The impetus for purging continues, especially after Michigan and now with us having to replace the dishwasher. That was a cluster on Friday AM. The fix that 6 or so years ago on the cabinets that richarddbrewer
did was pushing on the counter top due to a brace. So, I had to unloade the entire glass cabinet, helf the installers get the countertop lifted up off of the old crappy dishwasher and then they could see if it would fit. it didn't since the counter top had sagged over 12 years and they left and mel came home to fix it. He ended up driving a wedge up and got the countertop to be level and set and then the guys came back to install it. Its shiny, pretty and so quiet it has a red light to tell you its on!
But this meant that the contents of the glass cabinet needed to be gone through and the cabinet fixed but that was for later. I got to work and worked my butt off on paperwork. Got home late and mel and I did a marathon of house cleaning. Benton got sent to his room cause his daily report wasn't good and we had to set up a meeting his teacher and the director. He screamed for a bit but did okay after that. We got the house settled and I even got the front carpet cleaned really well before folks arrived. I made hamburgers and hotdogs since it was so hot. Had a nice time playing Shadow over Camelot>
and enjoyed some G&T's. We failed the game but it was good. We had a brief visit by public_shaylan
and Richard and that was nice.
Saturday we got up early pulled weeds and got the kitchen cleaned up, sorted glassware into donate and keep. We got rid of enough that our travel coffee cups/shaker cups all have cabinet space. We also got rid of kidware cause Ben is now old enough to use all of the adult stuff. The new dishwasher is awesome and it cleans uber well. Just still working out how to load it. Its very different. Mel fixed the two cabinets in situ since they just needed bracer blocks put in and screwed back into the wall. He put clamps in to hold things while things dried and I was able to reset everthing in the cabinets. Got that done, worked on a few other things and then Ari arrived with the kiddos to work on clothes. She needed help getting a viking hangerock patterned up and we got that patterned settled, fed everyone and then got into sewing. I finished the two project bags I still had lingering and then started in on the little boy clothes. Back a month or so ago, Wander and I had cut out a lot of clothing for me to make and then I didn't do anything with it. So I know that Ben wanted a new outfit(s) for crown so I got to work on that. I made him a red Tunic with dinosaur trim, dinosaur bag trousers and a starwars tunic. With that I also made a new neckline pattern for him and figured out how to put together the pattern for his tunic that Eithni and others had made him but I'd never actually sewed one together. Weird I know. But this happens when you get a bunch of awesome kiddo handmedowns and reign as K&Q...so, now that he's getting bigger we need more clothes and I'm going against my Commander of the Pilgrim to make him happy and have fun prints etc. Cause every lil' Viking boy needs dinosaurs, star wars, jake and bugs. More cute clothes in a few weeks. By the end of Saturday I got the red tunic done minus the trim attachment and the star wars tunic put partially together. I was smart enough to not cut the neckline until the next morning. (good thing I did, my pattern was too small.) Shanda and Richard stopped by for a good talk and we watched Rocky Mountain Vets which is a pretty cool show. Got to also hear about the winery tours they had done all over Southern AZ.
Sunday AM we all got up early and mel worked in the shop. I got going on sewing and realized my issue with the neckline pattern, got it fixed, updated and started sewing it before we headed to joe's breakfast with Shanda/Richard. Had a great time there and then back to the house for sewing. Ben got outside time before it got heinously hot. Saturday broke the record at 110°F and it got to 106°F Sunday. I got work done in the kitchen on putting dinner in the crock pot, cleaned the stove/counters, made radish quick pickles and handwashed the silverware.
Stacy/Brian stopped by to get more photos of the backyard for the wall/roof plans. All good. Stacy and I chatted while I sewed. Unlike the dino tunic, I worked the entire neckline etc flat. I fidgeted with the binding but it looks really cool with the black. I used some bias tape tricks from Pinterest for the corners and how to start and stop the trim which worked really really well. I got everthing finished on both tunics just before dinner. By this point Ben was "done" for the day. He'd had some tv but was tired and cranky and hot. Poor kiddo. I got dinner finished with grilled curry squash and we delighted we had Wander over for it. The pulled pork turned out great.Crockpot Awesome Pulled Pork
1 red onion chopped
1 large pork loin
1 can of beer (I used fat tire)
1 can of green enchilada sauce
Place onion in bottom of crockpot, arrange porkloin in crop pot (I cut mine into 4 chunks), sprinkle liberally with spices, pour liquid over, put on lid and cook on low for 8-9 hours. Shred pork with forks. Serve over buns.
After dinner and getting Ben to bed I got the kitchen cleaned up and started work on my crown dress. I have the trim all pinned on it and now its hand sewing. I sat for a while and then got really, really dizzy and hot. Mel was watching Mindcraft videos and they were making me sea sick. I went to bed a bit early and finished reading the Improbable Sherlock Holmes
Anthology. I swear I've read more than two books but its really only been that. so I guess that is the second or third book for the year.
Lots of progress and not in a lot of ways. I guess, a lot for the house and the kiddo but not for me. I hope to get my dress finalized this week so I can work on getting the fancy trim on and figureing out what I'm wearing with it.
So, all of the projects finished laid out.
Ben in his pants (beware the cute!) Contrasting buttflap, cuffs.
The dress in progress:
Benton's progress at school after a week, writing his name without prompting.
We had a meeting this AM with his teacher and it went really well. He does great by himself but working in groups is completely new/odd to him. So we need to work on family projects at home more. Plus work on expressing ourselves verbally. We will be getting a report home everyday as we transition but all in all it was a really good talk. We are doing the right things and we know what we as a family need to work on.