It’s Just June….

Hello!  How would you like to hear how crazy my June was?  And it’s not even over quite yet…. I knew June was going to be busy, I guess I just didn’t understand the full extent of it!  This is my fourth “What Happened? Week”, for anyone who’s counting, and here we go.

Actually before we jump into June, I’m pretty sure I have a little left of May to share!  At the very end of May, the day after I posted on my blog of course, I had an interesting weekend.  My family and I went to a birthday party for my aunt, and the day before my dad went shopping for her before he came and picked me up from work.  Due to that fact, I got to stand around and talk to the security guy of the building for a good 15 minutes.  We covered a wide range of topics- I am not even kidding.  Before I get too long-winded here, all you need to know is that we discussed how I work part-time.  Ten minutes later, I talked with a lady(who the security guy had talked to) who expressed an interest in hiring me on the days I don’t already work!  Now that makes it worthwhile to stand around and wait for a ride home!  The only thing that has happened with that this month is I talked to the lady again and she said they are definitely looking for someone.  Maybe I’ll have something exciting to share in July…. 🙂

Anyway, back to June.

  • My sisters and I had our dance recital!  It was great.  The week before it we had two nights of recital-run-through where we met at the studio, without costume and just performed our dances.  Both nights went pretty well!  I also got myself a fan club by hanging out with the 5-6 year old class.  Apparently I’m pretty popular with that age group!  They are just the sweetest things….Back to the recital, we had the dress rehearsal Friday night and it went quite well too!  I drove home that night thinking “This is not right….Nothing ever goes perfectly all three nights before the recital….”  You can call that my Miss Clavel moment.  Sure enough, Saturday morning comes, day of the recital, and one of the advanced dancers who is in a lot of dances AND has a solo, is sick with the flu.  Our dance teacher went into full-on stressed-out mode, and she’s normally emotional enough at these things….After a half hour of feeling sick myself about what was going to happen, a decision was made- our dance teacher was the only one who knew all her dances, and she fit in the costumes….so our dance teacher did them!  After that got resolved, the whole thing came off pretty well!  And we had QT Frozen Hot Chocolate afterwards to celebrate. 🙂
  • That same weekend, on Sunday, my sister’s graduation party was held in the afternoon. It was a rather hot day, but at least it wasn’t raining.  Rain would’ve been fine too, other than that we had at least 20 cars parked in our yard….   That evening we crashed on the sofa.  After all that had been happening for the past couple weeks, we were all worn out!  So we sat around and ate chip dips and cupcakes(of which there were plenty) and watched tv.
  • The strawberries slowed down a lot!  We enjoyed them while they lasted….Now our zucchini are starting to come in.
  • The Luna Moth Shawl is finished! And I really like it.  I began the next project last night- I’m trying to knit a baby dress. We’ll see how that turns out- my experience with knitted clothing has been limited, and hasn’t turned out the best.  But I’m determined to succeed!  Maybe someday a sweater will make its way on my needles….
  • The week after our crazy weekend was pretty mild….but then things started to pick up again.  And I honestly don’t remember most of what happened, up until last week. I hope I’m not forgetting anything too terribly exciting!  I’ll probably remember it right after I hit “publish”.  😉
  • This past weekend we had a choice of about 8 social events we could go to, and we went to a lot less than that.
