Archive for May, 2008

Built By Wendy… for me

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Enjoying a lunch of sushi on the couch while flipping through the mail. Mostly bills and a Parenting magazine (do we still get that? when does it expire?).

I turn to the internet to entertain me and I am not disappointed.

I now covet need must have this:


I Must Have This Dress

Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Makes for a Great Brunch. Bloody Marys Don’t Hurt Either.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Mom’s Day 2008 was simple, delicious, and all-around lovely.

We hosted a Mother’s Brunch (attendees: my parents and Neil’s granny) chock full of cinnamon swirl french toast, asparagus frittata, bacon, fruit salad, bloody marys, and strong, strong coffee. We all ate a lot, talked a lot, and just enjoyed the sunny Sunday morning.

Dash wandered off after brunch and played by himself for a while (something he doesn’t do for more than, say, 10 minutes usually). I sat back and listened to him talking to himself and to his toys and was reminded of how much I adore him and how lucky I am to have him in my life.

When he was done playing, he helped Neil and my dad assemble an Ikea shelf that has been sitting around since our big trip there a month or so ago. Showing some true skill, he put one dowel after another in the holes. Kind of amazing to see.

While the men put the shelves up, we ladies and Dash took a walk down the street. Walks with Granny are done at a slower pace, and I figured it would be a short one. There are bad knees and general old age to contend with after all. And maybe it was the french toast, who can say, but she decided to make it all the way down our street and up the big hill. Probably just under a mile in total. I was so proud of her for pushing past what would have been her normal stopping point, and so pleased to be holding her hand the whole way. My maternal and paternal grands all passed away years ago, so to have a grandmother in my life again has been such a blessing. I love to hear her stories of momhood (when she had her babies, a nurse from the hospital came home with her for a week to help out, imagine that!) and tales from years ago (summer vacations with friends in the Poconos, ironing every single piece of clothing every single time it came out of the wash for years and years and years… hmm, that must be why she suggested I iron my cloth napkins for the next breakfast she comes over for).
Anyway, it was a lovely multi-generational walk with Granny, my mom, me, and Dash. So many mothers in one place, it felt powerful.

Oh, and gifts! I’ll add some photos of these soon, but for now just the descriptions. Neil had a great photo of him and Dash taken and printed out for me. It’s wonderful and makes me tear up. Must be framed. And… he bought me cable tv. I hear most of America has had this “cable” for decades now, but we’ve been getting by on rabbit ears and a whole lot of patience. Good god, I can’t believe we’ve lasted this long. The cable lady came this afternoon and we’re now the proud owners of some 30-odd stations (odd might be a key word, actually) of sports, shopping, and a few miscellaneous channels from the next package up that snuck their way in. Spike network anyone?
I was luxuriating out on the porch with a book while she hooked us up and when I came in to see the results, our rabbit ears were mysteriously nowhere to be found. Do you suppose she confiscated them? She was probably mortified to see them and thought she might do us a favor and just have them put down for us. Thank you cable lady.

My third and most creative gift was from my mom. She’s gotten into making altered books lately though I didn’t expect to ever receive one. Well, she made a lovely themed book (theme= me) with page after page of things that I like to do or read or eat, and one final page about being a mom with a photo of Dash as a baby-baby. Thanks Mom. I love it.

Hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day too.

Odds Might be Against Me

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

But I spent several minutes on 5 Minutes For Mom entering my name in their Mother’s Day Giveaways anyway.

Low odds, maybe. I guess it’s just the thought of winning. Brings me back to the first thing I ever won, way back in the early 80s at a church raffle. I just knew I was going to win the phone (a phone! just for me! and i didn’t even have a phone jack in my room! don’t care!) or the fancy clock radio.

I even wrote about it in my diary. Such was the excitement surrounding this raffle. 


Did not win phone.

Did not win fancy clock radio. 

Did guess the exact amount of jelly beans in the jar and won one of these:

best monkey ever

Spring Gardening

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

I am so excited that it’s finally the weekend. The sun is shining (still a bit cool, though I’m willing to overlook that), the birds are tweeting, and the daffodils are in full bloom. Neil is working regular hours again and we were just invited to Granny’s on Sunday for boiled dinner. Sounds good so far, huh?

So what are you all doing this weekend? For me (us) it’s early-morning Pilates (while Dash and Daddy have quality coffee shop time or maybe a walk about town) followed by an afternoon at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough. It’s their annual May Day Family Festival featuring pony rides (!), face painting, pizza eating, and music for the whole family lovingly played by my dear husband.

Come on out if you’re going to be in the area. It promises to be sunny and slightly warm (it’s maine in spring, what do you expect?) and there will be ponies! Ponies, people!

Sunday, what I’d really like to do is get started with our garden. We put in some lasagna beds about three weeks ago and while we wait for them to settle and prepare for planting, it’s time to get a head start on the seedlings. Tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, sunflowers, lettuce, blueberries, basil…. I can’t remember the entire list but it’s FULL. Maybe even too full for the space we have to work with!

With that list, it’s off to our local gardening center and maybe a call to Johnny’s to get things started.

Now to figure out how to keep three cats and a curious child away from the rows of growing seedlings…

Aside from putting them at table height (which will keep Dash away but not the cats), any other suggestions? I have some plant-loving kitties here.

Happy Thursday

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Magnolia Tree in Bloom A Strange Magnolia Blossom that Looks Like a Baby Boy Soon to Blossom