Thursday, May 31, 2012

Knitting Roundup

Once again we are going back in time for a post:

March is WAY over so I am going to recap my March knitting which was basically

My scarf/shawl

Knitted food!

My sister asked me to knit her son a bunch of food so he can "cook" while she cooks. so I borrowed my friend's book and busted out all the food items in it. Then I scrounged the interwebs for other patterns and wound up with this:

Corn, tomato, bean/pea, mushroom, garlic, carrot, fried egg, eggplant, cherries, potatoes and a poptart

Toys are so fun to knit so in addition to food I also knit up my friend's caterpillar (made to look like the one form the Eric Carle book)

Then I visited my sister and found a kitchen for my nephew at a thrift store. 

I think his food looks quite nice in that awesome kitchen
Next up? Wisteria!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More flowers

I read back and realized that while I have posted tons of pictures to G+ I didn't post any of my bulb pictures on the blog. So let's take a step back in time to April and look at some fun flowers

I call these my dwarf tulips these are only 3 or 4 inches tall

This is a double blooming tulip so it has more petals than a normal tulip

Dainty tulip

I love this pic makes it seem like I live in a cottage by the woods

The color of this tulip was awesome

MY FAVORITE tulips ever! Queen of the night

This one looks like ribbon candy from Christmas


Close up of my Queen of the Night tulips (GOTH TULIP)

Grape Hyacinths, story later

Still a gorgeous flower

Friday, May 25, 2012

Garden update May

We added a perennial bed to the garden. Planted a ton of seedlings and then sprinkled a ton of seeds around. All of them seem to be doing well.

We also cleared out this grassy area right by our garage. I wish I had taken a before picture. Here is the after.

There are mostly annuals and then a few perennials.

One of the perennials was a succulent with adorable flowers

A couple weeks ago my friend (I can't call him my boss any more) dug up some hyacinths from his yard and brought them for me. I planted them here and in the perennial garden around the patio. They should be amazing next year.

My friend also gave me some hens and chicks. We added them to the rock wall and then we bought a few more. They are already sprouting chicks and it's AWESOME!

Henandchick from my friend, I love the red just at the tip, it's so dainty

Chick coming off a hen

Mix of some from my friend and some the Jim bought me
To finish it off we dug up the phlox that we had growing along the edge of the vegetable garden and added it above the rocks. Then we bought a couple more. We also threw some seeds down and planted a dahlia. This summer is going to be garden-rific!

Pink Phlox

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sharp Corners

I had a rough beginning to my week. Had my car window smashed Sunday early morning, nothing was taken, but it caused me to be home Monday.

Monday is a day I should have gone to work as it was my last day at my company. If you know me in real life or have heard me rave about my job you would probably guess this is not by choice. I was told over the phone, which is probably for the best because I was a mess after that phone call. Tears were shed, I was angry, but since it was lay-offs I couldn't even focus my anger at one event or person. 

I know that it was JUST a job, but in ways that I can't fully communicate I feel like I am mourning the loss of something much bigger.

I had a uplifting commute. Sure it took me a half hour, but it was gorgeous and it was less of a commute and more of a drive through new england that ended at my office.

The people I work(ed) with were fun, knew how to do their job and we worked together so well. Normally I draw a pretty hard line between work and home/social life, it's why I can't be a telecommuter. I need a HARD line. At this job I had a hard time doing that. I feel like I worked with siblings, we had common interests and I genuinely cared about how they were doing both at work and out. We shared funny stories, rituals and I learned more in the first week than I had learned in the three years at my previous job. I shared homemade pickles, gained plants for my garden and learned more about life than I thought possible from people I work(ed) with.

I think I'm mourning the loss of all of it. The work and the paycheck were not horrible. The day to day was not painful and I liked doing it, but it was still a job. I never thought I would be there forever, but even on bad days I loved my coworkers. When I went back to clear out my cube I was completely composed until I had a chance to really talk to my boss. I couldn't stay in control. I pride myself in not crying at work. I don't feel it's appropriate work behavior, but it didnt' matter any more. I cried. I'm sure my boss was uncomfortable, but true to form he just let me be me and when I was composed we continued our conversation.

So what are my plans? I'm exhausted. This was not an emotional roller coaster; it was more of an emotional tsunami, with a giant wave, then as the days pass I keep getting hit by waves. Sometimes it's anger, sometimes it's sadness. I am lucky that I have people that are still working at the company who are helping me with job leads and are completely encouraging. It is wonderful, and hard at the same time, I'd rather be back there tomorrow and yet I know even if they offered me a job I couldn't go back.

