Saturday, April 30, 2011

Marine Laboratory

It is Open House weekend again, if you have never been I can only say that it is worth the visit!

As always I am amazed by the colors. Give me a touch tank full of brightly colored sea creatures and I am entertained for hours on end. The boys have to drag me away from it.

This year we took a little stroll along the harbor to visit the Sea Lion Facility. (pictures of our new friend in another post) I took only about 250 or so pictures and am still sorting through them. For me that can take hours, I love the process of looking at pictures and deciding what is a "good one" or one doomed for the "trash can".

But first there is dinner to be cooked, by boys are hungry!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

MLML Open House Touch Tanks

more from the MLML open house from last year, with the boys of course!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MLML Open House Trailer

Our yearly trip to MLML is coming up!! This is so much fun.
And for those who know, look for the familiar face (more than once)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Friday, April 08, 2011



We saw these in the store today, totally cracked us up.
The things they think of these days!


DS has discovered some reading he likes, his Accelerated Reader points are growing steadily.

I am getting old, maybe I need to travel back in time......


The beading trim addiction continues, this time I wanted to see how it looked sewn on some fabric. So I stitched two fat quarters together, and made the trim for it.
It is heavy, has a lot of beads and I like it a lot. But what can it be??? A very fancy napkin, or maybe some bread basket liner, or, or .......

Anyway, now I need to go on a bead hunt for the right beads and a lot of them too. This stuff is really addicting.
Just in case I did not explode this afternoon, I started a new pair of socks. The pattern is called Osier.
And after two episodes of Pillars of the Earth half of the cuff is done.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

A square Granny

I might have traveled via the World Wide Web to a certain giant bookstore and ordered this. And while waiting for it to arrive, I thought some practice is in order.
Flowers, little itty bitty tatted flowers.

So far spring break has been not such a good one, of course I had to come down with a cold followed by a day of some sort of stomach bug.
Why is it always when there is a week or a few days off, I come down with something??
Of course one could tell something had to be really wrong when I broke out the crochet hook this past Sunday and made this:

A giant granny square.
I don't like granny squares or crocheting that much anyway. It reminds me always of that one year our grandmother decided she would make us (my little sister and me, I do not remember if our cousin got one too) a granny square dress.
I don't know what my sister thought of it at the time but I hated the thing.
Mine was green and white, it even had a crochet-on manly looking tie. In my mind I looked like a walking Christmas tree decoration.
Later we got "fur Jackets" to go with them, also crocheted, with giant loops to mimic the fur. Of course we were made to wear this "ensemble" out in public.

To make a long story short, I finished the square (it was supposed to be a pillow case for a large floor pillow we have) and gave up to make one for the other side.
While working on it my cold kicked in with the ever tell tale beginning of a sore throat and sniffling, punishment for making granny squares I guess.

There was also some beaded trim that I made this week, but more about that later.........

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Spring break

It is Spring Break and the weather finally is a little warmer and sunnier. Don't get me wrong I love the rain. Love it, really do but I also like sitting in the garden on my days off and listen to podcasts, watch the birds (and the black and white tiger) go by, and knit.
The Oranges from our little orange tree are again plenty full this year, DS just picked the first batch.
and because some of them where covered with a few spider webs, he gave them a bath

Washing oranges with a few tiny webs on them is a big task for a teenager with a bit of a fear of spiders. You preferably do not touch them with your bare hands until you are sure there is no more web left.

While DS was doing that, for me there was/is some more test knitting to do.

Believe me it goes better while enjoying a beer.

Last week I finished these two, the pattern is called Milo. Very cute and very easy.