Friday, August 31, 2007


Finally my swallowtail shawl is Done!! it is blocked and I love it. Now I need an occasion to wear it to. And again it was a hot, very hot day today. Hopefully it will cool down soon and we will be going to Fall weather, cool nights and nice comfortable days.
One more week and then we are getting visitors, and we are looking forward to see our little nephew for the first time. One more weekend in my office and then it is going to be a "real" guest bedroom!
T had a 100 percent on his spelling test and was so happy when I picked him up from school. And of course he and the neighbor boys went right back to playing together after school. It is so fun to live in a street with lots of nice neighbors who get along really well. Yesterday evening while I was at my knitting group, the boys went over to our other neighbor and went swimming. Extra bonus was that it was already dark outside and he turned on the lights in the pool, and they change color!!! What kid would not like that, hey even I like it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

candle flames

Oh, yes there had been knitting, I am working on a pair of socks for J. No pictures yet, it is dark blue yarn and is very hard to photograph. I'll try to get some pics tomorrow.
And this one is on the needles also, the Candle Flame shawl. I love how it turns out, and I love, love, love the colors of this yarn.
And yes, I did it again, busted up another toe, same foot, nice and blue and swollen and not to mention pain full.
It is all the office chairs fault, I stepped on one of his legs with one foot (the thing has wheels so it moves forward if you step on it) My other foot hooked behind the leg of the desk and that one does not move!! I lunged forward on the desk and half on the floor, while answering the phone.
I did manage to say "hello" followed by a lot of noise you do not want to hear in a phone conversation.
T still loves his teacher and comes home smiling every day, gotta love that he has so much fun at school!

Friday, August 24, 2007

an apple a day....

We do have an apple tree, two orange trees, a pear tree and an olive tree in our back yard. Last winter the frost took care of the blossoms so there are only a few oranges on one of the trees and one - yes, you are reading it right- 1 apple!! Last night after dinner we did it, we could not wait any longer. The three of us went out in the garden, and after the picture of the lonely apple on the tree we picked it!!!!!!!
It was beautiful, the colors perfect and it looked sooooooooo good!!

J removed the skin, and cut it in half and after that in fours.

And then..... We ate it, one and a half piece for the boys and one piece for me. Poor lonely apple, he grew up all by itself, made it though the better part of summer only to be eaten by us.
But let me tell you, it was a very nice sweet juicy apple and we so do hope that next year the tree grows at least three apples!!
As for the first school day, T was excited and could not wait to go back today! He loves his teacher and he is not at all faced with all the things he had to do this year. And get this, they have a water fountain in the class that is turned on when they have tests or other things to do that requires thinking and a quiet time. T loves it, he loves the sound and says it makes them less nervous during time tests. Those time tests are a daily thing, I only hope they don't all have to go to the bathroom when they here the sound of water.
They also are getting lessons from a music teacher and a PE teacher. I can not wait until the music lessons start and hear his comments on that!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jurassic Fart

hoe did the dinosaurs die??
this one is T's favorite.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Back to school

School starts tomorrow, a new year, a different teacher and an other classroom.
T is excited, he is ready to go, backpack packed. Where did the time go?? I remember first grade, and now fourth grade GATE. We had the back to school BBQ and info night tonight. We had a glimpse of what is expected from him this year. All we can say is WOW, he is learning things we started in middle school (MAVO). And all the other fun things they do when they include math, there is the golf course where they have to calculate the "sum, mean, median and mode of all eighteen holes". There is the pizza walk, to learn everything from fractions to weight etc. And then there is this "Evaluate math expressions using parentheses" and "Use parentheses for order of operations". I will not even go to explain all the things he needs to know for language.
So we get up early in the morning and prepare for school, the first day of fourth grade!

Friday, August 17, 2007

got flowers?

There is this beautiful place not far from here, I pass it on my way to the winery, and every time you drive by the colors change. For years I wanted to go in and walk in between the flowerbeds. Yesterday I did. Of course the boys went with me, otherwise I would have spend hours crawling between the flowers taking pictures of the insects who also enjoy their beauty.
I also had a surprise party to go to yesterday evening, one of my friends had her birthday and her husband threw her the party. Let me just say this, it was fun, there was lots of family and even more food.
Her mother , Aunt and godmother (all Portuguese) cooked for days, were very afraid that they had not enough (wow, they will be eating for days) and kept hovering over the tables to see if your plate was not empty (a big no,no) Than there was desert, a whole chapter on itself.
There where little cakes, some with coconut others made with beans and chocolate. I tried the last one and it was yummy. There was pound cake, plain or with chocolate swirls in it, mini lemon tarts, crumb cake and a flan. And of course the birthday cake, the size ?? I'll just say this, it was a wedding cake without the layers!! It took two people to carry the thing in the garden.
We sat outside, underneath the vines and drank the wine made from those vines.
Today, I need to diet to lose all those pounds.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Lick observatory

