Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Settling Down

- it's all relative.

Dan has a place to live in September! Close to school, a library, a grocery store & the Via/Go station - didn't search out the other necessities of student life - the beer store and liquor store - some things kids just need to do for themselves...

Jake starts summer school tomorrow.

Jim's apprenticeship application is underway.

I am home today listing on etsy and relaxing, would have liked to have gone to the fireworks last night but was exhausted after the trip back and forth to Oakville yesterday.

Hopefully Jim can start work next week and we can get into a routine, it will all change in a month I know but I need to be a bit more settled.

When they were little & I felt like I'd been living in a fog of exhaustion for years (3 kids under the age of 4 in diapers will do that to you) I thought this time would be so easy - now the one who craves routine is me rather than them and I must acknowledge it is different but just as busy.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Good Things

Had a great week, many good things happening. The fabric I bought for the set of edges worked out well and looked simply gorgeous when I saw the show Sunday. I heard nothing but praise for the show, set, direction. Congratulations to all involved. Sad it had to end before I could find time to go again.

Jake's Tie dyes continue to go up in the etsy shop, here is my favourite of the baby Tshirts that we started listing today.

My favourite OK activity starts tomorrow and I will be there early, Camp OK! pictures tomorrow.

Things that need to happen:

1. Tuesday we head to Oakville to get Dan an apartment.
2. I want to see Company, but I hear it is selling out, hoping for an extension.
3. Need to get to #Stratfest.
4. OSAP application, someone remind me to text Dan about that at work tomorrow, pleeeease!
5. Jim's transcript - must call Beal & get that so we can get him signed up for his Electrical Apprenticeship.

Knitting is progressing and is still the chunky, huge infinity scarf for ME!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ch ch ch changes...

Wow life has gotten loose and totally taken over - I have to acknowledge that I have no control of anything! and that this is probably for the best.

Jake starts Beal Art in the Fall, he's writing his last exam of grade 11 today. He's taking an English class this summer to get a jump on university requirements. We're adding his tie dyes to my etsy store daily right now, if you're local and you want one, feel free to purchase, we will refund the shipping fees.

Jim writes (presents?) his last high school exam today and it looks like he'll get all his credits and graduate on time, something a doctor and a teacher tried to tell us wouldn't happen without medication but it did. He starts working for Mark to get his Electrical ticket & will then consider Theatre School, once he can apply as an adult and his marks won't be considered.

Dan and I are spending this weekend filling out his OSAP application and arranging for a place to live in Oakville.

At OKTC we're currently running Edges, I got to work on the set and the use of the fabric I sewed into large panels is an integral part of the show, the presentation is gorgeous, it was very satisfying to see how it worked. We're also getting ready for Camp OK and various staff vacations/work opportunities.

I've found a great source for vintage patterns and am listing consistently, sales have doubled in the shop since I started working harder at it. Knitting is actually on needles and might even be for me - lime green infinity scarf - yep, probably mine.

No promises but hopefully I can post more consistently, not sure we will ever be less busy. Yesterday I ran about SW Ontario picking up local honey and milkweed plants. We're planting the milkweed this afternoon but the plants are so tiny I'm not to sure they will reach maturity in time to help any monarch's this year.

Monday, February 24, 2014

9 days and counting...

Wow life gets away from me, 9 days until our NYC adventure starts.

Jake, Jim & I leave on the fifth of March. Mark, Dan and Cola are holding down the fort.

We've got big plans but only a couple tickets so far. We're all seeing Paul Simon and Sting the second night. The boys are seeing the Allman Brothers Blues Band the last night - lucky guys as this is the last chance to see them, retirements were announced just before we got the tickets.

Other plans, possible dinner at Cafe Wha our first night - going for the atmosphere not the food. Weekend evening at the Blue Note hopefully - I should book that. A couple Upright Citizens Brigade shows - I have never been - kids love it. Bleeker Street pizza is high on the boys list & I see they have a gluten free option so I am happy. Saturday in Brooklyn, thrift & vintage shopping. Coffee at Cafe Reggio.

Broadway shows - we may go back to Once as Paul Nolan is in it now. Beautiful is very tempting & hopefully I can see Motown this time, last year it was impossible to get a ticket the week we were there. Jake & his friend Jack are seeing Jersey Boys again & I may as well - love that music. Jim has Waiting for Godot high on his list.

The art supplies are packed, Mallets sketch Manhattan is a go.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

NYC Planning Today

Starting to get excited, so happy to be heading back and soon!

Passports have been found, put in my bag with our plane tickets and the Paul Simon & Sting tickets.

Boys have done their quiz.

Heading down to OKTC so they can do the planning part and meet their room mates.

Seriously happy not to be taking a bus there or back, hopefully this helps keep me healthy this year, pneumonia when I returned home last year was terrible.

I've been listing new stuff daily on the etsy store & hopefully will have a chance to pick up my needles and knit.

Monday, December 9, 2013

An Open House

Stripe Obsession cont c

Monday morning, after a busy weekend, time to catch up  and get ready for the next.

I am knitting some new pieces and if the sun comes out I will take some pictures, hopefully before our open house on Saturday. I still have some of the hats pictured above, my best seller lately.

Jake will be dying (?) a batch of clothes one evening this week, seems wrong to type it that way. We stocked up on special order items and we got more of the items that sold out - SOCKS +...

If you are looking for fun Christmas gifts, warm woolies, original tie dyes or a great hat, please feel free to drop by on Saturday from 12-4.

elanknits Open House
187 Emery Street East
London ON
Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12-4

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A day in the life...

1. Up 7 am, water new Christmas tree
2. Try to check etsy, internet down
3. Bring Christmas lights and ornaments upstairs
4. Empty dishwasher
5. Start laundry
6. Take knits and tie dye to site of sale & set up.
7. Take Dan the helper home, stop at Timmies on the way for his breakfast, switch laundry while there.
8. Go to staff meeting, check etsy shop, facebook and email
9. Run down to sale.

It was great and fees went to a great cause, Jake and I both had a few sales, Santa gave me a Timmies card & they fed me lunch!

10. Pack up and return to work
11. Write cheques and pay for a show with my credit card, figure out who and how to get cheques signed. Send requested downloads, check and answer emails and deal with insurance issue.
12. Take Jim to voice lesson,make sure he takes in post-dated cheques.
13. Go to costco for fundraising supplies, stamps & batteries for OKTC while Jimmy sings
14. Stop to get cheques signed on way home from voice lessons.
15. Take Jim home, fold laundry while there. Try everything possible to get a picture of one of Jake's sculptures to print, give up on the fancy wifi printer and go out to the office with the picture on a memory stick and print it on the old black and white printer - screw technology!
16. Try internet again still not working, water tree again.
17. Take Jake to Bealart for interview, help him carry everything in
18. Run down to OKTC with supplies
19. Set off elevator alarm while trying to get concession stuff all on elevator, give supplies & cheques to Box Office Staff
20. Back to Beal to get Jake - He got in! I knew he was in when I heard his laugh  as I walked past the interview room, sign his permission form, help him carry everything out
21. 7 pm stopped to get shwarma
22. Home, Mark got internet working - love that man!
23. Watch a few episodes of Suits and relax - those Christmas light & ornaments will have to wait for another day.