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read to my kids more (read all 22 entries…)
A Necklace Of Raindrops

A Necklace Of Raindrops : “A beautiful new edition of Joan Aiken’s captivating collection of much-loved modern fairytales, now reissued with Jan Pienkowski’s original and iconic silhouette illustrations.”

“This is how it all began…” From ‘A Necklace of Raindrops’ to ‘The Patchwork Quilt’, here are eight classic stories to treasure and enjoy. Beginning and ending with a birthday, this spell-binding collection conjures up a world filled with magic, where wishes can come true. A necklace of raindrops that keeps its owner dry in the heaviest rainstorm; a tiger that runs faster than the wind; a huge floating apple pie with a piece of sky in it; a baker’s cat who swells to the size of a whale when his mistress feeds him yeast; a house that stands on one leg – these are just some of the objects and characters that figure in these delightful stories.

This one is a very special gift sent to the kids from afar (happy hearts to The Warrior Queen & The Jellied Eel – damn, I’m struck again with the amazing people and exquisite connections made via 43T ~ sigh).

We read our first story last night and loved it. This is equally magical for me, as I’m somehow not familiar with this book. Oh, the illustrations are gorgeous! Thank-you again, again, again!



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
Fruity

Tuesday… again, bright sun, fluffy clouds, blue skies. Wheee! Weather folks say a few days of rain between now and the weekend, which makes me nervous, but we need to solidify postponed plans soon. We also need to gobble up the delicious fruit platter we got, because it won’t last until Sunday.

Our long-standing Friday playdate has been switched around (my friend is now working Fridays) and we’re catching up today while the kids play. I need to paint Isak’s nails (he’d really wanted some polish for his birthday and I picked up glow-in-the-dark and ‘Supernova’ which is a mix of dark purple and blue glitter). I have to check heads again, but all looks good (knockknock).

Hoping for a good productive week. It’s hard to believe we only have a few more functional weeks here. I’m not sure how well the transition will go for me, but I’m trying to think positively and work up to making it as good a change as possible. I wish it was a choice instead of something I have no control over. I’m going to go eat fistfuls of cantaloupe instead of sulking. I love a decent cantaloupe.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, visit with friends, outside time, kid-nails


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bedroom 27 Fling
  • Pre-company whirlwind house tidy
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans
  • Update reading club calendar
  • Coffee + playdate with friends
  • Delve into the fruit platter
  • Paint the kids’ toenails
  • Sunshine time / water!
  • Send congratulations
  • Double check heads
  • Open new lego set
  • Sort clothes bag
  • Bubble bath
  • Vacuum
  • LHOTP


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Journal update


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell


complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
Bark worse than bite

Day 202: July 21



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
Them!

Monday… there are post birthday / after-weekend things to clean up, and M has returned to work after his week off. I’m still digesting this morning’s Banner of Doom. As much as I lament the fact that this site is closing soon (and oh, I do, I do), I’m glad to finally have a solid idea as to what’s going on and have a time frame to work with.

I’m still pretty bummed that we had to cancel Isak’s party yesterday, especially seeing as we’ve gone back to hot and sunny now. We’re planning to raincheck for next weekend, but some families are going camping. Frustrating. He still had a great birthday, and 75% of the stuff we got will keep (though we’ll be eating a lot of cupcakes this week!).

I heard from the mom of a friend Isak plays with a lot that she found magical head-bugs on her son last night, so I’ve launched into a full on battle against a potential nit-nightmare. I checked thoroughly and found nothing (whew!), but am doing all I can just in case, including a lengthy olive oil and tea tree oil treatment, extensive laundry, and furious vacuuming. I totally appreciate this mom telling me right away and have my fingers crossed – fortunately we’ve yet to experience this in our family, knock on wood.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, bug precautions, library, start new book


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 3/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean under the bed
  • Thorough head check + preventative measures
  • Choose a new bedtime book with Isak
  • Ponder the big wrap-up + wind-down
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans √ – Same time next week?
  • Post weekend clean-up
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Test new squirt guns √ – AAAAAAAwesome!
  • Outside adventure
  • Journal update
  • Laundry √ – X 5
  • Vacuum √ – Even the stairs!
  • Library
  • Baths - 3/4


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Start a new book!
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell

By the way… does anyone know if the closure message goes away if you use the export tool? I’m glad to have seen it, but if I do another mirror-style back-up, I’d prefer to not have that prefacing all my content. It’s depressing.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 3 entries…)
And there it is...

