Monday, December 15, 2014

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, December 15, 2014.

Outside my window...  still dark and quiet, clear and cold again.  Tate has already left for the bus.

Hearing...  Yo Yo Ma and Friends, Songs of Joy and Peace.  How many ways can they play Dona Nobis Pacem?  (I like them all.)

Pondering...  did a little sewing project yesterday, and maybe you'll understand this and maybe you won't.  Had to make a little (one inch wide) tube, several inches long, and invert it.  And there has got to be a better way!  Because that was twenty minutes of feeling like I was trying to turn a belly button inside out.  Good grief.

Praying...  next week is Christmas!  I think I'm ready... need to double-check my lists ;/D  And so much fun between now and then  :D

Thankful...  Kerry continues to have work (woo-hoo!), Wyatt is working like a one-armed paper hanger, and I've done most of my shopping online - for the win ;D

Wearing...  my Grubs - Gunnar and I will go walking as soon as the sun comes up.

Creating...  fun, cute project I can't show yet.

Going...  gotta crank out the schoolwork with Gunnar.  We both want to finish the week early and Tuesday is our crazy disrupted day.  Gunnar has his violin lesson, his babysitting job, and - of course - there's CAP.

Looking forward to...  taking a couple weeks off school - not that it's miserable, but you know... everybody likes a break :D

In the kitchen...  hmm, my freezers are stuffed full, but what to have for dinner?  Probably something with venison - Tate's deer came back from the butcher and I bet we have over 40 pounds of meat :D

In the learning rooms...  Gunnar is writing a research paper on Giant Otters, we're coming down the homestretch on his Pre-Algebra, and I need to help Tate review for a Biology exam.  Also - not really school, but... Tate wants me to help him study for his written test to get his Learner's Permit - driving!!!

Around the house...  beautiful Nativities, candles, lights, and the Christmas tree :D

The Mother Load...  still some wrapping to do but there are a couple more things still coming.  What little Christmas baking I've done has been eaten and the boys are BEGGING for Christmas cookies and dipped pretzels.  Also, must make several pounds of meatballs for our Christmas party and Wyatt's (work) potluck.  And the house needs some cleaning-love.

Noticing that...  I almost had my office tidy, and then... I needed to wrap something, and sew something, and... well, you know.

Something to remember for later...  Naomi loves all her boys (especially Gunnar ;D ) but when she wants a story read?  She goes to...

Tate.  Grandma gave her one Christmas gift early - her own copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Something fun to share...  had a really fun time Friday night in Seattle seeing The Nutcracker.

A favorite quote for today...  I've said it before, and I'll say it again...  (NO, that's not the quote!)...

When I do stuff,
Stuff gets done.

Ready, set, go.

One of my favorite things...  having a good time with my family :D

A few plans for the rest of the week...  get as much done today as possible, because...
* Monday - homeschool, help set up for tomorrow's event
* Tuesday - homeschool, violin lesson (Gunnar), babysit (Gunnar), CAP annual "Dining Out" - which is a banquet and awards ceremony.
* Wednesday and Thursday - homeschool, get stuff done (!)
* Friday - dinner at friends'
* Saturday - neighborhood party here
* Sunday - church, kids' Christmas program

A peek into my world... 

Wyatt, Kerry, Tate, me, Aunty Tami, and Gunnar at The Nutcracker

We may be in the second balcony, but we're front row!  So much fun :D


Joyful said...

I can just feel the FUN coming from this Daybook post! So glad I got to visit with you today and I hope to see some of your finished projects after Christmas! :)
Sounds like a busy week! I hope you enjoy it and make lots of memories!

Sara McD said...

OK. I'll see if I can explain this. When I made a doll once, I had to turn teeny tiny tubes right side out and the way to do it is to use a rigid, hollow pipe type thingy and a dowleish stick that fits inside it. You stick the pipe inside the fabric tube, tuck the end inside the hole of the pipe, slowly retract the pipe while pushing down with the dowel. I don't know if that's clear. See if you can find it on google - maybe look up art dolls turning fingers.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Thanks, Monica!

Ah, Sara, I think I can picture what you're saying. Thanks for the tip :D I think in the future I'd just sew a larger tube - cut it however many inches wide, fold it in half (wrong sides together), iron the hems in, and sew it that way. But while that would work for MY project, it wouldn'tt for others. Arrgh. This was probably a "one-off" anyway!

Wilma said...

I have a thin metal stick with a hook on the end that opens and closes. Just hook the fabric on the hook and pull through. Since it is thin, it will turn almost any size tube. I see if I can find a picture and send it to you.

I also love Dona Nobis Pacem. I have two arrangements for harp, but my teacher feels that it is overused, so we haven't played it yet.

I really enjoyed the pictures from The Nutcracker. I have never seen it all the way through. I told my husband last night that I wold like to go and see the whole performance one year.

It sounds as if you have everything under control. May you and your family have the merriest of Christmases. Blessings to all.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Hi Wilma :D

Yah, I think it is performed pretty frequently, but it's still beautiful. I didn't know you played the harp! You're a cleverer sew-er than I am. (Hard not to get that to print "sewer"!)


Wilma said...

Found it at Jo-Ann's:
Dritz® Loop Turner at › ... › Sewing Station Tools
Jo‑Ann Stores
Rating: 3 - ‎4 reviews - ‎$4.49
A necessity when making narrow spaghetti-straps, button loops or frog closures. ... Sewing · Sewing Notions · Sewing Tools · Sewing Station Tools; Dritz® Loop Turner ... Use the Dritz Loop Turner 9.5'' for fabric cylinders that need to be turned ...

Called a Loop Turner. You probably can find one even cheaper at Walmart or Amazon.

Wilma said...


Love the "sewer" sew-er!

I have been playing the harp since 2001 when I retired from teaching. I learned on the lever or Celtic harp. Summer before last, we drove to Minnesota when I purchased a concert harp from a lovely lady. We are so blessed to have a professional harpist in our town. Her husband is a professor of vocal music at a local college and she came along, too. They go to our church also. I debated spending that much money at my age (then 71), but decided that since my music is my ministry, that it would be worth it. It has been worth every penny.

Sorry this is long, but I wanted to explain how God blessed me with this beautiful gift!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Wilma, good for you for learning to play the harp And good for you (and your DH) for springing for a good one. Clearly you're NOT too old :D
And thanks for the tool tip. $4.49 is pretty reasonable!!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

PS just found one on Amazon for under $4... with free shipping! It's on its way.

Joy said...

Ah... in eighth grade a sewing teacher taught me to sew a string onto the end of my tube and keep it tucked into it while I sewed down the length of it. When it is done you basically pull the string to invert it. Then just cut the end off where it was sewed and sew it up if it suitable to do so. You just have to be careful not to sew the string into any of your stitching or it would make it worthless. :)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh, VERY clever!

Rebecca D said...

It is such an overwhelming time of the year... Good for you taking time for fun family! We need to do some of that this year!