Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day ramblings

Living in Saipan is very different from the Midwest. On Friday night, I was in the living room and could hear one of the cats in the sewing room so I finally put my stitching aside and went to the sewing room (which is also the office) to see what was going on. There was my little baby, Bella, trying to figure out what to do with the swarm of termites that seemed to be pouring in from the windowsill. Okay, maybe they weren't "pouring" in, but any amount more than one inside my house is more than I have ever had. All I could do was say "Bay, come see these crazy bugs!". I wasn't 100% sure that they were termites. Some had wings and some looked more like red carpenter ants. So, DH shut the window and we began the smashing process. Thank goodness our Roomba is charged at all times, it got the nice job of sucking up the carcasses while I shut the door and resumed my stitching.

I thought that termites like wood, strange since our house seems to be 100% concrete. I was reading online about them and read that they don't like wet weather and aren't seen as much during rainy periods which is fantastic since the "rainy season" is next month. I think that the dead termite bodies sent a message to the rest of the group...don't mess with us!

I have been wanting to start a baby crochet project lately but it has been hard to justify doing so for a few reasons:

1. The weather is pretty 90 during the day and 80 at night. We don't really run the air so the baby really won't need a crocheted blanket or hat.

2. I don't have a good yarn source here that I can go see the yarns and touch them...I rely on family, friends and ebay for my yarns so I have a hodgepodge of brands & colors.

So, I found this easy bootie pattern and pulled out a ball of Bernat Cotton Tots and stitched up 2 pairs. Now I just have to whipstitch them together and find some nice ribbon to put around the ankle. I think that I did both pairs in under an hour.

Even if I can't really use them for our baby, I figured that I could send them to a hospital or something that takes crocheted items for babies.

I really really really want to start a new project. I still have my CEF that is around 1/2 to 3/4 of the way done waiting to be finished up, but I am in no mood to do that one.

I finally charted out the names for my "Mother's Tree". Loving it! Going through my fabric stash tonight to see if I have anything suitable in regards to size and color.

And, I do have a small WIP...Enchanted Alphabet...that is waiting for me to come back to it.

I am thinking that I might just kit up "Mother's Tree" for now and get back to Enchanted Alphabet.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day holiday, keep our armed forces personnel (both past and present) in your thoughts.



~Kim~ said...

Ick! Sorry to hear about the bug problem! We are dealing with the wood ticks at the moment.

Whatever you end up doing.. enjoy it! Love your Mother's Tree chart, who is the designer?!?

Saipan Chamoale said...

The termites in Saipan eat concrete. Ew.