With the weather actually making it up to the 50s (F) where I live, the Husband and I have been thinking more about our garden, and, in particular, the little vegetable patch that H. cultivates every year. Here's a pic of some cherry tomatoes from last summer. I'm always struck by how much sweeter and more tender home grown veggies are than even the stuff that we buy at the local farmer's market. I'm completely hopeless with plants - I've managed to kill off pretty much every house plant we've owned except the jade plant (which can be ignored for months, I've learned, without terrible consequences). H., however, comes from a family of gardeners and does quite well with our small plot. Last year, we enjoyed a huge harvest of tomatoes and basil (which, sauteed with butter and a little white wine, makes a truly excellent pasta sauce), cauliflower, sweet peas, butter lettuce, etc., etc. Uh, it makes my mouth water, just thinking about it. Apparently, we're due for sleet-turning-to-snow tonight, so I suspect it will still be a little while before H. plants anything, but I'm certainly looking forward to it!
All of my bead-making went on hiatus for the past couple days. The Short One has been scheduled to go into pediatric day surgery for the past month, and we took him early (quite early - we were up a little before 5am) today. He has had a problem with ingrown nails since he was an infant, and they've finally become bad enough that the podiatrist recommended that they be cut back. Due to his age, he had to undergo a general anesthetic for the procedure- the thought of which has made me quite jittery. I'm happy to say, though, that he came through beautifully. The hospital allowed me to come into the OR and they administered the anesthesia while the SO was sitting on my lap. (The anesthesiologist kept telling me to avert my face from the gas mask - apparently, they have accidentally put a few mothers under, in these situations.) After the SO passed out, I was escorted from the OR to the waiting room. While it was hard to leave him - he looked so terribly small on the operating table - the procedure only took about 15 minutes, and he came to in the recovery area with Monkey (Junior - who has been called into service) by his side.
Anyway, he's doing fine, and I'll be back to the usual bead patter tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and Happy St. Patrick's Day! (Noticing that H. was wearing nothing green while we were waiting for the SO, I happily stomped on his shoe, with my usual level of maturity. Hopefully, you fared a little better.)
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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