Wednesday, July 26, 2017

There are so any favorite things to be listed!  A rainbow after a summer storm?  Yes. For sure!
Johnny-jump-ups that keep reseeding and staying in bloom...very much, please and thank you.
We have some renovating going on with our old home and the light is beginning to shine.  The mess is telling me "see, I told you it would be worth it."  And humbly I say thank you as I eternally shop-vac up the saw dust.
I hope your summer days are ticking along with happiness and an ice cream cone or two.

Monday, April 3, 2017

exponential capacity

Oh dear. Look at that boy holding his stuffed chicken while his dad holds a duck.  Another memory to store away in that special place in my heart.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

a tea time check in

I have been missing my blog lately.  So today I am here.  Everything is busy in life and my children are growing as much as ever.  I miss the timeline of looking back and reading those silly posts when I wrote about the simplest of days.  Can I squeeze my blog in my daily list of priorities?  I don't know but hopefully this can-do attitude will stick around and I will sneak in some posting time here and there.
It's been a long winter, but we have had no trouble filling these cold days up with our busy schedules. It's time to take a step back while we await the arrival of spring and readjust.  I like adjustments, they usually make everything even better than it was to begin with.
Just to make sure it is still winter at the shoreline we occasionally pop in and walk until the whipping wind hurries us away.

Snow at the ocean seems like such a travesty, doesn't it?  It is surely the thing that doesn't belong in that preschool game of What Doesn't Belong Here.
So with some positive thoughts I will be back to visit soon.  Cheers to you and yours!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

It's the Fall

Our Saturday walks are incomparable. Henry brings a sketchbook and I collect leaves and acorns.
The kids are getting so big, only three are left at home and I can't seem to stop making giant meals and do a double take each time the laundry is caught up.
Today is gray and cloudy and the kitchen is calling me for some baking. A slow kind of Saturday, which is the best of all the kinds.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

during the warm weather

It is almost as though the apprehension of the heat has fired up something within me. Dragging my children all over, we won't waste a summer day!  I finally realized two days ago that it was very hot.  I kind of forgot to complain about the heat, but I think there is still time as it's only mid-August.
We went into the city on the train.  It has been a very long time since we walked around nyc.  Our three youngest had never been, I think they were shocked at the amount of people there and truthfully so was I.  So many crowds, so many smells (bad lol) and our youngest came so close to stepping in a giant poo on the sidewalk.  Oye.  I was watching him in slow motion and did a running grab to sweep him off his feet.  Three cheers for mom!  It was all a little overwhelming, I have streamlined my family life so much, it is efficient and organized and chop chop we get where we need to go.  The city was too chaotic, I felt tired of it.  So yes, I guess I will toss my dreams of being a stock broker or a dancer in the NY Ballet. Kind of like the board game Life...I will retire to the country now, plz.
I guess I am trying to procrastinate my children going back to school, the school routines make me a crazy mess. I like having them here {usually}.  It's like we just got a good thing going at home...why do we have to mess it up with school?  Oh, bother.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

ye olde stuff

It is enough for me to collect things and later resell them, just having them pass through my hands for a bit.  Less often lately do I feel the need to own something.  I do enjoy repurposing an item or cleaning it up and making it worthy of ownership again.  It's funny to me as I overhear my kids claiming items as their own, it is so important to them and I know I was the same way growing up in a large family.  I guess we are lucky as rarely do we have to live without, maybe if used books and household items weren't so readily available we would all cling to the stuff we have.   As a hobby business we have several auctions a year, we will occasionally buy out an estate.  I think this is what is helping me realize stuff is just stuff.  One can look at it, buy it, and own it...but it becomes a problem when the stuff owns you.  Use your fine china!  Use your linens! Use your things!  What if you grew blue ribbon vegetables in the garden but didn't eat them because they were too pretty?
Just a few thoughts on Thursday :)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

inside the garden fence

The garden is growing at a steady pace.  Though it has been a dry summer the constant watering (ackkk the watering) and the humidity have created some sizable plants.  We are about to bust open with tomatoes as the plants are heavy with fruit but are taking painstaking time to turn red. It's a slow crawl to harvest then boom it happens and then summer quickly winds down.  I'm trying to be careful what I wish for as I am enjoying these summer days and am in no hurry for a change.

This year we tried potato boxes, as the plants grow in height, wood and soil are added.  Little did I know the plants would grow so fast, I am behind the adding wood and soil part.  After 50-60 days of growth the bottom boards are removed and potatoes are dug out.  As time passes more boards are removed and more potatoes dug out. I'm still not sure about this system but if it is successful I'll probably talk about it again in the future.  We have a short growing season this far north, I imagine this system would be great a couple zones to the south.

The zucchini and summer squash are making up for last year when I got two measly zucchinis.  We eat a lot of these and it was painful last year to have to buy them after I had hauled a zillion gallons of water.  Sweet victory this year in the form of zucchini breads and cakes :)

 Sweet corn is hard to grow here, but oh the rewards of a fresh piece of corn!  Though it is definitely easier to get some from the farm stand there are few more satisfying garden fares than picking your own corn and steaming it for dinner.

To save space  we are using a couple large triangular frames.  The lower one for cucumbers to grow atop while beets and radishes grow beneath.  The taller one is for green beans to climb while kale, spinach and swiss chard grow underneath.

Clover and Mabel grew so fast out of their brooder.  I am hoping they think I am their mother,  they are still so fun to hold and cuddle.  Their quacks are still babyish soft squeaks.  Unlike the loud QUACKS their parents do.  Their dad Frank below is so loud and always following me to see what I am doing then has to announce it to the whole neighborhood.  

Outside the garden fence we are having a banner year for wild raspberries.  Every chore outside calls for a break along the property edges eating berries.  

The youngest is officially too big for me to ride my bike with.  I imagine the trips my husband takes with him are numbered as well.  It is so hard to see your baby grow up!

The flower beds are hanging in there.  The japanese beetles have liked my zinnias this year,  and the delphiniums were short lived.  I am hoping for a speedy recovery as I can't imagine August without cutting zinnias for the house.  Fingers crossed...
Thanks for visiting my garden!