Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

(not the greatest pic, I'm sorry, but it's just too dark in the house so I put these pieces under the lamp)

 Remember that purple scarf I was working on? That blasted scarf drove me absolute bonkers for three days last week. The first pattern I found I didn't like for the yarn. The second pattern, simple with cables, didn't cable the way I wanted to. I frogged and restarted it multiple times. I was ready to give up and work on my dad's sweater instead when I flipped through the magazine with the sweater pattern and saw the perfect scarf pattern.

 The downside? It's knitted length-wise. That's right.. 422 stitches. So off I went after careful counting until I hit a snag. SSP. I messed up. I ripped out. Cast on again. Messed up. Ripped out. I did this eight times before I finally stopped touching the yarn. I did so many test runs with various yarns of the pattern section. I read how to do the SSP as a lefty. I even looked at a video on youtube. For whatever reason, I cannot for the life of me figure that blasted stitch out. And it really, really bugs me.

I called my Mom and she said to put it all up and not touch it until she is here. Not touching it means I have it locked in my car because I kept going back to it every time I stashed it in the bedroom closet. Mom says she'll show me, and watch me, to make sure I know what I am doing. Whew, thank goodness for Mom's! Last night Mom said maybe I should do a basket-weave pattern instead. I'm seriously considering this for the pattern. I think it will work with this yarn, add a little texture, but not be too delicate. We'll see. I still need to figure out that blasted stitch. I probably am over-thinking it. Grr.

Now, about my featured projects. I decided to work on my personal project, one that I can just work when I need something to do that doesn't involve too much focus. I really am loving that yarn!

The light blue (Ella Rae bamboo silk in Seafoam) is being used for the Surya shawl. I love this pattern. Those little sunbursts? So fun to make (and not nearly as complicated as I feared they would be). I'm about 28 rows in right now and am looking forward to seeing this shawl grow.

Reading-wise I am still picking away at the same book. School reading is dominating right now and that is where my focus has been yet again this week. I am hoping to get ahead next week so I can focus on reading (and visiting with my company).

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No Good Very Bad Day

I felt like I have been neglecting this spot over the past week, so please accept my apologies. I have been reading everyone else faithfully, but have felt my own attempts at posting were rather trivial.

I had a bad case of the Mondays on Friday and decided Saturday I was not going to do anything I didn't want to do. But instead of focusing on the No Good Very Bad Day, I will focus on the other good things that have been going on.

Chase and I joined Steve's parents for a matinee showing of The Music Man and had ice cream afterward.

(I really do adore straw boater hats)

Saturday evening I made a fabulous cheddar soup along with croutons (I've never made them before) using bread I had made Thursday.


I got my cleaning underway Monday morning for our upcoming visitors! My Dad and stepmom come in this weekend then my Mom will be here for a week. I am so excited!

A certain cat who is desperate to find a new, plus-sized friendly box to sleep in after his brother angrily chewed down the side of his beloved sleeping spot. I empathize with Sage. I know what being plus-sized in a regular sized world is (however, I have never had a loved one chew the sides of my bed down because I wouldn't share).

Sorry Sage, you're too big for the shoe box.

Delicious treats from the farmer's market! Fresh doughnuts from the Amish farm and the biggest head of cauliflower I have ever seen.

My poor coffee cup is cowering in fear.   

And of course, my wonderful family.

Chase was massaging Steve's back and scritching Sage.

I also want to provide an update on Mom since she had the biopsies this morning. She said that the procedure went quite well (better than she had expected) and is now home and resting. Ice packs are helping with the soreness, and she is surprised at how tender she is feeling right now. They know for sure they weren't cysts at this time. Mom should know the results within the next three to five days. She and I would like to thank everyone who has been keeping her in their prayers.

I'll try not to be a stranger in the future!

Self-Portrait Tuesday

Joining in with Courtney and all the other beautiful bloggers out there for another Self-Portrait Tuesday!

Oh coffee, I love you so!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

Coffee and yarn. I just need the chocolate now. ;-)

After I finished the kerchief for myself last Friday, I still had another skein of the Optimistic yarn left. I decided that such a beautiful yarn needed to be made into a hat for my Mom. I figure she could use a little optimism right now (and a hat doesn't hurt). I'll be sending it off to her tomorrow.

