Friday, January 30, 2015

...in the depth of winter

It's been a cold January here in the Northeast.  And by the looks of it, the start of February doesn't look like it will be much warmer.  Unfortunately, even with the cold weather I have to go out and drive around in it!  While driving I usually listen to podcasts.  I've been trying to catch up on an old favorite called "Good Eats."  On the latest episode, the host had baker and author Zoe Nathan as a guest.  She was a delight to listen to! 


The host and Zoe chatted about pies and of course made me quite hungry!
Later in the day, I happened upon her cookbook in our library and I knew it was fate that I was to bake up some delights this weekend.


I had blueberries in the freezer that were picked this summer and I went to work after the boys went to school. Blueberry scones for this wintry day!


I urge everyone to run and get this cookbook.  The blueberry scones are not heavy, stick-in-your-stomach scones that you might envision.  They are light and airy and full of flavor.


They expand quite a bit when baking, so when she tells you to spread the scones out on two baking pans....listen to her.  I did not and thus had blobs of scones on the pan.


Nevertheless, they were wonderful...if I do say so myself.


I'm off to purchase this book for my collection.  There is so much I want to bake.  
Now all I need is for the temperatures to warm up so I can run off all this yummy goodness!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watching Shadows








One of my favorite places for prompts that help me look at the world a different way is Writealm.  Every month she posts a list of ideas to help get the old creative juices flowing.  I usually take the prompts quite literally as my mind doesn't work the way others do, but it's enough to get me out of my predicable box.

Yesterday the sun cooperated and shadows were all around.  The top three pictures are from earlier in the week.  It's a favorite spot here in town that my boys kid me about.  Often as we drive by one of them is bound to ask if we are going to stop the car to take a picture. 
See, pretty predicable.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January











I can't believe January will be over soon.  Along with September, January is right up there as one of my favorite months.  You probably can guess why: the chaos is over, children are back to school, quiet penetrates the house.
I may be here more or I might not.  I will see.  I've been watching my time on the computer. Knitting more(see socks above), reading and catching up on areas of neglect in my house.
College acceptances are starting to fill the mailbox. He's three for three already so he has choices!
I'm hoping to pick up my camera a bit more.  I posted to poor flickr a few weeks ago.  I do miss the days of flickr. Instagram is fun, but just isn't the same.
Stay tune....let's see if this can become routine!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

preserve...


We are in a changing time around here.  Letting go of many of the childhood objects that have been collected over the years and holding on to the memories.
Funny how a toy or book can send a flood of emotions to all senses at once.
Laughing about those tough times, embracing the fun and happy.
Preserving it all to be pulled out when needed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ambition


I'm trying to be ambitious this month and use the July prompts from the A.L.M Writes blog.  Truth be told, I've been lacking in the ambition department in recent months.  Every morning I get up and write my to-do list out and try to tackle the day.  But, as the day goes on, it seems like my list keeps growing and my ambition for the day wanes.  As I look over my list I realize that the things that are left at the end of the day are usually the difficult tasks; tasks that demand a bit of risk on my part. I'v been thinking that risk taking is a part of ambition.  It's easy to be ambitious about the easy, everyday stuff.  But the stepping out of the box stuff, or difficult things ( like visiting colleges with a seventeen year old) isn't as easy. 
So here's to a month of trying to stay focused and determined and hopefully my ambition mojo will stick around.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Settling in....

I always feel that summer really starts after the Fourth of July. School just ended a few weeks ago and we hit the ground running: visiting relatives, camping out, swimming, boating, and a surgery all within ten days.
Today we start to settle into a routine. Work schedules are more concrete, sailing is in full swing and we are all finally catching up on our sleep.
Here's to a soggy but much needed slow Monday.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Revelation


 I was thinking today, as I was using the cattle prod, to get my boys up for school.
I've mellowed as I've grown into this role of motherhood.
I use to micro manage, and if you asked my kids, they would say that I still do.
But, I'm beginning to let go a bit.
Let them be.
Discover.


As I do this, I think to myself:
Will one be able to feed himself in college?
or get up on time?
Will one even go to college?
and where might their travels take them?
Will one ever clean his room without being asked?
And the other one settle his serious side down a bit.



I have no answers but have come to the revelation that I have moved from being the micro-mom to the macro-mom. Looking at the whole world and hoping that they will be prepared.
Discovering that in the grand scheme of things, if their clothes are on the floor or they only eat ramen, they will survive.