Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Candies - Oh Boy!

In my part of the world, Halloween is all about dressing up and getting candy!

Our school has started to collect hard candies. The idea is that the candy is sent to poorer countries where they only have rice to eat and their palates are not as well-rounded as ours. The theory is that the sugar in the candy will stimulate the taste buds. I'm not sure I agree or fully understand it but I'm happy to get rid of the hard candies and the children are in agreement so it's win-win around here - plus I only really like the chips and chocolates anyway!

I've heard some parents do the "Switch Witch" where you leave out your candies and she comes and switches the candy for a present. Fun idea but then whose candy would I raid for the next few weeks (after all, isn't that the best part of being a parent of young kids?!).

I'm salivating just thinking of all the goodies my little ones will drag home on Friday night. How about you - what are your plans for all the Halloween candy that is about to invade your house? Will you use it to make fun desserts? Do you have a plan to buy back your kid’s candy, or do you just eat it all late at night after they go to bed?

I can hardly wait - oh boy!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My First Car

When I was in university, I was fortunate enough to have been accepted into the campus that was up the road from our home. Since I was going to live at home I decided to purchase a car with the money I would save from residence.

I found someone who sold what I was looking for and I drove home with a baby blue 1990 Honda Civic Hatchback. It was so exciting! I arranged to get the windows tinted and got some speakers and a new radio system put in and I was good to go.

Although I was fond of it, I didn't give it a name. My friends named their cars so I referred to it as "the Smurf" or "Blue-y" but it wasn't officially named.

My brother called it a "golf cart" and was embarrassed to drive it but I thought it rocked - and the gas mileage was so amazing (very important as a student!).

Although I don't seem to have a photo of my exact car, this one is similar in colour and tinted windows.

Do you remember your first car? Did you give it a name? Tell me about your first car or what it was like when you learned how to drive.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Italian Flag Crochet Afghan

 I love Facebook - as soon as I posted my business page for The Ruthless Crafter, friends immediately started inquiring on projects I could possibly make them.

A fellow I went to high school with (we shall not say how many decades ago) ordered this cozy afghan in the colours of the Italian flag.

Interesting fact: you need to shop in the Christmas aisle to get the right shades for an Italian flag. I will never look at that aisle the same!

I am very excited to deliver it to him. He tells me it's a Christmas present for himself, which is fitting based on where I found the yarn! Ha ha.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Club House

My husband works with printers and photocopiers and computers.

The last few months there were two very large computers that were delivered to his work in really big, sturdy wooden box containers. He was able to bring them home with the plan to make the kids a fun fort for the backyard.

Here is the sample layout of it in the garage. The actual look of it has changed a bit but it's a pretty sturdy fort.

Hubby painted it now and added a pretty roof. It's getting there!

Do you like the official tire door stop?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

I'm Going To Freeze This Winter!

Our 8 year old daughter enjoyed dancing from ages 2 until she was 5. Her last year she even joined the competitive team!

She did amazing but it was near impossible to get her to sit still to put 100 teeny weeny sponge curlers in her hair. Don't even get me started on slapping on stage make up - the false lashes are still new in the package somewhere too I believe!

When she said she didn't want to return her Grade 1 year Mommy was not pushing it (though to be fair I did ask her several times over the summer to ensure she hadn't changed her mind. She did not - phew!).

This year she is in Grade 3.

The school sends home flyers for every type of sport to "come try it for free!".

The first one Ava flagged was Water Polo. Well, we lasted 7 minutes exactly and then she was out of the pool wanting to go home. Sadly it was a comedy of errors as she had had a full day of school, dashed to the tutor and then went to the pool. She was in a tad deep and I think she scared herself and swallowed some water and that was the end of the Water Polo.

The second flyer she flagged was Ringette. I don't know how to play Ringette but I knew she couldn't drown and she had some solid skating skills as they have been in lessons for a few years now and we have a pond behind our house she practices on. I had no idea what equipment to bring other than her helmet and her skates. Luckily the organizers had extra gloves and helmets with cages and sticks to let her have a good shot at seeing if she liked it.

Wouldn't you know it, she was pretty good! So... she is now a Ringette player. Two practices so far and it's going well.

Now I have to figure out how many cups of tea to bring to stay warm for the whole time!