Selling the shirt off my back


About a month ago I came across wisp from knitty and just fell in love.

I had just managed to come across some lovely yarn on sale at Tuesday Mornings, which was a totally unexpected find! Trendsetters yarn and it was more than half off. I was so thrilled with the color combo, and since the pattern was simple I decided to knit it at work during break times. Today I finished it, sewed the buttons on here at work and then tried it on. It was cute, but I needed a mirror. So I went into the women’s bathroom to check it out. There was a gal in there who just gushed over it and asked how much I would sell it for. I told her, and she said, “OK, I’ll take it, I’ll bring you a check tomorrow!” (I just recouped the cost of the yarn ,buttons, and needles in this case)

Not exactly what I expected, as I wanted to wear it on vacation! But, I have also always wanted to sell my projects or make commissions. (the inquiries happen a lot but often people don’t take me up on them!) So I am thrilled to sell it and it will be fun finding more yarn to make another for myself!
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Unfortunately I have already been told by some that I am selling myself short, that I did not ask for enough. That may be the case but it was totally unexpected and it more than recoups the cost of making it so I am OK with that.

My daughter has been informing me of all the daycare gossip. It amazes me and her teachers that she listens so carefully as to know things that they are not telling the kids. One of the teachers is out on vacation. This is a teacher not even in her class. Last year this teacher went to the beach so this year, when my daughter informed me that Miss Barb was on vacation, I asked her if she had gone to the beach. My daughter said “No, Miss Barb went to have a baby!” I said, no sweetie, Miss Barb isn’t having a baby. We went in to daycare that day and I asked about this. The teachers told me that Miss Barb was on vacation and that her daughter was having a baby. So my daughter was not totally off base!

Then, she informed me of another fact. “Thomas comes back today. Thomas was on vacation. Thomas went to vacation in Minnesota.” Well, I didn’t know about that! So we went in to school and that was indeed the case! I didn’t even know she could SAY Minnesota!


Well, it has begun.  I actually do have to tape my daughters diapers at night.  I do not tape them too her (don’t worry) but around the middle so they can’t stretch and she can’t pull them down.  This saves me from at least one middle of the night bed change.  Funny thing is, because it is new to her, she likes it, she thinks it is very funny.  Any other creative parenting solutions I need to try?

More Potty training

Ok, if you don’t want to read the good, the bad, and the ugly of potty training you may not want to read this  post.

My daughter has been doing really well with her potty training.  She is now staying in big girl undies almost all day at school.  The exception is nap time where they use a pull up just in case.  I used to take extra undies and clothes to school for accidents but I don’t seem to need to do that anymore.  She is always in the same outfit she went in with when I go to pick her up.

For awhile, this was all falling apart when she got home.  Seemed like I would remind her and remind her about going potty and she wouldn’t go till it was too late.  I have also been giving her a sucker when she manages it, extra incentive isn’t a bad thing!   Last night, rather than forcing the issue, I just let it go.  I reminded her, she would say Okay, but not go.  But then, when I wasn’t looking, she had done it herself.  She managed everything including getting her clothes back on all by herself.  I suspect she just didn’t want so much interference.  Then we went outside to play.  Typically it is very difficult to stop playing and go inside to potty but she managed it again.  I was very proud.  (We then went back outside and she promptly had an accident but hey, good try!)

What is more bothersome at this point is that with the dry undies all day, she doesn’t like to wear diapers to bed.  She takes them off if they are the least bit wet.  Last night I replaced diapers 3 times.  And the final time she had wet the bed so badly that I had to take all her clothes off and take her to her big girl bed.  (When I got her up in the morning she had again taken the diaper off.)  So what I would be saving in diapers all day I am replacing with diapers overnight.  This isn’t going to work for me.  We talked about how she must leave her diapers on today on the way to school, she tells me “Okay” but I don’t believe it.  I am willing to give it another shot tonight but after that I am duct taping those suckers on her.   I think the strong tape will make it that they are not stretchy enough to pull down.  We shall see how it goes!

Life’s simplest pleasures

Last evening, as it was getting cooler, and my daughter was getting ready for bed, I took her out on the porch and we sat in the rocking chair. I rocked her and sang to her as she put her head on my shoulder, and I wished this moment would never end. Though I think that I have many simple pleasures, this might be one of the best.

Sleep makes everything better

I had a much better evening with my daughter last night.  Neither of us was grumpy and she was being very good.  Very Good!  She went to bed early and willingly and slept till 5 when she woke up coughing.  That means I got a good amount of uninterrupted sleep.  I do not by any means feel caught up, but it certainly helps the disposition I assure you.  I woke up a bit late this morning but since she was so good getting ready for school, I was not late to work either.  I am crossing my fingers for another decent evening tonight.

