Saturday, May 31, 2008

On our way to BC

OK we are on our way to visit friends near Burns Lake, BC. Started yesterday after Jackson finished work, Friday is his 1/2 day so we were all pack and heading out of town at around 3:00. A couple of stops for supper and gas and now we are just leaving Columbus, Indiana. Stopped here around midnight last night. It seems to be an interesting place, will have to stop here another day when we have more time. Right now we have a goal to get to our friends. We are so looking forward to spending a few days with them, and it is a long drive.
We are all doing well with this trip. We love to travel so have done this many times before, BUT this will be our longest car ride. Have been about 26 hours before but this will be about 45 hours of driving, over several days. Packed plenty of snacks and the DVD players and movies, video games and books, travel games and water. I think we will be in good shape. But we will see as the trip moves forward. I trust that things will work out how they are supposed to be.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins

Today's Friday Fill-ins are:
1. On my laziest day I like to __sit and watch my boys and my chickens___!
2. __Joy___ makes me feel like I'm being productive.
3. I love little __smiles___ and big __laughter___.
4. This summer I want to __spend lots of time together as a family, enjoying each other___.
5. ___Curiosity__ made me start my blog.
6. Red __sunshine___ and orange __Earth, make me think of my garden___.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __Shoping with Jackson and the boys___, tomorrow my plans include __blowing things up Backyard Ballistics (whoo hooo!!)__ and Sunday, I want to __see the new Indiana Jones movie surrounded by family and friends___!
Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude

OK so I need to change my attitude a bit and thought this might just be the ticket, some gratitude. So let me lay out the ground work for the feelings I am wallowing in right now. We are planning a 2 week trip to Canada, and are leaving in a another week or so. We will be out of contact for part of that time, meaning no cell phone signal, no phone, no computer etc. You get the picture. We have been talking about getting a security system for some time but have put it on the back burner waiting for other things that have taken precedence.

My youngest son tends to worry about things like that, he goes around at night with Jackson checking the locks, he thinks about what would happen if someone broke in while we were away. It started when, a couple of years ago, someone broke into our car, parked here in our dooryard, and stole a cell phone, dvd player and some money. This person was later caught but it was disturbing for us, so close to where we were sleeping.

This week we had the security system installed, Phillip is feeling much better about our trip and most everything is working properly. I say most everything because there is a cell back up to the system, in case we lose power and the phone goes out. OK that cell back up keeps signaling that it is not working, not continuously but randomly. My thought is that maybe the cell signal in the closet is not the best ;-) So now we have to do all these tests to figure out what the problem is and I am feeling like a prisoner in my own home. I don't dare activate the system because of this random problem, it will signal that something is wrong, and the alarm will sound, etc etc, you can imagine what is going through my head, especially if we are not home. Which is what inspired us to act on this now, as we will NOT be home.

Just a feeling of being trapped, waiting for that beeping again telling me that the signal is bad.

So now I need to adjust the attitude, and I am so grateful for a son who cares so deeply and passionately. Who feels things deep inside himself, and freely expresses this. I am grateful for a family that is so worthy of protection. It will work out, I will get through these tests, and the problem will be fixed. Gratitude for the time necessary to work it all out. And also gratitude for Robyn who created this lovely doll, who at the present is nameless. She sits by my computer reminding me each and every day to be grateful.

Attitude of Gratitude

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A New Point of View

My youngest, Phil, has been experimenting with a new idea lately. Before I get into that specifically I want to back up and explain our lives a bit. We do not have allowances. We have always worked together on a family budget, we are all equals, even though only one of us is earning a monetary income. So for as long as the boys have wanted to participate, we have taken a day at the end of each year to review the previous years spending and income, compared the two, listed our budgetary goals for the upcoming year and planned, or course we reevaluate if needed.

That includes things like budgeting eating out, movies (average of once a month), travel plans, vacations, AND miscellaneous spending. That last category includes all of us, the budget for Target purchases, books, fabric, toys, games etc. It is one lump sum of money each month, not separated into each individual person and what each is "allowed" to spend, but rather one lump amount, and is spent based on wants and needs, so each month is probably different as far as who spends what amount. Any balance at the end of the month goes toward our vacation savings. We talked at one point about each of us having a monthly allowance, but that just didn't work for our family, so after a month we rethought that idea, it just seemed like each month was so very different as far as what each person needed for spending money. This month I might need $20 but next month I might need $100, for example.

We each keep track of our spending so we don't go over our budget, and if we do need to go over our budget on spending we all sit down and figure out where it is going to come from. We have a family checking account, and each have our own debit cards and credit cards. So that is our budget history, it is working so well for our family.

