Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
last month ren had brought up the idea of hosting a house concert for amy steinberg and wondered if anyone would be interested. scotty and samuel thought it would be great (since we had so much fun with our acoustic jam/potluck party at the house)...i didn't think so. i wasn't up for it, so i declined. luckily there's this awesome lady, JESSICA SCHMESSICA, who was willing to do it!! so on a beautiful sunday night we gathered at her place to eat, talk, laugh, listen to music, and dance. it was a beautiful thing. first thing's first, we took a tour of jess' garden, there are some crazy big sunflowers growing down there!! then it was time to eat and the kids played a lot on the tire swing and the swing under the deck as well as explored all the little nooks and crannies of their property. finally amy came and got set up. no more tire swing kids, it was right where she was going to be performing...sorry! she started off the set with "exactly" which made us all happy as that song holds a lot of meaning for us. we danced and sang along, the kids got to run around and play in the wooded areas some more. after the concert, we went up to the house where amy shared her vibrating bowl with us. it felt amazing to hum and chant with the vibrations. we talked for awhile after that, just enjoying all the powerful energy created by the vibrations and the people there. later, a few of us walked up to the cow field to look at the stars. it was a beautiful night. must've been the moon...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
on august 5th, we went down to the acoustic coffeehouse for originals night to watch heather perform! we were really excited and weren't sure when she was going on so we got there early...like 7:30!! it was all quiet in there, no music!! so we ordered some smoothies for the kids and sat and talked awhile. heather got there sometime after 8 and we got to visit with her and her sick self...she was sporting a dayquil dowsed cold but ready to sing anyway! we thought we might be the only heather fans there that night but soon others started trickling in. it was exciting to see all our friends from sofh showing up as well as a few of heather's other friends. she had the place packed!! we ordered some food and drinks and watched a few of the first sets while quietly anticipating heather's stage time. which seemed to never ever ever come!!! they kept pushing her back and pushing her back. i finally told heather that because she had such a big crowd there to see her that they were trying to keep us there for as long as possible as we were all ordering food and drinks...they did not want to see us go anytime soon. that made her feel better =)!!
finally, it was time for her to go on...it was around 10:30!!! we were all very very excited. we gathered the kids up (they had been playing in and around and all over while waiting) for the show and settled in down front. she started off the set with "beautiful stillness" and a hush came over the crowd that had not been there all night, even while other performers were on. beautiful stillness indeed! it gave me goose bumps. i sang along like the crazy eyed fan of hers that i am. she did a full set that included a new one that i hadn't heard before and it got the crowd hooting...LIES LIES LIES!!! it was so awesome to see her let go of the nervousness she had been feeling and just perform like she did that sort of thing every single night.
Friday, August 15, 2008
we got together at warrior's path park on wednesday and it felt so good and natural, as if no time had passed at all! silas and phoenix hit it off immediately, like two matching souls...although they did not remember each other at all. of course not, they were all so little. samuel has a few memories, but he's the only one. i got to meet some of cheryl's friends and i really liked them! i found out that her friend ashleigh had been reading my blog recently and that was really cool, i felt so read and famous...LOL!! we played at the playground for awhile until the kids were so hot that we headed for the swimming area. but not before checking out a very cool, very bright green, but very freaky spider!!the water felt great!! we swam for awhile and then brian and cheryl's dad took the kids on the boat (samuel and sadie didn't want to go so they hung out with us moms).they had so much fun!!! as we were leaving (to avoid getting stormed on) we made plans for a quick drop by at our house the next day.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
we saw our friend, heather, play at the acoustic coffeehouse this week as well. it was amazing and i'd like to blog about that separately...but just wanted to mention it here because i don't know when i'll get to it.
i took some time earlier in the week to make some new chokers...one for sierra, who gave me some awesome wrist warmers!! one for ren, because she asked me to =). and one for myself. i worked on another just because i had an idea to work out, it is not really for anyone. i also took an old sketch and put color to it.
this morning, i did a lot more gardening than usual. it seems like after spring it's mostly watering and light picking. today i got to dig in the dirt again. pick lots of cukes and beans...and a nice batch of carrots. i planted a lot of lettuce and spinach and i'm looking forward to having that again. we've lost all but one of our watermelons. not sure what happened there but i'm learning that i will do those differently next year as well. the tomatoes are finally turning red, that is so exciting as i wasn't sure if they would make it either. i love my morning ritual of working in the garden. it gives me time to think and just focus on one simple thing. i love hauling the water that i'm using from the pool right now. it's really dirty in there and i refuse to just let the water run out into the grass. what a waste. so i haul it one 5 gallon bucket at a time up to the garden to water. it wakes up my muscles. it feels good. this is the second pool full of water i've used this way so far. it will be my last though as the pool didn't get the attention i thought it would and so i will not be filling it up again. besides, i need to have that space clear for when we finally move the camper over here.