The Banner of Doom. Expected, but it’s still sad to see the coffin nails shine after clinging to an irrational glimmer of hope that something else might be in the works.

Closing this as done, because I think we did all we could. I’m glad we’re not facing a sudden death screen/404, I’m glad there’s extra time to revisit and save entries, and that there are still a few weeks left to wind down and say goodbye. I will dearly miss this world of crossroads we’ve had here for so long. More than words.



complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
Slow spin

Day 201: July 20



complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
Gift

Day 200: July 19



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
Weekend Top Ten (July 19 – July 20)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Party prep: pick up cake, gift bags, e-mail
  • A Happy 9th Birthday for Isak!!! Party!!!
  • Polish + send new memoir project
  • Whirlwind house clean-up
  • Start LHOTP series
  • Finish book w.Isak Fini!
  • Family adventure
  • Clean bathroom
  • Banking, library
  • See parents – Jetlagged (soon).

Edit: The heat wave broke into cold, stormy weather. I’ve had to cancel Isak’s party and feel terrible about this. Still trying to reach a few parents. Damn. I feel like a rotten mom.

Edit 2: We’re rescheduling for next weekend (the heat wave is supposed to return), I took 3 of the boys to Menchies, and we’re planning a special family party tonight. He’s happy, that’s the important thing.



complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
Found :)

Day 199: July 18

(You know those lovely notes some strangers leave behind for other strangers to find? I found one today – tucked into a cranny on a cement staircase. It really made me happy. Thanks, stranger!)



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
Overhead

The weather is shifting, shifting… currently there aren’t matching precipitation plans for Sunday anywhere, but there’s hope, and we picked up one of the pop-up canopies last night. Cake’s ordered, more friends coming, list shrinking. There’s still a lot to do, made a bit more difficult with our crossed fingers, but we’ll get there.

Yesterday we were gone until fairly late (capped off with a beautiful walk as the sun was sinking), but took care of everything at my parent’s house – they’ll be back this evening. I got up early today and blazed through a number of new project files. Now I’m revving my energy stores with coffee and timbits. Mmmm doughnuts.

Main focus today: Birthday plans, clean up the house, toy store


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Birthday: Canopy 2, gift bags/swag, outdoor games
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean bathroom floor
  • Work: Work on new memoir project √ – Finished 10/10, need to polish/send
  • Touch base with parents post-flight √ – They left a message
  • Battle accumulated house chaos
  • Check in with a few more friends
  • Pick up supplementary presents
  • Pick up canopy tent #2
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Pull up some weeds
  • Pamper tootsies
  • Journal update
  • Laundry
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Tidy medicine cabinet, sink area
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Make iced mochas


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
Mud Bay

Day 198: July 17



Give our son a haircut (read all 13 entries…)
Retrospective

Funny to look back at all the entries here. He’s grown up so much since that first haircut. Sigh.

I haven’t continued to post all his choppings, but yesterday we had such a fun time going to my hairdresser friend’s salon (the first time for Isak). She doesn’t usually take kids, but was happy to have him come in. She did a lovely job, he got exactly what he wanted and looks so handsome…



dye my hair red. (read all 46 entries…)
Thanks a million for the vermillion!

Robust thanks to my dearest Noelle for charging up my red again (and scattering the loose ends to the wind). I’ve been tickled by rubies…



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
Tut tut it looks like rain

Bah… I’m doing more than “tut-tutting” – it looks like in the middle of a lengthy, overly sunny heat wave, this weekend is descending into lower temperatures and rain before amping up to hot and sunny again. Isak’s outdoor birthday party is set for Sunday. The bright side is that the weather poohbahs have been wrong more often than right lately, it should still be fairly warm, and the plans are at a spray park, so the kids at least were planning on getting wet anyhow. Fingers crossed whatever happens will be fun.

My parents fly home tomorrow, so we really need to get out to the house there and prep for their return. We meant to go yesterday, but traffic was insane and we decided to bump the trip again. I have another project to work on (despite saying I was going to be hellishly busy this month) and there’s now a fire ban on, which poops on our potential camping plans.

Chin up. Letting go of things I have no control over. Forward march.

