5 And A Beagle

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." John Lennon

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas in Tallinn 

Moving right along in my bid to get Christmas knitting completed before midnight on December 24th, I can now tick 2 Christmas in Tallinn stockings off the list.

Both stockings were knit with a combination of Elann Peruvian Highland Sport (coloured) and Elann Peruvian Alpaca Fina (white). The deeper wine red was done as the pattern suggested with 3.25 mm needles, switching to 2.75mm needles for the 'foot' portion.

The other stocking was knit on 3.00 mm & 2.75 mm needles. Going down from 3.25 to 2.75 definitely makes for a nicer proportioned stocking.

Now I just need to buy a chocolate Santa and these are set to be gifted to the two Mrs. R's that spearheaded the trip this past summer for #5 and her choir-mates to Tallinn and beyond.

Still on the Christmas knitting list.....

Birds Nest Smoke Ring


Raspberry Stitch lap blanket

Better keep clicking those needles or midnight December 24th could still be a reality.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wide Open Spaces 

Why is it that even though, as a parent you know your goal is to raise your children to become well adjusted, independent, self sufficient young adults . . . why is it that each time they inch closer to the edge of the nest, get closer to spreading their wings and taking flight, it tears away a little piece of your heart?

#4 passed her road test today, shed her learner's license and is free to hop in the car and hit the road whenever she desires.

I think I'll have to take to hiding the car keys

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lest We Forget 

Take time today to remember.....

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sesame Street Memories 

If you've been dropping by the google home page at all this week you can't help but notice that Sesame Street is celebrating its 40 anniversary. It started with the distinct yellow/orange legs of Big Bird substituting as the letter 'L', and a few days later the googly eyes of Cookie Monster took the place of the two 'O's, and today it's one of my favourites, Count Von Count.

While Sesame Street wasn't a part of my childhood (too old), it was certainly a part of each of my children's. Sesame Street, along with Mr. Dressup and Fred Penner formed a weekday morning trinity of fun and educational TV time (for them and me). I recall #3 sitting at the table in the front room with his Sesame Street figurines and playing along with them while watching the show. The conversations he'd hold were priceless. #4 and #5 would always be more co-operative during bath time if I'd put on the voice of Elmo while rinsing the shampoo out of their hair. "Elmo says lift your chin and look waaaayyy up! That's it!"

We had almost every Sesame Street character imaginable floating around the house for years. From a little plastic Big Bird, Snuffleupagus or Super Grover figurines, to handcrafted stuffed Berts and Ernies, to the lovable Tickle-Me Elmo.

Even now, Christmas Eve isn't complete without watching 'Christmas Eve on Sesame Street'. Child or adult, how can you not laugh at the antics of Cookie Monster as he writes, types and phones in his wish list to Santa.

While most of the toys have been packed up and put in the attic, there are a few that can still be found in the bedrooms .

Happy 40th, Sesame Street. Thanks for the memories!


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