tonight we are going to a house concert at rob and jess' place. we're pretty excited about that...but i'm also a little tired and wanting a quiet day at home. but that will have to wait until monday. as it is i had to cancel on a party we were going to attend briefly today. that was just too much. but we will visit with those friends later this week, so it is all good.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
on friday, the 1st...i had no plans to do anything particularly special. i had a vague idea that i might want to go to MOTS but hadn't made any concrete plans. then i went out to do my watering and checked on the frogs we "grew"...we were losing them. i knew that it isn't common for all tadpoles to make it, but i figured once they were frogs they would all be okay. i knew that we needed to re-release them ASAP. from what i'd read about capturing tadpoles and releasing the frogs, we needed to take them back to the spot we got them from. so after a little thought, i asked the kids if they wanted to go to rock creek to release the frogs. sadie has been reluctant about this idea, but she has known from the start that that was what we would be doing in the end. i asked them if they wanted to invite anyone to go, even though it was short notice we started making calls. by the time i talked with my friend, ren, i was not so sure that i wanted to get everyone all the way out there when we really didn't think we'd be there for too long. just dropping off frogs and maybe dipping a toe in the freezing water. since she was having some car problems she opted out, so we decided to just make it a solo family adventure. but while talking with ren, we decided we would meet later at MOTS and that made it a little easier for her daughter, sierra, to miss out on the rock creek action. so there it was, we had our day all figured out. so we headed out...
Sunday, August 03, 2008
i got up this morning and realized that with all the rain from yesterday, i would not need to do any watering in the gardening. normally, i get up and water and pick anything that needs picking. i said goodbye to scotty as he went off to work early and then i got to go straight to my morning vice...the computer! reading emails, answering emails, reading forums on RUN and IT, reading my favorite blogs. it's a tough job but somebody's gotta do it! i also downloaded some music and made a couple cds and put some on my mp3 player.
the other thing i do every morning is give the guinea pigs some fresh food, this is usually carrots or lettuce or whatever we happen to have. if i don't they will squeak at me while i'm trying to use the computer.
the kids slowly roll out of bed and pick out something to eat, usually they don't need a lot of help with breakfast. i had already cut up a watermelon and had it out so they could just get some if they wanted. i got off the computer so i could go make a tape for the car. the kids have made it real clear that they are tired of listening to kate nash, sia, and r.e.m. and i'd been wanting some dar williams and ani difranco for the car anyway. did i mention that my car doesn't have a cd player...that's why i have to make tapes. all the tapes that are usually in there are from the mid 80s and early 90s. once in awhile though i get around to making something new to put in there.
you've got to picture this tape making process because i don't have any and it's funny. my cd player with the tape player in it is super old and lately has been skipping all the time. so recording a cd onto a tape with it was just out of the question. so what did i do?? i borrowed samuel's cd player and took them both up to my room where it was quiet so that i could play the music on one and record it into the mic of the other. not recording studio quality but good enough to have something new in the car...and better than constant skipping. in case you didn't know this already, i have been known to go on for several paragraphs when talking about music so remember that for next time...you've been warned. so i informed the kids what i was doing so that i could have the quiet i needed for my project. they were awesome. the phone, not so much. my mom called, then my sister. my mom to tell me about her tests at the hospital and because i think she was feeling lonely and just needed to talk. my sister because she was bringing a project over and couldn't remember what i'd told her to bring.
