Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm still alive!

Just didn't want any of you to think I had fallen off the world of blogging... I'm still here! I've been trying to get Hallowe'en costumes finished up - yikes! I thought I had given myself plenty of time, yet here I am, cramming in the last week (somewhat reminiscent of my university days!). I've been picking at them for an hour or two each evening, but now it's time to pick up the pace. My husband has also been away on a business trip this week, so things have been a little busier than usual for me. I'll be back to blogging soon. I will be posting pictures of the kids all costumed up... they WILL be wearing costumes come Friday!

See you soon!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Creating a Food Binder

In my efforts to get more organized before baby #3 arrives, I've decided to start a Food Binder. I had a food section in my Household Notebook, but it was pitiful. Just a few hand-scrawled recipes and some take-out menus. And I hardly ever looked at it, unless I needed to refer to one of those hand-scrawled recipes, or order take-out (which we do almost never!). My idea was to start collecting all of the recipes that we use on a regular basis, type them up nicely, and keep them all together in a binder. That way I'm not thumbing through recipe books, trying to remember which book had such-and-such recipe. I found this great program called Mac Gourmet, that lets you type up your recipe, put in a picture, and then you can print it out in a nice, recipe-like format. I guess it would be just as easy to use Microsoft Word or something like that. So each night, as I make dinner, I've been taking a picture of it, and typing up the recipe. I plan to do the same with baking, etc. Before long I should have most of my recipes typed up (I really don't have that many of them!), and my Food Binder shall be complete. :) Well, I guess it will never be complete, because as we try new recipes, if we decide they qualify as "favourites" I'll be adding them to the binder as well. And since the ingredients will all be listed with each recipe (obviously), it should make my weekly meal-planning session go a little quicker, too! So, theoretically, I should only have to browse my cook books in order to find new recipes. I promise to take a picture once it's complete!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Back entry? Greenhouse? Woodpile?

This is what our back entry currently looks like. We had some tomato plants outside that, for various reasons (late starting, too much rain, not enough sun...) didn't do very well. And with the weather getting colder, we thought we might as well bring them inside and see if the tomatoes will ripen. They're cherry tomatoes, so I guess we'll be eating an awful lot of them if they actually do ripen!

And our little wood pile - as the weather gets colder, we usually bring in about a week's worth of wood at a time and stack it by the back door for easy access. Sure beats going out on a frigid morning to get wood!

So I guess we won't be using our back entry for awhile. But it's for a good cause. :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What can I accomplish in 1/2 an hour?

I'm trying to establish a new habit of sewing for one hour each evening. Any of you who are moms know that time is a scarce commodity, and we have to grab snippets of time when we can, or nothing will ever get accomplished. I find that having set times each day to do certain things is the best way to make progress. So even though by the time the kids are finally tucked in bed in the evenings, I'm exhausted and just want to plop on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and some good T.V., I've been forcing myself to the sewing machine. "Forcing myself" sounds like such a strange thing to say, since I love to sew! It's just that I never feel like I have the energy.

Last night I didn't go straight to the sewing machine, but plopped on the couch instead. And then I didn't want to get back up again. House (our favourite show!) was starting in 1/2 an hour, so I thought, what's the point? What can I possibly accomplish in 1/2 an hour? But then guilt got the best of me, and I got off my butt and went into my sewing room. In 1/2 an hour, I:

  • Replaced the blade on my rotary cutter (actually, my husband did it for me, but I instigated it!)
  • Serged a badly fraying dishcloth that looked like it was headed for the garbage - but now it should have a good year of life left in it
  • Repaired the hem on a curtain (it had come undone in the wash)
  • Cut out (with my new rotary cutter blade!) the external soaker for the last diaper I made
So, what can I possibly accomplish in 1/2 an hour? Apparently a lot! So if I stick to my goal of one hour per evening, each night of the week, just imagine what I could get done! All of those little bits of time add up. I have a long list of Christmas gifts to get cracking on, not to mention Hallowe'en costumes. If I stick to my goal, I should easily be able to get it all done.