Thursday, March 27, 2008

Just A Ducky Day

Don't ask what made me think nothing says "Happy Birthday" like little rubber ducks...a moment of weakness... couldn't pass up a bargain... don't know. I saw them on the Easter Clearance table and couldn't resist.

Judging the girls response to the ducks when I got home, I knew I was onto something. They pounced on them and played with all the ducks(and not just in a row). There's something kind of odd going on when you see 2 dozen little rubber ducks milling around on the floor.

The Birthday girl was very excited about the idea of taking all the rubber ducks for her classmates(see picture below, w/ third day of Birthday crown. She's milking this for all she can). I thought I was being clever with the idea of blue icing and rubber ducks ( ok, it sounded like a cool idea until my husband heard the idea and just kind of rolled his eyes. he didn't say "No', or 'Nay", or anything negative. He just rolled his eyes. 'Nough said). Not real elegant, but I thought it would be lots of fun...for the kids. The school is open, but they are in springbreak (which means school is open for the kids who's parents can't afford to take the time off for a proper vacation, so they send their kids to school), so this was something a little different from their everyday fare.

On the "knitting side of life", I have finished the first edge of the Galveston Shawl, and about a quarter of the way across the second edge. Making swimming progress. Hopefully I won't lose too much momentum this weekend working in the yard/garden. I need to weed the planters to prepare for the spring crop of tomatoes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby

5 years ago, yesterday......

We had a wonderful time at Chuck E Cheese to celebrate her special day. I'm sure she would have liked a little a party with 100 of her closest friend. Unfortunately, we spent a little too much over the weekend to attend a wedding for my nephew, down in San Diego. The airfare, hotel rates, and car rental (not to mention the wedding dress supplies needed to make the dress for the bride) all took a hefty chunk out of the old piggy bank.

Continuing on my perfect record, I still have to complete a knitting project this calander year. At least I was able to finish the wedding dress(the bride was beautiful), I just wish I had a picture of it. I had taken my camera with me with the express desire to get a picture, but it was left at the hotel while I ran out to help the bride get dressed for the big event. I am trying to find out if any of the family (I had lots of family there) managed to get a picture. I think someone said the photographer was going to post the pictures to his website, and we would be able to order copies from I will check this rumor our. I would like to get a copy just so I have something to remember the episode by (I mean besides all the scraps of white fabric strewn about my sewing room, the small bouquets of roses bought and discarded-again around the sewing room, to adorn the skirt).

On a brighter note, I have started the knitted edge of the Galveston Shawl. I am almost...almost done with the first edge. Then, just 3 more to go. It's only taken me months the get this far! It's looking real good, and will be a fairly large size. I was thinking of dying it frecnh blue, but now I'm not so sure. I just want to be done with it.

I better go, I have cupcakes to make for DD2's class to celebrate her birthday. I need eggs to get the dirty deed done. Happy Birthday, baby! I sure do love you!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Oh MY!

You Are 68% Creative

You are beyond creative. You are a true artist - even if it's not in the conventional sense of the word.

You love creating for its own sake, and you find yourself quite inspired at times.

I was a little curious when I saw this quiz on a blog. Once I started reading the questions my curiosity soon turned to worry, and I didn't feel my answers were too ....carefree?....indicative of me?.....creative? This wasn't as bad as I feared, but not as good as I hoped. I use to be so creative, so "head in the clouds"... now I feel grounded with 2 loving DDs and a husband, 2 cats, a mortgage, a full time job, and all the trappings that can come with life sometimes.

On a good note, I am almost done with the wedding dress for my Nephew's Fiancee. The wedding is at Easter, so it's not too soon. I hope to finish it before this weekend ( I mostly need to hem the skirt).

I have been doing some knitting (mostly during slow times at work). I have finished clue 3 on Secret of The Stole II. I started into clue 4 before I relized it wasn't the same on both edges anuymore, so I need to frog about 10 rows. Not trageic, just slowdown. On the Spring Shawl Surprise, I have finshed clue 4, and over half way through clue 5. I really like this project. Very challenging. As for the other projects, they just don't hold my interest. I feel too much pressure over the wedding dress to really concentrate on anything else. I want to finish the Galveston Shawl ( I only have 4 rows of clue 6 before we commence the outter border. The end is in sight, so I get excited, but the outer edge takes something like half and hour a round, so it seems to take forever). I still need to finish the Mystery Shawl 6(never mind #7 has started, but I am waiting for the yarn to arrive for this project), it mocks me from it's position in the lving room, near my favorite spot to sit and knit. I see it everyday when I sit down, calling to me, begging to be completed. I guess April will be the time of resurrection as I try to breath life into may projects that need to be completed.

Here it is March, and I can't think of one project I've completed yet in the new year. I can think of half a dozen started, but none completed. I guess you could say it's a perfect record......a perfect ZERO!

Well 2 months gone, 10 more to improve my track record.