I didn’t realize how few photos I’ve taken recently until I uploaded them to my computer today. Unfortunately I don’t even have good stories to write! Hahaha. But here’s a little of what happened this week…
I was in the living room one morning when I heard a strange noise coming from the kitchen. It sounded like “Shhh (pause) shhh (pause) shhh (pause)…” etc. I had no idea what it could be. In case any of the cats (ahem, DUCKS) were in trouble, I snuck in there to catch them in the act.
Turns out, he had taken a bag of onions from the cupboard and was sliding it across the floor with his teeth! He grabbed the drawstring for the bag, then took a few steps, pulled the bag to him by the drawstring, walked a few more, etc. The poor cat loves to play with strings so much. I wish I could let him go!
|Chick would somehow find a way to swallow the entire drawstring of that produce bag.
I hit 1,000 days sober on Sunday. When I think of it as 1,000 days, it doesn’t seem that long, but, in February, it will be three years… where did that time go?! Quitting drinking was a huge turning point for me in terms of taking care of my health, and I am SO glad I did. It was hard to do—as hard as, if not harder than, losing over a hundred pounds—but it was worth it.
I don’t want to call Luke and Riley “spoiled” because they are not spoiled at all. but it’s hard to think of things to do with them or give them as a gift because they have everything and have been everywhere and done everything! Hahaha, not completely accurate, of course, but that’s how I feel. I want to mail them stuff, but I also don’t want to buy more “stuff” for them to collect.
I like to make handmade things because it will be something they don’t already have. When Jerry and I first met in 1999, I made him a little Altoids memory box. I stuck a picture on the inside cover, a quote on the bottom, and put in some memorabilia. I recently made him a new one and he gave me the idea to make a tin for each Luke and Riley.
When I looked on Pinterest, I was surprised to find that so many other people had already had the idea to use Altoids boxes for crafts like this! I really liked the idea of a tiny stuffed cat for Riley and some sort of toy/puzzle for Luke, this is what I came up with:
Luke looks so plain, but I think it suits him. I printed out tangram diagrams on a small card which I have since stuck to the top of the tin. I printed out the grid square, with shapes in different colors, to match the pieces in the diagram. I then stuck the square on a magnet sticker and cut out the individual pieces. Finally I coated them with Mod Podge. The magnets stay on the bottom of the Altoid tin and Luke can match the different shapes according to the diagram. Since the kids fly all the time, I thought a little pocket toy would be something they could bring with them on the plane.
Next, this is absolutely ridiculous. Many times when I can’t sleep, I go down the Reddit rabbit hole. I don’t even remember what I was reading one night, but I came across someone’s comment saying that she has this bag of little plastic babies and hides them around for her husband to come across. The whole thing sounded so weird and fun! I bought a bag of these on Amazon.
I put some of them around the house where Jerry could find them that day or maybe not for a year…I didn’t want them in places that were super obvious. I picked a random jacket in the closet and he happened to wear it the next day. He laughed as he reached into his pocket and pulled out the plastic baby. He said Riley must have put it in there and didn’t notice.
I don’t know what he did with it, but the next day, he found one hidden in a coffee can. He thought it was the same baby and started laughing…he thought I had taken what “Riley” had put in his pocket and just hid it again. This went on for a couple of days and was very funny. Then Jerry decided to hide it himself and Eli found it in his shoe. Eli thought Noah did it because, apparently, it’s a trend to do that with plastic babies?!
I assumed the person’s comment I read was just a prank she pulled on her husband and had no idea it was actually about anything. I ended up telling Jerry what was going on with the babies (he was so confused, thinking there was only one baby). I’ll hide them sometimes though 😉
What started out as, “I’m going to make a fanny pack!” one morning it turned into a bigger project than I planned, but I think it turned out really cute. While searching for fanny pack ideas, I came across “bum bags”, “hip bags”, “sling bags”, “crossbody sling bags” and many other names and bags with slight variations.
Instead of making the fanny pack I envisioned, I ended up making this crossbody bag that has a cell phone pocket on the strap. (The strap crosses your chest, with the backpack part on the back, so the cell phone pocket rests in front of my shoulder.) Usually, I like either written instructions or just winging it myself, but this one just had a YouTube video. So I had to keep referencing the video for each measurement and step. But he succeeded. (Here is the YouTube video)
Lastly, we have SO much fruit on our counter right now. Jerry’s employer gives all employees a turkey or ham every Thanksgiving, and Jerry didn’t know until he became vegetarian, but you can choose a fruit basket instead of meat. I’d like to see a larger variety of fruit — it has apples, oranges, grapefruit and a pineapple — but it’s fruit, nonetheless. It doesn’t look like much when it’s in the basket, but holy cow — there’s a lot of fruit in there! I think I’ll make homemade applesauce in the pan.
And that’s all I have. Have a nice weekend! xo