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Do you...?

When you're looking around frantically for the spray oil, do you wiggle your index finger up and down and wave your arm in a grandiose spritzing gesture? Everybody does the cut-cut thing in the air when they're looking for scissors, right...? Oh, never mind. You probably know exactly where the oil is in the first place. Sheesh. Yes, Naomi is half-naked here. She was playing in the bathroom sink and had just soaked her second shirt of the day... And in my defence, I'm not the only person around here who uses the spray oil.

Still not sitting... (this is a test)

Not a test of his SITTING ability, silly... a test of my ability to fix up pictures and blog them directly from Picasa. So far, so good; okay, as long as you don't count the three error messages along the way, and the fact that the picture is definitely not staying where I asked it to stay. Oh! There it goes!

That's not OUR baby...

...in the Miracle Blanket shown in the previous post.  Just wanted to include a picture of what it was.   Sold a bunch of Craigslist items in the last couple of days - yay! ~ Juicer ~ Bumbo ~ Baby Sleeper   Almost inspires me to get downstairs and clear out a bunch of other stuff for CL'ing or Freecycling.   <3   J

We're sleep-training the baby...

So if Ted looks more tired than usual, that's why.  :-) Bought one more Miracle Blanket because I love them.  That makes four, but one seems to have gone permanently missing.  Four and a half months is late to be swaddling, but he seems to really love it.  The blanket comes with a warning not to use it for more than something like eleven hours a day.  BUT we use it for every single sleep, which adds up to way more... still, he seems to be developing okay, and I hope it will see us through sleep-training. What is sleep training? Basically, I sleep in the living room and Ted's on his own.  I got sick of being an all-night nummies factory, especially for a baby who doesn't really seem to need it.  He just latches on and dozes off... he'll swallow if the stuff is pouring down his throat, but otherwise, doesn't make much of an effort.   Last night went well (shouldn't say anything yet, though).  I woke the baby to feed him at around 12:30, the settle

What a totally cute BABY...!

(realized I didn't have enough baby pics on here considering I spend all my time with the BABY)

Re: More garden pics! (from 07)

Well, one more.  Ignore the 36-weeks-pregnant lady in the foreground... admire the heuchera, coleus, lamium, and the volunteer tomato plant just to the right of my head.  :-)))

More garden pics! (from 07)

Well, one more.  Ignore the 36-weeks-pregnant lady in the foreground... admire the heuchera, coleus, lamium, and the volunteer tomato plant just to the right of my head.  :-)))

Chomping at the bit...

Well, I totally let the garden down in '07 - something about being 8-9 months pregnant at harvest time, maybe.  But here, to inspire me, are some pics I dug up (get it?) of my early efforts at the start of the 07 growing season, just before the camera broke...   As seen in these pictures: - Beets - failed due to leaf miners :-((( - Potatoes - failed due to grass dumped on top by dumb newbie gardeness :-((((( - Foundation - wow, I forgot that there were daffs there - now I can't wait to see them again! - Raspberries - yum!  Early crop mostly consumed by insects, but the fall batch (couple dozen) were yummo! - Strawberries - did indeed take over the world - Watermelon - one grew; left it too long on the vine and it got icky-tasting.  Ew.   Maybe THIS will be the year I grow something worthwhile...   <3 J

Ugh...

The sun forgot to come out today.  :-( But at least it's nice & warm!   And in plant news, the Coleus Count is now officially:  15!!! With 5 more on the kitchen windowsill... yay! Here are some old coleus pics...from about 3 weeks ago.   And a purse - did I mention I made a purse? And a dress for Naomi!   The order of the pictures always gets messed up when I email them to the blog... but still, you get the idea.  :-)   <3 J   SUPPERS:   Monday:  I made pasta - yummy President's Choice Casarecce (sp?) with blender onion-pepper-tomato tomato sauce Tuesday:  Cabbage rolls from the freezer - too peppery but still, yum.  Maybe noodles on the side.

