We went to Powell Gardens!

IMG_1155 _Snapseed IMG_1173 _Snapseed IMG_1184 _Snapseed IMG_1216 _Snapseed IMG_1227 _Snapseed IMG_1262 _Snapseed IMG_1306 _SnapseedTop 3 takeaways from our trip to Powell Gardens:

1. LEGO is seriously some cool shit.  They had 14 amazing LEGO sculptures at Powell Gardens – you must go see them.  LEGO may not be more amazing than Nature, but Nature best be watchin’ her back.

2. It is annoying how DH is 3 years older than me and happily  kneeled to get his picture taken in the lil’ kid photo cutouts.  My knees hurt just looking at the picture of him in the grape.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables are yummy.  (You aren’t reading this blog for breaking news, hopefully?)

Things I Love Right Now

1. Blooming butterfly bush

2. My husband’s book reviews

3. My new notebook+pen (an anniversary gift)

4. My front porch

5. Mojitos

6. Envelope liners

7. Blue eyes on a blue quilt

5 Years: Our Love is Organic!

DH and I have been married for 5 years + some change.  We finally got around to celebrating yesterday – we did all things gardening – something we both love.  We started the day at the Lawrence Farmer’s Market, took … Continue reading


It has been quite a month.

I went to San Francisco and went to a conference with smart people and I missed my husband without whom the city we love is not the same.  And Mattie came to visit.  And she scratched the love out of us – demanding our full devotion and the warmth of our bodies.  And then shortly after she died.  And I was miserable.  Quiet moments stabbing me into crying.  And I still had to work a lot.  And then Easter and the kids wore stripes and giggles and my tears agreed to wait.  And then Polly.  And spring was too early and the flowers were everywhere.  The tulips made Ian sneeze and his eyes sting and he didn’t get mad at me – didn’t even think of it.  And I still had to work a lot.  And I turned 38 by the glow of my computer screen.  And Annie got her hair cut and found a time machine and frolicked just a bit.  And today I am finding balance and things are going to be changing and getting better and harder.  And always there will be the memory of little Mattie sleeping on my head, trying to get close enough to suck out all the marrow of all my love.  And I would give it to her a million times over.  I miss you little pup and will never forget.

My Sunday Off… Part Two: Going Out!

I did leave the house… and we had some fun on what is a *perfect* fall afternoon…

Annie invading SD's personal space on the way to the park

SD and SS at the park... looking like genuine 4th graders


late summer flowers in a vase

tiny bouquet of leftover flowers


Happy Saturday! It is shaping up to be one of those perfect Saturdays – up early, relaxing but enjoyable activities in-between, and topped off with a night out. Here is what I have been up to and am going to be up to.

(list 43) Saturday Activities

1. I got up early and walked to meet for a walk with the Northland Women’s Walk and Run Club. I walked part of the way with them and then veered off home. My original plan was to walk to Zumba, but as I neared the turn, I chickened out. I hadn’t walked that way before and I was afraid I would get there way early. I still got a lot of walking in – 4.1 miles.
2. Once home I ate cereal with DH (who had woken up when I did at 5 am and had stayed up!) and we enjoyed the last coolness of the morning.
3. I did go to Zumba. It was a lot of fun. And for part of it I got that workout high – I get those so rarely, so I made the most of it and jumped and bumped with a lot of gusto. I am looking forward to Tuesday/Thursday Zumba classes starting next week.
4. After all of that I took a nap while DH was useful – he put up the tent to air out for our trip next week, watered our flowers, and mowed the lawn. All I achieved was a crazy hair-do from sleeping while my hair was wet from the shower. Woot.
5. Next we are going to go shopping for camping supplies and food and pick up our CSA share for the week.
6. Tonight we are going to go see Eddie Izzard. He is one of DH’s favorites, and I am looking forward wearing black, curling my hair, fancifying my face and sitting in a theater and being entertained.
Here are some pictures of Saturday flowers from our porch. They actually are there everyday, but I enjoy them on the weekends. On the weekdays I look at them wistfully as I get in my car to go to work.

And here are some pictures of Annie trying to decide what book to read or whether she should go outside and play. Ultimately, she decided to spend her Saturday taking a nap on the cool tile (she doesn’t allow photographs while she is napping).


We had a GREAT weekend. We got lots done and had a lot of fun getting it done. Here is the list!

(list 14) Stuff We Did This Weekend

  1. I made the fused plastic bag. It took a prototype to get it right, but after that I had success. The instructions I posted a link to make a lot of cutting the bags so that they will be a flat rectangle. Pshaw! It works just as well to smoosh a bunch of plastic bags in between parchment paper and iron. The bags all melt and fuse and lay flat, and the patterns are much more interesting that way. You have to trim the fused plastic to make a rectangle to sew with, but you would have to do that anyway. I sewed the rectangles together using that invisible quilting thread which is like fishing line and sewed on handles using the Evil and Glorious Martha’s ribbon tape stuff. I took the bag out for its inagural trip to HyVee. It did very well. I will post a picture as soon as I can track down the camera and the bag at the same time.
  2. DH and the twins found a store of bricks under a layer of grass and dirt in the backyard. It really was quite a find. We needed brick or stone to encase our fire pit and a herb and flower garden. And I was dreading the trips to buy and transport new or reclaimed brick. And then we just POOF! reclaimed some from our own lawn. We were all very excited. My stepdaughter kept saying, “It is good we found that brick!” She is right. We used our newly-bricked fire pit and cooked veggie brats and smores on Saturday night. It was great. Like camping, except for the neighbors %($$(#)$#( incessantly barking dog. Annie won’t come outside when the fire is going. She is afraid of fire, like her aunt Mattie (my parents’ dog).
  3. We went to the Eat Local! soiree and tracked down Snow’s Heritage Acres and bought a share. They have a pick-up just minutes from our house on Saturdays and on May 3rd we get to go see the farm.
  4. Sunday morning I took the twins to Penguin Park and they swang and spun and climbed while I willed the clouds to clear.
  5. I am making a quilt block pillow for a friend of mine and I got the applique pieces cut out and fused on and have started stitching them down. I’ll post pictures when I am done and the receivee has received it.
  6. We all got to pick something we wanted to do this weekend, to make sure it was fair. My thing was the Eat Local! show, my stepdaughter’s thing was going to Penguin Park, and Dear Husband’s thing was time to write and garden. My stepson’s thing was going to H.M.S. Beagle, so we did. We walked away with a remote-control tarantula, solar paper, a book, owl pellets, and glass bottles for me to put my beads in. A very successful trip for everybody involved, and the twins got to spend the backlog of allowance they had accumulated.

Happy Tuesday… four days until the next weekend.

The twins by the fire pit

The twins and I inspecting tree rings in our new seat by the fire pit. (And Annie is there also!)

Our new brick-bordered garden (with a backdrop of all the overgrowth Bill and I are slowly taming.)