Main focus today: Birthday plans, White Rock (drop off groceries, check house, water plants)


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 3/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 2/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M - 2/4


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom sinks + counters
  • Birthday: Figure out potential rain-out plans - Sort of…
  • Work: Work on new memoir project
  • Order chosen birthday cake
  • Make room on camera card
  • Pick up canopy tent
  • Whirlwind clean-up
  • Journal update - Started…


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Go to White Rock, check in on house
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Buy groceries for parents
  • Tidy medicine cabinet
  • Make iced mochas


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
Making friends

Day 197: July 16



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
Peddling along

A great deal of yesterday was spent at the hospital, where they were two hours behind in their appointments, but we finally got to see the pediatric derm. specialist and she thinks all looks good with Iris’ magical mole. We celebrated with coffee and doughnuts under the shade of a tree.

On the way home we swung by the old bank and was pleasantly surprised at how good they were about getting the dormant accounts going again (two were for the kids, another our emergency savings that I don’t touch). Very glad I’ve been with them for so long.

Isak finally got to have some hang out time with his buddy across the street, and enjoyed a salmon bbq and later we all went for an evening walk around a lakeside trail.

Today we’ve got a haircut planned for Isak (with my lovely friend that does mine – his first time seeing her) and then hopefully can get out to my parents’ place so we can fix things up for when they return from their trip. More birthday plans are also being smoothed out.

Main focus today: Birthday plans, Isak’s haircut, White Rock (drop off groceries, check house, water plants)


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy medicine cabinet
  • Search crawl-space for camping gear √ Found 2/3
  • Work: Work on new memoir project √ 2/10
  • Birthday party prep list + calls
  • Buy groceries for parents
  • Hair appointment (Isak)
  • Library (returns)
  • Order cake - Went to bakery + chose, ordering tomorrow


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Go to White Rock, check in on house
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Make iced mochas
  • Tidy bathroom


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
On the wire

Day 196: July 15



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
Heat still on

Yesterday our “outdoor adventure” turned into a HUGE four hour hike on the trails around a lake, up and down through the trees, in and out of hot sun and cool shade, over bridges (Floating! Wooden! Suspension!), past bat houses and flowers, off trail and on, flat and steeeep, rocky, rooty… it was a bit more than we bargained for.

We were so tired and thirsty at the end, and so happy to come full circle and see the car – oh, those sour cherry slurpees we stopped for sure hit the spot. Later we took M to a neighborhood burger joint for some tasty birthday grub and a cold pint. It was an exhausting (but wonderful and memorable) day.

Today is Iris’ appointment with the pediatric dermatologist, then we’ll try to swing by the bank to iron out a bunch of things there, and hopefully get a start on the new project and have some chill time in the evening – both the relaxing sort and the cool bath and popsicles kind.

Main focus today: Children’s Hospital, banking, playdate, library


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 2/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom trash can (empty, clean)
  • Work: Download 10 new files for new memoir project, start
  • Appointment with specialist at Children’s Hospital (Iris)
  • Make hair appointment for Isak, look for a cut
  • Contact more friends for Isak’s b-day party
  • Reinstate dormant accounts at old bank √ – All 4! Yay!
  • Look for canopy tent (buy/borrow) √ – Yay J!
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Go to White Rock, check in on house
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Activate new bank card, deposit
  • Make iced mochas
  • Tidy bathroom
  • Playdate


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


complete project 365 (read all 202 entries…)
Buntzen Lake

Day 195: July 14

During today’s 4 hour hike with M and the kids. (Whew!)



do first things first (read all 955 entries…)
HotHotHot

Heat, heat, heat and a cake for M! Nice for him to celebrate his first day off on his birthday! I had a spot of trouble with the wireless today, but have now fixed it, and as soon as the guys get back from the recycling depot we’ll be off on an adventure (hopefully a somewhat shady one).

Despite bumping a few weekend items, things were very productive. We’ve solidified plans for next weekend’s party and confirmed a number of friends, I finally completed a seemingly perpetual project, and as a bonus we got our very cute mini-patio lanterns (solar powered) up.

Main focus today: Project payment thoughts, hike, M’s birthday!!


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 3/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 2/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom/other stash + dash, toilet back
  • Work: Write up invoice suggestion for memoir editing project
  • Contact more friends for Isak’s b-day party
  • Change answering machine message
  • Cool down, block sun, hydrate
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • A Happy Birthday for M!
  • Get back online (wtf??)
  • Outdoor adventure
  • Dinner out!
  • Playdate
  • Cake!
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Go to White Rock, check in on house
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Activate new bank card, deposit
  • Make iced mochas
  • Recycling depot


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


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