Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nice days à la Global Warming

Saturday - Spent about four hours wondering around the neighborhood, stopping at Mike's (Hen got ice cream), the library, Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters, the game store right by the coffee shop, the church (for pirogies), and Portland Bottle Shop (for beer and wine), before heading home.

Sunday - Hopped on our bikes, rode over the treacherous Sellwood Bridge and over to Jola for breakfast, biked over to the river and built a fort at one beach spot, then made a fishing pole and searched for awesome rocks at another beach, met up with grandpa, played, rode over to Corbett Fish House for (a very early) dinner, and rode back home.

I love these days but worry about there being so many nice days in the middle of January.

Friday, January 23, 2015


Tonight when Henry and I were taking a walk around the park, he had a flashlight so I showed him how to blow into the light so he could see his breath. And he had this gem:
I'm gonna amaze little kids when I grow up.
I'm sure you are, son.  I'm sure you are.

Crafts: More knitting!

Purl Bee's Boyfriend Hat and Super Soft Merino Hand Warmers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Growing up

Portland, we have a booster seat.

Book four: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Had to read it because of the title. Enjoyed every second of it.

Cyn quickly realizes there is something off about the new librarian. She's not wrong. He really is evil. And he's not the only one. Mwahahahhaha.

4 down plus 48 to go.

Book three: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

Those poor Baudelaire children. They are relocated to a good home. Uncle Monty is a brilliant herpetologist. His house has a reptile room where nothing bad happens. Until, that is, an old foe appears in disguise with his mind set on a plan to get rid of the children and become the inheritor of their fortune.

Just when things are looking up they go horribly, horribly wrong. Such is life in the Series of Unfortunate Events.

3 down plus 49 to go.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hen's cheese poem

The Night Cheese
by Henry Finn

I see the moon
So bright, bright, bright
And then I see the moon is cheese
And then I see a giant mouse that
Just ate the moon

Gauntlet thrown (a.k.a. Birthday 2015)


The wee one requests we turn the house into the Minecraft world. Given we changed part of our house into a castle two years ago this isn't completely out of the realm of possibility. I like that the kid gives me an early start. Ten months goes by far too quickly.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Crafts: Knitted hats!

I have nearly all the way, almost, come pretty close to deciding to participate in one of the many local holiday bazaars* this year. I have a ton of scrap yarn that I'm using up knitting small hats (see left) and scarves for babies, toddlers, and kids. I hit Happy Knits to start restocking my supply (see yarn below), which will give me more scraps when I'm done knitting up those projects. (Right now projects include a hat for a good friend and these super cute hand warmers from Purl Bee for another friend.) There is much knitting to be done.

Tundra Pinkberry - The Fibre Company(bulky), Pumpkin - Cascade Highland Duo (worsted/aran), Mecha Hojas - Malabrigo (bulky), Golden - Cascade Highland Duo (worsted/aran), Sand - Cascade Highland Duo (worsted/aran), Mecha London Sky - Malabrigo (bulky), Moorland - Madelinetosh (pashmina worsted), Heirloom White - Purl Soho (bulky), Dragonfly Blue - Purl Soho (bulky)

*Right now I'm looking at Snowflakes in Sellwood, Glencoe Elementary's Craft Fair, and Llewelyn's Holiday Bazaar. But, I might go big (or go home, right?) and look into the larger venues like Portland's Christmas Expo or Crafty Wonderland.