One time, I bought some really nice couch pillow covers from Pottery Barn. They are the shade of sunset orange, with huge turtle shell buttons. Now, the buttons are in constant danger. There is a small person who is obsessed. Obsessed with eating the buttons off of the pillows. So far, the pillows have escaped … Continue reading Ode to the Fallen
Spring is for planning, and plotting, and scheming, and starting. I want to spend springtime with dirt under my fingernails. I wish to watch my son run about in the sun. I plan on eating grilled food, and lots of pies. I'll work off those pie pounds by playing and gardening, and even yoga-ing on … Continue reading Spring Fever with a Hand Grenade
I'm bleary eyed, sipping coffee, pouring a third bowl of cheerios for my son. It's an ordinary moment for a fork in the road. I can be tired and cranky, or I can be joyful and dance my way through the day. The world is full of light and dark, and the way to be … Continue reading Oozing Joy: It’s more pleasant than it sounds…
Has anyone poured hydrogen peroxide in your ear? It happened to me, because I love a family of monkeys. My cousins were in-town from out-of town, and we had all gathered in my parents living room. Drowsy, I plopped down on the couch and demanded a head scratch. The ritual grooming began and soon the … Continue reading A Barrel of Monkeys
I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & HobbesSo, I've finished planting my vegetable/herb garden. People have been asking me about it, asking me "how to" questions, weather tips, etc. Let me just make one thing clear: I'm the … Continue reading What I Have Been Up To: Vegetable Mayhem
Hi folks!Today I am having my first guest author tell a funny mommy story. Thank goodness because all I can think about right now are vegetables and chickens, and there's only so much to say about those things. Thanks Amy for sharing this great story!It was 4 pm. An hour before David would get home. … Continue reading The Walk That Seemed Like a Good Idea (*or* the Unexpected Exercise)
There is new life everywhere. Babies are being born, eggs are being laid, the trees are getting their leaves again, flowers are blooming. Nature is exploding outside.Spring does crazy things to me. I found myself at the farm again. The world smelled like livestock and flowers; a combination that can only be found in rural … Continue reading Alive and Clucking!
unbeing dead isn't being alive. ~e.e. cummingsOften I walk through life in a fog. I ignore my very existence; the fact that I am breathing, the toenail, the snail, rain water in a pail, and Dr. Suess. I don't notice the abundant gifts of the everyday.The sun shines and warms and lights us and we … Continue reading Portraits of an Existence (including an Elephant)
Spring is childhood.I remember the trees. Big mature trees that had been standing for many, many years. They spread their shade in a sun speckled canopy over the playground.I remember playgrounds. There was one with a wiggly bridge that had been frequented by The Billy Goats Gruff. I didn't see an ogre, but I was … Continue reading Springtime at the Zoo is Haunted
The Caterpillar was the first to speak."What size do you want to be?" it asked."Oh, I'm not particular as to size," Alice hastily replied; "only one doesn't like changing so often, you know.""I don't know," said the Caterpillar......"Are you content now?" said the Caterpillar."Well, I should like to be a little larger, Sir, if you … Continue reading "One side will make you make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow fatter…"