Lick observatory, the inside and the outside. We took a road trip today, we drove up to Mt Hamilton. the telescope
funny guy

No more pictures mom!!

look closely at the picture, there was a crow sitting in the window, and he wanted in, really bad. He kept making noises and knocking on the window. It reminded me of the crow we had as kids, he would always knock on my bedroom window at night and would not stop until I opened it. Than he would sit inside on the window sill and keep me company and steeling papers.

Oh, and of course we took the tour that is offered every half hour, I just love the old building with his staircases and long hallways. I took more than 200 pics and I love them all (ahum) and the lensbabie made her comeback, love this lens with the blurry edges.
The boys love everything about space, even T is so interested, he loves the pictures of the stars and had a lot of questions. J bought a couple of posters, and I am afraid that is going to be the new "wallpaper" in the house. There was a lot of interesting stuff in the gift shop and knowing my boy he will save up his allowance to buy "space monopoly" and a lamp that projects the stars on your ceiling. What kid just does not want one of those to sleep under???
On our way back, T did a well deserved nap in the car.

Monday, August 13, 2007

we're back

We are back from our little trip, just a couple of days to a different place to do some sightseeing and some fun stuff.
And we did see a lot, T and J went inside the Shasta Dam for a tour. J and I did the tour once when T was still very little. This time I stayed behind because we could not bring any purses, cellphones or cameras or any other things beside you wallet and car keys. Understandable of course. We did not want to leave all our stuff in the car so I stayed behind.
I went into the visitors center (air co) and sat on one of the benches in front of the panoramic windows overseeing the dam and took out my knitting. By the time the boys returned my pirate hat was finished and I had met most of the staff. After the dam we went over to the Shasta caves. Included in the two hour we had to take the boat to the other side of the lake and then a steep bus ride up. T loved it, and man did we ever had to walk a lot of stairs!!!
But the view was stunning!!
We also took a stop in Sacramento, just to see the old part of town. One day we have to go back and visit the railroadmusuem and walk around a bit more. I just love these old buildings!!

And see, it is NOT that weird to eat your fries with mayo. Look at the other options, some of them are just GROSS!!

And we walked across the sundial bridge, I am not a real fan of modern architecture, but I really have to say, this one is stunning, and great for picture taking. But after taking some twenty pics of course my battery was empty (really stupid, just forgot to load the battery after taking so many pictures inside the caves).

T loved it and waded in the Sacramento river below the bridge. He had to take the prettiest stone he could find as a souvenir.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

sausage anyone?

Sunday morning, perfect to sit down with a cup of coffee and a little knitting project!! This one was knitted on a size 0 needle (2 mm) He will eventually have more friends and they will be strung together like sausage links. He is cute and funny to see at the same time, and of course I just had to stick him on a fork for a picture. I know a it is a little sick but hey, it is a sausage!
After lunch we went for a little drive and now I am working on my little packs for the insulin pump. I did some prep work yesterday and now it is assembly time.
Hopefully by Tuesday I have all 14 done (yes 14!!) done.
On that note, back to the sewing machine.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

crafty time

I finished the Baudelaire sock on Thursday. They came out great and the best thing of knitting two at the same time? They are done at the same time too and ready to wear. Only the weather is not cooperating, it is way to warm to wear socks. I already started a new pair, this time again a pair for J. No lace pattern this time just simple cabling. Of course another dark color, navy this time. I'll post pics as soon as I am far enough to show of the cabling. And I am making little packs for an insulin pump. The daughter of one of our friends has type 1 diabetes and she has to wear a little insulin pump. The pump goes in a little pack around her waist. She is a happy 5 year old and her Mom asked me If I would make her some packs, because they wear out pretty fast. And how could I refuse?? So they came over for a little visit and my little friend went wild with my fabric stash ( now I have a great cause for little scraps) All the fabrics she liked she put out in a big pile. I sure have a week worth of work cut out for me!!
Here is the first one, my "proto" type with velcro closing and a loop in the back for her belt.
the next one is going to have some padding inside to protect the pump and then I am ready to mass make some!!
Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Power of Puppies

did I mention...........