So I’m really trying to declutter here at Casa de Vaughan, but it is slow going. I have a closet that I figured was a good place to start, & I have been finding all sorts of things.
Also, about a year ago I decided I was going to make us some reusable lunch gear that I never really finished. I found about 3 of these.
What is it? It’s a water resistant sandwich wrapper. See.
I have a great big box of unfinished projects or things I need to mend.
Then there is also the ” Christmas Bank”. The box I keep Christmas gifts in until I can wrap them up. I have recently finished a few knitting and crochet projects, intended for the “Christmas Bank” but I either do not remember who the intended recipient was, or I have decided to go with something else.
I’ll have to make a decision soon about what to do with them.
Last weekend, Nate arranged for us to have a date night. It was wonderful. He took me to a local production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, and out to eat. We had a wonderful time.
This week were are due in Missouri for my Grandmother’s 89th birthday, and to see the family. We’re looking forward to it.
Nate’s 72% of a Dr. Who Scarf. Once he checked the length, he requested I stop.
Yarn: naturspun sport
Comments: easy enough, just a much bigger project then one would think
Moochi plus and Malabrigo
The bridal shawl pattern has been chosen.
Yarn: “The Silver Lining” from Oink Pigments
Pattern: a circular shawl with diamond edging from VICTORIAN LACE TODAY
Could the 10 stitch blanket be almost done? Well, it could be, if I would weave in ends and possibly put an edging on it. Instead we have a little embroidery. (Hello, my name is Erin, & I have “Crafter’s ADHD”.)
We won’t mention all the knit socks waiting for mates.
I officially packed up James’ diapers the other day. I’m not sure what I will do with them. Part if me is a little nervous about getting rid of them. We’ve decided that we are done, but sometimes things don’t go according to your plan.
Jess is up in Indy this week. Because of her confirmation schedule, I took her up Monday morning. Normally she goes up Sunday evening but due to Jess going through confirmation this year, her schedule is a bit mixed up. Sunday evening the calls started coming in on her phone as her friends arrived at the School for the blind and she had not arrived yet.
Monday morning Jess was full of nervous excitement. She loves going. Thankfully, she does not yet love it enough to want to go full- time. I’m not ready.
So how did it become September already?
Got back to work on Nate’s Dr. Who scarf. The other day he was checking the length, he was pleased it was almost done.
“Almost done?! I’m just over the halfway point!”
Nate’s decided his scarf will be a shorter version.
Speaking of work, Nate fixed me 50 year old Pfaff 360 sewing machine. I am very pleased, but I cannot find to bobbins, so I had to order more. Only having one bobbin to work with has slowed me down considerably.
September also means its time to start figuring Christmas. I know, I know, but I have to be realistic on what I can get done in time, and what needs to be bought.
Speaking of purchases, I bought yarn yesterday for two very special projects due in May.
Color way: turquoise treasure
Purchased: treasuregoddess’s shop via etsy
Project: retro rib socks for the groom
Color way: the silver lining
Purchased: oinkpigment’s shop via etsy
Project: shawl yet to be determined for the bride
Girl’s weekend with Carma in Chicago was a blast. (As it always is.) I don’t have a lot of pictures, because I’m bad at that stuff, and the pictures I do have are alcoholic beverages. Heh.
Now I’m back, catching back up,and it’s back to the routine. I’m having a little trouble with that part.
Just packed the car, got Jess on the bus to school, and the sitter will soon be here for James.
I’m heading north to meet up with Carma for the weekend. I’m having to plan things out a little more, because my wallet was stolen over last weekend, and I’ll be going with no bank card and a paper printout of my license. The replacements have not yet arrived.
My bags are packed. It seems a bit much for a weekend, doesn’t it?
We are meeting in our hometown tonight, then we take the train into Chicago for the rest of the weekend.
It’s going to get dorky.
So school seems to be going well. We really like the new teacher. Jess has a few new teachers this year, and is doing something I never thought I’d see. Jess is taking shop class…& enjoying it.
It’s not so much that I thought she would not be capable. It was more of a safety issue; for her and those around her.
She rocks. (Well, we all know she rocks, she’s just that awesome.) What I mean is that she physically rocks back and forth. It’s a “blindism” we’ve been struggling with since she was a baby. She is trying to get a handle on it, but it still gets away from her at times. Also, she tends to pull away, especially if you are trying to help her.
I was surprised that the school was so willing to try it, when last year there was so much hesitation. I think the new shop teacher might have been the difference.
Today is the first day of school for Jess.
7th grade, watch out!
These first few weeks back should be…let’s say, interesting. There will be changes, and changes are usually rough for Jess. There will be new teachers who will need a little training as we screw up their prep routine. ( I’m sure they love that, but we strive for good communication to make it as painless as possible.)
She goes from class to class like normal, and her classes are all “mainstream”, “regular” classes, with a few exceptions. Her math class is one on one, because Braille math is a bit more complicated. Her study hall is class time with her Teacher of Vision Impairment. Also, once a week she has Orientaion and Mobilty with her instructor, which typically takes her out of a gym class or a special rotation class.
Oh, there is also “Shortcourse” where she attends the school for the blind a week at a time, but I can sense you’re starting to nod off, so let me get back to topic.
School works a little different for Jess. Jess has a sort of manager at school. A teacher that she checks in with at least once a day, handles/oversees any discipline actions that need to be taken, that makes sure all materials that travel to Shortcourse are ready to go, and at least this year, was to be Jess’ math teacher.
Jess has had absolutely wonderful teachers that have filled this role. She was due to have the same teacher as last year. Except a week and a half ago she resigned.
Don’t misunderstand. This woman is a truly wonderful person who loved her job and her students. This lovely woman has had a truly awful, life-changing summer. She will be sorely missed, and wish all the best for her.
But, back at school things are a mess. I have no answers on how this is going to come together. We are all scrambling. A new teacher was hired on Monday. I have high hopes, but I may need to pick up a bottle of tequila to make it through.