Thursday, June 12, 2014

Old Fashioned - TT

Theme Thursday is back!  And not a moment too soon.

True story.

Here I was hanging out on my computer willing a blog post to just write itself and I could not come up with a single thing to write.  Actually I have been writing something all week but it's just turning into a big old mess (big surprise) so I decided to step away from that one for a bit.

Then I thought I would check Facebook for some inspiration.  Which of course really means get sucked into the social media vortex and never emerge.

Instead, literally (for real) the first thing I saw was a post from Cari announcing the return of Theme Thursday thanks to a hijacking from Madeline at A Dash of Snark.  For which I am eternally grateful!

The theme this week is Old Fashioned.  The theme could not be more perfect.

Yesterday, I had the random impulse to sew something.

Now, in my usual lazy manner, I didn't want anything too difficult.  Just a quick little sewing project.  No real planning, no purchasing any supplies or materials, and most definitely no pattern.

Then I saw a tattered old pillowcase I had thrown into my fabric stash.  I really like the fabric on the pillowcase but it had come apart at the seams.  Literally.  (For real again.)

So, I cleaned off my sewing table.
And by cleaned off, I obviously mean moved the pile of stuff off the sewing table and onto the dining table.
Set up my sewing machine and decided the machine needed a better cover than the plastic one it came with.  What would be cuter than a cover made from an "Old Fashioned" pillowcase??
That plastic cover totally clashes with the "old fashioned" sewing table hand me down and the "old fashioned" crystal lamp from my husband's grandmother.
I cut the pillowcase in half to fit the machine.  All it really needs is a hem.  But that's not a lot of fun.
Much better.

I looked at what was left of the pillowcase.  Just enough for a little skirt for the princess.

Lazy style.

Here is my detailed tutorial.  I am using super technical sewing terms here and didn't bother taking any pictures so try to follow along.

Friday, June 6, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

No really, share your secret.  Cause I haven't got a clue.

In the spirit of participating in link-ups I have no business being a part of, (Photography, Fashion) I thought I would jump on the Gardening link-up over at Cari's place.

I have absolutely no ability to make anything grow (other than children) or keep anything alive (other than children, pets and, with your help, one tree) but I do have some kind of obsessive need to kill tiny plants.  It's sick really.  I probably need Gardening therapy or something.

I blame Pinterest.  It fills my head with these ideas of gardening as some kind of grand educational experiment, curb appeal and living off the land.  Sounds great right?

The only plants I can manage to successfully grow are the things I don't even know about.

Check out these Blackberries I discovered growing in our backyard.  
And the enormous mushroom village on this stump.

Here is my garden so far.
I pretty much planted a bunch of varieties of seeds in little pots to see what takes.  Not sure what I will do with them if they should decide to pop up.  Probably give them the exact right amount of water and sun to kill them.  I have a talent for that.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


This week we have a visitor at our house.

My darling daughter has gone to a birthday party that may last anywhere from 9 days to 20 days.  She really isn't sure.  

It's her friend "Flowery's" party.  

Unfortunately Flowery is allergic to all the foods being served at her own party so she is going to stay at our house.  It is a little concerning that Flowery's parents would be so thoughtless to serve foods their daughter is allergic to at her own party.  Now those same people are responsible for my daughter for "9 or 20 days."

This is Flowery.
The Princess and Flowery
Not that one.  The one in the reflection.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

On a Happier Note

The kids decided on Friday morning that they were just ready to be done with schoolwork once and for all so they powered through the last several pages.

That's right.

"School's out for summer.  School's out forever."

Oh not forever?

Ok, summer at least.

Yes, we do summer.  People ask me all the time if we keep doing school all year or if we take summer off.

Here's the thing.  The kids would probably be ok with doing school year round.  They would probably forget less things.  If I could get my act together and be more organized then we would probably benefit from more frequent scheduled breaks.

But because I am not that organized, we just take breaks as needed.

And I take summer off.  Mostly.

Because I need the break!

We will probably do a little summer reading stuff and maybe sprinkle a little science and history in.  You know, the fun stuff.

The Princess has already been asking me when we will be getting her new Phonics and Math book.  She complains about having to do them and a few days after she finishes everything she is ready to get started on next years work!

And now, because it's totally the thing now to take beginning and end of school year pics, I will share ours with you.

First Day of School
Last-ish Day of School

Monday, June 2, 2014

Blood From a Stone - Another Slab Leak Post

I promise ya'll there is a reason I inundate you with my plumbing woes.  It's not exclusively to torture my one remaining reader.  (Because if I have to deal with it, why not bring you along for the ride?

One of the reasons I write these posts is because I want to document everything.  Just in case.

We might have reached just in case.

When I last wrote, we were looking at leak number 8.  I had a long talk with my husband and a few family members and was strongly advised to put my foot down and demand some other type of solution.  The plumbers have always been professional and seem to do good work so I have continued to trust them to keep their warranty. But seriously.  Eight holes being jack-hammered into my home is more than ENOUGH.

Do I sound angry?  I am.  I have reached the end of my rope.

The plumbers came out to locate leak number eight.  I had decided they could locate all they wanted but I wasn't going to allow another hole.  They always come out one day, do the leak locate and then schedule the repair for another day.  They weren't coming out until noon anyway so I knew they wouldn't do the work that day.  Which is why I told my husband to not worry about trying to be home.

They located the leak in the worst possible location.  My daughters room.

Right away they started bringing their equipment to dig it up.  I was thrown.  I was alone.  I was really missing having running water.

I decided to go ahead and allow them to fix this one.  AND THAT WOULD BE IT.  NO MORE HOLES.  If there was ever another leak (there will be) they would have to find another solution.

We frantically started shoving my daughter's things in a closet and doing our best to protect her stuff from all the mud since I didn't have adequate time to empty out the entire room.
The leak was under the patch from a previous repair.

When they dug it up the plumber doing the repair asked me if there had been another previous repair done in that same location.  I wasn't sure.  This is where documenting things on my blog comes in handy.

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