Friday, October 30, 2009

My brother as Dr. Horrible

I love it! My sister-in-law custom made the lab coat from that ubiquitous Matrix coat pattern that lots of people start with. Didn't she do a great job?

And the Death Ray looks strangely familiar.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fabric Basket Tutorial

CLARIFICATION: I did not write this tutorial, I am just linking to it.

I'm parking this link here so I don't lose it, but take a look while you're at it. I love these. So many possibilities.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lightsaber 101

Now tell me it has never occurred to you that maybe it was a bad idea to hand a farmboy a lightsaber in a small room and let him turn it on and wave it around a little.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sugar Maple

New Albin, what a great town to call home!

I have refrained from writing about our town's embarrassing financial crisis for several months now, but now that we are well on our way to a happy ending, I think I will link to two LaCrosse Tribune news stories that tell the public side of the tale. As the rest is either scuttlebutt or part of a criminal trial, or both, that's all I will say.

New Albin residents pitch in after budget snafu kills property tax

New Albin residents skip tax holiday; fundraiser patches budget

My thanks to staff writer Chris Hubbuch for covering this story both factually and with sensitivity.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Castle/Firefly Squee

YESSSS! It's the Coat!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dumpster Diving

A Capehart Panamuse cabinet radio/phonograph from 1941 or 1942, or thereabouts.

Yes, really.

Baby Rothfuss


Monday, October 12, 2009


Mothering is such a hard job.

Nothing more.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

NOT flu. Strep!

Lil Miss A's strep culture came back positive! So we do not have the flu here, we have strep throat. Now she has to be on antibiotics even though she is improving. No school again for another 24 hours after she gets on the meds.

Wow. Life is a roller coaster ride.

Monday, October 05, 2009

We still have the flu but there is still some good news.

It's probably H1N1, by the way - clinic said the test would cost several hundred dollars and would not change the treatment plan, so they are not testing for it, but the strain they are seeing is generally believed to be H1N1. Joy. On the other hand, Lil Miss A is feeling better today, and though she still was feverish this morning, she's feeling wonderful now and I am having to tie her up to keep her from running outside to rake the leaves she sees falling all over the place. So she is definitely improving.

Okay, now for the good news, or rather the OTHER good news: A few weeks ago this appeared in our little local weekly paper:

And I submitted this design:

And when I got home from the clinic, there was both a voice mail and an email telling me that my design is one of the finalists for the county, and the final decision will be made in Des Moines.

I'm excited! And I want to make this quilt for real, for a bed.

Friday, October 02, 2009

We Have the Flu

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Or at least one of us does, Lil Miss A. I don't know which variety she has and don't think I will bother to find out, I'll just take care of her. We are all acting like we don't like each other in this house, not hugging, sleeping in separate bedrooms and looking askance at things we know were just touched by someone else. This morning after the males left for school I walked through the house with a roll of paper towels and a squirt bottle of Chlorox Clean-Up and sprayed all the doorknobs, light switches, handles, railings and other often-touched surfaces to kill any lurking germs. The house smells like a public swimming pool, but I feel like I accomplished something, anyway. Barry, especially, cannot get sick, as he has a wedding photo job Saturday.

I also started a loaf of bread rising. And now it's time for work.