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Thirteen years!

Published on May 8, 2013, in Daily Post.

On Sunday, I had the great pleasure of hanging out with two wonderful women.  When my oldest was 1  to 2 years old, I was friends with two other moms who each had babies the same age.  Before the kids were two, we all went in separate directions:  Marketa to London and eventually to Prague, Kate to a far-away suburb, and me to a farther away suburb, although later than either of them.

But, Marketa came to the US this weekend to celebrate her daughter’s 15th birthday.  So, we all got together, after not seeing each other for thirteen years.  It was wonderful to see them, see the kids (they’re so BIG) and  catch up over coffee and yummy desserts here.

I haven’t found the photo of the three of them from when they were toddlers, but here’s this year’s version–three lovely, beautiful, strong teenagers–can’t believe it’s been thirteen years!

 

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And here are their equally strong, beautiful, and lovely mothers:

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it’s been a busy day

Published on May 6, 2013, in Daily Post.

riding in the morning

volunteering at the library

planting 3 rows of peas

baking this pound cake

watching the Kentucky Derby

getting fitted for our Minuteman uniforms

reading this

the girls’ excitement over getting this in the mail

the boy beginning to feel better

 

 

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this week

Published on May 4, 2013, in Daily Post.

So, I’ve had a sick boy, who stayed home the entire week!  Wasn’t much fun for either of us.  He had this “dizzy when I stand up” thing that also affected his stomach for a few days.  So, he didn’t eat for about four days and mainly stayed in our bed, watching movies and sleeping.  (It was a long week…)

But, I did get a few things started:

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For my birthday last month, I got a charm pack of Denyse Schmidt’s Shelburne Farms Charm Pack.  This week, I cut them in half and made that small piece above.  I randomly put them together in sets of three and then did alternate rows vertically and horizontally.  I was going to add a border and make it bigger, but I decided to keep it small and see what happened.  So, it’s in the quilting line and after that, who knows?

I also cut out equilateral triangles, inspired by this, and will be sewing this, hopefully this very weekend.

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And now, three random pictures I took this week that I particularly like:

1.  Sunrise from earlier this week.

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2.  Rainbow girl “flying”

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3.  Stay tuned for what’s up with this one!

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Have a great weekend!

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Book Review: The Expeditioners

Published on May 4, 2013, in Daily Post.

Last week I had the great pleasure to read a very fine book named The Expeditioners written by S.S. Taylor and illustrated by Katherine Roy.  This book has everything a good chapter book should:  compelling story, kid-centered, clever characters and just the right amount of fabulously appropriately-drawn illustrations. To add to how much I liked this book, there were aspects of steampunk, maps, and an Indiana Jones-quality of heart-stopping adventure and exploration.

I liked it so much, I recommended it to my kids.  So far, my youngest daughter, Mimi, loved it and now the oldest girl is also loving it.  Mimi’s twin, the boy, hasn’t started it yet, as he was sick all week and only started reading again this morning.

Here’s the cover of The Expeditioners:

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Doesn’t it look so great?  I don’t want to give away the story, but the basics are:  three siblings set off to find treasure in a canyon.  Their mother is dead and their father is missing and presumed dead as well.  Kit is the narrator, and along with his brother Zander and sister M.K., sets off on a quest.   So fun to read a smart and clever book.  If your kids like Blue Balliet’s books or those in the Percy Jackson series–check this one out.

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weekend with captions!

Published on April 30, 2013, in Daily Post.

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The boy and his dad by the Charles River.  We took an impromptu trip to Harvard Square on Saturday, while one of the twins was at a friend’s house.  It’s always interesting to see the dynamic change when you have less than all of your children with you.

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The oldest and her dad–I can’t tell you why he’s making a funny face.

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We stopped to play frisbee in a park behind Harvard and consequently got the frisbee stuck in a tree–see that orange thing up in the tree?  And then do you see the husband trying to get it down by throwing a shoe at the offending branch?  We were not successful and the tree won.

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Hanging in Harvard Square.  This is where my husband and I met and where we worked together at WordsWorth Books for over 10 years.  WordsWorth isn’t there anymore, which is more than a bummer for many reasons, but for my very personal reason–we can’t show the kids where we hung out, courted, dated and fell in love.

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Eating Japanese food at Wagamama–sorry honey for the bad picture of you, but the noodle shot is worth it!

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Stopped and watched “Wacky Chad”–and wacky he was.  Had both the 10 and the 14-year old laughing hard, so it was worth it.

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We stopped in a hat store (sorry–can’t remember the name) and the boy tried on a few hats.  This kid loves hats.  Seriously.  He sleeps in hand knit beanies almost every night.  There are some days when I don’t really see his hair, which usually leads to an overdue haircut.

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Love the old architecture that you can find in Cambridge.

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What happens when I machine quilt.  I take everything off the sewing table and just make a clutter-fest on the other work table next to it.  What a wacky collection of stuff!

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A sign of what’s to come.  Can anyone say Denise Schmidt is a genius?!

 

 

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Another sick day

Published on April 25, 2013, in Daily Post.

So, the middle girl (one of the twins) has been sick today and yesterday.  It’s a nondescript stomach thing, but I think she turned the corner tonight and will be going to school tomorrow.  So, sick kid + half day+ girl scout meeting= not a lot of quilting and no pictures of progress.  I did one more side of the binding on the scrappy quilt.  Simply cannot wait to finish that quilt.  It’s not my favorite and I’m anxious to start something else.  Lots of things coming, for sure.

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Where I’ve been

Published on April 24, 2013, in Daily Post.

Oh, well, that’s a good one.  If you asked me, I couldn’t really tell you.  I’m still working out this not working, organizing my days at home, volunteering, quilting, creative lifestyle.

So, we went on a trip:

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We went to New York City, to celebrate his birthday–my dear old dad!

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We also went to a parade and marched in another, in honor of Patriot’s Day.  It’s a big deal here in our town, as we’re next door to Concord, MA, and both of our towns have wonderful parades and activities all week.  The kids and I marched with the Lincoln Minutemen from Lincoln to Concord early Monday morning.  The boy and I went to Minuteman National Park to watch a reenactment of the battle, which was amazing for both him and me.

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And today, I returned to quilting.  I know everyone loves them, but I can’t stand my scrappy around the world quilt.  I had so much trouble evening out the squares, so there’s a lot of uneven stuff going on in the middle and now the binding I’ve chosen only sort of  goes well with the backing.  I’m going to finish it, however, even though I’d love to abandon it.  I also cleaned the sewing room, so it feels better just walking in there.

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Best. Birthday. Ever.

Published on April 10, 2013, in Daily Post.

Got a new toy:

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(This was taken with my iPhone, as I haven’t gotten the camera ready for use yet. )  But I am so excited and I’m going to give it a workout tomorrow, when the twins have a field trip to Minuteman National Park to learn more about the Revolutionary War.  I am also excited to learn a new platform, as my previous DSLR was a Nikon.  With that new system to absorb, I’m going to learn more about photography in general, so that I know more about aperture, ISO, and so many other things that are on that fancy screen.  I’m bummed because I just saw the ad for this, and it would be a perfect opportunity for me.  I’ve decided that I don’t want to only use the Automatic mode on this camera.  So, stay tuned.

I’ve been hinting (read screaming) that I need a new camera as my Nikon was getting a bit flaky and unreliable.  So, I guess my husband (the awesome) finally got tired of hearing me getting frustrated with it.

But, a birthday isn’t just about presents, right?

Oh yeah–it’s also about a little of this:

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These are the most delicious cupcakes.  We get them from Georgetown Cupcakes in Boston.  The kids love them and of course, they’re super expensive, so they only come home for special occasions.

So, while I was so more than surprised this morning to receive the camera and this evening we had tasty Chinese takeout and those yummy cupcakes, I spent the day doing something not so fun.  It was time for the car to be serviced, so I spent about 4 hours at the car place.  It was a bit boring, but I did take a 1 1/2 hour walk around the Fresh Pond Reservoir, which is so conveniently placed across from the Honda place.  It was a beautiful day–a fine welcome to spring.

My other bonus (but no photos, sorry) was that a friend gave me a bunch of forsythia that she had cut from her extremely large bush.  So, I am forcing cuttings in the living room and I planted 4 pieces that had roots.  I’m hopeful they’ll take and we’ll begin a nice spring tradition of having forsythia in the front yard.  Yay–it’s been a great day.  Truly, the best birthday ever.

 

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And I’m back!

Published on April 4, 2013, in Daily Post.

Well, that was a bit unexpected, wasn’t it?  But never fear, stalwart citizens, I have returned.  (With photos, too!)

Here goes:

This project has taken most of my time over the last two weeks.  I’ve been painting the girl’s room.  This shot was taken on the first day of painting.  I ran out of paint over Easter weekend and just bought more today, so tomorrow or Friday I should get it done.

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And then, in the way of all good things–if the bedroom is going well, why not take on the downstairs bathroom at the same time?  That project is done, except for putting in the new medicine cabinet, which will also happen in the next few days.

 

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During the three-day break, we played a little Mastermind, a perennial favorite of the boy.

 

 

 

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Made some potato leek soup, which was quite tasty, if I do say so myself.

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We celebrated Holi, an Indian festival celebrating spring.

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And yesterday, I accompanied my two 5th graders (and the rest of their grade) to a fabulous field trip into Boston.  We went to Fanueil Hall and learned about the colonies and taxes.  Then we headed to the Old South Meeting House, where the kids got to re-enact one of the debates between the Loyalists and the Patriots.  They all had roles and lines from famous and not-so-famous historical figures.  It was amazing.  The kids were great–both very well-behaved and very prepared for both the presentation Q & A and the debate.

 

 

 

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And–I also did this.  When I first started making quilts, I wanted to sell them in our local “Town Hall Exchange,” so I took a few over there.  Needless to say, they did not sell at all.  Probably because of two things:  1.  I didn’t promote myself and therefore, never talked about them being there and 2. They were not displayed well as all of the blankets and quilts in that store are stacked into little piles and you can’t really tell there’s anything special in the piles.  So, I stopped by there today and pulled them out.  Time to go to Etsy and see what happens.

 

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I’ve also been reading: (yes–reading again.  I found my groove and I’m so happy!)

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Friday wrap up

Published on March 23, 2013, in Daily Post.

 

The library stack.

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Remnants of a snack for the oldest–a blood orange.  The color!

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The hall of laundry.

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