Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Work/Play Day

Yesterday....I spent the day playing with these fabrics and ric-racs to make a new block for my Paper Doll Quilt/Applique Club. So I guess you could say I worked.... but to me, drawing and cutting out fabric is play.

Kassidy's home every day with me now starting this week until after the New Year because she is off track from her year round school. Now that Sterling's in Jr. High, he no longer has time off because his school is traditional it's just me and Kass in the day.

So as per her request....we made sugar cookies.

While I worked/played with my fabric, Kass decorated the cookies with frosting and sprinkles.....she layered them between wax paper and stacked them in Tupperware to keep them fresh (preparing for Sterling and his friends came home from school and eat them all!) Of course, she saved some for her Dad.

This was the view outside my window....still VERY cold here...about 12 degrees.

And still more snow throughout the day....on and off.

This was the amount of NEW snowfall that we woke up to in the morning....about 6 inches. I measure it on the top of the railing on my back deck.

It's been snowing here since Saturday night and that's about how long it's been since I've seen Mr. Honey...poor Mr. Honey has the task of putting snowplows on 18 trucks.....and putting salters (for slick roads) on 4 more trucks, maintaining ALL of those trucks, plows and salters whenever they break down...PLUS...he also has to plow snow. Mr. Honey has a very busy schedule when it snows.

So Mr.Honey works in the snow while we play in fair.

This is how we played in it yesterday......SNO-FLINGS!!!! I found them on Monday while out doing a little shopping. YAY! When I saw them I yelled SNO-FLINGS!!!! and threw 4 of them in my cart. Kassidy just looked at me and said "what are sno-flings?"

Trust me, she knows what they are now and so did Sterling when he got home from school.

Does anybody out there remember sno-flings?

My brothers and sisters and I along with my cousins and every other kid in the neighborhood, used to have a total blast in the snow with sno-flings.

I have looked for these for several years for my own kids and never found them....until now.

You can find them here and here...

First you pack snow into them by tamping them down into good crunchy snow....

Like this......

... then you fling it ....aiming at the most annoying kid that you know! lol (that's what we did as kids)....yesterdays snow was a little too fluffy to make really good snowballs but was still fun to fling!

I noticed one thing they have added to the sno-fling now is a little squeaker that goes off every time the snowball is released from the sounds cute but I'm glad they didn't have those on the original flings in the 70's....after all, there is something to be said for the element of suprise when you're throwing a snowball at your brother.

When we were kids, our favorite thing to do was race to be the first one out onto the freshly fallen snow that hadn't been walked on yet (by the sheep, cows or horses)......and plop down backwards to make snow angels, roll BIG balls for snowmen and make little circles all over the snow with our sno-flings.

We had PLENTY of land on our farm to stay out as long as we wanted to keep looking for undisturbed snowfall.

When Mr. Honey came home yesterday about lunchtime for a few hours of sleep before going out again....Kassidy ran outside and "flung" snow at him as soon as he got out of his truck....he looked at what was in her hand (he didn't know I had bought them)....his eyes lit up and with a big grin on his face, he yelled..."SNO-FLINGS!!!!".....I love that man.

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Sherri said...

What a delightful day...sugar cookies, sewing and snow flings! I have to say I've never heard of snow flings before, but they sound like a lot of fun...and Mr. Honey was a terrific sport about it!

Stephanie said...

Never heard of a snow fling but then I was raised in the desert and we didn't see snow. Love the circle pattern they make in the snow.

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I hadn't heard of them either. But then I have only lived in places where it seldom snows. Those cookies look delicious. She did a great job!

Nedra said...

How did I manage to raise all 5 of my kids in snowy Utah without snow flings? Never heard of them. Now I'm thinking they had a deprived childhood because those look so fun!

Country Dreaming said...

Someone is having WAY too much fun!
Not familiar with sno-flings but they do look like fun!
Have so more fun!!!

Joyce said...

I loved those.. I can remember them well! Love your blog! wish I would keep mine up!

Micki said...

Wo I love the snow, and I do remember snow-flings, although I haven't thought of them for a long hile.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What a sweet post. Love the memories and the snow flings are fun. Love the fabric. How fun to spend time with Kassidy like a vintage mom baking cookies and sewing.

a little bit biased said...

Those snow flings look so fun! My son would LOVE those! You're cookies look delicious too!

a little bit biased said...

O.K. I really need to know where you got the snow flings!?! They would be a great Christmas present. If you can, please let me know @

happy zombie said...

I'm so envious of your snow! We've been below freezing at our house all week (one morning we even dipped to 12)... but no snow in site. It's like Mother Nature is taunting us.

I've never seen Snoflings before. OMG... they're genius! I'm so tempted to order some, but fear Mother Nature will jinx me for it and all she'll deliver is rain.

Happy cookie making (and I bet sewing with mom) Christmas break for Kassidy! Poor Sterling. At one point my boys were on different school schedules too. One was in year-round and the other on a traditional schedule. That was calendar challenging!

Ben said...

These are the same idea but they lack the girth of the original and the thick edge or rim at the opening that locked the snow ball into place until sufficient force let it fly.
the suction from the closed handle also kept it in the fling until inertia over came resistance. If you plug the whistle end with tape it should help with distance it still needs the thickened edge though.
Great memories.

solomi558 said...

Never seen snow flings in England , we,re missing something .-cottonreel

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