38 and number 5 Laburnum Grove Clapham
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
38 and number 5 Laburnum Grove Clapham
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Before pics will follow tomorrow night, most likely; but here's a general floor plan for you:
Door opens, and the stairs are in front of you. Turn left, and you're in the kitchen. Decent amount of cabinet and counter space, new fridge. Through the kitchen is the living room. There is a door to the basement in the kitchen, which is packed dirt. So, not livable space, but DEFINITELY usable space!
Up the stairs we go. First door (all doors are on the left up here) takes you into the girls' bedroom. Small, but it doesn't need to be big. It only needs to hold two toddler beds and a dresser. Next, we have the bathroom: long and narrow. Not gorgeous, but doesn't need to be. Lastly, we come to our bedroom. Again, small. BUT, the closet is big-ish, so we'll put the dressers in there, to save floor space in the room itself. All in all, a cute, quaint little place. Enough for us. :)
Oh, and awesome tidbit: ALL the carpeting and linoleum was replaced, so is brand new. Bonus! That'll be a help with both Maddy's allergies/asthma, and my OCD... It'll be nice to be able to walk barefoot in my own home without getting the heebie-jeebies.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Today I tried i-cord for the FIRST time. I needed to make some for the bag I'm making for my spoilee. A bit awkward to start off, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly, and was soon on my way! I have one done, and one to go. It only took me about five-ten minutes once I got the hang of what I was doing!
I'm also currently working on my FIRST sock (Monkey) which is ALSO my FIRST lace project.
At the same time, I have my FIRST sweater OTN, a gift for my dh. It's my FIRST cabled project as well....
Lots of FIRSTs for me! All during my FIRST year at Hogwarts, too! I should be exhausted!!!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I *desperately* need to get OUT of my mother's house, and into my own place. The hard part is that everything in the area is over-priced, and it'll be hard to find a place we can afford, even though Jake makes good money.
The upside? I discovered the Karma Yarn Swap group on ravelry. I have some AWESOME stuff on its way to me, and can't wait. I've been looking for patterns to use for the yarn I have coming.
Monday, May 19, 2008
2. What is the full name of Gryffindor house ghost Nearly Headless Nick? Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
3. Which Ravenclaw sports a hat with a Gryffindor-like life sized lion's head which roars in Order of the Phoenix? Luna Lovegood
4. Name five members of the Order of the Phoenix. Serius Black, Albus Dumbledore, Tonks, Lupin, Molly Weasley
5. What is the profession of Hermione Granger's parents? Dentists
6. What is your favorite thing to knit or crochet? Socks
7. What is Professor Minerva McGonagall's animagus? Silver Tabby Cat
8. What size needles (DPNs, circular or loop) do you prefer for knitting socks? size 1, 2, or 3 bamboo dpns.
9. Where are the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix? Serius Black's house: Number 12 Grimmauld Place
10. What is your favorite pastime when not studying at Hogwarts? Reading poetry, or Running
11. What is the name of the last book you read? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
12. Which Gryffindor used to play "Charlie's Angels" and always was Bosley? Lizzie Wychwood
Sunday, May 18, 2008
1: I've started the ordering for the things in my Hogwarts swap package, and my handmade item is done. I can't wait to see everything come together!
2: I got my swap partner for my "Favorite Things" swap, and have started filling my box.
3: I've signed up for the "Baker's Dozen" sock KAL. Starting in June, there'll be a pattern a month for a year, with a 13th pattern on-going as the year goes by. I think I'm going to piggy-back this with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S KAL, and make the monthly socks in the next season's box color... Two birds, one stone... All that Jazz.
4: Laura is finally potty trained at night. Just in time, too... I had used my last diaper the other day!
5: Kyle (my brother) picked out his birthday present. He was looking through my "Son of Stitch 'n' Bitch" book. He was debating between a hat and a sweater. Thankfully (for both my sanity AND my wallet) he picked the hat. LOL
Friday, May 16, 2008
(inspired by the shirts worn by Dexter and the rest of the P.D.)
(if you've seen the show, this makes perfect sense. If not, watch the show! She
actually did freeze frames to match the colors perfectly!)
Ice Truck Killer:
These colors are all perfect representations of the characters and situations they allude to. Oh man... I really can't wait to get these in my hands! Even Jake (my husband) is excited... He wants a pair of socks in "Dark Defender". I told him I'd make them in "Hooker's Fingernails" lol... When I told him about these, he rolled his eyes at me and said "Oh man.... You're obsessed with that show. What's THIS gonna cost me?" But honey.... You get a discount for buying them all.... ;)
In the end, I had to agree to put away half the amount in increments between now and the time our check comes, and the other half can come from the check. I also had to agree to go on a spending freeze... No more yarn, no more scrap stuff, no eating out... NOTHING. For six months. I think it'll be worth it. Considering that besides these 10, I also have five unrelated hanks coming from an ebay seller, one on it's way from etsy, plus there's the HSKS going on, which'll give me one, and the "Favorite Things" swap may have yarn in it... Plus, within the six months of no spending come my birthday AND Christmas. :) Doesn't sound too hard to get through to me, lol...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Fave hair style you ever had: Probably a Bob. That's what I keep returning to! I bob it, it grows out to my shoulders, and then I bob it again, LOL
Fave song on the radio you just love right now: I don't listen to the radio, but right now I'm loving 80's stuff.
