I had full intention of sharing a little of our daily routine today, just as the January photo a day challenge demands… however, our routine wasn’t routine. In fact, our routine simply WASN’T.
Early this morning I got a phone call from my sister. She wanted to take Lily-Ann out for breakfast and then for a walk down by the river. The girl has been aching for some time with her auntie, and I was more than happy to make things work. So the girl and I jumped out of bed, she picked out some clothes (I sent her back to pick out something different – a summer dress just doesn’t work for a walk in the snow), got dressed, threw on her outerwear, and she was ready to go!
So what did I do with my kid-free morning? I worked on a tutu her pre-k EA had commissioned. 🙂
Last year I made a purple, plum, and black tutu for Rhonda’s Halloween costume. She was a wicked fairy. It turned out wonderfully. I made it extra long and super wild. It ended up being such a big hit that she keeps it at school to wear every so often, just for fun (and has even lent it to some of the other staff – both male and female). Well, last month she asked me to make another one for her… this one with a water theme. And I have to say, it’s turned out beautifully!
It was the most complex tutu I’ve done to date, with five different colours of tulle. All various shades of blue, including one earthy blue that was covered in sparkle. I alternated lights and darks so that while Rhonda walks it will look like ocean waves, cresting and flowing – light to dark. It’s a very elegant tutu.
Lily-Ann and I dropped it off for her at school on our way to Lily-Ann’s classroom. Rhonda was just thrilled, and I’m sooo glad. Damon even overheard her raving about her tutus when he went to pick the girl up after school – which made me feel pretty good.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll be a little more successful with the challenge topic. After all, with such an open topic I’m sure the bigger problem with be narrowing it down. 😉
How many times does it take to have a plumber actually FIX whatever the heck is wrong? Seriously? We’ve now had people from the city out four times, and had someone we hired privately out twice… and the issue with our basement flooding over and over again is still going on. We’ve had a couple different drains snaked, and one of them had a video feed fed through it so we could actually see the pipes, but now it looks like we need to stick video equipment down another drain. ACK! It just never seems to end. 😦
While I read to the girl and put her to sleep, Damon has been out at my Grampa’s place. He’s borrowing a toilet snake. When he gets home we’re going to snake that particular drain ourselves and see if that makes a difference.
Good grief. I mean seriously. I just want this over and done with so we can start enjoying our new home.
We took possession of our new place on November 10th. November 15th we handed over the keys to our old place. November 21st our hot water heater spews water on the floor. Yep.
So, we kinda figured, after trying our first bath here, that we’d need to be looking at replacing the hot water system here. If your heater can’t produce enough hot water to get the tub to your five year old’s belly button? It’s a good sign it’s not working well. But yeah… todays epic adventure (complete with cat stranded on top of the washing machine terrified and mewing loud enough for the whole neighbourhood to hear as the water crept closer, and in the end trapping her in the laundry room) kinda synched things.
This is not fun. We need to find an eco-friendly professional who understands the need to balance a desire to be as green as possible with a practical need to stick to a budget. Someone who can help us figure out the best system for our family, which may well include multiple options working together to create a system friendly to both our Earth and our pocketbook. I’m not looking forward to having to find said professional in a hurry. This is definitely the kind of search I’d like to take my time with… but I suppose that’s the way it goes.
Here, something fun. Go make food in jars: http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2011/07/50-different-foods-you-can-put-in-jar.html ‘Cause mason jars make everything look cuter and taste better. 🙂
Okay, I have to share. We have a couple of new toys in our house and I LURVE them. LOL And just like when I find a new local business I love, when I find a new product I love, I just can’t help but gush over it. Thanks to Yule and Christmas, we’ve got two!
On Yule, Damon and Lily-Ann bought me a little gadget for the kitchen. Damon thought it would be hit or miss, that I’d either love it or think he’d gone off his rocker… but the girlie? She knew this was THE thing to get. And she was right. I love my BabyCakes cupcake maker. Kid kid and I have sooo much fun making cupcakes by the dozens.
Cupcakes that normally take 20 – 25 minutes in a regular oven are done in six minutes. SIX MINUTES! Do you know how many cupcakes you can make when they get done THAT quickly? The first time we went totally overkill. LOL We ended up with several dozen of them, and I had to learn real quick how to store them. Now we know better how to pace ourselves. I’m looking forward to making muffins, mini-pies, quiches, and I’m also going to try pancake batter. I figure pancake batter with a buttercream/maple syrup icing would be amazing! And can you imagine with a little sliver of bacon on the top for garnish? Like how cute would that be? Breakfast pancakes. LOL
Yes, I’m THAT grrrl.
The other super cool gadget we got for Christmas (we asked my parent’s for it, and they lovingly obliged) was a Sodastream pop maker. Have you heard of these things yet? If not, you absolutely MUST look into them. My husband drinks a lot of pop, drives me batty. It’s so unhealthy. But this little gadget works with CO2 canisters to turn regular old tap water into carbonated water. From there the possibilities are almost endless!
By adding their syrups you can create any number of soda pop types. I’ve yet to find one that isn’t BETTER than the ready made store brands. Their cola and gingerale are both wonderful. But I’ll admit, my favourite so far is the Green Tea Pomegranate Peach. I’m not a pop drinker normally. I’ll have a sip here or there of something carbonated, but I generally avoid the stuff. But this? Oh my goodness!!! Sooo good!
And even better? You can add just about anything to your fresh, homemade, carbonated water. Things like fresh squeezed juice or berries! Just a dash of lemon is divine! And it’s sooo much healthier AND better for the planet. I’m really hoping this is going to help my husband turn over a new healthy green leaf.
So yeah! Two awesome kitchen gadgets well worth checking out. And both are easy enough to use that kid-kid (who is four and a half) can use them. So yay! Just click on any of the images above to go to their respective websites. No, I’m not getting any kick backs for sharing, and yes, I just snagged the images off their websites (but uploaded them here – no bandwidth stealing). Yeah, okay… I’m a total dork, but I just LURVE getting awesome new gadgets, and these two are total winners in my book!