Blog of Housewifery

I like to knit
I like to bake
But I'm a MOM
That takes the cake!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Kind of curious what would happen if I post here.... is it still connected to my facebook or what? Do subscribers still exist? Let me know if you see this.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rocking and Rolling

He took long enough about it, but Jamie rolled over front to back on Sunday, and then back to front today! Time to start keeping the floor tidy!

We are all suffering from massive stomach flu here. Hopefully we can all feel better soon. I feel particularly sorry for Ian, who is just crying and saying he wishes this day would end. Poor baby.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Car update.

I decided to go start the car early yesterday so that I would have time to deal with it if it wouldn't start. But it started just fine. I let it run, got Jamie ready, and went to leave. It stalled at the end of the driveway and wouldn't start again. And it was blocking the driveway so I couldn't get the van out. Luckily, I have good neighbors. One neighbor was getting her kid from school so she offered to pick up Ian, and another neighbor helped push the car into the centre of the court so that I could get the van out.

This morning, I decided to go try the car again to see if it would start, and magically it did, so I very quickly moved the van and put the car in at the top of the driveway. So now I have both vehicles parked in the driveway, with the van accessible. We are expecting a lot of snow over the next couple days, and I figured the plow wouldn't take kindly to my car being parked in the centre of the court. So I am pretty happy with the situation. Ok, happy isn't the right word. But at least I can just drive the van until Travis comes home and then he can deal with the situation.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cars are stupid and expensive.

Travis is sailing as of this morning. He's going to be gone for 10 days or so. I dropped him off last night so I wouldn't have to get up too early today. Before he left, I told him to fill the car up with gas but not to fill the van because I will drive the car around while he's gone because it's better on gas. So I have a close to empty van and a full car.

This morning I got up, got everybody ready, started the car, loaded the kids in, and got ready to go. The battery light came on. It's a new battery, we just changed it this spring. I drop Ian off, then the radio shuts off. And now the check engine light is on. I parked it when I got home and turned it off then back on. It started, but reluctantly. So I left it there, in front of the van. That was probably a mistake. Anyway, when I go get Ian today, I will probably move it to the back of the driveway and take the van instead because I don't trust that car at all. Hopefully it starts. Anyways, it sucks because all the gas is in the car and I was hoping to get by on $40 worth of gas while Travis is gone.

Not a good start to the week. Not at all.

Monday, January 24, 2011

So how am I doing?

My eighth post in 2011! I am going to beat my post count for 2010 and January isn't even over yet!!! I don't have much to say today, though. Really searching my empty head.

Oh, I know! Yesterday we went to the Museum of Natural History because there is a tyrannosaurus skeleton there. We thought Ian would like to see the bones. He did really like it. I like that the beast is exactly the right size to eat Ian in one bite. Also, it looks like a fried chicken. I bet it tasted just like chicken. Maybe a little gamier. Although chances are that nothing ever ate a t-rex....

Anyways, Ian was really good through the whole museum until we went to the gift shop and he wanted me to buy him a colouring book that cost $14 and I was like "no way are you getting a $14 colouring book" and he got all sulky and whiny and started telling me he didn't love me and didn't want me for his mom, so I told him it was time to go and he started howling. Total meltdown. Kinda ruined the good family afternoon mood.

Then we came home and had chicken soup for dinner. It tasted just like t-rex....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cloth Diapering IS For The Faint of Heart!!

I have been cloth diapering Jamie about half the time. So I guess I have been saving money. Let's think so far. I figure I have gone through about 5 cases of diapers. I haven't bought that many though. I received some diapers as gifts. So since he wears cloth diapers about half the time, I guess that I saved myself the same number of diapers as what he's worn. So about five. If I had bought the diapers, at about $25/case, it would have been about $125.

Not counting the diapers I had from Ian and ones I recieved as gifts, I have spent about $175 on cloth diapers. But I received $100 as a gift which I used towards the diapers, so I actually only spent about $75 of my own money. So the diapers have really paid for themselves already, and the baby is only about four and a half months old. I still have roughly two years of diapering to go!

I have six diapers left from when Ian was a baby, flannel ones that require a cover. I have four Mother Ease covers which I really like, and several other covers which I don't like at all. I have six pocket diapers my awesome friend Shelley made for me, three FuzziBunz diapers which are nice, and then I have four "Babyland" all-in-one pocket diapers which you can get at Bliss and Klassy Kids. I like them the best, mainly because they are about half the price of the FuzziBunz.

I use disposables at night, mostly because they hold more and I don't have to change him until morning. But that is only one diaper at night or maybe two depending how wet he gets. I use disposables when I take him out, because I am not keen on carrying dirty diapers around with me. But the main time I use disposables is when I need to wash the laundry. I probably shouldn't wait until I have used every single diaper before I wash them.

They really aren't that much extra work, although the diaper pail can get a bit stinky. And the poos are going to get a bit more interesting with the food, but hey. I'm tough!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I am making bread today in the stand mixer. As my Faithful Facebook Followers (FFF's) know, my beloved bread machine kicked the bucket (pan?) last week. I have been putting off making bread since then but since we have been reduced to eating freezer burned bagels and raw flour, I figured I better bake.

I didn't have enough flour for whole wheat bread, and my usual cracked-wheat bread wouldn't work as well without the timing apparatus of the bread machine, so I just kind of winged it. I put 2.5 cups of water, 2 tbsp of sugar, and 1 tbsp of yeast in the oven to proof, then Jamie woke up so I left it there for an hour. It was nice and foamy when I came back to it. Then I put that in the mixer bowl with about half a cup of flour (it was about 1/2 whole wheat and half white, mixed together), and two teaspoons of salt. Mixed that for a bit, then added 1/4 cup of oil and a glob of molasses. I don't know how much, maybe two tablespoons. Then I just kept adding flour. Just over six cups of flour, until it was pulling away from the sides in a ball. I let the mixer run on 3 while I farted around on the internet. (way to knead... whoot!) Then I put a splash of oil in and let the hook move the dough around so it was covered. Then I stuck it in the oven to rise.

I always rise bread in the oven with the light on, and a pie plate full of boiling water to get the perfect warm, steamy environment. I set the timer for an hour and called my sister. Then I got the dough out and noticed it had stuck to the top of the oven. (way to rise... whoot!) So I punched it down, made loaves, and put it back in the oven with a new pan of water. I will take it out to preheat after I get Ian, and bake it at 375 for 30 minutes. I will let you know how it turns out, since I didn't use a recipe and it may be total crap.

I went to the dentist yesterday and he had to stick me with way to many needles to get it to go numb, then he found an extra cavity next door, so I got two teeth filled. My jaw really hurts today and my gums look all chewed up. So hopefully I don't get a gross abcess and die of a raging infection. Luckily, the painful jaw bone has made me all optimistic today and junk.

I was going to vacuum and mop today but instead i did nothing at all. I didn't even have a shower. (way to procrastinate... whoot!) My excuse is that my mouth is making me grumpy. But I guess I better go change into real clothes now and get the boy. Campbell's soup and grilled cheese tonight, and then I am going knitting. I can clean another day I guess.