I have forgotten how to title posts

February 8, 2018 @ 8:20 pm | Filed under:

I opened my drafts file here yesterday and saw that the last post I started was a one-line fragment written on January 16:

We’ve been sick, most of us. Just a cruel bug: aches, sore throat, cough.

—Which I suppose answers the question of why I fell off the internet for a month. 🙂 My cough hung around for a good while and still hasn’t vanished entirely. But I’m more or less back to myself, and everyone else is fine. But yikes, that virus really squelched my plan to get back in the blogging groove!

And now I can’t get any photos to upload here. Hmm. I was going to pepper you with photos of the incredible bloom happening in my neighborhood right now—crocuses and camellias and hundreds of little daffodil spikes—but no luck. Well, some of it’s at my Instagram if you’d like a peek. (You can view IG pics on a laptop without needing to log in or download the app, FYI.)

What else are we up to? Journey North Mystery Class, flying solo for the first time in many many many years. (Sniffle.) It’s Huck’s first time participating. He and Rilla each picked a mystery city, and I took the one that looks to be somewhere in Antarctica. Plus we’re charting photoperiods for both Portland and San Diego, to compare. Huck is much more into the charting than I expected. Then again, he loves math. Rilla tolerates the math because she likes the discovery part of the project so much.

Things we’re reading together: Paddle-to-the-Sea (the last first time!); The Children’s Homer (“you purchased this item on Feb. 5, 2005,” Amazon tells me); Our Island Story; and Moominsummer Madness. And the usual assortment of poetry books!

Oh, and Huck had a birthday. This baby? Is nine years old.

(Huh. So photos from my archives still work. Just can’t get new ones to upload. Okay. I can work with this.)

(I remember the first time I put that shirt on him, and Rilla, who would have been around 3 1/2 or 4 at the time, exclaimed: “He’s wearing a MAN SHIRT!”)

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  1. Melanie Bettinelli says:

    Aw. I love that picture of Huck. I really am having a hard time wrapping my head around nine, though I’ve got a few more months before Ben hits that milestone. Sophie will be ten 10! in less than a month. Two kids in double digits! How the time flies.

    Glad to have an update. As always, I’m loving the peek into what you’re reading and doing.

  2. Penelope says:

    Aren’t little blog-tech issues like that annoying?? … I can scarcely believe Huck is nine, wasn’t *Rilla* just born!?

    So sorry you’ve all had ‘flu, ugh. My poor teens have been afflicted, tho’ I have not, thank all goodness!

    {{hugs}} and love

  3. Penny says:

    Huck is nine??? Crikey. Times flies. I probably don’t need to tell you that though.

    I’m sorry you’ve all been sick, and glad you are on the mend – we’ve had that illness. It’s brutal.

    Paddle to the Sea. I actually thought about rereading that myself a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t for the tears of nostalgia. Maybe someday…


  4. Mandy says:

    We just finished Moominpappa’s Memoirs – you too? We loved it – one daughter even said – i think its one of my favorite books – not just in the series but of ALL TIME – like up there with Wind in the Willows and LittleWomen!” ❤️

  5. Susanne Barrett says:

    So sorry you’ve been ill–I’ve heard that the crud going around is awful!

    We have yet to have winter at all here in the mountains of San Diego. One storm that threatened snow. One. And all we got was a pile o’ hail.

    My daffodils are spiking up already; I don’t usually see that until late Feb-early March.

    Oh, and I read The Blue Castle on your recommendation and LOVED it!!!! A new favorite book! Thank you!

    Hoping to see more flower photos when you can get the blog to behave!

    Susanne 🙂

  6. Jeanne says:

    Oh my goodness — Paddle to the Sea for the last first time!

    Something’s in my eye.

  7. sarah says:

    Oh my goodness, nine??! How is that even possible. I’m sorry about the bug, but glad you are all better now. Your list of books gave me such an upswelling of nostalgia. Paddle-to-the-sea was a favourite here, we felt so blessed to read it. And Our Island Story. Happiness.