Another installment in “Tales…from Parenting….” (cue spooky music)
We were driving and the girl started to have a nosebleed. This is not an uncommon occurence here as it is so unbelievably dry. The kids are both pretty used to it and she exclaimed “Mommy! I have a bloody nose!” I looked in the rearview mirror and indeed, there was blood dripping out of her nose. I looked in the center console of the car for a tissue or napkin or fabric anything and couldn’t find anything. Anything, that is…except a tampon. Aaaaaand, yeah, I did. It was one of those ones without an applicator. I unwrapped the plastic covering and handed to her, telling her to stick that in her nose but not push too far. Given that it’s meant to soak up blood, the device worked quite well and the bleeding soon stopped. (Medical aside–this is really not all that different from the actual medical device used to stop serious nosebleeds, but those are generally a bit smaller. And come with more appropriate names like, “Rhino Rocket.”) Of course, the boy asked me what that thing was, and so I told him as simply as possible. “Oh, okay,” he said. And the day proceeded.
Later, the same day…we’ve been listening to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy audiobooks while we drive. We’ve listened to “The Hobbit” (11 hours) and “The Fellowship of the Ring” (19 hours) and are now on “The Two Towers.” (about 8 hours in) The boy loves the stories (as do I, a longtime fan) and I’d always thought that the girl did too, though I’ve always thought her comprehension of the books was around fifty percent or so of what was actually happening. The other day we were heading home from the Art Museum and I started to put on the audiobook. I was really looking forward to it as we had just finished the Battle of Helm’s Deep and I wanted to hear what was going to happen next. As the narrator started to speak, the girl exclaimed, “Not Lord of the Rings AGAIN!!!” I said, “Girl, I thought you liked listening to these books!” She replied, “Not anymore! They are boring, boring, boring!! All they do is walk and walk and then fight a battle and then walk some more!!” I burst out laughing-even I have to admit that that is the most succinct and accurate book review of the entire series that I’ve heard yet. (We still kept listening to the book anyway, despite the howling protests.)
We were in the pool and I was playing with the girl. We started to sing “Ring Around the Rosy” and spin around. “Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posy, ” I sang, “Ashes, Ash—” “NOOO! YOU CAN’T SING THAT PART!” The girl interrupted. “Um, why not?” I asked. “Because,” she replied, matter-of-factly, “the Wanderers will come. And they will kill us.” Now I was slightly terrified, in a children-of-the-corn sort of way, so I modified the song. Now we sing “ring around the pool,” and instead of ashes it’s “elephants, elephants, we all fall down,” thus confunding the Wanderers away from our souls.
and lastly, just to throw a picture in there…
This is, hands down, my favorite knit so far
Designer: Kate Davies
Yarn: Madelinetosh DK in Olivia, 6 skeins
I loved everything about this. The pattern is so well written and comes in a bunch of sizes so it fits perfectly. The only modifications I made were to mirror the pleats, which you can see clearly on the back detail photo, and I had to shorten the pockets by an inch because I very nearly ran out of yarn. In the original pattern the pleats all go the same way around the neck, and I much prefer the look of the mirrored pleats. Here is where I am so grateful to the internet else I never would have been able to make it look like that! I loved the i-cord edging even though it took a while; it adds such a nice, finished look to the edges.
This was the yarn I picked up in San Francisco after my long airport stay where I used up all the yarn I’d brought with me. Because the yarn is hand-dyed, there can be big variations between skeins, so they lay out all the skeins they have in a particular colorway so you can pick the ones that are most similar. 5 of them were almost identical, one was darker, so I used that one and alternated rows for the sleeves for a perfect blended look with no pooling.
Picking out buttons is always tough-I had a hard time deciding between the yellow shell or wooden buttons, but I thought that these echoed the overall feel of the sweater and brought out the lighter tones.
Anyway, I love it and want one in another color!
What a fabulous Memorial Day weekend we had. My high school friend Geoff and his lovely wife Karen and their twins came out to visit and we went up to Snow Mountain Ranch for the weekend.
I love that place-if you live in Colorado and haven’t been, you are missing out. Here’s the view from our cabin:
Not too shabby, eh?
Later that afternoon some of us went for a hike. There’s been a lot of snow and a lot of snowmelt so it was a bit muddy, and someone slipped and got a muddy butt, which didn’t bother our intrepid explorer one bit.
The next day we rented mountain bikes and tagalongs and went for a ride!
