Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Technically there are still 13 minutes left of Wednesday, so I'm legit.

If you want a more comprehensive account of our trip, see the previous post. However, if you'd rather learn about it through primitive drawings, then here you go.

The Dock House

We spent our Thanksgiving weekend with all of Tim's family in a lakehouse we rented on Lake Nantahala in North Carolina. It was gorgeous. Just being allowed to stay in the house made me literally feel like I was living a Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous. Well, rich, anyway. This is the view off of the kitchen and dining area and also, incidentally, what I saw when I opened my eyes every morning. Tim and I were fortunate enough to be staying in the master suite, and the bed was perfectly positioned so that you could look out the window while you were lying in bed.

It was especially unbelievable at about 6 am when all the stars were still out. Tim said it looked like a planetarium.

This was the view from the hot tub, which was also in the master suite. No one used it, certainly not me, as I consider hot tubs to be giant petri dishes, but I was able to hang out the window to get this shot.

This is a view of the deck outside the kitchen and dining area. It also stretched the length of the house past the game room, which came equipped with both a pool table and a giant TV, perfect for optimum football game watching. Unfortunately, all our teams lost this weekend, but that's a different story.

Here's an external view of the house, which Tim took while we were out in a canoe. The last time I was in a canoe was approximately 1982, and I don't know that Tim has ever been in one. Accordingly I was scared to death that we were going to tip over and dump our camera in the lake, which fortunately did not happen.

And finally, a photo proving that we used the deck properly, probably in exactly the way the architects planned.

We were able to spend lots of time with family and really, we had more than our share to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

In many ways this past weekend was a perfect fall weekend for us. We were blessed with incredible weather, Tim and Nate (and friends) went to the Georgia Tech/Duke football game on Saturday to celebrate Nate's birthday, and on Sunday Tim and the kids raked leaves in the yard.

Since Charlotte didn't get to go with Nate and his friends to the game, I couldn't write about that for Speech Notebook, so I resorted to the leaf-raking story. Here it is in all its glory.

In other fall news, so far today Tim has been to not one, but two grocery stores, and there's a chance he may have to go back. I'm packing for our trip to a cabin on a lake in North Carolina, where we'll celebrate both Thanksgiving and Tim's parents' 45th anniversary with all his family. In marked contrast to past trips, I actually have all day today to get everything done and I've got a really good start on it!

Unfortunately for me I haven't figured out a way to reconcile my OCD tendencies and my extreme procrastination. For some reason I feel the need to have every item of clothing in the house clean before I pack, probably so I can take anything I want on the trip. So almost every day before a trip I spend all day washing, only to find myself trying to pack starting at about 11 pm. Surely there's a better way.

The solution? Have one whole day before we travel dedicated to preparing, and be sure to have Tim home the whole time! If that doesn't do it, there's no hope.

GT Game
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Friday, November 17, 2006

WIP -- aargh!

I didn't think that it would be that difficult to get from this (felted thrift-shop sweater):

to this (handmade fleece mittens from Maine):

but really, THIS is RIDICULOUS!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Free time

tissue holders
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
For the first time in about two months I had three hours of time all to myself today. Everyone was in school, no one had to be anywhere, and most importantly, I didn't have to be anywhere.

So what did I do with this precious time? Made travel tissue holders, of course! Actually I made four of these about a month ago, but through some technical error on my part they were too small for tissues.

Rather than throw them out, I held onto them until I could figure out what to do. Today I ripped out the pertinent seams, juggled some things around, and ta-daaa! now they work. There were a couple of them that I had to take completely apart and add some other fabric to before they were big enough.

Cold season, here I come!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


So today Nate turned seven. He had a fun time at school (complete with cupcakes for the class), a fun time after school (went to a school function with a friend), and sausage gravy and biscuits for dinner tonight. Then we had a big chocolate cake and he opened his presents.