I also started Gena's scarf for her! This is the second pattern attempt, and I am much happier with it. The yarn is Quince & Co's Lark yarn in Frank's Plum. It's a lighter weight wool, which I picked out because Gena lives in South Carolina and I didn't think she'd need a heavy scarf (besides, she wants something fashionable and functional). The first pattern I attempted has mistakes in it. I thought maybe it was just me, but I saw a lot of corrections in comments on it. I decided I didn't have time to work through piecing all the corrections together and hunted for another pattern. It's simple enough, but I get to put a cable in there which I really like. I'm hoping this weekend to start my Dad's sweater (woohoo!) so then I can have two projects going at once.

On the reading front, I have not finished my book from last week. This week I am preparing for two exams so my focus has been on studying. Maybe next week I can finally finish it!

I discovered this morning when I wandered to my little coffee house that I had forgotten my cable hook at home. I am notorious for sticking them in my bun when I'm knitting, but last night when I finished instead of putting it with my yarn, I left it on my end table. It's amazing what I forget to put in my yarn bag and need when I go out to knit. Last week, for instance, when I started the kerchief and I needed place markers. I ended up taking out two of my small hoop earrings to hold me over until I get home. And lets not forget when I needed a needle to finish off Chase's chainmail armor and I asked for twist-ties and was able to cobble together a usable tool (my barista buddies are quite amused by all of this). So I am thinking of putting together a very simple kit to stick in my bag only to be used while out and about. I'll keep an extra needle, place markers, cable needles, and maybe even a small measuring tape in it. As for this morning, I did have a set of DPNS in the same size and one of those worked, but it was not a happy experience. Definitely need to put a kit together!

Oh and speaking of cobbling together tools.. My Mom is starting on a baby sweater that requires size 3 needles for the ribbing. She only had size 3 DPNS on hand. Ultimately she ended up binding two together (twice) so she would have long enough needles. I was rather impressed by this!

Anyway.. I am off to read and see what everyone else is working on before heading to welding class. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Self-Portrait Tuesday

I have been looking forward to Self-Portrait Tuesday since Courtney mentioned starting it last week! Yay! If you'd like to join in, stop by Courtney's page and post a link.

So.. since I posted a picture of myself slightly snazzed up earlier, I figured I'd post a picture of myself first thing in the morning. That's right, no make-up, messed up hair, sleep in my eyes, and no coffee in my veins (it's really a scary thought, you know).

I should have gone back to bed ;) 

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yarn and Musicals

The finished product.

Yesterday morning I sat in my car before my morning class and finished the last three rows on my Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. I didn't get a chance to block it before wearing it, but I think it is just fine the way it is.

I think the glasses really made the outfit ;-)

Last night was the opening night for The Music Man. Steve auditioned a couple months back for a role as the baritone barbershop quartet (he sings baritone in his local barbershop harmony group) and actually was cast to play Jacey and sing as tenor. So Chase and I were off for an evening of theater entertainment and decided we needed to dress the part (I was going as the artistic wife!).

The musical was absolutely phenomenal. Everyone did an amazing job, and Steve is a surprisingly great tenor (he was nervous about this). Poor Chase made it until the last twenty minutes and then he fell asleep (it was after 10pm by this time), but he said he really enjoyed it.

Chase, Steve, and Steve's quartet partner, Tim.

Yesterday as I was heading home from class, Steve happily called to say not only was the milk delivered (he gets as excited about the milk delivery as Chase) but that I received "a rather large box".


I am absolutely in love with the yarn from Quince & Co. This is my first time ordering yarn from them, but I definitely think I will again in the future. Okay, I know. Enough talk, more pictures of the yarn. ;-)

Fourteen skeins of Gingerbread. Mmm yum!

Oh it's so pretty!

This is a better shot of the Frank's Plum.

 The purple will be used for the scarf I'm making for Gena. All of the Gingerbread and most of the other colors will be used in the sweater for my dad. Some of the greens will be used for Fara's slippers. I picked up an extra skein of the Peaks Ferry because the shade called to me. I have a special project attempt planned for that skein.

I'm hoping next week to start work on my dad's sweater!

Hope everyone has a wonderful, beautiful weekend.

Friday, September 16, 2011

{this moment}

Joining Amanda at Soulemama for this moment.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

The Nelson Amos Studio along with Steinway Piano Gallery of Det. & DTA has brought pianos to the sidewalks of Ypsilanti from September 9th-27th.

