Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Scrambled


A box without hinges, key, or lid, 
Yet golden treasure inside is hid. * 


Cora has discovered the wondrous fun of eggs.

It was quite an accidental discovery--I think--actually she could have been copying me when, one recent morning, she got her hands on the eggs in a carton on the counter and broke one open.

There's been nothing accidental about it since. I cannot turn my back if they're out and she's anywhere in the kitchen. I think she picks one egg up, cracks the shell on the nearest hard surface, dumps the insides, and puts the shell back in the carton. But she could be prying it open with her tiny little fingers. I don't know. If I managed to catch her in the act, I wouldn't let this happen.

Every kid likes to crack eggs.

Thank goodness she can't open the refrigerator yet.

*from The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

Another ROW80 post

Yes, I missed another check-in last week. It was an accident. I'd been waiting until I meet Wednesday's word count to post for Wednesday's chck-in, and given that I frequently take all day to meet the count or just get to writing at all, my posts were coming late in the day or not at all. I finally came up with the no-brainer solution of just posting up to Tuesday's target and word count on Wednesday morning. My total cumulative word count for the round is 25,504. My target is 25,500. Not bad in my book.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Art for Our Lady

We always have such fun with the ATC swaps that Kimberlee at Pondered in my Heart hosts. Now it's time for another one, the Marian ATC Swap 2012.



I have a functioning scanner now, so I'm excited to get to share our cards when we get them done. We just started working through the book Discovering Great Artists, and used this coloring page to paint the Madonna and Child in powdered tempera paints mixed with egg yolk.

We also did some free painting. It might be a good medium to try some cards in, although I think we'll need smaller brushes.

Why don't you try it out? It's lovely to take a little time to create something beautiful, and seeing the kids work on their own art, reading all of the different posts sharing the ATCs, getting your own in the mail, maybe making a few new friends, it's all so fun! Kimberlee has links to previous swaps and ideas for inspiration.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Poetry Friday--Odgen Nash

My son is currently taken with the poetry of Odgen Nash. My first exposure to his work was a series of fun poems he wrote to The Carnival of the Animals, music by Camille Saint-Saens. When I found a volume of his works, I thought Aidan would like all of the Bryans and lions and nonsense. I was right--he  appreciated the silly verses and claimed it for a while.

Me, I just found a little pretty called "A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty." I personally liked turning thirty; I found it fit me. But the few years since then have etched their few lines, and I've been going gray for at least a decade....

Shining like the morning star, 

Like the twilight shining, 
Haunted by a calendar, 
Miranda is a-pining.


Silly girl, silver girl, 
Draw the mirror toward you; 
Time who makes the years to whirl 
Adorned as he adored you.

Read the rest here and be lightened.

Today's assortment of poetry is found at Live Your Poem.


 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pretty Happy Funny Real



Look what we did last weekend!

Pretty 


I was to be in Atlanta for a wedding, so we took the opportunity to make a trip we've been meaning to take for months. We went to the Georgia Aquarium.



Funny (sort of) 

Just driving into Atlanta made me think about five other things right off the top that I wanted to bring the family in to do. Including the Aquarium again. (Heh.)


Real 

Matching striped shirts for the boys to relieve parental anxiety about crowds. We were going to do something similar for the girls. It didn't work out exactly but we rolled with it in a matching color scheme at least.


Also, we had tickets to the dolphin show, but when we got to the point, no strollers were allowed into the area, and we couldn't leave them behind--they were the centerpiece of our grouping strategy.

Happy 

Rapt faces and lots of "Whoa!" were the order of the day.


There were six exhibit areas; I didn't catch the names of them. I think the most striking one was the first we came upon, with its walking tunnel through the tank and the large glass windows into the sight of so many specimens--including the whale shark.


I loved hearing the kids' awe. I think maybe an informal unit of marine biology might be in order...







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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Catching up!

Yes, I missed last week. I've been busy writing! My word count target for today is 19,000, and my total is.....

19,091!

I've found that I'm more word-prolific when I use a pen and paper, but then I have either to count the words manually or type into something with a word count feature. Not a huge deal, especially as I end up typing it anyway (didn't I say that before?) But it does slow me down a little, and as I was behind already it got a little irksome. Oh well.

I think I've decided on my next ROW80 goals. Is anyone else already thinking ahead to the next round?

(Update: Forgot to add---See other ROWers here)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tackling the Wardrobe




I recently reread a Faith and Family magazine article about the ways that clutter steals your peace. I was already convinced of the need to declutter the house, and have been periodically pulling items from the various piles to trash or donate, but reading this gave me a kick to methodize my approach a little more aggressively. My clothing is my starting point in this particular drive. I did a quick survey of my wardrobe situation and decided I would purge 81 pieces from my wardrobe. I will not say how I came to this seemingly random number, but I will say, first, how scary high this number seems and, second, how easy it will be if only I stick with it. I really don't like to give away things because my ever-changing, childbearing shape regularly takes me through the whole spectrum ranges of the sizes in my closet. But the clothing in my house has really become, shall we say, less than optimally manageable, as in every season I accumulate a few new things and don't make room for them by getting rid of an equal number of old. 

Last year, Hallie Lord at Betty Beguiles posted a guide for slimming down your wardrobe, and I thought at the time that I didn't need it. Truly, I think I really wasn't ready for it yet, being less than two months postpartumbut I am now. So I have a goal, and my only other parameter is to do it as quickly as possible without distracting from the other demands of the daysend of school, summer planning, ROW80, a few family plans to prepare for and decisions to make and enact. You know.

In the meantime, how would you like to join me? It's been a while since I posted anything on decluttering, but I'd love to hear from those of you who find this to be an issue too. And I'll let you know when I'm done. I plan to follow up with another low-pressure decluttering project very soon.


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