Here's a picture of his cake, which puts a capital W on wonky. My new idea was to a) use thinner icing so I wouldn't dig up the top of the cake while icing it like I usually do, and b) decorate it with a big "7" stencil done with powdered sugar. Maybe if I'd gotten more powdered sugar on the cake than on the floor it would have looked better. And maybe if the icing hadn't been so thin it would have set better and not stuck to the bottom of the paper I cut the 7 out of as I was sprinkling on the powdered sugar. I ended up having to put candles all around it for better definition. The verdict -- a good concept with marginal execution.

But really it's the birthday that counts. I have to keep my priorities straight.

Happy birthday, Nate!

Speech Notebook Nov. 14, 2006

I swear sometimes, if it weren't for Speech Notebook Wednesday? The posts here would be few and far between.

Had such a wealth of information last week to write about in Charlotte's Speech Notebook that some of it spilled over into this week. So here is a short narrative about our Halloween night.

But wait! That's not all! If you check back later today you may get a chance to see something about a birthday that someone's having today.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Young Authors and bread

Yesterday afternoon Tim and I were invited to the elementary school to hear Nate read at a Young Authors Tea. The Young Authors Tea is an event where they pick one child from each class to read something they've written this year, and Nate was selected.

He did a great job reading his composition about what his ideal neighborhood would be. Actually, I feel pretty good that it sounded very similar to the one we live in now, even if we are short one fire station, one police station, one lake and two pools (with 8 diving boards).

And about the bread? In a fun and virtually useless exercise, I figured out that it's costing us $0.83 a loaf to make our own bread in the machine we're borrowing from my parents. That's if you don't count the electricity, which I have no idea how to figure out. As a comparison the bread we buy at the store costs $2.39, so we're saving maybe $18 or so a month. And I know pretty much exactly what's in each loaf. Woo-hoo!

Now if I could just figure out how to make some whole wheat bread that isn't a rock, we'd be all set.

Edited: Okay, obviously, as with far too many things, I only know enough html to be dangerous. My newest banner is just giving me fits placement-wise. Can anyone out there tell me how to size and center a banner properly in Blogger?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Speech Notebook

Well, I'm very late with speech notebook Wednesday Thursday. I guess having the kids off on Tuesday messed me all up.

Anyway, this week I illustrated some of the things we did over the weekend when we got together with my family for a few days in a cabin in the mountains. We had a great time, which unfortunately these drawings that I did this morning before the bus came do not fully portray.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

No throwing of tomatoes

In case anyone was wondering, wooden play food shaped like a tomato is not a good thing to throw at a window.

Oh, and duct tape does a pretty good job of covering the hole and holding the remaining pieces together so they don't fall out completely.

Just for future reference.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The closest of friends

Last March, I made a bunny baby for Hattie's bunny baby, the one friend she always has with her and which she sleeps with every night. Tim took one look at Bunny Baby's tiny friend and said, "We're going to lose it and never find it again."

Sure enough, Bunny Baby's bunny baby was around for 24, maybe 36 hours and then Poof! he disappeared. We couldn't find him anywhere.

A couple of weeks ago Hattie was getting dressed and she picked out a long-sleeved shirt that she doesn't wear very often. She put it on and told me that she felt something funny in the sleeve. I thought it was just the embroidery on the shirt, but sure enough, there was something in there. Guess who. Now how BB's BB got into the sleeve of a shirt she rarely wears, I don't know. But I guess it was lucky that Hattie decided to wear that shirt again before I put it away for good.

For the last few weeks we've managed to keep up with him pretty well, more or less, until I jokingly mentioned sewing him onto Bunny Baby. Hattie thought that was a great idea and specified that she wanted Bunny Baby to hold his bunny baby over his shoulder, "so he could say, 'Peek!'"

So here he is. Peek!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Even though it was Halloween on speech notebook day this week, I thought I would save all that for next week. Also half of Halloween hadn't happened yet when I sent the notebook in with Charlotte.

So Charlotte suggested that we tell her friends about her bike and how she can ride it all by herself. Done and done.

Here you go. (And please, use your imagination on the bike pictures. Obviously I did.)