Monday, February 28, 2011

month ending

s l o w

To wrap up this not-so-bad month of February, I spent the weekend
watching a couple of my favorite movies.  Long days doing regular
things and spending the afternoons wrapped up in a couple of the
best stories ever. 

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This afternoon I actually spent some time sewing.  That is something I haven't done
in so very long.  I always intend to, pulling out little stacks of fabric and
keeping ideas filed away in my mind, but I never seem to actually get to it.
This time I did it, letting everything else like the laundry and dinner
and the floors and the dust wait a while.  Tomorrow I'll make the backing
for the two pillow cover fronts and finish them.  I think they'll be perfect
for bringing in a little color to my bedroom.  Now I almost feel the urge
to get out a few more projects and begin.  :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

One Week


This week has gone by in a rush.
The days all melting together...
Some times are like that - filled
with busyness and work and
happiness and never-ending
to-do lists.  Then you wake up
and realize that an entire week
has passed in the blink of an eye.


This week I was lucky enough to take
a moment to have lunch out by myself.
I picked up some tulips to keep on the
table, bringing a little springtime inside
the house.  The weather is still incredibly
beautiful...warm and springy, with gorgeous
light filtering in during the morning hours.


I bought the kids an Ugli fruit at the store this week.
It was delicious.  It's huge really, and has thick green skin
and tastes like a cross between orange and grapefruit,
but was incredibly juicy.  I'd rather buy the kids some
strange fruit to try instead of candy or gum to bring
home as a surprise.

u g l i

Along with the early arrival of spring, all the
spring and summer clothes from last year have
replaced the sweat pants and jackets in the kids'
rooms.  We even had to go shopping for shorts
and tees this week for those who had completely
outgrown last year's sizes.  New shoes and sandals
were bought, too.  I even stopped to get myself
a new pair of flip flops.


This week also consisted of:

a checkup at the doctor

we finished reading Inkheart aloud, outside
in the sunshine on a blanket. 

I found this audio book...although it is only
about an hour long, the message is wonderful.
I've listened to it many times so far.

I bought the kids their own alarm clocks
so that they can wake themselves every morning
rather than depending on me to wake them.

both the puppies were neutered and we're
in recovery mode this weekend.

the kids actually got in my mom's swimming
pool for a few minutes this week...swimming
in February sounds crazy!

I've become a big fan of this product, putting
in my second order for some more scents.

I've altered my diet just a bit since my month-long
vegan experiment didn't work out as I had hoped.
Although I watched my protein intake and sources
carefully, I still felt incredibly run down and tired
at the end of the month.  So, back to animal-based
protein I go.  I felt better even after my first egg.  :)

I cleaned out the girls' room just a bit, avoiding the
closet until a later date.

I picked up some paint samples for the exterior
of our house, the bathroom, hall, and the
boys' room.  There will be some
redecorating done here this spring!

So, as we enter the last day of the weekend
I am thankful for a full week of busyness, but
also hoping that the next week will be slower.
I do love my time for flickr and blogging and
at least a moment to upload for my 365 project.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, February 20, 2011


c h o c o l a t e

in a moment of weakness....there she is.

with mocha frosting, too.

happy sunday!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


p r i n t s


The weather was incredibly beautiful, sun and blue skies.

I caught up on a couple of episodes from a show I like to watch on the DVR.

The kids and I read Inkheart aloud...I love doing that.

I caught up on most of the laundry, drying lots of it in the breezes on the line.

I made red lentil of my favorites.

I finally watched The Young was fantastic.

I received my first set of prints from my 365 project.  I'm trying to print them as I go.

I bought some more songs on itunes...for my house cleaning.  I love them to be fun and upbeat.  These will surely do the trick.  :)

I also bought a couple that I've had on my wish list for a long time now....and I'm totally loving them.

I even took a few minutes to sit down and write a bit this afternoon...with a pen on paper instead of typing out the keys...

