Project finished: owl sweater for Miss K

Today I finished my holiday knitting project. I used to bring socks on vacation, they being portable and always in demand. Lately, though, I’ve found sweaters to be more satisfying. I can knock one off in a few weeks easily, around other things, and somehow they seem momentous enough for a summer project. This was…

“I can do that. I just need a wetsuit.”

Monday evening, as we stood on the beach at Beachy Cove, staring across the channel to Bell Island, I told Katherine about my friend Steph Porter and how she and her friends swam across from Bell Island to the mainland. Three miles is the distance. Almost five kilometers. It’s a long swim in open water*….

May Day Craft Weekend

I was up to my ears in the organization of the Seconds Sale yesterday, so my deputies took the camera and went off on a Dad & Kid Exploration of the MayDay Craft Weekend. All of these photos were taken by John, so any credit is entirely his. I tweaked them here and there (cropping,…

Plastered

On alternate Wednesdays, Katherine’s friend Jasper comes over after school and yesterday’s visit was a foray into mask-making. We tied back hair, slathered faces (including eyebrows) in petroleum jelly to protect their skin and had a very firm discussion about the virtues of staying still and keeping one’s eyes closed during the process. Note: Plaster…

Introducing “Flat Katherine”

Meet Flat Katherine: Flat Katherine is a variant on “Flat Stanley (wikipedia link)”, which I first encountered as an idea during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The Flat Stanley Project is a literacy endeavour based on the books about Stanley Lambchop, a flattened child who can go virtually anywhere because of his two-dimensionality. During the Olympics,…

Dragon Fibres

Katherine and I spent a day of bouncing off each other and driving each other nuts yesterday and in doing so learned two very important things. Firstly, we learned that I cannot provide the same level of stimulation as an entire classroom full of kids under the guidance of a good teacher. Secondly, we affirmed…

Where did she go?

I apologize for the flurry of posts followed by silence. I’ve been chugging away at work and juggling family stuff (Katherine’s eighth birthday is this week which means cakes, parties and dragons, oh my!) and trying to make it all fit together in-between seemingly endless amounts of snow. You wouldn’t think that snow could have…

Quote from Katherine

Katherine, who understands about as much as she wants to of the ways of birds and bees, uttered the following just now, “A long time ago, Heather was very, very married and then Jean and Eleanor were both born.” Thankfully, Heather is just as very married now, although without more of Katherine’s suggested consequences.

Bypass the drones

Last summer (sometime in July 2006) I completed the forms required to re-register for our provincial MCP (medical care plan). At that time, I couldn’t find Katherine’s MCP card. In fact, I’m not sure she ever actually had one. I know she had a hospital card (got one when she was born) and was registered…

FYI about Corn (and “what on earth was I thinking?”)

Katherine adores corn on the cob and will transport into paroxysms of delight at being told she can have some. Ordinary corn is pretty good, too, but there’s something special about corn on the cob that elevates it to a higher plane of satisfaction in the realm of kid-dom. Katherine refers to corn on the…