November/December 101 Things Update

December 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Due to the holidays and not feeling well the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to focus on the list much.  I hope to remedy that in the new year.  I *was* going to pick one or two things to focus on in November and it didn’t happen.  Here’s my little bit of progress:
#4 Knit 10 pair of socks. – I’m working on a pair of socks for Lindsey using Cascade Fixation.  Cute little sock!  I also bought myself 2 skeins of sock yarn, but I probably won’t start a pair for myself for awhile.

#5 Knit 3 items for charity. I started on the wheelchair afghan for maybe 20 minutes at Knit Night one time.  LOL

#9 Try 5 new recipes. Made some awesome broccoli soup.

#10 Save $100 in change.I think I actually added more than a few bucks. 🙂

#16 Print pictures from 2nd China trip and put in an album. – I bought a tub to put the pictures in as I print them.  Maybe this will get me motivated to start getting them printed!  I think I have the first 2 days of our 14 day trip printed so far.  (The reason I don’t print them all at once is $$$$$.)  We’ve been home over 2 years!!!

#32 Completely declutter bedroom and make it more warm and inviting.
What do you know, I decluttered it!  Okay so most of it is now just cluttering up the basement, but our room sure looks better (and bigger!)  As far as making it more warm and inviting, well decluttering helped with that some, but we won’t be repainting and/or decorating it anytime soon.  We hate the wall color and the quilt and…..the whole look of it.   But for now it is somewhat better.

In process of cleaning up:






#42 Declutter:  Sell or give away 101 material items I own. – I’m sure I got rid of a few things I’m forgetting but yesterday morning I found a tub of cross-stitching and stenciling supplies in the closet.  We’ve lived in this house almost 13 years and I’ve never touched this!  I stenciled a few rooms in our last house but never did any here and have no intentions of ever doing it. 🙂  I also have no intention to ever cross stitch again (would much rather KNIT of course!)  I packed up everything in the tub to go to Goodwill.  I am going to count this at 2 items, the stenciling stuff (paint, brushes, stencils) as one item and the cross-stitching stuff (needles, floss, patterns, etc.) as one item.

#47 Photograph girls on the 30th of each month.





#54 Knit something from each knitting book I own as of date of the start of this project.
I made each of my 3 sisters a gift bag for Christmas using the Felted Gift Bag pattern from One Skein Wonders – 101 Yarn Shop Favorites.


The socks I am making Lindsey are from my Getting Started Knitting Socks book by Ann Budd.  (no pic at the moment)

#64 Send 10 cards in the mail “just because”. My SIL is pregnant with her 6th child and has been sick most of the whole pregnancy so far.  She didn’t make it to our Thanksgiving gathering here at my house because she was sick.   I sent her a card letting her know she was missed.   So I didn’t sent it totally “just because” but on the other hand it wasn’t her birthday or anniversary or anything like that.

#65 Buy something for a child from the WalMart tree every Christmas. – They didn’t have a tree to buy from this year!  I did put together a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child to donate through our church so I’m going to count this.

#83 Subscribe to a knitting magazine. – I got a subscription to Interweave Knits from my brother-in-law Steve for Christmas!  Woo hoo!  Thanks Steve!

#99 Finish reading through The Message Bible. – I just finished Ecclesiastes.

Fall Into Reading Wrap-up

December 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Popping back in quickly to post my wrap-up – then back to getting ready for Christmas!!!

Here are my answers to  Katrina’s suggested questions about the books for the wrap-up:

  • Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not? – I read or at least tried to read every book on my list except A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong.  I always check to make sure my library has a book before I put it on my To-Be-Read list, but I guess from the time I put it on my list until the time I wanted to check it out, they got rid of the book.
  • Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along? I didn’t change any of the books on my list.
  • What was your favorite book that you read this fall? Least favorite? Why? Favorite fiction (I read 3/5 on my list) is a toss-up between Winter Haven and Summer Snow – I think I would give the edge to Summer Snow.  My favorite non-fiction (only read 2/5) is definitely The Non-Runners Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais.
  • Did you discover a new author or genre this fall? Dawn Dais is an author I didn’t know about.  I never read a book about running a marathon. Did you love them? YES! She is so funny.
  • Did you learn something new because of the Fall Into Reading challenge — something about reading, or yourself, or a topic you read about? – I learned a lot about how to prepare to run a marathon and how to laugh about it. 🙂
  • What was your favorite thing about the Fall Into Reading challenge? – Probably getting myself to read a few books from my 2007 TBR list.
  • Would you like to participate in another challenge here this spring? – YES!

