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It has been rainy here which is good for washing away pollen but bad for gardening. I really want to get my seedlings planted. I am glad that I didn’t put them out already though because the rain would have ruined them. We had a nice week of sun just before the rain so I thought about it. My husband and my boys have been helping to clean up in the yard and get the grass raked and the gardens cleaned up. It looks a lot better than before. I have started some miniature morning glories, sweet peas and another vining flower that I hadn’t seen before and they are growing great and trying to tangle together. I can’t wait to get them planted where I want them so they can vine away.
I used toilet paper rolls to plant my seeds in this year and it works great! You just flatten them and then open and flatten again so they have 4 creases – making a square. Then you snip with scissors on the creases only about 1/2 inch. I used a pair of fiskars deckled scissors so that the edges are bumpy and hold better. Then you fold the flaps just like you do to close the top of a box – folding one side and then the next going around until you get to the last one and tuck in the corner so it stays closed. If it slicks up some like a pyramid just push down gently and it inverts so that the pyramid is inside – that is actually better and keeps it from coming open. I used a milk carton turned on it’s side with the top side cut off to put the toilet paper rolls in. That keeps them standing up and you can keep water in the bottom of the milk carton to keep the rolls wet. When you are ready to plant just plant the rolls and all and they disintegrate. They work better than the little pots you buy at the store to do the same thing. It just takes a little bit of time to get the toilet paper rolls ready but it cost me nothing.
When I get a chance I’ll take a picture.
My eyeballs are still burning. I can’t decide if it’s getting better or I’m just getting used to it. I can’t wait until my new glasses come in. Starting next month I will really need them because I’ll be taxi mom again. The dark glasses will really help when I drive. I have actually been told not to drive until I get them so I’m listening. I don’t want to cause an accident.
Even though I have always worked really hard at being awake during the day time so I can enjoy the sunshine these days I find myself hiding from it. My eyes are horrible! I think I’m turning into a vampire or something. Maybe a hybrid of some sort so instead of going up in flames in sunlight my eyes just feel like they are. The last couple of days have been beautiful but I stayed in my room in the dark. I can’t stand to have the light on or look at a lit screen for long. I’ve been reading by the little slit of light that comes from the edge of the curtain in my room and listening to music. I can’t wait until I get my crazy prescription sunglasses! I have been putting the drops in my eyes like the doctor ordered but my eyes still burn. I just want to fill the tub with ice water and stick my head it and open my eyes.
Yesterday I ended up sleeping most of the day since the allergy meds make me tired. After the sun with down (as far as it goes here in Alaska) I went out and took my dog for a stroll through the park and played around in my garden a tiny bit. After the walk I didn’t have much energy left. Today I slept a lot but woke up around 1pm. I came out to hang out with the family but couldn’t handle the light so I retreated back to my room – and the dark. I realized there isn’t much to do in my room. I really don’t spend much time in there. I got out my Kindle and played with that some. I can read for a while with the screen set to a yellow background but then I have to take a break from it to rest my eyes. I forgot how much I love my Kindle fire! I read, played games, read some more, listened to some audio files, looked at every single app available on there and then read some more. UGH, I was so bored. I couldn’t crochet or knit or anything like that because my eyes were blurry and it was dark. I listened to my husband hanging out with the boys though. I love him so much for being such a good dad. He was going to go out with some friends but decided to stay home instead and hang out with the boys. They watched movies and played cards. They play Magic the Gathering and between the three of them they probably have enough of those cards to fill a small room. I love listening to them all laugh though.
My husband and the guys made dinner and I really wished I could have eaten at the table with them but I just couldn’t. There are a lot of windows in the living room/kitchen area- my favorite thing about this house actually. One of my boys brought me dinner in bed with a big glass of orange juice. They made chicken fettuccine and garlic bread. I’m so blessed with such a wonderful family.
