Saturday, June 4, 2016

I Knit: Brooklyn Tweed's Riptide

I finally knit my first Brooklyn Tweed. This is the riptide in their QUARRY line of yarn, in the color GEODE.  It knit up quickly. I loved it. I was disappointed when I made a major mistake and had to UNKNIT for about 25 rows, but I am SO GLAD I did, because it turned out so well!  It is crazy how much blocking makes a difference!

Isn't it going to be great when it's not June?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Loves

"What do you fink?" asks me that all day.

When I have a bad tone, she says: "Mom- smile... ! Now be nice!"

Calling it the Hall of Silence instead to the Hall of Science.

Singing: "Aunt Jennika, Eliza and peggy" instead of "Angelica, Eliza and Peggy" #hamilton

I loved gardening with you.


"I have tuxedo fever!" she exclaimed after seeing a boy in her class at their instrumental concert.

Confessing to crying at school during math and blaming it on HORMONES!

I'm glad you were excited about the garden. I had fun planting with you.

I like snap chatting with you and D.

Pleased about riding train home with a friend.  I was happy to see you happy.

LOVING your graduation dress. You are still such a little girl, looking in the mirror and spinning! When did I stop spinning?
I LOVED seeing you in your play. You were so professional. It must have been scary to be the FIRST person to start the show and with a SOLO!

I was proud of you doing an entire week of service. I am glad I could join you for some of it.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

The pool opens on weekends leading up to summer so we took full advantage over Memorial Day Weekend!  

We've got ourselves some fishes!

Here are a few updates on the house. We built a giant beautiful wall on the back of the house, and this superb walkway, so that we can go in and out without worrying about scariness and dirt.  Now we have chipmunk friends who love the wall, let's hope they don't accidentally make their way inside!

Here is a new rug for downstairs, it needs a liner beneath it and a pull out couch and some more art, but it's a nice addition to the basement.

KICK-OFF summer food:

The boys found this snapper in the MIDDLE of the road on their way to gathering supplies to COMBAT all of the Birds trying to move into our porch!

This girl and her swim gear:

Bring on SUMMER!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

More celebrating

We love going to special events, especially when we actually KNOW people there. We had a great table this year as we celebrate Music Education!  The performances were really fun and the food was great.  I ordered the filet mignon, which was going great until I got a legit piece of disgusting gristle stuck in my back teeth. I had no floss because I did not have my regular purse. 

As I was in the bathroom strategizing --because it was literally gag levels interrupting my experience--with various card stock and straws I gathered from my table, a friend came to my aid and offered me HER EARRING as a sort of toothpick. I was able to manage the situation and make our friendship forever in one single moment.  I have been feeding a vegan for so long, this was a big step back for red meat and me.

Something I am so grateful for is all the Mom friends I have made along my journey through the NYC school system. There are so many wonderful people here that also thought the idea of raising children in New York Freaking City was the best idea they (we) ever had!

I Knit: Rio Rancho Cardigan

I love when Lion Brand Yarn has me over to lead a knit along. I love this colorway of Shawl in a Ball.  The purples and greys are so nice.

I finished it just in time to make an appearance in my fiber arts fashion show!

If you want to follow along, there are posts on lion brand blog and ravelry.

Monday, May 23, 2016


My first time gardening!  I have this AMAZING set up with 2-foot beds and a timed irrigation system!  I hired Heather to help me learn all about gardening. I learned about mixing the crops and how to plant them with space and zig zags.  I learned about transplanting stress and which crops need support. I learned about bolting and blight and bugs. I just REALLY hope I have success this year!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Spoon River

D's class play was Spoon River Anthology. She had several monologues and the opening solo number.  I was very proud of her for her dedication and poise.  It takes a LOT OF GUTS to stand and sing so exposed and vulnerable on a stage. But she NAILED it!