Speaking of wood, it's very cool when you have a Gramp that can make stuff like this (you should be able to click on this one and blow it up a bit if you like):
It's even cooler when he lets you mess around (supervised, of course) in his workshop:
Grandma Jean and Ellerie and I made a nice trip to SA 1/2 price Wednesday and I scored a big bag full of stuff (mostly for the kids) for twelve dollars, including a raincoat for Ellerie and shorts for Long Legs McGee (AKA Calvin) who would have looked like he was wearing hot pants in half the stuff I have from last year. And I finished up my first dishcloth (double seed stitch) in Daddy's sunny recliner.
The sun didn't last though. After all, it IS February around here. The drive home was mostly in a snowstorm which I found incredibly stressful. It didn't help listening to Flight of the Bumblebee on the kids' Little Einstein's video (something that was supposed to keep the boys from fighting while I drove in the snow and did not EXACTLY do its job). Isn't it amazing how music can affect you? It's snowing again now, rather soft and pretty and grayish-blue, but I still hate it at the moment. February is flying though and I seem to be breezing through without too much of the gloom and doom that often comes with this month for me. Too much good is on the horizon: Cal's birthday, Ellie's birthday, Easter and vacation! I am letting go of some of my grand sewing plans and trying to keep it simple in that regard, so I don't stress myself out. Cal and Elle both need their birthday crowns and then I think I am going to leave it at that. I have ideas for cloth Easter Baskets and homemade bunnies and frogs and, well, I think that it might just be a bit much. So I am going to try to be low-key, focus on one thing at a time and not make myself crazy.
At least, that's the plan ;-)