{ i invite you to have a cupcake! }

cupcakes, for my family, symbolize celebration. something good for us. whether we are celebrating a new season or individual success, cupcakes truly make any situation better. and i would say that it is true for the good news i’m about to share. after being homeless for 5 1/2 months we received wonderful news! yesterday, i got the phone call. i have been accepted into a transitional living program! there is much reason for balloons, streamers, bright lights, pinatas, and cupcakes! after searching for a place to call home, we now have somewhere to rest our heads at night. though it isn’t quite our own apartment lifestyle that we are used to, i can call it h.o.m.e. that’s been so important to me for the past few months.

this particular transitional home is Christian based. their program runs 6 months to 2 years. i estimated that i could save approximately $16,000 in the next two years by sticking to their individual budgeting. while that means i will have to learn to be frugal, it also means that i would have at least a year and a half of payments saved towards renting my own apartment again. it also means that i will be able to work on repairing my credit diligently. there are youth programs, on campus, for both children. i will continue to homeschool Scout. transportation is available throughout the day and for Jem to get to and from school. i haven’t seen the individual apartments, though i have toured the other parts of the property and am very impressed. i am told that each apartment is essentially a studio apartment without the kitchen (because they are located in the foothills of the mountains, they do have problems with rodent infestation so they do not allow residents to cook/bake in their individual apartments, but they do provide meals and snacks).

i’ve been dreaming about this for a while. next Wednesday, at 1 p.m., is our move in date. we will have comfortable beds. a place to put our things. i won’t have to tote my things to and from storage three times a day. most importantly, i will be with my kids. we are reuniting as a family again, and that makes my heart feel good again. i can not wait to put sheets on my bed. or to watch Scout discover the wilderness that will surround us. i can’t wait to put a welcome mat outside my door. or to have somewhere to sit without being in one’s way. i can’t wait to be able to cozy up with the kids and watch a movie from beginning to end (all in the same day). or to take a shower without being interrupted.

things are looking up for us. i thank God for giving us a second chance. now onto the celebration…


august rewind

* getting a new car (new to us, anyway)

* taking two trips to malibu beach and spending the day in the sun and the cool ocean waters. seeing sea lions swim on the coast line.

* finishing up two online bible studies.

* starting college courses again. what’s on the menu? communications, college algebra, and psychology. eleven units.

* a successful week of vacation bible school, where i volunteered for arts and crafts and helped more than two hundred children work on projects. wrapped up by a silent auction and us winning tickets for a trip to the los angeles zoo.

* scout’s first real camping trip.

* a few random chances at giving RAK’s on Ravelry.

* breakfast at our Bob’s Big Boy breakfast buffet. scout loves putting her plates together.

* taking a day trip to santa monica and visiting wildfiber for a stash enhancement.  included two yummy dark brown skeins of madelinetosh merino light (destined to become the ever so popular “beekeeper’s quilt” by tiny owl knits) , this skein of “candlewick” in madelinetosh dk (going to be a couple pair of baby booties for our youth group directors twins), and three skeins of mirasol qina (for a velveteen rabbit for the babies).


the move was hasty, not everything made it. but the kids are here and that is what’s most important. so much has been going on but nothing very interesting to report.

i had to drop my classes due to the move. i’m pretty bummed out, but february will be here quicker than expected and i’ll be back to the daily grind of notebooks, index cards, highlighters and all night study sessions soon enough.

thanksgiving was, for the most part, quiet and uneventful. i didn’t burn the rolls this year.

my 30th birthday was peaceful. i spent a good portion of my check on some madelinetosh merino light and sweetgeorgia tough love sock (in a purple colorway, believe it or not). i also went to my favorite bakery (ok, my second favorite bakery) and got a delicious sandwich and box of goodies.

