Well, as Shane mentioned, he’s going back to school online. I wish him the best of luck with that. I know it will certainly keep him busy. He’s made a schedule up, and it does show time for Allyssa and I, but like all schedules we will see how well it actually works out.
He talks about doing dinner, but he enjoys that (usually) and find it relaxing. But don’t worry he doesn’t do all the cooking. I make the lunches for the 3 of us since he works and will be going to school from home. While some might thing that lunch is a lighter meal, it’s still important to keep it balanced. My theory is that we’d be better off if lunch is a bit heartier and dinner a bit lighter since most don’t have a lot of physical activity in the evening.
Shane has also started doing weekly fighter practice for SCA. This is once a week on Wednesday. Allyssa and I go as well, we talk to others and watch him get hit with sticks. It’s good to get to know the other SCA folks in the area. And we have several events we are talking about going to in the near future.
We have found two parks in the area which Allyssa enjoys. Of course we’ve also found out that as long as the park has slides it will be one that she enjoys. She is a huge fan of riding the slides.
I have found a cross stitching shop in the area. It wasn’t easy but I have finally figured out how to find shops when you new to the area and have no idea of what they are called. It’s hard to do an internet search for them without a name, and harder still to do a yellow pages search because often the shops are so poorly categorized on the online yellow pages. I was on a website of a company that dye their own fabric colors for cross stitch. They are a wholesale company so when I asked them about shops in my area they were able to give me the name of two within 21 miles of me. So now I know how to look for shops in the future. Go to the wholesale suppliers and ask them who is in my area.
Why worry about giving a local shop? Well I try to support the local shops whenever possible. I have a simple view of things. If I don’t do my part to support my local shop, when I need to pick something up quick they won’t be there. The day after I received the information about local shops, I went to the closest one and checked them out. It was good to be in a shop dedicated to needlework. Not one where it’s just shoved off into a small corner of the craft store, which keeps getting smaller.
I finished the birth announcement I was working on for Allyssa. Please click on the image to see the entire piece. Now I’ll have to clean and mount it. Of course, since that one is done, I had to start another project. This new project is one of Santa looking at signs to check his directions. It’s on a black background and is originally from an old postcard. I have an entire book of Santa’s from old artwork it’s called Santa Remembered from Leisure Arts.
Allyssa is growing in leaps and bounds, but lately it’s been hard to get her to sleep on her own. She wants to be attached to momma when she sleeps. She just doesn’t want to let go. Lately it’s been if she won’t let go at nap time, we get up. It makes her more tired in the evening, but she has to learn that she can’t stay attached to momma.
When she falls asleep at night, she also wants to stay attached also. This makes things hard for momma. While I don’t mind taking an afternoon nap with her (actually I usually enjoy a good afternoon nap), I like to get up for a bit after Shane and Allyssa are in bed. It’s a good time for me to have some private quiet time. It’s my ME time, and I have learned that I need it. If I can’t have my me time for I get more irritable and much easier to annoy. I have also found that if the housework isn’t done before they go to bed it’s not going to get done that night. My time is for me, not for housework. (Doing housework during that time is a sure fire way for me to get extremely annoyed.)
Well that’s all my thoughts for now. I’ll try catching people up again soon.