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New Season, New Look

Posted by on 05 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: blogposts, fun, Uncategorized

I have decided to change the wordpress theme for my site. This is called “Craving 4 Green” by Seven Jeans.

Here is what it looked like yesterday (the banner pic was one I took of the trillium in the back a few years ago). Click on the “dot” to load a view until I figure out how to make the tiff into a jpeg or something else that is readable by a browser.

April 4 screenshot

The banner on this page is as it was created, but might switch it out later for one that is actually from home. For now, I like this look. What do you think?

Edit April 8: I found an image I liked yesterday, of the trailing blackberries that are now blooming along the paths and driveway. Took a while to crop it (almost) correctly, but here it is up.

Remembered from a Blogspot post

Posted by on 11 Oct 2011 | Tagged as: blogposts, good things, poetry, Uncategorized

A little poetry post from several years ago, led me to remember this website: Zoppa.com The links on that page take you to a series of old poems with woodblock illustrations.

And here is a repost of a post from my blogspot page in 2007:

This poem by Eleanor Farjeon beautifully expresses how I feel. Sure, I could spend more energy trying to get it all done…. but that would leave no time for dreaming.

There Isn’t Time

There isn’t time, there isn’t time
To do the things I want to do,
With all the mountain-tops to climb,
And all the woods to wander through,
And all the seas to sail upon,
And everywhere there is to go,
And all the people, every one
Who lives upon the earth, to know.
There’s only time, there’s only time
To know a few, and do a few,
And then sit down and make a rhyme
About the rest I want to do.

Eleanor Farjeon was an interesting person, who wrote many interesting things. Check out her entry at Wikipedia or google her name.

Something Blue

Posted by on 15 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: blogposts, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, hope, musings, Uncategorized, words

There are many things that are blue (I am blue, thinking how late I am writing this, for example).

Blue eyes were in the news that last couple of weeks — if you have blue eyes you are definitely a cousin of every other person with blue eyes! Though possibly a thousand generations removed…

Blue skies were overhead for me a couple times this past week. After weeks of mostly gray, cold, and often rainy or snowy weather, they sure looked pretty! Looking forward to tomorrow, when more blue skies are again predicted!

The robe I am making for my son’s birthday in a week is blue — a pretty dark blue (just shy of navy, not quite as bright as sapphire) and a lovely light aqua. Tropical fishes swim across. It will be lovely and warm for him — once it’s done.

My Tom favors blue jeans for daily attire, dark indigo, or faded almost to white, they are durable, comfortable and go with everything! Today, I wore my blue-jean skirt!

And, of course, the stidkid’s bird is “Bleu!” A lovely little parakeet, he continues to bring us a good deal of joy.

Blue can mean many things — it is so common in our language. To feel blue is be sad, melancholy. To be a blue-blood is to have high standing in society as an accident of one’s birth. To be true-blue is to be loyal, trustworthy, honest.

And yet, blue can be elusive. The blue sky cannot be touched, a truly blue rose does not exist. Like any quality that can be named (love, hope, joy), blue is known by all, but experienced uniquely by each. When you think of blue, what is in your mind’s eye?

sky-blue
azure
teal
aqua
navy
sapphire
turquoise
indigo

or some other color?

How blue are you?

Something Borrowed

Posted by on 14 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: blogposts, celebrations, food, fun, health, Uncategorized, website review

The theme today (Valentine’s Day in the United States) is something borrowed…

The book I “borrowed” from a friend who has since passed on?

The idea I “borrowed” (with permission of course) from my friend in fourth grade? She really drew the best people!

The money we “borrowed” from our parents, truly intending to pay back and then didn’t have to?

Lots of Love in this borrowing we do!

I think I will “borrow” my idea for this page from several sources, internet-based, and just make a list of interesting sites that are food/health related. I am inspired by the Weekdayprogram on the local radio station (KUOW) that I am listening to as I write and work around the house this morning. The interviewee is Michael Pollan, who has written a new book called “In Defense of Food” — about the need to return to foods eaten fresh or at least cooked from “scratch.” As much as our budget and my energy/health allow, we eat a good bit of “real food,” though I admit to sometimes not taking it as seriously as I ought.