It's BLENDER-iffic...

Yay! First drink with the new blender. This is my standard Frap-u-cheapo recipe: 1 cup milk 8 regular-sized ice cubes 2 tbsp Condensed Milk (secret creamifying ingredient!) 1 tbsp instant coffee Buzzed up in about 3 seconds in the amazing new blender. In fact, my only complaint is that the ice was TOO pulverized... I kind of like it to have a more icy/slushy texture. Maybe next time I'll blend a bit, then add the ice and just pulse a couple of times. Anyway, it was SMOOoooth, delicious, and CHEAP! Yay! Here it is, going into my thermal cup so I could take it along to Mrs. ViKi's (playgroup across the street).

Climbing Laundry Mountain...AGAIN...

Once again, I've challenged myself to finish the laundry this week. Here are pictures of what I'm dealing with. Try not to faint. :-(((

Grandma & Granpa Monkey do Vegas!

OMG!!! There's even a Celebrity Meet n' Greet in the form of a Dora standie... :-))) I am so excited with these pictures it is completely unreal. They are a ray of sunshine on an otherwise shoe museum occupied day. I know that should have hyphens, but there you go. No hyphens. <3> Leaving Calgary airport... Buckle up, everybody! Can you say Product Placement Opportunity??? Our hero! Amazing view from our hotel! But who wants to sit around when you can... ...Play Twice Your Monkey ??? Ahh... the end of a long, wonderful day. We'll have to visit Vegas again someday, my dear.

Here's STEWERT...

New lanky monkey guy... and friends!

Shabbos food

All homemade: - Sweet/sour crockpot meatballs - Spinach kugel? - Corn! - Chicken soup w/kneidlach - Challah - Mommy's Pesach lemon dessert Hmm... Shabbos lunch: salmon w/sesame noodles Nothing much fancy planned... Good Shabbos!

All the Suppers so Far

Here's the data from all the suppers I have logged (blogged!) here so far... in no particular order! Soups: Steak soup with tons of veggies spicy corn chowder Potato-Leek Soup Leftover Shabbos chicken soup creamy sweet potato soup chicken/corn soup creamy corn soup ( Imagine ) from a package (Ted thought we should try it). tinned Campbell's veggie soup "French" onion soup Mains: Lasagna, using yummy roasted-tomato sauce left over from last week homemade spaghetti w/leftover sundried tomato sauce (tinned sauce with an onion and a few sundried tomatoes thrown in, then blended) Takeout pizza Perogies & cheapo frozen salmon. Quiche. Pan hamburgers with mushroom sauce TED-MADE PASTA w/tomato sauce Takeout Tov Li falafel stirfried chicken with a TON of veggies Red-pepper quiche steamed turbot leftover s/s chicken meatballs from Shabbos impromptu "casserole" - ww bowties with creamy sauce made of the rest of the cottage cheese (not much), cream cheese (no

Hey, Ted - or anyone!

Here's the tomato planter I want! Mother's Day is good... :-)

Going wild on eBay...

Here are some pictures of monkey attempts and matching t-shirts I appliqué'd for Elisheva Chaya and Gavriel Zev. In my wintertime restlessness, here's a link to what I've bought or bid on recently from eBay. (still craving Robeez, but I refuse to pay insane prices...) You can see the blender on there if you're deeply interested. $40 in duty - $10 in taxes, $30 in brokerage fee. Ugh. Still not too expensive, for the high-quality, well-reviewed kitchenware item I hope it will turn out to be... (read 121 mostly-good reviews on Amazon here ) Also deep into Freecycle (and the FreeTOReuse kids' list). It's addictive but also quite wearying. I can see why I stopped keeping up with it after a while... it's a full-time job trying to score anything, though it's nice having people come take stuff off your hands. Beats shlepping to Value Village. Today, Elisheva and I worked hard on Sara's birthday present. She doesn't know what it is... the lovely