The books I finished:

Winter Haven by Athol Dickson 5/5

Summer Snow by Nicole Baart 5/5

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult 4.5/5

The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais 5/5

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman 4/5

The ones I couldn’t get into:

The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall (sorry Jane! I don’t know if I wasn’t in the right mood or what, but it was just so slow and didn’t grab me – I’m sure it’s a wonderful book!)

The Year of Living Biblically by A.M. Jacobs

The one my library didn’t have:

A Midwife’s Storyby Penny Armstrong


December 10, 2008 at 9:03 am | Posted in 101 Things, Allison, Holidays, Lindsey | 5 Comments

Not that I post all that much anyway, but I’m going to take a break from the blog (and the computer as much as possible) until after the new year.   I am so far behind on holiday preparations – in fact I have hardly done anything so far – and I’m also so far behind on the regular things of life – I AM STARTING TO PANIC!   It doesn’t help that 4/5 of us (all but Ben) have colds and the kids have been up at night a lot and I don’t feel well.  Time to cut out as much “fluff” as possible and buckle down and do the things I need to do.

I had a draft of a 101 Things Update post started but I will save that until next year too.  I haven’t made that much progress on it anyway 🙂 and have to focus on other things right now.  I did take the monthly picture of the girls so I will leave you with that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  See you on the flip side!



I Went to the Packer Game!!!!

December 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Football, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
(but they lost, sigh)

However I had a great time!!!  Ben got tickets from his boss and he paid for mine as my Christmas present!   He only found out about the tickets Saturday afternoon so I found out I was going on short notice.  I had to run out to Fleet Farm that night to get some warm boots (I needed them anyway).  This is the third time I’ve gone to a Packer game (the other two were in the mid-90’s and they won both of those games).  I think the other two times I found out  I was going at the last minute also!  One of them for sure, I think I found out about 10 p.m. the night before (refresh my horrible memory Ginny!)

It was so much fun and we had pretty good seats.  We were in the corner of the south end zone above the tunnel where the Packer players run out onto the field.   We were about halfway up – the other two times I went I was almost to the very top in the end zone.  I think the temperature at kickoff was 5 degrees!  Yes FIVE.  But I wasn’t all that cold, and I didn’t even wear a coat!  I did have 6 layers of clothing on top though. 🙂  I had an undershirt, then a long sleeved shirt, then another long sleeved shirt, then a turtleneck, then a hooded Packer sweatshirt, then another Packer sweatshirt over the top of it all!  I had 2 pair of long johns and jeans, wool socks and boots on the bottom.  I think that was better, more comfortable, than less layers with a coat.

Things didn’t start out too good but then the Packers somewhat pulled it together, tied it up and we were hopeful.  But the defense was horrible and they gave away the game at the end, a field goal for the Texans to win it by 3 with no time remaining.   That kick was in the opposite end zone from us – all of the Packers scoring was in our end zone!  In fact they were first and goal at the opposite end zone for their last score, but then they switched sides for the start of the fourth quarter and scored on our side on the very next play.  They also downed the ball on the 3 yard line in our end zone for the Texans last possession but then if you know anything about the game they took it all the way down to the other end for the winning score.   DANG!

It was a blast anyway and you know how I feel about being at Lambeau Field! I couldn’t wipe the big fat grin off my face for awhile after we first sat down!  Love it, love it, love it!  THANKS BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mosaic Me

December 5, 2008 at 10:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Thanks a lot, Jane! 🙂 When I should have been cleaning the house/playing with the girls/doing laundry/working on my Christmas letter, or a zillion other things, I did this instead:

1. Type your answers to each of the questions below into the Flickr search engine (
2. Pick an image from the first page only.
3. Copy and Paste the URLs for each image into Mosaic Maker (
4. Save your mosaic to your computer and upload it into your own post.
5. Don’t forget to credit the photographers!

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favorite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word to describe you?
12. What is your flickr name?

Here’s mine:


1. Eileen Donan evening light, 2. 365 Project – day 65, 3. Menasha, Wis., 4. Rosy Button ~ Page in my Happy Quilt Journal ~ for no particular reason other than I can, 5. Girasoles acariciados por el viento …/ Sunflowers kissed the wind … (Dedicada a mis 7500 visitantes/Dedicated to my 7500 visitors), 6. coffee & the city, 7. Gingerbread House – Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, 8. Blueberry Cheesecake, 9. Tender Love and Care, 10. A True Smile, 11. a chronicle of obsessions, 12. Kunstman


December 4, 2008 at 9:43 am | Posted in Allison, Lindsey | 1 Comment

The girls both had their hair cut yesterday.   I forgot to take “before” pictures this time!  But here are a few during and after pics.






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