Saturday, March 31, 2012

art-paper-scissors :: homemade play-dough

we've had a very rainy week.
and it was spring break, no less.
so i decided that it was time for a batch of

ned played with this play-dough
for hours on end yesterday.

this is the same recipe i posted
a couple years ago.
see the original post here.

make your own batch
right here

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

:: long ago and far away ::

a camping field trip to emandal
{we also visited frey vineyards and real goods}
with melanie williams' class,
the politics of appropriate technology,
at humboldt state university.
spring 1992 or 1993, i think
lots of old friends & lots of stories in this photo.

and in the center,
there's missy & me
i love you, sweet friend.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

:: green bean quesadillas ::

remember green bean tacos from this summer?
this was a simplified version.
they were easy & delicious.
i boiled the green beans for a few minutes,
then sauteed them with some green onion,
salt & pepper,
and lots of cumin.
{note: cumin is the magic ingredient}
then added them to our regular
flour tortillas + jack cheese quesadillas.

we had a giant salad
to go with them.

Monday, March 26, 2012

:: easy vegetarian dinner ::

i found this recipe years ago
on stephanie nielson's food blog, cuisinenie.

the organic mushrooms, baby spinach, and onion
in my fridge made me think of it today.
it is so delicious, and couldn't be easier to make.
i love that her recipe
starts with the unassuming question,
"do you have bread?"

when i made this tonight,
i just made it from memory.
i sauteed the onion,
then the mushrooms,
then the spinach,
adding salt & pepper after each addition.
i melted grated jarlsberg cheese
into the sauteed mixture,
and served it on buttered toast
with just a little balsamic vinegar.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

in a pinch

these are really good
{they're good even when you're not in a pinch}

Saturday, March 24, 2012

art-paper-scissors :: flower & fur magnets

i am willing to bet
that the front of your fridge
is not nearly as fresh, nor as furry, as it could be.
let's fix that.
head on over to
to make your very own
you will feel like a superhero once you have
rescued some plastic caps from your recycle bin,
and rescued your magnetic surfaces
from looking boring.
what are you waiting for?
get going
right here

Friday, March 23, 2012

:: baseball and tadpoles ::

today was ned's
first baseball practice.
he's happy to be on a team with
two of his good friends, max & ty.

and there are 20 tiny tadpoles in his classroom.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

:: better together ::

i made a new treasury
come see it

and here is the song that goes with it

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

this boy

went to school today
just for the afternoon,
and he is wiped out.

when he walked into his classroom,
after being gone an entire week,
everyone said, "yay, ned!"
then, one sweet boy {ty} gave him a hug.
then, the entire class came up
and surrounded ned in the sweetest
and most orderly group hug
that i have ever witnessed.
{thank you, mrs. morgan, for letting this happen right in the middle of class}
and boy, do i wish i had my camera.

kind of reminded me of this song

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Snow / Windy 
Feels Like: 22° 
Wind: From SE at 21mph gusting to 28mph 
Locations nearby are reporting heavy snow. 

the first day of spring is one thing, 
and the first spring day is another.
the difference between them
is sometimes as great as a month.
~henry van dyke

first day of spring?  check.
blowing snow?  check.
christmas lights all aglow?  check.

Monday, March 19, 2012

a story about marian

i had to write a little story about marian
for a really cool project
that she's been working on for weeks.

i wrote about the time that she cut
her long braids for locks of love.
she was in first grade.
such a wonderful way to help,
don't you think?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

~ u n f u r l ~

nevermind that it snowed at my house today,
it's almost spring.
time to
come see it

Saturday, March 17, 2012

art-paper-scissors :: folded paper diamond

you can make your own

i have been so inspired by these
{source}            {source}            {source}
that i decided to make my own.

come check it out

here is a sample of the folded paper
to help you make your folds

Friday, March 16, 2012

s n u g

snug as a bug
come see it

ned is doing pretty well.
today was a little harder than yesterday,
which is what we had been told to expect.
he is accepting food, water, and medicine,
however reluctantly.

thank you, nicki & sabrina, 
for sending ned a super cool spinning top.
it's just enough to get him off the couch
& get his mind off his misery.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

guest post: ned

Today, I rested on the couch with Bunny
and watched Curious George and Garfield.
I am feeling a lot better,
but my throat still hurts a little bit.  
The best thing for my throat is cold milk.
My grandma and grandpa
sent me a get-well box
with lots of money
and some lemonheads
and a baseball shirt
and bubbles
and books. 
It made me feel lots better.
J Love, Ned

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

:: my little guy ::

he's doing better than expected tonight
bunny? check.
popsicle? check.
almost a smile? check.

