Saturday, August 30, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Garden Post!

How's the summer treating my garden?

The sunflowers are blooming!


Which is making the bees happy.

The zucchini is starting to pump out delicious green squashies...


... so is my favorite chocolate zucchini cake far behind?


The Sungolds are ripening...


... and are ready for pizzas, salads, or just snacking.


The basil is looking good, too!


Which means...


Uhhhh...

 what is that?

Well, it's homemade pesto.

I made it from an easy-peasy recipe found on Autostraddle;
the problem is the bright purple basil
which I THOUGHT would make a cool violet pesto
 instead ground up to a not-so-appetizing greenish-grey paste.

It tastes good, though!

So I'm just calling it an homage to a classic Disney dish.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cuties!

Look at these cuties!


They stopped off at my Little Free Library, 
found some books,
and dropped off some "bookworm" bookmarks.


Aren't they adorable?

This is why I do this!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Crafty!

I started student teaching today!
My co-teacher said, 

"ARE YOU CRAFTY?"

Hmmmm...
 what do y'all think?




Chicka, Chicka, Room Room 16!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Goodbye, Beautiful Summer

Because of my school schedule,
this summer I ended up with a full
THREE MONTHS
of no work, no school, no being a taxi mom.


It was the longest I've been off since I was ELEVEN.
To put this in perspective,
the last time I had this long of a vacation,
I was cooling off in the family above-ground pool and
and quenching my thirst by getting a drink from the garden hose.


As usual with the summers I started off ambitious...


... but by the end felt I had accomplished something
if I changed the Britta water filter.


(Hey, there's three whole steps in replacing that thing!)

However, student teaching starts next week,
so it's time to say goodbye to all the good times I had this summer.

Goodbye to long, sweaty, satisfying days in my garden,
where I pulled out the dead plants that didn't make it through
the shockingly dry winter,
and replaced them with sturdier natives and succulents. 


(The above section is in honor of a local landmark,
Goodbye to long mornings at the city library's used bookstore,
where I stocked up on books for my Little Free Library,
my bookshelf, and my future classroom.


(Also, shout-out to the lovely Linda,
 who always gave me the best deals on my books.)

And speaking of bookshelves,
goodbye to hours of luxurious reading,
which I know will be in short supply once school starts.


(These are just a few of my bookshelves.)

Goodbye to sewing for my Etsy shop!


I haven't put my shop on vacation,
but I won't be adding new items any time soon.

Goodbye to looong cuddle-pets with my kitties...


... who will probably be thinking,
I thought we'd never get the house back to ourselves!

Oh, bed.
How I will miss getting up every morning sans alarm clock.


And while I hope I'll still have time to practice my ukulele...


...I know I probably won't progress much past
the half-dozen folk songs I've sorta mastered.

Sigh...

I would stay in my funk for a bit longer,
except...

except...



... look what I just saw at Joann Fabrics!


Yaaaay!!!!


Beautiful Halloween is just around the corner.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Birthday!

Shhhh...

Don't tell my niece!


But I've made her a quilt for her birthday!


Isn't it AWESOME?


I've made approximately a meeeeellion
Gryffindor items for my Etsy store...







... but my niece informed me she was a Slytherin,
thankyouverymuch.


So despite the fact her aunty is very much a Hufflepuff...


... a green and silver, snake-y quilt was made!


I think even this guy would approve.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Visit From My Pa

So, what have I been up to lately?

Well, I got to participate in a mini-family reunion!


My aunt and cousin set this up,
and I got to see some cousins and cousins-once-removed
who I haven't seen in over a decade!

Hug Time!


Making the trip from soggy Minnesota was my dad;
since The Girl and I enjoyed ourselves when we went there...


 I thought we'd hit Duff's CakeMix.


My dad wasn't so sure at first...


... but he was game,
and soon we had two fancy cakes to take to the reunion.


However, we did find something on our way back
through the hellish LA traffic that he was excited about:



My dad says he's wanted to try Pink's for about twenty years,
so of course we stopped for some dawgs for lunch.

(They had a veggie dog, btw, if like me you're so inclined.)

And what did my dad think?


As you can see by his face,
he was pretty dang excited.

So, all in all, a good day.
He got his his Polish dog,
AND
a story to take home about nutty California...


...where they pay big bucks to decorate their own cakes.