First Day of School 2014

Today was the first day of school here.  Bug started 4th grade and Fidget started Pre-K.   Both were pretty excited about starting a new adventure.

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Here Fidget is waiting outside his classroom before he could go in with his new teachers and classmates.  The school my boys attend is an awesome school.  It’s a Montessori school and they have combined classrooms for the Pre-K/K classes and the 1/2 classes.  This means Fidget will remain in the same class for 2 years, with the same teacher and half of the same kids.  They do a lot of hands on activities and they teach in a child led manner (despite the fact that NY is unfortunately a Common Core state).2014-09-04 08.14.52


I will say that Fidget was a bit hesitant and scared about starting something new, but he did it with no tears.  He did try to make not one, but two attempts to leave with me, but once he was significantly distracted finding his cubby he was fine.  When I picked him up at the end of the day he said he had fun, left his lunchbox in his cubby and was very distraught over the fact that he couldn’t bring his nap blankie, that I knit for him, home.  He doesn’t quite understand that he’ll get to see it again every school day.2014-07-22 19.45.56My day was a typical housework day and while I was sad that my baby isn’t a stay at home baby anymore I was glad to have the break and the quiet, even though it meant cleaning.  I had the sheets off the beds and into the washer before we left for school, had them hung up on the line outside just after getting home, opened all the windows, had breakfast, put away some clean laundry, cleaned the living room and vacuumed it, put new sheets on the beds, cleaned one of the bathrooms, and gathered all the garbage and put it in the bin outside.  

After all that cleaning I did manage to do some crafting.  I’ve been spinning up some wool that I brought home from the Estes Park Wool Market this past June.  After attempting to dye it, I found that it’s rather sticky (almost like there is lanolin that won’t come out) and it felted with hardly any agitation.  Spinning it seemed to work better for it and I am actually liking how it came out – despite the fact the my fingers feel sticky whenever I touch it.  I finished the second bobbin of singles last night before bed and today I wound it into a center pull ball and made a 2 ply today, all while watching a couple episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman on tv.  The first skein I made, which I re-skeined today, is 140 yrds of DK/sport weight (13-15WPI).  I also found that soaking the yarn in super hot water with dawn, followed by 2 hot water rinses and a conditioning rinse alleviated the sticky factor and the yarn is a bit softer.  It’s actually a very pretty ecru color…not sure if I’m going to bother dyeing it.  I think I might leave it plain.  

Not sure what tomorrow will bring…I need to clean the other bathroom, at the very least.  I’m hoping to do a little spinning.  I’m thinking of having a giveaway contest on my shop facebook page when I reach 300 likes.  I think I’m going to offer a skein of handspun faux cashmere as the prize.  If you are interested, hop on over to facebook and give my page a like – if you want to make sure you get in on the contest you can request notifications whenever I post anything…it will go directly into your notice bar.  🙂




Too Excited!

Apparently there is something in the air since both myself and my oldest son just can’t seem to get to sleep.  I think it may be the combination of the pepsi and the jelly beans I ate and the combo of pepsi and ice cream that he ate right before bed…that’s enough to keep anyone up.  Granted, I shouldn’t have had the pepsi to begin with since I’ve given up caffeine.  I just wanted to splurge a bit I guess.

Anyway, I’m also too excited to sleep – my mind just won’t shut up.  It’s silly, I know.  But, the reason I’m excited is that I finally broke down and opened my very own Etsy shop.   I’ve probably mentioned it on here before about how I’d love to open one so I can share my crafting talent with the world, but I always chickened out.  It’s the shipping charges that make me nervous – I’m just worried about over and under charging customers.  But, I sucked it up and started the shop.  I’ve finally gotten a couple of things listed, too.  I hope they sell.

I’ve got a ton more ideas for things I want to make – baby bibs, baby blankets, hats, scarves, wash cloths and dish cloths, more of my “No Knot” designed tag blankets…the list can go on (and does!)

Aside from being busy digging out stash items, creating listings, stressing over shipping charges and hoping I made the right decision, I’ve created a blog dedicated to Sarandipity Handmade as well as a Facebook page dedicated to my shop.  Some people will probably think it’s overkill, but I figure if I can get the word out there that I’m here I can maybe drum up some business. You never know unless you try, right?

So, if you or a friend are ever in the market for a handmade quality item, please stop at my shop and I’ll see if I can help you out.  🙂  Thanks!

Fear of Fire

When I was growing up, like good parents, my mom and dad didn’t let me play with matches and made me well aware that matches were dangerous.  I was probably in my mid-late teens before I got up the courage to strike a match on my own…I still have a fear of those paper matches in those little books.  I’m scared I’m going to burn my fingers or drop the thing when it flares up.  I’m 28 for Pete’s sake…I much prefer those wooden match sticks or those click lighter things made for candles.

