A Simple Woman's Daybook 2

>> Monday, May 30, 2011

A super fun crazy busy May is finally coming to a close.  I am really shocked at how swiftly this year is going by.  My May was full and busy, we went to San Francisco last weekend for a cousins wedding and some sightseeing with the kids.  They loved Fisherman's Wharf and the sea lions there.

We had family staying with us as soon as we got home that left on Friday so we finally just relaxed in a lump this weekend.

Since I haven't checked in for awhile I thought another edition of A Simple Woman's Daybook would get me jump started. So...

Outside my window...blue skies and no wind or rain for the first time in a long time.

I am thinking...how much better I want to get at photography, the area that really holds me back in blogging is the elusive good picture to truly capture what I am working on.  If I can't get a good shot, no posting, then I am kicking myself for not posting anything at all and a whole month goes by.  So instead of focusing on where I can improve I find myself comparing my photos to the beautiful ones I see on all of your blogs.  I definitely need to shift my thinking and just keep practicing (which is what I always tell my kids to do when they complain about not being good at something).  Apparently my parenting style is leaning towards the "do as I say and not as I do" theory...need to work on that.

I am thankful for...a very relaxing weekend with my family....lots of movies and games and dinner with friends.  My kids are finally at an age where they will allow me to wallow for a whole day, provided a good portion of that wallowing includes kid movies and kid card games.  As long as I can read a book I want and maybe watch part of a movie I want I can work with that compromise :)
From the learning rooms...yes a lot of photography reading on the Internet.  I have been looking here and here  any suggestions for other places I should check out?

From the kitchen....we made these rolls cinnamon rolls this weekend, because what else is there to do when it has been raining for the last few days accompanied by gale force winds?  Cinnamon rolls all!  Who says they are only for breakfast.  I did cut down the recipe and made two pans instead of eight, we cooked one Saturday afternoon and the other one Monday morning.....soooo good!!

I am creating... the seeds hat from Chris over at Doodles in String.  I won a giveaway on her blog and got her beautiful seeds hat pattern along with the yarn to knit it up. 

I am going...to a baseball game with my family and some friends this afternoon.  The weather looks to be clearing so hopefully we won't have to bring blankets and coats and gloves and well as much stuff as we have been due to the wonky weather.

I am reading... Cutting for Stone.....still :)  I have read some other books this last month but none worth mentioning.

I am hoping...to find the balance in my week that I really need between mommy stuff, work stuff, wife stuff, typical family admin stuff and just some time for myself.

I am hearing...My husband upstairs making breakfast, the dogs playing on the deck, and my kids doing some art projects next to me on the sofa.

Around the house...making my lists for the week, you know the drill.  I call it family admin. planning my cleaning schedule to get everything done, planning our menu list for the week for grocery shopping, and trying to plan some time for me to workout because this next weekend is going to be a busy one and I doubt I'll have much time.

Here's to wishing you all a nice balanced week!


Pedicure Socks

>> Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy Monday everyone!  Finally some knitting.  Here are my pedicure socks.  I won this yarn from Suzanne forever ago and it has been calling me from my knitting basket ever since.  I haven't really knit socks in my short knitting career.  I don't know where my hesitation stemmed from because these socks came together so quickly and were perfect for some evening TV time with my family. 
The perfect knit for spring/summer in my opinion.  Fast, easy, and perfect if you are an at home pedicurist. 
My feet get so dry when the weather changes but I really am not a fan of wearing socks so this is kind of the perfect solution.  Slather my tootsies up with creamy lotion put on my new socks and my feet don't get hot or suffocated.  I can do my toes and not mess up the polish (something I mess up all the time).
The lizard was added by my "assistant"....because he is so cute.  Um...okay honey, thank you.   You can get the pattern here (free).


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