Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
This year's mugs are in. Enjoy. Henry did Lucy's hair this year and she insisted it was lovely and so proud that her brother helped her. I didn't have the heart to fix it, even when her teacher asked sweetly that morning, "....and what would like us to do with her hair?"
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
When I lapse from the blog for a while, I usually ask myself, "What have we been doing?" I'm sure everyone has a pretty good idea, they're doing it too. But in reading this story to the kids the other night I really connected to this paragraph about a little girl who decides very early on what she wants to do in life.
I think of this every night now as I pick up their dirty clothes off the floor while they are in the tub, make sure the homework is in the right folder, make lunches for the next day and get ready to read to them.
"In the meantime Alice got up and washed her face and ate porridge for breakfast. She went to school and came home and did her homework. And pretty soon she was grown up."
I hope to God it doesn't come as fast as this with our kids, but somehow I already see it happening. I'm going to kiss the young, round, fatty parts on their face in the morning.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
- How to iron and then to sew (the first must be done 'just so' in order for the latter to be done well).
- A 'tummy button' is a much more lady-like body part than a belly button.
- One must always watch soap operas when home sick from school.
- Cigarettes are good (I know I know, but they are! Disclaimer: no, I am not a smoker).
- How to make jam (and of course, blackberry was the best).
- Children are the ultimate gift (she had 7, although sometimes I got the impression she loved her Grandchildren even more).
- Sometimes what's for dinner, is wonder bread with butter and a hamburger patty with pepper, and that's ok.
- Ladybugs are good luck.
- Painted nails are lovely.
- Christmas time is magic.
I will miss talking with her, learning from her and feeling the way I did when she was near. Special. She was special too.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
John is the Scrabble Master. Playing with him has made me a much much better player, but he still sweeps the floor with me every match. Lastnight, he played the word, RUTHENIC for a double word score and a triple word score and used all his letters in doing so for a total of 131 points. Come on.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
TCGC. Before Junior Golf are Tennis Lessons, then Swim Lessons, then SNAG Golf for Lucy. Between the Nitrates (hot dogs), Alcohol (Chard) and the Chlorine, I have really pickled myself this summer. And developing the sun wrinkles to prove I've been a good observer. Now I just need to start smoking and I'll officially be turning 65 on my next Birthday. Here's to that Social Security check coming early I guess.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
One of my goals for the spring was to have a nice lawn to play on by the 4th of July. Both the before pictures are pretty lame as I only remembered to take them after finishing the areas halfway. Imagine the area to the right of the shed overgrown with blackberries and sloping into the bluff and the lawn with 7 trees removed by me before we brought in the 15 yards of fresh topsoil you see in the before picture. This was a big undertaking, but it's done. Check!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
PS. The cat page is for you Jen - Happy belated Birthday old friend! (that is to reference the age of our friendship, not your literal age)
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
this idea on Disney.com and while they have me on the house, I think I might have one-upped the sign. Toot toot! (That's me, tooting my own horn. Sorry.) Anyway, it was especially fun today as a couple of Henry's pals came home with us after their last day of school. They all dug it...and then asked what I had waiting for them inside. That was met with a disappointing, "well...nothing really." So I took them to the park. Happy Summer all - hope yours does not disappoint!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I love a good thrift store find. More than that, I love having something to hunt for. Found these 80's metal earrings at Goodwill while looking for a le creuset lid handle (to replace the one that melted off my dutch oven). Now have something new to hunt for...in every color.