Saturday, November 29, 2008

Grateful Hearts

In spite of some early cold and snow, not to mention the challenges we've faced this year, we're thankful to be together, that we're healthy, and that DH has such a good job...even if it is 500 miles away. The heavy gray skies didn't dampen our enjoyment of our time together.

Love to our families and friends spread across the country.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

18th Birthday--Part II

Off to church in the morning, wearing her new Tinkerbell ensemble, then a little shopping to spend some of her gift cards before The Birthday Feast, which she chose to enjoy at Joe's Crab Shack this year. She devoured an appetizer of fried calamari, a bucket of three kinds of crab legs, corn on the cob, and coleslaw.

By the time the servers sang to her and brought this huge dessert she was just too full to be able to squeeze in more than a couple bites.

Later that afternoon we went to see The Secret Life of Bees, an especially touching story for girls like us with mother-issues. The film is visually beautiful and very family-friendly, with a compelling and informative subplot about the Civil Rights movement. We had an interesting conversation afterwards, comparing how things were during my childhood with the fact that our country has just elected our first African-American president.

All in all a fun and festive weekend, though we sure missed having DH here. Hope this is the beginning of a wonderful year for you, my sweet girl. Oh sweet young woman!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

18th Birthday--Part I

Dear Daughter is home on a long-weekend pass to celebrate her momentous birthday. Friday afternoon we had lunch out and did some shopping. Enjoyed a quiet evening at home watching TV and roughousing with the doglet.

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to have our hair done. DD got caramel highlights and had a good trim. The hairdresser straightened her curly locks with a flat iron, too. Then we were off to the DMV to get her a state ID. Here she is with her new do...

Then it was home to bake her birthday treat. Since she doesn't like cake and her favorite dessert is apple pie, we decided to buck tradition this year. Warm homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream is far better than a big fingerful of frosting (that's all she ever eats of a birthday cake) any 'ol day!

While the pie was baking we called Dad and put him on speakerphone so he could listen in while DD opened presents. He sent her the world's largest musical card, which she used to torment the dog all afternoon. That evening we filled our tummies with pot roast and pie, then watched the charming move Penelope by the fire while wet snowflakes and sleet fell. Happy day-before-your-birthday, daughter o' mine!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Moving Sale

As I prepare for the move to a much smaller home (and presumably, smaller studio space) it's time to do some de-stashing. I've begun by marking down all the items in my Etsy shop

I'll be adding new things frequently so do check back and send friends. Thanks!

Yes, I'm a very bad blogger

My dear MIL pointed out the other day that I hadn't posted anything since July. I've been such an erratic blogger that I'm not sure anyone's still checking in here. Hello? <> Is this thing on?

My absence was due to (1) being in a bit of a funk, (2) adjusting to working full-time for a few weeks and (3) spending goo-gobs of time painting and fixing up the house after DH's employer declared we must list it ASAP before they'd extend his moving package. All that sanding, painting, etc. has led to some carpal tunnel-type symptoms which sorely limit the amount of time I can do stuff and having to get (and keep)the studio neat as a pin discourages art-making. But I did take a little time out around Labor Day to make this...

And this, featuring me at age 4, for a swap requiring the incorporation of our own photograph...

I do still carve out some time for my monthly potluck swap and local ATC club meeting so leave me a comment if you'd like to join the swap or arrange a one-on-one trade.