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AU Kate had a baby!

Guess how I know… her aunt sent me congratulations ūüôā ¬†I forwarded them along. ¬†Now the house hunt makes sense, I do hope they figured something out because I could not imagine moving with a newborn.

I might have more later today but I’m going to try and blitz the outside things today while we still have miraculous¬†warm weather. ¬†Time hop has reminded me that at least 3 years of the last 8 there was snow on the ground by now. ¬†I’m living on borrowed summer….

**If you are new here from the NaBloPoMo list welcome, sorry this story seems out of place. ¬†If you want the whole story search ‘other kate’ in the search window. ¬†Short version, I have at least 3 people who accidently use my email address. ¬†The one I have tracked down (also have gotten the most important things from over they years) lives in Australia. ¬†I feel oddly close to her given how much of her life she accidently shares with me, and I share with my blog because I know at least 1 person loves the story line ūüôā


Blog posting month


Weather; Fall again, feel the chill

Kids; 100% in school today

Workout; 1 bodypump¬†class today and maybe I’ll walk to get that elusive 10k steps

health; heard a dishearting rattle in a sudden cough that was not there yesterday…

calories; resisting the candy.  Not resisting a cookie for breakfast.


Here I am again! ¬†In my old job there was a predictable season for all sorts of thing. ¬†The time I would send this or budget that or schedule the other… ¬†One of my odd worries when I started to stay home was that I would lose that rhythm to the year. ¬†I was wrong. Plenty of things. ¬†There were the expected holiday and birthday things that roll around like clockwork but those were already a given. ¬†Things like posting every day in November is oddly like when I would review the prices of every item in my zone of influence.¬† It is nice to have built a new framework, there is basically no dull time in the year, no time when I’m just doing the same thing week after week with no variation. ¬†I think I actually have more variation now than I did at the mundane job!

On the other hand, posting every day the topics start to get thin. ¬†I have not decided if I’ll go with a theme or jump onto the prompts they send out daily or if I’ll fall back on my routine prompts from last year. ¬†Each have merit and I guess we will find out tomorrow! ¬†One thing is for sure, its going to get a bit random because I am using all my strategy¬†and planning on the 5 other blogs and web presences I’m managing right now!


In the vain of random, here is a picture of Niamh in a shirt she was given when she was 3. ¬†It says ‘my dad rocks’ and has been in her wardrobe ever since. ¬†The friends that gave it to her are expecting their first baby in March but back then just had no concept of kid sizes – soon they will laugh at themselves (more, because they laughed in the first place too).


ps. ¬†I just remembered I could have gotten away with just a picture today as ‘wordless Wednesday’ ¬†oh well, I just can’t keep my days straight when my Monday is off balance.

Wisely using my child free time

Today I have actually done so many of the things my head says one should do .


  • Got up a little early to read and snuggle with Niamh
  • I made healthy lunches for kids
  • ate breakfast on the go, but, ate breakfast
  • dropped off and hugged 5 kids at school
  • worked out with a friend who totally made the workout possible by pulling out equipment for me too
  • Showered! ¬†before noon!
  • met up with friends for an hour
  • took a 1 mile walk where I got 5 pokimon
  • Finished an awesome biography on Birdseye
  • ate lunch with my husband
  • answered a few pressing e-mails
  • did a work call

And now I look toward a major project – swapping kid rooms – that I’ve been trying to get underway for weeks. ¬†The bed is here, the mattress arrived this afternoon, I cleaned the kitchen last night so that’s¬†still good and I have a ‘free’ hour before my first sewing lesson student arrives.

This week has been decent in rhythm. ¬†I’m working out more if not at normal/regular times. ¬†I can spend time with the kids doing individual things because I can get some of the annoying chore things done faster solo. ¬†Work is increasing since I’m onboarding a new client so I have way more setup work than normal but its also fun. ¬†I still need to work out my computer time because if I’m not with Fiona I tend to work all day non stop and if I’m with Fiona I can’t break away as regularly as I used to. ¬†I’ll get that dialed in sooner or later ūüôā

So thats my life right now. ¬†I need to do some posts on projects I’m working on because the big Halloween holiday is coming and we have a few new hobbies going that are totally worth talking about but I’m too busy doing to get writing.

Hope you all have a great weekend.  Mine will involve a chainsaw!

Weekend of work

Poor blog, nobody posts on you!


For the second week in a row Lars is out of town and in contrast to last week where I felt like the crazy hub of social activity this weekend we are crazy solo.  All little outings fell through and kids were behaving like it was a full moon (it was) and they had spent an exhausting fun week at camp.  Solo parenting is for the birds (although based on my nesting robins, those chicks keep 2 parents busy in their species too).

In the win column РI have major amounts of garb produced.  Thanks to mom who is quietly producing in NY to supplement efforts here, I think I can put away the sewing tomorrow.  I also have one solid box packed and some bits and pieces getting pulled to a gather point for packing in the near term.

We also did a fair job cleaning up. ¬†When they start fighting I say I need to micromanage and we clean. ¬†Sometimes the mess just moves but it’s almost cute to hear Zoe cut me off mid-word to parrot “do it right or do it twice”. ¬† I also seem to have a relaxation¬†issue when Lars is gone. ¬†Two nights straight¬†I got them to bed with reasonable ease, that at least is not a current issue, and instead of vegging out I power clean. ¬†Last night I seriously intended to just do 10min and then go to bed and there was mud by the door from feet and 30 min later I had the floor cleaned and dry using a washcloth and dish towel since I only was going to do “that spot” but then there was “another spot”.

