Saturday, May 31, 2008
Mary's newborn sized diapers fit her for about 6 weeks. We had a pretty small rotation of diapers and I'd like to have a larger one this time. I hope to get about 8-10 more newborn sized ones done, and then I might move on to bigger sizes. Or maybe I'll wait until the baby is born.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
We are also working on an old hutch that Mom gave me. It has a beautiful natural finish on it, but the shelves are so warped that the hutch can't be used anymore. I want my vintage Fiesta in it, but every time we walked by the hutch everything banged and rattled so much I took it all out. So the hutch is in the garage. John's going to put new shelves in it and work on the doors and drawers. Currently they are all so out of square that they don't shut right. Then we are going to paint it white so that the Fiesta will show up better. I'd like to add lighting, but the lights I want are a bit expensive so that will have to wait. I hope to get started with sanding it tonight.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I made this one for Mary. She LOVES it. I gave it to her piece by piece as I finished them. Yesterday she took the cheese, tomatoes and lettuce to the store with us and we "ate" them as we shopped. Then we lost a tomato. I've already made a replacement. Thank goodness for scrap yarn!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
"Baltic amber is a natural pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, and an anti-oxidant. It is beneficial to the immune system, and helps combat infection and skin conditions. Amber has been used in Europe as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Long ago it was considered one of the leading ‘medicines’ of its time. "
I've had dull headaches on and off the entire time I've been pregnant (had them last time too) and crocheting hurts my wrists so much these days. I have never been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, but from what I have read it's a similar pain. I avoid medications while I am pregnant (and nursing), so the last time I had a Tylenol was February 2005. I got pregnant with Mary that May, and have been pregnant, nursing, or pregnant AND nursing for just over 3 years now. Even though the general consensus is that some drugs are safe while pregnant/nursing, I'd rather go without them. (But I won't dare give up my coffee!) So, I figured this necklace might help my headaches. I had a mild one yesterday and within 2 hours of putting the necklace on my headache was gone! They usually don't go away until I've slept and wake up the next morning (and sometimes they are still there). I feel great this morning. I slept with the necklace on. For maximum benefits, one needs to wear it all the time except in the shower. So, I'm leaving mine on. I'll post an update on my headaches and wrist pain. I have a huge crochet project going right now, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
And no, it's not a boy. I just like the color blue.
When we bought the house, there were some issues with some trees planted too close to the house which were causing erosion issues. They are all gone, but now our house looks so naked. So we are slowly working on landscaping around the house itself. The deck of the house is on the south side, and the sun is brutal. So on Saturday we planted a new red oak tree on the south west corner of the house. And in 20 years, it might actually provide some shade:).
That isn't the best picture because the tree is green and everything else is too. Plus there's another small tree to the back and just to the left of it that takes away from the oak. Anyway, it's a nice sized tree and we are really happy with it. If I were to guess, I'd say it is 10 feet tall.
Next, John planted 3 hydrangea bushes for me. They are on the west side of the house which is the back of the house. There was absolutely nothing there before. We still need to mulch and kill the grass, etc.
On that corner of the house (left side of the pic), Mom gave me 6 nice sized ornamental grass clumps. They aren't really that tall yet, but will look really good soon. Well, as soon as we kill all the grass around them and mulch it. Right now they are just sort of planted out in the yard, and we can't mow behind them anymore, so the actual grass is about 2 feet tall. We'll get to that this summer sometime though. It will just be all mulch behind them once we get it the way we want it.
I also got my planter boxes near the garage filled with annuals Sunday and they are going to be so pretty once they grow a bit. John mowed the entire yard which took 4 hours on the riding mower. We pulled some invasive garlic mustard which is taking over parts of the yard. I worked in my hosta garden a bit, and we dug up some daffodils that were old and hadn't bloomed this year. I am going to replant them (space them out a bit, they were completely compacted) and fertilize. Hopefully they will do something next year.
Okay, one last picture. These just bloomed this week, but the rain and wind have pretty much already done them in. There are several poppies planted in a little garden near the driveway.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I have both of the yarns below knit up. Now I am out of yarn. I just dyed some blue up this morning, but it won't be dry until Sunday at least. I need to dye up another batch, but it will have several colors and take a while to do.
Here they are. They aren't the exact same size/shape since I don't know what shape this baby will be. I'd call them both newborn sized. They have a lot of stretch and the yarn is super soft. I am hoping they will last for 6 weeks or so before the baby is too big for them. Then it will be time for longies.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Since we will be cloth diapering this new baby, I am currently working on his/her wool "stash." So far I've made 2 soakers, one pair of longies (which I now worry aren't long enough), and one pair of shorties. I've been dyeing up some of the yarn myself too. It's fun. I am trying really hard to make everything gender neutral since this baby will be a surprise.
Here's a yarn I dyed up a couple weeks ago.
It was supposed to be green, blue, yellow and MEDIUM purple, but the purple came out really dark. Oops. Oh well, the joy of dyeing.
I did this one last week.
It's actually several colors. That isn't the best picture. It's orange, 2 blues, 2 greens and yellow. I am knitting it up into some shorties right now. I started today and hope to finish Friday. Maybe sooner if I really get going on them.
I have some ideas for a few more colorways, but I need to pull the undyed yarn off the skein and weigh it first, etc so I haven't gotten to it. Maybe next week.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Here's the composter. John made it out of blocks that the previous homeowner left here. Nothing fancy, but it works. The right half is for compost, and the left side is for burning stuff (sticks, limbs, etc, etc). On top you can see my stainless steel bucket for collecting kitchen scraps. The compost side has a lid (sheet of plywood with huge holes drilled into it so rain can get in), but it's off right now. The only reason we have a lid is because we have raccoons in our yard. But they seem to leave the compost alone so we haven't bothered putting it back.
Tossing in tonight's scraps. I put in fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds (and filters), cat hair, human hair sometimes, wool yarn, and the occasional paper towel or tissue. We also put in items from the yard like grass clippings and leaves, etc as needed. I think it's looking pretty good this spring. I think we started this pile last July.
After I do the composting, I walk out and check on my hosta garden. This area was just part of the yard last summer when we moved in. We removed the sod, and John tilled up the area. Some of the plants are from my old Evansville garden, and some are from my Mom. I think they all look really good this spring, considering most of them sat in pots most of the summer and it was really, really dry here last fall. I have before pictures, but the odds of me finding time to upload them are pretty slim these days:).
See that dead tree directly behind St. Francis? John noticed on Saturday that a bird had made her nest there. So I took a picture of her last night.
There's a lot more of our property/yard to see, but it was chilly last night and Mary and I were about to head off to a La Leche League meeting.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Each year in America, 14,000,000,000 plastic shopping bags are used. Of those, only 1% are recycled. It takes 12,000,000 barrels of oil to produce these bags. Some studies indicate that it could take a plastic bag 500 years to break down in a landfill, though that number has also been disputed. There are a lot more statistics about plastic bags that you can find on the Internet if you really want to learn more.
So, for now, I still do use a few plastic bags each time I go to the store. I recycle them or reuse them though. After I get enough reusable bags, I'll quit using plastic ones for good. And I'll feel a lot better about myself:).