We know there is a piano near the co-op, at least one down in Depot Town, and one other along Michigan Ave, but I think the one at B-24s is in the best shape. Chase has been anxious to try to play the piano, so I tried to get him started (I taught myself to play one song). So after getting his fingers in the right position (and finding a beginner's book), he began to pluck out a tune.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Today I was going post about welding and weather and all that goes with both of those subjects.

However, my mind has been elsewhere today, and I was mentally pacing through the afternoon. I decided to hide out at the coffee house, lose my mind and my heart in a Spanish latte and knitting.

I was waiting on a call from my Mom.

Mom had a not-so-good mammogram on Saturday and needed to have another mammogram (and ultrasound) performed. She was able to have those scheduled today.

I kind of figured that when she didn't call after an hour things might not be good. When she didn't call after two hours I was ready to climb the wall. It was about three hours later as I was packing up to go get Chase she was finally able to call.

Mom has two abnormal growths that weren't there last year in her left breast. They are, according to her "small, but one is significantly larger". The doctor who was reviewing the in-depth mammogram and the ultrasound said they were "extremely worrisome in shape and size".

She is going to have the growths biopsied on the 27th. They told her that she should have the results by the 30th. She'll be traveling up here on the 3rd of October to spend a week for Chase's birthday. This was the soonest appointment they had available.

This week I did my best to keep her spirits high. That's what I love so much about my Mom. She's okay with talking about potential negative outcomes. I am the type of person that I don't want to be surprised (she doesn't either). By last night we could joke lightly about this.

I told her if needed, I could knit her a bunch of funky hats.

And if she really needed me to, I could learn macramé and make her a pretty nifty set of braids.

I also suggested that in the worst case scenario and she needed to have a mastectomy, that she could think of it that area as a beautiful area for a lovely tattoo (by this time she was laughing).

The worst part of all of this was telling Chase. At first we weren't going to, but he has been suspect all week that something was not kosher. So after she and I got off the phone tonight he and I had a little heart to heart. I remembered how he broke down at the news of my father's heart surgery this past summer and I just did not want him to go through that again. So we snuggled together, and we talked about what was going on, what they're going to do, and that we're going to stay very optimistic. I think he's okay, but I know when she is finally here to visit he'll be better.

There's not a whole lot I can do right now, and it's driving me nuts. So I am going to do what I can do and that is to ask everyone to please keep my Mom in their thoughts and prayers for the next few weeks.

And now I am going to spend more time with Chase.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? ~ Ginny

Agent could care less about yarn. Needles however...

 After I purchased two skeins of Bernat's Mosaic in the lovely Optimistic I was unsure what I was going to make with it. My Mom suggested a hat or a scarf (I have plenty of both). All I knew was that I wanted something for myself this go-round.

Monday evening I finally decided on The Age of Brass and Steel Kerchief and am loving this pattern. I was bit nervous about how it starts, but so far so good. And I am so in love with this yarn. Even though it is 100% acrylic, it reminds me so much of wool (it even smells sheepy!). Hey.. it can even fool the snootiest of yarn connoisseurs (Jessica-4). I started work on this little Me project yesterday morning and happy to report that I a smidge past half-way done. I plan on finishing it up in the next two days and wearing it out Friday night.

I also have been getting in a few moments of recreational reading around schedules. I decided to start the free book from last Friday Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen. I'm about halfway through it and am really enjoying it. What is not to love about flapper girls, murder, and rum-running? I'll probably take my Nook with me to school today and read a bit before my welding class.

So what is everyone else reading and working on these days? Looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Starting off on the right foot

"Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it...yet." - Anne Shirley

I was determined when I woke up this morning that my week was going to be good. By the time Chase had wandered down this morning I had the pets fed, pottied, lunch made for Chase, and breakfast finishing. I was happily sipping my coffee when my little guy entered the living room. He, too, was determined to make the start of the week a good one (he always is). 

After Chase was picked up for school, I got to work on my classwork. I breezed through my psychology work and was rather pleased with my work two hours later. I decided I earned a break and took one and actually started a book of mine. I did a little cleaning, a little prep work for dinner tonight, had lunch, and tackled my sociology course work. That, too, is now complete. 

I also will admit that while I was working on course work, I was dancing around my living room to swing music. I'm sure if Steve was home he would have been amused (and Chase would have joined me because he is such a great spirit). 

