I'm so proud of this guy. He revamped his Halloween mask from last year (it goes with the spider costume I made for him, which he will be wearing again). I made the mask too, it was just a simple felt mask with an elastic strap, but he decided to make it spookier and more interesting by adding lights! He did most of it himself, with a little help from the Bear. He hand-sewed these little LED lights (and wiring) onto the mask. We see now that the eye-holes could use a little adjusting, but how cool is this mask now? He's very pleased with himself, as he should be. The Amazing Spider-Man indeed!
Do you remember when I shared a link to this fabric a few weeks ago? I had come across it while looking for fun, retro-style fabrics to use in making new kitchen curtains. This one is by Moda, from their Milk Cow Kitchen line of 1930's and feed-sack reproductions fabrics. I was watching for a sale, which never really happened, so I went ahead and ordered four yards. It came the other day and I was so excited. I love it. I think the red is really pretty. I'm making two simple valance curtains for the kitchen windows, stayed tuned because I hope to share them soon.
I've been making roasted butternut squash this fall. It's so delicious. I make it simply, with just some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about half an hour. This photo was taken before roasting, but it does get nicely browned. It's too dark at dinner time to nicely photograph my finished dishes! Fall is really here.
Fall being here also means more blanket forts. They build them in the summer too, but not as often. Now, they can often be found burrowed under blanket-draped furniture. They had their legs outside of the fort and I thought it was funny. They've also been digging a hole in the backyard big enough that they can both get inside and sit down. They're a very creative team, these two. When they're getting along - which is most of the time, thankfully - they have a good time.
I was being all virtuous showing you my roasted butternut squash up there, but I also ate this baby recently and it was GOOOOD. It's a Samoas doughnut. Samoas, as in Girl Scout Cookies. Oh my. It really tasted like one too - a plain doughnut with caramel icing, topped with toasted coconut and chocolate icing drizzled over that. It must have weighed a quarter-pound. The Bears brought it to me; they went for a hike and stopped for doughnuts afterward. They thought Mommy might enjoy this one. They were right.
I reached a milestone this week. It will probably sound silly but I'm proud of myself. This week, I celebrated a whole year since I last logged into Facebook. I know that many people really love it, and I'm certainly not saying they shouldn't. I used to be a firm fan myself. But it had become a negative part of my life in the year or two before I stopped using it, for various reasons. It just wasn't fun anymore. Or healthy - I worried a lot when I saw certain choices made by loved ones. I've discussed this problem often, and it's something I work on every day. It was bringing me unnecessary stress. So I decided to walk away. I still have an account; maybe I'll go back someday. I do miss interacting with old friends. But for now, it's good to have the distance from the situations that were bringing anxiety and worry into my life. Focusing on blogging instead has been so very good for me.