Tuesday, November 21, 2017


We just brought home two boys.  After some outdoor play with Aerobies and boomerangs, they are now in D's room, happily absorbed playing knights and castles.  C has retired to her lair.  T had to be forcefully peeled away from the boys, but I had the excellent thought that I had a small craft kit in my prize area with fuzzy balls, googly eyes, small bits of shaped foam, and small pipe cleaners.  I gave it to her and she is also enjoying herself.  Yay, bribery!

I told T that she'll be able to play with the boys outside later.  I might also be able to talk them into playing Hot Wheels with her, as she has a nice set. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Three Butterflies

T made a book this morning from college ruled paper, crayon drawings, dollar store butterfly stickers and paper clips.  It's "The Story of the Three Butterflies" and it's about how the three butterflies started as eggs, hatched into caterpillars, turned into butterflies and then started pollinating.  Awww!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving break

T looooves school more than any child has ever loved school before.  The kids get a week off for Thanksgiving, which has just started, and T is not pleased.

"I hate break," she says. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Here's some of what's happening:

  • Halloween night was so wet that C bailed.  I took T by car to trick or treat at a friend's (T was dressed as a black cat) and we walked to two neighbors.  We managed to get treats at 2 out of 3 doors.  We only had one set of trick or treaters (our neighbors).  Fortunately, we had bought the good candy, so we weren't stuck with a huge bowl of bad candy.
  • D and his 7th grade class went on a school camping trip for three nights and four days.
  • D's preliminary findings were that a) basic things are much harder to do outside civilization and b) things get dirty very easily.  They also had the experience of having varmints rip into their camp trash and having to pick up the gross scattered debris.  It could have been a lot worse--some of the kids were violating the frequently stated DO NOT KEEP FOOD IN TENTS rule, but nothing terrible happened.  
  • C rode at her horse show and got a 1st prize and a 4th prize.  Her horse did very well in the obstacle course, but got penalized for breaking into an eager canter during a demonstration of gaits.  C's horse this term is SO smart.  
  • D is in training for a 10k.  My husband has been biking along beside him, urging him on.
  • Yesterday, T and I met a mom group (where T met an insta-best friend) and we all fed ducks and geese and then went to the playground.  One mom (with experience of farm ducks) brought lettuce and old spinach for the ducks.  It turns out that urban ducks and geese aren't that interested in healthy living.
  • I somehow caught up 8 days of email last night.
  • T is having pj day at school today.
  • This is also spirit week for the big kids.  D reveled in a homemade retro spaceman costume based on a Star Trek character, C wore her new gold Star Trek pjs to school for pj day, and she wore her Minecraft shirt and carried a homemade creeper on high school stereotype day.
  • All in all, it's been a very fun and interesting week or two.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Baby T thinks that the cobwebs that she sees at home are decorative.

"There's a Halloween theme!" she said.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Transitions III

So far, the transition to carrying a lightly-packed medium purse and keeping a backpack with emergency supplies in the car has been a success.

It's been several days, and I have yet to find myself caught without necessities.  Also, it's been much easier to get at my basic stuff (wallet, cell phone, keys).  I also like the large zipper wallet itself.  I may eventually transition to nicer version of the purse and the wallet, but in terms of functionality, this is just about perfect for me.

The new backpack should be here in a few days, and not a moment too soon--the old backpack is disintegrating.


Here's some of what happened yesterday:

  • My husband was away until late evening to a conference, so all three kids and I went to C's therapeutic riding lesson.
  • I hadn't really figured out how to combine that with looking for herbs for D at Home Depot, but there's a well-placed Fazoli's nearby, so the kids and I had lunch there before Home Depot.  We had never been to Fazoli's, although it provides some of the kids' hot lunches, so this was a new thing for all of us.  It's fast food Italian, which is kind of inspired.  It was a little grubby, but the food was good (in fact, the kids gave rave reviews).  We got pizza, lasagna, spaghetti with a meaty sauce, and shared a slice of pumpkin cheesecake.  It was $30 for the 4 of us, which is not bad at all for real food, given that we almost all got drinks.  
  • We went to Home Depot, cruised the entire garden section, and finally found the discounted herb plants.  We got a medium-sized rosemary bush, a small thyme, a small cilantro and a small mint bush for $12.
  • At home, D (the main gardener in our family right now), led the planting of the herbs in our two outdoor pots, which are just about exactly the right size to hold two herbs each.  My primary input was to suggest putting the mint in one pot, the rosemary in the other, and then add a remaining herb to each pot.  My thinking is that the mint and the rosemary are perennials, and if all goes well, they will each eventually need a pot of their own.
  • Baby T got to plant the rosemary and she also got to do some watering.
  • I was very gratified that we managed to do the herb trip for D.
  • The way gardening works in our part of TX, you get a short spring growing season, a summer dead zone, and a short fall growing season.  We're at least a month late doing the herbs (and I fear the cilantro may die on us any minute), but I think we're going to get $12 worth of gardening out of this, especially if either the rosemary or the mint survives the winter.
  • C is determined that we have some herbs to add to our Christmas Eve fish.