Love Where You Live

Photo: Our wild raspberries are coming in! The blackberries have flowered and the blueberry bush seems to be thriving. A good year for the garden! Yay!   I have been thinking a lot about what to write today. July 4th is a bittersweet time for any American who knows her history. This year is especially…

All I Heard was "Biopsy"

Photo: 6 inches of snow today. Barely plowed. Had to go out.. just exhausting. The Orioles are playing today in Camden Yards. I’d give just about anything to be home right now.   Just before we moved into this house, I felt a lump in my breast and freaked out. I saw my primary physician,…

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…

I'm Grateful for Their Labor

Photo: An old found photo of my maternal grandmother has found a place of my desk along with my other talismans of inspiration. At first, I didn’t like having her stare at me as I looked at twitter instead of writing. Now I can’t imagine a better place for her (and, yeah, when I’m not…

[Quiet Thoughts] What Their Child Means to Me

Photo: A simple basket weave stitch blanket for a new child in the world. The best part about learning how to knit and sew is that I can make things for my favorite people instead of buying cheap crap at a store.   A child was born in Baltimore last Sunday morning. A little boy,…

Sometimes, the Phone Rings

Photo: I haven’t taken any pictures lately. We’ve been rushing to and fro so much that Kodak moments have been missed! So, take this throwback pictures. I took this of the boys around this time 2 years go. Minor could barely sit up when I took this photo and it was all I could do…

When You Know That You Should Feel Guilty, But…

Photo: Well look at that! DIY number 3 is in the books! All done! The dining room is put back together, I need to make some freaking curtains, and all we need now is some money to buy an actual table and some actual matching chairs so it looks like real people with class actually…

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…

Closing Ceremony for Camp Mama

Photo: Oh hey, is it the last day of summer? Why not celebrate by going outside in our pajamas and slippers and getting all crazy dirty and junk? Oh and is it 2pm and ya’ll still refuse to go inside, each lunch and take a nap? That’s cool. I’m cool. Your little selves are gettin’…

The Road Back to Somewhere

Photo: The next room to get the DIY treatment. Anyone out there in the universe have nice chairs? Those chairs are actually for an outdoor set that we’ve never been able to use outdoors… they are heavy and… *Sigh*. That’s what you get when just about all of your furniture is second-hand. Anyway, if you…