Thursday, October 31, 2013

We are excited to welcome...

Miss Moppet!

Born October 31, 2013
at 8:09 a.m.

19 inches, 6 pounds 7 ounces

Thank you for all of your prayers!!

[photos to come tomorrow, God willing!]

*Her name has been changed in this post to reflect her blog moniker - we didn't *really* name her "Miss Moppet"! (c;

Monday, October 28, 2013

Unexpected, um, "adventure"

Various things have been making their way into the house over the past few weeks. Gifts of diapers, clothes, sippy cups, etc. I must say, this is the first time I've ever received, three days before the baby's arrival, a box of...


I've never cooked mutton before, never actually eaten it (although I liked lamb, the few times I've had it). I've never even seen it. Well, now I have! It looks like...meat.

I asked Father what cuts were in it and he said, "various". We looked in the box and everything is labeled exactly the same (regardless of the shape of the cut): "lamb leg, trotters off". They are hermetically sealed and have a USDA stamp on the wrapping. (Only mildly reassuring, depending on how much you trust the USDA).

[Hilarious interruption here: someone else just came by, not knowing the first person had come by, and delivered more...mutton!! Fortunately not as much as the first delivery.]

So here I am, instead of dusting and straightening and wiping down door frames, googling "how to cook mutton and/or lamb", looking at diagrams of lamb cuts online, and generally panicking. We just weighed the box: 42 pounds. Lord have mercy. My mother-in-law will be here in two days to find the freezer full of frozen lamb and more defrosting in the fridge.

This is where I should be asking our Lebanese and Greek neighbors all over to a massive cookout in our back yard...except we don't have any. Nor do we have a local butcher who can grind it up for us.

At least I still have my sense of humor.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yarn Along: First Socks!

I finished the second sock last night late. I couldn't go to bed until I had grafted the toe. Can you say, obsessed? (c;

Ravelry page

I figured out how to do the heel so it's done properly on the second sock. I was so excited to realize that I understood the pattern directions this time! I tried to get the stripes to match up, but oh's pretty close and not bad for my first attempt. I'm going to try another pair today using a different pattern and different yarn.

I finished the last one last night but I've been rereading some of Chaim Potok's novels the past few days: The Chosen, The Promise, My Name is Asher Lev and The Gift of Asher Lev. I'm starting to give some thought to what books I want to take to the hospital, a daunting task. I need to go ahead and pick them out and set them aside now so I don't read them before I go. Nothing worse than sitting in the hospital with nothing to read and only soap operas (and the baby channel..."how to give your baby a bath") on TV.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Soup and Socks

Today I finished my first ever sock. (c: Honestly, this is a serious achievement!

Free Pattern

Father has been wanting French onion soup and decided to make it tonight. Such a good day for both soup and socks: cloudy and cool. *Sigh* (c:  I love it when October feels like October is supposed to feel.

The onions just getting started...


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Services for preborn infants approved by the Holy Synod of the OCA

 Good news from the Holy Synod!!
[October 18, 2013  Syosset, NY] The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its fall session on Thursday, October 17, 2013. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, chaired the session, which opened two days earlier.
According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, in addition to hearing the reports of the Chancellor, Secretary and Treasurer, the members of the Holy Synod took the following actions and decisions.
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The texts and order of two memorial services for pre-born infants—one that may be celebrated shortly after death, the other a funeral service—were approved for liturgical use upon the recommendation of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin.

Caption Contest

 Doesn't this photo deserve a good caption? (c; Simply for the honor and glory of the thing (since I'm in no condition to be trying to mail out prizes) come up with your best caption (or captions) and put them in the comments section. We'll pick the best ones and post them in a few days. Have fun!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Preemie Cloth Diapers

Today I was trying to decide what to do with a stack of old washcloths and realized that if cut in half and then folded in half lengthwise, they would make good centers for preemie diapers. After receiving those adorable preemie diaper covers, I figured out that my smallest prefolds were too long for them. Well, we can't have that! (I only used four washcloths for this. The rest turned into dust and cleaning rags.)

I got out a bag of flannel odds and ends and made a total of eight hourglass-shaped diapers using the washcloths in the center. It didn't take too long and now I have diapers that fit the covers. :) And I didn't spend a cent!

I made eight - this picture just shows six.

They're LITTLE! Nine inches long by eight inches at the back.

How it looks inside the cover.

I just love those monkeys...

Again, little!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Yarn Along: Tying Up Loose Ends

A few days ago I finished the interminable seed-stitch blanket. It's washed now and ready to be put in my hospital bag. I also made a quick knit hat to go with it.

I just haven't been able to get in the mood for any knitting or crocheting. Such a shame, because I have all the time in the world and a good reason to sit/recline. Oh well...

Last night I picked up Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis. I've only read it about four or five times so I don't have it completely memorized. It's getting harder and harder to find things to read. My interest level is declining in just about everything.

One thing reading it has done is revive my flagging interest in Scrabble. Since Father won't play with me, I'm stuck playing on the computer (I have a cd rom version). I realized that it would be very easy to download it on the elderly laptop I'm using and play in bed and then take it to the hospital. I have to face I can't do my usual "have the baby and then get the heck out of dodge" move and will be stuck there for probably 3 days minimum. BORING. Maybe I'll use the unavoidable downtime to memorize the twos and start on the threes. :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Yarn Along: In Bed

Yarn Along is a little late this week... It was a rough week.

I overdid it yesterday (although I feel like I don't have much to show for it). After five loads of laundry I started having some worrying symptoms. Don't start lecturing...Father already put the kibosh on any more laundry for me (I am permitted to fold it while sitting in bed). Anyway, today, after getting a cup of coffee and checking various things online, I put myself back in bed and watched Sleepless in Seattle while knitting on this pink blanket:

So I spent the forenoon lying there with the ear buds in watching a chick flick that Father REFUSES to watch with me while knitting. Not too bad actually :) I got about ten rows done. I am so thoroughly sick of this blanket. (It's going to be great when done, but the making itself is BORING.) [Update: I finished!! Yay!!]

So, Sleepless in Seattle isn't reading but I have actually read a lot. I finished An Old-Fashioned Girl last night for the umpteenth time. It's starting to fall apart. I am running out of things to read.

In other non-knitting/reading related news, we have a tropical storm (Karen) in the Gulf. While we'll get a few storms and some breeze, it's not going to head in our direction. Unfortunately, the rescheduled clean-up day for the parish is looking doubtful. (Father hasn't made a call yet.) Looks like Karen has slowed down significantly so the work day tomorrow will not be affected. Father sent out an email earlier this afternoon to remind everyone and confirm that it is still on.