A Little Extra Good for When It's Oh So Bad

Photo: Brioche and apple butter for my pastor, and also apple butter for my friend and for the teachers at school. I was up at 5am with every intention to set that Brioche for it’s (3rd and final) rise, get the apple butter into jars and then get some writing done. Didn’t quite happen that way, but I’m…

As Good as it Gets

Photo: One of these days, when I win the lottery, I’m going to buy a good camera. One that can take not-blurry pictures. And ya’ll will be like, ooooo, ahhhhhhh and I’ll be like, see! In the meantime, take my word for it: Waterfire in Providence is beautiful and wonderful and you should totally go!   My 31st birthday cake…

[Quiet Thoughts] There is Always Next Week

        The boys are up, Dear Reader, but the house is quiet. The Husband has them under control, at least for a little while. So I’m in our office in front of this computer and I’m searching with all my might for some Quiet Thoughts.   I’ve been going back and forth…

[Bloggy Fail] No Damn Time…

  I’m trying not to be angry at myself for not posting, but this is just… frustrating. Because the school schedule is still so wacky (parenting helping, school holidays), I still haven’t had a “full week” of school yet. Isn’t that wild? Just the luck of the draw, but still incredibly frustrating. My boys are…

The Eternal Flames We Tend

Photo: Saturday morning PJ party. French toast on the griddle, coffee brewing, bacon sizzling… these are the sweet moments in the early Autumn sunshine. There was a death in the family last week, Dear Reader. A Great Aunt, who I met only a few times in my life, but who loved my mother and sent…

[Quiet Thoughts] When True Words are Spoken

Photo: It is just as I left it, yet always a little different, which is what makes my little thinking spot so awesome. I started this week running a bit on empty. It would seem that the “false start” of last week’s two days of school were more disruptive than productive. My mind thought that…

The Second Potty War

Photo: Ohhh… such peaceful bliss…. it’s a lie! Don’t fall for it! They are just plotting their next mission to drive me crazy!   Major was up at 6:20 this morning. “I have to go to the toilet,” he announced. That was after my husband invaded my morning routine, getting himself up at 5:50 to work…

Life's Larger Questions

Photo: I celebrated the first “good” Fall day by making chili and cornbread. I LOVE Northern Cornbread and I think I’ve finally found the perfect recipe for it. Minor decided he wanted to help. Of course, that really meant he wanted to make a mess.   “Mama, where did I come from?” Oh Lordy. I…

[Quiet Thoughts] Balanced and True

Photo: Nothing screams New England quite like a stone fence. Nothing screams “first day of school” quite like anxious smiles. These are the moments that I live for.   The first day of school was everything I needed it to be. I got little boys up early, they were excited and ready to go, they…

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Photo: Pure Joy is a super soft cookie and some lemonade at Panera Bread. (NOT paid to tell you that! Still true though. That lemonade is the absolute best!) What a perfect way to end our summer.   I have a sneaking suspicion that I should have done a dry-run of the school routine this…