Happy Halloween (or whatever)!

Photo: Ursa Major’s first Halloween waaaaaaayyyy back a million years ago. He was such a serious baby. He’s still a pretty serious baby.   I walked into my CVS this morning to purchase a wrist brace because the universe is tryin’ to slow me down and I’m like, nope! This is what I found: bone brides…

A Very Stupid Monday

Photo: Two science teachers taught me how to quilt with my sewing machine. Here I am a lifetime later, same sewing machine, just as weirded out by the process as I was that first time. But I’m grateful for the lessons because those two taught me a lot. I could see the Boston apartment, hear…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Solid Wins

Photo: T’was a windy day on Wednesday, so the boys took their giant pinwheels from the flowerbed and brought them over to the play for so they could observe and enjoy the spinning. Soon, as is typical with destructive little children, the boys decided they wanted knock over the pinwheels via the slide. I prevented…

Where Talents Live

Photo: Another craft I get to add to my resume. I love making Anglican rosaries. I think they represent a beautiful opportunity to intersect art and religion in a way that is preciously intimate. One set of hands expresses a prayer beaded form, then gives that prayer to another set of hands as a tool…

It’s All Crashing Down

Photo: Ooooo, so autumnal! So artisianal! We so fancy! These three pumpkins are from our garden! Aren’t they adorable? I don’t know why each one is so different. I think it’s weird and wonderful.   Ok, I admit that my title is hyperbolic. It’s a reflection of my growing anxiety and dread. There is plenty…

Process, Sleep, and Progress

Photo: I’m utterly fascinated by human ingenuity. I’ve been watching this building go up at MIT for years now. I think buildings are beautiful and the process of building absolutely fascinating. Even driving through the Big Dig (for all the headaches it caused everyone before I got here), I get a thrill out of thinking…

[Fail] Writer’s Block looms…

Photo: The Fairy Garden after a second summer! Things are practically overgrown! I don’t know the names of any of these succulents. They’re just pretty and weird. Can I winter them over? We’ll see!   I know there are other aspiring writers who read this blog, so when I write that Writer’s Block is a…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Loving All

Photo: I am thinking about Christmas cards and I took photos of the boys with my good camera last weekend. This is a top contender for being the picture this year. I took 789 photos last weekend and only 10 of them are viable for the card! Lordy. Worth it, though. This one is pretty sweet.   My…

[Fail] You Have One Job

Photo: Ursa Major. Home for Day 3 of whatever this is.   Currently, I’m a co-leader, a co-municipal liaison, a book club leader, a writing class teacher, a freelance writer, a fiction writer and a frantic crafter and oh, right, a blogger. But actually and factually, I’m a Mom. “Just” a Mom. Nothing brings you…

[Fail] They Know When I Need to Think

Photo: Urgent Care is better than a straight-up ER, but it’s still not an ideal place to spend the afternoon.   So, The Husband and I were sick on Friday, so I actually spent most of the day in bed. I got little work done, despite much to do. But I needed the rest and I…