Sunday, December 30, 2012


(...trying very hard to just begin blogging and not write a long disclaimer or "this is what I've been doing in the meantime...)! Lots of blog posts in my head from the past few years, but I'll start with one from this week:

I love the fact that my 12-year-old son said that if someone came to rob our house, they would probably change their mind after seeing our Christmassy "Welcome Friends and Family Sign" that is hanging on the front door.  :)

Such a windy morning! I hear that sign banging against the door as I write.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Saturday, June 13, 2009


This is my Notice of Intent to resume blogging . . . soon.

Saturday, August 02, 2008


Off to the Beach!

We'll be packing all day and then off to Cape Cod for a week of camping by the beach! Here are some pictures for now:

A few weekends ago Pshko's high school friend and his family came to visit. This brought out Pshko's youthful vigor, as you can see below:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Early to Bed?

Well, I did very well at my new plan to go early to bed and early to rise, for two days and nights that is. I generally feel much better, in control, ready to start the day, etc. (and ready to go to bed that night!) when I get up nice and early, before the kids. But I also happen to be quite a night owl. I generally avoid sleep, especially if I can exchange it for uninterrupted time! I guess 1:00 is still relatively early, but I don't think I'll be getting up at 5:15 tomorrow with Pshko, who finally got a date for his citizenship interview!!!

Here is a baby pumpkin from our garden! I don't know if they're already supposed to be farther along than this, because our sunflowers certainly don't look like the ones I see blooming everywhere, but it's one of the high points of my day to go out and see how much these babies have grown. In my novice gardening, I planted a teeny bed, which the pumpkins and cucumbers outgrew long ago, tendriling all over each other and the grass surrounding them.

We have very nice neighbors who don't seem to mind that our backyard is a meadow, currently with a maze of paths mowed into it, which the kids love to run around in. We recently set up the framework for a little teepee, and planted nasturtium at the base of the bamboo sticks, in the hopes of growing a little flowery (edible) hideaway. We shall see!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Digger Bees?

We have bees in the ground buzzing in and out of a hole under a root in our front yard, right next to the swing:


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Lullabies

Maybe there's something about this time of year that makes me learn new lullabies? Last year at the beginning of July, we went blueberry picking, and the same day I stumbled across the Highland Fairy Lullaby, and haven't been able to stop singing it since (much to the children's amusement and much to the husband's dismay...)

Then yesterday, I started singing Summertime at bedtime (you know, and the living is easy...), decided the kids should hear Janice sing it, discovered it was a lullaby (I had no idea, but it makes sense, as long as she is not singing it) from Porgy and Bess and that its writing by Gershwin was inspired by a Ukrainian lullaby. I have no idea if this is the same lullaby, but we then found this Ukrainian lullaby, with a video, that is decidedly not Summertimey, snowy rather, but very soothing and pretty:

Sleep tight!