We’re trying to soak up the last of the sunshine before it runs away. This last week afforded a beautiful day on the deck where I was able to let Rex have a sensory activity.
I took a large sheet pan (this one purchased at a restaurant supply is a full sheet size that I usually use for making granola) and filled it with assorted containers as well as a couple of spoons. I added four containers of sensory materials: flax seeds, sunflower seeds, steel cut oats, and rice. I went with small, edible items that wouldn’t be choked on if tasted.
Oddly enough, Rex wasn’t interested in tasting this particular activity. (He eats chalk, bark, rocks, and paper any chance he gets, but you give him an edible activity and he doesn’t even bring it near his lips…) His favorite part seemed to be reaching into each container, bringing out a handful, and then dropping it onto the deck to see what it did.
After a while, he finally picked up some of the containers, dumping them out completely. Gravity!
He then examined the empty containers, to see where the contents had gone. He didn’t really utilize the other containers to pour into like I thought he would. He was more interested in the seeds and things and how they reacted to different removal methods. All in all, this activity kept him busy for almost an hour and was easy clean-up (I just swept it off the deck for the birds). This is definitely one we’ll do again.
After our activities with grains, we went down to the yard and played in the leaves. All in all, a beautiful fall day.
Despite the torrential downpour, we braved the 17th Annual Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival on Sunday. We made a quick tour of it, but still had a good time. I picked up a bag of alpaca neck fiber from an animal named “Cocoa Puff” and 8oz of hand dyed colonial top. Rex wanted to live the Alpaca Lifestyle, but we couldn’t fit one in the trunk.
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Rex had an epic day yesterday.
He visited the beach for the first time.
He had some ice cream.
He took his first carousel ride.
And he played a video game with Daddy.
Inara often does this hilarious thing where she drapes her tail over Chloe’s head. I was lucky enough to snap a photo of it with my phone. Chloe is so tolerant…
Uploading some pictures from my phone, I noticed this one of Chloe that I had forgotten about. This is the face of happiness. Chloe enjoying the ride down Mom and Dad’s driveway.
Yesterday, after a harrowing trip, I finally made it home. Instead of being angry and ranting about how awful airlines are, I’m going to tell you about the Crawfish Boil.
On Sunday, we went to a Crawfish Boil. Now, being a northern girl, I’d never been to one of these. But it was a lot of fun! Think “giant BBQ with shellfish instead of burgers” and that’s pretty much it. This particular Boil was in celebration of a wedding (and man was the bride hungover…). They boiled up 200lbs of crawfish in about 4 batches. This is the first batch, waiting to meet their delicious end.
Quicker than you might think, those clawing little lobsters became bright red piles of deliciousness.
After getting trained on how to properly eat a crawfish (suck the head, peel the tail), I decimated a pile of these bad boys. But I saved Fred for last.
He was delicious.
Pro Tip: Wash your hands before going to the bathroom because these little guys are spicy and you don’t want your bits to burn. So glad Paula warned me first…
(No, I wasn’t in some sort of hippie knit-in. But I was in a parade with llamas. Oh yeah, I lead an exciting life.)
We’ve been listening to The Beatles lately. (Mainly the new album “Love” put together by George Martin. It’s phenomenal.) I asked Sam why their sound changed so dramatically from the early albums. His reply… LSD. Yup. That explains a lot. So, I give you Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds as portrayed in the movie Yellow Submarine.
You gotta admit that the artwork/music combo is pretty awesome. I bet Walter totally loves this movie.
I cannot believe how much it has rained since we got to California. What happened to the sunshine state? Well, at least we’re indoors working at Stitches West! As usual, I’m at the Oregon Woodworker’s booth selling fabulous swifts. I’ve already spotted a few famous bloggers wandering about. Jenny and Nichole from Stash & Burn wandered past the booth. And then I saw IrishGirlie with an adorable little girl. (Of course I was busy working and could only smile.)
There are fantastic things to see at the market. My goal this year is to find great crocheted items to bring back to the yarn shop. So far I’ve been really impressed with the crochet (and knit) designs from Kira K. I picked up a pattern from Green Mountain Spinnery called Kristy. StitchDiva also has some great crocheted hats that are calling to me. Plus I picked up some great stitch markers with an adorable case from Miss Purl. I still haven’t gotten a chance to see the entire show, but I’m working on it…
Tomorrow, I’ll be at booth #904. So if you’re at the show, come say hi!
I hope you’re having as much fun on your Xmas Eve as I am. :)
Santa Princess hat, courtesy of my folks.
The skating rink was crazy busy (that’s about 1/3 of the people who were out there…)
My rockin’ skates (an early xmas gift from my folks) with new laces. Now I just need some purple wheels…