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 help but feel grateful to have this time at home, but also feeling mighty exhausted like, damn, did I really just spend my day this way? I won’t bore you with the details, because I promised other things, but let’s just say I’m feeling tired and I still have a lot to do today!

It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been to school 3 days in a row this week and I have one more day to spend. It also doesn’t help that it has been nice, so the boys have been outside for most of the days, but I still have a lot of INDOOR stuff that needs to get done. And did I mention that my weatherman has been talkin’ jive about weekend snow all week? I just… I can’t even…


Yesterday was my first teacher-conference for Ursa Major and he’s doing just fine. I’ve been very concerned about his transition to the big-kids class because a) he doesn’t really tell me anything about what’s going on at school, b) he hasn’t mentioned too many names of friends that he’s making and c) I haven’t been able to see him in action because parent-helping for the big-kids class is a lot of work away from the children! The teachers let me know a few things that were comforting. First, he’s learning to exercise patience and inclusion when playing with other children, especially when he has set up his cars and trucks just the way he likes them and then some other kid comes up and wants to play. Second, he is making friends, and the teachers could easily name 4 off-hand who he seems to regularly seek and play with. Third, and this mad me so happy, my boy seems to love to paint. “He’s always by the outdoor easel. He is always seeking to make something before the end of the day.” Really made me so happy. They’ve got pictures and everything as proof!

We talked about the potty. We talked about squirminess in small group and self control… I told them about my vision for him, my concerns about the future, the things I’d like them to focus on (I think that might have been a little intense for them. I told The Husband, “I am pretty sure that I melted their faces off.”). They reminded me that I should “enjoy this time” in Major’s life because “he’s such a cutie” and really quite sweet. Yes, yes, sure, sure. He’s cute today, he’s adorable today, but I get that he’ll morph into something totally different as he gets older. Those are the days that will matter most, but the foundation has to be laid now.  I choose to enjoy, but I also choose to keep my eyes on the horizon. There is a mission here, a vision, and the journey is fraught with pitfalls along the way.

I really didn’t mean to melt their faces off… I kinda do that sometimes…. I have to work on my intensity…

Now… Ursa Minor has his conference next week and I don’t know what they are going to say. He is having a totally different school experience than his brother. He plays more with others, he’s happy to cooperate and share… I noticed that he speaks a lot more and a lot more clearly than his classmates. I wonder if that is going to come up at all… He seems to bounce from station to station, and he even had an easy transition from one activity to another. I know that he has his own challenges, but I also know that this conference is going to go over differently. My concern about Minor over time is that he’s so damn charming that he’ll either, a) get away with anything and everything or b) get himself into a lot of deep, deep trouble. It will likely be a bit of both. I tell everybody that he has my husband’s beauty but all of my bad attitude, and that might prove to be the worst possible combination. We’ll see.

I really must share the cool thing that is happening on our yard. I took these cool spooky pictures this morning because the fog rolled in over night, and revealed this beautiful and interesting work that the spiders have been doing over night! Now remember, next month marks 1 year of ownership of our home, but we didn’t move in until January, so everything about this autumn in the house has been a glorious surprise. There are these little itty bitty spiders that I actually mistakenly thought were ticks that have taken up residence in our yard. Their sole purpose in life, it would seem, is to saran wrap my lawn all day and night. I can’t actually sit in the grass during the day because they come and start spinning ON ME, which is NOT cool. But look at the results!

That’s not my usual blurry photography. That’s the fog this morning!


A wider shot, isn't that neat?
My fledgling blackberry bush (that was, no kidding, a twig in April) now covered in webbing. 
Another blackberry bush. And you can see in the background some of the trails that the animals made in the morning and night...
Another blackberry bush. And you can see in the background some of the trails that the animals made in the morning and night…
One of my two blackberry bushes totally covered in web
Gratuitous aerial shot. 


Fun, right?? I really couldn’t be more in love with a place. This house was so worth it. Look at this beautiful front yard:



I’m a little bit worried about showing the full front of the house because the internet is dark and full of terrors, but believe me when I say that the house looks great. It looks loved. It looks like someone lives in it and cares about it. It’s only been a year, but we’ve done so much to it and we’re slowly but surely bringing it back to its glory!


Quiet Thoughts on Friday will be about my big November adventure. I promised you a synopsis today and a title and… well… I just don’t have them. The titles I came up with were too cheesy, the synopses not catchy… and that’s part of my problem. We’ll talk about that on Friday. In the meantime, I hope that you having a fantastic week!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Are you kidding me?! SPIDERS?! And you’re worried about squirming? Jesus H Lawd Bleedin’ Christ in a Sidecar, woman, I am having SEIZURES over here!

    Btw, place really does look fantastic.

    1. K.C. Wise says:

      Just to be clear: I hate spiders just as much as the next girl… but these are like TINY spiders… and they are OUTSIDE and they are doing something sorta cool so… I’m trying to forget that they are spiders and focus more on the coolness. You know?

      1. Nopenopenope you can file that in the eff that drawer lol.

        Have you learned what kind they are, or why they do that? It is pretty damn interesting.

        1. K.C. Wise says:

          They are called sheetweaver spiders because of the way that they spin their webs and how those webs look. Nifty, huh?

        2. K.C. Wise says:

          They are also called money spiders in different parts of the world because supposedly they bring good fortune

          1. Oh! Well then you have won the spider lottery!

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