Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Busy, snowy week.

I didn't take any snow pictures, weird, I know. I did take a pic of the lead-in. This is how you know when a little snow is on the way.

No eggs.

After this it did snow a little. The Diva got to experience it for the first time in her memory and like any good scientist, she was cautions before she delicately touched it.

Science!

I did try to make mittens for my Diva, but I ran into a snag. Literally. Since I knit 2-in-1 which saves me from having to knit and measure a second mitten. Really, I have second sock psychosis* like you wouldn't believe.
(*Not a real name for a real thing.)

So one little mistake, where the wires got crossed, turned into a frogging event. I'm restarting them, and since it will be warm this week, hopefully, I can have it done by the next time it snows. I am using a self-striping wool/bamboo blend yarn which makes a fun little pattern, and I'm starting both mittens in the same part of the pattern so they match.

I could have fixed the
mistake at this point,
had I checked it.

I don't give up. Just means I have to try again. I've thought about making a little hat or maybe a scarf out of the spare to match, depending on what I have left. Though she already has a lovely hat to wear.

Waiting to pick up Big Brother.

Anyway, I'm finally getting my house back. I haven't seen my kitchen counter since Thanksgiving, so it's nice to have a clean kitchen to work with. I still have a lot of work to do, but I set up a reading corner for the Diva, cleared out a lot of the baby clutter in the living room, and I've even done some laundry.

Curling up with a good book.

We are still working on the concept of "on the shelf" as opposed to "on the floor," but she's still little. That shelf is filled with all of Big Brother's old Baby books, so He'll need a new "big kid" shelf but she was in desperate need, and we can replace his shelf to give him a place to put all his new programing books.

As for my difficult to photograph elder child, we have been at odds for a while over his YouTube habits and there's still the work we have to do on his dexterity, but I think he and I have come to a compromise. He can still watch YouTube, but he needs to use it as a reward for himself, which hopefully will help him flex his mental muscles again.

In unrelated news, Santa (my mom) brought me a second pressure cooker, a smaller one, and I have used it about twice a week. I'm a huge fan of home cooking, and since we're a tad strapped after Santa (my husband) spent too much on Christmas for the kids, it's helps our grocery dollars go a lot further, and chicken and dumplings made with pressure cooker stock is AMAZING. I used to be scared of pressure cookers. Now I'm in absolute love with mine: Big and Little Bertha.

Just imagine a picture of a little electric pressure cooker here. Mine is in my still very messy kitchen.

Now to get back to trying to rescue my house and re-do the mittens.