Really, a perfect low-key Saturday.  I hope your weekend got off to a great start as well!

Friday, February 18, 2011

headache awareness

I saw this video several days ago and it sent chills through me as I watched her stumble around her words
and I saw the look in her eyes, a look too eerily familiar.

You can see the problem filmed here:

When Ethan had his episode back in November he had this same style of slurred speech and absolutely
the same look in his eyes.  The helpless look that let me know that he could not communicate what was
really happening.

You can read in this short article, her response to what happened and the fact that her doctors have diagnosed it as a complicated migraine that mimics stroke symptoms, most likely Basilar-Type migraine.  

Ethan had the same numbness and blurred vision that this reporter mentions as well, along with other terrible symptoms. All of his tests (EKG, CAT scan, x-rays, sleep study, MRI, EEG) came back perfectly normal and he has had no recurrence of the symptoms nor another headache since then, thankfully.  So, the diagnosis for the episode he suffered was Basilar-Type migraine.  This was not his first migraine, but certainly his first with these scary symptoms.

I've tried to eliminate all processed foods and restaurant visits are kept at a minimum, with those places using MSG not even being an option.  I make most all things homemade these days, trying to avoid any possible migraine triggers.  And I watch him and pray that we never have to go through that again.

I just find it strange that even in the above article, where the reporter explains what happened, there isn't even a mention of specific migraine types and not even a link to click to find out more.  It's almost as if somehow this information is kept as a secret and only a few members of the club mention it from time to time.  I think there needs to be more of an awareness for this these types of migraines. I never even knew the possibility existed for symptoms like these and I've personally suffered from migraines since childhood.  I have learned just how scary migraines can be.

So, if you suffer from migraines,
or know someone who does,
pass the word around.
This just may be the information they need one day.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Six, Sun, Seventies....

This first series of shots is from much good, warming sunshine was found everywhere...


Morning breakfast...
followed quickly by open windows
and chirping birds and gentle breezes
and the sound of the outdoors calling my name.
It was in the mid-seventies here today!



Morning game-play...I do love this game...

the beginning

Planting the garden (!!!) lots of little cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and collard plants along with
turnip, kale, and green onion seeds.  I cannot wait to harvest these in a couple of months.


Look at that sunshine!  I can't even tell you how happy I have been to see this
for the last couple of days.  We have been outside in the dirt for two days straight.
We just couldn't help ourselves from enjoying every second of this reprieve from
old man winter's grasp.


Kids in tee shirts and shorts and bare feet,
running all over the place.

I'd say it brings out the best in them :)


The chickens have pecked and burrowed themselves into the dirt and stretched out in the sunshine...

The skies have been an amazing blue without a cloud in sight, showing off the buds
that knew well before us that these days were coming.

I'm listening to this song today. A little strange for me since I don't listen to much
country music.  I'm thinking it must be the weather...and the memories this one calls forth.
Yep, I'm loving it. 

Beauty has been abundant this week and I am so thankful for every second of it.
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This series of shots is from earlier in the week, part of my project 365.

from a Valentine's play date/party at the park...I caught the girls taking a break together.  sweetness.

g i r l s

From Tuesday...Claire's sixth birthday.  She had a wonderful party
and was so happy with her cake and gifts.


From Wednesday...the day-after party for Claire.  A little group of us got together at the
Mexican restaurant and let the waiters sing happy birthday to funny!  I need
to say that she was crazy-embarrassed...although she had mentioned quite a few times
how she'd like to have that done for her birthday one of these years.  :)

day after the birthday....


I hope your week has been a good one and
that you've been able to find
a little warmth, too.

