Wednesday, July 22, 2009 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Wordless Wednesday: Wall-e and Eve

Cardboard wall-e

Paper & Plastic Eve

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in food, I Forgot To Pick A Category

Well that was fun

But not really.

Can you see me now? Basically the blog was down because of spam. And I get hit hard with spam because my email address is on an old domain with the same address for quite a few years. It’s been a persistent issue, and you may have noticed any one of our sites blipping or glitching in the early morning hours. So it finally took a big hard nosedive yesterday morning.

The short version, was I had to “unhook” the atypicalife.net part from the rest of the site. It kept my blog down, but the rest of the sites could come back up. Considering the part I needed to get to kept going down while trying to get in there, it was an interesting two hours. I also had to figure out how to get my site back up while sending my mail elsewhere.

Seems to be working, although I will be phasing out my old email address and using a new one.

Sunday, July 12, 2009 in country living

What did we do this week

This week can be summed up in a very small number of ways:

What happens when I pick berries

We picked berries.

Strawberry jam

And used them up.

Strawberry icing

We worked on quilts.

Quilt blocks

Marking.

Marking

And sewing.

More sewing

And we just plain worked.

Dirt

I also worked myself into a Not Good state between the berry picking and the heat and the stress and spent a couple days off and on just napping. Or trying to.

But I didn’t take pictures of that.

Friday, July 3, 2009 in Them kids o' mine

Librarians love us

At the risk of ticking off relatives who can’t stand the jumping around, and everyone else as I do this before actual work, here’s the Emma library story.

We were at the library twice this week. They started the summer reading club and we had arrived just after everyone else in charge of that had gone on their lunch hour. The meeting was the next day, so we could sign up then.

As a side note, Meaghan & I hadn’t realized it was lunchtime, and joked that as long as Ron (at home) had bread and peanut butter, he wouldn’t starve. When we got back home, Ron was just finishing up his peanut butter on toast.

Anyway! They had a book sale. I filled two boxes full of romance novels, not even looking at most of them, just going for particular covers. They color-code certain lines, so I grab the ones I know I like. That’s how I got this:

3 for 1 deal!

Funny enough, but it would have been even funnier (and serve me right) if I had read it already. I lugged home two boxes and gave them $13. Meaghan didn’t find anything. I also checked out a couple quilt books.

Next day, we hustled there bright and early (for us), got there just in the nick of time. Boy, they start on the dot for story time… anyway, it was a Canada Day theme as it was Tuesday before Canada Day. After the story, and the singing (that’s when Meaghan escaped upstairs), the library helpers asked all the kids stuffed in the basement what they liked best about living in Canada. Some answers were:

“my sisters lives here”

“it’s green”

“it’s big”

“it’s nice”

And then she called on Emma in the middle of the crowd. In a clear voice, with perfect enunciation, she volunteered her answer.

“Because it’s better than the United States!”

And beamed.*

I slid just a little further back into the alcove nearest me and watched all the parents giggle and cover their semi-shocked open mouths. Then we had the chaos of craft time and nobody pulled me aside for anything. We made a toilet paper roll beaver, and had 12 pairs of scissors to share with something like 57 children.

Then I got Emma all signed up for the club where she promised to read thirty whole books all by herself, by August 12th. They are going to let us come back for next week’s meeting too.

* the beaming was because she Followed The Rules and was Being Quiet, not shouting her answers and also raising her hand at the appropriate time. “Wasn’t I quiet when she said to be quiet Mommy? Didn’t I do good at raising my hand?” “Yeah honey, you did great.”

Thursday, July 2, 2009 in Featured Articles

Out of order

Look at that! The storyline here is becoming all out of order, episodes are mixed up, network negotiations are at a standstill, and I think there’s a writer’s strike.

Oh wait, it’s just me and my blog.

But what’s a gal to do? An Upcoming Features, that’s what.

Spreading Grampy Around – our lovable family all gets together with the Toronto branch and heads out on a day trip where we go out to dinner, then try to covertly spread ashes in the ocean. Bonus scene: we reveal why we don’t give Addison crayons.

Up at the movies – Mom and the girls go see Pixar’s latest tearjerker, UP! We sit behind the paper’s movie critic, who spends a good twenty minutes talking to Emma about movies.

Loving the Library – a library book sale, the summer reading club, and how Emma answered the question “What do you like best about living in Canada?” The answer left other parents in the room shocked while Mom hid.

Canada Day – My mom thought I was kidding when I said she could be in the parade. I wasn’t. How long did I do face painting for this year? After that, we hit a flea market that was just wrapping up and they didn’t want to take anything back home. What on earth did we find?

Also, tune in for the spin-off: Sarah, the college years.