Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Evelyn's favorite thing to say to Mo right now is "Back!  Back!" even if he's not very close to her.  She also makes exaggerated petting motions in his directions and says "Soft!" because, well, that's how you treat animals.  They weren't BFFs this weekend like they sometimes are, but they didn't bother each other too very much either.

Although with Mo, it's hard to tell.  He didn't run and hide from her much, so I think he was sad to see us go even though I probably did a bad job of brushing him.  Evelyn ran around us in circles the whole time, waving her hand at me, and reminding me "Sofffft!"

Because that's how you treat animals.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday was great

We house sat for my parents this weekend.  For Cody, it meant spending some time with a neurotic Mastiff and taking lots of naps (he's the last person to catch our family cold and he seems to be taking it pretty hard).  For me it meant catching up on laundry and letting Evelyn run free while I played with my camera.

I took some pictures.

Evelyn wanted to eat Gold Fish for breakfast.  It was the weekend and her appetite has been slow to come back, so whatever.  She later had a Pop Tart.  She and Mo enjoyed their breakfast together.

We went to Heber Springs to walk around downtown with Sara.  I bought some fabric and then we browsed some shops.  And had pizza.  And went to Dollar General.

Evelyn and Sara mostly talked about how horses and Razorbacks and purses.

And they goofed around a little.

After I put Evelyn down for a nap, I went out to play.  I love being outside.  Because of the wind and the animals and everything else, country life isn't exactly quiet.  But it felt still.  I loved it.

I know the light is a little harsh in these pictures, but I don't know how to control things like that with my camera.  (Yet.)  Besides, it's a walk in the woods, not a Pinterest board.

Here's some stuff closer to the house.

The tulips are coming!!!!

This was Evelyn on Saturday night.  She colored a lot, and played in her overalls outside.  She also yelled "Whee!" a lot just because.

This is already long, and I'm already bored with writing about it, so maybe I'll talk about Sunday tomorrow.  It was a lovely weekend.  We decided before we went out that we'd stay away from the Internet and that was probably my favorite part of all.  That, and the free laundry.  There wasn't much of a schedule, and Mom left plenty of food for us.

It was one of the better Saturdays I've had in a while.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

And yet

I have a ton of things I should be doing.

And when I'm done with those things, I should be doing even more.

And I even have thoughts I'd like to write out, and stories to tell, and cute Evelyn pictures to post.

But right now, I just want to steal away with these

and this

and just make something.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Quick and dirty update

Valentine's Day was okay, except that Evelyn was sickly.  Cody bought Chinese food and gave me chocolate chip cookies, some of which were in a decorated coffee can.

Friday: I worked like crazy, and Evelyn went to the pediatrician.  Her cold-like symptoms were revealed to be the result of an ear infection.  Happy 23 month birthday, little girl!  Making it 23 months without an ear infection is pretty cool.   Also, she weighed 20 pounds and 4 ounces.  Yes, 4 ounces.

Saturday: I did laundry, and Cody went out to look for work.  And to just get out.  He returned with library books, DVDs, and some CDs because I want to play more classical music around Evelyn and never remember to.  Evelyn took a tiny nap. I got nearly no work done.  Also, I bought a camera.  I'd love to write a post all about it, but this is a quick and dirty update and I don't want to cry while thinking about it. Again.

I bought a digital version of my 'real' camera with money from my second job, and with Christmas money.  I freaked out (somewhat discreetly) in the store, and then--with spotty vision and lightheadedness--drove the thing home because I wanted it to be safe while I knitted.

I also knitted, but came home early.  I can't show you pictures of the knitting.  Not yet.

Sunday: Cody fled the house again.  I don't remember why.  Maybe he went to the library then, too. Evelyn seemed perkier, but was still crying over everything, sleepy, and not-hungry.  Again, I tried to get some work done, but didn't.  We switched the couch and the table.  Now there's more natural light in the living room.

I took pictures.  With my new camera.  AND THE MACRO LENS!!!!

Cody made dinner, I took cold medicine and vacuumed, and Evelyn didn't sleep well. I made Cody take care of her because he actually naps when he's home in the day.  Or at least more than I would have if I'd decided to stay home sick.

Today, I feel pretty awful and know I'll feel worse tomorrow.  I'm taking medicine, though, and I know I should be pretty close to functioning by Thursday or so.  I have a dentist appointment tomorrow because I have one or more uncomfortable cavities.  I'm not in pain yet, but I know my gumline isn't supposed to hurt this much even if I do have sensitive teeth.  Whee!

Cody called to tell me that we're getting a tax refund and that Evelyn had a hearty breakfast.  And that she was much happier once she finally got out of the apartment for the first time in several days.  I'm glad she finally feels well enough to get out and about, because I know how much she loves getting out and about.

Here's a picture of Evelyn eating 3 whole bites of cereal yesterday morning.  She only wants to wear princess pajamas, and shakes her head and says "pinces" when I hold up an alternative.

Last night, I needed to comb her hair and she was wriggling and jabbering and pointing at things on the bathroom counter.  When I finally figured out she was pointing at a bottle of lotion, I said "After I comb your hair, I'll put lotion on your hands, okay?"  She squealed "Yayyyyy!" at the highest pitch I've ever heard her reach.


