making it again, but in the winter.
Tonight we sat to watch a movie together, while running out to get something from the van for the movie we noticed 3 toads sitting on our front walk – one was HUGE!  No pic’s?  I was having to much fun catching them!
What a perfect day!

Happy Mother’s day and stuff May 9, 2011

I’m hoping everyone had a very nice Mother’s day – however you choose to celebrate.  Whether your into an extravagant day, being pampered and taken care of, or you’re more into no celebration at all.  I chose to go to the beach with the boys and then we had a nice casual dinner – very yummy!

The night before, we were invited (well actually ordered, it was mandatory fun) to a pig roast with all the hubby’s co-dentists, a good time as always.  Although I must admit, as much of a carnivore as I am, eating straight out of a pig was a bit much for me?  Didn’t stop me mind you, just slowed me down for a second or two!  (I was going to show you a picture, but it’s not very appetising.)

Last week was also very exciting, I got two new set’s (15 needles each, so 30 total) of circular needles.  Nothing fancy, VERY inexpensive, but they’ll do the trick nicely until I can afford nicer ones.  Besides, trying to knit 300 stitches on double-pointed needles was a bit more of a challenge than I was wanting!  Now I just need a new holder for them – hadn’t thought that far ahead?

I’m trying to knit a skirt, but I’m having to make my own pattern.  It’s 2 strand wool/silk on size 0’s, so it’s very tiny.  I so love working with this yarn though, it’s so soft and easy to work with!  This is as far as I’ve gotten though and it’s been about 2 weeks.  I’m thinking that now that I have the circular though, it should pick up.  I should also point out that I had to measure my backside for this and let’s just say I’ll be getting back on that treadmill very soon!  Eek!

Today was also very nice – I got two new items: A french fry cutter and a Carpet rake.  Do I see some confused faces out there? 

Yes, we really did need a french fry cutter!  The next time you go to the grocery store, try to find french fries without corn (syrup, starch or oil, or the dreadful “Corn/Vegetable Oil”  meaning they want you to guess what they used that day) or wheat.  Yes, it can be done.  My favorite store Costco sells them, but they are WAY far away.  And my second-born can’t eat anything with corn, wheat or dairy (as I’ve mentioned before).  So, we’re solving the problem by just making our own! 

Now, on to the carpet rake.  Yup, it’s just like what it sounds.  It’s to rake the carpet – and yes, I’ve completely lost my mind!  I WANT MY FLUFFY CARPET BACK!!  So tonight I’ll be “raking” my carpet and vacuuming to get that “just moved in” look.

(Also doubles as a dog scratcher)

Have I mentioned I miss my sewing machine?  One of the hubby’s co-dentists asked me to take a look at a dress of her’s to see if I can do anything to improve the look.  Which means my baby might get to come back out of his box!  YAY!


See – big week for me!

( Just as an update – My sister-in-law just called to let me know that the post office found the sweater I knitted for my dad – that I mailed 3 months ago.  She picked it up today.  Thank you LORD – prayers do get answered!)