{delicious knee socks in sweetgeorgia tough love sock in blackberry}

{solstice steve from rebecca danger’s holly,ivy, steve mini monster ornaments.}

as you can see, there’s been knitting.

a lot of knitting.

and you know what? it feels good.

it feels good to be home.



simple things

  • starting a new pattern for my Christmas tree and a swap
  • chocolate crinkle cookies
  • buying 26 Christmas balls for six dollars
  • reading “Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Space”
  • getting an “a” on a psychology quiz
  • destashing some of my lovely yarn
  • starting to work on my Blythe’s makeup and hair
  • watched “i know what you did last summer” and “the shining”
  • drank two and a half gallons of water in three days
  • enjoying a mug of homemade hot cocoa
  • brought out my embroidery pieces, getting inspired
  • new craft magazines
  • starting a new novel
  • working on my “tucks” cardigan in madelinetosh pashmina
  • sleeping in on sunday morning

Pumpkin Eater

The truth of the matter is that I cheated a little bit. I bought two pumpkins from the grocery store. The truth of the matter is I’m not sure we’ll be able to afford the pumpkin festival this year. And the truth of the matter is that Scout still had fun carving a pumpkin even though she’s 19 days early.

{Taking the “lid” off and scooping out the insides.}

{Little Pumpkin Jack.}

{She was trying to say cheeseburger.}

{Watching and feeling the Santa Anas.}

It’s been a lovely day. We carved Little Pumpkin Jack. Ate pasta salad and pizza. Found some neat sticks. Played in the toddler park. Felt the warm wind against my back. And finished my History paper. It’s all good.



hard to believe.

1. i’ve accomplished three items on my bucket list that i started in august.

2. nothing tops peanut butter and chocolate.

3. i have a slight addiction to purchasing knitting patterns on Ravelry.

4. i’ve failed, epically, in my book and sweater challenges for 2010.

5. today i ate the juciest, sweetest nectarine of my lifetime.

6. i’ve been thinking about moving to Washington after my lease is up.

7. i ended up dropping my Speech class. i’m both disappointed and happy.

8. i’ve made numerous mistakes on my Mara shawl, i feel like a first year knitter. (it’s garter stitch and yarn overs for heaven’s sake!)

9. i met a guy. a good guy. a good guy that wants to move forward.

10. Jem bought me a new Littlest Pet Shop. i just learned that they have a special edition JAGUAR. i. must. get. it.

11. i miss my Blockbuster online account terribly.

12. i’m down to a size 14 in clothes. i’m steadily losing more weight. i’m down 60 lbs.

13. i’ve been daydreaming about having a wonderfully jolly Christmas.

14. i’m planning Scout’s fourth birthday party, it’ll be her very first big party.

15. i’m working on a US History paper. the topic is “social roles of women in the 1920s”.

16. i have a hankering for homemade cinnamon bread but i don’t have a recipe. any ideas?

17. i need to make a headband for Scout’s Belle costume for Halloween. Jem needs a cape.

18. last night i went to bed around 1:30 a.m. and woke up at 10:30. it was glorious!

19. my iPod has been attached to my ears quite a bit lately.

20. i saw “machete” and “devil”; i still need to see “case 39”.

21. i’ve queued at least 5 new sweaters on my Ravelry queue.

22. i started customizing my Blythe doll.

23. i still have a hard time going to bed alone at night.

24. i want to learn how to make slow cooked beef chimichangas.

25. the current library book i am trying to get through is over a month due. i owe $7.30.

26. i’m in love with the idea of love.

27. i’ve been anxiety free for three days.

28. i bought a peach snapple yesterday. the snapple fact said “dolphins sleep with one eye open”.

29. i’ve been wanting to get a kitten lately. but i won’t.

Friday Fun

Back to School was yesterday. For Jem. Seventh grade. Middle school.

And Scout. Well, we’re preparing for Preschool. That starts next Wednesday. And since she needed new shoes, we thought we’d share her rockin’ new style.

{Too Cute.}

This is too, it’s what I’ve been using for my knitting notes.

{I used all of my Garden Fairy books so I ordered some Robots. You can get yours from Stephanie too.}

This morning I woke up early and started to work on a quilt when my rotary cutter blade broke. I put everything away and was disappointed that I hadn’t gotten very far at all.

{I’m using the Tina Given’s fabric I bought months ago. I still have a lot of squares to cut. Looks like I have to make a trip to the craft shop.}

So instead of sewing, I knit.

{Eyelet Row on back of Eastlake Sweater.}

I’ve been trying to stay busy with my extra time, but it had been such a long time since I had any that I think I forgot. I haven’t been able to focus on any one thing. Maybe my Fridays should be called Freedays. They are the only day I’ll have to myself once Scout starts school.