Saturday, March 11, 2017

Little Nook Rug

After I rearranged the living room, we had this empty corner behind the couch that just needed a rug. I had it in my mind to put a round, crocheted rug of some kind there to add some texture and coziness. I thought it would be just the thing for some toys and a little play space there for the littles. Whether or not they actually stay ON the rug. But that's beside the point.
Problem was, I don't crochet.
However my sister does, and she happily crocheted a rug for me. 

Raveled HERE

She said it only took her about 3 hours using this pattern, which was one of the easiest round rug patterns she found. How about that. :)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Quote, A List, A Paragraph on Sleep

You always have time for the things you put first.
~Cynthia Gavin
And probably others, as I've seen this quote floating around recently.

  • I read this quote a few weeks ago and it has stuck with me. I realized I hadn't been putting Bible reading very high on my priority list, so I started up reading through the Bible in a year. I use the She Reads Truth app and their reading plan which I really, really like. They divide each day's reading into some of the Old Testament and some of the New, and then thrown in occasionally are a few Psalms. It's my favorite of all read-through-the-Bible plans I've ever tried. As I read through this time, I'm on the hunt for the word "compassion" and how many times it's mentioned.                                                                                                                                                                   Now that I'm getting my daily Bible reading in, I'm moving on to other things. At least, trying. I have projects that don't get started or finished because I'm too often putting insignificant things ahead of them. So instead of turning to Instagram when I sit down to nurse Lincoln, I'm picking up a book. And I'm reminding myself that I have a whole host of cute projects pinned and if I don't START them, they'll never be reality. One can wish all one wants, but that doesn't get the knitted baby pants knitted, or the wall art hung. 

  • With that in mind, it's still a good thing to realize that I don't have to do everything. One of my favorite bloggers recently had a post on doing less and the real life fact that no one does it all. Shelley came up with a "Don't-Do-List" after listening to a podcast on the subject. Here's my "Don't Do List": 

1. Breakfast
Daniel started fixing breakfast for us when Natasha was born so I could sleep in, and he hasn't stopped. Hallelujah. That means I only plan menus for supper and I always try to make enough to have leftovers for the next day's lunch. That way I'm not scrambling for a whole new meal come noon the next day.

2. Cloth Diaper
I did with Natasha, (even made my own cloth diapers) but this time...I'm embracing disposables and not fretting over it. Maybe when Lincoln is older I'll do it again, but not now. It's not that I don't want to cloth diaper and be able to save money; it's that I don't want to deal with leaking diapers and honestly, I dealt with a fair amount of that. I really, really don't like wet onesies. It's too stressful for me. And, little boys fill diapers differently than little girls (if ya know what I mean) and I don't feel like dealing with that learning curve right now.

3. Clean the showers
Now, don't take this wrong-they're not that grimy. We have soft water now and they simply don't get that dirty compared to having hard, orange, rust colored water in our previous rental house. So, I just wipe them down occasionally and let it go.

4. Edit blog pictures
I used to try to be semi-professional and use Light Room to edit pictures, but no more. I'm not a professional and aside from occasionally adjusting some fill-light or brightness, you get them how they were snapped. It makes my life simpler.

  • Our little man is not sleeping through the night. I know, I know, not all babies do and I'm not expecting perfection here. Natasha didn't till she was around 18 months old and I probably could have stopped that one nightly nursing session a lot sooner than I did. But I digress. I had hoped to try some sleep training of some kind with our second baby but it's harder than it sounds. Night-weaning is actually what I want since Lincoln goes to sleep fine during the day for his naps all by himself. Ideally I'd like as little crying involved as possible, but I'm learning maybe it isn't possible. I tried holding him when he woke up and just not nursing him, but he only gets MAD when I don't nurse him. So...there has been some crying the last week or so, but we have gone down to about 2 feedings at night versus 4. I take that as progress...?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Sweater for Henry

Daniel's first cousin just had their second baby-a little boy- and I finished a baby blue sweater for him just in time for his arrival. I used yarn I've had in my stash for years and dressed it up with some stripes. Because I do love stripes.

Raveled here

It was a fun little birthday package to get ready for his Momma AND for little Henry. I paired the sweater with my first batch of beeswax taper candles. 

Homemade gifts seem less homemade when you add a special tag or label. I discovered this printable knitting label on Pinterest and have been using it for all my recent knitted gifts. My favorite feature is the "care instructions" spot on the back where you can add all those important washing instructions. Also, for the candles, I found a fun tag here. It made me smile. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2.25.2017 Currently

It's almost the end of February, but it's been a fun month here. Except for the colds and runny noses for the smaller people in the household. That was not fun. But I think we're moving past that now. Whew. 

Sometimes I don't really know what to blog about. I have pictures to share, but my thoughts and words don't always correspond to the pictures and it seems so incredibly random. I really like the "Currently" theme, so here it is for today.

Listening to:
Natasha and my nephew, age 3, chatting while eating their snack of apple slices and meat sticks. It's so interesting to hear them banter back and forth. 

"Saving Simon" by Jon Katz. The subtitle is, "How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion" and it makes me remember years ago when we had a donkey named Maggie Mae growing up. 

The snow fall outside. We have had some really crazy weather this February. Uncharacteristically warm and spring-like, which is lovely BUT makes me worried about the havoc it may play on fruit trees getting confused as well as the maple syrup season. Not that I have any fruit trees or maple trees to tap, but I like winter to be winter and spring to be spring and the two not to get too confused with each other.

