Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
This was a great weekend for sitting outside, watching the kids bike and scoot and play with chalk and bounce on our neighbors trampoline. All good stuff, including that I can work with yarn and my hook while hanging with them.
This is a secret shot of a work in progress. This is a bag I have been thinking about for some time now. As with all my bags, I wing it. No recipe, no pattern, no counting and absolutely no writing down of what I did. If I wrote it down, then I wouldn't make one of a kinds. And if I repeated, I would be a bored little chick.
So, this one plus a green bag that happens to be the illegitimate bastard cousin of Squatch.
And for those two girls keeping up with this, yes, I cut your fabric pieces last night...well on our way.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This post is personal and it is about policy, and probably politics. It is slightly woe is me, so if you aren't into that, don't read on. I just can't move forward in this blog without admitting that my life isn't all yarn and hooks and cupcakes, this is one of those times.
After our health insurance costs doubled per month this year, I started to get nervous. We were barely making it before the increase, so surely after would be no easier.
The reserve is gone, the side jobs no longer exist, and the paycheck is smaller. How did my parents feed, clothe and shelter a family of five on one paycheck?
So, I do what I do best, look on line for help. My state has a great child insurance program which is based on income. It covers children for minimal amounts per month with no co pays. I made a call and spoke to a very friendly lady. Told her that our kids have insurance, but we can't afford it. I gave some specifics and she happily told me that we were eligible to add the kids, therefore dropping our monthly insurance costs by over $200.
I checked with my current carriers and can drop the kids when I get them covered by the state insurance program for kids. Perfect.
Today, I called the state health department with a couple questions about the application, when the bomb dropped. Our application won't be processed without a Termination of Insurance letter from our current carrier.
Here is my catch: I can't terminate existing insurance without new policy. Can't get new policy without termination letter from existing insurance.
The truly upsetting part of this call was that I was told that I am not the only one this happens to. Other people, just like us. Trying to make it all work and digging through a pile only to find the pile has grown with each dig. Even if I could terminate with my current insurance, the kids would be uncovered for at least a month. Then, what if the application is denied? Screwed.
I even thought about the 30 day hiatus for the boys, maybe we could swing it if I get their annual appointments before all this goes down. And then...Sam got hurt today. Not bad, but enough to slap me back to reality and eliminating the hiatus option.
Here is where the politics comes in. I am going to write. Write letters to my representatives and congressmen. Those people I vote for, but don't really know what they do.
They are going to know how this feels, why it is a poor policy and how they can fix it, because if I don't fight, no one is going to do it for me.
And Sam, he is doing okay. The bump is getting smaller and much more colorful.
Monday, April 13, 2009
That is what I thought Dyngus Day was, a grown man running around silly with a branch.
This morning I read that it is also known as "Wet Monday". Kind of disturbing, thankfully, they didn't choose to call it "Moist Monday".
Dyngus Day is the secular celebration after Easter, egg rolling, dancing, and soaking people with water. The pussy willow was tapped on girls by boys, showing affection toward them. That is now working both ways, girls tapping boys. But more interesting is the evolution of the "wet" part of this day. It used to be sprinkles. Not anymore, check out this video:
For more history on Buffalo Dyngus Day, check this out.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
An update...He's Gone! Thanks, Jill. Due to popular demand, Squatch's sisters and brothers and cousins twice removed with which they bore children are in the works. Keep posted on the births through this blog!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday night is Pizza Night. When I was a kid, it was Thursday, which was payday for my Dad. Tuesday is just a day that deserves pizza.
Our pizza night used to be Wednesday night. We would get a gluten free pizza from Pizza Plant on Transit (gluten free Wednesday night only). That pizza started to get more and more expensive. The last time I went, with tax, a medium pizza with pepperoni was $15.82. Every bite the non-gluten freers took, I could hear the cash register dinging.
I made a couple crusts myself from mixes which were fine, but I had to get out the stand mixer, dust it off, find the right paddle, roll it out with saran wrap - all just too much for a Wednesday night.
We moved on to Amy's Rice Crust Cheese Pizza. This was comparable in taste and size to the Pizza Plant pizza, yet $4.99. That was a deal. I'd decorate it with what ever was left in the refrigerator. That price slowly climbed to $5.99, then $6.49, then $6.99. When I next paid attention to the price, last week, it was $8.99. For a cheese pizza on a rice crust. Rice.
I went back to a mix, this time Chebe Pizza mix. The first time I made it, the crust was a little too chewy for my taste. Then, I tried it thinner, and am in love. It is fairly easy to make with oil, egg and milk. Mixed with my pastry blender and hands, rolled out and baked. No extra flour to roll it with, no saran wrap, just good old rolling pin. It made two pies the same size as the Amy's for $2.39. Yes, I added egg, oil, milk, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni, but I was adding extra cheese and pepperoni to Amy's anyway.
If you are still reading...why? This is a really boring post.
Can you guess which is the pizzeria gluten vs. the gluten free?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
What you need:
10-12 sheets of heavy weight paper/card stock. We did a couple on regular bond paper and they curled, but still worked fine.
Assorted Acrylic paints
Assorted paint brushes or tools for adding texture to paint. We had sponge brushes and bristle brushes. You could use forks, crumpled tissue paper, or Q-tips, anything to bring a cool pattern to the paper.
Scissors, tape or glue dots.
We looked at Brown Bear for inspiration. Each boy drew a little outline of the animal we were going to create. I cut out the shapes for them, and they attached them with scrapbook tape. After the giraffe, Sam cut out the butterfly wings and some of the design by himself. He loved it.
This is such an easy craft and so much fun. Gets their little minds working differently. How to cut a shape out, instead of drawing it flat.
And yes, I loved every minute of it.
Well, except for the cleaning paint off the rug and picking up schniffles of paper.
If you try it, please send me pictures or links to your pictures. (yeah, I'm talking to all of you, even those without kids). Do it.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
But now I know. The garage is a gathering place for creativity, friends and a shelter from the rain in between puddle jumping.
It's okay to spend time in there, a change of scenery. Just don't disturb the neighbors with blasting the Wheel of Fortune. I'll help you get a Miracle Ear.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
We got a new refrigerator a while back and I am still figuring it out. Well, figuring out the best place to put the ice cream so that it is really hard, but still scoopable. That is a very fine line, folks.