February 15, 2008

Minutiae of Life

Bird in our Willow Tree
Over the last few days I've done no knitting and just a bit of quilting, but have enjoyed the days with the girls and evenings with DH, and I've taken a few photos of our life which I hope you won't find too boring!!

We had Valentine's Day and today with the kids off from school. Got a nice card from DH but he is pretty atrocious with the gifts and being romantic, but he did forewarn me before marriage, so I guess I should know it is impossible to train someone as stubborn as him!! But he still likes just talking and hanging out with me, so there is something romantic about that after 13 years of marriage I guess!!

I planned an activity for the girls in the morning: making pink heart valentine's cookies! You see, we are going back to my old neighborhood in Waterford where we lived until Autumn 2006. We will visit friends, and Aine will see her best buddy Conor. Those that have followed my blog from its start as Crazed Quilter on blogspot will probably recall him as an weekly visitor to our house and often in our daily life photos! Aine is crazy with excitement about the trip and I must be too, as I couldn't go back to sleep after 5:30am wakeup!! Aine decorated some cookies to bring to her best buddy and his family! Aisling and I helped make them :)
Making our pink valentines cookies
Cookies decorated by Aine

I also managed to finish the third border on my Dear Jane.
three borders and center quilted

We had a lovely sunny day yesterday, so I managed to put out some washing and get it dried outside for the first time all winter! Here is that Aine she is everywhere, behind her is the washing line and the cute daffodil Aisling grew at playschool!
Smiling Aine

Because I arranged an activity for the morning, Aine decided we needed an afternoon activity and layed out dozens of sheets of paper with some post it note hearts I'd given the girls as a pressie in the morning and layed pencils or crayons beside each sheet!


Our neighbors are cutting down all their lovely trees, which is a shame, but we get a benefit for a while before new houses are built on the land: a lovely view from our back garden of the Clare hills across the River Shannon! No river view from our house, but had to capture this sunset photo. Looks better in real life though!
Sunset and a new view of the Clare hills

Well, time to get moving: have to pack some clothes and get some food organized. I have my applique work for a handbag and one of mom's chemo caps in my project bag to bring along, can't go without some handwork if I get the chance, but I have a feeling there will be lots of chatting with my 2 good friends tonight in Waterford, and just a little bit of drink??

Have a great weekend! We are starting ours early today!!

16 comments:

Barbara said...

Love the slice-of-life post. Great photos!

ruthsplace said...

Have a great time catching up with your friends. I always over-estimate how much crafting I'm going to get done on trips away, but better to have too much than to run out I say!

Thimbleanna said...

I love the everyday bits of life. Don't worry about DH -- mine is very romantic -- he went to get some flowers but they were ridiculously expensive, so I told him not to bother. I didn't get anything either and that's just fine by me -- I'm too practical I guess! Your cookies look yummy -- I hope you're having a good weekend!

Bubblesknits said...

The pictures are so pretty! Have fun visiting your friends!

lisakingsley said...

Thanks for sharing your life. Your cookies are fantastic. I always take pictures of my girls doing things like baking cookies, playing with their toys, coloring easter eggs. Sometimes I think they must get tired of me hovering over them with the camera all the time.

Kate said...

Ooh, washing hanging out - me too :) I love it when it gets warm enough for that. Have fun back in Waterford...

Andrea said...

How nice to see what you're up to. Love the pink cookies - lol !! Best wishes to mum.

Anna said...

I really enjoyed your post about your "everyday occasions". The photos were fab! They tell a story all on their own. The girls are utterly precious!

How is your mum?

Tracey said...

Sounds like a great Valentine's to me! Mine is s bit funny with the gift thing as well...13 years for us too, but he has recently started working out that I care! Tracey

nicky said...

Those cookies look so delicious! Happy Valentines day!

Angela said...

Hope you had a great time in Waterford. Those cookies looked delicious!

samantha said...

Those cookies look delicious! Enjoy that great view :-)

Kristie said...

You poor, sweet, dear lady. My prayers are with you and your mom. I truly can't imagine the stress that you are going through.
Kristie

Kristie said...

It's me again, I meant to leave this comment on your latest post :)
Kristie

colleen said...

Thinking of you....could just picture you both sitting in the car crying....had a day like that myself yesterday. You should possess 20 yrs of confidence.... and no claims to boot!Can't wait to see what you make with the schwe-schwe. You wont' believe that I think I left my fabric for the container load....which is a shared one...so who knows when South Africans will be moving to Tennessee area???? Hope I can start it by the end of the year. Or may have friends go to shop and buy me more skirt pannels.... can't believe I didnt' bring them in the suitcases?The girls look great. Keep your chin up. Colleen

Julie said...

I am sorry you had a rough one...good thing your driving tester was having a bad one too. and great Valentine's gift for hubby to come out and comfort you! I will take that over flowers any day! Hope all turns out well and I am thinking of you.