Thursday, September 07, 2006

First Day and a Fish

Today was the first day of school! Last night we had a special dinner with a "Happy Back to School" cake, and ice cream. M. said it was missing two letters- U & N. I guess he was feeling UNhappy about going back to school! Some snazzy new Red Sox notebooks and folders seemed to lift his spirits.
The little guy is doing Joyschool, and today was his first day too. He wanted me to stay with him on the first day, which frankly worked for me because I was getting a little panicky about sending him off without me! Hopefully we'll both survive his first "solo" Joyschool day next Tuesday.
Another first for today- my Dad caught a "keepah!" (that's a "keeper" for you non Bostonians!) This means that today he caught his first striped bass of the year that was over 28" long, the minimum length to legally take home a fish. Here is Dad showing the little guy how to filet a fish. As Dad was slicing it up, he asked, "Can fish cry?" I sure hope not! Overall a pretty exciting day. Don't you just love September?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Before and After

We got this antique iron bed from a friend and finally got around to fixing it up recently. We sanded all the rust, primed it with gray anti-rust spray on primer, and then sprayed it with white glossy enamel. It was a lot of work but I am really happy with the result. Here it is covered with a quilt top I sewed over our gray, rainy, Labor Day weekend. All of the solid fabrics and one of the plaids are from men's oxfords that were free to me, so this was a very thrifty quilt! There are a total of five shirts used in the quilt. I wouldn't normally pick blue and yellow, but since I got a couple of yellow shirts, I thought I would try that color combo, and I think it's gorgeous! I supplemented the shirting with a couple of yards of various florals and another plaid, including a few random fat quarters I pulled out of my ever-expanding stash, so I felt good about using what I had for the most part. I still need to get a backing and quilt it and bind it and all of that. I guess I will just do diagonal lines, although that could be hard on such a big quilt. It was going to be just a throw size, but it turned out to be more like twin. My only question- how do people get their squares to line up? Mine never do and I have to resew my rows, and stretch them out, and there are still rows that are off by like an inch or more! I don't know why I don't seem to be improving at this. Any suggestions? I still think it looks nice overall, but it kind of bugs me that I can't get the squares to line up! Overall though, pretty happy with both projects.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Last week the big boys and my husband had a grand adventure in Cooperstown, NY- home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. They are all pretty big fans, especially my husband and 10-year-old, so for them it was something of a pilgrimmage. I think they were pretty much in heaven- their idea of it anyway! They got to see lovely sights like bloody socks, stinky old lockers, and musty baseball cards of old dudes. For me this would not have been a thrill- that must be why I stayed home with the little guy! My 10-year-old has become a rabid baseball card collector over the summer so he added to his stash by about 100. He just read a novel about the famous Honus Wagner card, and got to see one of the few still existing cards in the Hall of Fame, so that was a pretty big moment for him. He is quite the fount of knowledge about baseball players and statistics and all that stuff, and even taught my little guy to memorize about 50 names of players that he can recite just by looking at their cards. Hearing him rattle off names like Ichiro Sazuki, Albert Poulhous, and Jose Contreras is quite amusing. My husband is a big Lou Gherig fan so seeing his memorabilia was exciting for him.
They camped out, went to baseball games in the nearby amateur stadium, ate burgers, and visited the endless supply of baseball-themed shops in Cooperstown, a real "guys" weekend. They all brought home souvenirs bats, caps, t-shirts and cards, so it was quite a success. They brought me home a delicious apple pie from the Amish bakesale that they have at the campground every Saturday. They said they drove up in their black horse-drawn buggy and everything. Now that I would like to have seen! Maybe I could have asked them for some quilting tips. A few days after they got home, they got to go to a Red Sox game- another huge thrill, and a first for my 10-year-old. Boys, baseball and apple pie- what could be better or more American than that?!

So Much For the Beach!

So we were going to go to the beach over Labor Day weekend, but instead we had a hurricaine. It was actually just the very last edge of Ernesto which basically just caused a lot of wind and rain here in MA. So instead, Saturday afternoon our family, my Dad and my Brother's family had a New England Feast- courtesy of my Dad. Lobster, corn on the cob, and clams Dad dug with his very own hands. I can't think of anything yummier than a steaming hot chunk of lobster tail dripping with melted butter- Yum! Thanks Dad. We actually did end up going to Crane Beach late in the day on Monday, but it was sprinkling when we got there and really windy and cold. I wore a sweatshirt the whole time. It was still pretty though, and my crazy kids even got wet! I think the summer is officially over, and my kids are back to school in two days- hooray!