Archive for 2011 August
The boys found this in the grass today. I said it was a big branch blown down by the hurricane. They said it was dragon bones. Either way, it makes good kindling. Into the firewood pile it goes! Also in the grass were a whole lot of impressively large mushrooms. Neil and Aidan found them [...]continue reading "Dragon bones, mushrooms, and tea leaves"
I have a killer toothache, so I don’t feel like saying much (even through my fingers). I mostly want to curl up in a little ball and whimper. But I thought I should let you know that we survived the hurricane, we still have power, and we still have all of our trees. Hooray! The [...]continue reading "Scenes from a hurricane"
Ready for another Project::GrannySquare object? This one is a table runner, and with eighteen squares, it’s the largest project I’ve made so far. My parents recently redecorated their living room / dining room, and so my mom and I worked together to choose colors and a design that coordinated nicely with the new paint and [...]continue reading "Project :: Granny Square : Table Runner"
I have another Project::GrannySquare post to share with you, but it’s taking me forever to get around to writing it. I finished the project a few weeks ago, and am well into the next one. Right now I am preoccupied with thoughts of the expected hurricane. I have a bit of a wind phobia, rational [...]continue reading "Anticipation"
Someone came home a few days ago. We met him at the airport. Does it look like maybe he was missed? So, as I mentioned before, Neil and his magazine won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, which is a big achievement of which we are all proud of course. But did you know I [...]continue reading "Winner in a less well-known category"
It’s been an unusual several days. We’re normally such homebodies, with our quiet routines and our simple pleasures. But since my night away with Neil for his birthday last Tuesday, my routine has taken such a hit. Wednesday was his actual birthday, and so of course we needed to all go out for supper together, [...]continue reading "Calgon, take me away!"
You might want to sit down for this, or at least hold on to something. Are you ready? Here goes: I did something crafty today and it didn’t involve yarn or a hook. Truly. I kid you not. Friday afternoon, I signed for an eagerly-awaited package at my door, brought it into the house, tore [...]continue reading "Picture this"
Somebody had a birthday around here this week. It wasn’t my birthday, but I got the urge to cut my hair in celebration anyway. Six inches, gone. I also got the urge to treat the birthday boy to a night out. I dropped the kids off at my in-laws’ house, booked us a nice hotel [...]continue reading "Wife of a 45-year-old"
I am such a nerd. When I hear of some nifty blog-related technology, I nearly always want to blow off the rest of my plans, curl up with my laptop and geek out until I’ve got the new technology working at Polka Dot Cottage. That’s happened to me twice in the last week, and I [...]continue reading "Getting your regular dose of Polka Dots"
Take a wild guess how many useful options come up when you Google “granny square projects for men.” I’ll give you a hint: It’s roughly zero. And not really a surprise. Still, I thought my brother should have a little something from our grandmother’s granny square stash, and he agreed. Granny squares don’t exactly scream [...]continue reading "Project :: Granny Square : Pillow Cover"