Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Enlightening Trip to the Mall

Every Monday Greg and I go to the mall. We meet another SAHM and son for a little shopping, a lot of chatting, and tons of socialization. The mall has a great new kids play area. Everything is fall safe: the floor is spongy, the climbing equipment is soft and rounded. Greg looks forward to the mall from Sunday afternoon and talks about it all day Monday. He loves seeing his friend and playing. Yesterday didn't go so well though. When we got there I chose to sit in a new spot. Greg walked to our old spot and sat down. He took off his shoes and put them in the cubby-hole where he always does. Then, instead of playing, he came and sat in my lap. When his friend got there Greg had trouble sharing. He was fussy and crabby. We even had to leave early due to a giant temper-tantrum.
My friend asked me "Greg thrives on routine, doesn't he?" The answer is a resounding yes! It took Toby and I awhile to figure this out. I don't know why, I'm the same way. When things don't go as I expect, I get crabby. Greg had a lot of problems sleeping until Toby and I became disciplined enough to get him to bed at the same time every night. It changed Greg's whole temperament. He would wake up in the night unable to sleep and go through the days in cranky exhaustion. Greg also loves music; the predictable repetition of the beat and melody delights his senses. He learned the actions to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" by 15 months. I always attributed my annoyance with a break in routine as control issues (and I'm sure it is in part), but now I see that it's part of my personality. Greg and I love routine!
This leads me to a whole list of questions: How can I help him to adapt to changes in routine? How can I respect his need for routine? What does this reveal about God's purpose for my son?


Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Successful Garage Sale and More!

How do you know when your garage sale is successful? Is it when you've made more than $100? Is it when you start and end on time? NO! It's when you can park your cars in the garage again. We only made $20 at our garage sale. We started at about 9:30 am and ended at 1:30. We left a lot of stuff by the curb (which all disappeared). We met our goal: to get rid of enough stuff to park both vans in the garage.
Successful Garage Sale
Today was Grandparents' Day. Since our cards will be late (sorry Mom and Dad), we made an electronic greeting on the front sidewalk.
Grandparents' Day 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Coffee Cup Corset Crochet Pattern

One of my friends requested that I make a coffee cup cozy for her. I wanted to make an adjustable cozy that would fit coffee cups of many sizes. I came up with this idea.

Row 1: Chain 55
Row 2: In the 3rd chain from the hook, hdc. (Chain one and skip one chain. Hdc in the next chain.) Repeat between parentheses 5 times so that at the end you have 6 hdc with 5 chains between them. Chain 2 and turn the work over.
Row 3: Hdc in each hdc and chain across for a total of 11 hdc. Chain 2 and turn the work over.
Row 4-23: Hdc across. Chain 2 and turn the work over.
Row 24: Hdc in the first stitch. (Chain one and skip one stitch. Hdc in the next stitch) Repeat between parenthesis 5 times so that at the end you have 6 hdc with 5 chains between them.
Row 25: Chain 42
Take the beginning chain and lace it through the holes chain one holes in row 24. Take the last chain and lace it through the chain one holes in row 2. Tighten to size of the cup. Then tie a bow at the bottom.

Use worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. One 3 oz skein makes 5.5 corsets.

Launder inside a lingerie bag. Machine wash warm or cold, tumble dry on low.