Saturday, November 30, 2019


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what 
you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Oprah Winfrey

Wishing everyone a leisurely weekend of recovery, leftovers, and warm places to lounge. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2019

This Moment

Pausing to share a quiet, rainy moment amidst the prepping for our Thanksgiving feast, our travels to family gatherings, and the holiday decorating that will follow it all!

Happy prep week, friends!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Beginning the Kitchen Window Pond

For a couple years now, I've been plotting and pining for a little water garden under my kitchen window (remember when I first started brainstorming?). We have a bountiful source of rocks and boulders right on sight- in fact one could argue that we have way too many, depending on the project- so it is easy to imagine a waterfall, stone-lined banks, and a natural transition into the garden beds we've been working and shaping.

It's easy to imagine it, anyway.

Getting it done is an entirely different matter.

We've made a little trouble for ourselves in that we dug the hole before we had the waterfall stacked... so now the tractor can't reach to help place the rocks, and we're having to rethink our process, so here she sits............................................................................................... for now.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Flu Visits

Since this past weekend, we have been under the heavy thumb of Flu B. Eleven years of having kids in the family, and this is the first time we've ever had to put up with a visit from the flu. Poor Audrey. At least it's not the stomach version.

Tiny little bonus: a quiet and still girl wrapped in blankets makes the perfect base for a suddenly very cuddly cat... looks like we're all doing our part to help her feel better.

Friday, November 1, 2019

2019 Costumes

Our night out this year was cold for these Texan trick-or-treaters! But we had fun, we brought home waaaay too much candy (as usual), and we got to bed waaaay too late (again). My only regret this year is that my Littles didn't want to carve pumpkins, which kinda bums me out, but at least we'll have "fall" decorations for a little bit longer, right? *sigh*

Wishing everyone a gentle crash from all the sugar highs and a great First of November Friday!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

First Fire

Cold and rainy day
Gray light out, warm glow inside
Quiet zen of home

Monday, October 28, 2019

Costumes- Then & Now

First Halloween together- Pooh and Piglet

Rainbow and Leprechaun

Cowboy (with stick horse) and Princess

Day clothes that same year

Tinkerbell and Captain Hook

Doctor and Surgeon

Pigpen and Charlie Brown

Butterfly and Vet

Pa Ingalls and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Skeleton, Stick Figure, and Rick (Daddy)

This past Sunday, we made a trip to the thrift store, a trip to the fabric store, then we hunkered down in the craft room and spent just shy of 6 hours executing Halloween costumes for this year.

It's been kinda fun watching the evolution of our costumes- from whatever seemed like it matched that Mama could grab at the store, to whatever we could make from what we had around the house, to what we could put together from the dress-up stash, and then on to what the kids themselves could think up and pull off... it's been fun (and always kinda last-minute if I'm being honest).

This year both Audrey and Henry had a very strong concept of what they want to be for Halloween.

Henry watched Spirited Away with me a little while back and immediately decided he wanted to be No Face. I found the mask on Amazon but the rest of it we put together with pieces here and there from the thrift store.

(Neither Audrey nor Henry wanted a pic taken of them in their complete setup until Halloween evening when everything- including makeup- is complete, so check back here this coming weekend!)

Audrey has been obsessed with the Redwall series and decided she wants to be Major Perigord this year, a warrior hare with a very specific and detailed outfit (the front and center hare in blue).

The ears came from Amazon, the base shirt came from the thrift store, and the faux fur came from some voodoo coupon magic at the fabric store. Everything else we had around the house.

I am now officially all crafted out, but I can't help loving how super excited they both are about debuting their looks. I am really enjoying watching their wheels turn and getting to participate in pulling off their meaningful costume choices. It was totally worth the majority of our Sunday.

I may be as excited as they are for Halloween to come now!