The Wonder of It All

Random thoughts from a mom in the great Midwest. Working on writing more while chasing 4 kids around the merry-go-round of my life.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A is for Angle

One of the things that really drew me to our house were the quirks and angles in the ceilings. All three of our bedrooms have neat, angled ceilings. It's because our house is an older home, built in 1938, and has a very angled roof line. The stairwell has many angles as well.

We've been in this house since our twins were two weeks old, and they'll be five in June. It's the first house we bought- we'd spent several years here and there, mostly in rented duplexes, and a couple apartments. We had a horrible experience in our first apartment (needless to say, February in Michigan is not an ideal time for the roof to be replaced), and found a great duplex to rent nearby. It was built in 1951, and had neat touches from that era. Thus started our love of older homes.

This house has been great for our family, though we seem to be bursting at the seams these days. I guess four kids will do that to most homes. Some of the angles are great- Sophie's bed is nestled under her angled ceiling, and our closet has shelves on one side, and the ceiling angles up to the hanging bars nicely. The bathroom ceiling angles from tall by the door and mirror, down to much lower by the window. Our fireplace has nice angles too, and the whole house is angular outside. It's like a modified cape cod style set sideways.


Monday, January 07, 2008

Foggy, foggy day

We've had a couple of really foggy days here in Wisconsin. There was a terrible traffic accident yesterday not far from here: 100 cars involved, and 2 fatalities. I guess 35 inches of snow on the ground, coupled with temperatures in the 40s creates very dense, lingering fog. We'd better be careful what we wish for, as far as weather.

We drove in dense fog all across the state of Iowa a couple of weeks ago. It was tiring and frightening, but we were trying to get across the state en route to our families for the holidays, and wanted to beat the winter storm slated for the next day. We did indeed beat it- by hours only- but I have no desire to drive in fog that thick again any time soon. It was a relief to hit Council Bluffs and have it clear off. The strong winds when we finally stopped for the night, at York, Nebraska, were intense and bitterly cold. But at least the rest of our drive the next day was clear as crystal.

I long for the sun and strong winds to blow this fog away already! Better check on installation of a foghorn...

Friday, January 04, 2008

A new year, a new goal...

I've joined my first "-Along"; any guesses?

It's the ABC-Along, started by Vicki-Knitorious. I really enjoyed the 2006 version, and look forward to challenge myself to blog at least every two weeks for the whole year. I'm already trying to figure out some good topics for every letter....

Winter has us strongly in it's grasp, and the snow is very deep around here. I'm glad the holidays are over, and I need to start working on some of those New Year's resolutions- lose weight, clean house, blog, lots of knitting...

I still have to finish a scarf that I'm working on for my brother- oops! But he did really love the hat I knit him. It fit, was colors he likes (camel and olive), and only took me two days. Yes! No pic, unfortunately.

How about a cute pic of another finished object?

Goody's new orange and blue hat! Too, too adorable on the boy! He loves it, since orange is his favorite color these days.

Supper is calling my name. Rather, the kids' rumbly tummies must be filled. Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes with bacon, maple sausage, and ambrosia on the side. Yummy!

Till then-G

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