Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Feeling better, Sick cat, This and That.

I've been taking vitamins as well as Echinacea drops, and Oil of Oregano drops (which is so gross), and I feel like I'm on the mend! Wahoo!

So of course, now my cat has to get sick.

I thought it was just a hairball thing a week or two ago when I noticed it. She was trying to bring one up, but couldnt, and would just bring up spit/foam. So I bought some hairball paste and gave it to her twice a day for a few days and I thought it helped since she stopped. But now she's lost a lot of weight, I can feel her spine and hip bones when I pet her now (she used to be a big fatty), and she's so weak and can barely walk. I dont think she's eating or going to the bathroom. So I'm taking her to the vet in a couple hours, getting my MIL to babysit Sophie while I do. Lets hope its nothing serious and nothing too expensive. She's not that old, she isnt supposed to get sick on me yet!

I'm not doing much project wise, I did finish knitting a dishcloth that has been laying around for the last year. I've started a mans hat in a nice gray color, and its a great pattern.

I spent yesterday cleaning house and doing yard work! So naturally my floors are already dirty.

Oh, the futility.

And because I like to dress Sophie up and take pictures:

Saturday, September 25, 2010


While I wasnt feeling too bad the other day, now its a full on cold. I needed kleenex today, STAT. Arent they funky boxes? Mark's worse than I am, he's got an ear ache to deal with as well. Sophie's seems to be doing better than we are, naturally.

I've replaced a picture I didnt like with these, that I mostly put together today. Its a piece of wall behind the couch, Sophie's fort area that she doesnt use much. Yet. I think itlooks much better.

Instead of markers (she's lost the purple one already, OI) today, we played with some play dough.

Also picked her up some clothes at superstore, that were mostly on sale, a pink pair of tights, and sage green colored play suit set, and a red apple pattern shirt with red shorts. Like this:

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fruit, Playdough, the 5

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Ahh, autumn. If only mine were that pretty, but no! Turn it all gray, and add rain. Lots of rain. Sigh.

Putting fruit in pretty bowls on my dining room table, has made a big difference in the amount of fruit I've been eating lately. Especially in the last few days, where I've eaten more fruit than I have in months. Before it would all sit in a drawer in the fridge and get forgotten about, which only leaves me with a mess to clean up and guilt over wasting food.
Fruit is good!

I caved in, and bought Sophie some play dough. Hey, for under $10 for a pack of 10 small jars, is pretty good I think. And the colors! I couldnt have made play dough this cool. She's really been enjoying it too, the texture, squishing it in her hands, pulling pieces off. So I'm happy she's having fun, but I'm not happy with having to search around for dough and the jars it goes in after. Hmph.

So while I've probably mentioned that I was feeling blue for a while, I'm back to taking the 5HTP and of course its working. So I'm feeling better, but then I go and catch a cold! Not a bad one (yet) but enough to exhaust and annoy me, and Sophie's got a bit of a cold as well. Here's to hoping this may be looking up.

I've been dog sitting again for the week, and while she's a great little dog and no trouble at all... I am not a dog person. Walks and stuff? Jeez.

I havent got much done with my projects lately, even though I'm still looking forward to them.

Hope you're all well.

xo, fran.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Finally Friday!

But really, it doesnt matter! As a stay at home mother, all my days tend to blend together anyways.

This morning we went to toddler time, and had fun there. We came home and I actually went out back and mowed AND weed wacked the yard. Now the grass starts growing again, after not doing much all summer. I think it got mowed once during the summer? HAH. Now the front yard.. maybe later.

I'm concerned about one of my cats, Turtle. Lately she's been more lethargic, and puking up spit/foam. She's been losing weight, is noticeably lighter, and I can feel her spine. I think a call to the vet is in order.

I've been arguing with myself lately over play dough. YES I KNOW. Crazy right? I'm down with the hip-mama, make your own stuff, yadda yadda. But some days I'm just lazy and want to go buy it instead. Especially when I'd have to go out to buy ingredients for the play dough anyways, why not just buy it? Besides I probably cant make up cool colors either.

My project for yesterday turned out to be a pair of lounge pants for Sophie, out of one of Mark's old tshirts. Not bad for a first try I think! I also got some more felt cut for the bird mobiles I want to make. Its going slowly right now.

