Archive for October 6th, 2008


October 6, 2008 @ 7:23 pm | Filed under:

Curly blonde head leaning against my shoulder in the early morning: sleepy child not ready to be awake yet but wanting to be close to mom.

Bach prelude in C on the CD player during breakfast.

The smell of grapefruit dishwashing liquid.

The delight of small children helping wash dishes; the everyday miracle of soap bubbles.

Two-year-old insisting that her big sisters join her in the “Kokey-Pokey.”

Children asking to be read more of the Iliad.

Two-year-old taking an early nap, and a long one.

Blue-and-whites in the fabric stash, and pinks with flowers.

Pink inspiration at As Cozy as Spring, and the feast for the eyes Posie offers every day, and the sweet embroidery sampler in this post at Yarnstorm, and pretty felt ornaments, and slow afternoons to fill with snips and stitches, even if I’m short on talent.

The St. Brigid of Ireland costume from Our Coats of Many Colors…(about which more tomorrow, or so the plan is).

Sausage bean soup in the crock pot.

Tollhouse cookie bars.

Daughters who can make tollhouse cookie bars.

The chime of an IM from Scott.

Reading Mother Goose to a happy little boy.

The wild exuberant cry of a girl whose little plot of cosmos has suddenly become a forest.

Half moon in a blue sky.

Caterpillar stowaway on my windowsill geranium, munching, munching.

Tired children ready for bed, and half a pan of tollhouse cookie bars still on the counter.


October 6, 2008 @ 8:14 am | Filed under:

Can someone tell me the name of these trees? We see them all over Southern California. They’ll be an entry in our 100 Species Challenge after one of you IDs them for me.

Here’s another entry waiting in the wings: morning glories. These are everywhere around here as lush groundcover and picturesque fencecover. I know they can be invasive, but I love them, love them, love them.

This next shot is almost one of the best pictures I ever took. If only I hadn’t cut off its head. Drat it. I was snapping quickly, not even sure I was in focus, certain my small subject was about to fly away.

My online friend Helen takes amazing bird photos. And butterflies, and flowers, and western landscapes, and churches. My kids and I love to explore her website. I think her “year in the life of a butterfly bush” is my favorite page.

Morning has broken and I must run, but you know I can’t leave without including the obligatory napping child photo.