moving on

November 2, 2008 at 12:44 am | Posted in life | 1 Comment

My parents are moving to a retirement community. What a huge project. I have gone down several times to help them, which I know they need and appreciate. It is tiring for me, so I know it is exhausting for them!

They live an hour away, and are moving to a place that is another 1/2 hour from them. It is alot of moving, which is the least of the undertaking. They have so much stuff, that it is an overwhelming task. They need to part with soooo many things, which is very hard for them. My mom wants to find loving homes for each and every item, which on one hand I understand, but on the other, just be done. I have had to take on alot of it, as, of the four siblings, it is me that the task is falling on mostly for several reasons.

That said, it is inspiring me to rethink my house, and ‘things’ and life. Yes, I am going through that mid-life thing anyway, but this has made me open my eyes even more. I need change on many levels. I need income on a larger level for so many reasons. I need horses to stay back in my life. I need to do a better job at not keeping ‘things’. I need to be more free of all of the clutter of my life. Need a catharsis. ( the tag sale I had today helped alot with that!)

I don’t want to end up with my possessions possessing me. I went down to their house last Saturday morning, expecting to be a few hours. Mom wanted me to look at silver, silverware, and linens. I ended up not leaving until the following evening… so much to do!

I loved sleeping on the big old velvet couch… and decided that I really DO want to have that after all as a result of sleeping on it! There is very little that I want to keep from their ‘things’. Apparently now the big velvet couch is one of them. And I have no idea how I will get it into my house!

Halloween costume

October 21, 2008 at 2:41 am | Posted in boys, life | Leave a comment

Emmett got invited to a halloween party early, which means he needs a costume ready way before the actual date. We don’t buy costumes. We make them and get creative. I allow them each to have $10 to get anything necessary for them.
Emmett is Anakin Skywalker this year. The one from the episode where it is just before he becomes Darth Vader.

After we made it and he was dressed for the party, I found a costume like it online for $60. go me!!!
He has on… my brown sweater over his black shirt, and black long underwear. Funky leatherette fabric ($8) that I cut up the front and hot glued back into place (about 5 minutes worth of work). On his belt are silver spray-painted wine bottle corks and a camera case… hot-glued into place. A pair of Adam’s black socks, and a fingerless ragg wool glove. I used face paint for his scar.


October 6, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Posted in life | Leave a comment

I just can’t even imagine.
I just went to the CNN website and looked at the polling map of who is ahead in which states…. as of last week…. scary as anything!

McCain looks like he has alot of states. I can’t imagine what this country will be if he is the president. I can’t imagine this country and what the implications will be for that. And what it will be for women if Sarah Palin is in even the slightest bit of control. yuck.
I will want to move to a new country.

Best blueberry pie

July 22, 2008 at 4:04 am | Posted in food, life, maine, recipes | Leave a comment

Luz Zulema, my little niece, decided she was going to be my helper to make a killer yummy blueberry pie for dessert. She became my constant sidekick from then on, and was so cute! She chose the pattern we cut for the top of the pie.

It’s the best damn blueberry pie…. not too sweet… just right, and fabulous with fresh whipped cream.

Blueberry Pie
From the Wilson Farm Cookbook. The absolute best blueberry pie recipe!

1 qt. blueberries, (4-5 cups)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces
1 pie crust- for top and bottom

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Mix berries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
3. Spoon into bottom pie crust and dot with butter. Cover with top crust and seal carefully. Cut vents.
4. Bake at 425° for 45 minutes or until top is brown and juice starts to bubble through vents. Serve warm.

mom to boys

June 2, 2008 at 2:47 am | Posted in boys, life, parenting | Leave a comment

why is it they can’t just smile for a photo? they seem to need to be gross too. I had to take about 15 photos to get one of them smiling!

Glad I am a “boy mom” though… not sure if I’d be as good a “girl mom”. I can handle all of their ‘boy-ness’ and things they do better than I think I would deal with girls being catty, and also glad our house isn’t overrun with dolls and stuff. Doesn’t really matter though. I am a mom to two boys. It is what it is, and I like it… most of the time. 🙂

best friends

May 10, 2008 at 2:50 am | Posted in boys, life, parenting | Leave a comment

I am sad that Emmett will not be going back to his school next year. His best friend of the last three years will be sad too, but he doesn’t know yet. His mom doesn’t want to tell him yet, as she knows he will be devastated. They have been best friends for the last three years, and in their short lives, that is half of their time here, and most of their memories.

