Can You Keep a Secret?

December 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm (Being Frugal, family)

I just bought a mountain bike for DD#1 for Christmas at the thrift store for $15! It’s in very good condition. It just needs to be cleaned up and have a few parts replaced, like the broken reflector on the back…YAY!

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Stash Justified!

November 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm (Being Frugal, family, funny stuff, knitting)

This year, due to some difficult circumstances, we will be spending a little less on Christmas this year. But I’m not sure it means less gifts. Instead it means, more knitting! Because of my very sizeable stash, I will be giving a LOT of handknit gifts this year. Like, doll clothes, hats and mittens, cute and tiny bags. And more knitting almost always equals more fun for me!

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Halloween Highlights

November 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm (family, Uncategorized)

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  • Trick-or-treating with my kids

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It’s P-p-p-porky the P-p-p-pig!

October 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm (family, funny stuff)

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Is it just me, or does the Jack-o-Lantern on the right bear a striking resemblance to Porky the Pig?

We carved pumpkins last night with the DD’s.  Pumpkin on the left was designed and carved by DD #1, pumpkin on the right by DD #2.

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Boo! Look What DD #1 is Going to be for Halloween

October 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm (Being Frugal, family)

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DD #1 wants to dress in a traditional Czech folk costume for Halloween this year. I’ve been looking for peasant blouses and white skirts to no avail. Today I stopped at the local thrift store and hit pay dirt! I found a blouse, skirt, slip and red tank top for $14! In the next few weeks, I will shorten the skirt, make the tank top into a vest, use my sewing machine to embroider some embellishments onto the the skirt and the vest, put ruffles of netting on the slip to make it into a petticoat petticoat, and buy some ribbons to go in her hair and around her waist.

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I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this problem solved…the real thing would have been hundreds of dollars!

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We Did It!

September 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm (Entertainment, family, funny stuff)

After an hour riding the Trax train and 1 1/2 hours of waiting in line, we got to see the Monet to Picasso exhibit.  It was really quite amazing.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many real paintings done by so many famous artists in one place.  It was really interesting to watch DD#2 who has a definite interest in art.  Before entering the exhibit, they give you an audioguide.  DD #2 spent her time looking for works of art with numbers on them so she could dial them in and listen to information about them.  DD#1 and I learned to make ourselves comfortable when we were done with a room and wait for DD#2 to finish.  She made me a little nervous at the Renoir and Van Gogh paintings.  She walked right up to the guard ropes and then leaned over as if to put herself nose-to-nose with the painting!  LOL…I just reached over and yanked her back.  And when we left, we got free passes to come back to the museum another time because of the long wait in line.

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I’m a Lumberjack, and I’m Okay…

August 21, 2008 at 6:02 pm (family, travels)

In Minnesota, we visited the Forest History Center. We started at the Visitor’s Center, where they have a store, museum, and a film you can see about the last logroll. You can also meet a tour guide, who will take you down to a logging camp and show you how things were in 1900.
They take you on a short trail to the woods and then you come into a clearing and see this sign.
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I felt like I had traveled back in time. Even the tour guide was dressed for the occasion!

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Our first visit was to the clerk’s office.

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Then we went on to see the living quarters. They slept two to a bunk. That’s the bull cook, he keeps the fires stoked, etc. He even had a story as to why he wasn’t out cutting logs.

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On to the kitchen to meet the cook…
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and the cookee.
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They have interesting names for the food they cook. Sweat pads are pancakes. Coldshuts are doughnuts. Windtimber is beans. He said he loved to make lots of things with prunes, which they call logginberries, because they’re very cheap. He said if you add enough cinnamon and sugar to them you can make a pie and pass it off as apple!

Then we move on to the dentist’s office. He repairs the saw blades for the camp.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a logging camp if they didn’t make us saw logs. They had the DD’s use one of those two-man saws and teased them the whole time!

Then we had a visit with the barn boss.

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After that we visited the blacksmith.
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Logging was done in the winter because they could build roads of ice and the horses could pull more on a sled. They even made special horseshoes to help the horses keep their footing.

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Our last stop was the “wanigan”, a floating cook shack that would follow a crew of logrollers down the river in the spring.
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Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station

August 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm (family, travels)

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The area we stayed in for our vacation had a lot of neat little historical sites. This little cabin is the old National Forest Service ranger station for the area. It has quite a story. Imagine being a new bride and having this be your first home.

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I Went Fishing in Minnesota, and I Caught…

August 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm (family, knitting, Uncategorized)

Pattern: Bubbles, with Fins
Yarn: Sugar & Cream
Needles: Size 7

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My dad loves to fish, so we are always looking for fishy things to buy, do, or make. I was going to give this to him, but this colorway is too pretty.

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One Good Twist Deserves Another

July 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm (family, knitting)

It all started when I e-mailed my mom about Twist, a cabled hooded sweater that I wanted to knit. She responded by changing the subject line to “One Good Twist Deserves Another” and sent me this dishcloth pattern.

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Pattern: Swish with a Twist
Yarn: Sugar ‘n Cream in Softly Taupe
Needles: 7

I think this stitch pattern is so pretty. It makes me think of a Wedding Band quilt. Wouldn’t this be pretty knit up as an afghan?

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