My SIL gave me some hand-me-downs, and I'm totally loving this pair of jeans, they fit perfect, and they stretch! No more showing my bum! I LOVE them. Plus she gave me some old magazines, Elle, etc, but I think I'm going to dig these old Style At Home mags! Bye!

xo, fran.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


My SIL and her friend were over here yesterday pickling beets. Naturally I didnt really do much, seeing as I had to chase Sophie around and tend to her. But it was definatly interesting to watch, and I hope I can remember how to do it myself in the future. I tasted a fresh beet and it was delicious! It being the first home grown crop (we have a shared garden) we only got maybe half a dozen jars canned. Something is always better than nothing. SIL is also giving me another bag of clothes, which is always fun. Yay for funky hand-me-downs.

I havent done much with the website/shop in the last few weeks. I cant help it, I am totally uninspired right now. I will probably re-post the scarves, hats and what not that I still have, and see if anyone is interested. I've got the knitting itch again, and I'm currently working on a pair of toddler gloves, in hot pink. I have a beautiful ball of yarn for a nice cozy toque, when I get around to knitting it. Quite possibly some dish clothes as well. I love my knitted dish cloths.

My home decor is shifting a bit, and I'm leaning more towards 'granny-chic'. LOL. I've doilied my couch inspired from here, (hey its covering cat scratches too).
I recently bought a quilt from a thrift store for a buck. It's SO worn, it was a crazy quilt pattern, and almost all the pieces of fabric are worn away, it was outside, dirty, had some melted candy of some kind on it. But I fell in love with it. I took it home and threw it in the wash. It's even better now that its clean, and I dont mind the worn out fabric so much, there's a corner or two that is still hanging in there.

I'm also reading some SARK again. I need to be inspired and motivated.

You know those plush disney chairs, that have some character on them? Have you ever come across a craft project or whatever, where someone has recovered the chair? or sewn something over the character? Even just a soli piece of patterned fabric would be fine, I'm just getting tired of Mickey Mouse watching me all the time.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sleepy Mornings.

I would love to be up in the early morning hours and get Sophie and myself ready for the day, running off to early toddler groups or the library, or any other bits of excitement. But you know what? I also love sleeping in (read as: getting as much sleep as I can since I'm up at various time through the night) and lounging around with cartoons, waking up nice and easy.

I was looking though etsy last night at crib sheets. CRIB SHEETS. I'm sorry but I dont want to pay more than $20, if that at all, for a crib sheet, I dont care how funky it is! So I may actually go buy some fabric in the near future and make one or two myself. Again, my quest for more colors and patterns!

Here are a couple recent pictures.

I painted her chair, this is the back of it.

The front.

Her decoupaged table.

She loves the rag rugs.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hello Blog World!

I'll hang my head in shame. I havent been a good little blogger, have I? I wont throw excuses at you, and without getting too into it, I'll just say that I've been battling some depression, and I'm trying to over come it!

Its been a great couple days for creativity, I spent most of it decoupaging and painting some of Sophie's furniture, some old dark brown stained wood stuff, and its so pretty now. I've been thinking that my (our) lives need more color, shapes and sizes, and I'm starting small with Sophie's stuff. HEHE!

My friends from Victoria came up for the day and it was SO nice to see them again! Even though we didnt do much, its still nice to just hang out and chat. And watch Sophie be silly. Plus they brought me stuff, and bought dinner. I cant argue with that, can I! Hah.

I was looking at some kiddy programs for the season, and I could keep Sophie and myself busy all week if I wanted to! Only 2 or 3 programs would have to be paid for but it would still come to over $100. What will win out? My being cheap, or keeping Sophie entertained? HM!

A friend brought over the first season of True Blood. It's entertaining.

I made coffee today... I hope I didnt break the new coffee maker. Uhh.

xo, Fran.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I got something in my eye this morning, and it took me a while before I could even open my eye to see at all. I can now, but my eye feels scratched or something, still somewhat irritated, and it sucks. Not a great way to start the day! This afternoon I have a doctors appointment, and I get the results of the ultrasound I had done on my cysts. Other than that, I think I'll go by the other consignment places around town and see if they'll take some clothes. I keep forgetting to zip/button up the clothes, what a silly reason not to take something.

I havent been feeling very positive these days, once again I'm stuck in a negative rut. Be it from dealing with Sophie when she's being more than a handful, lack of sleep, stress, or going stir crazy in the house. I'm not inspired to do or make much, and especially with no feedback on anything, I just assume everything I do sucks, and quit.


We had a play date yesterday and it went great! Nice fun people who could be great friends! I need to get Sophie out more, but at least the baby groups will be starting up again soon, so yay to that.

Mark and I had our 2nd wedding anniversary on monday. We havent really done much, nothing special. It's hard with no babysitter for Sophie. But wow, 2 years already!?