Red Balloons

There’s something about red balloons.  A big bouquet of colorful balloons is pretty amazing, especially from the point of view of a toddler.  But red, sigh.  I’ve noticed that several of Sparkle Girl’s cartoons have episodes that feature red balloons.  They carry hapless critters away to magical adventures. The other colors are fun, but red […]

Time Warp

Gosh, I’m looking at the date on my last post and I can hardly believe it.  September? Really?  Where have I been?  What have I been doing?

Well, soon after that last post we went to Charleston to see my aunt.  That was a really fun trip, in spite of Sparkle Girl finding herself on the […]

My Love Affair with 2 1/2

So many people whine about the “terrible twos” and I’ve got to wonder what’s going on at their house.  Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had the toddler version of Charlie Sheen level rampages.  Let me tell you it was tempting to hide in the bathroom like one of his paramours.  But it seems like we […]

Mousie–a tale of love, loss and redemption

In my past two and a half years as a parent there have been a number of “mommy fail” moments.  You know those times when you struggle to get her shoes on despite the toddler histrionics only to realize after you get to the car that you put them on the wrong feet.  Or forgetting […]


The Swing

Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,

Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle […]

I was a Senior Hottie….

I’m loving this Twitter theme #seniorhottie, dream child of Liz a.k.a. A Belle, A Bean & A Chicago Dog.  Post pics of yourself at your glorious Senior Hottie best–brilliant.

Originally I was bummed because most of my high school  evidence photos and whatnot are buried somewhere in the depths of our storage unit.  Tonight I realized […]

Free Range Childhood Memories

When I was driving around with the Sparkle Girl the other day a childhood memory came flashing back.  One I hadn’t thought about in years and years, but it made me smile and I thought about Lenore Skenazy’s campaign to bring back formerly normal pursuits for children.  This is a totally Free Range Childhood memory […]

Catching up

We’ve had a crazy couple of months.  Pretty busy and not much time to blog lately.

On the knitting front, it’s been almost all booties.  New nephew (need to actually mail those before he outgrows them), two friends having baby girls.  I found out I had a $25 credit at Twisted!  That was awesome…and I got […]

Finished Objects

This is the Feather Lace Shawl by Gardiner Yarn Works.  It worked up pretty quickly and easily.  I had a couple of issues but they were user errors.  After frogging it a couple of times I got the hang of the structure of the lace pattern and it went just fine.  The yarn is Gingko […]

Are we there yet?

OK, so I’m closer.  The pieces of the sweater have been blocked and I’m ready to take a big deep breath and start sewing it all together.  Once again, let me reiterate, not my favorite part.

So blocking this was a quite an undertaking.  The big round piece is REALLY big.  I blocked it once and […]