“…I’ll be missing you…”

So one of the main reasons why last week was so hectic is because we lost this wonderful woman:

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This is Yeepaw. This picture was taken at my wedding seven years ago. She’s a distant but dear aunt who took terrific care of my babies when they were young.

When I was a new mother starting out, I was still teaching then. I had to find childcare for Princess Cupcake. All of a sudden, I understood how my classroom parents felt and why they were so protective.

My cousin, W, has always been very good about keeping in touch with branches of the family. He always made it a point to call and catch up. Through him, I found out his mum had an in-home daycare business and would take in my daughter. Do you know what a relief that was? To be able to entrust my first baby to ohana and to not have any worry at all about how she was going to be treated?

I am very grateful to Yeepaw (getting teary eyed). My aunt made sure the children in her care ate well. When it was a child’s birthday, this woman would get a fruity sponge cake and make a birthday crown for her to wear:

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Yep; that’s the elder stuffin’ her face.

She is even responsible for my girls getting potty-trained. I can’t tell you how much what a blessing that was!

Her service was a full chapel of Buddhist farewell. It was interesting hearing the ancient texts being chanted. It also felt somewhat soothing because I knew my aunt was getting a good and proper send off. It’s sad to know she is no longer physically here, but I know she is resting in peace.

Aloha’oe, Yeepaw.

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Konnichiwa (o^.^o)!

Arigato to those of you who’ve asked about the teacher appreciation beanies. Gomennasai for not mentioning them for some time.

I’ve actually been making solid progress:

Ooh, look! Squirrel with dragon fruit! + Jane Elliot's Blue Eyed-Brown Eyed Exercise

You see from the sneaky peek that two are done. Yup, slid that blue one right by ya.

I actually had frogged the pink one and restarted. I had knitted the ribbing on the same circ as the body. I didn’t like how it looked at all, especially with the increases to make the body super slouchy. So the frogs had a field day and I then CO on a 6 circ for the ribbing and switched up to an 8 for the body.

I’m currently on number three:

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The project is entitled, “Ochre Star.” This big sea star comes in a variety of colors, including purple and brown. I thought of seed st because this animal obviously is bumpy in texture.

I also had gotten the dates of the event mixed up as it was changed to a week later since first grade teachers will be on a field trip somewhere. So it seems I have until May 9th – whew! This means the original goal of four should be attainable.

Until then tomodachi…

Sayonara!

Hoppity Day 2014

Aloha.

Oh yeah. I’m actually back with another post this week. I always mean to share ohana shenanigans but I end up forgetting to or lag and then wonder if it’s too late to do so. Ever been in my flip flops?

How was your hoppity day?

Ours? Well gluttony was VIP:

7-Layer Dip

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Layers from the top to the bottom:

1. Mexican shredded cheese

2. sliced olives

3. canned green chilies

4. organic sour cream

5. TJ chunky, garlic salsa

6. organic black beans

7. TJ guacamole

I had made this two weekends ago for my brother’s potluck. The keiki surprised me and actually liked this dip.

The four of us get the munchies urge when we’re home so I made it again.

Bob’s Donuts

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The ohana was craving donuts so the Big Kahuna bunny went out Easter morning and got in line for us.

Three each of crumb, glazed, jelly, and chocolate with sprinkles.

Pancakes

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I’m trying to start two traditions:

1. Cook breakfast on the weekends

and

2. Make pancakes on Easter.

I used this recipe to make the pancake mix from scratch. I had a goof up at first. I didn’t read the directions correctly and poured in the wet ingredients into the dry ones. When it was still dry and clumpy, I realized I had made a mix that I would only pull a cup from at a time. Thank goodness I had more milk and eggs.

It took me two hours to get pancakes on the table! However, it was worth it because my ohana gobbled it all up. The pancakes were actually fluffy.

Have any of you used those pancake molds? In the pic above, the first two plates were for the keiki. I had bought some teddy bear molds from Daiso long ago. Even though I sprayed the heck out of them, the pancakes still stuck – >.< boo. I read online that even nonstick ones still stick too. So I did circles the old-fashioned way. I need another small pan so I can get out two plate servings at a time.

Well, how was your Easter?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Annyeong haseyo.

Jesong hamnida (sorry). I know I missed last week. It was a busy one of PTA duties and chores that had priority.

In the meantime, I was able to finish two books since Shadow Spell.

First up: The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark

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I read this author a long time ago, so long ago I can’t even remember. The only mystery/suspense author I’ve read the past few years has been James Patterson. So when I started this book, I did wonder a few times how it would stack up against the Women’s Murder Club series.

I have to say, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Shadow of Your Smile. Each chapter moved fast. There were a whole lotta characters to get used to but I felt Clark juggled them well. I was impressed by that. Each person was somehow connected to the overall story. I liked how the bad guys had a scheme but each action of a character caused plans to go in another direction. I definitely recommend this book.

Second up: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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You know how I love these books. This one however, I must admit was a looong one. Each mission a group had was full of purpose and relevant to the overall goal. The humor was there. Characters evolved – surprised by one secret revealed. Kudos, Mr. Riordan for keepin’ it real. But I did get a bit restless while reading through this installment. Three and a half stars I gave this one.

I thought this was the last book but I guess there’s one more to close up this series. I’m looking forward to it of course. There are still some things that need to be answered.

Flashing my TBR pile:

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I do have another book that’s been my car read. Still need to get into the meat of it as I’ve been busy with other projects. Didn’t include it here as I’d rather it be a surprise for next week.

