But Does it Really HAVE to Snow?

Photo: Two little boys, fragile decorative items made out of glass, a giant tree with prickly needles and two parents who are perpetually exhausted. Whatever could go wrong with that combination? Nothing this time, but Lord if it didn’t take all of our energy to prevent little boys from knocking that tree over and breaking everything!…

Operation: We Gotta Get It Together

Photo: The septic tank emerges from the winter wasteland! Look at that! Also, it’s kinda ewww because you know what’s down there and why that’s warm enough to melt the snow… gross. But then again, I’m happy to see it. It means that the snow can and will go away!   The sun is shining on the farmhouse…

No Rest for the Weary…

Photo: What’s that? The Brothers Ursa working on a puzzle together? Without any parental help? Just straight up collaborative building??? Yeah, that’s the magic, right there! I was like, “hold it together long enough for me to snap a picture!” It all went to hell probably 10 minutes after the photos were taken! Oh well. It was…

[Quiet Thoughts] Find Some Comfort

Photo: Custom-ordered Buttercream cake with image on it and raspberry filling for under $30 at Wegmans!? Um… new favorite grocery store. Lordy, dear reader! Is it 8 o’clock? How did that happen? I am learning that part of the bylaws of suburban-with-small-children living is that “all social events should be held on Friday afternoon/evenings.” Even the ones…

Color My World

Photo: Monochromatic is not my aesthetic, you dig? Someone turn on the technocolor, please! Oh my God. Another foot of snow today! So. Effing. Depressing. (Longtime readers know that I don’t usually start whining about winter until March… sorry!) Ok… maybe before March… but I don’t start complaining in earnest until March, usually. I mean, come on. This is just…

Failure, False Starts and Wednesday

Photo: This was the view outside of my kitchen window yesterday. I sent it in response to Zeudytigre’s lovely tweet of the first dandelions in her garden. Massachusetts is just a cold, sad place right now.   You know me to (generally) be an optimist. But today? Today is a half-empty kind of day. Actually,…

That Mid-Winter Rut…

Photo: Remember grass? Remember soft breezes and sun-kissed skin? Remember the sweet sound of the wind racing through large, green leaves? Remember the smell of the playground first thing in the morning? The sound of children’s laughter in the throes of mid-morning play? Remember how much the smell of fresh-cut grass and newly blooming flowers…