Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I finished the "mink hat" as we are calling it a couple of weeks ago. Here it is modeled on one of Emma's babies. I had a really bizarre dream that the baby was born as a mink, complete with eight nipples, in the dream this was normal, upon awakening it was a little unsettling....So the baby has become our "mink." I was so thrilled to create this! After learning to knit over the past year or so, this is the first thing I have made with stockinette stitch and that wasn't flat when completed, although I did not knit it in the round.....That is my next project, to knit something in the round, after I make the kids some bath mitts they requested. Emma wants to knit the baby a blanket, she has gotten really good at knit stitches, but I think she is going to start off trying to make a washcloth for the "mink." This item on the bottom was inspired from a book my friend Sarah had. In the end you will sew the knit coil around a cotton cord, secure it circular style as shown and it will create a round rug. It is with remnants or full skeins of various colors of 100% wool yarn, great use for extra/remaining yarn. I have been wanting to have something in the house that I could knit on when sitting around or that others that come over could knit on, and scarves aren't real big around here in North Alabama, so when I saw this I seized it as a long term knitting project that excited me. If I had the full picture I would post it here, but I don't! The one I am following--you slip/knit, slip/purl alternating with 20 sets about 20 yards of the coil and then finish it by sewing aroudn the cord and securing into a 33 to 36 inch rug...........so, yes, this is my 5 year knitting project, or that thing I finish when the mink is 20....:)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Summer is hard. We are gearing up for Learn Nothing Day on July 24th.......read more on the satire of this first annual unschooling holiday here. How do you think we are doing? Can you learn nothing when you are sleeping or isn't that when you make connections subconsiously that you just can' t help but learn from??!?!? If you think too much or any at all from these images, you might LEARN that some folks can sleep anywhere....I just left the room to take the dogs outside--came back and they were gone--off to dream and cement their learning! Owen, when you are older and see this, this was not abuse, this is where you freely chose to fall asleep this evening, I have four witnesses.....
We had a surge of cucumbers in the garden. Quite a few of them were yellow and large, and after eating so many for two days we retired these to other more athletic uses. First we had a cucumber toss, a la javelin or discus, the athelets choice. Owen slung his catapult style with daddy via a shovel. We were going for distance and burst upon impact. Kurt's discus throw is somewhere in the state park.....Then Alex coined an event called the cucumber carving competition and we lit the three contestants up in the front yard. The aroma of roasting cucumber would make a revolutionary candle scent, it filled the front yard all evening......It was a nice end to our anniversary which was the weekend of the 1996 Olympics, and the still full looking moon this evening was also nice since it was the anniversary of the moon landing in 1969. Gluten Free fact we learned today--P.F. Chang's has a whole separate gluten free menu, wow!
Well, our vacations are done and the chicks arrived this morning (Friday the 18th--beautiful full orange moon this evening) at 7:30am when the post office called. Alex and I went down to pick them up right away. A friend of ours Karen and her son Brad and their Dad, took nine of them, and these six ladies will stay with us! They all still had their egg tooth, and the paperwork indicated that they hatched at 5am on Wednesday July 16th. They all appeared healthy and bigger than I expected. We inspected each one, introduced it to the water and put it under the warming light in the tabletop brooder we are using until we move them to their movable coop. This is the coop that we think we will be building over the next few weeks, they can go in it when they are about six weeks old--Catawba Coops plans. They knew exactly what to do with the water. The kids have named three of them, Speckles (by owen which is interesting because i am not sure if he knows they are going to look speckled as they are dominques), Lily (by Emma, she falls asleep with Emma holding her), and Flutter (by Alex because this one flies the most). The kids are fond of playing them music on the music box and bringing them grass clippings as well as any tiny bugs we find around the house and yard. They go beserk when you put an insect in the brooder! Kurt and I haven't named one yet, although Kurt is leaning towards Jerome for his name pick, I'm trying to get him to choose something a little more feminine :)--or maybe he suspects one of them is a rooster even though their markings are classic pullet. As of day four they are fine with being handled, not picking at each other and already growing mature feather buds on their wings and tails. Their fluff has started to fall of occasionally. Emma is telling me that she is going to miss when they are tiny like this after they grow, I told her I understood, that I missed when she was tiny sometimes, too.....We are sorry the incubating didn't work, but are thrilled to finally have the chicks here after being disappointed in April/May.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Kurt and Alex won second place in the parent/child raft races at the pool on the Fourth of July, Alex is on the green raft headed towards the end. Was a fun day of celebrating and visiting and eating. Saw our friends the Chris' for the last time today as they are headed to live in Erie, Pennsylvania tomorrow....we will miss them. This rat snake came out to watch the "flower power" fireworks Alex set off for us this evening. We are thankful for the freedoms we have to live and learn everyday!