I called to make sure my car was done and check on the final cost. I was dreading this all weekend (I think it was the little black rain cloud hovering over my head). I held my breath, I joked with my mechanic, he said his techs might not be too happy, but he gave me the final tally. I wanted to scream with joy. I had a "fantasy" number in my head, an ideal number that I doubt would be it. It was actually less. He decided to only charge me with three hours of labor, even though there was considerably more put in on my car. He asked if I was okay and I almost squealed again. I see cookies coming their way in the next week as a token of my appreciation. I love my mechanic. Once Steve is home from his case, we'll go pick up my car. I am so relieved. 

I also ordered my yarn for all of my future gifts this afternoon (I was putting it off until I knew the final cost on the car repair). I am so looking forward to the arrival of skeins on top of skeins (on top of skeins) of delicious yarn arriving. Oh and yes, I decided last night what I will be making with my yarn purchase from this weekend and plan on starting it this afternoon. 

The icing on the cake of my good day? A little mailbox love. 

Thank you so much Amanda! Your cards truly brightened my day. I actually really like them on the panes to my vestibule door so I may keep them there to see every day. Thank you again!

I hope everyone's week is off to a fantastic start.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I have started to post a handful of times, but each time I was either pulled away due to something else needing my immediate attention, or I just became tired and decided to try again later.

So here we go.

The two weeks between the time I start school and Chase goes back to school are always a major adjustment period (mostly for me). The first week of my semester started on a Friday. Most professors that hold online classes don't start until the following Monday, but the option is there to start immediately (my weather professor did this). Online professors can also decide when the week ends for their classes. It could be at noon on Sunday, or midnight, or even sometime on Monday. I have yet to have one semester of online classes where my professors ended the week on the same date (and time). It's a bit confusing, especially after the first week of the semester is ten days long.

Anyway, the first week of my semester I had all of my work done for my classes before Wednesday and felt rather proud of myself (and perhaps even a big smug about it). I figured if the rest of the semester could be so easy, I'd have it made in the shade. Then Labor Day weekend happened. Campus was closed Friday through Monday (so no Friday morning class) and Chase started school the day after Labor Day (and that first day is only a half day for the elementary set). All of this threw off my perfect first week.

Tuesday I was able to start my classwork for the current week. As I was finishing watching one lecture, it was time to get Chase. I treated him to lunch, did the weather bookwork, farmer's market, and then we were home. I had lost my motivation to get any coursework done. Needless to say I was not done with everything on Wednesday. Nor Thursday or Friday. I finished up almost all of my coursework for my online classes today. I still have to submit my responses for my weather class before Monday. And yes, it will have to wait until Monday.

Why? you may be wondering. Well, because being the genius I was, I left my book and manual in my bag in my car when Chase and I got home Tuesday afternoon. I decided I would bring it in Wednesday morning and submit my work after I had taken Chase to the bus and before I needed to leave for my welding class.

It started to rain when we left the house. I wanted the rain. I needed the rain. My car was still acting up and the theory was if I needed to throw on my wipers and lights, maybe just maybe it would act up and I could rush it in to the mechanic. Sure enough, when Chase and I pulled up to his bus stop I couldn't get the wipers and lights off. I was excited. I called Steve to let him know I would be heading over (right after I stopped at home to drop off the dog). I sat with my car off and my lights and wipers on for ten long minutes until Chase's bus came. I turned my car on, dropped the parking brake, and the darn lights and wipers shut off!

I tested them all the way home and there were no issues. I decided I would still take the car over (even though the rain stopped) to have it checked. So after dropping Koda off at home, I wondered if I could trigger the problem by spraying down the car with the hose. I never got to that point. I turned the car on and went to turn the wipers/lights on and now they wouldn't come on! I found this slightly comical. So I dropped the parking brake and guess what.. they came on.

I put two and two together. As strange as it sounded, if I put the parking brake on I had light/wiper issues. I tested this twice more on the way to the mechanic and each time I was rewarded with the car misbehaving. When I told my mechanic I said "It sounds weird, I know, but I swear, just try it." He did, and he got it to misbehave. Steve met me ten minutes later and whisked me off to home until it was time for class.

(See what I did there? I forgot my bookbag in the back of the car.)

Long story made slightly shorter, my car is finally fixed today and will come home Monday. My car was grounding electricity into the TIPM box (an expensive piece of equipment). But that was just part of the problem. It was still shorting out somewhere. My mechanic found two grounded areas, one in the kick panel, another under the hood. What caused all of this? A mere plastic cap that was on a bundle of wires has gone MIA. It caused the wires to ground under the hood, in the kick panel, and then when those were burnt out, my poor stressed car sent the electricity through the parking brake. Yep. The parking brake of all places. So the power circuited back to the TIPM and grounded out there. My mechanic says the board in the TIPM is burnt. He also says I'm lucky that this was it because it could have been very serious (and even more expensive). He's keeping my car until Monday morning so that on Monday he can test drive it to make sure nothing else is wrong. Wow.

Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who has been able to shuffle me to my two in person classes this week around his own work schedule.

So while sorting out the two school schedules and figuring out what is going on with my car, I received slightly sad and definitely sad news from my dad and stepmom.

First of all, my dad was called by UNCH about an available kidney! My dad was extremely excited and said yes. Unfortunately, UNCH was not aware of my dad's recent heart surgery and he was denied the offered kidney (it came from a 20-something who had died from a drug overdose). He is on the inactive list until he can provide a letter from his cardiologist and a recent echo-cardiogram that shows his heart is okay and he could handle surgery. The positive of this is, my dad is up on the list. He could actually have his transplant before the end of the year. Once UNCH receives the info from his cardiologist he goes back on the list in the same spot. It's all so very exciting and scary.

Now, the sad news. When Hurricane Irene came ashore in North Carolina it did some serious damage in Columbia, NC. Columbia is a very small town that most people bypass on the way to the beach and never think twice about. Fara's parents lived in their adorable little home along the river for sixty years and never had an issue before when hurricanes came ashore. The house more than likely is going to be torn down. Sadly, Columbia has new waterfront building laws in place and even though the river is across the street, the house would not be able to be rebuilt. To repair the existing property would most likely not be cost effective. Not sure what will happen to the house. Fara can't make any decisions until her sister is back in the states. It is such a shame.

Today Chase and I spent a few hours with Dale. We went to Jo-Ann's where I picked up two skeins of Bernat's Mosaic yarn in Optimistic. I figured I could use a little bit of optimism this week. Not quite sure what I am going to knit yet with it, but it was too pretty (yay for colors) to resist. I may just look at it for a while.

I think it is time to wrap things up for the night. I feel better letting some of the stress off my heart and out of my mind. Maybe now I will sleep better.

Hope everyone has a good, restful weekend.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? ~ Ginny

After I finished Chase's chainmail armor, I decided that I really did need to work on those socks (especially since they are a Christmas gift for my Mom). I realized when I picked up the sock again yesterday that I really knit way too tight! I know I've said this before, but it's amazing how much I realize it when I pick up a project that I left off for a few days. I'll be careful with the mate to this sock.

I can definitely say that after these socks are done, I will be so happy to move on to a new project and something colorful I hope! I am getting a bit washed out by all the gray.

Reading wise I did manage a fun read this past week! The free book through Nook on Friday was Agatha Christie's The Murder at the Vicarage. I really enjoy Miss Marple and was quite tickled for this book. I have a couple of books at out from the library that I need to tackle this week before they're due back. Plus, there is always textbook reading!

I've been meaning to post my Christmas Knit List (mostly for my own memory) and I think I will do that today. I've been thinking on the gifts-to-be for weeks, but I think once it's down on paper (or in the cyber world) it will be more official. So here we go:

Chase – unsure; most times I show him a pattern and he wants that.
Mom - socks (in progress)
Steve – unsure, he is always hard to make something for!
Dad – sweater (pattern chosen)
Fara – felted clogs (pattern chosen)
Molly - wrap (pattern chosen)
Dale – she needs something girly; still thinking of what to make her.
Sarah – cowl(s?) I know they’re hip and cool and she’ll love them. (pattern chosen)
Gena – scarf (she commissioned one when she was visiting) (pattern chosen)

I spent some time last week searching patterns for the scarf for Gena and am happy with my choice. I'm still contemplating what I'd like to make for Dale. I'm afraid to take on two sweaters between now and December, though I know the Mustard Seed Cardigan would be perfect for her. We'll have to see. I'm placing a major yarn order this coming weekend (oh I am so excited!) so I'll see how it goes in a week or so. 

Happy knitting everyone!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

On to fourth grade!

He looks so young in this picture.

Then he stands up and I realize he's not a little kid anymore.

And I am left wondering where has the time gone?

Monday, September 5, 2011

A knight in knitted armor

A knight ready to protect his castle.

Hood up!


"My casual, going in to the castle to relax pose."

I took a few days off from working on the hood, but finally finished it last night and attached it to the vest this morning. It's a very simple hood, but I didn't think this required something complicated (hey, it's chain mail, right??). The info for the armor, plus my hood instructions are here.