  • Last Friday I had a spur-of-the-moment outing, which I rarely ever do- I went to a play with friends.  It was “My Fair Lady”.  I really enjoyed what I saw of it, but I didn’t get to see that much of it.  It was an outside stage, and the seats were outside too….and it started raining.  So everyone put up their umbrellas and got cold. My little group almost had a full-blown shelter due to our abundance of umbrellas!  However, I still managed to get wet.  After only having seen about an hour of the performance, and having sat there for at least that long, our group decided to leave.  One of us had to get up and be at work at 7:00 the following morning, and some of the others were hungry….So we went to Steak ‘n Shake, had a jolly time, and observed all the interesting people that come out after 11:00 p.m.
  • Last Saturday, my family and I went to a graduation party and an ice cream social.  Both were quite fun!  After a week of rain, it was sunny and hot- exactly what I would want for an ice cream social.  I don’t like to eat ice cream when it’s not hot, because then I just get cold….
  • Sunday was Father’s Day(I hope you all remembered!) and we just had a stay-around-the-house day.  It was quite nice.
  • A couple days ago we attacked our garden with hoes.  We didn’t actually have to get that aggressive because the ground was still wet from all the rain we have gotten. And now our garden looks beautiful and mostly weed-free!
  • Yesterday I held a 5-year-old in my lap while she slept…..It was sooooooo nice.  I love children.  It was wonderful.  The only sort-of downside was that I couldn’t do very much work other than answer the phone, and a few other things.  Yes, I was at work, but the little girl happens to be the daughter of my boss, so….I wasn’t too, too concerned about it.
  • My little brother found a Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar.  I’ve done Monarchs and Eastern Black Swallowtails before, but not Spicebush, so I’m kind of excited.  It is in a chrysalis now, after consuming many Sassafras leaves.  It’s name is Mr. Spicy Pants.  I like the name Sir Spicebush better, but I didn’t find him, so I don’t get to name him apparently. I must concede though that it is a fine name- I like to picture a caterpillar wearing pants with a little Jalepeño print on them. 🙂
  • In a couple days, my friends and I are planning to do something.  We don’t know for sure what yet, but we have considered 1.Hiking 2.A game night or 3.Biking at night    I’m kind of hoping for one of the first two since my bike isn’t in working condition.  I so wish it was…..I love bike-riding. Originally, we were just considering hiking, but that’s been up in the air since….
  • The river started flooding. The Mississippi River has had a lot of water flowing through recently.  So much so that it couldn’t contain it all.  We aren’t stranded or anything. It has caused some interesting detours on our trip to work, but that’s about it….so far.
  • I got to play volleyball again.  This time I got a bruise AND I hit the ball so hard backwards that it flew into somebody’s fenced-in yard.  One of our players was a good sport(more so than playing with me, haha), hopped the fence and found the ball.  But in throwing it back over, he managed to get it stuck in the electrical lines.  We have exceptional skills, I would just like to point that out. 😉  We got it back out without doing harm to the ball, the lines, or the players, and we all played happily ever after.
  • I’m trying to get back into my exercise routine- I stopped before the dance recital because I was afraid that something would happen the week before, like I’d pull something, break something, you know, and render me incapable of performing.  It could happen!  But I haven’t done such a great job jumping right back in, but I’m working on it.
  • I remembered!  Do you recall that thing I said waaaaay back at the beginning of my post?  The week I forgot?  Well, I remembered- we went to a ball.  It was a Summer Ball where we do English Country dancing.  For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s the type of dancing that they do in Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, etc.  Regency Era style. 🙂  That was a lot of fun.

