{P,H,F,R} We’re Underway

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IMG_1755Baby Tea Leaves sweater for Evie to wear this chilly spring.

IMG_1519The hat I made, which lays more smoothly than this photo would have you believe! Whenever I put it on her, though, she spends all her time staring at the brim, which I think is probably not good for her eyes, so I try to keep the brim pushed way back on her head, funny though she may be.

So Barbara remarked a couple of weeks ago that she was going to be starting a new Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan for Faith. Before Evie was born, I was mostly sewing, and I’ve been a bit frustrated by my inability to move forward on any of my projects, what with only having one arm and all. 😉 On a whim, which is mostly how I roll, I downloaded the baby version of the pattern and ordered a hank of the very expensive yarn the pattern was written for. Because, why not. Sometimes, a little luxury is a good thing. 🙂 Now, mind you, I had no idea at this point whether or not I could knit one handed any better than I could sew, but because I’m also impatient, I grabbed a random skein of blue Swish from the cupboard and cast on for a newborn hat I’d been admiring. The good news? You can knit with a babe in arms! I’m about halfway done with the sweater, I think. Maybe a little more. I’ve really enjoyed knitting it, and I thank Barbara very much for the idea. (Also, that yarn? It’s delicious.)


IMG_1741blogDucks. We have a love/hate relationship.

Happy is trees in leaf, trees in bloom all over the place. And even ducks in the garden. Much as I want to, I can’t hate the ducks when the weather is this fine.


IMG_1727blogA mixed bag of cream legbars, New Hampshire reds, speckled Sussex, and barred rock.

Our first batch of chicks hatched just as the temperatures plummeted. Normally, we brood them on the porch, but it was just too cold, so they are hanging out in the kitchen. People sit there on the floor and pet chicks all day. Chicks – and chickens, for that matter – make contented little peeping or clucking noises all day and all night, hushing only when something startles them. The other night, I was nursing the baby in the wee hours, and she let loose with a good, healthy burp. A chick-startling burp. Which I thought was funny. 🙂


IMG_1764blogStill waiting on lots of books. Still ordering lots of books.

I forgot, in all the new-baby-ness, that it’s Homeschool Planning Season. I am now inventing courses in Mycology, the French Revolution, Meteorology and Electricity. Absolutely not my favorite thing, till about mid-year, when my students tell me how much they’re enjoying my course! And when I ask for an After Action Review* at the end of the year, there’s usually not too much they’d change. It’s a lot of work to put a special course together for a particular child, but it’s always worth it in the end.


IMG_1737blogThe children have been playing with the black walnuts, cracking them open with a hammer on the concrete and eating the meats. I thought they’d be bad by now, but they assure me they’re quite tasty.

IMG_1714blogEvie playing on the floor, till she could barely keep her eyes open!

*Somebody mentioned the other night that April is the Month of the Military Child, and Davey looked at Evelyn and remarked, “She’s not a military child, is she.”
“Of course she is,” I countered. “We’re a military family, and she’s a member of this family, so she’s a military child.”
The thing is, even though we’ve been out of the Army for over two years now, the Army is still very much a part of who we are. I suspect it will always be that way.

5 Comment

  1. If you are still using terms like AAR, you’re still military. Maybe in 20 years you’ll have different vocabulary. 🙂

    1. I doubt it. 😉

    2. lol yes the AAR comment made me smile. and miss dearly living near folks who would know what that meant. (also, it sounds like you actually USE the AARs. which is decidedly unarmy of you :-p )

  2. Beckie R. says:

    I love you, Jennie 🙂

  3. I love the baby chicks! How fun to have them clucking away as you go about your daily routine (that is–unless a baby belch disturbs them!).

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