January has gone by very fast. The Sailor Son is currently training at Camp Lejeune. We are hoping he can drive up to see us next weekend. I'll be delighted to hear all about it.
The Viking keeps us amused. A year ago (at least), to keep him busy while Mom and I were fabric shopping, Papa took him off to the wood craft section in JoAnn's and showed him the ampersands. The Viking was intrigued and just loves to tell everyone about ampersands. We are now required to go visit them in the store. He was delighted last week when Papa treated him to his very own ampersands!
The weather has been kind and we've had some delightful outdoor time. "I'm a knight! With my knight hat and my sword and my thing!" (a Frisbee shield) :-)
We treated the dogs to some new beds. I'm not sure they are exactly delighted. They don't seem to mind sharing though. Silly animals.
I have a new vegetarian cookbook and The Tramp was delighted with my attempt at a vegetable curry. It was even spicy enough! The house smelled of it for several days too. The gift that keeps on giving. :-P
We had some wild and rainy weather a week ago. During the days right after, we were treated to sunny blue skies filled with fluffy dirty looking clouds along the horizon. Very odd looking and quite spectacular. Of course the best views were on the road where it wasn't wise to be using a camera, so these are the best I could get at stoplights.
Springlike weather comes and goes. The dogs and I had a delightful sit on the deck on Wednesday.
Then Thursday treated us to a fast moving deluge.
Last week I scratched my organizing itch by figuring out a better way to store my embroidery floss. The boxes are fine, but now I have so much floss I have to spread out five open boxes to find what I want. So I browsed around on the web, fiddled around with The Sandbox furniture, had a bit of think and came up with a solution. I bought another small white cabinet at Michaels and spent a couple of days cutting up and fitting foam board in the drawers.
I'm delighted with the results. Better yet, there is room for more floss! ;-)
I celebrated by stitching up a biscornu for Mom for her birthday. Cute!
He had his rubber shark with him (named Shark) and much to their delight and amusement explained to everyone that sharks eat leaves and flowers. No, I didn't know that either. He also declared it was Shark's birthday. I had to make a stop at Walmart so I treated Shark to a large pink artificial flower.
We also picked up a small rainbow birthday cake. Did you know Shark was nine years old? Me neither. I found that out when we dug in the drawer for birthday candles. Much delight in singing happy birthday and blowing out the candle.
It was also a very breezy day. The Viking did his best to control the weather. "I NEED YOUR ATTENTION WIND. STOP WIND ANYWAY!"
Border fabrics for the En Provence mystery quilt arrived. Yummmm.
But before I get back to that I needed to finish up a few things. A new hip pack/belt bag/fanny pack. My first time sewing ripstop nylon. I was a little nervous about it, but it came out ok....and it's delightfully purple. So it's a win all around. :-)
And I needed to make the January blocks for Molli Sparkles' Honey Pot Bee.
I've been hoarding these 12 fat quarters ever since the delightful "Dye a Rainbow" class in the summer. This project seemed to be the perfect one to use them for. Looking forward to seeing what is on for February.
And lastly.... I give you Batman. Never a boring moment with The Viking around. :-)