23 December 2008

Merry Christmas to Me (a few weeks late)

Okay...I got a little bit lost these past few days (weeks?) due to ice storms, power outages, camping on floors for a week, sending the kids to LG early, holidays, mental strife and visitors! Although it looks like the year is ending on a high note (see: visitor). So, here's a post I started a little while ago...


I admit that I will try to win things through other blog posts, as can be so duly noted from my last post. (Thanks to everyone who voted for me! Even though I didn't win, it means a lot!)

So, I actually DID win a couple things. One that I got was a DVD collection of the latest season of LWord from The Other Mother. This gives J. and I a better option of viewing instead of the "only two discs a month" I have right now through Netflix.

The second was a quick answer to a photo id from Kathy at WEBS. Of course, I KNEW the answer was Brooks Farm Yarn, as I had seen the yarn stall at Rhinebeck, but I did hem and haw for a few minutes - only to discover when I hit enter that someone beat me to it by less than one minute. But the Universe gave me another chance as Kathy awarded not one, not two, but three winners. So, I was in heaven to get an item out of Kathy's stash. Cause you know it will be good!

So, craziness of Life and holidays snowballing, I checked in with her last week about the prize, which she assured me was coming soon. Well, I got my package yesterday, thrilled to be getting a skein of yarn...

But what did I get instead?

Brooks Farm Yarn Riata...not one, not two...BUT THREE skeins! Three lovely skeins of a wonderful wool/mohair/silk blend that I just love to cuddle (Yes - I am one of those people who doesn't think mohair makes things scratchy). Plus a skein of sock yarn. Traveler by Just Our Yarn. PLUS a lovely card, which didn't make it in this shot, from Kathy. You have to love the personal touches, and hand-written notes are becoming a bygone era, unfortunately.

So, thank you to Kathy for making my stash that much better!

03 December 2008

One of My Favourite Things....

(Well, I had been trying to think of a good post for this time of year, and what better reason than for a contest? Louisa from Life As We Know It is holding one on posts about favourite toys, so take a look! )

This is the time of year when the lists begin. Not that I don't make lists all year, but these are the ones my niblets make.

Of the grand old ages of 11-going-on-12-I'm-almost-a-teen-MOM! and 8, these lists seem to get longer, more expensive and more complicated each year. When I was first pregnant, I swore I would keep "natural, wholesome" toys available to my child. The simple toys of wood without flashing lights and noisy, tinny songs. Or Barney.

Needless to say that didn't hold up in the light of the world we live in, or the gifts from grandparents and the regular birthday party gluttony that occurs. But I still can reminisce about the ones I loved to get when gifts were simpler. And totally based on what I wanted them to have.

My favorite was always the donut stack. Well, that was how it was known in my house. The little plastic pillar with the bright colored rings that fit in decreasing size. I remember it from my childhood, used to see it floating around my aunt's toy closet as I grew older, and made sure to get one for each of my kids (and a couple others through the years). Not only was it great to watch them sit and stack them, on and off the pole, for an hour, but they were great for those sore gums during teething too!

So, I was thrilled to see this in a catalog I got in the mail recently. I enjoy Lehman's very much. I find it to be my own toy catalog, although admittedly my choice in toys seems to range between canning equipment and butter churns. This is not only the classic style of the toy I loved, but it is also made of wood! May not be so good for those sibling fights, but I think it is a great remake of a great classic!