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February 20, 2018

We had a snowstorm roll through Saturday night.  Woke up to a winter wonderland.

It was 45 by the end of the day, though, and it’s been incrementally warmer each day since – they’re calling for high 60’s tomorrow, even!




February 9, 2018

The Olympics’ Opening Ceremony will be televised tonight.

In the past I’ve done my fair share of challenge knitting; it’s a challenge where you begin a project during the opening ceremonies and try to finish it before the closing ceremonies.

This year I am not doing a knitting challenge. My current sweater project is not moving as quickly as I would like, so the idea of adding a new project to the roster is not appealing to me.

However, I have challenged myself to run at least a mile every day of the Olympic games. So, 17 consecutive days. I think my current running streak is something like 6 days in a row, so this is no lowball challenge for me.

I also encouraged the rest of the family to challenge themselves to accomplish something during the games. Larry challenged himself to use the treadmill every day, Larson will read for 60 minutes a day, and Alistair will keep his room clean for the duration (this is no mean feat when you are a preteen boy, let me tell you).

So, there you have it: the 2018 Smith Family Challenge.



February 5, 2018

So there was a little football game on television last night…

…even in years when our hometown team isn’t playing, we make a big spread of apps and pickies.  Usually it’s mostly tried and true recipes, and this year was no exception.  The boys came up with the menu, and Larry and I each added just one item.

Smith Family Superbowl menu:

  • pigs in blankets
  • cheeseburger sliders
  • ham and cheese mini melts
  • ba’corn
  • giant soft pretzels
  • queso
  • guacamole
  • salsa

If you haven’t heard of ba’corn before, you aren’t alone. We saw it a month or so ago on a Food Network show, and had to try it.

You guys. It is amazing.

As for the game, we shan’t discuss the outcome.



February 2, 2018

The Groundhog saw his shadow this morning; he has decreed there will be six more weeks of winter.

Spoiler alert: the spring solstice is six weeks away.

Which is not to say I’m not dreaming of warm weather. We have three trips planned for the spring and summer (two long weekends and our annual trip to the Farm), and I’ve been thinking about what we’ll plant in the garden this summer.

The equipment truck leaves for Florida Monday, which means spring is coming. No matter what the Pennsylvanian marsupial thinks.



January 30, 2018

When I bought my planner for 2018, I purposely bought a soft-covered one. I wanted to be able to change covers when and if I was so inclined.

After I few mis-sized purchases and corresponding returns on Amazon, I went to Etsy and ordered a cover.

That was on December 31.

International postage service being what it is, the package arrived today.

It was worth the wait.

It arrived in a waterproof shipping envelope, in a waterproof-bubble wrap sleeve. And when I removed that, I found this:

and inside that:

They also included a few packets of planner-related stickers, which I really appreciated.

And at last, all was revealed.

It’s a small thing to be so happy about, but I am absolutely thrilled.


January 23, 2018

I was given a beautiful gradient set of yarn for my birthday. I’ve been searching and plotting, and finally on Sunday I cast on for a sweater using it.

I can’t imagine how long a pullover made with fingering-weight yarn will take, but I can already see myself wearing it. I’ve set myself a deadline of Easter Sunday.


January 16, 2018

Alistair’s school held a geography bee over the course of several weeks this past fall. He placed in the top four of his grade, which put him in the school-wide finals (he’s the one in green).

He placed ninth out of twelve. Which means that he was ninth out of the entire school, and third in his grade.  Nothing to be ashamed of at all!