five Thursday moments

February 13, 2015 @ 8:18 am | Filed under: ,

• Rilla came to me with a paper cut. Not that I’m happy she was hurt, just–it struck me so sweetly that she still comes to me for little hurts like that, still believes a kiss from mommy can help

• good IEP meeting—they all love him so

• cleaned up the side yard, threw out two bins of junk, pruned the pepper trees

• daffodils in the neighbor’s yard

• Huck wearing the old cloth barn on his head like a jolly little hat.
Hilarious! Also nice to see how beloved it still is, 16 years and 5 kids later

ikea barn and speckled band

Well, what do YOU wear to read The Adventure of the Speckled Band?



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  1. Jennifer says:

    Pepper trees. I’m trying to figure out what that means.

  2. Alice Gunther says:

    We have a number of toys like that–not many–but saved from hundreds of Mommy’s decluttering binges because they were either dearly loved or came from one who is dearly loved or both. Sounds like the barn falls under both categories. Huck wears it well.

  3. Karen Edmisten says:

    Oh, how I love his hat. 🙂
    And yes, so sweet that Rilla still wants a kiss from Mommy for a paper cut. 🙂

  4. Melanie Bettinelli says:

    What a sweet list! That picture is darling.

    I love/am jealous of reading about all your luscious gardening. I can’t even imagine what a flower looks like at this point.

  5. Melissa Wiley says:

    Jenn, pepper trees are somewhat horrible weed trees (that we nevertheless kind of love?) that have sprays of tiny red berries. If you handle the berries and touch your eyes afterward, you’ll regret it–they sting. They grow alongside our neighbor’s fence and hang over into our yard. A couple of saplings have sprung up in our side yard between the sheds–I should have caught them earlier and rooted them out, because they are turning into bona fide trees now, in the wrong places.

    Every couple of years the neighbor shears his back to the fenceline, and our backyard instantly turns from shade garden into sunbaked chaparral. I’ve had to plant verrrrry strategically on that side of the yard. We’re back to heavy shade now, so I imagine the shearing will happen this summer.

    Melanie, I’m almost afraid to talk about my garden these days with the weather everyone else is having!! I mean, you all get your revenge in your beautiful autumn when I’m living in a hair dryer, but I don’t know that would make photos of my tomatoes and grapefruit and nasturtiums and statice and alyssum and daffodils and herbs and milkweed and roses any more tolerable now. 😉 😉 😉

  6. Melissa Wiley says:

    Alice, yes!! My friend Ellen Weiss (also a children’s book writer) gave it to us when Jane was about two…filled with little cloth animals; you probably remember it. I think Ellen brought it as a gift at the hospital, but it may have been on a visit shortly before Jane got sick. Either way, it came to the hospital with us a hundred times. 🙂 And has lived many lives since.

  7. Melissa Wiley says:

    P.S. Jenn — I think this is it? Schinus molle, Peruvian pepper tree?

  8. sarah says:

    So much loveliness 🙂