Fave tv show: Desperate Housewives
Fave musical artist: Barenaked Ladies
Fave thing to eat for supper: Meatloaf
Fave movie: Amelie
Best date you ever went on: my second date with my Hubby, because that was when I realized I was going to marry him. I later found out that that was the same time that he realized the same thing!
Your most fave friend: My daughters.
The best Christmas present you ever recvd to date: computerized embroidery machine. :)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The Primary kids (ages 3-12) got up and sang a song to their mommies. Then, they presented each of us with a tissue paper carnation. Too Cute!
At the end of Sacrament Meeting, all women over 18 were asked to stand, and we were presented with cute votive holders with votives in them. Attached was a booklet that had been compiled by the Primary Presidency. On the cover it said "My Mommy is special because..." and inside was all the kids' answers to the rest of that sentence. Maddy's said "she brings me toy puppies". lol...
At the end of 3rd block, Laura presented me with this: In it was a cute little flowering plant. There was a card with it as well, which read as follows:
"Laura says: 'To Mommy: Happy Birthday. Thank you for singing songs to me. Love, Laura' ". Awwww.... :) Too cute, right?
THESE are the sorts of things I want to remember. There aren't any better gifts than these! :)
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
There are some lines attributed to Victor Hugo which read:
“She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to her children, who ate with eagerness. ‘She hath kept none for herself,’ grumbled the sergeant.
“ ‘Because she is not hungry,’ said a soldier.
“ ‘No,’ said the sergeant, ‘because she is a mother.’ ”
In a year when we are celebrating the faith and valor of those who made that exacting trek across Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming, I wish to pay tribute to the modern counterparts of those pioneer mothers who watched after, prayed for, and far too often buried their babies on that long trail. To the women within the sound of my voice who dearly want to be mothers and are not, I say through your tears and ours on that subject, God will yet, in days that lie somewhere ahead, bring “hope to [the] desolate heart.” 1 As prophets have repeatedly taught from this pulpit, ultimately “no blessing shall be withheld” from the faithful, even if those blessings do not come immediately. 2 In the meantime we rejoice that the call to nurture is not limited to our own flesh and blood.
In speaking of mothers I do not neglect the crucial, urgent role of fathers, particularly as fatherlessness in contemporary homes is considered by some to be “the central social problem of our time.” 3 Indeed, fatherlessness can be a problem even in a home where the father is present—eating and sleeping, so to speak, “by remote.” But that is a priesthood message for another day. Today I wish to praise those motherly hands that have rocked the infant’s cradle and, through the righteousness taught to their children there, are at the very center of the Lord’s purposes for us in mortality.
In so speaking I echo Paul, who wrote in praise of Timothy’s “unfeigned faith … , which dwelt first,” he said, “in thy grandmother Lois, and [in] thy mother Eunice.” 4 “From [the days when thou wert] a child,” Paul said, “thou hast known the holy scriptures.” 5 We give thanks for all the mothers and grandmothers from whom such truths have been learned at such early ages.
In speaking of mothers generally, I especially wish to praise and encourage young mothers. The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. The young years are often those when either husband or wife—or both—may still be in school or in those earliest and leanest stages of developing the husband’s breadwinning capacities. Finances fluctuate daily between low and nonexistent. The apartment is usually decorated in one of two smart designs—Deseret Industries provincial or early Mother Hubbard. The car, if there is one, runs on smooth tires and an empty tank. But with night feedings and night teethings, often the greatest challenge of all for a young mother is simply fatigue. Through these years, mothers go longer on less sleep and give more to others with less personal renewal for themselves than any other group I know at any other time in life. It is not surprising when the shadows under their eyes sometimes vaguely resemble the state of Rhode Island.
Of course the irony is that this is often the sister we want to call—or need to call—to service in the ward and stake auxiliaries. That’s understandable. Who wouldn’t want the exemplary influence of these young Loises- and Eunices-in-the-making? Everyone, be wise. Remember that families are the highest priority of all, especially in those formative years. Even so, young mothers will still find magnificent ways to serve faithfully in the Church, even as others serve and strengthen them and their families in like manner.
Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. Husbands—especially husbands—as well as Church leaders and friends in every direction, be helpful and sensitive and wise. Remember, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” 6
Mothers, we acknowledge and esteem your faith in every footstep. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever. And if, for whatever reason, you are making this courageous effort alone, without your husband at your side, then our prayers will be all the greater for you, and our determination to lend a helping hand even more resolute.
One young mother wrote to me recently that her anxiety tended to come on three fronts. One was that whenever she heard talks on LDS motherhood, she worried because she felt she didn’t measure up or somehow wasn’t going to be equal to the task. Secondly, she felt like the world expected her to teach her children reading, writing, interior design, Latin, calculus, and the Internet—all before the baby said something terribly ordinary, like “goo goo.” Thirdly, she often felt people were sometimes patronizing, almost always without meaning to be, because the advice she got or even the compliments she received seemed to reflect nothing of the mental investment, the spiritual and emotional exertion, the long-night, long-day, stretched-to-the-limit demands that sometimes are required in trying to be and wanting to be the mother God hopes she will be.
But one thing, she said, keeps her going: “Through the thick and the thin of this, and through the occasional tears of it all, I know deep down inside I am doing God’s work. I know that in my motherhood I am in an eternal partnership with Him. I am deeply moved that God finds His ultimate purpose and meaning in being a parent, even if some of His children make Him weep.
“It is this realization,” she says, “that I try to recall on those inevitably difficult days when all of this can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe it is precisely our inability and anxiousness that urge us to reach out to Him and enhance His ability to reach back to us. Maybe He secretly hopes we will be anxious,” she said, “and will plead for His help. Then, I believe, He can teach these children directly, through us, but with no resistance offered. I like that idea,” she concludes. “It gives me hope. If I can be right before my Father in Heaven, perhaps His guidance to our children can be unimpeded. Maybe then it can be His work and His glory in a very literal sense.” 7
In light of that kind of expression, it is clear that some of those Rhode Island–sized shadows come not just from diapers and carpooling but from at least a few sleepless nights spent searching the soul, seeking earnestly for the capacity to raise these children to be what God wants them to be. Moved by that kind of devotion and determination, may I say to mothers collectively, in the name of the Lord, you are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well. The very fact that you have been given such a responsibility is everlasting evidence of the trust your Father in Heaven has in you. He knows that your giving birth to a child does not immediately propel you into the circle of the omniscient. If you and your husband will strive to love God and live the gospel yourselves; if you will plead for that guidance and comfort of the Holy Spirit promised to the faithful; if you will go to the temple to both make and claim the promises of the most sacred covenants a woman or man can make in this world; if you will show others, including your children, the same caring, compassionate, forgiving heart you want heaven to show you; if you try your best to be the best parent you can be, you will have done all that a human being can do and all that God expects you to do.
Sometimes the decision of a child or a grandchild will break your heart. Sometimes expectations won’t immediately be met. Every mother and father worries about that. Even that beloved and wonderfully successful parent President Joseph F. Smith pled, “Oh! God, let me not lose my own.” 8 That is every parent’s cry, and in it is something of every parent’s fear. But no one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying. You have every right to receive encouragement and to know in the end your children will call your name blessed, just like those generations of foremothers before you who hoped your same hopes and felt your same fears.
Yours is the grand tradition of Eve, the mother of all the human family, the one who understood that she and Adam had to fall in order that “men [and women] might be” 9 and that there would be joy. Yours is the grand tradition of Sarah and Rebekah and Rachel, without whom there could not have been those magnificent patriarchal promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob which bless us all. Yours is the grand tradition of Lois and Eunice and the mothers of the 2,000 stripling warriors. Yours is the grand tradition of Mary, chosen and foreordained from before this world was, to conceive, carry, and bear the Son of God Himself. We thank all of you, including our own mothers, and tell you there is nothing more important in this world than participating so directly in the work and glory of God, in bringing to pass the mortality and earthly life of His daughters and sons, so that immortality and eternal life can come in those celestial realms on high.
When you have come to the Lord in meekness and lowliness of heart and, as one mother said, “pounded on the doors of heaven to ask for, to plead for, to demand guidance and wisdom and help for this wondrous task,” that door is thrown open to provide you the influence and the help of all eternity. Claim the promises of the Savior of the world. Ask for the healing balm of the Atonement for whatever may be troubling you or your children. Know that in faith things will be made right in spite of you, or more correctly, because of you.
You can’t possibly do this alone, but you do have help. The Master of Heaven and Earth is there to bless you—He who resolutely goes after the lost sheep, sweeps thoroughly to find the lost coin, waits everlastingly for the return of the prodigal son. Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be.
