Archive for “Family” Category

Happy Birthday Baby (It’s me, Really, Your Mama)

Sep 25th, 2013

Oh how I’ve missed you dear reader. You probably don’t recognize me, now that I’ve been stripped of my crown.  Now that I no longer hold the title and wear the proud sash  ‘Queen of Those Who Will Never Ever Allow Animals in this House.’ I’m not who you think I am.  Or maybe I’m [...]


What I did over Winter Break

Jan 28th, 2013

My children might try to tell you that I spent their winter break hiding away in a pumpkin shell. And maybe I did and maybe I didn’t. And maybe the impossible sheen of my bouncy tail makes the whole issue a moot point anyway. Ahh, such fluffy finesse.  It is not achieved through the wonders [...]


Perfectly Pernicioius Popovers

Dec 12th, 2012

Dang that title sounds good. Good enough that in the name of honoring this amazing breakfast treat we will ignore the self-incriminating feel of it. I know what you’re thinking.  That if I must insist upon this alliterative annoyance, why not go with something more suitable? Persnickety perchance? That packs the power of the literary [...]


Nature: 1, Nuture: 0

Oct 1st, 2012

Yes, I know.  The smile on this face as it soars through the air with the greatest of ease would delight any parent. And yet I confess, for as long as our youngest has been flashing us hints of her true nature, I have been trying my darnedest to nurture it out of her. I’ve [...]


What, me worry?

Sep 12th, 2012

As a nationally-acclaimed worry-wort  (*disclaimer: no one has ever given me anything but grief, let alone acclaim for my vigilant worrying) a few weeks ago I did something that I’ve been feeling kind of proud of. This: That’s me (not pictured) boldly allowing my baby to ride her bike to school clear across suburbia all [...]


We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bowl

Sep 4th, 2012

Excuse me the title, but when Acadia showcased her Queen Monster Tomato my mind had yet to make the leap from Shark Week and bigger boats to farming and jumbo tomatoes. And when I say we’re gonna need a bigger bowl… I mean with all hands on deck and tomato juice flying and canning jars [...]


Once Upon a Time in an Enchanted Suburb

Oct 30th, 2011

Once upon a time in an enchanted suburb there lived a family. There was a king.  A queen.  A couple of princesses.  It was quite an ordinary family. They were content; not much happened in their little kingdom. Then one day funny things did start to happen. Funny, unexpected things that were not really the [...]


Moral of the Story: Heed Check Appendix Light

Jul 21st, 2011

If we had paid any attention to the check engine light before we left, the car probably wouldn’t have stalled out. Likewise, if Dave had heeded his check appendix light, he wouldn’t still be sitting in that lousy hospital bed and I might not consider vacation to be a four letter word. Every day on [...]


Ahhh, Vacation

Jul 13th, 2011

There’s nothing like it. The crisp scent of ammonia in the morning. The precious squeak of white shoes on linoleum. The fluorescent lights and the beeping machines.  Nothing says vacation like the emergency room. And this year, instead of wasting time with pedestrian trappings like sand castles or sailboats we simply unloaded the suitcases and [...]


Silver Bells, Cockle Shells, they’re all just fine without me

Jul 1st, 2011

While I’ve been busy with a bunch of this and a whole lot of that I haven’t had much time to pay attention to what’s going on in my own backyard.  Yes, you’re seeing right.  It’s time for the Aerial Squirrel Olympics. And the garden, while not defying gravity, is worthy of some medals of [...]