Crafty Snow Weekend

Oh look! {More} SNOW!

Oh look! {More} SNOW!

Yep. More snow. Again. For the third weekend in a row.

Yes I’m tired of snow. I’m tired of not being able to take Beanie outside (she loathes the snow). I’m tired of looking at this! Although it is a tad pretty. Kinda.

Beanie's wishing for Spring

Beanie’s wishing for Spring

I decided to finally get around to making the wreath that was supposed to be my mama’s christmas gift but I didn’t have the time to finish it. So I got crafty on this snowy weekend.

What you’ll need:

6 different color fabric squares (Jo-Ann’s sells fabric squares in separate, handy squares and sometimes they’ll have the packs of complimentary colors)

pinking shears

foam circle

hot glue and matching gun

knitting needle or crochet hook (I use a crochet hook)

Ravens colors, of course

Ravens colors, of course

Cut the fabric into 2X2 squares. You can rough estimate it, I do.

Craft 2

Put the rough side of the fabric over the end of the crochet hook and put a drop of hot glue on the end of the fabric

Craft 3Shove it into the foam ring. Only puncture the ring enough to set the fabric into it, do not just glue the fabric to the ring! Place each fabric square close to one another

Enjoy a nice cup of tea while you work ☺

Enjoy a nice cup of tea while you work ☺

You want to make sure the fabric is on the inside, as well, but you don’t have to go nuts with the inner portion. There is no rhyme or reason to the pattern, just pick and choose as you go.

The Finished Product

The Finished Product

It’s simple, it’s nice, and you can make them for every season.

Weekend of Funk

The Plague has hit the Coastie House full force and it’s miserable. So far I’ve stuck to my No-Facebook Lent Resolution very well. I don’t even really miss it anymore. Some say I’m cheating because I’m still posting pics through Instagram but I don’t care. I’m not physically logging onto FB. The No-Fast-Food resolution is going well, also, but I’ll be breaking that when we drive to MD next month. I’m already trying to figure out where we can stop so I can get a non-fried, somewhat healthy for fast food item. Ugh.

She decided to dress herself for V-Day

She decided to dress herself for V-Day

It’s been averaging 24* outside so my runs have been indoors. Beanie gets it — she’s ready to get back outside too

I think she was sending me a subliminal message

I think she was sending me a subliminal message

This kid has the life

This kid has the life

Tissues

This poor kid — she woke up Friday with a temp of 100.3* so she had to stay home from DC. We spent the day together and in all of her “I just want to do my own thing” ness, she got ahold of a box of tissues. This got really messy, really quickly.

Up at 0645 for a swim (indoors, of course)

Up at 0645 for a swim (indoors, of course)

She stole my blanket

She stole my blanket

First comes the bags, next comes the boas

First comes the bags, next comes the boas

E, thankfully, is a really good sport. She must have put that bag on his head and taken it back off at least 4 times. All I can say is 1) better him than me and 2) thank goodness it wasn’t plastic.

Swiffers can be fun

Swiffers can be fun

She wanted to help us clean. But….

I think she missed the point

I think she missed the point

In her feverish, sometimes-inconsolableness, we figured out she just wanted to lay around and chill with her BFF

BFFs

BFFs

New Gadget!

New Gadget!

I finally got my FitBit Zip. I haven’t had this an entire day yet but I’m stoked to see how it compares to my MFP. Plus, I’m liking the fact that I have a goal to meet re: steps taken. My goal is 10,000 steps. Hopefully this will get me to goal! I’m starting Week 4 of Couch-to-5K today so I’m sure that will net me some steps!

Photo Dump

Yesterday was fun.

We ended up getting a signal from an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) so the Station Folk took off. Didn’t affect me much until they figured it was coming from land.

*Scratching my head*

How the hell can you sink on land?

So me and one of the peeps from the Station took off and we got to go door to door, asking if they knew of anyone that was repairing their life rafts. Finally, it was found and we go to go back and eat lunch. But while we were out, I got to see some of Owl’s Head Harbor. I’ve been talking to E and I keep saying how I want to get out and take more pictures so this worked out perfectly!

Owl's Head Harbor

Owl’s Head Harbor

Owls Head Shore

Owls Head Shore

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Pulled for the Winter

Pulled for the Winter

Friends that hitched a ride

Friends that hitched a ride

 

 

No more FB App

No more FB App

 

Not that I need to have it with me 24/7 but this reduces temptation. (Let’s face it. I’m far too lazy to actually go through the internet to get onto FB LOL) It felt weird this morning because it deviated from my normal routine but I think I feel better without having read nonsense drama that made me roll my eyes. Of course now I’m getting more IG requests but I don’t mind 🙂

This snow — I’m kind of over it. The city has taken to dumping the excess (read: WAY TOO MUCH) into the water because we literally have no where to put it.

Apparently I’m not the only one that is over it. After getting out of the car, she made a beeline for her Cozy Coupe and started scooting around the basement, waving as she scooted.

Beanie's had enough. She's peacing out.

Beanie’s had enough. She’s peacing out.

Lent is Upon Us

And funny enough, I don’t have much of a clue what that means. I’m not religious. I mean, I’ve been baptized, my husband was baptized, our daughter has been baptized but we aren’t church goers. I’m more of a CEO’er: Christmas, Easter, and Other Occasions.

But I see all of these people saying what they’re giving up for Lent and I figured, if this is a time to give something up and reflect upon why I did, might as well try it. I’ve seen all sorts of “given up” things. Anything from soda to actual food. Seriously, I worked for a guy that said he was giving up food for Lent. He lived solely on oatmeal for 40 days. He lost a ton of weight and was even grumpier than when he started but he managed to make it.

For me, I’m giving up Facebook and Fast Food.

I eat entirely too much fast food. We don’t have a ton of places to eat out at but I’ve had more than enough McDonalds and KFC so my goal is to make it 40 days without fast food. This also presents the challenge of finding things to cook for dinners so here’s hoping I can find that creative streak. Or a good recipe website LOL

As far as Facebook — I get sucked into it like it’s a worm hole. I don’t post much but I find myself getting sucked into drama that doesn’t concern me and then I start judging people and I hate that. I want to support and be supported and I’m just not feeling that lately so I’m taking a step back. I want to use this time to focus more on my family and Beanie and my schoolwork. My Ethics class is going well but there will be four essay’s before the class is done and I feel like I could use the time to throw myself into that. Plus, my Math class will be starting and I suck at Math. 16 LOOOONNNNGGGG weeks of Algebra. Shoot me now.

I will still post pics to FB since that’s how some family members choose to be in contact with us and that’s fine. It’s usually pics of Beanie and I’ve starting posting them through Instagram.

I’m also going to try and read more. I have about 8 books on my Nook, waiting to be read or finished and there is another from my beloved Stuart Woods that has been pre-ordered so I’d like to knock those out, as well.

I didn’t make any resolutions when we rang in 2013 because I suck at keeping them so I figured I’d attempt to start projects and finish them or follow through with the projects that I had already started.  January was the Photo Of The Day, there is the on-going 90-day Challenge for weight loss, Couch To 5K running program, and now Lent.

Here’s hoping…

rachelkern152

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