September 30, 2014

Happy Girl

Wheaton is a great little town, made greater by family.  =)  That would include Miss Lilly.


September 29, 2014

Big Game

Family.  Nephew.  Freshman games.  Gotta love it.

Go #19!


September 26, 2014

Chicago!

The good thing about ridiculously cheap airline tickets is the price, as well as the challenge to bring nothing to avoid extra charges.  No rolling carryon, just a big purse bag.  I brought one pair of everything.  I figure it's good practice for Europe, no??!  (Hmmm…still too heavy, so perhaps I need to fine tune my packing list even further.)

The midnight flight worked well, starting with an airline friend who managed to work a miracle and assign me an entire empty row of seats!  Woohoo!  Sleep, however, was elusive.  Hot, cold, hot, cold, funny smells, crying babies, excitement and anticipation, exhaustion, and some significant air turbulence…but I made it.  And I kept my dinner down.

I even managed to hail my assigned limo at the curbside without looking like a complete fool.

And so here I am with my favorite sister and her fabulous family.  Yes, she is my only sister, but she's still my fav!

September 24, 2014

Lessons in Shoveling Dirt

  1. When wearing boots, do NOT tuck your pants in.  This prevents gallons of stray dirt falling in over the top.
  2. When wearing tall boots, wear taller socks.  This prevents hot, sticky sweat from glueing your skin to the inside of your boots.
  3. Push vanity aside and wear the hat.  Remind yourself that those neighbors won't notice, and are actually jealous of your grit, determination, and amazing muscles. =)

September 23, 2014

Learning To Sew

We email and talk all the time over the phone for work, yet we've never met face to face. And she's a favorite.

Yesterday?  She provided both of our offices the best laugh of the day.  It seems Miss CurlySue is learning how to sew and she made her first pair of pajama bottoms.

It won't be long now until she's mastered the art!

September 22, 2014

Apple Cider

A friend arrived home bearing a surprise - an entire pickup load of apples which he picked from someone who said to take as many as he wanted.

And so the Great Apple Cider Press Event began in the garage, and went on for days.  Neighbors and friends all arrived to watch the spectacle, which was truly mind-boggling.  It left everyone inspired, awed, and a little closer, having shared a good laugh at what seemed preposterous in this day and age.

It was kinda like Little House on the Prairie.

And everyone loved it.


September 17, 2014

Bushwick

While I am more comfortable in suburban settings with plenty of space and neighboring woods, the boy still loves New York and all it has to offer.  A studio space in Bushwick is today's possibility for a new business. It's newly renovated. =)


Mrs. Dove, Revisited

So a second dove suddenly appeared.  At first we thought it to be Mr. Dove.  But this one was smaller. Oddly enough, we heard no peeps, saw no extra movement, and definitely did not see any baby birds grow up.  And certainly not in a week's time. Maybe she was hiding this little one all along.

The both flew off within a day.


September 16, 2014

Southern Oregon Coast

It was a long way down to the southern Oregon coast.  The fog rolled in as soon as we got there, but it cleared for the rest of the weekend.  Just for us, no doubt.  =)

We laughed at a sea lion playing in the surf and were amazed to see so many whales.  Very cool.

September 15, 2014

In Remembrance

It was a a precious time remembering her life.  We laughed, we cried, we shared great memories, and we renewed bonds of kinship.  Her life and faith blessed so many, and she shall be missed.

Aunt Roberta
July 2, 1926 - August 25, 2014

September 9, 2014

A Cushion and a Frog

We inherited a wicker chair that is over 100 years old.  While we didn't find time to repaint it this summer, we did buy a new cushion.

It seems to be a popular place these days.  Mr. Frog has been under that cushion for weeks now.


September 4, 2014

Peanut Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was a another magic afternoon in the kitchen, taking a chance on a regular recipe and making it a lot healthier.  Oh, wonders!  The dough, I might add, was as good as the baked cookies - but I won't share exactly how much of it I enjoyed.  That's between me and the mixer.



Peanut Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 c. unsalted butter, mostly melted
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
Heaping 3/4 c. chunky peanut butter (natural, not hydrogenated, no added sugar)
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 c. oats (organic, thick cut worked great)
1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Mix well.  Using cookie scoop, place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.  Smash down slightly, as they hardly spread.  Bake @ 350° x 12-15 mins until set and slightly browned.  Makes ~2 doz.

September 3, 2014

True Love

Late-night musings:

1.  Gluing covers onto 120 composition notebooks = TRUE LOVE!
2.  Rubber cement should be a controlled substance.

September 2, 2014

Vacation, Dreams, Laundry, and Goats

I did not show up for work.  And I won't tomorrow, either.  Or the next day, or the next.  I'm on vacation, you see! It's such a marvelous invention.

Almost every single person asks where I am going, which makes me laugh, because the only place I'm going is the laundry room.  With so many work and life responsibilities, my sense of control over the past year has drifted in every direction.  The law of entropy - the tendency towards randomness - has been in full effect around here! This week, therefore, is a time to regain control, pull it all back in, reorganize, clean, and sort. I don't need a perfect home or life, but I do need order and control! Starting with the laundry.

So my dreams begin with a clean pantry, a full night's rest, and the idea of something clean to wear in the morning.  By week's end, it will also include rhymes and loaves of bread and maybe even a new business plan or two.

I need to start dreaming again. The thought of someday having a few of these sweet ladies is also a good place to start.  You just never know...