Summer Plans

I have finally finished my last paper for the semester, I only have four more weeks of teaching, and we already have three (3!) camping trips booked. Summer break is just on the horizon and I am running to it with open arms. I am choosing to look at those two and half months of…

My Grandpa

The hardest part was not my grandfather’s death this past Saturday, but the week before. Specifically, a Friday morning, after M. had a speech therapy appointment and we decided to visit the hospital before heading home. Grandpa was awake when we walked in, and perhaps it was my bias as a mother, but I felt as…

Mama Days

I feel like I’m spending a lot of time writing about difficulties in my life lately. Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s just that my head is filled with those tough things right now. But I feel a bit tired of finding myself in front of my laptop to write about struggle, though at least…

Keep Showing Up

A few weeks ago, I talked about my desire to lose quite a bit of weight with the promise that I would check in periodically. Here I am! Checking in! Oh, it’s not been easy, this path I’m choosing to follow. Lately I have been feeling fairly defeated. It started with realizing that the weight I…

Easter and Stuff

I think raising children thoroughly in the mainstream world when you know not everything about it is good for them or you is so tricky. Let’s take Easter for example. It takes place not that many months out from Christmas (another tricky holiday), and is not too long after M.’s end of February birthday and…

Chicken Pot Pie

My dad told me once, when he was between work and delivering newspapers by way of keeping food on our table, that March and April seem to be the months for obituaries and birth announcements. While I don’t know if that’s a statistical fact, in the microcosm that is my life, this seems to hold…

Just Before Spring

I spent all of February saying that it is quite possibly the hardest month to get through, but March is proving me wrong. We had a pretty wild winter storm this past Tuesday. It landed the littles and I at my parents’ house. My husband had to work and planned to stay with a coworker…

I Will Define Me

Oh, I’m cringing as I write this, because I know I’m going to feel so drastically uncomfortable with some of the content. But. I’m also very excited. For the moment, I’m moving briefly away from my more usual topics and I’m going to talk about weight-loss. For all my love of good, nourishing food and…

Birding

Last spring we developed a love for bird watching. It was early in the season, snow still on the ground and cold, cold, cold, as early spring in Maine tends to be. We hung a bird feeder, some suet, and a month or so later, at Easter time, a friendly bunny left us a clear…

Don’t Ban Love

I have been in a bad mood all day. Just ask the kids. Cupboards have been slammed, “Shit,” muttered under my breath as I’ve mostly accidentally kicked a laundry basket over, clean clothes tumbling out onto a less than clean floor, and I’ve thought about chucking my laptop across the room in frustration. Frustration from a…

Paper

I’m about to enter the Konmari paper purging stage. I’ve weeded out my clothes and disposed of, donated, and given away books, so now it’s time to turn to the papers. This might actually be harder for me than any of the other stages before or after, because…paper. I love it. I love stationary and…

A Working Kitchen

There was a period of time where I fancied myself a cook, which meant I cooked a full meal for my family of four couple of times a week, the rest of the time ordering out or slapping together sandwiches or spaghetti. Though you’ll never get me to admit that a good sandwich isn’t a…