Left to my own, I would choose a primarily vegan/vegetarian diet because I feel better when I do — but I have a child who doesn’t feel better on only plants for food, and so our family also consumes a lot of poultry and seafood (things I am not allergic to). The very coolest website I have found for vegan recipes is Vegan Yum Yum. Not only does she talk about her successes, but also the things that didn’t work — and why (if she knows). This gives me hope that I can also make some yummy, decadent and tasty meals without resorting to things in packages or eggs (the only thing I really miss on a completely vegan diet).

I also drool when I look at this recipe on the gliving.tv website… Chocolate Raspberry Cake.

Here is someone who, like me, dries their own apple slices. And, like me, has discovered that really thin crispy ones take on a life of their own… Grandpa’s Crunchy Apple Chips.

And one more to tempt you, not vegan, but delicious (and adaptable) for a day like today… Fruittart’s blog has a Chocolate Hazelnut Cake recipe.

Now, I want to point out that there are many really good ideas out there. I really like the “idea” of the slow foods movement, but find it difficult to make my entire life center around meal preparation the way the die-hards seem to. To be honest, there are generally only two or three hours between the time we are all at home and the time the children need to go to bed. I take a middle road in most methods as a result — I strive for integrity in buying good food, whether pre-made or home-grown. But sometimes, it’s important to look at what is reasonable as well as what is healthy.

I encourage you to buy the most natural, most organic, most socially responsible food you can… but don’t sweat the small stuff, either. If you are on a trip, and your kids are hungry … feed them at the closest restaurant and don’t worry that it’s a chain. If you are out of money at the end of the month, and organic lettuce and tomatoes put you over your budget for the week, then buy what you can.

If eating reasonably becomes a huge burden, you won’t want to. So — do what feels right, and stretch a little bit.

Bon Appetit!

Something OLD

Posted by on 12 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: blogposts, caring, Family Matters, friends, fun, good things, hope, musings, parenting, Uncategorized

This is a challenge from my friend Ping! (Robin) who also it seems feels sluggish about posting in her own blog. Had you noticed I hadn’t posted in a while? Her original post is at the OTHER mother.

So, for the next few days, I have something specific to post about! Thanks Ping! you’re a great pal!

Something old… My grandmothers kept lots of old things. From the one who immigrated to this country, the oldest things we have are a few postcards from her childhood. One from her own grandmother demonstrates that some “personal flaws” are perhaps genetic. The note begins (translated from the very old, spidery, non-Anglicized writing they used to use in Prussia): I am sorry I haven’t written in so long… [note from me: I tried to find the original, both to scan and to check the wording, but it is “somewhere” — as old things often are!]

Nearly every piece of correspondence from me — and from this grandmother to me — begin in similar fashion. I know I owe you a longer/better/more detailed letter…

We like to visit with people, we like to connect, but the very act of sitting down and putting thoughts on paper (or in print of some form) is daunting. What is it about this old family “tradition?” Perhaps it’s always wanting to be perfect, knowing that our words are such an imperfect reflection of our meanings.

But the meaning in that old postcard, written almost 100 years ago is very clear:

I LOVE YOU.

Under Construction (again)

Posted by on 31 Dec 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, Uncategorized

I will be messing with the look and arrangement of this website for a few days — hopefully not breaking anything important. If something doesn’t look right, please DO contact me so I can check things out! If you really like a change and then come back to find it something you don’t like, please let me know.

But I do intend to keep things pink… this is the one place in my life that is really ALL mine, no boys involved! So, Pink is In!

Here is the way the original code (Abstrakt3c) looked:

The green-based Abstrakt3c by Kausal Seth

This is my first attempt, the lattice-style background was not satisfactory, and the font colors had not changed.

Pink-themed, but not yet

Here is the intermediate, with a solid masthead and striped background on the sides (if your monitor is 800 px wide you won’t see the stuff on the sides).

This is a more simple look, solid background on the masthead and menus

And you can see the most recent incarnation in front of you!  I like the pink!  I may play with the masthead (that’s the title space) some more, I am not completely happy with it.  Also, there is a strange “flicker” that appears when you place your cursor between the choices on the top menu…

Always something new to learn and improve!

