Thursday, December 24, 2015

Anxiety Anyone?

Right now my life is full.  It is good.  All is well.  For the past year that has not so much been the case.  Not blogging that crazy personal family shit is always for the best so just take my word for it.

On the other hand I have friends that take me out and make sure I get to do this:

My favorite gingerbread houses are the ones where some adult
clearly gave the kids a pile of  decorations and said "have at it."

Other friends who take the time to make me this awesomeness

And a successful steeking of the Monroe Sweater (Streymoy on Ravelry-so named after Monroe from Grimm).

That being said, the stress and anxiety continues and the good dr. who never prescribes anything stronger than benadryl for anxiety has declared that I need more and has offered some relief with "mother's little helper" for the next week just so my body can remember how to breathe and relax.  And you know the diagnosis is real when the only effect it has is to help me get up in the morning.

Go forth and be well blog readers and know that I am working hard to do the same.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Not plane or bird or even frog




It's just little old me, Underdog.


We all have our guilty pleasures.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

And everyone put your pencils down...

Because the Great 2015 Mitten Knitathon- I like to think of it as the Mittathon- has come to an end.


And ten really great helping friends at school can be frostbite free for the winter.


Also a gratuitous picture of our cat, Annabelle.



Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Saturday in November

For whatever reason, this is the first weekend in some time that hasn't felt like a dothisdothat weekend.

For that I am grateful. It has been a challenging year at school because of student behavior. I would hate to be a first year teacher with this crop.

Today cousin and I started the morning with a pancake breakfast for 'lil Raider football and cheerleaders.



A pancake breakfast as only southwestern PA can do them.

She was quick to point out that her tree looked much nicer than the one at the fairgrounds.


When I turned around to compare, I saw this-


And said why yes, yes it does. While my cousin may have some mental disabilities, it doesn't mean she doesn't have taste.

She had extra ornaments left over from the tree and I had a long distant Pinterest post in my head. When we finished shopping I used recently purchased fishing line and the ornaments and added this to the living room.


A garland of ornaments to adorn her mantlepiece. The rare Pinterest win that turned out exactly like they said it would. I have my eyes on you discounted January ornaments.

Edited to add- and then Bobterry came home and said "I told Shirley we'd take her clothes shopping for her son. We can go to lunch!" So much for a dothisdothat free weekend.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Also, this year it pays to be my helping/laughing friend at school.



Now we are fifty.

And here's what we did.






And then on Sunday there was a Christmas tree for cousin Sherri and a holiday dinner with Aunt Sippy.

I wish I had more better words for it all, funny quips and stories and such but today all I can manage is documentation.


Monday, November 02, 2015

When do we eat turkey?

That was the question posed to a class of kindergarteners this afternoon. Maybe it was a poorly asked question. I'll own that. But still.

Answers (even after some hints)

1. Valentine's Day.

2. Christmas.

3. At bedtime.

4. When mom tells us to come to dinner.

5. After we kill it.

When 10 out of 13 classes (multiple grades) have major discipline issues requiring multiple calls for assistance, it's a relief to have a laugh now and again. And by the end of the conversation, I wasn't 100% sure they weren't just messing with me.

Friday, October 30, 2015


Next week I will be 50.

I don't understand.

I'm waxing poetic in my head but the poetry is missing and mostly I'm just waxing. Which I guess is better than waning.

It's a month of celebrations because you can't fit celebrating 50 in one day.

I spent most of 2015 in my car traveling back and forth and being a grown up. Last week Bobterry took my car to the place and had it detailed. Essentially I got a new car for my birthday.

Last night I went to my first professional hockey game thanks to Bobterry and his casino hostess.


Unlike the baseball games, the seats were comfy, the temperature was perfect and the action was fast. Hockey is the opposite of baseball.

Also when you go to the hockey game you sometimes see knit night friends there. I wasn't making things up in my head when I thought I saw Allison on the jumbotron. Turns out she and knitnighttara were two sections over and 15 rows down.


If there is any question about Tara's mad baking skillz, she got those awesome seats in exchange for making Halloween cookies for a season ticket holder.

In further big city adventures, next week we will go see the movie West Side Story at the Benedum center while the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra plays the soundtrack. Awesome.

My birthday wish is that I keep getting to have adventures, because they are the best.