On the other hand, she has the strangest little sickness I have ever seen her with.  She has a cough, no fever, a runny nose, and goopy eyes.  Not like pink eye, just goopy, I have to wipe them out frequently.  Sorta gross.  Just hoping we have turned the corner with it and she will be over it soon.

Last evening we had such a nice evening watching a video and I got to work on my sock.  I turned the heel quite effectively, was much easier than I ever expected.  I even brought it to work today as I was way too excited to keep my hands off it during break.  No pictures yet.  I will get there soon.  So I now have a leg and a heel and I am moving quickly into having a foot.  The gals at work are sure I will run out of yarn before I am done, but I think it isn’t likely.  Even so, if I do, I still have a sock!  Something I have been too chicken to try for a long time.  It will be good practice.  Pictures will come later.

Having a much happier day!


On Sunday, the weather was beautiful so I thought I would take my daughter out for a walk. I got her in the stroller and we headed out for the nearest trail. Since it was such a lovely day, the trail was full of people, mostly joggers. My daughter was enchanted with the “people running” and decided she must do the same. I took her out of the stroller and she started running, making sure she was doing it properly, imitating the joggers she saw. This became a delight to the joggers and they commented as they passed her. She did look adorable in her grey yoga pants and grey and pink striped polo shirt, balled up fists, running her little heart out. She ran for a solid hour, meaning I also had to run. I am not a runner! I’ll walk, bike, blade, swim, but I do not run! Then she walked for another half hour till I picked her up and put her in the stroller to come home. She then ran around the house for 20 minutes. Oh to have her energy!

Happy Feet

Last night I took my two and a half year old daughter to her first movie in a theater.  The tickets at the theater we went to were only a buck each for matinee.  We saw Happy Feet and she loved it!  She was good for the whole movie, singing and dancing along.  I will certainly be doing that again.  I can’t even rent us a movie for that price.  What a deal! 

Fat Lip

She got a fat lip at school the other day.  This is a picture of it.  Hard to see, but you can now see 2 white spots where she bit it well. 

 Second picture is of her, she reminds me of a cat the way she steals my knitting to lay on.  She is not picky, fully finished projects are fine, as well as skeins of yarn. 

And the last picture is just cute, thats all there is to it!
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All better

My daughter seems to be feeling much better. She really tried to be grumpy with me this morning but she just couldn’t! She didn’t even want to take her binkie in the car (thank goodness for small miracles).

Her father brought her a small Dalmatian stuffed puppy which she is quite enjoying. It is old, obviously used, I have no idea where he got it, but she loves it. She wanted to take it to school today. She said while in the car “my puppy is SO silly!” She just couldn’t wait to get to school and show her little friend Thomas her puppy. Luckily Thomas was there when we got there, and she just ran right up to him, showed him her puppy and her gloves. I was rearranging her things when she comes barrelling toward me and grabs my legs. I look down to see Thomas right behind her and she is just giggling and screeching and saying “Thomas chasing me!” Then she turns right around and returns the favor. I just looked at her teacher and laughed because it is so obvious she is feeling better and we are both so relieved. I do feel a twinge of guilt for the teacher though, poor gal, she is going to have her hands full today.

My mom and brother are due in today at 1:45ish. Doesn’t look like it is going to happen. They were delayed right from the start. I asked them to please call me when they get to their layover but have not heard from them. I suppose I can just stay at work though I was really looking forward to leaving early today. I have been telling my daughter that Nana and Uncle are coming to visit, but she keeps getting irritated with me, telling me that surely PopPop will be visiting too. I try to explain that it will just be Nana and Uncle but she will have none of that. It will break my mothers heart if she cries when seeing that PopPop indeed is not coming but I have a feeling that is what will happen.

To those of you who catch me online on a regular basis, I will be very scarce this weekend but look forward to catching up on Monday.


I got another fax call from JCR distribution. I really had wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. It is unfortunate that they did not take care of this issue. I again called the company and got the name and extension of the man who handles such things. He had a doctor’s appointment this morning and I had to leave a voice mail. Have I mentioned that I hate the phone? I did leave a very precise and logical voice mail message much to my own surprise and we will see if he calls me back.

My daughter seems to be ill. She had a terrible day at childcare crying most of the day, though no one called me to tell me. The next day went better but she did not eat at all. She didn’t eat for me either once she was home barring a small chunk of cheese. I suppose the protein helped. She is drinking plenty of fluids and I am not concerned. On the other hand, I am not feeling so well either. It came on strong and fast last night. I tried to get some sleep early but the insomnia was kicking in too. It is OK though, my mom and brother will be here tomorrow and I can be actually sick while they watch Riley providing I need to be. Just have a few important things to get done today and I will be free up tomorrow.