 9 years ago when a certain 21 year old married a certain 23 year old. :) We actually celebrated earlier this month by going to Boulder, Colorado area and spending a few days away. Lincoln tagged along with us and we had fun snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains, casually browsing bookstores, and having some one-on-one talks over coffee and Argentine food. Our actual anniversary was the 23rd, and I baked our traditional "wedding" carrot cake. Which is very hard to photograph in low light.

To get outside every day. It doesn't always happen, but I think it's important to get some fresh air, despite what the weather may be doing. My goal is to walk every day to get that fresh air, but sometimes simply going to the mailbox or getting out of the car to go into the library is all that happens.

Thinking About:
Getting back into more of a workout routine. I kind of slacked off this past month because of travel and when we returned, Natasha and Lincoln had colds and I was lacking sleep and trying to stay healthy myself. But now I'm feeling the urge to do more moving and in particular, lift weights. Deadlifts are my favorite.

Also, I'm wondering if I need to start a different cleaning routine. I typically do a big vacuum, dust, wipe down the bathrooms, etc... on Saturdays. But I'm thinking about spreading things out a bit and doing one task a day and throwing in some more detailed cleaning so it's not forgotten. 

What all are you folks up to these remaining winter days? What is your cleaning routine? Any thoughts to aid in my housekeeping musings?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cinnamon Rolls

A few years ago it became a tradition to have cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. This year we had them for Christmas Eve, and I tried a new recipe thinking it might be better than the one I've used previously. That was a mistake. They turned out hard and crusty and blah. 

To make a long story short, I have returned to my tried and true recipe and probably won't go back. 

You can find my favorite gluten-free recipe here. I suggest skipping the saran wrap that the author uses and just roll the dough out on parchment paper, liberally dusted with tapioca-flour. Also, sprinkle more tapioca flour on the dough and roll out as usual. It worked better than ever, even when I messed with saran wrap and all that.

Edited to add: I found my orchid tag!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Currently 1.27.2017

Currently in my days I am...

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette?"  and "The Year of Living Danishly".  
It has been a while since I've read in bed before falling asleep. Mostly because I have a very small person in my life and usually I just want sleep, as much as possible at night. But recently, I have been reading in bed and it's been so good. I'm still not getting much sleep though, as this little person likes to be fed numerous times a night.*

The new living room arrangement my sister helped me come up with. Previously, we had the couch against the wall under our world map and there was a huge open expanse out in front. I've been craving "hygge" these last few weeks and my living room simply was not hygge. But it is now! I did the "pinterest" thing and moved the couch to the middle of the room to create some coziness and a smaller living room. Much improved in my mind. 
          I'm also quite excited that my before-mentioned sister is crocheting me a round rug to put in the back corner near the piano, for kiddos and toys. Yay! I think it will look extra cozy. And, no, I don't crochet. Are you surprised? I knit, but do not crochet. 

It still looks like a huge open space in this picture, but it's not. 
I was trying the pano option on my phone to get a w i d e landscape type of picture.

*Of sleeping through the night again one day. I realized that I'm not exactly trying to sleep-train Lincoln, but rather night-wean him. So I'm slowly decreasing the nursing sessions by one minute over the course of many days. We're already down by 2 minutes just this past week, so it may be slow, but I'm okay with that.

I could find the tag that came with the orchid I bought a couple years ago. Ha, I know, this seems so insignificant! But I kept the tag specifically so I would know what kind of orchid I have in order to properly care for it. The time has come for it to be re-potted, and knowing for sure if it's a Phalaenopsis or not, would be quite helpful.

Thinking About: 

Wool! And sheep. And ducks. And chickens. For some reason I have the homestead bug right now and I truly wish I had a sheep. Mainly because I've been knitting a lot more recently and after switching from a lovely wool/silk blend yarn to acrylic (to use up some in my stash) I've realized how lovely natural fibers are. 

Listening To: 
The Bible on audio. I'm trying this as something new, to see how I like it. So many times I read the same scriptures to myself, using the same Bible I had when I was 10, and it sounds the same as it always has. For variety, I want to hear it being spoken aloud and in a different method than I'm accustomed to. 

My little children grow up right before my eyes. Natasha wanted to know how many more days it was till her April birthday a couple weeks ago, and at the time we counted, it was 105. 105 more days till she turns 7. She is learning so much these days; multiplication, html and coding on Khan Academy, how to properly form cursive "h's" and reading up a storm. She devours all the new library books in one day and finished "Pippi Longstocking" in about 4 evenings. 


Since when can I stay in the car, while my little girl dashes 
out in the unseasonably warm weather to slip a letter in the post box?

Lincoln is crawling on all fours now versus his previous "seal" method of getting around. He is also pulling himself up to stand, and thinking he's big stuff. Sometimes I just look at him and tears come to my eyes. He won't be a baby for long and I want to bottle up every little bit of these days.


To stay with my New Year's Goal of taking a picture a week with Natasha and Lincoln. It's basically the same goal I had last year, but with a twist: Using the film camera this time. It will be such fun to have 52 pictures on film of the year 2017, if I can keep it up. 

So, what are you reading, dreaming, or thinking about these days? Feel free to share!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Quiet January Days

Just some pictures with few words for this update. 

Raveled here

My sister-in-law requested a baby bonnet for their new baby girl (who is supposed to arrive SOON!) and I happily obliged. This was a new pattern, and a really fun one I found on Ravelry, called, "Cloud Bonnet".