Emmett knows he will be going to the public school nearby, but I don’t think it has occurred to him the impact that it will have of being away from his hard and fast bonds he has. He is also not happy about the prospect of having homework next year. I agree. First grade should not have homework. He needs time to be a child. He will get home at 4pm, and he heads up to start his bedtime routine (stories, etc) by about 6:30. That is not much time to play and just be a kid.

I have enough issues with the amount of homework that is given to his brother in 5th grade. I certainly have issues with homework in 1st grade! I think the whole schooling system in this country is not focused well, and there is far too much teaching to the testing. I don’t really have any alternative where we live, so it is off to public school for my kids. I often hear people say, “oh, you have such good schools in your town”… I always respond with “what does ‘good schools ‘mean?… the test scores are good?” so what. Does that really mean that we have fully educated our kids? It doesn’t mean the kids are well rounded or confident or able to express themselves on different levels. it just means that they have had certain things drilled into their heads, and can spit it back.
I also have issues with the fact that our school district teaches the “everyday math” program, which has been shown to be detrimental in the long run, as the kids don’t really learn the breakdown of how and why they are doing things. And the other thing I have an issue with is that they have to learn cursive. To me this is archaic. As my older one said… “why do we need to learn a different font?” hmmm… doesn’t that just sum it up a bit? More on that some other time.
In the meantime, I am glad that both of my boys got the good base in their early years. I am sad that it will no longer be part of their day. Things will change now on many levels.

bunion surgery progress!!

April 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Posted in health, life | 4 Comments

okay, I am a week out from surgery, and must say… totally impressed! the swelling is almost gone, my foot is still a little discolored and bruised in a few places, but overall fine. I can hobble along pretty well no crutches, and can put weight on most of my foot- not on the bunion site though. I haven’t needed pain meds for several days now, except for once 2 nights ago, and just a mild one. I am wearing a surgical “shoe” which is a black velcro-ed on shoe. It is shaped underneath to make me stand on my heel. I also have a little white pad that velcros around my foot to protect it. I will post a photo of that next time too.

here are the photos of my foot.

from day 5:

and now, day 7:

So glad I didn’t pay attention to all of the horror stories I read on the internet, or to all of the people I asked and had heard about. I do think I may have had a different experience due to going to a foot surgeon, versus a podiatrist. The podiatrist I had gone to previously told me 4 years ago that I would be laid up for 6 weeks for each foot. ugh. happy I didn’t have him do the surgery!

one down, one to go…

April 8, 2008 at 1:56 am | Posted in health, life | 2 Comments
this was what they looked like on Friday morning…..and this on Monday afternoon…..

I had one bunion done. I had a chevron bunionectomy. So far, so good! Totally happy with and impressed with my doctor. The time was right. I have known for years that I will need to do this surgery. I found this doctor a few years ago, and he was highly recommended. Now I found out that he is retiring from surgery in 2 months. yikes! so I just needed to go do it. He says I will be in running shoes in 2 weeks, and then I will be doing the other foot in 2 weeks from now so I will finally have decent feet! yeah!
Partly I am posting this on here, since I had such a hard time when I hunted for things on the internet about bunion surgeries, and people’s experiences with them. But mostly I found the bad stories. So hopefully here will be a good one, which is what I am feeling. 🙂
I went in on Friday and had the surgery, and yes, took lots of pain meds over the weekend. But I woke up this morning with it feeling much better. I had taken it really easy for three days, and had been really good keeping it elevated. It paid off. Today was great.

emmett with me at the post-op visit this morning….

Dad turns 85!!

April 1, 2008 at 1:52 am | Posted in life | Leave a comment

we went out to lunch with him….

me, Dave, Dad, Sue, Sandy

Dave, Sue, me, Sandy

(ugh! not wearing that sweater again! I look 20 pounds heavier!)

this is all of us from 2 summers ago… (Adam wasn’t there)

back: Sue and John, Eli, Mom and Dad, Sandy, Kate, Robby, Dave
front: Emmett, me, Charlie, Grace, Janey, Vicki, Jack

busy during yoga

March 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Posted in boys, life, yoga | Leave a comment

What happens when you bring a little one to your yoga class and you let him play quietly in the prop room while you take your class?……

he had with him some crayons, paper, my laptop with a movie in it, and my camera.
I heard something tumble down, then heard a little voice say “I’m okay”. When I went to see what was up… I grabbed the camera, as he rebuilt what he had made and stood back up on the blocks.

Then I went back into the studio, while he kept taking photos of his creations…..
(can’t seem to rotate this…) it’s a robot:

a robot

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