The Aftermath

Photo: Motherhood is intense. Can you just feel the intensity in this look, Dear Reader?   If you are living my life, you woke up this morning to a house full of all the consequences for your Mother’s Day weekend ideas. I got to Friday afternoon and said, “I’m taking this weekend off!” The Husband, God…

[Quiet Thoughts] to be Brave

Photo: Finally! Finally! It only took forever to get both socks done. But ohhhhhh the satisfaction, the warmth… handknit socks really are just the ultimate of luxury and comfort. The ultimate.   I have two college friends who were destined to be together. They got married and we all held our breath for the adorable, hilarious babies who we…

[Quiet Thoughts] on Another Mother’s Day

Photo: My friend brought me a sand dollar from California. Had to put it under the macro lens!   A snow storm was forecast for Ursa Major’s due date, so after my visit to listen to his heart rate (they monitored me closely because of my blood pressure), my doctor made the decision: “go home…

[Quiet Thoughts] I'm Not A Tea Kind of Mom

Photo: I will keep these precious little boot pots forever and ever. And the roses will probably get hung above my desk next to the sprigs of lavender that I got last year. That paper… I don’t know where it is. Probably in the recycling already.   I desperately wanted to skip today’s Mother’s Tea…

[Quiet Thoughts] Making My Peace with Mother's Day

Photo: My Three Ursae (The Husband has so named himself “Ursa Gargantua.” Also, readers who know Latin, I did that right, right? Ursae is the plural of Ursa? Anyway….) send me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day. It arrived yesterday and I was delightfully surprised. Next to it is a box from my…

[Quiet Thoughts] You Will Emerge

Photo: I don’t know why, but I just can’t seem to make myself take the grass that Ursa Major grew for me at school and take it outside. I look at it and I’m like, “that’s special grass. That can’t live outside.” Silly mommy thoughts…   I told a good friend a few weeks ago…

Mother’s Day is a Week Away? Oh goodie.

I’m so exhausted. I’m sure you are, too. And all anyone wants to talk about is Mother’s Day. I’m going to get a new Moleskine notebook, because that’s what I specifically asked for and I need one. But you know what I need? I need a vacation. An alone vacation. A short vacation. 24 hours without…