Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tea Time

Tea Party 1

Tea Party 2

Merry merry, you'ns.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Leaf Wall

The colors of two weeks ago.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dried Okra

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Boy

Pumpkin Boy

Happy Halloweens out there. 

Monday, October 29, 2012


Some people have groundhogs, some people have rabbits.  We have a small human who will literally eat the broccoli off the plant.  I have had to remind myself that this is a good problem to have.




Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Rock Star
Kitchen Concert.  Encore version of All You Need is Love.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pink Shoes

Osh 1

Osh 3

Osh 4

Osh 2

This kid is so silly these days.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Friends

These August days are flying by.  We can kill hours shooting the breeze on the front porch: watering things, picking things, pointing out bright birds, planting seeds.  We are barefoot, we are constantly grubby, we are all sleeping great.

osh+felix (Photo by Leya)

Last weekend our family took a deep breath and had a big old blind date with another family, known to us only in the weird internetty way of things. 


These three rolled right over from the easterly part of this fine state, and jeezopete did we have fun.  There was dancing and jumping in traded boots and a campfire and river swimming and cape wearing and tunes on the porch and some birthday cake and a whole lot of laughing and some really fine talks about all manner of things.  I think Oscar will forever refer to our spare bedroom as "Leya's room" and pretty much every day he's got something to say about these three, like this from this morning:

O: Mama, remember Dustin?
M: Yes, I sure do. What do you remember about him?
O: Birfday candles.  Dustin and birfday candles.


O: Mama, where's Felix?
M: Probably in Felix's house right about now.
O: Yeah.  He's prolly sleeping in his house.
M: In Leya's dreams. [It was eight in the morning.]

Tomato Jungle (Photo by Leya)

He's also got a lot to say about that baby in Leya's belly - what a treat to see that gal just before a new one joins them.  Eeeps.  Anyway, we'd do it again in a hot second and in fact we plan to.  Once that little bean gets settled in over there that is.  Thanks for the visit, Leya, Dustin, and Felix - you warmed our new house beyond measure.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Faces of Osh




Just before a haircut.  Seriously, I am his mama, I know it, but how pretty is that boy? 

We have been to far lands and back since I was last here.  Home to my family.  Into the wilds of moving a home.  Through the woods of unpacking.  Over the meadows of welcoming new friends into our new place (more on that later).  Into the trenches of a stomach virus (a first for the kid).

We love our new house.  The small human tears through its long parts, feet hammering the floor while shouting "I love this house!"  We are playing tunes on a porch where the eye sees little more than things that grow.  I am riding a bike through three pastures to work every morning.  We are harvesting armloads from the beautiful garden our friends left for us, tending to small fruit trees they left sweetly labeled for us.  Fall has been flirting at the edge of the heat.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Maine Girls



It's a happy coincidence that one of my BFFs lives right where my husband's family lives.  This day with her felt like such freedom.  We were eating at The Blue Spoon and if you are in the neighborhood someday you should be too (best BLT in the land, though watch out for the crusty crusts, they'll get your mouth).

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Photo 1

Photo 2

This small human is so sweet.  He is a giver of hugs around the legs, a kisser of just about anything that will hold still, a utterer of unprovoked "I love you, Mama" sayings.  There's piss and vinegar in there too, don't get me wrong.  Kid bit a hole through his lip this morning horsing around (blerg) and we hear our fair share of 'noooooooo.'  All of a piece.

Thursday, July 5, 2012



In about three weeks this will be our front yard.  These hot nights find us on the couch mentally planting fruit trees and berry bushes and wondering what the fireflies will look like in all that space.  We are painting and packing and trying to be patient.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Maine Water Boys

Ex and Osh 2

Ez and Osh

Sprinkler Boy

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


We're back from Maine.  We loved every minute of it and as always I leave with a sense that there's a home for us there.  We might not ever live in it, but it's there.  We love our people there so much and then there's that wild coastline and incredible ocean air and food to die for.


We were there for some milestones.  B and I walked our wedding field on our fourth anniversary.  It's every bit as beautiful as we remember and there is powerful magic for us in that spot.  Four years full of such riches, I am so grateful for them. 

Photo 4

Photo 3

And in the department of riches our small human turned two.  Our family there turned out for an all-day celebration that let me just say ended up in a pile of tickle wrestling with Osh's grandmother on the bottom.  Good times.

Polly & Osh

And speaking of Osh's gran, those two were thick as thieves.  A real pleasure to see them honing their inside jokes and generally cracking themselves up all day.

More to come.

Monday, June 18, 2012



I cut some hairs off.  I went to New York City by myself and had more fun than you can shake a stick at.  I have been swimming in the river and harvesting armloads of garlic and holding my stomach with laughter at the things my kid says.  I have been feeling really, really lucky to be me these days.  The boys and I fly to Maine tomorrow, and I feel lucky about that too.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Birthday Boy


It is my guy's birthday today.  I sure adore this face beyond measure.

Happy Birthday, old man, I will be with you long after those whiskers are completely silver.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Two Boys

Osh & Kenenisa

These two can take out a pear in under a minute.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Boy in a Pot

Lobster 1

Lobster 3

Lobster 2

Lobster 4

The squish is so much fun these days.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Box Lunch

Picnic in Box

Lunch in a box?  Why yes please and thank you.

Boy in Box

This weekend: Osh started peeing in a pot.  Like, he just kissed peeing in his pants goodbye.  This weekend: Osh weaned off that last little nip before bed.

Kind of a lot for a weekend, no?

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Babs

The crazy last days of the semester draw nearer. I'm ready for the summer vibe at work, indeed. The kid is so rad these days. I can't believe he's our guy, we are so lucky. The words are tumbling out of him, they make us laugh six thousand times a day. We are teaching him the names of flowers and trees, and he is totally game. Ask him, he'll tell you about the Jack-in-the-Pulpit at the top of the ridge, he'll school you on Daisy Fleabane and Lyre Leaved Sage and Solomon's Seal and the Buttercups dotting the meadows here. He knows that he can eat violets and clover leaves and redbud blossoms, and we are already haunting our berry spots just in case we find the magic April strawberry. I take a lot of pleasure in giving him this kind of geography: this is where you're from, kid.

Sometimes when he's quiet for too long and one of us gets the spider sense that he might be up to mischief, we tiptoe through the house and find him. Sometimes he has invented new naughtiness (discovering the case of figs in the closet, for example) but more of often than not these days this is what we see:

 Reading Boy 1 
  Reading Boy 2 

Kicking it with Miss Rumphius. He especially likes to pretend to eat the cookies and drink the tea.

Last funny tidbit: Osh often asks for music. Sometimes he wants B and me to play tunes ("Mama - g'tar! Papa - fiddle and bow!") and sometimes he asks for one of three artists: Andrew Bird, Gillian Welch, or Pete Rock. I mean seriously, how awesome is that playlist?? Oh, and every now and again he requests Mos Def. We'll get right on that.

Monday, April 16, 2012


We miss the yard. It's that time of the year. We're getting there on the vegetable front, but I miss our flowers - the peonies and columbines and bachelor buttons and dahlias and bee balms and bright red yarrow and tansy. I will plant some of these in our vegetable garden to attract good bugs, but since the garden is no longer in the front yard my time with it is slimmer.


Thus, last week we took a splurgy trip to our favorite nursery and had a ridiculous amount of good time there buying shade loving container plants. Osh surreptitiously ate basil leaves and collected rocks while B and I grilled affable staff about shade grasses and scoured for blooming things.

Ghost Fern

We came home with mertensia and ferns and red veined dock and beautiful grasses and sweet potato vine and dead nettle and peachy coleus and wood poppies and get this: you can't eat any of it!!! Ok, that's not true, you can eat the dock but we're not going to. All that stuff is eye candy, it doesn't even attract good bugs. And perhaps even more stunning, some of those are annuals! I tell you, that is decadence.


We even bought fuchsia, which I generally don't even really like but Oscar identifies this plant due to an illustration in a book we have so you know, when your 21-month-old points and shouts "Fuchsia!" in a greenhouse you pretty much have to buy it, I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere...

Dead Nettle

Monday, April 9, 2012

Captain Blueberry

Blueberry Mouth
Watch out, Errol, there is a new Captain in town.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Faces of Osh

Osh Reading

This guy. Loves his books. We read and read and read. He is also a fan of necklaces. He owns several.

Mama & Osh


A Signature Face

Blurry and super signature Osh face. Love that boy.