Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Maintaining our tradition of spending holiday weekends (in part, at least) with the Warrs, we saw Mo, G and Ryan on Monday. We headed out to Rye just before lunch and spent the day catching up and having a few cocktails. Happy happy fun times.

The view

Pete and Mo!
Let ME take your picture, Mama!
That Lou

Mo and Ryan

It's funny how you get to the point where there isn't enough time to spend with the people who matter the most to you....and you find that you have little to no interest in hanging out with the friends you see once in a blue moon, the ones where you know it will be tough to come up with things to talk about. With Mo and Gardner it's never awkward or weird, never a struggle to fill the hours spent with good times. We're truly lucky to have them in our lives.


Since I am on vacation this week, the Lou and I were home today. Here are some things we did:

Watered the flowers in our pajamas

Drove out to Nottingham to pick up some herbal bug repellent from Jenness Farm. Came home and had pedis and lunch.

We tried to go to Tuttle's to look at plants but someone fell asleep in the car five minutes after leaving the driveway. Someone ended up snoozing in the car for a very long time.

Then we set to work making monsters.

Volume 6
of the very clever Craft magazine featured some fun little monsters, and once Lou got her hands on it she decided we must have monsters. So.....

This is Zaza. Zaza is shaped like a seashell. She lives under the sea and eats nothing.
This, however, is Babba. Babba lives under a bush and eats plants. She especially likes hops, although I've been assured that she won't eat "Daddy's jumping plant". She's quite fierce; she has a wooden spoon and will use it if provoked.

All your overripe bananas are belong to ME!

And you might ask yourself......

...what is she doing?

More to come.....

Monday, May 26, 2008

Make way for Nasons

Yesterday we also got together with the Nason clan....good food and beer and great company proved a wonderful way to spend a gorgeous day.

Sri (and baby)
Steve and Grumpa
Those Nason boys
Look closely. Pete is smiling.
Our girls
Beth and Paul
The Lou and the Moo are fierce! and they are buds. I have to post lots of these because they are so darn cute!

Miss Ella, growing up so fast

The world's dirtiest child, eating chicken and being goofy
What's better than cupcakes? Cupcakes with pinwheels in them!

More spring-y pictures

More things I love around our home:

The little purple flowery plants that we moved to the new bed. The stone ring is destined to become a fire pit this summer.
Our front door, with the baskets of pansies that Lou and I picked out
My lilacs

Our maple tree, which we sit under...the perfect canopy

Fun in the dirt

My Mother's Day gift from Pete and Lou was raised beds. They built them using reclaimed lumber, from the old fence that used to form a pen of sorts next to the barn. Because the wood was pressure-treated we can't grow anything to eat in obviously we should have flowers!

Going to get soil and peat moss (please notice the bling)

The beds, filled with dirt! This one is near the apple tree.
This one is under the maple.
Ready for planting
Charlotte (scarlet) Begonias
New hydrangea
Teeny marguerite daisies
The part-shade bed, under the maple. The begonias are there with the hydrangea, and there's space to add more plants.
The full-sun bed, near the apple tree. The marguerite daisies are there with some gerbera daisies, a salvia and a few plants we transplanted from the circular stone bed.
So far, all of the plants seem to be digging their new homes. And Lou and I have pretty flowers to take care of.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Conversations with the Lou

Wednesday night, on the couch.

Me (reading Food & Wine): I'd like to go to Iceland someday. What do you think?
Lou: We'll need our jackets, Mama, it's cold there.
Me: Hmm. Well, how about Mexico? Puerto Vallarta?
Lou: Do they have mac and cheese there?

Today, making lunch, listening to Sly and the Family Stone.

Me: Lou! Are you shaking your funky butt?
Lou: I can't shake my funky butt, Mama. I'm sitting on it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Still kicking

Just to prove we're still here...

More later....