Thursday, July 19, 2012


Photo by my sister, taken at her lovely pool.

It's been hot, people.  I know you all know this as half of you probably live somewhere that is even hotter than here.  But hot is awfully hot when you don't have central air and you are fighting a crazy algae problem in your tiny Intex pool because, well, it's been so dang hot.  Thankfully your sister's pool is dreamy and 40 minutes away does not seem at all unreasonable on a 96 degree day, especially when you can sit in your air conditioned car for those 40 minutes.  This morning is the first time my house started out below 80 in over a week.  And, what am I doing in these cool moments when I can finally move and not feel I am breathing through a stuffed sack?  Drinking hot coffee and wasting time on the computer, of course!  No sense in getting used to it.  It will be back up over 90 by the weekend.  

I have not been creative.  I have not been taking pictures, or sewing much, or doing much of anything except washing a lot of soggy towels and dreaming up things for dinner that don't really require cooking but no one will try to tell me "that's not SUPPER!!!!"  So far, hot dogs and popcorn were my biggest hit.  Now if I can just convince Mike that ice cream IS an acceptable dinner, even when they have a baseball game ;-)

I broke down and bought my kids a Wii game at Big Lots yesterday, something I almost never do.  Actually, that sentence was two things I almost never do:  take my kids to a store and buy them nonsense without a special occasion to prompt it.  The thing is, it was cheap.  And, truthfully, it's eye candy for me.  If you have not seen the art from Kirby's Epic Yarn and you are a crafter of any sort you have to check it out.  I want to live in this game:  entire worlds appear made of fabric and felt and yarn and buttons and sequins.  Woods, fields of flowers, underwater caverns, robots and soldiers, butterflies and treasure chests.  I might even have to play this game... right after I wash a load of towels.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Not Gone But, Possibly, Forgotten :-)

Well, here I am again.  Has it really been since May?  It's been a busy time and, I suppose, that is mostly my reason.  Still, shortly after my last post, my Daddy had a stroke.  I think that was a hard word for me to type out.  It is a scary word and the sort of thing I don't share much of in this space.  And, I guess I don't need to share it at all.  But I couldn't write about it and I sort of couldn't write about anything else without saying it.  I won't go into all the details, but I will say that Dad is doing well and is well on his way to a full recovery.  We all felt very blessed that it wasn't any worse than it was.  He had no cognitive damage and really only lost coordination in one leg.  Even that has come back around and I thank God that I am able to say that.  

The rest of life was a whirlwind of the end of school, gearing up for VBS, and all the usual nonsense of life with three active kiddos.  

Ellerie graduated from preschool

I recovered my kitchen chairs

Cal made a boat for Floatilla at school.

We played baseball and played with friends.

 And took pictures of new brothers.

We (rather, I) survived VBS week and really enjoyed it.  

Now, I am finally unburying myself from the wreckage of these busy days.  Piles of laundry and dirty dishes are fading and even some of the clutter.  I am keeping busy to catch up, but also to avoid thinking TOO much about my oldest being away at camp for the first time.  AHEM.