Monday, May 28, 2012

Nathan Week

I won't be around much this week.
It's the last week of kindergarten, and the little guy and I will be hanging out.
Watching movies.
Taking walks.
Playing chess.
Anything he wants, really.
I will so miss our quiet afternoons,
Just me and him.

Nathan and the "Aygs"
Mural at Starliner Diner
Cuban bread and butter, yum!
My guy :-)

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Today I'm grateful for:
A long weekend.
Unplanned play dates and impromptu cookouts.
Stuff I grew from seeds (that didn't die!)
Our local produce delivered to the door from the CSA.
The good things we are about to grill and eat.
My husband coming home with 6 packs of beer and margarita beverages.
A quiet morning with one kid away at a sleepover, coffee, a stack of magazines and books and the paper.
And of course our fallen Heroes, who died to protect our freedom.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dining out

We've kicked off the summer in style here. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The livin' is easy...

Lunch today with the husband working from home. It's amazing how energized I can get when I see that I have 5 basically free days on the calendar. Welcome summer!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Summertime Intention

More of this

Less of this

Our first CSA share was delivered today and I'm so happy with it!  Yes it's still pretty early in Ohio for much more than what you see, but this will make several fine meals for us.  It's just in time for "Reset Day" too, which is what I'm up to today---getting the laundry done, paying bills, working up a new budget, getting the odds and ends picked up and put away.  I haven't started on this pantry, but let me say I'm pretty disappointed at how much processed food I've allowed to come into the house.

My intention for summer is that our primary sources of food will be our garden, our CSA share, the local farm market, and for anything that can't be purchased through those means we head to Yutzy's, a great source of local meats, fantastic deli meats and cheeses, and cheap bulk grains.  I'd love to say I won't set foot in Meijer this summer, but I won't beat myself up if I have to.  I'd just like to spend some time seeking out alternative means to get the things we need, and to do so as locally as possible.  I'll be sure to keep posting about how it goes!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pack Crossover

Pack 306 on "Chief Leatherlips"

My Webelo

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My brother got married the sweetest girl. It was the nicest day. Nathan and I got to be part of the wedding party. My cousin Matt captured some awesome shots from the day, and I snapped a few instagrams. Congrats Danny and Sasha !

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Miscellany before I disapper

Just for a few incredibly busy days. The big story is my little brother Danny is getting married to the sweetest girl on the planet Saturday. We also have a school art show, baseball, soccer, drum lesson and cubscout pack crossover.

So here are a few peeks from the week. Mr. Supermergentroid had a birthday, we went somewhere fancy for mothers day, and the rest is the ordinary happy stuff of every day.

Danny and Sasha at my sister's wedding.
Happy Birthday dear Daddy
Growing boys
Busy busy boys

So handsome.  Cutest ring bearer ever.
Me and my boys
Batting cages, what a fun evening, just Z and me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

There, that's better...

I restained my deck last week.  So much improved.  It's been well over six years since we've done this, which is shameful.  Took two full days of staining, plus several hours prior to that to do the deck wash.  I fell dead asleep every night last week.

In the interest of keeping it real, dishes and laundry piled up, much fast food was consumed, and the only other things I took time for was practicing throwing and catching with Zack, and reading with Nathan.  Totally worth it though.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers Day

I've been reading a few essays by the stoic philosopher Seneca, including a letter of consolation to his mother. Seneca apparently had an affair with Caligula's sister, and was exiled, which grieved his mother, Helvia. He writes this letter to his mother, in typical guy-fashion, explaining step-by-step why she shouldn't be sad. One passage caught my attention in particular:

" Would that my father, most excellent man that he was, had been less devoted to the customs of our ancestors, and had been willing to have you thoroughly instructed in the elements of philosophy, instead of receiving a mere smattering of it! I should not now need to be providing you with the means of struggling against Fortune, but you would offer them to me: but he did not allow you to pursue your studies far, because some women use literature to teach them luxury instead of wisdom. Still, thanks to your keen intellectual appetite, you learned more than one could have expected in the time: you laid the foundations of all good learning: now return to them: they will render you safe, they will console you, and charm you. If once they have thoroughly entered into your mind, grief, anxiety, the distress of vain suffering will never gain admittance thither: your breast will not be open to any of these; against all other vices it has long been closed. Philosophy is your most trustworthy guardian, and it alone can save you from the attacks of Fortune."

Philosophy will help you feel better, he says. And you're a smart lady, you can handle it. Stoics like Seneca, viewed the emotions as something to be controlled, yet you can see his affection for Helvia throughout. As a mom of boys, I read this essay and come to the conclusion I always reach: boys are weird. He wants to give her a hug. He misses her. He feels bad that it's his own fault. He wants her to know he's okay. And he goes about it in the drawn out convoluted way. Sigh.

Right now I'm grateful for these boys messing up the kitchen while I read philosophy. It's the little things that matter. Happy Mothers Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Floor time


I read in a parenting magazine once a about this idea of "floor time."  The idea is when you're not getting along with your kids, and you don't know why, stop what you're doing and just get on the floor with them.  I'm here to tell you that it works every time.   

Friday, May 11, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Linking with Soulemama.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pink things

Taking a break after staining my deck today with four favorite pink things: the latest Artful Blogging, my pink-covered iPad, a little Dottie Angel notebook which I'm using to make a list of one thousand things I love (inspired by Anna Voskamp) and my newest journal. If I only had a cupcake and a glass of wine I'd be in Heaven.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I see the moon...

I grabbed Nate to peek out at the super-moon and we sang his favorite Musikgarten song:

I see the moon
And the moon sees me,
We're both as happy
As we can be.

I took him to a favorite restaurant just the two of us. I realized he looks a lot like my brother.

We are down to mere weeks of our afternoons on our own. I wonder how long he will sing songs with me.  I love to watch him grow, but part of me, the mama part that wants to snuggle babies close, kind of hurts.  I realize it's just another milestone, but huge for me.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


I've scrubbed the deck in preparation for staining it as soon as the rain breaks. There were the usual things, sports and scouts and music. Plentiful garden mint begged to be made into juleps---Yes I'll Have Another. Zack rocked his drum recital. When Ken suggested we go for ice cream we were all smiles.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Kale: an acquired taste

Harvested a mess of kale from the plant that won't die, since it went to seed. I've mentioned before that I'm not overly fond of kale but it grew so well that ignoring it made me feel guilty. Armed with Pinterest ideas, I decided to give it another go, and I was not too disappointed. Adding it to my veg juice (celery, carrot, apple, kale) was great. The smoothie (strawberry, blueberry, honey, kale) looked questionable but the taste was good, if not a little bitter. Finally I did the kale chips. Sorry Hungry Girl, these things tasted nothing like potato chips. Definitely not my thing. Verdict: kale, with all its dense nutrient love, will have a place in my garden this year.