some pictures from this morning
{before surgery}
{before surgery}

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

:: feeling vote-y & a fifty dollar lollipop ::

for those of us in joint school district no. 2,
today is voting day.
the district has proposed a two-year levy 
to raise revenue for two things: 
1. to restore 9 instructional school days
{9 days/year from K-12th grade = 117 days - 70% of a school year}
2. to replace "one-time" sources of revenue
learn more here.
i voted YES.
it will mean higher property tax,
but our school district really needs the money.
since i was feeling so vote-y,
i wore my new o'bama 2012 shamrock t-shirt.
it's from here.

also today, i bought a lollipop.
a fifty dollar lollipop.
thankfully, insurance paid $30,
making it a $20 out-of-pocket lollipop.
it is a post-op lollipop that contains tetracaine,
to numb ned's throat so he can take his REAL pain medication.

ned's tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy
{and possible ear tube placement}
is tomorrow {wednesday}.
please keep him in your thoughts.

Monday, March 12, 2012

being elmo :: a puppeteer's journey

this movie is amazing.
i have always loved sesame street,
the muppets, and jim henson.
now, i also love kevin clash.

i knew {from reading the credits of everything i watch}
that kevin clash was the human behind elmo, 
but i had no idea who he was
or how he got there.

his story is so inspirational.
i do remember trying to step through
our tv screen right onto sesame street.
and, this man did it.

you might be intersted to know that
princess diana
captian kangaroo
are in this movie.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

:: weekend deliciousness, with thanks ::

sweet friends sent us this
yum!  and SO much fun.
{thank you, mary, matt, & molly}

i made this
~ raspberry clafoutis ~ 
find the recipe here.
i'm guessing that i have made 75 of these.
always amazing.
{thank you, tracy, for this recipe}

jessica's chickens made these
then i turned them into
the very best egg sandwiches.
{thank you, jessica.  thank you, beautiful hens}
{do you remember her chickens?}
{wait until you see her backyard chicken coop ~ coming soon}

Saturday, March 10, 2012

art-paper-scissors :: monoprints

head over to
and give printmaking a try.

i read about monoprints here,
and decided to give it a go.
now, you can, too
{ned made a monster}

come check it out

Friday, March 9, 2012

:: breakfast of champions ::

eagle hills elementary teaches and celebrates
positive character traits, like honesty and sharing.
ned was recognized today
at the breakfast of champions for showing
don't you love all the teacher high-fives?

this is ned with his wonderful teacher,
mrs. morgan.
{we absolutely adore her}

in other ned news,
the surgery center called to say
that his surgery {tonsils & adenoids} 
has been moved up to next wednesday.
he is pumped {for popsicles & ice cream}.
i am nervous {because it's surgery}.
please keep my sweet boy in your
thoughts & prayers.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

:: sleepytime vanilla ::

all day long, i drink strong black tea,
but at bedtime, i drink this.
here's how celestial seasonings describes it:
With its comforting aroma and perfectly balanced flavor, 
Sleepytime Vanilla is an exquisitely soothing new way
for you to wind down your day.

this post by my dear friend, gretchenconfirms
that my bedtime tea routine is a good thing.
she has several other do-able suggestions
to help you get the sleep you need.
it's national sleep awareness week, after all.
{gretchen & me in the fall}
read more of gretchen's spot-on
professional advice at her blog.
{you cans also find her in my blog roll, over on the right}

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

sick of sickness

ned's appointment with the
ear, nose, & throat specialist yesterday
determined that his tonsils & adenoids need to go.
he might need ear tubes, as well.

so, that's what we'll be doing in three weeks.
for spring break.

in the meantime, 
his antibiotics are making him ill.
it's not fun or pleasant and he can't go to school.

we are in that exhausting pattern
where we solve one problem
just as a new one arises.
it's called whack-a-mole.
i'm realizing that there is no such thing
as a "normal week" anymore.
whack-a-mole is the new normal.

i wish there was a prize at the end.

but on the bright side,
i have a brand new baby orchid.
the little teapot is from my sweet pal, mary ann,
and it used to be in a kindergarten classroom.

Monday, March 5, 2012

:: milk delivery ::

do you ever...
have your milk delivered?
we are giving it a go.

our first order:
milk, cream, eggs, 
& squeaky cheese curds.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

:: weekend ::

today has been the most relaxing day.
i really needed it.

this little guy has been sick.
so he and i stayed home and took it easy.
{we will see the ear, nose, & throat specialist tomorrow}

these guys skied bogus basin today.
{our local mountain ~ just a 45 minute drive}
never mind that the big guy was diagnosed 
with pneumonia less than one week ago.

this girl 
{in the blue dress and crazy platform sandals}
thinks that now she is 18,
every weekend is a road trip.
{last weekend to redding & chico}
{this weekend to santa rosa}

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