After a while the sun went down and I went outside and tried to dig around in my garden. I put my seedlings out and set a timer to remind me to take them in. I need to harden them off still or the wind and cool air will kill them. It was surprisingly warm out though! I thought I could work in my garden until the timer went off but after a little shoveling and a lot of swatting at the mammoth mosquitoes I was beat! I looked at the timer and it had only been 12 minutes! I went inside for a little rest and then went back out and worked a few minutes in the back yard. I got tired again and went back inside to rest and then the timer finally went off so I could bring the plants in. I’ll do a little more tomorrow. The guys and I (hopefully are going to do some yard work. I found my husband’s sunglasses so hopefully I can stand being outside so I can direct them. While I was in my room playing on the Kindle I made some “to-do” lists with an app. Since the boys are home from school I am going to put them to work.
It really is frustrating to have to hide from the sun after waiting all winter for it.
I have a new paperweight or a doorstop…. my iron gave up the ghost. I ironed 3 shirts and then it decided it had done enough. Just a little bit before I had accidentally touched it with the edge of my hand and it was definitely hot! That woke me right up but when I started on that 4th shirt it wasn’t hot anymore. I told my husband that Cher used to iron her hair so maybe I could use my flat iron to finish his shirt LOL He didn’t get it.
I haven’t been feeling very well. Not anything specific…. just tired. It’s like a roller coaster… some days I feel great and then I feel slow and tired for a few days. I’m not complaining though. Anything is better than feeling bad every day. Before I would sometimes sleep for a few 24 hours straight but since the doctor changed my medicine I usually sleep 7 to 8 hours and wake up. So even if I am slow moving at least I’m awake and can get some things done!
I love being up in the morning and the sun is still not up all the way. Then I sit on the couch with my tea and watch it get brighter and brighter. I can’t see the sunrise from inside the house but I know it must be beautiful. My mind sure does paint a beautiful picture of it anyway. Around noon the sun is blinding! Its like someone is shining a spotlight right in my front window. I have been seeing a few birds swooping around. I can tell spring is coming.
I’ve decided I’m going to start over on my 365 project (taking a photo every day) in March. It wont be so cold and it will be nice to get outside and take some pictures instead of trying to find something inside interesting enough to take a picture of.
My oldest son, Jared, is going to Anchorage tomorrow. He’ll be gone for 5 days. I’m not liking this! One of his teachers asked him to join the academic decathlon. One of their team members had to drop out and they had to have 9 members to participate. This has put a little spring in Jared’s steps. He is suddenly happy to study. He stayed after school every day last week and went for a few day on Saturday and another full day today since there was no school (for parent/teacher conferences). They leave tomorrow and I hope he does well. The rest of the team has been studying the material all year! He’s a smart cookie though. He passed the SAT when he was 12 so I’m thinking he’ll be okay.
I lost another 1/2 lb. That’s not too bad. I also bought a wiifit and now I’m addicted to it. I’ve never had so much fun exercising! I just wish the sun would come out and the temperatures would warm up a bit. I think I’m getting SAD! It’s been -40 something for quite a while now and I feel out of sorts. Singing….. “the sun’ll come up…. tomorrow….. uh……. in Maaaaarch.”
Me not missing the snow!
I had a hard time on our flight down because my restless legs were really driving me crazy. When I got off in Seattle I walked as much and as fast as I could but I was still miserable on the way to Arizona. There is just no room to move around. I remembered thinking I’d rather be in a coffin because at least you have room for your legs and don’t usually have to share it with 2 other people and their stuff. By the time we were landing in Arizona I was about to freak. There is nothing worse than those last few minutes (that feel like an eternity) that it takes for them to park those birds and open the dang door! We were so glad to get off! It was beautiful and sunny outside. Chris upgraded our car to a convertible Sebring in metalic grey. I love that car! We had such a blast after we finally figured out how to get the top down.
Our car was similar to this
While Chris was in his training during 3 of the days I was either in the pool or soaking up the sun, checking out the near-by stores or reading outside near the fountain. The area was beautiful and you could always just sit and watch the birds. Every time I took a picture of this fountain I would catch a bird as it went for a bath.
Windmill Suites in Surprise Arizona
Chris and I in the hot tub
There was also a man-made lake with a fountain in the middle where you could feed the ducks. It was a beautiful area day or night. I saw a humming bird for the first time while sitting there. There was also a neat mallard that would eat right out of my hand. He would sit by my feet and wait for another bite. I really miss that place now.
feeding the ducks
This is Larry, my pet Mallard LOL