This week Phillip saw something he wanted to buy, it was a nerf "recon" gun with nerf darts. It was like $19.99. We happened to be at Toys R Us looking for something else and they actually had this gun, Phil was just so excited. So I took a quick look at our spending list, and let him know we had enough money left in the budget that he could get it if he wanted to. I didn't think much more about it, I went along looking at what I needed to look at, he looked around the store some more with his brother. I fully expected that he would get it, just based on history, Phil is a person who knows what he wants.

We were getting ready to check out and I asked the boys if there was anything they wanted to include in the purchase so we could get it all at once. Both of them said no. So I looked at Phil and just kind of matter of factly said "so you aren't getting the Recon Gun today?".

Phil said he wanted to "work for it". OK what?? I wasn't quite sure what he meant by that. But he explained and what he wanted to do was do odd jobs around the house, for payment, and save up enough money to buy the gun. This was something we have never really done before. But it was something he really wanted to do. He didn't want to just "buy it".

So when we got home he and I sat down and listed things that needed to be done, and what he wanted to be "paid" for each, like unloading the dishwasher, planting trees with dad, weeding in the garden , etc. And when each item was completed Jackson or I paid him with cash, the money he "earned". Then yesterday we went back to Toys R Us and he gave me the money back to buy the toy gun. No he didn't want to give the money to the cashier, all he wanted was to "earn the money".

My guess is that he was trying it on for size, seeing what it was like to work and earn money and then spend it for something you want. He has never done this before, and I am not sure if he will again in the near future, but I am sure that the experience was what he needed at this point in time, and was valuable to him.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins

Here is where you can find the Friday Fill-Ins.

1. There is absolutely NO way you can get me to ___Bungee Jump __!

2. ___The smell of Honeysuckle__ reminds me that summer is almost here!

3. I cannot live without my __I would love to say computer, but seriously I can live without almost anything...hmmm...maybe running water, to me that is important....or my family, although I could live without these things I would not want to___.

4. __kayaking___ and ___making cheese__ are two things I'd like to try (and probably will at some point)

5. When life hands you lemons ___talk about it and make a plan__.

6. __Rolling down the hill at our house___ is my favorite childhood memory.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __shopping at Whole Foods, a welcome treat___, tomorrow my plans include __gardening___ and Sunday, I want to __work in the garden some more___!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


So I have been knitting like a mad woman lately. It has felt so good to be working on Christmas stuff already. I found a really cool looking pattern for socks. It was called bamboo. It was relatively easy to knit, and added some interest to the socks. They are now on my etsy page, but here is a picture:

Not sure if you can see the pattern, let me get a closer shot so you can really see the bamboo like pattern:

Isn't that really neat. And the wool is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, a temptation buy, I mean who can resist such a wonderful wool. I have been challenging myself with my knitting lately, looking for more interesting patterns that add a bit of difficulty to my socks. I have found a great site for free patterns. This pattern, if you are interested in knitting them yourself, is:

using 4 double point needles

K2P2 for about 2 inches for the ribbing then:

Round1-K, Round2-YO, K2 St, then slip the YO over the 2 K stitches on your right needle, Round 3+4-K Repeat this for as long as you want the body of your sock.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Time to Relax

OK so today I am feeling kind of "blah", no that isn't how I would describe it. It isn't like I am depressed or anything, I just don't feel like "doing" anything. I have a lot I could be doing, but nothing is appealing to me at the moment. Maybe I just need a "recharge" day, to get my batteries going again. I made some of my chai this morning, and am enjoying sipping on that. I think I need to do things that recharge my batteries today and not worry about the house, etc. I did have some sculpey clay left from the last FLT gathering. The boys have been working on that all morning/afternoon. I don't really feel like participating but am enjoying watching them and listing to their creative process. I certainly have energy to bake sculpey. So they are happily creating and I am happily vegging.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

6 Words

1. Write the title to your own memoir using 6 words.
2. Post it on your blog.
3. Link to the person that tagged you.
4. Tag five more blogs.

OK Deanne tagged me for this 6 word "title of your memoir"...thing

So I am supposed to write a title . I thought of "Living Life With No Regrets". But that is only 5 words. OK how to stretch that out to meet the 6 word requirement. I could add a "She's" or "I'm" at the I think I will just leave it at that and let the rules go by the way side, so my memoir title is:

Living Life With No Regrets

And as far as tagging, well, let's let that rule go as well, if you are reading this and would like to participate, please consider yourself tagged.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


OK I know it is early to be thinking of Christmas. But I have been. I so love knitting, and working with fiber in general, crocheting, sewing etc. So I have been thinking about Christmas. Especially socks. I know it isn't cold now, but it will be and my friends and family will have warm toasty feet. :-)

I threw some of them up on my etsy store, with the longer range plan of gifts if they do not sell. So much heart and soul goes into making socks. I try hard to only work on knitting when I am not frustrated with other things. Wouldn't want any of that negative energy knitted up in my work. So the socks only bring love and joy.

Here are a few I have completed recently: