Tuesday, March 31, 2009

On the Road...

I just got back from a lovely weekend here...
I will post the delights of my stay...boy are you gonna be jealous! ;)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

For the Birds...

Elijah and I have been hoping to start doing some bird watching.
He received this bird feeder for Christmas.
It has a fetching copper roof and is cunning in it ability to fend off squirrels.
We haven't had any visitors yet.

I found a book on how to attrack birds to your yard.
I have hopes that we will have activity soon.


Spring is a time of year that I adore.
The fresh smell of newly tilled earth and the awakening of plants and animals for the growing season to come. The days are longer and there is a new warmth and goldeness to daylight.
David came in the front door on Saturday and told me to come look...my crocus and tulip bulbs, over 200 of them that I planted last fall, are satrting to push through the dirt and mulch. I am thrilled. I am looking forward to taking Elijah in hand and going for a walk around the yard to look and touch. I want him to experience Spring and nature first hand.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mischievious...

Does the face of this little boy look like he could cause mischief?
Desidedly...yes!
As of late the thermostate on the oven has been mysteriously moving. Which has resulted in rock hard cupcakes and a chocolate pear torte that met the bottom of the garbage can with a resounding thud.
The first time this occured I thought they I had accidentally turned the knob to the wrong temperature. I must admit that it surprised me to think that I might do that. I am very careful when it comes to baking. Baking does not appreciate the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants method. Directions are meant to be adheared to. Which is odd for me too. I like to be random, random is happy for me. But, pattern and predictability is a must with baking...so I can deal.
With a flick of the wrist I usually set the knob and walk away to mix, whip, or knead etc. and forget about it.
I suspected that something was amiss when it happened a second time. The third time I caught a little gnome (by the name of Elijah) turning the knob. He loves to turn knobs. We had a chat...we'll see.
In the mean time I will check the knob and check often.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The one where I talk about cleaning...I know, rivoting!

Did anyone ever make any of their own cleaners? I posted recipes here back in March 2008.
I made up a new batch last week. For the floor cleaner I used Peppermint essential oil...it smells so nice. And I used Almond Dr. Bronner's Soap in my all-purpose cleaner and I love that scent too. The bathrooms smelled so nice when I got them done yesterday.
I don't know if I ever mentioned that I also make my own moisturizer for my face. It is made from Vegetabel Glycerin and Aloe Vera Gel. It makes my skin so soft and hydrated. I need to make a new batch of that as well.
One book I have found to be very useful in my green quest is Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond
It is chalk full of receipes for almost everything you can think of. It was recommended to me several years ago by a former boss. When I was dog sitting for her, she asked me to use mixture of vinegar and water to clean up any dog messes. I was curious and a little shocked that using somethiong as simple as that could be enough to clean. It turns out vinegar is a powerful cleaning ingredient! She loaned me her copy of the book. I soon bought my own copy...It has become my go-to book for many household tasks and is quite dog-earred. My moisturizer recipe is in that book...as well as many other things I use through the house and on myself. I really want my babies to be exposed to as few harsh chemicals as I can, so this book is most helpful in accomplishing that.

Monday, March 2, 2009

First Taste...

Evelyn is now working on solid foods. The above picture was taken as she had her first taste of rice cereal last week. She is enamored. We decided to wait until she was about six months old before starting her on foods to give her the best possible start. She is still figuring out the whole spoon-in-the-mouth thing and gets quite mad when the spoon is empty. Eating is a favorite activity of hers.
It still amazes me how fast our little ones grow and change, it all really does pass in the blink of an eye. So in these sweet days I will just have to bump up the amount of hugs and kisses, that's all there is to it!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

6 Months Old...

Happy 1/2 year birthday to my...
Super squishy
rolly-polly
independent
Fatty Morsel.
Everyday is more beautiful because you are in it.
Just slow down the getting big thing a little bit would ya?
I'm not quite ready for you to be this old yet.
I love you!