My parents have always been super cautious about fire.  To heat the house, my parents burned wood in the wood stoves.  My dad always diligently cleaned the chimney each year and banked the fire when they left the house.  They made sure to unplug all appliances, turn off the electricity to the porch/backroom and all the baseboard heaters when they were not in use or when they left the house.  Pretty much the only things plugged in on a permanent basis were my digital alarm clock, the fridge, the freezer and the kitchen stove.  They still do all these things and in fact unplug everything whether they leave the house or not.  If it’s not being used…it’s not plugged in…that’s their view of things.  It also reduces the risk of fire, but dramatically lowers their electric bill since the items like the tv or microwave (things that have a clock or light or something showing they are in standby mode) aren’t continuously pulling power.  Oddly, despite all their fire prevention and precaution…there was no smoke detectors to be found…it wasn’t until after I moved out that they were installed and only after I bought them and helped install one in each room of the house.

Anyway, something happened early this morning that made me remember something that happened to me when I was living at home.  It didn’t happen directly to me, but it affected me and made me really think.   There was an arsonist who set fire to at least 5 houses around the hill where I lived.  My dad went to work one morning and called to tell us someone should call the police and the fire department because one of the trailers down the road, one that was only used in the summer for a few weeks a year, had been burned to the ground and was no longer burning, just smoldering.  It wasn’t until later that we learned this was not the only house to burn to the ground that night.  All were unoccupied summer homes and, thankfully, no one was hurt.  One of the fires, however, nearly set a grove of pine trees ablaze.  Somehow, the fire extinguished itself shortly before reaching the treeline, which was extremely lucky because if those pine trees caught fire, there could have been a serious forest fire.  I don’t believe the arsonist was ever caught…

As a young girl, probably no more than 10 or 12 (I don’t remember exactly how old I was), it hit me hard that someone out there would destroy someone’s house.  I remember sitting up in my bed for most of the night for a few nights after we learned about the fires, listening to the noises of the house, smelling for smoke, hoping to not hear the sounds of fire or someone creeping around, but wanting to be awake and responsive if I did.

Last night something made me remember this.  I woke around 5am with the sounds of the garbage truck crushing a couch that a neighbor left out for pick up and heard sirens in the distance.  When I got up to peer out the window I started smelling smoke.  It was different from the smell of a fire burning in a chimney, which I grew up smelling.  It had that smell of something burning to the ground, fully engulfed, almost like garbage burning.  I checked out the window, looking up and down the street, looking for signs of fire or smoke.  I saw nothing, but I continued to smell it.  I began to get worried that the smell was coming from my own house and luckily when I went out in the hall, the smell stopped.  I checked in on Bug and smelled around at the top of the stairs.  When I went into the spare room to look up and down the street from a different view, I began smelling the smoke again when I was close to the windows.  The wind was blowing pretty hard, so after fully checking on everything, I went back to bed and confirmed with Darling Hubby that I was indeed smelling smoke and that it wasn’t coming from our house.  I then had trouble falling back to sleep.  The smell of the smoke kept me awake and I had a paranoid feeling that I should stay awake to make sure nothing else was wrong and that I was right about the smokey smell coming in on the wind.

I finally fell asleep around 6 and when I woke later in the morning I no longer smelled the smokey smell, until I stepped outside.  I did a little research this morning and found that a building across town, in the neighborhood of where Darling Hubby and I used to live, caught fire around 4:30ish this morning.  The wind blew the smell of the smoke clear across town.  Oddly enough, this building also caught fire in January and has been uninhabited since.  Thankfully no one was seriously injured.

Today I’ve checked our smoke detectors as a precaution and found that the upstairs one has an issue with the test button.  The button doesn’t work, but when I bypass it with my finger, it works just fine…I think I want to replace it just to be on the safe side…I don’t want any faulty smoke detectors…

This has made me think about talking to Bug about fires and what would happen if there was one at the house.  He’s only 4 and I’m not sure he would entirely understand just yet (although he probably would understand more than I give him credit for) and I don’t want to traumatize him.  He did see the firetrucks in action earlier this week when there was a fire around the corner, even though he just saw them spraying water and some smoke, no flames. I just don’t want to scare him into thinking that fire is bad and that the fire that keeps us warm in the winter is something to fear.  I think I’ll have to do a little research on how to go about talking to a child about the dangers of fires.  If anyone has any suggestion for talking to a 4 year old about fire and fire prevention, let me know!