It just couldn’t have been better. Nights were filled with good food, good drink, and a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. I wish I could post some of the funnier game responses, but then this wouldn’t be a family blog, now, would it? The other thing that was great was that all the kids were old enough to explore on their own. There were many hours where they would simply head off into the woods next to the cabin and create their own secret games and just play while the adults would relax in the cabin. If it sounds too idyllic to be true, well, I can’t help that.
The next morning we went for one last hike
And then the trail got super super muddy (as the girl would say) and some of the hikers took off their shoes to squelch through the mud. One of the hikers simply squelched through with her shoes on. I’ll let you guess which one that is.
When the trail got snowy, the barefoot hiking came to a quick end and we headed back. By this time I had started to recite the poem, “Mud, Mud, glorius mud! Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood! So follow me, follow me, down to the hollow, where we will wallow in glorious mud!” which is from a children’s book of poems we have at home.
The girl, of course, began to sing this over and over again and then began to take it quite literally.
Sadly, vacation was over after this. Our friends had to head south and I had to head back to work a night shift at the hospital, which was even less fun than usual given what I’d just been doing.
I know I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again–there is something that is so wonderful about seeing your kids become friends with your old friends’ kids. It makes me feel hopeful and gives me a sense of generations and seeing the future being created now, and it’s good.
Nondescript patch of grass, concrete walk from house to garage. Eric insisted last year that we take out the lawn and put in a patio instead, which I was initially very against. Where will the kids have lawn to play? I asked. I eventually relented, and I am ever so glad that I did.
We ripped out the grass and had a paver patio installed. I (or, erm, the contracters) used two different colorways and mixed them together–Borgert Holland stone in North Shore and Autumn Blend. It’s laid in a herringbone pattern and edged in a solid color charcoal stone. This took a lot of work and I am so happy with the results.
Along the side are 3 aspen trees-typically you can’t plant aspens in a yard because they crop up everywhere and take over, but since we have stone and the neighbors do as well, it should be fine. I can’t wait for them to leaf out and start rustling in the breeze.
Along the garage wall are shade friendly plants-hosta (generic, but they work and look good), columbine, begonia, forest grasses.
The sail shade and furniture are from Costco and have been great. It took a few doings to figure out the best way to hang the shade, and it now is just right. The furniture is modular which is nice because we can shift it around as needed to take advantage of the shade and also for various entertaining needs.
We’ve already been out here much, much more than we ever were last year. Still to come upgrades: restaining the fence, planting pots along the brick retaining wall behind the furniture, and an improved dining corner since it’s harder to eat while sitting on the couch than we thought it would be.
So I’ll say it here, in public, but JUST THIS ONCE.
Honey, you were right.
Catching up on blogging with some rapid sequence posting! It’s gardening season again! Last year I mentioned that I obtained alpaca poop from a cardiologist colleague who also happens to own and live on an alpaca farm. He is just one of the nicest people I know, to boot. This year I went back for more and brought the kids with me. Just look at that face! On the farm they have alpaca, llama, and paco-vicuña, all used for their wool. They sell the fibers out of the farm and at various fiber festivals across the country. Paco-vicuña in particular creates a lusciously soft fiber. The kids had fun getting to know the animals Well, the girl did. The boy, hilariously, was TERRIFIED of the curious but skittish creatures. That didn’t stop him from standing on the sidelines, shouting out instructions to the other kids and telling them the right way to interact with the animals, even though he rarely got within spitting distance of one again. There’s the girl, helping to shovel some of the steaming pile of…poop. And once we got home, more shoveling. Thankfully I had some dedicated helpers. Pictured with the boy is one of his neighbor friends from down the street. He and his brother always run up and help us whenever there’s any gardening to be done, and are actually very good and helpful! Given that this post is a month old, most of the garden is done and planted at this point-will take pictures of that when it’s had a chance to grow a bit. Differences from last year so far–I’m not bothering with corn or any bell peppers. I like the look of corn but it had too many creatures last year and not enough yield. As for the bell peppers, I can’t get them to grow even remotely well. I’m doing more beans this year and hoping to have some dried ones for winter, and I’m trying brussels sprouts for the first time. The boy also said he wanted his own plot so I’ve given him one of the boxes by the street-he thus far chose a broccoli plant, a green zebra tomato, a brussels sprout, and some flowers. He’s responsible for the weeding and learning about the care of the plants, which will be a great summer project for him, I think.