Saturday, 28 August 2010


I've started drying my winter supply of mint for tea.  When we first looked at this house, my immediate thoughts about the beam between the kitchen and living room  were about drying herbs!  Kevin thinks it's weird and possibly gross.

I have a great crop of mint this year.  We planted some last fall that Kevin's grandma gave us.  This spring it hadn't spread much yet until Kevin, thinking that it was a weed or suckers from our lilacs, weedwhacked the mint down to the ground.  I knew it would come back, but I didn't realise how prolific it would be just from that one weedwhacking episode.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

From Dirty White to Delicious Blue

Finally!  No more dirty white door with dog scratches.  On Monday I painted three coats of Behr Exterior Paint with Primer in "Midnight Dream". 

This is after the final coat.  It's not actually this splotchy now that it has dried and cured some.  I did miss a few little spots, and there is a weird texture because I used a sponge roller (what I had on hand).  So after the paint is completely cured, I plan to sand it a little and get a regular roller for one last coat of paint.  Even after that, I'll still have enough paint to do the back door and maybe the door into the detatched garage.

And just look how perfect my antique angel door-knocker looks against the blue!  It would have disappeared into the white.

I wonder what our neighbours (in the other half of our duplex) think about it.  They like the fact that our place can look like one big house instead of a duplex...

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Have you seen these machines? This would be a lot of fun to play with. I think it's even better than the big shot. Since you can do your own designs. But it probably can't cut through metal and fabric. Anyway, Grosgrain is giving one away. SILHOUETTE MACHINE GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Monday, 23 August 2010

No Longer a Baby

Nico turned one this past week.  In my mind he's still 6 months old.  In reality, he's a toddler now, not a baby.  He's almost walking.  I just bought him size 6 shoes.

He's learning to climb.

And today, we cut his hair.  It was only growing at the back, so we needed to do something before it became mullet-length.

He's a very ticklish boy, and giggled non-stop as Kevin was trying to cut his hair.  I tried to post a video, but it was taking way too long to process.

Happy birthday Nico.  I enjoy watching you grow up.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Running and Mind Games

I went for a run tonight.  By run, I mean walk, then run, then walk, then run, then pant, then walk, then walk, then run...

It was the first time I've been running for about 6 years or more.  I thought I hated running.  Turns out I don't!

I wasn't intending to run, really.  I had mentioned to Kevin at suppertime that I was thinking about going for a run.  Juliana looked at me incredulously and said "Really?" in the most skeptical tone a 3-year-old can muster.  We all laughed (including Nico) at the absurd idea of me exercising in general, and running in particular.

Then after supper, I wasn't feeling well, and the kids were a bit cranky, and I didn't want to abandon Kevin with them just before bedtime.  We got the kids in bed, and as I settled down to read my magazine, Kevin said, "So are you going running?"  I said no, I wasn't feeling well.  But an hour later, after finishing my magazine, I finally got off my butt, put on some running-appropriate clothes, dug my shoes out of the basement, and said "I'm going for a walk."

I didn't think I would run.  I had so many excuses.  "I'm out of shape.  I have bad knees.  Certain muscles that haven't yet recovered from childbirth could lead to embarrassing situations."  I would tell myself "I can't go out and run, I have to look after the kids.  It's too much work to get ready to exercise.  I hate running.  Running is boring.  It's too late/dark to run.  I'd rather exercise in the morning before my shower.  I don't want to exercise alone.  I can't afford exercise classes.  I have too much other stuff to do..."  Etcetera Ad Libitum.

But as I ran (and walked), I started to think about how much I was enjoying myself.  How easy it was to get going.  I ran up to the main road, then along it to the west, around a pretty duck pond, and back home the same way. The sky was dusky with a pretty pink crescent moon, the wind perfectly cool, and I surprised myself! I could have also done the same run (with a little extra energy expended) with both kids in the bike trailer/stroller thing we have.

One of the articles I read in my magazine (Self), right before going out, was about brain training along with fitness training.  In a sidebar, there was a note about if you tell yourself you can't do something, then you can't.  Your body responds to what your brain tells it.  That stuck with me as I browsed the rest of the pages, and is ultimately what made me finally get off the couch.  I'm still feeling the glow of exercising and actually using my body.  I feel great, though my legs muscles feel a little like jelly at the moment.

I'm not saying I'll become an avid runner, get a svelte body, and run a marathon.  I may never go running again.  But if I ever say again how hard it is to get out and exercise, or how much I hate it, someone point me back to this post.

Edited to add: I just calculated my route on, and I went 4.56 kilometres in total!  Who knew I could go that far on my first time running in ages!  I once took a Learn to Run class that was for 5 km, and we didn't ever run 5k until the last day.  I guess I'm ready for the 10k class!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


I have been sewing, a little.  I'm making a dress, which was inspired by this dress made by Suzanne from Adventures in Dressmaking.  But I ran into a problem with sizing, and now I have to take apart half the bodice (including some topstitching).  Rather frustrating.

The other thing keeping me from sewing and crafting is the massive mess that is my crafting area.  We needed to use my table outside for the kids' birthday party, so I haven't been able to organise it yet like I've been wanting to.  This past week I was getting ready for the party, and this week I'll be getting ready for vacation, but after that, I'll be able to get back to my creative endeavours.

This is the cake I made for the party.  I was going to just make cupcakes, but I ran out of muffin papers so we ended up with a little cake too.

The kids enjoyed it.  Nick more than Juli.  She just licked the whipping cream off her cupcake then gave it to her brother.

The kids got a play structure for their birthdays, which was a hit at the party.  Even for the two lovebirds squished at the top of the ladder.