Today is starting better.  It is not raining, it is not 90 degrees and they let me sleep until 7:30.  And hey, the kitchen is clean, so that always helps the day start nicely.

Ps.  output in the past few days;

2 tunics for Lars, 1 over tunic, skirt and choli for me, 2 kid cholis, 5 kid skirts, a hat, 3 hoods, a chemise, various mending points, and 3 kids that are still alive.

Getting back in my bubble

Weather – cloudy but warm, sunny afternoons. ¬†Can’t complain

Bath water Рunwashed!!! given more daylight and less strict schedule we somehow lost the routine.  Zoe and Fiona did roll down muddy hills the other day, that bath was NOT skipped and was very dirt colored.

Naps РFiona just requested one.  Poor bug, we have plans, feel free to fall asleep early tonight (post bath)

Exercise – the Y opens tomorrow! ¬†I’ve done 35min or more on the elliptical at least plus parent.


Last week I had some intense anxiety. ¬†Usually I know what I’m worried about, its a trip or an event or something but this was just free floating like something really really bad was going to happen. ¬†I even had nightmares of loved ones dying¬†and overall my normal 5 hours of sleep slipped down to 3ish. ¬†The problem was there was nothing I was actually really worried about personally, especially after the bogie of a last day of school/party/another party/camping trip was complete.

Then Orlando happened.

I have seriously no ties to the city, I care on a human level but I’m not personally linked. ¬†I don’t even want to make the claim that my ‘premonition’ had anything to do with knowing something like that might happen. ¬†The anxiety, however, is gone.

The thing is, if you are lucky enough to live in a nice place with good health and friends living in the bubble is a nice place to be. ¬†Poke your head out of the bubble on any given day and you are likely to see something bad happening in the world. ¬†This week it is 50 dead in Orlando followed by a 2-year-old being snatched and killed by an alligator – just to show us all that nature won’t be ignored just because you are paying attention to the horror show caused by humans. ¬†And I’m not even looking hard! ¬†If you start looking you can find any number of massive atrocities and minor tragedy.

Last night we watched a movie titled “Look who’s back” and it is the story of Hitler appearing¬†in 2014 exactly where his bunker was. ¬†Starts a little along the fish out of water and is vaguely funny but progresses to show how easily he picks right back up. ¬†I could write thousands of words (I have actually, in various papers for college) on the fact that he was a brilliant man who identified real problems but solved them with a VERY VERY bad solution. ¬†The thing is, the movie shows how easy it was to start small and build up using a mix of truth and hate and it pulls in the common man. ¬†New Hitler marvels¬†at the TV and the internet and how wonderful a propaganda method they are. ¬†It’s a really well-done movie but a bit too close to home right now in the US. ¬†I’ve ignored the ‘like Hitler’ references up to now because people overuse the phrase , every president/president candidate has been ‘like Hitler’ to someone. ¬†Now though, it is closer to truth and I’m not sure what can be done. ¬†I fall back on the fact that we are not electing a king, unlike 1933 Germany our government has a 3 angled check and balance system of government, and, I hope the good people who will stand up for themselves and their neighbor outnumber those who watch or follow.

I fall back on the fact that we are not electing an all-powerful king, unlike 1933 Germany our government has a 3 angled check and balance system of government, and, I hope the good people who will stand up for themselves and their neighbor outnumber those who watch or follow.  The outrage over each thing that happens gives me hope that we would not be silent.  However, it makes me not want to leave my bubble, because in here the biggest problem is who got more blueberries.

There is a little saying going around now and while I usually will appreciate and move on, this is one I will stand with and share; IMG_9326

And now I go out into my bubble world of friends and garage sale and sunblock and sprinklers.  I think I need a break from the news and the world.

three things thrusday


nap – she is sleeping, I should be

health – minor cold turns into major breathing event….

Weather – awesome, this is why I live here – sunny, 70, light breeze

House – getting party ready so a combo of clean and crafting piles


This week is full steam toward party, plus, keep up with normal life and fill in the gaps from our week last week. ¬†On top of it all Fiona had a breathing event… ¬†All night… ¬†I’m getting better at this at least so I guess my #1 thing is;


  1. 2 very healthy kids and one kid who’s health I can handle. ¬†There are so many parents with such worse conditions that I consider this breathing thing not so bad. ¬†She just gets a sniffle and it turns into a major wheeze. ¬†We also were not on top of her allergy medicines and the world decided to bloom. ¬†So we missed a playdate, that’s fine, sitting quietly looking at books is nice too.
  2. Pool noodle horses! ¬†These are really super easy and pretty inexpensive. ¬†I got the noodles at the dollar store, I got eyeballs, clothes line, and pipe cleaner¬†(bridle) at walmart¬†for under $8 total. ¬†The manes are scrap fleece and I got way more than I needed. ¬†I already had a glue gun and a sharpie and clear packing tape so over all an inexpensive craft. ¬†I finished all 15 in about an hour and a half. ¬†They are the ‘goodie bag’ for the royal theme party this weekend. ¬†Kids will have some horse races, maybe some art, a bit of ‘fight the knight’, and we will see what else.IMG_8491
  3. Brushing up my balloon twisting skills and making sure I can make plenty of swords for the party. ¬†This was also my wordless Wed pic but I’m still happy about it


I thought I was done since so much of my week is focused on party, cleaning, and kid care that I totally forgot about this picture until I was uploading from my phone. ¬†This is Zoe at the hotel and she is reading the only book she could find… ¬†They tested my limits that night but this picture is just cute enough it will be all I remember.