Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My favorite time of day

Nice quiet morning.

It helps that the sun is shining. Nothing like the threatening storms we've been having, clouds, clouds and more and darker clouds. Just blue sky and peace and quiet.

It'll all be blown to hell in a handbasket in just a few moments ... when the carpet cleaners get here. Have you ever heard the noise of their machines? Even though it's early and the kiddos are still blissfully sleeping (and one of them may even sleep through all the noise!) ... soon the day will be full of noise and chaos and machines and ... and ... noise.

And then they'll be gone and my carpets will be clean again. And we'll re-arrange the furniture and then it'll be time to clean out the fridge and get ready for yet another serviceman and his clutter and chaos.

My house is very small. There's isn't much room to maneuver when there's more than three people in it at a time. Yes, I know, we have four of us living here, but we manage to spread out. Or get outside and use that as an extra room. But when you add in moving around large appliances or heavy-duty machinery and industrial hoses and such it gets ... claustrophobic. And the noise! We just don't have the room to hold all that noise!

I'll just step outside while you take care of that. Yes, I'll just be right outside the door, looking for a little bit of peace and quiet.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Best of Summer

The best part of summer is the heat. Because cooling off is So Much Fun.

1. Fudgesicles. I made some of my own last night and I can't wait to try them! Recipe from Baking Bites right here: http://bakingbites.com/2010/08/homemade-fudgsicles/
Of course there are tons and tons of fudgesicle recipes all over the place, so feel free to hunt down your own favorite. I'll probably give a few different ones a try and post results here.

2. Pool. Swimming. Whether doing laps for exercise or just a soak in the roped off 18+ section (Yes, I go to the public pool, do not have my own here). My Pool Pass is my most treasured possession when the temp goes up to , oh, 75?

3. Frogs. and Tadpoles. Because they are in water and to catch them you most certainly will get wet and icky and then have to go swim in the pool again. And because my boys like to go frog hunting. You can substitute fishing here if you want, but I object to hooks on the grounds that they usually end up embedded in somebody's thumb. Usually mine.

4. Beach. If I lived close enough to one to actually spend summer days there it would be #1. But I usually manage to get there at least once a year (stretching out summer into fall, winter, spring, whatever). Sand is icky you say? Oh go wash it off in the water!

5. Snow Cones. Because I really do need another blue stain on my favorite T-shirt. Yes, ice is always good on a hot summer day, especially when covered in red or blue chemicals that are Very Very Sweet.

6. My gardens. Yes, I get all hot and sweaty when playing in the dirt. Then I can head for the pool again. And I get to enjoy this:

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Technical Difficulties ... or not.

Oh right, NOW it works! Too bad the bloggermouth ate my earlier post. I guess it just wasn't as witty or compelling as I thought it was.

Still, it IS summer. So outside I must go, dancing between the raindrops, ducking inside for the "isolated thunderstorms". Farmer's Market opens today! I think the official name is the O***** COUNTRY Market, because "Farmer's Market" is so, so ... agricultural-sounding. And we must be welcoming of any and all who wish to sell stuff outdoors every Sunday, whether it is farm fresh vegetables, my favorite olives and tapenade, or some up-cycled jewelry.

and there she goes ... outside again.

Saturday, June 04, 2011


Summer has finally arrived! YAY!

School's out, because I said so. The pool is open. The sun is shining and it is HOT! Outside,that is. Inside it's rather chilly, AC maxing out. Sweatshirt time. A necessary evil in our humble little abode. I will not question nor complain, I will simply move myself OUTSIDE.

Because OUTSIDE is where I want to be. In the garden. At the baseball game. Swimming in the pool. Lounging in a chair with a good book. Riding my bike (yes, I got a bike! Whee!)

and this is one of our summer creatures.