We're Here!


Hey everybody!

We are in our new place and David has just figured out how to solve my computer's issues with the internet here. Hoorah!

This has been the hottest week of the year thus far with temperatures in the low thirties. Not a great week for hauling around boxes and cleaning floors, etc., but a great week to be moving into a basement (temporarily) and having easy access to a little backyard with grass, shade, and a wading pool!

I might even get something sewing-ish accomplished next week!

Moving Monday.

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Three days until we move ourselves and the stuff we use everyday.

The rest of the stuff will wait until the tenants on the main floor of our future home move out (Aug 15 at the latest).

I have packed up almost all of my sewing room. (I need one box larger than the variety found at the liquor store.) Tonight I will dismantle my sewing table. One Rubbermaid bin of fabric with plans and current projects, one set of three plastic drawers with basic sewing tools, one tin of thread and bobbins, the iron, the ironing board, the cardboard cutting board, and my sewing machine will go in the first move. The other three Rubbermaid bins of fabric, scraps, and interfacing, the two boxes of patterns and sewing/fashion books, the other set of three plastic drawers of sewing notions, the rotary cutting mat, the box yet to be packed, and the table will stay.

Goodness! I have really expanded my sewing gear and fabric collection. Nature abhors a vacuum, I guess.

Another Tracing Day

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Today Peter, Lucy, and I worked on tracing Peter's hoodie pattern. Here's a photo of us hard at work.

Tracing Day

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This week Peter has been going to a day camp at A Rocha Canada with several neighbourhood friends. Today was my day to drive the van load of children there and back. I stayed through the morning because it's about 100 km round trip.

But what to do for several hours on a farm/environmental education site? Well, not being an outdoorsy person myself, I opted to bring several Burda magazines and all of my tracing gear. I got two patterns traced, cut, and labeled in 2.5 hours and was about to start on a third, but I realized that I didn't have Lucy's measurements, so I stopped. The folks who live on site welcomed me to use a section of their floor in their lounge to trace. (They were all about supporting my desire to not burn needless fossil fuel - good conservationists that they are.)

So, I have the knitwear blazer (Burda 06-2009-114) and a bubble-sleeved knit top (Burda 02-2009-118) traced and ready to tissue fit. Hooray! (I don't know if I will get any actual sewing done before we move, but it's nice to have things ready to roll.)

Sewing Hiatus. More or Less.

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Hey friends,

We just got back from camping and I am facing the reality of my life this summer. I'm going to have to take a break from sewing pretty soon. We are moving in a few weeks and the focus of my energy needs to be there.

However, tomorrow (assuming everyone is well - as I am sick again today) I will be taking Peter to the fabric store to pick out fabric for this hoodie. I know those hoodies are modeled by females, but Peter is 6 so his body is pretty much the same shape as most other kids his age, regardless of gender. I also feel confident that I can change the shape of the garment if it is too fitted/girly.

I may also pick up fabric for a blazer made of sweatshirting for me. The pattern is from the June Burda magazine, but it doesn't seem to be listed in their archives.

Quick Photoless Update

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Everyone is better. Lucy is back to eating almost regularly and work is under way to go on our camping trip this week (just two nights). Looks like it will rain.

Sewing today consisted of covering a couple of throw pillows with pieces of old t-shirts and then making pillow cases out of other old t-shirts for camping pillows for Peter and Lucy. (Two pillows covered and cased for $12.) I also cut egg-crate like foam into kid-sized sleeping mats (double thickness) and covered all three using pieces of a king-size flat sheet. (Three thick kid-size sleeping mats for $40.)

The pillows weren't cheap, really, but I have lots of scraps left over to make other little things. What can I say? Value Village just isn't dirt cheap here, but it is open late on Saturday night.

All Dressed Up with No Place to Go

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That's my girl Lucy. This has been a lousy week for her and the third lousy week for our family. All three kids have had stomach bugs and the girls have also had ear infections. Clara also had pneumonia. And of course, rather than have it all happen at once, they went down one after the other, so it's been nearly three weeks of being mostly housebound. Bleh.

Today, Peter asked to go to the local toy store so Lucy asked if we would please take her allowance money and get her a tiara. We brought it home, she vomited and then got dressed up. She had a little water and then needed to lie down again. (Note the towels covering difficult surfaces to clean and the wastebasket/vomit bucket.) Poor thing.

One day we will all be healthy and summer will begin in earnest.

**Edited to add: I cannot express how deeply bone tired I am. All this illness is just so depressing. David has taken all kinds of time off of work so that one or the other of us could tend to a sick child (running to the doctor, picking up medicine) while the other tended to the not-as-sick children (picking up from school, running errands, going to the playground).

We have both been up a lot at night. It's a bit like having a fairly new baby around. You sleep, but you are always on alert for crying. You jump out of bed like a shot and then console and clean. You rinse out buckets and clothing, strip bedding, rinse hair, wipe a nose and wash hands. Then you settle the child back down and stumble to bed, crash asleep, and wait for the next cry.

No one wants to be around us, because no one wants to get this. I have hardly spoken to any of my adult friends in three weeks. I am tired. So tired.

I was so looking forward to the summer. Looking forward to setting our own schedule - not the school's schedule, trying to set a routine that will provide us with structure and flexibility and that will nurture varying aspects of growth and development. And have I mentioned that we are moving August 1?

If not, here it is: We are moving August 1. It's only 4.5 blocks away, but it is still moving. Things must be sorted, purged, and packed. Children must be prepared. And this time there is a fair bit of renovation that we have planned, but we are mired down by the city and all of the rules and regulations. That adds to the stress.

This will pass. They will not be sick forever. We will move and get settled. Eventually. I hope.