The girls and I watched two episodes of Little House on the Prairie this afternoon before dinner. Nellie Oleson sure was mean! It's interesting to see the girls react to Nellie's temper, pettiness, and deception. "But that's wrong, Mom," they say.
At the end of one episode Nellie lost her temper and smashed her new doll and dollhouse because she was so angry with Laura. Audrey and Emma seemed to completely understand that the only person Nellie really hurt was herself.
We're slowly working our way through all the seasons of the show. We're on the third season now and we love it. The girls are always fascinated by children who lived a long time ago, and today we talked about outhouses. They couldn't figure out why Laura was running outside her in nightie to such a funny, little house.
(My uncle is a potter and works on a farm somewhere in West Virginia. I've never been there, but apparently he has a gorgeous outhouse on the farm. One wall has a huge window and it sits at the top of a hill overlooking a valley and is surrounded by mint and wildflowers.)
I worked on my buttonhole bag while we watched and decided to add some green stripes (leftover wool from my slippers) in with the fuschia. The bottom of the bag is a dark purple, and I saved enough yarn to do a row of single crochet around the top when I'm finished to tie it all together. I love just knitting around and around--I can do it without looking and watch Little House at the same time.
I worked on my book a ton today, and also stretched out in front of the fire to take a break after lunch. I actually fell asleep--which is really rare for me. Of course, I only slept for a minute or two, because I get so excited that I'm actually sleeping that I wake myself up! Oops. (One of my resolutions for 2006 is to rest every afternoon. I'm not doing too well so far, but today was definitely a step in the right direction!)