Me and a Meme

I’m bored and still sick. I have a head cold, again…thankfully, it’s not as bad as the one I had after Christmas, but bad enough that I want to curl up in a ball and sleep. I didn’t get much sleep last night. Darling Hubby wasn’t feeling that great and when he got up around midnight to take a bath, I, wide awake, curled up with my book and read for about 45 minutes. After Darling Hubby came back to bed, I ended up tossing and turning for much of the night, mostly thanks to my congestion, and Bug decided he was still going to get up at 7:30 (which is around his normal time) even though I was hoping he’d sleep in. At least he played in his room with his toys so I could catch a few more winks before having to get up to walk the dogs. Right now I have a slight headache (I’m sure from my nasal congestion), my nose is all ticklish and feels like I’m constantly going to sneeze and it’s hard to breath, and my ears are stopped up making everything sound like I’m walking around with a fish bowl filled with jello on my head.

I have to go to the dentist tomorrow…I’m getting my teeth cleaned (it’s been too many years) and afterward I’ll be getting at least 3 teeth filled (the one I broke, one with a visible cavity, and one other that has a cavity between the teeth.) I’m thinking I’ll be taking some Day-Quil before I go and I’ll be hoping and praying that I don’t get the need to sneeze when the dentist has “Mr. Drill” in my mouth.  I’m already nervous about the process (dentists in general scare me…and for no real reason other than I’m afraid it will hurt) and the fact that I’m sick makes me all the more uneasy.

Despite the sickness that’s plaguing me, I have been pretty productive on the crochet front. I’ve managed to almost finish the big “craft” bag I was working on. It’s huge! I just have to attach the final strap. I think I’ll do that tomorrow afternoon while Bug is eating lunch and I’m waiting for the numbness to wear off. I’m hoping I can use it tomorrow for craft night. I’m not sure if my friend is going to want me to work on a baby blanket for a friend of hers so it would be good to have a big bag to bring home extra yarn. I think I may actually pick up Darling Hubby’s sweater again, if I don’t have the baby blanket to work on. I kinda want something mindless (the sweater is something I really have to put some concentration into), but I’ve been putting it off for a long time and since I don’t have anything pressing that needs to get done, I should pick it up and take it from WIP (work in progress) to FO (finished object).

Anyway, a friend on LiveJournal did this meme and since I’m bored, I thought I’d give it a go…

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluctuation, particularly when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Back to watching dumb people on tv…a show called Hole in the Wall. It’s amazing how people will publicly humiliate themselves on national tv for money…sad.

Things I’ve Done

My friend Rachelle tagged me in a meme that she did last month and since I’m not really feeling like doing much, other than sitting on the couch with a box of tissues (stupid head cold) I figured I’d give it a quick go.  I’m not going to tag anyone…mainly cause I’m being lazy today, but if you want to do it…consider yourself tagged!

Copy and paste the list below into your own post, and then make bold (and/or italicize) all the things you have done.

Started your own blog – Obviously!
Slept under the stars
Played in a band – Flute, Sax and Trumpet
Visited Hawaii
Watched a meteor shower
Given more than you can afford to charity
Been to Disneyland/world – Marching band in ’98 and Honeymoon in ’02
Climbed a mountain – I lived on one…does that count?
Held a praying mantis
Sang a solo  – And mess it up…it’s on video…
Bungee jumped
Visited Paris
Watched a lightning storm at sea
Taught yourself an art from scratch
Adopted a child
Had food poisoning
to the top of the Statue of Liberty
Seen the Mona Lisa in France
Slept on an overnight train – Honeymoon in ’02
Had a pillow fight
Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
Built a snow fort
Held a lamb
Gone skinny dipping
Been to a Broadway show in NY
Ran a Marathon
Been in three states at once
Ridden in a gondola in Venice
Seen a total eclipse
Watched a sunrise or sunset
Hit a home run
Been on a Cruise -Disney, Honeymoon ’02
Seen Niagra Falls in Person – Marching band trip in ’94(?)
Visited the birthplace of your Ancestors
Seen an Amish community
Taught yourself a new language
Had enough money to be truly satisfied
Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
Gone rock climbing
Seen Michelangelo’s David
Sung karaoke
Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
Visited Africa
Walked on a beach by moonlight
Been transported in an ambulance
Had your portrait painted
Gone deep sea fishing
Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
Kissed in the rain – Honeymoon in Disney World ’02.  One of my favorite memories.
Played in the mud
Been to Grace Kelley’s grave in Monaco
Gone to a drive-in theater
Been in a movie
Visited the Great Wall of China
Started a business
Taken a martial arts class
Swam in the Mediterranean Sea
Visited Russia
Served at a soup kitchen
Sold Girl Scout cookies – And ate a ton, too!
Gone whale watching – High School Biology trip in ’96
Gotten flowers for no reason
Donated blood, platelets or plasma
Gone sky diving
Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
Bounced a check
Saved a favorite childhood toy – Or all of them!
Visited the Lincoln Memorial
Eaten Caviar
Pieced a quilt –  Did this a year or 2 ago!
Stood in Times Square
Toured the Everglades
Been fired from a job
Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
Broken a bone
Been on a speeding motorcycle
Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Published a book
Visited the Vatican
Bought a brand new car
Walked in Jerusalem
Had your picture in the newspaper
Read the entire Bible
Visited the White House
Killed and prepared my own meat
Had chickenpox – When I was 3
Saved someone’s life
Sat on a jury
Met someone famous
Joined a book club
Lost a loved one
Had a baby – Bug in ’05
Seen the Alamo in person
Swam in the Great Salt Lake
Been involved in a law suit
Owned a cell phone
Been stung by a bee