Now that you have that story to chuckle over, I'm going to get back to work and/or read user's manuals FOR MY NEW CAMERA THAT I WANT TO USE TO PHOTOGRAPH MY NEARLY RECOVERED DAUGHTER.

It's pretty big news.  I'm unbelievably excited.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Always love

I finished Cody and Evelyn's Valentines last night.

Cody got the heart on the left because if there's anything I have, it's love and yarn.
Then I wrote him a quick note and appalled myself with my handwriting.

Evelyn got the heart on the right because she likes it when I draw hearts that smile.
Or any other object that smiles.

And then she colors them.

I got her a few gifts, too.

Cody had already sent me a text of Evelyn holding/eating her heart this morning, and then he sent one that read "If you thought she liked the heart, you should have seen her when she saw the markers."  I wish I had seen her.  She's dried out nearly all the markers we have, and I thought she'd be excited about the bigger markers because she can get a little impatient with her coloring.  She really loves coloring, though.  And working the caps on markers.  She's pretty meticulous about that.

Cody's home with her today because he's unemployed.  Again.  I can't talk about it without laughing.  Hysterically.  It's pretty disconcerting.  But what else can you do?  He knew the job wasn't the best fit within the first hour, but it would have been nice to have some kind of employment while he kept looking.

He's home a lot right now, and Evelyn's sick. So it's kind of nice that he's home.  Evelyn really, really likes him.  She still got to see my mom yesterday, because they partied while Cody went out and made eye contact and filled out applications and picked up his last check and filed for unemployment.  Fun stuff.  He was so excited about all the fun that he woke up at 5:30 in the morning (or maybe his body is just nostalgic) and drank coffee and filled out online applications.

He doesn't sleep well, and I can't fall asleep.  Evelyn wants to sleep, but I think her cough disrupted things last night.  Medicine seems to help, though.  Cody thinks she feels better today because her appetite is good.  We're just dragging a little bit.  That happens every winter, though.

Sometime after her nap, Cody will take her by his mom's house to get her Valentine's Day present.  
Her cards from my parents and at least one aunt should be in the mail today or tomorrow.

I think I saw Evelyn for a full hour last night.  Work is pretty crazy.  If only I could earn overtime.  

I'm hoping to get home a little earlier tonight.  It's the first Valentine's Day Cody and I have had together in a couple of years, and I'm looking forward to drawing with Evelyn and hearing about their day. Then I'll tell Cody that everyone loved the strawberry cake he made for me to take to work, and try to photograph Evelyn in sunglasses because I think that's the cutest thing ever.

I just wanted you to know how we're doing.
I don't write that much because work is intense and I miss my family so I don't like to take time away from them when we're together and I'm still writing for Leisure Arts, which means if I'm going to write for free or write to get paid.....then well, yeah.

Plus, there's not too much to say.  Cody's looking for work.  I'm trying to do work.  Evelyn's saying new words every day and learning things and looking pretty and running around in circles with a book in her hand saying "help!" because she still can't read.

Things are pretty good.

I know it probably doesn't look like it, or sound like it, but things are good.

We have income, relatively good health, wonderful people in our lives, and each other.

I'll let you know tomorrow if I still feel that way after getting Cody's Valentine's Day present.   He said he thought it was "creative," which only increased my levels of apprehension and dread.

But for today I feel loving and I feel loved.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

10 Years of Very Good Things

We love Mom.

We just do.  I don't know what else to say.

Mom, I'm glad you're well and I'm glad you're here.  You're important and we need you to do Mom things, and especially Gil things, forever.

I hope you have a happy day on your happy anniversary.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lamb monkey

Evelyn did a lot of climbing on Sunday.  It's safe to say that she liked it.  She has legs like a lamb (it's that time of year.  I see newborn lamb attributes all over this kid), but they're not quite long enough to get her to the next rung on this ladder at our playground.  I'm kind of glad, and it doesn't seem to bother her.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 2

I took pictures of my big girl.

I managed a whole 2.5 rows of knitting at our library's monthly sit and stitch.  Evelyn had a good time.  She likes to do the occasional imaginary knitting with my needles, and she was pretty pleased when I gave her her own ball of yarn.  She was even more pleased when one of the librarians gave her a snack bag of cookies and she ate them all.

Once she went down for a nap, I made banana nut bread.  I always use the recipe from this recipe book I stole from Mom.

I had been to wanting banana nut bread for a couple of weeks, and then I wanted it even more after hearing the news that Jim Nabor had gotten married (after being with his partner for nearly 40 years!).  I was excited for him to be happily married, but mostly I was just excited to find out he was still alive.

The recipe for Gomer's Banana Bread Pyle was actually submitted by Jim Nabor.  Awesome.

I made the banana nut bread for my own partner because he was working his last day at Kierre's.  On Friday, he worked from 6:00 A.M. until 3:00 PM at Kierre's, and then he went to his new job and worked there from 4:00 or 5:00 until 9:00 PM or so.  He's a hardworking guy, and so very in demand.  I was proud, and wanted to bake for him.

Ha, I solar-flared my banana nut bread. Insufferable

Evelyn and I got to eat the bread, too.  Then we played outside for the second glorious time that day.

I was really happy Saturday.  Cody's work at Kierre's would be done, the read-to-dogs program is at our library every Saturday now, the weather was nice enough for us to play outside, and we had dessert bread.

Good, good day.