Hot Dog!

July 9, 2013

I just had a leftover hotdog for lunch.  It was soooo good.  We discovered these hotdogs at Whole Foods.  We originally got them for Joshua since it’s the only meat he’ll eat (aside from sausage on pizza).  I tried them and they are Margaret approved.  I’m actually not a fan of hotdogs at home.  They never live up to ballpark hotdogs.  Except for these.  The one I had was left over from our 4th of July cookout.

headed to parade


Speaking of which, our 4th of July weekend was great.  We took Joshua to his first parade.  He was so precious.  The parade started with firetrucks and their sirens.  Joshua was unsure about this.  He liked the trucks but not the noise.  He enjoyed all of the rest of it though.  He loved waving at the people, and he’d occasionally look at his hand to make sure it was doing the right thing.  Too stinkin’ cute.  He was pretty tired after all the excitement.  He took a long nap and then we took a quick trip to the pool.  Bill and I watched a movie while Joshua slept.  No fireworks for us.  He’s still too young.

The next day we took a trip out to Pigeon Point lighthouse.  Crazy drive through the mountains but a gorgeous view of the coast once we were on the other side.  The lighthouse was pretty, and Joshua walked with us.  He’d point at a path and that’s where went.  It is such a fun age.  We took the “long way” home via Santa Cruz.  A less hair drive over the mountains.  We were on CA-1 and we rounded a curve and voila, tons of kite surfers.  It was really cool.


pigeon point lighthouse

all smiles

Saturday we relaxed and did some stuff around the house, then went to Vasona Park to explore.  Joshua finally went down a slide.  When my mom was here, he went down a hot slide and didn’t like it.  Weeks later, he still remembered it.  He pointed at it and said “hot” but we showed him it wasn’t and down he went.  We had to do it over again for his second trip down the slide but he did it.

Sunday was a typical Sunday.  Getting ready for a new week.  It’ll be a good one.

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I Need To Keep A Sweatshirt In My Beach Bag

July 18, 2009

Bill and I drove down to Santa Cruz today for some quality beach time. I’ve been craving some time by the water. I could go by myself during the week, but this week did get kinda busy. And then today I contemplated staying home today and doing miscellaneous chores, but in the end we packed our bags for the beach.

We opted for the undeveloped beach a little further south of downtown Santa Cruz. It was uncrowded and pretty quiet. Very peaceful. And windy. And a wee bit chilly. Our first clue should have been all the people we saw in hoodies. It was partly cloudy and very pleasant and comfortable when the sun was out, and a little cooler when it wasn’t. We enjoyed two hours outside, listening to the waves and reading our books. It was very beautiful though, especially the little stream I photographed.

It was quite relaxing and next time will be better…because I will bring a sweatshirt!

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Greetings From California!

April 21, 2009

Well, it’s finally happened. I live in California now. The last 6 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. We got on an offer on the house, prayed it would go to closing, took care of all the stuff that selling a house entails, gave notice at work, had Mom help with the packers and movers, and moved in with a friend for two weeks until I flew out here. Crazy!

I’ve been out here for two and a half weeks already, but it has gone by very quickly. I’m still getting through boxes, we have about 20 left, but have already gone through about 100-110. Our house in California is smaller than our house in Maryland so we are finding lots of things to sell at a garage sale. We’re slowly settling in, but I’m hoping that 95% of the work will be done by May 1.

I haven’t had any time for crafting, though I’m hoping that will change soon. My craft studio is almost done and I’ve got lots of projects to work on. I want to find a knitting group and it looks like there are quite a few in the area. And I’m having a grand re-opening sale at my Etsy store in May so I need to get some things done for that.

I also have to find a job, which I will start doing very soon, but in the meantime, I’m keeping out of trouble.

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Welcome to my spot on the web where I talk about needlework, crafts, and [many] other random things.

A few tidbits about me: I met my husband in college, flirting over tuba letters in the Penn Band. Our dog, CJ, and our cat, Sabrina, round out our family. I'm a sewist, knitter and needlepointer, and an occasional scrapbooker. I love organizing, reading, making jewelry, and hiking. A Chicago girl at heart, I am an avid follower the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

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