Friday, September 2, 2011


First of all, thank you to everyone for the well wishes. I am feeling better and hope that by the end of the weekend I'll be back to normal. I really dislike seasonal colds. Chase was over his within three days and mine is lingering. I also did not appreciate the addition of a migraine Wednesday morning.

I think what was most frustrating was that it was the start of the semester and I had an in-person class and I felt miserable (thankfully it was only two hours worth of orientation). I also dislike feeling really good for a while then suddenly I'm wanting to crawl back into bed and nap.

But since I have had my cold now, that means I don't get one in winter, right? I mean, that's how it should work.

Overall it's been a pretty good week. I did all of my online classwork by Wednesday night and am sitting here wondering what to do now. I can't move forward in any of the classes until Monday so I am twiddling my thumbs when it comes to school work. Chase watched the lectures for my Weather class with me on Monday and worked on his own isobaric pressure maps while I did mine for grading. I think I will try and work on that classwork when he is available because he is so taken with it (he even enjoyed my Sociology lectures we watched). His brain is a jell-o mold still and I am just pushing as much fruit pieces (knowledge tidbits?) in as I can.

Wednesday I had my first welding class. I'm scared. The teacher and his assistants are great, but still in the back of my mind I am saying "Why are you here? Are you really sure this is something you want to do?". It is something I'd like to learn to do. I have ideas of things I want to make that require welding and I'd like to be able to do it correctly. I just need to get over the fact I am the only girl in my class (yes, I admit it, it's intimidating to me) and enjoy it. Next week we get to actually start welding so I'm crossing my fingers it goes well!

I dropped my Wednesday night class before ever going to it. I had only twenty minutes between classes and it was putting me home at night. I do not want to be in class at night this semester. It's exhausting and I miss my family when I am gone in the evenings. My goal this semester is to focus equally on home and school (and potentially a job). I was given an override for another class I wanted to take for Friday mornings, so I'm pretty happy (the class didn't meet today because of a four-day holiday weekend).

My dining room table has been turned into a fort. Chase started hanging beach towels yesterday morning and has disappeared for a good portion of the afternoon. Occasionally I see his toy periscope poke out between the folds and aim toward me. I also occasionally hear him taking notes about my activities. Hmm. I advised him that the fort can stay up through the weekend, but Sunday it has to be cleaned up.

Speaking of Chase, he and I sorted all of his clothes yesterday, and I am sad to say he's going to need a lot of new pants this fall. None of the pairs he could fit in back in June still fit. He's grown an inch since May and is now happily standing at 5'1 1/2" tall. Scary that he's only going to be ten in a month. Oh and I have to mention this (now that he has given me permission to do so), while he was changing from shorts to jeans I noticed he had drawn on his leg. He tried to hide it, but I finally got to see he had gotten his hands on a Sharpie the other day and wrote "I <3 Mom" on his leg. If he would have let me snap a picture, I would have, but refuses to let me document this any further. It's really hard for me to ever be upset with him.

Oh yes, my car went back to the mechanic Monday afternoon to be checked again. I gave them a new list of potential issues. It took us over six attempts to get it jumped just to take it over. So I asked them to check the starter and the multifunction stick. The car came back home Wednesday afternoon undiagnosed. I was to the point of wanting to pull my hair out. I decided I would take it to Dale's mechanic, give them a timeline of issues and symptoms and we'd see what they could find. I called Dale's mechanic yesterday, gave a basic run-down and he said he was pretty sure he knew exactly what the issue was and that I could go ahead and bring it in. I had to drop it off late yesterday afternoon so I am hoping they call today with a confirmed problem and a fix (a reasonably priced fix, please pretty please!). I miss my car. I miss not being able to run to the store to get groceries or to pick up last minute school items. I'm relying on Steve when he gets home from work and he's been working a couple of hours away this week. 

And so this is how I have spent the last few days of August and the first few hours of September. It's over 95 degrees today (what happened to my fall like weather from Monday!?) so even though it may be gearing toward fall, I can't get excited when it's so oppressively hot. At least the garden doesn't seem to mind.

Our biggest tomato so far these season!

Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Labor Day weekend!

{this moment}

From SouleMama: {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 I was feeling so ill when I woke up Wednesday morning that I took my meds, made sure Chase would be okay, and went back to bed. When I woke up an hour later and sat down to my lap top, I found this on the keyboard.