Monday, February 14, 2011

V a l e n t i n e



The last couple of days were spent making valentine gifts...little heart-shaped baskets full of
Valentine suckers and little stickers


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This morning I'm up early to make the kids some heart-shaped lemon
muffins for breakfast.  This being the beginning of our Valentine's celebration
for the day.  The girls are looking forward to the party we're attending later
today and we've still got just a few more special love notes to write.

b e l i e v e

And, to you.... Happy Valentine's Day!
May you believe in the magic of love.  ♥

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Random Bits


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random bits:

  •  It's early Sunday morning...before dawn
  • The house is quiet and the coffee is so good
  • I've spent some time looking through my photo archives and picking out a few more to keep.
  • I've been longing for the brighter, warmer days of spring.  I'm so over this whole winter thing.
  • I've been making a list of all the spring projects that i'd like to tackle - painting, rearranging, redecorating a bit.
  • Some things have already been started and I feel better for it.  
  • I need want a few things from up in town today, but I think i'll wait until I actually need to go tomorrow.  It all can wait.
  • The girls are excited about a Valentine's party with our homeschool friends tomorrow.  I really need to make extra effort to do more things like this...or at least to get out of the house more.  
  • Sometimes I wonder if my staying home so much is rooted deeper than just wanting to be here...I sometimes wonder if it's more of a problem, home being where I feel safest so that I hardly ever venture out other than to grab the weekly groceries. hmmm....
  • We have Valentines to prepare and boxes to decorate, so today should be fun.
  • Claire's 6th birthday is on Tuesday so we've got some fun things to make and plan for that.
  • I honestly can't believe that my baby is six.  What is it about being past the age of five to make the reality of it hit home.  Although she is my baby, the baby of the family, she's is certainly not a baby anymore.  {sigh}
  • Today I  may go out and plant some English Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, and potato sets.....I feel up to it.  However, once I go through the course of the morning with the kids and school work and chores, who knows if I'll feel up to it when it actually counts.  :)  Let's hope I do.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

catching up

day 36:

b o w l i n g

day 37:

b o o k s

day 38:


day 39:


day 40:

t o d a y

day 41:


day 42:


Where has an entire week gone?  Sometimes it just feels good to unplug and absorb the days.  The moments, the togetherness, the books (so many of them lately), the quiet focus, the noise of silliness, the housecleaning and bits of touch up, the cooking, the life.....

Thursday, February 3, 2011

new lamp


Just a couple scenes from today...
a new lamp {I've been wanting one of these for a while}
a new recipe {Azuki beans and Kombu soaking for tonight...I'm adding squash to the dish, too.  We'll have to see how it turns out, but I thought the colors in the bowl were beautiful.}
and I got a new haircut, too.

Now I'm off to finish that recipe
and wind down in front of the fireplace
with my book as the kids are
looking forward to tomorrow...
bowling is on the to-do list!
It should be fun!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

cold and rainy


These are the days of February...

I'm just thankful for the things that make me feel alive during this month...
hot coffee and tea
hot soups
warm fresh bread
bubble baths
down comforters
blankets in my favorite chair
a good book to keep my mind happy.

February really isn't all that bad, right?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rainy Day

r a i n y

This morning was filled
with grocery shopping and
running around town to a
couple of different health
food stores to find some
ingredients I've been wanting
and to find some coconut milk
and coconut coffee creamer.

I also have been in search of
miso paste and wakame to make
some miso soup and finally found
what I needed today.  I am so
happy to have found them!

I suppose you can see that I've
been altering my eating habits
lately.  I haven't said much about
it, but am making the changes for
myself, for health, for feeling better.
I'm eating all fresh veggies and whole
grains, no meat, fish, eggs or dairy.
So far, so good.  I'm just happy to
have finally found some of the things
I've been wanting to find for so long.

This afternoon the rain has settled
in and the skies are dark and the floors
are damp and the kids are in tv mode.
Luckily we had a new Netflix movie
in the box today...Space Buddies.
My girls love a good dog movie!

I also made a run to the library to pick
up my desperately wanted new reads.
I can't tell you how long of a weekend
it was waiting for these books to be
put on hold.  Tonight I'm diving in!