I'm taking memorial weekend off from everything and after that I have set up a schedule that forces me to get out of bed, continue to run and continue to study for the certification I'm hoping to get this summer. I am also going to slowly work through those things I want done around the house all while applying for jobs and taking advantage of resources I'm offered.

I'm going to make sure I enjoy my life. Just because this ended doesn't mean my life is over. I will leave the house and see people that I enjoy. That means I will have lunch with co-workers (former) and see my knitting friends. It means I will listen to podcasts that make me laugh and The biggest thing I am going to do is focus at least a half hour to stop, breath, enjoy my surroundings. I am going to enjoy my backyard and my hobbies. I might even pull out my yoga mat and do some yoga and meditation in my backyard. Or at least enjoy lunch in the sunshine

Friday, May 18, 2012

A moment in my neighborhood

Tradition: My neighborhood

We chose our house based on a few things
 1. It had 2 bathrooms on the same floor as the master bedroom
 2. It had a 2 car garage
 3. It was in a less expensive town (relatively speaking) but still an awesome neighborhood

My neighborhood is quiet; I can't say I know any of my neighbors. I've talked to Peter (next door) a couple times and I've yelled at another one for being a jerk. I know there are families around (I see children skating, running, biking) and I notice when new cars are around and such. In general though, there isn't drama, the cops are not often called to our neighborhood and the last time I saw more than 1 cop/firetruck/ambulance was when I was in my car accident a year and a half ago. My next door neighbors have a bonafide white picket fence around their front yard.

That was until Mothers day, I called my mom on my fancy phone so we could see each other and while on the phone we heard a firetruck coming down our street. Jim went out to see what was going on. He ducked back in the door and said in a loud whisper. "they’re boxing!" With that I had to check it out and saw a cop car, an ambulance and a firetruck. Eventually we determined that people at house A (down the cul-de-sac, across the street from our house) were actually boxing - with gloves and such - on their front lawn and/or their driveway. I know what you are thinking? The cops are there, shouldn't the fight be broken up?!

The best part about this? The emergency service entourage was not even at that house! It appears there was a medical situation of some sort at house B (next to boxing folks home). So of course I had to text my best friend and partner in snark

Me: Neighborhood fight club, on our neighbors’ front lawn… WHILE their next door neighbors have cops, fire and ambulance for unrelated event

Best Friend: First rule of fight club: don’t ever talk about fight club. Second rule of fight club: don’t ever fight on someone’s front lawn. Duh.

I think my neighborhood lost a level of class that day, but made up for it in hilarity.

I encourage you to tell a story about your neighborhood. Funny, silly, sad or ridiculous, blog it and let me know!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Small rant and gorgeous flowers

I had a much longer rant, but let's keep it short. French toast casserole = bread pudding.

In some happy news, I thought I should end with a lovely picture from a recent morning run.

The most garden lust I ever feel is for this and this alone: Clematis. Specifically, the one that I see on my morning run.

It’s currently in full bloom and it makes me swoon like a 12 year old girl to a movie star

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ten on Tuesday My todo list

 Because I’m currently taking a class-type thing I have had to be super diligent about time management. I SUCK at time management. I am on time to everything, but when it comes to getting stuff done (especially around the house) I am horrible. So this past weekend I set up a list on one of the 3 whiteboards in my house. I even broke it into days. Hopefully that keeps me on track, but then there are those BIG projects that need to get accomplished this spring/early summer and Carole had a perfectly timely topic for ToT

1. Finish de-junking the house – I only have 2 rooms and the attic left. It should take me less than two weekends to complete, but it’s a matter of getting it done

2. Sell some furniture – getting rid of some corner shelving and possibly every piece of furniture in the dining room

3. Organize basement – this is where my saw and drills are kept and it has become a warehouse of leftovers from completed projects

4. Price list – we’ve been focusing on our budget this year and I keep meaning to put together my list of “standard” prices for stuff so I know when a sale/coupon is worthwhile and we should stock up

5. Air it out – I try to do this every weekend that it isn’t rainy or cold, but it involves opening ALL the windows in the house and all the doors. Get some airflow through the house and make things a wee less stuffy

6. Wash windows – possibly same day as air it out

7. Clean carpets – with my new vacuum and a carpet cleaner I can make my carpets hap, happ, happy (and hopefully last another 2 years)

8. Wash/clean out cars – I love washing my car by hand, it is something that seems so summery

9. Enjoy my garden – weed a bit here and bit there, get everything in Memorial weekend

10. Smile – this year is about me, my happiness and how to make that gel with the important things and people in my life. It’s on every to do list.

As always you can see more ToT lists at Carole's Blog