Sunday Night Chit-Chat

A port in the family-birthday-party storm.

Reading? HP5. So much for rereading the Harry Potter series over the summer.

Watching? I might pull out one of our many DVDs from our pre-cable days.

Listening to? The cat licking his paw. It’s getting colder so he sticks close, looking for a warm lap.

Cooking/Baking? I’d like to make some scones this week. I have some pumpkin butter in the freezer that needs a vehicle.

Happy you accomplished this week? Some painting. We have so many HUGE home reno projects to be done that we let the many many small things slide. I bought some primer and paint and am slowly working away at some trim and some doors.

Looking forward to next week? Peter’s baptism! He’ll be wearing the same outfit that Adam wore and I had to cram Adam into that silkly suit. Even though Peter is being baptised at the same age, he’s a bit more round. I think I might have to sew him in. Yikes!

Thankful for today? Cooler fall weather, a successful gardening season and a determined partner. Thomas tends our vegetable garden and despite many obstacles, he kept us supplied with tasty, organic and (very!) local produce this summer.

*Bonus Question: You receive an unexpected large sum of money. It’s a BIG number. Whats the first thing you do with it? Pay off our debt and put the rest into our emergency funds and savings. Easy-peasy. If it was a truly obscene amount, I’d finish the necessary renovations to our house so we can start working on our Wouldn’t-It-Be-Nice projects.

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An organized shelf. (P.S. Ignore the rest of the house.)

Reading? Just finished the second Harry Potter book, moving onto the third. A sad pace but it’s indicative of my current sleep deprivation.

Watching? Meh. I can’t wait for new fall shows to start. I have no idea what’s coming up or what’s good but it can’t be worse than the summer fare.

Listening to? Adam not sleeping.

Cooking/Baking? I made two loaves of bread today, roasted a chicken, made soup stock and stewed tomatoes. Yay, weekend hydro rates!

Happy you accomplished this week? Um, the house isn’t MESSIER than this time last week…

Looking forward to next week? Enjoying more veggies from our garden! We’re in full production!

Thankful for today? Sweet blogging friends! Carla sent us two more lovely washcloths. They are so perfect for Peter and I’m thankful to “know” someone so crafty and so thoughtful. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Carla!

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Baby-wearing.

Reading? Home Schooling on a Shoe String.

Watching? Something from the DVR. I tend to set recordings late at night when I’m super tired and a) forget that I set the recording and b) set to record some very odd things. Last night we watching a Nova documentary about rats.

Listening to? A purring cat.

Cooking/Baking? I baked bread this afternoon using a new recipe. It tastes better but it takes a lot longer to make than our last recipe.

Happy you accomplished this week? Um, a lot of laundry? Considering what we need to get done, I don’t feel like I’ve done much at all.

Looking forward to next week? Enjoying the nice (cooler) weather.

Thankful for today? That we can homeschool. Thankful today and every day.

As a famous athlete, you are offered a $500,000 endorsement to promote a product that you dislike and would NEVER use. Do you endorse it? First, even imagining that I could be any sort of athlete is staggering, but suspending disbelief, it would depend on the product. Selling diet pills? No. Selling a disgusting cereal or ugly sunglasses? Sure. I think endorsements are part of the “business” of being an competitive athlete.

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Over the last month, Adam has been doing a lot more “pretend play”. Here he is cooking with Miss Kitty.

What are you…

Reading? Missus Gamgee inspired me to reread the Harry Potter series and I’m nearly through HP1.

Watching? I’ve been binge-watching Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. I prefer a cooking show where things go wrong… often. I find it reassuring.

Listening To? Tiny snores.

Cooking/Baking? I should make some bread tonight but I’m exhausted. Peter was up every hour (or less) last night. I did make some Banana Oatmeal Muffins yesterday which were rather meh. Adam really liked them, though.

Happy you accomplished this week? I can’t say I accomplished much. We were out of town on two different days (a trip to the zoo and a trip to the doctor’s) and we had family or friends visiting on three other days. That’s a crazy week for us anti-social homebodies.

