everything green is gold and really slowing down

It’s the time of year when everything green is gold around here. That’s when we slow down a bit more. It’s dark when we get up in the morning and dark again within an hour of returning home from work. Which means that I am safe to put my pyjama pants on before I start to cook dinner. After dark, I figure no one will come to the door. Unless I make the mistake of removing my bra. That cancels out the after dark rule.

The tall kid didn’t make the extra hockey team and the small squeaky kid decided that she was more comfortable staying with her Initiation team instead of the house league. Those together have cut us back to one night a week of hockey, plus two ice times on Saturdays – much more manageable.

So, things have been quiet. But we still have some things in the works.

We’ve been doing homework. I still hate homework. Yesterday, I had to send a note to school explaining the small kid’s unfinished math. “Squeaky’s math was unfinished because I was also unable to understand the question.” I am not smarter than a 4th grader.

This is definitely the baking season. Though for future reference, even if the health magazine says it is a delicious recipe, cookies made without sugar, eggs or fat are not edible. But they do make excellent dog biscuits.

I got bored with the sweater that I was making for the tall hormonal kid, so I started a mobiusΒ cowl – something that I can wear in the cold arena to keep warm. For the life of me, I can’t figure out if I have too much of a twist in this or not. It will have to wait until I get it off of the needle to see if I made it properly. And somehow you are supposed to be able to fold it in half once its finished. How do you fold over a scarf with a twist in it? It looks like something Escher’s mother might have knit. In theory, it’s a great idea. In reality, we’ll see.

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40 thoughts on “everything green is gold and really slowing down

  1. Math homework–I remember it well–I was no help after second grade and my kids took it in french! I still remember the dictees and the way the boys would get stubborn and pretend they did not know what I was saying because I was saying it wrong–but that did not get them out of it–I knew their ruse. Love your posts –so homey and warm and comforting with just the right amount of wit!

  2. sweetmother says:

    i love the way you write. it’s always amusing. and i’d love to see how that scarf turns out. lol.

  3. You finally got your fall colors. I’m so glad, I was beginning to think the drought had ruined your chances for it. I too hated homework, but mostly because I thought my kids spent too much time sitting already and it took time away from the family. I’m glad your days have slowed down some. I hate to have to run much in the winter months I want to stay home where it’s warm.

    Oh and the bra thing…problem is I never wear one unless it’s a special occasion so that doesn’t work for me.

    • I just plain hate homework. I really see no reason for it before grade 6. To me, it feels like the teachers aren’t using class time wisely if they need to send work home. Little kids are too tired to concentrate at night.

      And the bra thing – the moment you feel like its safe to remove it around here, someone always stops in for a visit. Guaranteed.

  4. Somer says:

    While I’m sorry the taller kid didn’t make the hockey team, I am grateful you have one more night at home. I didn’t realize we both have 4th graders! I’m struggling with some of the math homework too :/ p.s. in case you are referring to a certain cookie recipe, try this one instead.


    I promise it’s super delicious with some fat and some sugar πŸ˜‰ teehee! I’ve become adapted to health food and maybe my taste buds aren’t what they used to be πŸ˜‰

    • Your bars look great – the ones we tried were just oats, flax, banana, applesauce and cinnamon. It seemed good in theory.. But was more of a slightly soggy pile of oats, in the end.

      Glad to hear that others are stumped by 4th grade homework too!

      • Somer says:

        Oh yeah, that doesn’t sound delicious at all! I can’t believe how much homework they have this year….I’m lucky that the husband is pretty much a math genius having a Masters of Accountancy and all. He helps her with anything I can’t πŸ˜‰

  5. A lovely post. I always enjoy keeping up with your family news.

  6. MrsYub says:

    Ha! What sort of question was it? Did you get a reply from the school? That is hilarious! LOL!
    Can’t wait to see your cowl finished πŸ˜‰

  7. Subtlekate says:

    Spoilt with more of your beautiful photographs

  8. I hate homework, too. Love Escher’s mother. Ha.

  9. I am so jealous with your changing leaves color. We go from green to brown and will stay that way unless we get some rain.

  10. thefoodery says:

    I agree with you on the cookies: no sugar, no fat, no eggs = round dog biscuit. Your porch decorations are cute, I tried decorating our front door area with 5 pumpkins and a chair. Doesn’t look “decorative” at all, told my sister it just looks like somebody dropped off some pumpkins for us! I like your cowl so far, the color and style looks pretty neat. πŸ™‚

  11. Unwisely cut back the sugar in my latest pumpkin muffins and regret it! Escher’s mother, that’s great!

  12. Shira says:

    Reading this post makes me smile…and yes, careful about the bra thing…it always brings friends around! Enjoy the beauty of this time of year, and the quiet time while it lasts!

  13. oceannah says:

    Always a delight to stop in here Heidi and see what you’re up to. I gave up teaching math to the dd in g4. We’re all golden-russet as well…possible snow in the forecast too! Almost time for the first fire of the year…
    Happy weekend

  14. Such pretty colors, Heidi. Math homework only gets worse as they get older! My head hurts when I have to look at the per-calculus my son brings home.

  15. You do make me smile when I read your blog – I love your sense of humour. Looking at the knitting I can’t even tell which way up it is – just like when I’m reading a map!! But the colour is lovely. Cookies with no sugar, no fat and no eggs sounds to me like a mound of flour – but should be Cholesterol free I imagine!

  16. Kerry says:

    Oh the Escher comment sent this post to new heights, hilarious πŸ˜€

  17. I like the scarecrow!

  18. Jennifer says:

    My favorite picture is the hard-working home-worker. πŸ™‚ Gotta love the fall.
    And the dog biscuits comment made me laugh. I will send you my email (about the receiving blanket because that would be AWESOME!) I’m still working my way through email now! AUGH! πŸ˜€

  19. That yarn looks absolutely gorgeous, I hope it turns out!

  20. πŸ™‚ Loved this post. The pictures, the words, the pajama pants. Happy fall!

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