Friday, November 22, 2013

Deck the halls, and doll house, and Aquarium! Falalalalaaa!

We put up our Christmas decorations! :)
Maybe a little early, maybe not.
Our street has been so quiet since we have a couple of empty houses, and those houses are usually decorated for the holidays so if they remain empty it means our street will be lacking in holiday decorations!
So we have to spread cheer for the whole neighborhood. ;)

I love our banister. I've wanted a banister since I was a kid and saw them beautifully decorated in a magazine or movie or something.
Even when it's not Christmas, I often decorate the banister with ivy garland and flowers colored to match the season. 

The girls decorated a mini tree for their Barbies too, and Shi strung some extra garland on the Barbie House. :)
(I loved decorating my doll house for Christmas when I was younger!)

We couldn't leave out decorating the Turtle/Betta tank and Hamster Bin too.

Hmm, and I wonder why decorating the house takes so long, lol.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Squirrels with hammers

I took my truck in for an oil change this week.
I knew it was going to take awhile so I brought a little bag of knitting with me.
I thought I could sit quietly in the corner, undisturbed, and unobserved while I knit.
Nope.
Apparently knitting is something of an anomaly in an auto repair waiting room.
At least to men...the women that came through mostly ignored me.
The men had a ton of questions though.
"Is that knitting or crochet?"
"How long is that going to take you?"
"How long have you been knitting?"
"What are you making?"
"Are you usually this fast?"

When I told DH, he said "I shouldn't let you go to these places alone."
Oh yes, me in winter coat and a knitting bag....sexy!
Besides it was probably all the exhaust fumes flooding that waiting room, the haze made knitting a totally fascinating thing. ;-)

We were woken up early the other morning by this super-loud hammering, it sounded like it was right in the bedroom wall! I went all through the house bleary-eyed trying to find out what was making all the noise.
Then I crawled back into bed and hit the wall and said "It's squirrels!"
Then every time I heard the "squirrels" I hit the wall.
Finally the noise stopped.
Not until after I had several cups of coffee did I hear the hammering again and realize it was coming from our back neighbors. (Being not so neighborly by hammering so early in the morning!)
But yes, I don't function so well early in the morning before coffee...that time of day when squirrels with hammers makes perfect sense.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Octopus Aloe

 Cactuses like me.
They like being abandoned into the front porch all summer baking in the afternoon heat, and when their soil has turned rock-like, receiving a sudden rush of a "Oops-forgot-about-you-hope-you-don't-die" water bath.
Then I bring them indoors once the nighttime temperatures reach around 40 degrees.

This year when I went to bring in my aloe it was a real feat. This thing has exploded into a giant octopus aloe!
Suddenly it was super-heavy and wouldn't fit anywhere without knocking things over or grabbing at your sleeve as you walked by.
It started out quite small and I wasn't even sure it would live very long, and now it's so massive that I use one of the tentacles...yes, tentacles to hold back my curtains.
Each time a tentacle broke off, I shoved it into the soil...basically because it was easier than walking it over to the trash can.
So now I have baby octopus aloes growing.

I thought a little aloe would be a good thing to have on hand in case of minor burns.
Well, this thing could supply a hospital!

It does hold on to my Christmas tree topper pretty well though.

I found this little gnome the other day and I just could resist him.
I wasn't planning on putting him on my actual Christmas tree anyways just wanted to set him somewhere.

I'm not sure if I made the problem any better...maybe just weirder.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Nature crafts

I've been lousy at posting lately and Vivian is saying the cutest things lately so I really need to keep up with my blogging to lock on to those memories. :)

These photos are from last month but I wanted to share some of our Autumn creations. 
The girls and I went leaf hunting, we are lucky to have both blueberry bushes and a fire bush which produce such brightly colored leaves!
I ironed them between wax paper and hung them in the window and they are so gorgeous when the sun shines through.



Since we had collected and over-abundance of leaves I also had the girls paint some and press them on paper.

The rest went into a bowl on my table...along with a collection of pine cones and seeds, treasures that the girls had gathered.

What do you do when one of your children (Shi Shi) gets a stricken look on their face every time you give any kind of safety talk?
You put a mustache on your smoke alarm.
Vivian ADORED it. 
Shi is still unnerved at the thought of any type of emergency but I think making it a little lighter in tone helps.