October 23rd, 2014

At the risk of turning this into a Girl Scout Daisy blog, I’ve got 12 minutes before I have to pack Ellie’s lunch and just want to share this because it went so well yesterday.

Every Girl Scout Troop has rules for their group (can’t function as a society without rules and all that). In an ideal world, the Leader would help the girls brainstorm until a wonderful golden accord is reached and the perfect set of rules for troop behavior is defined. But come on. Daisies are 5-6 years old and grownups are still struggling with the U.S. Constitution after 250 years. Everybody would rather be playing animal charades.

So I pre-made two sets of rules.

Bad Rules
Girl Scouts should call each other names and hurt feelings.
Girl Scouts should all talk at once and never listen.
Girl Scouts should ignore the Leader and get up to all kinds of crazy.
Girl Scouts should climb all over the furniture and break everything.
Girl Scouts should NEVER have fun.

Good Rules
Girl Scouts should use kind words and include everyone.
Girl Scouts should be quiet when others are talking.
Girl Scouts should listen to the Leader and follow directions.
Girl Scouts should take care of their meeting space.
Girl Scouts should ALWAYS have fun and enjoy their journey.

I used big chart paper to write two lists of rules. I cut the bad rules into strips and taped them (with blue painters tape so the paper underneath didn’t tear when I pulled them off) over top of the good ones. After our little rules introduction (Why do we have rules? etc.), I pulled out the chart and started to read. The girls were, of course, “What?!” “Are you CRAZY?” So I’d ask what that rule should say and they’d give me a better alternative that was pretty close to what I had underneath. This worked really well with a Troop of young Daisies. It gave them a sense of control without having the tedium that goes with a big job like rule-making.

Michael would like you all to know that it was his idea to tape the rules over top and reveal them. My original idea was to have a longer list with good rules and bad all mixed together – we’d go through and cross off the crazy stuff, leaving the good set of rules behind. Michael’s idea suited our time frame much better, but either would be a hit.

October 8th, 2014

Michael and Ellie are both on a school field trip today. One of the other chaperones was sick so Michael has all the little girls in the class in his group. This really has me tickled. Since they are both occupied, I’ve got a minute to talk. But just a minute. I’ve got to tell you something.

I did a crazy thing and said I’d be PTO president at the elementary school this year.

I know.

I thought I’d have all this free time when school started again. And now there is no time for anything that isn’t on fire. And Ellie has lost two teeth.

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My sister and I collaborated on some pictures. I took them, she made them look good with her fancy photography skills.

Everything is pretty good. I miss Great Gran. Ellie and I both like her first grade teacher (who, in true small town fashion, we are related to). I was really struggling with the new creature I was working with at the beginning of the summer so I put him up for a while. It’s about time to pull him out for a fresh perspective. We ended up ordering Ellie’s Halloween costume this year – there was no way I could make it for the price in the catalog and it’s pretty amazing. Michael and I are trying to decide if we want to dress up too.

Now I have to go get ready for the first Girl Scout Daisy meeting of the school year. Yup. Doing that too.

I know.

I hope I can figure out how to write to you more. I’ve missed our little chats.

June 1st, 2014

I seem to get into some sort of blog denial/depression/fugue state every so often and just pretend the thing doesn’t exist. (That’s happening right now in case you haven’t noticed.) It seems to be when the seasons turn, circumstances change, a new Zelda game is released or I’m working on something new that is just really making me crazy.

Well it’s summer. Ellie is home from school (and doesn’t nap* anymore although she does have a siesta with reading material after lunch every day). There’s no new Zelda but we did break down and get a Disney Infinity the day school got out (great for Ellie’s age and motor skill level and we can play together – I totally recommend it). And I’m on version FIVE of my current pattern. But I think I’ve got it this time.

However, I am unhappy with the yarn I ordered for the finished pattern. Bah. It’s just a core so I’m worried that it will just fuzz up and I’m not super happy about the color – I may do a swatch to carry in my pocket to see how it wears and then try it in another green. But it’d be good to find something else. Any suggestions for a green, maybe kettle dyed (something with variation without being variegated), chunky yarn? From happy sheep? Or no sheep – but I think wool will work best for this one. I could go with one of my standbys, but I’d like to try something new. Maybe I’ll give Swan’s Island (aran) a try.

I also have one small confession to make about what I think started this fugue. I agreed to be the PTO president for Ellie’s school next year. The planning meeting for next year was much better received than I expected so I am encouraged and excited and hopeful. I hope that this will be a “building year” and I can help create lots of opportunities for involvement. We’ll just see how that goes shall we?

I’ll recommit to the blog sooner or later, it’s a little like dieting that way.

She totally falls asleep at siesta every other day and would absolutely still be napping if it weren’t for all day kindergarten. She and her daddy both LOVE NAPS.

April 8th, 2014

Swap boxes should be on their way!

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It should be noted that I waited to make this post until mine was on the way. Log in your own eye and all that. Happy spring, y’all!

April 1st, 2014

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At long last!

You can find the pattern on Ravelry. And on Etsy. I can’t believe I started this back in September.

Oh WOW, y’all. I can’t read a calendar! The last week of March was so tricky with the doubled up Sunday and Monday! There is no possible way swap packages could have been sent today even if I had got your partners to you yesterday morning (I was trying to give everyone a chance to answer the questions before I had to go on without them). I’m sending the swap information this morning – packages should be on the way by NEXT MONDAY April 7! Thanks for your patience with my poor, sad brain. We could just pretend it was an April Fool’s joke. Everybody loves that kind of thing right? If you don’t get your giftee by this evening, please give a shout!

March 25th, 2014

Remember back when we talked about a Four Seasons Swap? Y’all. It’s Spring! Technically, down here it’s still winter if you stand in the shade, but I’m going to overlook it because it’s swap time.

SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED! WATCH FOR THE SUMMER SWAP!**

Clean Spring Swap

*Boxes should include: Yarn for a dishcloth, knitting pattern for a dishcloth, a little something that’s good for cleaning (sample detergent, soap, hand lotion for after, you get the idea) and a small wind chime or similar springy item that makes you happy. Because I like wind chimes even though they don’t match my clean theme.
*Stash yarn and patterns are great (be careful of copyright on downloaded patterns). Unless you keep a treasure trove of goodies, you may have to spend a little on this swap. But not much if you don’t want since the Dollar Stores are jam-packed with silly little spring feel-goods!
*To sign up, leave me a comment with an email address where you can be reached by Friday night. I’ll send a brief questionnaire to collect mailing addresses and the like and make matches over the weekend.
*Ideally, swap packages should be in the mail by April 1. A week turn-around should keep anybody from overthinking it. This is an impulse swap!

I think that’s it! No more waiting! The leave-a-comment link is right

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there…

SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED! WATCH FOR THE SUMMER SWAP!**

March 10th, 2014

You know how sometimes you just don’t have time to do a thing, but you decide to do it anyway? Fuzzy Mitten (Barbara Prime) is doing a little Mystery Toy knit-a-long. She’s releasing just a bit of a new toy pattern each week – so far we’ve made a little cardigan.

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I’m leaning toward the yellow buttons.

I went for sleeveless since spring is basically here but the pattern has two other sleeve possibilities if you’re still chilly. It’s not too late to catch up if you want to play along! The pattern is available on Ravelry. She sends an update with a new piece each week.

I can’t wait to see what I’m making!