Looking forward to this week? A trip with the Early Years Centre to the fire station. For Adam, obviously.

Thankful for today? A relatively grump-free day for Adam. I think he’s starting to forgive me for bringing Peter home.

When it comes to shopping for clothes for yourself, what item do you have the hardest time saying “no” to?
Hmmm… Now that I don’t work, I try to only buy clothes I absolutely need. When I did work, I liked to buy my clothes from online indie stores, which were pretty pricey (for me). I couldn’t imagine spending $32 of a t-shirt now. Yikes!

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Itchy Baby

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I am the itchiest person on earth, so I wasn’t surprised that my boys turned out to itchy as well. I have had hives daily (some days, all day) since I was 12. I saw several doctors who took a stab at a diagnosis (I have dermographism which explains some of it) or cause or make any sense out of it and finally, we all gave up. It doesn’t bother me terribly, though it does look awful and people often make comments, such as, “What happened to your neck??” or “Did you hurt yourself?” I don’t take antihistamines because it makes the reaction look much redder and thus appear more painful and thus induce more comments, but as I said it doesn’t bother me all that much. It did get me out of gym class for many years.

So no big surprise that both my boys have been Babies of Rashes. Adam had terrible eczema as a baby, especially on his face. Thankfully, much of it has cleared up, though occasionally he’ll get a spot on his arms, legs or back.

Peter, on the other hand, is taking rashes to a whole new level. At his doctor’s appointment today, she declared the rash on his arms and chest to be eczema (it looks much different than Adam’s but that’s how babies trick you) but his diaper rash had her stumped. It isn’t TERRIBLE. But it is persistent and not where you would think it would be. I think she was stalling for time when she asked if I was changing his diaper (“No, not at all. We keep him in it until it falls off.”). Finally, she wrote me a prescription, which she vaguely described as cream. When I looked at the prescription later, I saw that she had ordered a compound made of pretty much every diaper rash ointment that doctor’s usually dole out, presumably to try everything so something might work.

Passing on my ability to stump doctors with disturbing skin ailments to my children. It’s what motherhood is all about.

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Our house, several times this summer.

What are you…

Reading? Just finished Bill Bryson’s Down Under. I know so much more about Australia!

Watching? I think DH and I will head downstairs and watch DVR’d episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Eating ice cream may or may not be involved.

Listening to? The sweet silence of two boys sleeping and the hum of the air-conditioner in the only comfortable room in the house.

Cooking/Baking? I’ve made a BIG pot of tomato sauce with our first big haul of garden tomatoes – 20! I should bake some bread but I don’t want to turn the oven on.

Happy you accomplished this week? Lots of laundry, lots of baking and made doctor’s appointments for both boys, Adam’s annual check-up and Peter’s two-month Well Baby visit.

Looking forward to this week? I wish I could say “more comfortable weather”. Apparently, not. I’m looking forward to another week of DH’s vacation!

Thankful for today? Our garden harvest and chest freezer. We have tomato sauce and cucumber relish to enjoy this winter.

What hobby have you always wanted to learn? Do you plans on trying to learn? Why or why not?
I used to want to crochet but I could never get the hang of it. Knitting seems so much simpler. I would very much like to improve my sewing.

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A Thank You

You know those efficient,organized and capable people that are also so sweet and thoughtful that you have to love them despite the fact that their ridiculous goodness makes the rest of us look bad? That’s Carla. Her to-do lists are so inspiring that when she crosses off another task, I feel like I’ve accomplished something. Her boundless energy makes me want to drink whatever coffee she’s drinking. Her review of a onesie was so compelling that it made me, for the first time ever, actually yearn for a onesie.

So imagine my delight when I received a package in the mail, ripped it open and slapped this beauty on  my baby:

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And that’s not all! I think we can all agree that handmade is the bestmade and so sweet is this gift, words can’t do it justice. Instead:

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Thank you, Carla!

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