Friday, April 24, 2009

Making Lemonade

With the van in the shop I have been forced had the opportunity to walk everywhere that I need to go this past week or so. Since everyday I walk 2 miles round trip to the post office, I thought I'd share my trip with you - with a little help from Dr. Seuss...

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Wrong Side of the Law

For some reason, this last week I've found myself on the wrong side of the law. First there was the ticket for my expired registration, then I received a letter in the mail from the courts. Jury Duty.

I had received a questionnaire some time back and filled it out with all of the reasons I couldn't serve. Apparently, they weren't good enough. So I received a summons to appear for today. I have been sick all week thinking about it. Don't get me wrong, I think jury duty is a good thing and that people need to have a panel of their peers viewing their case and making a decision. I just don't think we should have to and that choosing not to shouldn't be "punishable by law."

I was physically sick. Many trips to the bathroom and a letter to the judge later, I still hadn't heard anything. I called in last night at 6:01 - the letter said I had to wait until 6:00 - to find out if I had to appear and I didn't have to. I called three times - once I stuck my hubby on the phone to listen - just to be sure I had heard right. Whew! I have served Jury Duty before, and I will gladly serve again, when my littlest one is older.

The ticket really had me feeling like I didn't have a choice in the matter, then again, but one could argue that it was my choice to drive the van to the mechanic with an expired registration. This time, I didn't do anything wrong, but I felt like I was being sent to the principles office. How did I, good little April, end up in front of judges? Umph.
Anyway, all the walking that I've been doing lately has had this wonderful benefit of being able to have guilt free desserts. Like this Eclair Cake. It is really, really good. And for all of my friends in the desert, there is no baking/heating up your house involved. (Did you hear that baking, you could totally do this one!) It's just pudding mix, milk, cool whip, graham crackers and chocolate frosting. You do have to wait 4 hours to eat it...I had a piece after just an hour, but the graham crackers were still too crunchy. Waiting that extra time was worth it. So good.

Well, off to sew more pads. Tomorrow is Earth Day after all :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring Break?

Two posts in one day? I had to give you an little walk in the drizzling rain was an adventure. It started off with robins hopping around and me trying not to step on the 5-6 inch juicy worms all over the sidewalks and ended with a flurry of rain, ice then snow. Did I mention that it's spring break?

The Dress

The Easter dress was finished at about 11:30 the night before Easter. Whew. Originally, the jacket was a silky red with the polka dots as a lining, but after trying to get the silky fabric to lay right, I flipped it inside out and added the sleeves without lining them. The whole dress is lined also. I really debated lining it, since it was like making a second dress. I tried leaving it off, but it kept nagging at me, so I lined it. The nice thing about the lining is that the raw edges aren't against Sara's skin.

I'm off to walk to the post office, in the drizzling rain. Just think of it as an adventure - she tells herself. My mini van is still having trouble. Anyone else having trouble with their 1999 Chevy Venture?We've paid a lot in repairs this past year and I'm just tired of putting out so much money and the whole time it's at various shops being worked on so I can't drive it. It wouldn't pass the emissions test because the windshield wipers would spray fluid and the service engine soon light was on - that little light comes on ever few months and it's usually just a silly little thing. Anyway while driving it to yet another mechanic to have the transmission looked at, Diego in the car in front of me, I got a ticket for the expired registration. One block away from the mechanic - and yes I told the police officer that, and no he didn't care. Now I'm frustrated with the whole thing. I'm thinking about trading in the van for something like this. How do you think that would hold up in the snow?

Friday, April 10, 2009

I'm usually a pretty positive person...

I have a ton of things to get done today, I woke up a little grumpy and 2 out of 3 kids in my home are sick. The dog was whining to go out, so I took her out and she was being a spaz because she saw Diego petting the neighbors cat. He came up to her and I was trying to gripe and complain, but I'm sure all he heard was, "wa wa wa wa" because a street sweeper was making a ton of noise. Just as it passed, there was another loud noise that I was trying to talk over. I said out loud,"Where is that noise coming from?" We both looked up to see this beautiful bird singing her heart out. It touched my heart. Here I was grumpy and complaining and being annoyed and all the while the bird was serenading us. Then along came two other birds. And a third came and went so quickly that I couldn't get a picture. A neighbor walked by, smiled and said good morning. And I was happy. It made me think of something that I saw yesterday. I laughed out loud. Even later when I opened a new can of cocoa and it exploded on me, I laughed again.
Take time to smell the roses, and listen to the birds sing. Even if you don't get everything done today, and if you have sick kids, and your laundry is backed up, and your daughter's easter dress is still waiting to be cut out, and you are exhausted when you lay your head down on your pillow tonight...I hope you are are happier than a bird with a french fry. I will be.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Still Rolling

First, I just have to share...My Spring Chick and Easter Egg tutorial was featured on The Crafty Crow. How cool is that? There was an email in my in box this morning letting me know. It was such a nice feeling, especially first thing in the morning.

Last Thursday, we had our cooking day. Amber taught me how to make a pumpkin roll. We seem to be on a rolling kick...first the egg rolls and now the pumpkin roll. With this new skill, the possibilities are endless. Chocolate cake roll with chocolate filling. White cake roll with raspberry filling. Another pumpkin roll. The recipe is simple and is on the back of the Libby's pumpkin can. It's the rolling of the cake that has always thrown me off. I have a hard enough time frosting a cake without all of the little crumbs getting into the frosting. It's actually a lot easier than you would imagine. Technically, you are supposed to roll it the other direction, for a fatter slice, but we were splitting the roll, so we opted for smaller slices.

The key to rolling is to be generous when coating your kitchen towel in powdered sugar. The sugar keeps the roll from sticking to the towel. It is a bit like magic. You let the roll cool, then unroll it, spread the frosting, and re-roll it. Somehow it doesn't break and rolls right back up. Wow, I've feel like I've said rolls a lot of too many times. It's making me hungry - dinner rolls anyone?

This weekend was a lot like March. It came in like a lion...And went out like a lamb.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy April

I couldn't let the day go by without wishing you all a happy April. The fortune cookies turned out great. My favorite fortune was "Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings. "

With that, I'll leave you with a few tracings from a vintage coloring book that I found. I think they would make great embroidery or needle point patterns. Maybe squares for a baby quilt? You can click on the pictures to enlarge or download, then you can make them any size you want. Enjoy the free embroidery patterns!