How can I hold the part of me that only you can carry

;) – I will not take these things for granted

The girls got new bikes last week from their Uncle Kevin and Auntie Jamie. Today we put their old bikes out by the road so some other lucky little kid could have a new bike. Saebra has a very hard time letting go.

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She’s alright. We talked about how special she felt when she got her new bike and how special the child that gets her old bike is going to feel. Then she got to go get ice cream, its all good.

Our neighbor dropped by this morning and asked if we liked fish. Um, yes. Her nephew had gone fishing on Friday and bagged a bunch of trout, she wasn’t really interested in it but would we like some. Um, yes.

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And oh was it good! Saeb ate half a fish all be herself. Marinated all day in olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, hot pepper flakes, terragon, dill and ginger, wrapped in a few bacon slices, wrapped up in foil and grilled to perfection. I’d show you whats left but skin and bones is just not attractive.

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Today I also finished my 12 potholders. Here is my prototype and the one that Melissa picked out, its her fault I’m doing this swap, she told me about it. oh, shiny pretty swap…

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The swap is only for 5 but I have 6 other people to whom I promised handmade goodies so I figured that if I was going to dive into potholder mayhem I might as well go whole hog. The pattern is my own based on something I saw on Ravelry that had no available pattern. Maybe I’ll write it up. Would you want me to?

This is what I started with

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This is what I finished with – minus Malea‘s, she got hers yesterday :)

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Tomorrow I’ll go back to finishing a tank and neckwarmer that are promised to other folks and contemplating some pattern ideas rattling around in my noggin.

Oh and some serious thank-yous to Melissa, Grill-Master Gene and all the ladies at the chocolate party yesterday. I had a grand time, my ribs still hurt. 

Toots

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9 responses

  1. Tell Saebra that I can relate to the feeling of loss when you have to get rid of a toy. I still cry a little when I think of all my old bikes & trucks. I’m glad that they like their new ones. I had a lot of fun riding with them before they left.

  2. Thank you for NOT posting a pic of leftover fish skin and bone. The close-up of marinating fish scales was almost more than I could take. Glad it was tasty but, uh, ya know…they scare me (think you and penguins).

  3. don-choo be blaming me for your potholder problem!
    and you’re most welcome, any time. in fact I am contemplating a ChickiePotLuck for those of you with children who like baby chickens.

  4. Lovely potholders!! yes, do post the pattern, but I have to say that I am was so motivated by your necklaces yesterday that I bought myself a new book( “Beyond the Square”) and wound off some tencels( per Gail’s suggestion) and made myself a necklace and earrings! Talk about people motivating people’s creativity!! What a great book, thank you for doing a lovely job( aka “justice”) to the motifs on your necklace for the class.
    The picture of Saebra makes me sad. I hate to see sad little kid faces. But I know that she also learned something valuable from you, that it may hurt a bit to lose something you love/enjoy but when it can make someone else happy, then it can and often is, very well worth the short-term pain. You’re a good mom :D

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