Remember, remember all the days of your motherhood: “Ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.” 10
Rely on Him. Rely on Him heavily. Rely on Him forever. And “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope.” 11 You are doing God’s work. You are doing it wonderfully well. He is blessing you and He will bless you, even—no, especially—when your days and your nights may be the most challenging. Like the woman who anonymously, meekly, perhaps even with hesitation and some embarrassment, fought her way through the crowd just to touch the hem of the Master’s garment, so Christ will say to the women who worry and wonder and sometimes weep over their responsibility as mothers, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” 12 And it will make your children whole as well.
In the sacred and holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
1. “Redeemer of Israel,” Hymns, no. 6; see also 3 Ne. 22:1.
2. See Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. (1954–56), 2:76; Harold B. Lee, Ye Are the Light of the World: Selected Sermons and Writings of President Harold B. Lee (1974), 292; and Gordon B. Hinckley, in Conference Report, Apr. 1991, 94.
3. Tom Lowe, “Fatherlessness: The Central Social Problem of Our Time,” Claremont Institute Home Page Editorial, Jan. 1996.
4. 2 Tim. 1:5.
5. 2 Tim. 3:15.
6. Eccl. 3:1.
7. Personal correspondence.
8. Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 462.
9. 2 Ne. 2:25.
10. 2 Ne. 31:19.
11. 2 Ne. 31:20.
12. Matt. 9:22.
The talk can be found on LDS.org at this direct link: http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=9c47dbdcc370c010VgnVCM1000004d82620a________
What do you want to know? I’m an open book.
They call me Ronni.
I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (That makes me a Mormon).
I’d give you the shirt off my back if I could.
I’ve been married for 5 1/2 years. My husband and I only dated for six weeks before getting engaged, and were only engaged for three months before getting married. It hasn’t all been sunshine and roses, but we’re working on it, and trying to make it all work.
I stay home with the kiddos, which is great most of the time, but sometimes, I just want to talk to an adult, and NOT to or about my kids! lol
I absolutely adore books and learning, and would be a perpetual college student if I could afford the classes! I would love to learn everything there is to know.
I love a good “B” movie, or foreign film. My top two are Amelie (a french film about a girl who does good deeds and finds love) and Rocky Horror Picture Show, for which there IS no explanation.
My iTunes play list looks like it was compiled by someone with mutiple personality disorder. I’ve got Boy George, George Michael, Flogging Molly, Christina Aguilera, Miranda Lambert, Disturbed, Sinatra (both Frank and Nancy), Michael Buble, Jack Johnson, Buddy Holly, Barenaked Ladies, the Casts of Rent, Wicked, and Chicago, and Kanye all hanging out and playing together. If I could only listen to ONE band for the rest of my life, it’d be Barenaked Ladies, but life is way to short for that! I listen to everything!
If I won the lottery, I’d pay off all my debt, burn my crappy car in effagy and get a better one, Pay off all my parents’ debt, and that of my in-laws, set up college funds for the girls, and then custom-build the house of my dreams. It MUST have a gourmet kitchen, and an AWESOME craft room. :)
We're going to be making lap robes (little blankets that fit onto your lap, for watching TV, or great for those who are wheel-chair bound. These will be donated to a local nursing home, for a great service project!
We'll be taking a road trip to Old Sturbridge Village (http://www.osv.org/) in June for Wool Days!
We're looking into going to Shakespeare in the Park, a 4th of July fireworks get-together, and maybe even a minor league ball game this summer for families!
We're looking into doing a FHE packet group. If you aren't familiar with the LDS church, go to: http://http//www.lds.org/hf/fhe/welcome/0,16785,4210-1,00.html to read more about Family Home Evening. This group would be a great way for the sisters to get ideas for FHE.
For our quarterly meeting, we're having three great classes!
1. A Mother's Panel. We'll have 4 or 5 mothers from the ward on a panel, and the sisters in the class will be able to ask them parenting questions, to get ideas on how other women of the same faith handle the same issues that they are facing.
2. A bread class. The sisters who take this class will bake something, and get a packet with recipes to take home!
3. "Your Personal History in an Hour". This class will discuss writing your journal, and getting YOUR story recorded, and will include journal prompts, like "What is your favorite Christmas Memory?"
So, lots of stuff in the works! I'm so excited, and can't wait to see this all come to fruition! :) I really hope that these things we have planned will edify the sisters, and uplift them!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I really can't wait to get started on the things for the swap. I hope my owl doesn't get tired during it's flight and have to stop and rest. I'm not the world's most patient witch. I've picked out what I'm going to make for my spoilee's bag, and just need to know what house they're in so I can get the yarn. :) I can't wait to start learning about them, so that I can find lots of fun things for their parcel. I'm so excited about this! :) I love to give presents. I might even get my house-elves in on the fun, and see if they can think up anything to add into it as we go along. A photo of them taking a break from all the hard work they do helping out here will follow shortly.