while i was doing that, the kids were playing on the computer together, playing with guinea pigs and hanging out. my sister showed up just before lunch and we got to work on the project of building a wall piece for her son's bedroom. i painted a 2' x 2' craft board black and let it dry while we arranged and rearranged the 2 broken skateboards that we would attach to the board out on the front porch. the kids hung out inside with their cousins, shot each other with their new nerf guns and decided they wanted to walk to the comic book store. they stayed long enough to watch me attach the skateboards to the wood and then they left. but not before making sure they had enough to buy a bunch of the 25 cent comics in the back of the store and reassuring me that they did not need to eat lunch, they were not hungry. sadie stayed at home with us. i fixed quesadillas for the three of us, we ate at the picnic table on the porch and talked and laughed. it was nice, i never get to talk much with her one on one. sadie listened for awhile then went in and came back out with her guinea pig. then put him up and came back to listen some more to us talking. she got a little bored and played chuzzle on my phone for awhile
just when i was starting to wonder if the kids would ever come home, they rounded the corner. imagine 4 sweaty, thirsty pre-teen and teen youths rushing towards the house...one of which was shouting "water, water!!!" (that was silas...of course). they took their comic book treasures in to look at and share. while my sister and i were talking, i started falling asleep...seriously, i had to lay down. i said that it felt so good outside but i didn't have anywhere to lay down and i wished i had a hammock. that's when i remembered that i do!! i was suddenly awake with the excitement of hanging my hammock on the porch. my sister and her kids left to visit my mom and i found the hammock and hooks and got to putting it up. sadie helped hold it for me so i could figure out how high to put it. it didn't take long before it was all done and ready to test whether or not the hooks i used would hold my weight. they did. but by this time, i had lost all my sleepiness. so i got a book and some water and the phone and read for a little while.
meanwhile, samuel was reading his new comic books and silas was IMing with a friend who lives here in town and hatching a plan for her to come over to our house today. that didn't pan out though, it was just too late by the time they decided what to do. sadie watched the movie "cars." everyone tried out the hammock. by the way, this is a hammock i got years and years ago...maybe '92, not sure...on a trip with my boyfriend and his family and other friends down in mexico.
samuel took over the hammock while i went out to the garden to pick a watermelon from a vine that was not looking well and i was worried i would lose it as one had already went soft and yellow. it's a nice size for a shallow root system garden like SFG. i also harvested the rest of the corn and cut the stalks down. i have some new shoots from a recent corn planting coming in that are several inches now and i'm thinking it's plenty hot enough to do one more set as soon as i get up the roots of the old plants. i also found a huge cuke that i had somehow missed before. i usually get to them before they get that big, but it's not so big that i need to chuck it on the compost or anything. the kids had eggs and cukes for supper and i had three ears of corn and a whole cuke. we have yet to bother cooking any of the corn we've gotten from the garden. i love raw corn...but fresh raw corn that you just picked less than 15 minutes ago is phenomenal!! a little drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt...nothing better. and i ate the cuke like an apple. much juicier that way since none of the juices get left behind on the cutting board.
after eating, we put our new tent together out in the backyard. we recently missed out on an opportunity to camp because we had no tent, so we decided it was time to get a new one. we haven't had a tent since silas was a baby. the kids were excited and were so helpful putting it up. i told them maybe we would sleep in it tonight. we got it all put together and came inside to scratch our mosquito bites and rest. we had some nachos and watched a sitcom, then it was time for the kids to clean the guinea pig cage. when we got them, i helped with the cleaning for the first few weeks and then turned it over to them completely. they get it done, each with their own particular part they do. and then they are done before i know it.
while they are doing that, i'm on the computer for a rare second time today treat and i decide to go ahead and do this blog entry. scotty came home just a bit ago and he went to take a shower while i finish this up. he brought home cookies. yum. he might get lucky. oops, that's probably not supposed to be part of my day in the life story. ah well.
while writing this i'm listening to my projectplaylist music and enjoying chair dancing to a new discovery...lady gaga..."just dance." i keep hitting the repeat button. must get up...and...dance...cannot...stop....myself...the version on my list is faster than the one on her myspace...so i like it better.
now everyone is horse laughing in the other room while watching "family guy"...a show i would never have thought i would let my kids watch.
i know it seems like so much of this is about me and what i did. but that's how it gets sometimes as they get older. but they are always in and around my activities...sometimes helping, sometimes just watching. later there will probably be some reading to sadie if she wants, while the boys take turns getting in a little more computer time before they get tired and head to bed.
i didn't take any pictures today...not even when i was doing projects...gasp!! but i did take one a little while ago of samuel and sadie cuddling on the couch together. i may come back later and add it (while proofing this i remembered that i did take a picture of sadie in the hammock...so i'll have that to share later as well. okay, i did take more than i thought it did...funny how it's an extension of my arm sometimes so that i don't even remember using it) but right now...the real world calls...Share
Friday, August 01, 2008
this is an actual game, i love how it turned out (that missing spot would be white, we have lost some pieces over the years)...sadie was white!!!
so we made it to "the cranberry thistle" for the first real life create and trade of imagination tribe's east tennessee tribe...that was a mouthful!!
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i knew the tv cabinet was good for something!!
late night silliness and dramedy!!Share