[Quiet Thoughts] You Have to Jump In If You Want to Swim

Photo: Halloween is a pain in the butt for mamas! I have been up all day tending to Halloween things. Now here I am and there isn’t much to show for all of my time today! I don’t even want all that candy those two brought into this house! Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I stand at…

Confirmations and the Unexpected

Photo: The fog rolled in this morning and revealed the most beautiful webbing over our front yard! I am not big into spiders, but I think that this is pretty nifty. Who saran wraps a yard all night long? For what purpose?? More pictures below!   This is one of those days when I can’t…

[Quiet Thoughts] Taking Responsibility For My Own Beauty

Photo: The dining room DIY is taking forever… but the wallpaper is now completely stripped and we’re repairing holes and junk and then we can PAINT!!! Will preview colors with you next week. I think you’ll like them. 🙂 During back-to-school night two weeks ago, I found myself in an “icebreaker” activity with a small…

Are We Speaking the Same Language?

Photo: Got these classic silhouettes done of the boys last week… they came out even better than I could have imagined. The 90 year-old woman who does them is a hoot, and a skilled crafts woman, and she does them with a single pair of scissors live on the spot. Seriously. Such a treasure. I’m…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Hubris and Word-Keeping

Photo: This has nothing to do with the contents of my post but, I needed to show-off how I dual-wield cast-iron pans now, thanks to some gift certificates for my birthday. All Lodge everything in my kitchen now! Freaking sweet.  Yeah, that’s kale in the background. And there were sweet-potatoes in the oven! T’was the…

“Why Are You Yawning, Mama?”

Photo: Oh hey, did I forget where my glasses are this morning? Did I have to wear my back-up glasses to preschool today? Did I realize that my back-up glasses actually have a better prescription than my regular glasses, so I should probably set aside my vanity and wear them on a daily basis? Yeah……

Finally! Some down-time!

Non-Photo: The Husband and my neighbor put the flower boxes in!! Columbus Day weekend always takes me back to teaching. I used to assign the year’s first 5-paragraph essay during this weekend. We’d start in September with some shorter open-response questions (only 2 or 3 paragraphs and in first person) but the more formal and heavily…

Making Room for the “Wow”

Photo: The barn looks best with the fallen leaves on it, and the maple tree that so stretches beyond our stone fence is a source of great delight (and many, many leaves to rake). Did you know that last Sunday was the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi? I didn’t until I walked into church…