There you have it…my little list.   Feel free to tag yourself.

I’m going to curl back up under my blanket and read my book for a little while (despite my headache that just won’t go away cause of my sinus congestion) before I have to cook dinner.

I Should Probably Live in a Bubble

There are days when I just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and you just should not mess with me.  Today was one of those days.  Darling Hubby just wanted to irritate me and he succeeded.  I just wanted to be left alone and on days when I’m in a bad mood Darling Hubby must enjoy goading me and pushing my buttons cause that’s all he does…all day long.  It’s days like these when I think I should probably live in a bubble so no one will pester me.

Despite my bad mood, I did manage to finish Bug’s mittens that I started yesterday.  I used the Yin and Yang Mitten pattern on Ravelry.  (You have to be logged in to see it.)  The patterns says to make one mitten one way (i.e. red mitten with white thumb and cuff) and then make a second the reverse (white mitten with red thumb and cuff)  Bug decided he wanted 2 mittens the same, so there you have it.  I made a string so they can go in his coat and not get lost when we are out and about.  He’ll be warm this winter.  Here’s a picture of them.

Bug's Mittens

I’ve also gotten everything on my Christmas Create list done!

  • Red Knit scarf (Finished 11/19/08)
  • Cream Knit scarf (started 11/19, finished 11/28)
  • Crocheted hat – red (Started 11/19/08 – ran out of yarn – finished 11/20)
  • Crocheted hat  – cream (Started 11/29, finished 11/30)
  • Grandpa’s Blanket (finished 12/1 – omitted the fringe)
  • Convertible Flap Mittens blue (started 12/1 – finished 12/4)
  • Convertible Flap Mittens brown
  • Peruvian Earflap Hat – blue
  • Peruvian Earflap Hat – brown
  • Blue Scarf – I crocheted this rather than knitting.  It took less time.
  • Brown scarf – I finished this a while ago, but added it to the list so I knew what I have.
  • Red Crocheted Mittens
  • Cream Crocheted Mittens
  • Darling Hubby’s sweater (I don’t necessarily have to finish this, but it would be nice)

The only thing I have left right now is Darling Hubby’s Gatsby sweater.  I’m just not in the mood to work on it since it seems to be taking FOREVER for me to get anywhere on it.  I just want a straight forward simple sweater pattern to work on first.  I think I might work on something else first before I pick up my hook and work on the sweater again.  Maybe a nice warm pair of slippers for me or maybe I’ll attempt to knit a hat or something a little more complex than a straight knit, knit, knit scarf…I’ll look around and see what I can find.  I do have some yarn stash that I should use up.

Oh, since I’m on the subject of handmade, I  posted a while ago that I won a prize for posting all 30 days in November.  Well, the prize I won was a set of 6 handmade Christmas cards.  They arrived last week from Tracy at Miller Manor Designs.  The cards, shown here, a beautiful, even more so when you hold them in your hands.  They are almost to beautiful to use, but I will.  I already had photo cards made up, printed and mailed, so I plan to attach the cards to the presents of 6 special people in my life.  If you are interested in checking out the other beautiful designs Tracy has, check out her Etsy shop, Miller Manor Designs.

Off to sate my desire to craft something else.

My Rainbow

I saw this both on Shannon and Suzy’s blogs in the past 2 days and figured since I had a moment that I’d see what my rainbow colors were. Turns out I’m more than one color…who knew?

Your rainbow is intensely shaded indigo, yellow, and blue.

What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Better get some lunch and get to work crocheting. I’ve almost finished one convertible mitten! Yahoo!