Ack! My alarm went off. I’ve just been reminded that I need to get the ingredients into the crock pot for dinner!

Annyeong kaseyo!

(Me) “One, two, three, eyes on me…”

(You) “One, two, eyes on you.”

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to bring you monogamous, marathon knitting.

In 22 days, our school celebrates Teacher/Staff Appreciation. That means PTA hosts a cooked and served luncheon for the educators and personnel. Part of this event is a raffle. PTA is currently soliciting for donations from businesses in the city. A person picks a slip of paper from a hat. On that paper is a name (hers/his or another’s). If that individual is currently present at the table, she/he can either pick a slip of paper from a box or have a co-worker do it. This new paper will have the name of a prize on it.

Last year I donated two, handknit beanies to the raffle on request of the treasurer. So this year, I had intended to knit four because they were a hit – (o^^o) yay! – but I forgot about that goal and am now clackin’ the needles in overdrive.

Meet “Ooh, look! Squirrel with dragonfruit!”:

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The taupe is Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather. The bottom is Cascade 220 Superwash in Berry Pink.

Allison of Field Wonderful had commented on 2-Toned La Push on Rav, giving me the idea to make two-toned beanies for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day. Thank you, Allison!

I’m not sure I’ll be able to whip out four beanies, but I know at least two minimum, even maybe three. So this will be my focus until May 2nd. I’m putting all other fiber memes and their projects on hold.

P.S.:

Some of you have wondered about Knit Picks yarn. It’s definitely affordable. Like Trader Joe’s the middle man is cut out.

Swish Bulky: The feel is great and it hooked up well.

Brava Worsted:Soft and knits up well. It was used for those baby cardigans.

Chroma Worsted: Love this one. I crocheted my nephew’s eel with it. The variegation is awesome.

Comfy Worsted: I’ve hooked with this for my niece’s ripple. It isn’t bad; it’s a mix of cotton and acrylic.

Swish Worsted: It’s so soft! I like the way it feels in my hands while I’m knitting it for the first, teacher appreciation beanie.

Capra: This DK cashmere mix is yummy from the way it feels to how it had hooked up in the sil’s infinity.

Self-Striping Felici: I’ve only made a pair of cuff down socks in this once. The colorway (Tiki) I tried was fun but the dye job was okay. There were dark spots from the darker color on other places.

(Me) “See you later alligator.”

(You) “In a while crocodile.”

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Aloha on this beautiful San Francisco day! When I drove the keiki to school it was 64 degrees F near the beach. That is a big indicator that today will be a warm day. It’s 70 at least where we live.

No YA or jr fiction this week. My always thoughtful mum saved this for me to read first while I recouped:

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Have you ever read a series where the first book kicks butt and then you move onto the second and the hot tamale train slows down, sputtering and choking out puffs of smoke?

Well guess what my friends, Shadow Spell did not disappoint! Think of two swordsman thrusting, parrying, and dodging. That was how it was with the six characters and Cabhan. The intensity was kicked up a notch. The magic spells became more complicated and involved.

I’m impatient for book three. Man, November seems so far away.

To fill the void our ohana had an afternoon taste test yesterday afternoon:

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‘da Big Kahuna helped mash the bananas yesterday. See that chunk in there?

Life Currents’ Bourbon Banana Walnut Bread came out moist. I don’t eat a lot of banana bread so I can’t tell the difference between with bourbon and without. However, my man was loud in his enthusiastic consumption of this treat. He watched over the photo shoot like a hawk and immediately grabbed a piece for seconds to satisfy his belly. He said this was the best thing I’ve ever made. Personally, I think my husband is biased; after all, he did gain 20 lbs ever since moving in years ago.

I’ve bought more bananas to make more of this recipe. I think a third TB or so of Bulleit will be nice, don’t cha think?

Aloha.

Year of Projects 3

Annyeong haseyo! Workin’ from the phone today while bumpin’ jams on the Rdio app and helping Princess Jellybean with this:

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I tried to pawn it off on my mum – the experienced seamstress – while my girls were staying with her, but I was informed by the princesses that they were told it looked hard and to do it with mom, LOL.
Kamsa hamnida for the well wishes. I’ve been watching fun anime and good movies like Hugo. Have you seen the new Disney Fairies movie? It’s about pirates. Guess whose back story is hinted in there.
Bubblegum will have to wait for its photo shoot until the swelling goes down. It’s been uncomfortable pressure, but I started to ice and schedule in one or two more doses of IB; it helps especially when I sleep.
So I began yesterday a new project. The gajok gave me this yarn last Christmas:

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I’m using the Acorn Shrug pattern by Lionbrand. You can find it on Rav.
I have always wanted to craft an oversized, cozy cardigan, especially one to cover the caboose when I wear jeggings.

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The main reason I’m using acrylic is because I definitely don’t see myself hand washing a large garment. I can handle a sweater but not something that goes past my hips. I shudder at having to squeeze out all that water.
I got gauge with an H hook but I’m worried that since this rectangle’s foundation chain will be folded in half, the project won’t go past my hip. So I frogged after three rows and chained with a J hook. I currently am crocheting with an I.
Well, our kitchen smells wonderful right now. I tried a new banana bread recipe and guess what went in:

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Oh, oops! :roll: Two tablespoons of Bulleit  Bourbon went in rather than one. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it tasted.
Annyeong kaseyo!