Happy New Year!

Forgetful? Or Just Lazy? You Decide!

Posted by on 08 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: Babble, blogposts, friends, Uncategorized

As I was posting about my child and the pirate puzzle earlier today, I realized I didn’t post about our visit toward the end of June with Babbler Hetty and her darling husband, nor about the ATC card Babbler Atalante sent me last week!

With apologies for such omissions, I plead summertime activity syndrome… and direct you to the three pictures I posted at flickr.com for the former;

and

The additional note and picture on the page I maintain for Artist Trading Cards I Received.

Though ordinarily I would have been able to do a good bit of work during the many (four) hours I was sitting waiting for the kid who had band camp two weeks in a row, my laptop computer’s battery stopped holding a charge. Ergo, no computer during the day, and lots to do when I got home!

Excuses? Perhaps… but true!

Avast! Klutz does it again!

Posted by on 08 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, book review, children, fun, pirates, Uncategorized

I am a big fan of the Klutz books for kids and adults. Not just about juggling now, they have branched out to other activities. From string figures and knot-tying to activity sets, they seem to have a knack for the things that make kids happy to think.

The latest cool Klutz books we have seen are their “building cards” sets. My mother purchased one for each of our kids for a summertime quiet activity. The younger got the one for pirate ships, and we just finished putting it together. Here are some pics of him, thoroughly engaged on a warm summer afternoon.

Klutz activity book pic

Klutz activity book pic

Klutz activity book pic

Klutz activity book pic

As you can see, he is completely interested, engaged and HAPPY! (insert proud mama smile here) A video of happy kid is also available on the page I keep for all things piratical… Pirate Ship in Action.

I highly recommend Klutz products. Well thought-out, very fun. The ISBN for this kit is 1-57054-228-7.

Last but not least, every pirate needs his dog. Here’s our Scally-Wag!

One Lucky Dog!

Guests at my “Table”

Posted by on 06 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, critters, crosspost, garden, Uncategorized

Starting July 1, there have been three unexpected, but not unwelcome “visitors” to my home and yard, and scores of “invited guests.”

Sunday, there was this lovely fellow on my dining room floor…

lizard on glove

I put him briefly in our “critter box” a clear plastic holding pen designed for just such occasions, so the kids could see him. Let him go the next morning in the cedar grove, and hope that was the right place for him.

He was nearly followed the next day by a lovely little garter snake that was ascending the steps to the back stoop.

The usual assortment of lovely birds have been in the yard, fewer the last couple weeks since I stopped feeding them — there were reports that birds were getting sick from the close quarters near backyard feeders. Still, the doves and the flickers, the hawks and the sparrows have been happy enough. I will resume feeding in the autumn when bacteria don’t survive as long.

Then yesterday, as I was bringing the garbage cans up from the road, I spied:

orange moth

Isn’t this moth lovely! The pun of a moth on a butterfly bush didn’t escape me… wish the pic were better, but in the time I had, I could only get a few shots with a digital camera. (Mental note to put good camera closer the door.)

And THEN, yesterday evening when I came in from outside (all the doors and windows were open because of the heat), I heard birdsong. Yes, from inside the house. In my zeal to help the poor creature get out, though it wasn’t as frantic as others, I didn’t get a picture of the sparrow. Still, what a strange crush of lovely visitors!

I hope all the guests in your home are as welcome as these have been!

Ciocia Judy in Seattle

Posted by on 18 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, friends, fun, stidmama, Uncategorized

Well, my Babble friend, Ciocia Judy (that’s pronounced chuh-chuh) and I met up on June 16 for a day of non-stop talking and touristing. From noon to eight, we talked, ate (lunch and supper bookended our visit), strolled and enjoyed the day. My stidfamily came along too for part of the day, and we had a wonderful time. Here, in pictures, is our journey:

the ship Judy traveled in

ready to eat!

a pretty fence in the park opposite Pike Place Market

everyone but stidmama smile!

stidmatt and friend...

the market when it's quiet

One of the many decorated pigs around town

the sculpture outside the Pacific Science Center

A couple of other pics can be seen at my frappr page.

We had such a great time!

And don’t forget to listen to the babblecast

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