This blog is not dead

I just ran out of words for a bit.

– we still haven’t made it back to the other library to get Emma’s finished movie.
– Emma found a cheque from her grandmother and purchased a small Wall-E from Toy ‘r Us. While she finds it fun, it just isn’t quite the same as the cardboard one she made. (It comes apart tho.)

Fix & repair Wall-e

– my bathroom is still waiting for a sink and the septic field still isn’t finished
– i did, however, sort of fix the downstairs shower which was handy for that whole two weeks of heat we had at the first of the month.

Shower fail, but I "fixed" it.

– Sarah is moving a few blocks away from where she spent the summer and will be rooming with a family friend. She’s a mom of 4 grown children with family values like ours (hippie, slightly crunchy, leaning towards British, and odd in a good way). Food is included. They should get on famously.
– Sarah also begins her first day of real school next week. At 18. I was supposed to set her up a blog, but that was tied to the moving around of this site, whcih hasn’t happened yet.

– Meaghan made a hammock.

Hammock chair

– then she made two more cloth ones.
– the baking has continued. Today’s snack plate has caramel shortbread cookies.

– we partook of a community art festival, and joined in a large painting

this is what we did

It was in the local paper too.

– work tanked for a bit. We slogged through finishing up (or trying to) long overdue projects and a few of our own.
– when we started to make actual progress, a whole pile of new clients came flooding through

– I’m continuing to get veggies from our neighbours, on credit for the work I did picking berries and beans. Not together. Last night, they left a large bag of corn on our back step so someone could eat it before it went bad.

– we also discovered that the roof join over one end of my craft room was leaking. right into the wall. We’ll be closing this room off completely for the winter, and I moved my sewing table to someplace we could use it better. my sewing has stagnated.

craft room wall

There’s more going on in the background. 🙂 Just waiting for the best time and all.

baked goods

Recently we have made:
– raspberry strudel muffins
– donuts
– cream cheese brownies
– lemon squares
– bread
– skor cheesecake

And most of those in the last week.

And the Apron winner is…


her comment was “Nothing says summer like cherries. Count me in for this cute one!”

That’s right. 🙂 I’ve emailed her already, but hopefully she’ll see this too.

Man, that was fun.

Emma writes a movie

Oh my good Lord, I can’t believe the amount of comment on that last entry. 😀 You have aaaallllll day tomorrow to enter too. I’ll count all comments left by midnight my time zone (AST).

Now, onto the stuff my family wants to read. ;P

Emma joined the summer reading club at the library, and next week is the last week. She said she’d read 30 books and she’s done so already. It’s every Wednesday at 10:30 am, which even then I sometimes have trouble making on time.

But today and tomorrow afternoon, we headed (and will head) to *another* local library and do a Movie Making workshop. There’s only four kids including Emma, and it’s supposed to be for kids in grade 4 and up, but they said she could go. Cuz, you know. They know her.

She did a lot of talking and I told the fresh-faced young man to tell her to stop any time. The other kids were kind of shy. The movie will be performed with puppets and burned onto DVD. (note to self: get blank DVD) It involves a farting robot dog, his owner, a girl wizard and a dragon. Hijinks ensue.

Apron giveaway!

I found out about an apron giveaway blog tour thingy (Apron Fest from the Apronista!) , and since I’ve had an apron sitting here for *ages* waiting for me to give it away, I thought now was the time.

All you have to do a LEAVE A COMMENT on this entry. Although if you tweet it on twitter, or blog it, I’ll add those as entries too. I’ll choose a winner at random on August 7th, and mail you this lovely half-apron.


I made it myself from a vintage pattern, and it doesn’t suit me. It would look adorable on you though. 😉 The fabric is a stretch cotton with cherries that have a tiny glitter highlight on them. The ties are extra-long too.


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