Wednesday, May 28, 2008

May 28, 2008

Just a few things:

James and the Giant Peach is a FABULOUS book to read aloud.

Crazy hair day is fun but exhausting. We did this "do" twice before we got it in this "acceptable" state. Tears were flowing first try (he insisted on a mohawk, but it wouldn't stand up) and we had to wash, dry, and retry and were half an hour late to school because of it. And then it took 3 shampoos to get it all out after school and before the baseball game (he couldn't get his hat on over it).

crazy hair day

Summer is coming, summer is coming, summer is coming. I keep telling myself this as I sit here in my fleece, freezing.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Three Things

Four, if you count this photo. Doesn't it look like dragon skin?


1. The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, rocks. I just discovered we get the National Geographic Channel and he's on Friday nights. Amazing! Facinating! Fun to watch! I have been trying some things with my girls... so far, some luck.

2. Bare Minerals Makeup - LOVE! It's like not wearing makeup only better. Happy skin, happy cell phone (no powder/makeup on my phone), happy me looking in the mirror. Why did I not know about it before now?

3. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre-menopause by John R. Lee MD. - I'm reading this now and I have to say it's Very Interesting, not at all boring. Empowering. A kind of take-charge-of-your-own-health that every woman should read. It explains about all the hormones, how they are getting messed up prematurely due to life-style, stress and environmental influences, and what to do to get things back on track. To get our energy, vitality and yes, even stop aging as quickly as we may be. Have not finished, but so far... I highly recommend.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

It was a good one this year, even with the rain. There was also some sun, though no rainbows. The boys tried very hard to let me have my way about everything. They made me waffles for breakfast:


And while they cleaned up that big mess, I fit in a long walk with Zoe the dog - we saw an eagle being harrased by a crow - over and over again - though the eagle seemed quite able to ignore it. I kept thinking the crow would soon be lunch, but it didn't happen before we walked on. Also found a half a robin's egg, someone had found it before me and placed it on a rhody bud - a beautiful gift. And then we took a new road and found a new shortcut path between neighborhoods - I always like finding those.

Then we all took a long ride out to farm country to look for rusty things. I wanted an old wagon wheel, but found this lovely thing instead. It's a tiller blade. I think I'll hang it on my studio. I also got a horseshoe and an old key.


Hope your Mother's Day was a good one too.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Life... just an update

It's been awhile, huh? You most likely missed my birthday. No biggie. I've reached the age I plan on staying at for the next oh... 10 years or so. That sounds fair enough, right? If only... I'd give up parties and gifts for the next 10 years to make it so. Ah well, I'll get into this aging thing someday. Only when I'm good and ready, which, I'm sure, will be awhile.

What's new? Not a whole lot.

Baseball takes up so much of our time. Most of it is spent in our lovely Pac NW spring weather of rain, cold, sleet, hail, rain and more bitter cold. Two hours outside with an umbrella watching the boys play ball... and then a day to thaw out again. One day I was lucky enough to get to spend a freezing couple of hours watching a game and then three more freezing hours manning the snack shack. It took me two days to thaw that time.

Zoe the dog got to go to Luke's school for show and tell. She was overjoyed. Loved everyone and every minute of it. She sat, laid down, and spoke on command, and then picked her own tricks - French-kissing as many kids as she could get to and sitting on the teacher's lap. She's hilarious.

Luke is getting ready for end-of-school-year. We have a talent show coming up (he plans on doing yo-yo tricks while blowing bubbles and one other thing with his free hand, though he hasn't figured out what that might be yet), and his class play (he's Montana, the state, and something else he can't remember what), and his last report of the year, on an insect of his choice - the praying mantis - the female of which, did you know, eats it's mate. Ick. They are hatching mantises in his class and he wants to take some home to raise over the summer. What do you think? Maybe just one... wouldn't want to watch the mating ritual in real life. Though he's got a video of it on his blog if you are interested. Yeah, Ick.

Seriously, that's about it. Not much progress with art. Or beads. Or even the house, I'm still painting the master bedroom and it looks awful... the yard is too cold to work in, though I've just about finished with the bark "patio" area. I've got an arbor to put up for my honeysuckle vine, if it would just get warm enough and dry enough to go out and do it.

Mother's day is coming up, are you ready? Did you get your cards in the mail? Flowers and gifts ordered and sent? I did. Just hope they get there in time. Of course not everyone lives thousands of miles away from their mothers... maybe some of you get to take yours out to brunch or dinner instead? Frank and Luke say they are cooking breakfast and dinner for me that day. I hope they are cleaning up too. Hah. Really, I just hope the sun is out and it's warm enough to plant some flowers or something, that's all I really want. A warm spring day. With no baseball game to go to. I don't think that's too much to ask. Though coffee and waffles will be fine too... and lobster, assuming that is what they make, will be a nice treat.

For Mother's Day, I give you this link. A hilarious compilation of notes from moms around the world. Enjoy!

Friday, May 02, 2008

A Hippy Girl Necklace

I made this today, I think it might be for me, though I have enough to make one more I think.

hippy necklace