Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dear Poison Ivy: How Do I Hate Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

I got into some poison ivy in our yard on Friday, 8/22.  Here’s my hate letter to it.  It references a few gross aspects of poison ivy, which you may or may not enjoy reading. Dear Poison Ivy: How do … Continue reading

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Classics Club, Book #7: Emma (from July 2014)

This is my seventh post for The Classics Club (just a month late).  I’ll be reading one classic book a month for the next 4-5 years.  Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here.  I’ll try not to include … Continue reading

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I’m So Patriotic, I Win Ribbons In Red, White, and Blue!

I never write about politics on this blog but if you know me in person, you probably know that I’m a bit conflicted when it comes to patriotism (particularly in relation to what it means relative to being a follower … Continue reading

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When Canning Goes Bad (literally)

Last week, Nik went downstairs for another jar of strawberry jam and came up with this: That’s right, that’s a jar of strawberry jam, being consumed by mold.  Evidently, I didn’t notice that one of the jars hadn’t sealed when … Continue reading

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Treehugger, Etc.

Mark’s new obsession (and developmental milestone): building towers! so proud of himself! his preferred building location? definitely the window sill Ellie’s current obsession: making “salad”, i.e. cutting hundreds of tiny bits of fabric and paper.  She spent close to two … Continue reading

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July Sewing: Cute Fabric, Boring Project

Now that we have two kids, we needed to have two car seat bags for checking the car seats.  I sewed one for Ellie’s new car seat in July, just before we left on our Alaska trip.  It was one … Continue reading

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I’m an Official State Fair Exhibitor, Times Five!

Our State Fair begins on Friday and this year I entered five items! It’s going to be hard to beat last year’s record of a blue ribbon for every entry (i.e. one blue ribbon for one entry) but I am … Continue reading

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Speak Softly and Carry a [REALLY] Big Stick

This morning, on our way home from our “catch the cool while we can” visit to the playground at our neighborhood park, Ellie found a gigantic stick to bring home.  At first I said “no” because, really, what’s the point?  … Continue reading

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July Sewing: Surprise! TWO Sundresses

Back in July, I posted pictures of the sundress that I made for Ellie.  Sneaky me actually made two identical dresses at the same time, one for Ellie and one for her cousin Violet so that they could be matchy-matchy … Continue reading

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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!

After a wonderful two-week vacation in Alaska, we’re home!  We got back Thursday afternoon after a surprising fast and easy flight back.  Ellie and Mark happily restarted their mulch excavations, a favorite pastime of this summer. And, like last year’s … Continue reading

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