Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Many of the recipes that I make have been handed down from family members over the years. Most are simple and some are super simple like the following. It was given to me by a cousin when I was in my early teens. Now I know when you look this your going to say, " These can't possibly work!" Trust me they do and they are very yummy.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The way you can lay in the shadow of a tree on a warm day and watch the sunlight dapple through its leaves.
The way a squirrel knows where to dig for that nut he buried last season.
The smell of the breeze when the honeysuckle, lilac or jasmine is in bloom.
Irish songs sung in Irish Gaelic – I don’t understand a word mentally, however, it’s like and Italian opera (which I’ve come to like) – you don’t need to know the words because the emotion is powerful enough to get the message through.
The wonders of Monet’s landscapes and the brilliance of Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers.
How you can cut an apple cross way and find a perfect star.
Dark Chocolate and Key Lime Pie
A quartet of Cellos & Violins
Starbucks pumpkin spice and white chocolate mocha latte
The bright glistening light of a full moon on a blanket of snow
Reading the thesaurus
Dill pickle chips
Veggie Taco with just a crispy corn shell, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and Louisiana hot sauce
Pot of tea at the bookstore while rummaging through the magazines
Rich , deep jewel tone colors – purple, red, gold, blue, fuchsia - however my favorite color is a soft mossy green
The softness of real cotton against my skin
The desire to read Plato, Socrates and Aristotle
Bach, Beethoven , Mendelssohn
The cool earth between my fingers as I dig the soil to plant herbs.
I love that I can look at or smell an herb and name it even more that an herb can be used to cure – a blessing
The wonderment in a child’s face when they “get it.”
The sound of chickens softly clucking as they forge the yard for the next bug.
Cool, crisp autumn evenings - the smell of the changing season.
I like autumn the best as far back as I can remember.
Bright burning fire on a dark chilly night.
Yellow roses, white carnations, English ivy, wild lilacs and violets
The luscious colors you find in a fabric store, its just like a candy store.
You can’t have too many writing implements
Keeping journals & cookbooks
Making the best tasting cupcake or muffin
Slow drizzling rainy days that are cool and so lazy that all I want to do is sit and cuddle with my honey
The soulful sound of church bells ringing
The word “HOPE” because when you have it your have a possibility of everything
Velvety black night sky painted with stars
Hot Tea & Toast for breakfast
Learning to cook Vegatarian
The call of a whip-o-will
Lavender, lavender, lavender, lavender
The sound of the birds just before sunset followed by the calm silence when they have roosted and the beginning of the crickets song braking that silence – sunset sounds
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Today was very eventful for the older boys, however Joseph seemed more into to prospect of catching bugs as ususal. He is definately going to grow into an entomologist. This child has been catching every creepy, crawly thing he has found since before he could walk. I had hoped he's out grow this, however, it seems to grow more intense as time goes on. I'm just thankful he hasn't picked up anything dangerous beyond a honey bee, yes he has been know to catch them with his bare hands, too! We try to keep an ever growing supply of "bug boxes " for him (empty Florida Crystals sugar containers). This week we did make a wonderful nature study with the White Sphnix Moth Caterpillar (aka. Tomato Horn Worm) that he found. There was a great section in our Handbook of Nature Study.
The boys really found this facinating for a change. Last year I couldn't get them interested enough for nature study and journaling. So this truly took me by surprise. All three listened as I read about the caterpillar from the book and asked questions. Joseph surprised me by remembering the most from the reading and gave his older brothers a disgusted look when they couldn't answer what he thought was so easy. Like I stated, he is a budding entomologist. We have also done studies on the praying mantis, pill bugs, ants, grass hoppers, earthworms, Monarch and Black Swallowtail Butterflies.
I am hoping to get to a deacent study of fish (we now have 3 tanks full of live berers- this lovely project started with 3 little fish), an indepth study of birds, beyond birdwatching ( We have 5 backyard chickens which Joseph thinks are as good as the cat to snuggle with and has named them all Buttercup Ladies), a cat (KoKo), a dog (Charlie Bug) and Hermit crabs (we have 5).
You always hear the expression "Boys and their Toys", well, our boys aren't much into toys and never have been but if it creeps, crawls, flys, swims, and runs and is of the amimal (non-human) variety. They will catch it, save money to buy it, or request it for a gift. These were the boys that for the last two years I have had to pratically beg to do Nature Study. Now it lives on our doorstep, in our living room, in their bed room (and sometime under the bed), in the laundry room - well you get the picture.