Sunday, February 28, 2010

Good Morning

Today has been a great day so far, and it's only 8:21.
I woke up in a great mood.
While searching for some yarn, I found my favorite pair of shoes.
They had been hastily hidden away in anticipation of a house showing and I had forgotten where.
And to top all of that off, my darling Daughter woke up and went directly to the piano where she practiced all that we learned in last night's piano lesson.

What's making your day today?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Late Valentine

Last week I was sewing a dress for the Elder Hug-a-Bug (out of the green fabric above) and she was beside me wanting to help.
I gave her some felt, some extra fabric and a pair of scissors and she started cutting out hearts.
These two looked so well matched that I sewed them together and put a pin on the back for a long-lasting valentine to my darling lady.

Book Exchange

I love to read what's going on at Bird and Little Bird and when she suggested a handmade kidmade book exchange I jumped at the chance!
I knew that my Elder Hug-a-Bug loves to write and read, and that she would really enjoy this kind of swap.
I didn't figure in how little time we actually spend together (which is a whole different post) doing crafty stuff.
So the deadline was yesterday, but the book is getting mailed today.
I have to share it with you all, she did indeed write the story and illustrate it herself.
I am a little sad to send this away, I love it so much.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Caritas Vocal Ensemble

I have mentioned before that I am a member of a small a capella ensemble.
We're called Caritas Vocal Ensemble and we are a non-profit group.
Our mission is to sing benefit concerts for charitable organizations in the Twin Cities who provide basic human services to the community - food, clothing, shelter and health care.

We have been rehearsing since the beginning of Fall and we have our first concert tomorrow afternoon.
I just came from our dress rehearsal and I am really excited to sing tomorrow.
We have a very interesting mix of composers and styles and subjects in our program.
We're singing a piece by Mendelssohn and a Beatles song, songs in Latin and nursery rhymes.
If you're in Saint Paul tomorrow come by House of Hope Presbyterian Church on Summit Ave and Avon at 4:00 PM.
We also have 6 more concerts throughout the Spring, so there are lots of opportunities to hear this great program and lots of opportunities to help some very worthy non-profit groups.

Sunday, Feb. 21
House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul
Music at Four Concert Series

Sunday, Feb. 28
Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, Minneapolis
Benefit: Aliveness Project

Sunday, March 14
St. John's Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Benefit: TRUST Parish Nursing Program

Friday, March 26
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis
Benefit: Neighborhood Involvement Program

Sunday, April 18
Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Burnsville
Benefit: 360 Communities' Lewis House
(Formerly known as Community Action Council)

Saturday, May 1
Cherokee Park United Church, St. Paul
Benefit: Neighborhood House Food Shelf

Sunday, May 2
Edina Community Lutheran Church, Edina
Benefit: Southside Family Nurturing Center

Friday, February 19, 2010

What I Did (or started) On My President's Day Vacation

(that's styrafoam against the bottom wall there, it was all over the whole room when I started.)

We have giant closets in our house, which is a rarity in a house built in 1923. Really they're big crawl spaces under the slope of the roof on the sides of our dormers.
On Monday, I decided to swap out the disgusting, moldy, falling down, health hazard-y insulation and put up new, clean insulation.
In the midst of the project my Mom came over and instigated a larger-scale project than I had intended, but I am really pleased with the results.I covered the ceiling with bead board and then we built in this shelving against the wall.
Now we have somewhere to keep the linens, a spot for the Elder Hug-a-Bug's dirty laundry and a place for her pony house too.

I moved the Younger Hug-a-Bug's dresser into the other massive closet in the room and moved the toys to the main area.
It's already made the space feel much bigger. I really am quite pleased with the whole situation.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Olympics

The Olympics are happening right now.
So, each night, I come home from work and install myself on the couch take up my knitting and watch other people exert themselves.
It's what I love to do.

You should head over to A Day That is Dessert to see how Lecia is spending her time while visiting the Olympics.
What a dream.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

What time is it?

Donut time.
It's been over a year since the last time, and I may need to cut myself off already.


Last year I tried to take a photo a day, I ended up with 237 pictures for the year in my 365 file.
This year I have made a more concerted effort, and I have 30 photos to show for it this month.
I know, there were 31 days in January but that's just the way it worked out.

1. Full Moon, 2. Knitting on my sweater, 3. self portrait, 4. Sweet Boy, 5. 5:365 last day as a 3-year-old, 6. 6:365, 7. 7:365, 8. 8:365, 9. flames, 10. Steaming dishes, 11. Cushions for Circle Time, 12. Finally Warm Enough to Swing!, 13. Self Portrait, 14. Sunrise with wires, 15. Mouse, Reverses into Cat, 16. Helleborus Yoke, 17. MN Centennial Showboat, 18. "Do you read me?", 19. Sparkly, 20. Felted Tweed yoke sweater, 21. Faded flowers, 22. Tea Party, 23. Wonderful Christmas Surprise from the Yarnery!, 24. Pane di lardo, 25. Pretzel, 26. Super Tasty Pasty, 27. Adam and Eve, 28. Blue Moon, 29. New Sweater, 30. Rosemary

I hope I can continue my momentum and have a really clear record of the doings of 2010.