family

Mini-fig Costco adventure

Mini-fig Costco adventure

This is what happens when Rob takes the kids to Costco. Jester, 1980’s-Something Space Guy, Hero, and Robber scope the scene. They pause to take in a show. Jester tries on some shades.  He thinks it’s hilarious. Exhausted, they find a good place to nap. Jester, Space Guy and Hero wait for Robber, not realizing that danger […]

my step-brother

my step-brother

We lost him yesterday. He left a wife, a young son, and a large extended family. It’s a shock.  A tragedy. He was my age. Our parents married when we were  in our early twenties. Since then we’ve lived across the country or around the world from each other. But the few times our families […]

new job

new job

No, I haven’t found a new career, sadly.  (One of the goals on my overzealous sabbatical year To-Do List.)  What I did find last fall is a job.  A satisfying job.  A very part time, low paying job, but it’s just right for this particular time in our family life. I work for Little Helping Hands.  LHH […]

To Do Tuesday: Shed of Death

To Do Tuesday: Shed of Death

To step into our shed was to be ankle-deep in compost and carcasses (rat and lizard).  To retrieve an item from within its depths, I had to grip the door jam with one hand,  lean forward precariously while keeping both feet outside the “death zone”, grab the item and shake it vigorously to dislodge any […]

garden candy cane

garden candy cane

Hello blog.  It’s been a while.  I just popped in to share something seasonal from the garden.  The kids actually discovered this. Last year I put in a stevia plant with high hopes of harvesting and drying the leaves in case the zombie apocalypse leaves us without sugar.  Of course I have not accomplished that […]

thankful

thankful

city plan, part 8:  The Big Reveal

city plan, part 8: The Big Reveal

I’m sorry, this is a long, long post.  But it’s the culmination of almost two years of planning and work.  And more work.  And lots of work after that.  So you WILL scroll to the end.  Besides, this is the best part. Behold, the big reveal: I know it looks like a lovely lush lawn […]

city plan, part 7: granite, lots of granite

city plan, part 7: granite, lots of granite

A couple weeks ago I did the final 50-billion calculations (yes, Dad, you were right, I am using math in real life) necessary to order the crushed granite.  It was delivered on a Thursday, whereupon Violet and Graham immediately claimed the mountain… …in the name of Kitty-tania. I spent Friday doing the final clearing and […]

city plan, part 4: hardscape

city plan, part 4: hardscape

Surprisingly, when I tell most people that we’re getting rid of our lawn, I am met with confusion and what seems like vague anger.  I think that many of us have been raised with this idea that children need lawns and a the large expanse of green is somehow tied to our American Dream and […]