Archive for October, 2008

What NOT to get your wife for her birthday

Yes, I know it was a joke but I’m still not laughing.

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Art Sunday

Last Sunday afternoon was spent at the Art Museum with my children. The project was focused on Greek Mythology.

My kids know far more about Greek Myths than I do and were psyched to put their information to paper, all the while chattering about their heros and their amazing feats. Me? I drew a tree since, well, my knowledge is severely lacking. I need to hang out with my kids more. I might learn something.

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39 (again)

Last weekend we celebrated my birthday. My big birthday. I am now 4 decades old. Friday night, we went to my favorite local Mexican joint.

I dined on my favorite foods — nacho chips and margaritas.

From the looks of my youngest, you’d think he was the one sipping margaritas.

Saturday night was a big party at my friend Kim’s house. Both Kim and I have birthdays near each other albeit several days and years apart. She has an Octoberfest party each year and we use is loosely as a birthday celebration.

John actually wore lederhosen and I foolishly forgot to photograph him. We drank beer and ate brats and pretzels while the kids jumped themselves silly on a trampoline.

Sunday dawned and I woke up to the fact that I was a year older. I was served breakfast in bed by my children. They helped eat it, too. Oli was particularly interested in eating the icing off my cake. I spent the afternoon at the art museum with the children as John left for a business trip. When we arrived home, I had this waiting for me:

Flowers from my older brother and his wife. My wonderful brother who will always reach these milestone birthdays before me. And always be older. Older than me. Am I rubbing it in enough, George? The flowers made my day and they are still as gorgeous (or is that georgeous) today as they were when delivered.

My day ended with my friends Jenn and Laura (who shares my same day and year of birth) coming over with a bottle of champagne and a load of chocolate.

Overall, forty isn’t such a bad deal. But how could it be with so many great people in my life? Champagne, margaritas, chocolate and flowers only further sweeten the deal.

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More Sewing

I’ve been having fun with my machines this week. Some shirts for Mojo:

And a lone shirt for Oli.

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Holiday Elf Hat

After knitting a patch full of pumpkin hats, I’m done with them. On to something fresh and new…..elf hats!

I wonder how many it will take until I’m through with them. In the mean time, I envision enough hats for all the little holiday elves running around here.

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Chicken Life

We’ve been keeping chickens for 3 years now.

Presently we have six of them. They are easy pets and very rewarding. Each day, in return for food, water and shelter they give us this:

Misconceptions abound about keeping poultry. Contrary to what most think, they are not smelly. And they are not messy. It helps that John regularly turns the soil in the coop area. They also get a weekly addition of yard clippings from several yards tossed in.

We have put effort into keeping their area cute. When we needed to build a bigger coop this year, we made sure that it was attractive.

This was built from a playhouse kit. I painted it to match our house. Their area is fenced in by a picket fence on two sides. The other two sides are 4 ft wire fencing. I clip wings regularly to keep the birds in their bounds but they do like to escape now and then. Two of them have taken a fancy to roosting in my neighbor’s bushes at night. John just nabs them after dark and tosses them in the coop. I leave them out and nothing foul has happened yet. Having a dog in the yard is even more encouragement for them to stay within their fence.

In our town and neighboring towns, restrictions about keeping birds have become stringent. There is fear that keeping poultry brings down property value and leads to neighborhood decline. While listening to my chickens softly cluck and watching their amusing antics, I can’t imagine how this could be. Mine are a positive addition to my yard and their (delicious! organic! free-range!) eggs a welcome addition to my kitchen.

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Field Trip

I accompanied the kindergarten class on a field trip this morning. Guess where we went.

Ah, yes, the pumpkin patch. I’ve been on this field trip twice previously but this year was different. Instead of pumpkins growing in the fields, they were artfully arranged in rows and piles throughout the farm. The flooding that occurred here wiped out the whole crop. Today’s pumpkins were trucked in. Regardless, we all had a great time — the weather was perfect and the class had fun.

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