Thursday of last week Emeric started getting a rash all over his torso (front and back), his upper arms and the back of his neck. By bedtime it had spread down his arms, around his neck and on his knees. We went to the urgent care and they said give him benadryl and watch him. The next day everything from the first day was a yucky purple bruise color and there was new red rash spots. It was all over his head and face and thicker on his torso and there was more on his legs. We saw the doctor that afternoon and she said it was a type of allergic reaction. She thought it was his bodies way of responding to a virus he must have encountered. She thinks it is viral because he was the second child she saw that day with the rash. Saturday all of the purple spots were the yellowish/brown color of an old bruise, his red spots were purple and he had new red spots. Sunday things were looking a lot better. Now today he seems to have all the bruise colorings gone and just a little bit of red, but it is still all over. Here are a few photos in chronological order.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I have never seen A Charlie Brown Christmas, but we do have a small kids book about the movie. It seems he has a bah humbug spirit and that everything seems to be going wrong for him. That is how it was for me earlier this week.
Our Chrismas tree had been set up and decorated. We put a gate around it so that Emeric would not bother the tree or ornaments. I guess I should have gotten a bigger stronger gate that would have kept Connor out too. I guess he decided to climb back by the tree to get a toy or look at an ornament (I really am not sure). All I know is that one of the tree legs broke and the whole thing fell over. After having Angela help me retrieve all the fallen ornaments we proped it over until Brian could help fix it. That evening he tried to fix it, and it fell over again (stand it up, pick up more ornaments). He tried fixing it a second time, and it fell over (repeat - stand it up, pick up ornaments). This time he stood it up, with only three legs, and tied it to the banister.
I am hoping that it will at least last us until Christmas.
I learned this morning from Vanessa at V and Co. that John from Quilt Dad is the mastermind behind a new quilting venture that will start in January 2011. It is called the Blogger's Block-A-Palooza and it is featuring a new line of Moda fabric. You will make two quilt blocks per week and then they will tell you how to piece them all together to make a festive Spring like quilt.
I have only made one quilt and it was the t-shirt quilt I made right around my high school graduation. If these blocks are simple enough, I might just give it a try. Otherwise, I guess I am just passing along the information for this fun activity. I am sure it will help some people pass along the dull winter months.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday night I opened up my crock of sauerkraut and boy did it stink (in a good sauerkraut sort of way). I got five quarts when I canned it. I wanted to do pints, but Brian said bigger was better and that way we would have them for BBQs and when we have company over. I am really please at how pretty they look, but I was a little disappointed that I never got to hear the "pop" of the lids sealing. I guess with some of the new lids that just doesn't happen much any more. At least I know that they did seal and it sure will taste good on some brats or sausages.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
This year for Halloween all three kids had quite the time coming up with their costumes. Angela wanted to be a ballerina, so we bought a bunch for tulle to make her tu-tu. Last week she decided that she and I did not have the same vision for her costume and she did not want to do it. She was told that she had to come up with something that would not cost anything since we had already spent a bunch of money for the other idea. She ended up being an office girl.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
When I have a vision of what I am going to create in my head and I take a cut and immediately say oops, it is never good. When I am cooking it is fixable because I can just piece the food back together and make it work. When I am sewing I can just sew it together or buy a new piece of fabric and everything is okay. But when I am cutting Connor's hair, and the first cut is directly in the middle of his forehead - it is not fixable. You just have to keep going making an even bigger oops. I guess it is a good thing that hair grows!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
This past summer when I went back home I got to do something fun and new. I learned how to can sauerkraut. My mother-in-law is a wonderful lady and she is the one who taught me how to make and can the sauerkraut. I am not sure that I like the stuff, but Brian really does so why not learn how - right? It was a lot of fun and it didn't taste too bad, I think it might grow on me.
Since I wanted this skill to stick in my mind, what better way than, to do it myself. This past week Brian and I tried our hand at making it.
I got myself a new toy for making it, a cabbage shredder.
With that and four heads of cabbage, we were ready to go. I decided to do four, because I thought that was what we did this summer and it made quite a bit. Also, because it was not too much and I still do not know how much my crock will hold?
Brian spent his time with the shredder,
while I spend my time mixing the cabbage with the salt. There is not as much salt in sauerkraut as I would have thought there would have been.
I stuffed it deep into the crock and you could hear it popping and sizzling. It was almost like the snap crackle pop of Rice Krispies. It was such a fun sound to hear. It also had nice foamy brine on top. I was so excited to see how it was looking. Even though I am not sure if I really like the taste of it, I did like the look of it.
Lastly we sealed it up with a bag of water and now to wait. I have a month (or so) to wait and then it should be ready to can.