Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My Halloween Baby

Isaac ... 1988-2003

My son Isaac was born on Halloween. I don't usually write about him here. One day I plan on scanning all the photos and drawings and making a blog for him. I probably have hundreds of drawings that he did. He drew a lot. I don't think he did it to make a finished picture. It was one of the ways he played. He created battles and fantastical creatures with mystical powers. Once, when he was very little he asked if he could have explosions for Christmas. I think he meant fireworks. Tonight I took a little walk around the neighborhood, to see the kids in their costumes, to watch fireworks in our little park, to remember that thrill of being out in the dark at that age, and imagining the possibility of the supernatural.

Happy Halloween my Son

Monday, October 08, 2007

Sock Monkeys

I've added two new additions to the monkey family this weekend. This is a little peek. After all they are naked! You'll get to see more when they have names and are dressed and have eyelashes and hats and all that.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Show and Tell Time

I picked this up today at Value Village.

Listen to these names... Sister Mary Providence, (well, she's a Sister after all) Mrs. Edward Cridge and Mrs. Thomas Blinkhorn. There are a few more good ones, Madame L'Hotelier, Mrs. R. B. McMicking, Lady Trutch.

I still have sock monkeys on the brain, and I'm thinking these would be very good names for them.

I like the little quote in the front of the book; The History of a Country is written from the lives of Men, but from the lives of the Women we learn best of a Nation's soul.

I also got this sweater and skirt. Just too bad neither of them fit me. I wanted the skirt for a quilt, but someone in this household seems to fit into it quite nicely. Damn. And the sweater... hmm, possibly a pillow.

Oh, one more thing... I'm sure you're as inspired by Amy, of Angry Chicken as I am. I love her that much more after listening to her interview on Craftcast. Reading blogs are wonderful, but to hear someone speak... well, it gives you that much more of a feel for the person. She was inspiring and uplifting. It was a fun insightful interview. Thanks Amy!

Thursday, October 04, 2007


I got a chance to visit Ontario again this summer and I loved it.
I also actually loved the heavy, humid summer air, knowing it would be a short time before I would be back on the West Coast again. OH, and the country side, man, I miss the country side!
Besides seeing family and friends, I got to spend real time with my daughter. That really was the highlight. Funny isn't it, someone you see just about everyday at home, but not really being with them.
And now, it's back to the rain, here in Vancouver. That's ok. It means cozy time indoors and maybe back to a little knitting.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Make More Lists

Here is a partial list of things I want to do. You will notice that blogging is down there, somewhere on my list. Yea for me! See, I'm doing it!
  • learn to use the link thingy again
  • organize all of my paperwork, especially anything work related or financial
  • not miss any of The Office
  • menu plan and cook, (at least 4 days a week) so I can eat real food when I come home from work. Yes, OK, I'm doing it for my daughter too.
  • either go back to the gym (after not showing my face there for 8 months) or drop my contract
  • make a sock monkey, something as great as this!
  • re-finish/paint one dresser, one desk, and one book shelf
  • hem one set of curtains and de-hem another pair (that shrank in the wash)
  • figure out how to let the cats come and go, to use the litter box on the balcony, with out letting in all of the cold air
  • finish knitting a shawl that I started last year, so I don't freeze with all the cold air in here
  • organize all of my craft stuff. Lara is my inspiration!
  • finish reading Lara's archives. I have about one month left. She's funny!
  • continue ripping favorite pages out of every last one of my decor magazines. (ok, not every magazine!)
  • continue gluing said favorite pages into designated scrap book and making collage type pictures out of them. More on this later!
  • figure out how to use my ipod, again
  • make another apron for tie one on
  • make a dentist appointment
  • catch up on correspondence. That means letters, phone calls, parcels, email, facebook, fickr, and my blog, amongst others.
  • organize my pictures
  • continue buying scissors at record breaking deals, (at certain secret thrift stores) thanks to all of this, no sharp instruments on the airplanes business began
  • make more lists