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Thursday, November 01, 2007

better than chocolate

Well, or maybe I should say, better with chocolate! Here are the little trick-or-treaters. Hello Kitty ran back from the house, exclaiming, "She has blue hair!" It's more fun when everyone joins in. The Dragon got right into it, knocking on doors and inviting himself in when the door opened. After candy was dropped into his pumpkin, he would reach in to retrieve it and offer back to them. Hello Kitty surprised us all by accepting a hot dog at a house where they cooked up 200 hot dogs and offered either candy or dogs to the kids. They had run out of candy by the time we arrived but still had plenty of dogs. Even after a big dinner, she munched down the hot dog in plenty of time to have a free hand to get a bag of popcorn from the house with an old-timey looking popcorn popper out on their driveway - handing out bags right and left.

My daughter's neighborhood really has the Halloween spirit. We hear there's a haunted garage a few blocks away that we'll hit next year when the kids are older and able to walk further. Of course, walking isn't an option for all of these kids, the streets were lined with slow moving SUV's picking up and dropping off kids at each corner. There were plenty of parents walking around with the little ones. Necessary exercise considering all the candy we ate.

Next year, I'm going in costume so I can get my own hot dog!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

skipping over Monday

If you just pretend that Monday doesn't arrive immediately afterward, then it was a very nice weekend. My daughter stayed the night on Saturday and we went to a weaver's meeting on Sunday. We shopped for stuff we really needed and what do you know, there they were the four chartreuse napkins I've been "needing" for years and on sale for ten cents each. I woulda bought a dozen but there were only four.

Then we stayed up late and she stitched on a shibori project while I cleaned up the floor of my workspace and put a binding on the quilt journal for May. I woke up Sunday morning feeling pukey but decided it wasn't a big deal and we went on to the meeting after putting the stitched scarf into soda ash to soak. We had a great time with the weavers and I put some beads on the journal quilt while she did a dynamite sunprint on a large piece of fabric which she will probably use in a pieced kimono style jacket. I hope she posted a photo of it. I kind of ran out of energy toward the end of the afternoon and when I dropped her off, the kids were wild and crazy. The grandson wanted to get picked up and get down and get picked up and get down. I bet he still has a tummy ache.

Monday I stayed in bed. Wish I was there still.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

soup's on

Stopped for dinner at my daughter's house on Thursday and had yummy soup. Here's the boogie boy with Mom. Made a video of both of the grandkids singing and dancing to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus. Since I was holding the camera and holding Boogie at the time, it's not show quality, but it is hysterically funny, to me, the doting gramma.

Tonight my daughter's running away from home and going to have a sleepover here. Of course, her old room is my work room, now, so she'll have to sleep in amongst the boxes of fabric in the spare room. We going to play around and do some dyeing and sewing and talking.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

home again

The 50th anniversary party was great fun. A family reunion of sorts. Great oldies band with a full dance floor including the honorees.

Amy & Clint can really cut a rug. I'm exhausted from the trip and I didn't even try to keep with the old geezers dancing the night away. Slept in a room with a snake - my nephew's - who was molting - the snake, not my nephew. Although the nephew was sporting a new shorter haircut, so you could say he had shed quite a bit of hair.
Caught up on all the news from near and far. Heard stories about relatives. My grand niece was married recently - didn't know, have to warp the loom for a gift.
I experimented with my new smaller camera. I like almost everything about it. I have to try more things and work out some lighting issues. It has very good menus. Took some unblurred photos through the car window as we raced along at breakneck speed. The only problem there was dirty windows.
On the end leg of my flight, I chatted with another happy grandma going to visit her newest grandson in Texas. She's a quilter and has a neighbor with a long arm machine. Her mother and her grandmother were weavers and so she has things from them. She crochets and I was working on a making a tiny ball and other things just to pass the time. That's how we starting talking. I recommended she go to The Painted Pony in LaPorte - my favorite quilting shop and that she needs to think about coming to the International Quilt Festival as an excuse to see the grandkids again.
It was good to pass the time quickly as the flight had left late and I was late getting home and then the grill king had been sick all weekend so he was in bed early and feeling miserable. He cooked for the kids on Saturday and evidently they had a good time as lots of things are in new places around the house, evidence of the defense against the ground level attack of the toddler.
I finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns which is an excellent book by the author of The Kite Runner. I probably wouldn't have taken the time to read it if I hadn't had a plane flight. As it was, I was glad I also brought along a ball of crochet cotton because it led to a delightful chat with Nancy on the plane.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

long after saturday's gone

Seems like this past week went by kinda fast. The hours passed slowly but the week was gone in a flash. I haven't slept very well lately, keep waking up and tossing and turning.

We celebrated the grill king's birthday - he grilled the steaks. Corn on the cob was cheap and sweet as candy. The key lime pie didn't have time to set up - party was moved up a day and then I burned the first crusts so we started over and kinda rushed the recipe. But key lime pudding is just as tasty. Fortunately key limes are in season at just the right time as it's his favorite dessert.

I bought him a high tech toy and ordered a handmade card from etsy. The card hasn't arrived yet, but it will be cool even if a little late - a little book of squirrel haiku and illustrations. The toy is a turn table. We have some old record albums and the old stereo system is not hooked up properly any longer (but of course, we can't get rid of it....). This is one of those new turn tables that transfer records to MP3 files and comes with software that is supposed to clean up the noise of very old records.

The most amusing thing about it is - once you've done all your records, you don't need it any more, right? So we're passing it around the family and then maybe it will find its way to eBay. Of course, we won't get rid of the record albums ever. We live in The Museum of Useless Stuff, you know.

I had lunch on Friday with a weaving friend. We went to the Moveable Feast near my office. She applied for a position which I think would be perfect for her. This could work out well for everyone concerned. I can't help but look forward to this on so many levels.

The granddaughter is sleeping over and all that includes. A long bath, cartoons on TV in the morning, pancake making, and some little art project that is fun and quick to do.