Monday Ramble, Time, Scary, Everybody Shhhh & Some Good Advice.

Yawn.

Happy Monday?

Happy Monday!

Hello Monday.

If you live in my part of the world -North America- you may be feeling tired this morning. Yesterday we set our clocks back -one hour- to Standard Time and that awful practice has a way of messing with ones body, big time!

It takes me about a week to start to feel closer to normal so today I am dragging my ass.

On top of that, I was woken up out of a dead sleep at 2am with intense uterine pain and had to get up and take Advil AND THEN, the melatonin I took at bedtime kicked in and gave me all sorts of strange dreams- wrestling a cobra while the owner sat by and watched it bite me and refused to help. Listening to ” hard jazz” in a seedy bar. Hanging out with an ex boyfriend and experiencing ex boyfriend behavior over and over and over again!- I woke up sluggish and weirded out, ugh.

But my coffee was ready for me and it was delicious. I chatted with my daughter first thing this AM and I’m anticipating some delicious homemade soup for lunch. Go me! πŸ™‚

Did you have a good weekend?

I had Miss. Sassafras and we went for a short hike to feed chickadees:

And then we went to visit this little guy:

And I got to enjoy both my favourite littles at the same time.

This movie scared the hell out of me as a kid!

Ugh! This is a trick that would work on me, ha ha.

Speaking of tricks (and treats) we had a good Halloween. 22 kids came! That’s a new record! I was happy with the turn out. It was busy-ish for about 45 min and it all died off before 8pm. Now that’s my kind of fun, ha!

Luke seems like a smart guy. I wonder if we can convince the others? This is how I knew I was “older”. I cant tolerate noise anymore. It’s a real thing! I’m not just being crotchety, loud noises just set my teeth on edge and put a cold steel rod in my spine.

This doesn’t though:

This feels like a nice reminder ❀

It’s supposed to snow today so I’m off for my last (most likely) snow free walk of the season.It’s going to be a while before I’m comfortable walking in the snow because of my balance issue so I intend to make it a good one! What do you have planned today? Tell me all about it!

On The Needles: Sunny Baby Blanket

I’ve started it and am working my knuckles off like crazy!

My new granddaughter’s baby blanket.

Usually I am a yarn snob. I like to work with natural fibres only, no Red Heart for this chick! BUT, the thing of it is…I don’t think any of the mums I knit for, give a rat’s ass about the yarn I use. They just want something that looks good and washes and wears well. A person can buy washable wool with a low itch factor but I haven’t found one that is as soft as I’d like for a baby and I;m certainly not knitting in cashere. SO this time I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and chosen a synthetic yarn that feels SO GOOD!

BERNAT Baby Velvet in Tiny Teal.

Isnt the colour glorious?! Very mermaidy.

This is what I’ve got so far:

I found the pattern for free on Ravelry and it’s super easy and knits up quick. Exactly what this late and lazy Gigi needs. I’m on ball two already and I’m confident I can finish it before the new Bean arrives. You can find the pattern, by Lucie Sinkler – SUNNY BABY BLANKET- < HERE.

Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t suffer a horrific hand accident in the meantime, ha ha. Maybe I should get them insured…do people still do that?

The new Bean has a name now too! Olivia. I’ll be calling her Via. OV and Via.

Speaking of OV:

This kid loves selfies. He especially loves it when you use one of those silly filters that gives you puppy ears and the like. I’m not cool like that but we still managed to get a pretty good photo together anyway!

Love the heck out of this boy ❀

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

Much LOVE and SQUISHY HUGS to YOUUUUU ❀

It’s a Girl!

I hinted awhile back that I was going to be a Grandma again and now I can finally say the words out loud, woot woot!

My daughter is having baby #2 and she’s a girl. We’re having lots and lots of fun with names but don’t have one as of yet. If you have any unique girl names you LOVE, please feel free to share them. We’re open to all suggestions!