I think that’s about it!  Like I said, it was just June.  I’m ready for a little less excitement in July, but that may or may not happen.  Bring it on!  I survived June, I can survive July.  🙂  It really wasn’t too bad, I’m just used to being a home-body, and I’m fairly introverted, so partying can be really draining.  Anyway,  it’s been fun!  Did you do anything exciting in June?  I’d love to hear about it.  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of this lovely June!

May and the Musical Appliances

Here are all the occurrences from May!  Nothing too, too exciting,  but hopefully nothing boring either.  😉  Quite a bit of this happened last week because my memory just doesn’t remember the previous weeks that well.  But I’ll get started, as I am sure you are dying with curiosity what I did with my month, and how it relates to what I mentioned in the title of this blog post!

  • We got musical appliances, giving a whole new meaning to the name SamSUNG.  We have owned a Samsung refrigerator and dishwasher for a while now, but just recently replaced our washer and dryer.  They are both quite the musical performers, for appliances anyway.
  • As our dance recital gets closer, the dance studio where some of my sisters and I take classes had a picture night.  We had to dress up in our costumes, do our hair, smile, be blinded by the camera….all the while being suffocated by sparkles, sequins, and hairspray.  I’ve danced a long time, and love it, but I still have no regard for sparkly stuff whatsoever.  I guess it’s just not meant to be!  By the way, our dance recital is next month, so more on that later!
  • I got to play volleyball for the first time this year- it was great.  And I got a lovely bruise on my wrist from hitting the ball too hard.  In the wrong direction.  Multiple times.  Needless to say, I was not the MVP.
  • We celebrated Memorial Day by going to the oldest Memorial Day parade in the country.  It started in 1868.
  • I had a friend over for the holiday.  Friends are just the best. 🙂
  • Our truck decided to break down on Memorial Day, but everyone made it home safely and our poor, old truck is getting repaired….
  • I tried a Frozen Hot Chocolate smoothie from QT.  I should have tried it sooner!
  • We had young friends stay over with us for almost a week- that was fun, and it’s always interesting adjusting to having different people in the house
  • We are preparing for one of my sisters’ graduation party.  In trying to make our house presentable to our general acquaintances, it’s turned into a slight renovation of the house.  I’m only exaggerating a little.
  • Our meat chickens made a change of residency- they went from the garden to our freezer, with a little work in between.  But I’ll spare you the details, just know that I was stuck plucking, and dread the day I shall have to again.
  • Our strawberry patch started producing earlier this month, and has yet to stop.  Our table that had been covered in small plants and dirt is now covered in beautiful, sun-ripened, delicious strawberries.  I had forgotten how good they taste!  My family had a strawberry patch several years ago in our garden, but were replaced with vegetables.  Last year we turned one of our hills into a terrace-type thing called a swale, and planted a ton of strawberry plants.  We are now reaping the benefits, plus some.  I do believe that today we begin the making of strawberry preserves….
  • In addition to the graduation party we are having, I have already been to one this month with more to come.  It’s typically fun to go to those and see the baby pictures, socialize, and eat cake.
  • We got more chicks.  This time they are egg-layers, and much cuter.
  • On my way to a dog-sitting job, with two nine-year-old backseat drivers, I saw baby foxes!  They were just hanging out by the road, but thankfully not on the road.  Did you know that a baby fox can be called a kit, cub, or pup?  At least that’s the story that Google is telling, and they’re sticking with it!
  • Our garden has been slowly coming together.  There will be some planting, and then it will rain, then more planting, then more rain.
  • My sister and I began a thing called oil-pulling.  We swish coconut oil around in our mouths for 20 minutes every morning.  It’s not the most pleasant thing in the world- who would like a tablespoon full of coconut-flavored oil in their mouth?  It’s like shortening with coconut flakes in it.  But that’s only for the first half a minute or so.  After that it melts.  Our respective motives for doing this odd thing actually vary.  The oil-pulling is supposed to pull bacteria out of your mouth.  In doing so, it can have the added benefit of whitening teeth, and better health for teeth(like cavities and such).  My sister is interested in the teeth whitening, I am very interested in reversing a partial cavity I have because going to the dentist is not, by any stretch, something I enjoy.  We’ll see if we each get our wishes…. Another added benefit is that our teeth feel clean and glossy all day.
  • Lastly, I have been knitting.  I have been working on an eternity scarf/cowl.  It has checkers of a caramel color and a chocolate color.  I like it quite a bit, but being that I don’t wear a whole lot of scarves, it’s going on  my Etsy shop.  So look for it on there soon, if you want to see it anyway….  🙂  Or I might put a picture of it on Instagram- @Hannah__Abell I’d love to know what you think!

I’m thinking that’s about it!  Like I said, nothing too exciting.  But then again, you can’t say I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs either.  I hope you had a wonderful month of May!  I’d love to hear what you did.  🙂  Thanks for reading, and have a lovely weekend.

April ‘Appenings

It’s “What Happened?” Week! This is my second installment of informing all of you just what exactly happened in my life this past month- the good, the weird, the bad, the boring…You get the gist of it I hope! Anything pretty much that was out of the ordinary you can find below. 😉