I do have ultrasound images though:

Look at that little foot!! ❀ ❀ ❀

My daughter is 20 weeks and baby is already head down. She’s not yet even one pound but she’s right on track with her growing. The tech predicts she’ll be a high 6 or low 7 lb baby. SO SMALL! My son was 10lbs 1 oz and my daughter was almost 9 lbs! What do you even do with a little sprite like that? Hee hee. OV was wee too but then grew into one of those chonky babes with delicious rolls and pudges. ❀

I have this feeling that she’ll be early…like early, early. OV was 2 weeks early, I’m thinking this bebe will be 3 or 4. Its just a feeling I have and of course I hope I’m wrong. That’s a bit too early.

PLUS, I haven’t even started knitting her blanket yet. I need all the time I can get, eek!

Monday Ramble- Weird, Bugs, Gardening.

Ooooh, Happy Monday! I feel like I’ve been gone forever but it’s not that way at all. It’s a beautiful sunny day in Edmonton, warm and practically WINDLESS. This is huge. I am grateful. Usually, we’re getting blown all over the place.

Last week felt like a write off, I spent a few days recovering from my Baby Love and then … I tore my bicep! That rendered me completely immobile.

Pro- tip? Don’t do that! I’m better-ish now but wow…that was an ordeal! I’ll you more about it on Wednesday when I also tell you about my experience trying cannabis for the first time in 35 years.

In spite of that extremely painful and debilitating injury I had an excellent weekend. We celebrated my son’s birthday, I saw both my kids, both my grandkids- and one extra child who is hilarious- but missed my daughter in law. I gardened (with much help) and I sat in the sun and enjoyed the natural world. Most of the natural world! The ‘Skeeters are out. I am covered in bites already!

Seems legit.

How about you? What did you get yourself up to?

My granddaughter says I’m “weird” because while she’s convinced the little house that just showed up one day really does belong to fairies, she doesn’t believe they brought it themselves. “Fairies can’t lift houses! Grandma’s weird!” Ha Ha Ha. She’s found me out. And Fairies can SO lift houses … with magic OBVIOUSLY! Maybe they built it themselves, right there. She’ll be getting a letter via Fairy Mail that tells her a thing or two, me thinks πŸ˜‰

No shame in my game regardless!

This one makes me laugh because I’m a little bit of Human A and a little bit of Human B πŸ™‚

I’m putting in some kale, cabbage, beets, zucchini, peppers, two kinds of mint, and some English Lavender. Oh! We also bought Bee Balm, a Hollyhock and some Pansies and Marigolds. This is all in addition to the tomatoes and cukes I just planted and the rhubarb and asparagus I already have. My rose bushes are doing great, my Honeysuckle came back and my wee Cedars are trying to thrive after a hard winter, the poor babies. My peonies are starting to bud and my helpful ant friends are doing their thing to encourage that.

My back yard is very close to being complete and then I can get working on the front. I have so many ideas and it was SO tempting to just buy out the garden centre! I want a Peony Tree and Elderberry shrubs. I want Wild Cranberries and a plum tree. I want a Burning Bush and Day Lilies and Globe Cedars and … OK. I want ALL THE THINGS. Maybe I should be a landscape designer and put ALL the things in other people’s gardens…it’s a thought…

Progress pictures to come πŸ™‚

Monday Memes- Germs, Swearing & Rudeness!

Happy Monday! It’s a long weekend here and I am “enjoying” this little one:

I say “enjoying” because after FOUR WHOLE DAYS with a 14 month old, it’s actually “enduring” ha! Toddlers are a lot of work! How did I ever have my own? How do any of us? Even my bestie- a child care PROFESSIONAL- is a little in awe of us. She thinks we’re brave…

He goes home today and while his current nickname is The Terrorist, he’s been most excellent for someone with such high needs. He’s napping now so I can say that ;P I know five seconds after he leaves I’ll miss him <3. And how lucky am I to have full and easy access to him? Pretty damn lucky!

I bought a flat of strawberries on Friday. I froze them all up -made some jam too!- and am thinking about all the yummy things I’m going to make with them:

Ha!

I love me a man who swears and this human is a particularly fine one πŸ™‚

My birds are so hilariously bold now! The Crow visits me every so often and calls to me to come out. I am very well trained! The Blue Jays sit in the tree and stare in at me, if they cant find me in one room, they fly to another window and the Magpies seem pretty content to just ignore me. I bought some seed for the little birds so we’ll see how they react. As it is now they like to take me out at the knee in the yard by flying straight past me as I walk by…little asses! So far no Mockingbirds though πŸ˜›

Rude!

I hope your Monday is going well and if it’s not I hope it goes quickly for you so you can start fresh on Tuesday!

Love and Squishy Hugs!

G is for *Grandparenting A-Z Challenge.

This one taught me about ferocious protectiveness, expectations versus reality, loss, insecurity, Oneness, acceptance and renewal. She showed me my mortality. She showed me myself perfectly reflected in her. She showed me love.

A headstrong, goofball wild-child blessing. My Miss Sassafras.

This one taught me to relax into comfort and ease. To love wholeheartedly with security, to watch and admire all with wonder and awe and, that good things come to those who wait, even after a loss.

My bulldozer baby, Mr. OV.


Being a Grandmother is the best role I’ve ever been in. It’s not perfect. Please don’t misunderstand me, its nowhere close to being a perfect experience but it is RICH in all things and FULL of LIFE. I am so grateful to have experienced this stage, as it is. I feel like the Skin Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit, REAL.

I hope you all get the chance to be come REAL too.

Love & Squishy Hugs.

Heart Shaped Yums

Boston Pizza had an event on the 14th, for Valentine’s Day. Buy any small or medium pizza ( heart shaped or not ) and one dollar from each pizza would be donated to a local children’s charity.

I like pizza. I like excuses to go out for lunch in the middle of the week. I like celebrating love with my Hubby. I like money going to kids.

We ordered the Viva Italia. The description from their website:

Arrabbiata pizza sauce, pizza mozzarella, Genoa salami, chopped bacon, spicy Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, goat cheese, freshly grated Parmesan and a pesto drizzle.

What we got:

How did it taste?

Damn good! Even with that slightly dark crust.

I’m not a huge Boston Pizza fan. I find the food to be … pretty basic. There is nothing wrong with it, it’s just me. Having said that, I do have a favourite go to whenever the Hubs wants to eat there – Jambalaya Fettucine- and whenever I order it, it is consistently good. That is HUGE for me. So right away the place gets props for that.

This pizza brings my list from one to two. It was amazing! Lots of ingredients, spread evenly over the crust. The overall taste was salty-in a good way-briny, creamy, spicy, and savoury. Not one ingredient overpowered the other. Each one was distinct and everything worked so well together. I even liked the pesto drizzle. I HATE pesto but it was a STAR on this pie. I would order this again. Hell, I’m craving more now!

We didnt eat the whole pie-I wanted to!- because we were saving room for dessert! One dollar from each sale of their Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake goes to a local children’s charity, too. From their site:

Dark chocolate sponge cake layered with milk chocolate and white chocolate mousse, topped with whipped cream and a chocolate coin.


The verdict. Good if not plain. There was nothing wrong with it and nothing overly spectacular either. That didn’t stop me from stuffing my face πŸ™‚

Our service was fast, friendly and efficient. The food was good. It was a great way to spend the lunch hour, that’s for sure.

And because it was Valentine’s Day, I bring you this:

One neatly folded napkin -my husband. And one crumpled messy one-mine.

This makes me laugh because a. my Hubs pointed it out to me, which means he’s gathering insight which is unusual for him. b. this is a direct view inside each of our brains-him neat and organized, me- messy and all over the place c. despite this huge difference and despite some pretty major troubles in our 20 odd year marriage, we’re still here together, living and working and growing through it all ❀