  • Easter!  I celebrated with my family and some friends from church.  It was fun!
  • I survived April Fool’s Day, and missed any pranks that someone tried to pull on me….Which reminds of a funny story from the 1st of April in 2014- I’ll have to tell you guys about that some other time
  • I got an iPhone!  So now I can actually make phone calls….Quite nice.
  • The weather in the Midwest is perfect(I hope it is wherever you are too)
  • My family got a new car- it’s a nice little Acura with a whole bunch of fancy do-hickies on the inside
  • I found an Easter egg….on the 11th.  Yes, a full week after my siblings were supposed to have found them all.  The Kit-Kat still tasted quite good though!  And the egg was still in one piece, even though I ran over it with a lawn mower…oops
  • Some friends and I got together to play Capture the Flag and Ghost in the Graveyard.  Even though I exercise semi-regularly, I was quite sore the next day half a week.
  • I met a boy that wanted to kiss me within an hour of our acquaintance.  His name was Sawyer, and he is two years old. And quite adorably sweet.  I gave him a hug.
  • My parents had their 27th anniversary.  We ate Death by Chocolate in celebration- it’s pretty much the best dessert ever
  • My little brother cracked a plate with his head- he didn’t get so much as a headache, but the plate didn’t fare quite as well….I’ll leave the rest to speculation
  • I completed a Mohawk hat for my cousin, C4R.
  • Our Tuesday night church meetings ended for the summer.  Dance will end in a couple weeks as well, which makes me realize all the more how fast summer is approaching!
  • Our backyard is covered with the ghosts of dandelions
  • Some of my siblings and I went to a concert where our cousin performed, and I gave him his hat.  We had a lot of fun together, and went to Applebee’s afterwards
  • The same siblings went with some friends and me to the movie theaters the next day, and then went to Taco Bell.  I’ve gotta get away from eating out so much!
  • My family rented “Five Armies”(the third installment of The Hobbit) and I must say I rather enjoyed it!  After losing interest in the other two part way through, I watched the entirety of this one and liked it. Bilbo Baggins’ personality and one-liners were probably the points of interest for me. 🙂
  • Last Tuesday I did some multitasking- weeding the family garden and working on my tan (invisible though it may be) at the same time.  If there my skin isn’t a darker shade, at least I can say I got my vitamin D for the day!
  • After my knitter’s block post last week, I almost immediately began a green textured slouch hat(I guess I just had to write it out?).  But now I have all the *great* suggestions from some very nice people of what I should knit next, that I can go back to when my project is done. 🙂  Thanks again to all of you for your ideas!

That may be all of what happened in my April!  Or at least, out of the ordinary…..What about yours?  Anything new and exciting?  🙂  I hope your April was wonderful, and the month of May is just as good.  Have a great week, and thank you very much for stopping by!

The Fifth of March

Well, howdy do!  It’s the fifth of March, also the 1st Thursday of the 3rd month of 2015.  Just a reminder- this weekend is also Daylight Savings.  Losing one hour of sleep one day for an extra hour of sunshine every day after that?  I’ll take it. 🙂

So, it is now March!  Spring and warm weather is getting closer and closer.  I can’t say that I can *feel* it yet, because it’s still cold.  But I know it’s coming.  And knowing that spring is coming, my family has started preparing for it!

First, my mom ordered chicks.  We have full-grown chickens right now, but their egg-laying/food-eating ratio isn’t working out too well- they eat too much food, and don’t lay enough eggs.  So every few years we get new chickens.  This is the year to get them.  I’m not sure exactly which breed she got, but I’m sure it’s a good one.  She had talked about getting a breed that when she said it, sounded like ‘Hawaiian goats’.  I’m sure that’s not what she said, but that sure is what it sounded like.  Can you imagine what Hawaiian goats would look like though?  It’s quite the mental picture, you know, with the grass skirts and all. 🙂  Our little farm will also be holding chickens used for meat, for a time at least, until their residence moves to our freezer.  Which reminds me….

My dad ordered pigs!  Or at least I think it’s in the works?  Anywho, we should be getting more swine soon.  Raising pigs has only been tried once before, but it went pretty well so we are doing it again!  There were two here last year.  Their names were Sausage and Bacon.  Can you guess where they are now?  Yup, I don’t think I need to confirm your educated guess….

And finally, we have started planting.  Very minimal planting.  So minimal it fits in the house somewhere.  I’m not sure exactly what seed(s) it was that found its way into dirt, but I was informed after I got home from work yesterday that the planting has commenced.  At this point I am still looking forward to working out in our garden, in the hot dirt, under the sun, multitasking by trying to get a tan(probably wishful thinking right there….) and weed or plant at the same time.  That will likely change mid-summer, but it might not.  We shall see. 🙂

So now you know what we are doing to prepare for spring, once it comes again. 🙂  Until then, I will stay inside, knit some black and red socks for a coworker, and watch the snow and ice melt, among other things.  Which reminds me, I need to finish some bread I am making….

Well, thank you as always for reading!  If so inclined, let me know what you do to prepare for spring!  Have a lovely week, and don’t forget to switch your clocks this weekend!  Trust me, I know from experience that being an hour off of everyone else(especially an hour behind) is not a good way to start a week.  So there ya go, take it from someone who knows.  🙂  Happy March 5th!  Or whatever day it is that you are reading this….