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Piapie
Where you can find random bits and pieces of my days
Interests: knitting, yoga, history, baked goods, photography, sewing, my girls, taking an adventure every now and again.
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I always know the anniversary of when we moved into our home based on the plum trees. When we moved in the three trees were in their full glory with white blossoms on every branch. My favorite of the three trees is right in front of the house. From the living room window you can watch birds flit between the tree and the bird feeders we hung on the house. Laying on the couch one can look at the window filled with white blooms. In the summer we throw down blankets and picnic or read or do crafts under the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Piapie
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OK, you know the drill by now. I am here to apologize for once again promising to blog and then promptly disappearing for months on end. You will be kind and forgive me, saying things like "We totally understand! Life is busy! We love it when you post whenever you can!" I'll feel chagrined and vow to do better. Then it doesn't happen. I could give you all sorts of reasons but that's just wasting our time, now isn't it? You'd much rather get the quick review of the past three months, so here goes: Christmas was delightfully fun and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Piapie
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Yesterday school was cancelled due to freezing rain. I took the bonus day to re-arrange the furniture and make obsessively neat with art supplies, books, toys,... I made granola and pizza and lots of tea. The girls made use of the day to play hard with their friends. They created a whole new playmobile town, built a fort from the bunkbeds, formed a club, read books, and explored the icy world outside. I hunkered indoors, braving to run outside only when absolutely necessary and only when there was a pause in the flying ice. They were not deterred by that.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Piapie
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The weatherman was trying to trick us with a forecast of rain, rain, rain but we are being treated to a great afternoon of sunshine and warm weather. Perfect for costumes and candy hoarding! Happy Halloween! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Piapie
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Someone is now nine years old. Do you believe it? I don't. I knew from the moment that she was born that it was going to slip by far too quickly. Papi Chulo would give me a hard time, saying that if I wasn't careful I was going to turn around and find her graduating from high school. Well, here she is, halfway there and it seems way too fast. In some ways I see how far she has come and how far we have brought her from her infancy. I see how capable and bright and compassionate she is.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Piapie
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They've flown the coop. After almost two months of sharing my morning coffe with the Old Hen and her Rooster, I returned home from teaching today to a quiet, empty house. I'd wallow in a bit of loneliness except for the fact that their new nesting spot is a mere twenty minutes away! Much of our weekend was spent unloading the PODS and unwrapping boxes to rediscover familiar belongings. It was fun to see the space take shape and begin to resemble "Grandma and Grandpa's house". The girls claimed a room for themselves (it's that big!?!!!) and exploded with delight... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Piapie
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well, not quite queen but certainly a member of the royal court. Last weekend we took the girls to the nearby renaissance faire. I remember going as a kid and being taken with the pagentry of it all. As an adult, I poo-hoo'd ren fests. How silly to re-enact something that never occured here in the States. It just seemed ridiculous. And then we went to Spain and one day after a long afternoon of exploring the ruins of a castle we came up on a ren faire in the local town square. The plaza likely dated back to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Piapie
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A few days ago the weather began to shift. The summer here was filled with an unusual number of hot, sunny days. I won't complain about them, because I know better. But I will say that I was quite happy to have some overcast cooler weather blow in on some strong winds the other day. A welcome shift as we move ourselves into another season. The girls returned to school today. They are both still quite excited about school--being with their friends, learning new things, feeling engaged in the world. I am grateful for their continued enthusiasm for school. They... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Piapie
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Of the many things keeping us busy this summer one of them is turning us grey. Outside of the ocassional drip, this grey isn't in our hair though but on our house. It's taken several weeks to come together but with the help of the Rooster and the Old Hen (who are now staying with us until they find their new coop) it's nearing completion. We are in the final push and feeling rather spent on the whole thing, but in a week it's going to feel oh so good to walk up to our freshly painted little grey house.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Piapie
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The garden continues to thrive with the bight, warm sunshine that we've been having. Our tomato plants are now officially over 6 feet tall. We planted four varieties: romas, brandywine, sungold cherry, and siletz. The cherry tomatoes have been ripening first. This is our third year of brandywine and they are getting big and will ripen next month. We planted romas last year and lost many to blossom rot. Papi Chulo plucked a few that were beginning to rot again but I am still hopeful that we'll have a good supply. The siletz are new to us and they are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Piapie
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Forty years ago my parents bought an old white American foursquare with red trim. Several years ago that house was painted yellow with white trim and a blue porch, but in my mind's eye it is still a white house with red trim. I am pretty sure that the only remnant of red is that screen door, the screen door that would slam shut every time we ran through it and then my mother would yell out, "Don't let that screen door slam shut!" That screen door where my brother's tennis balls would thunk when they missed the porch steps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Piapie
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Super quick garden update today as I ready ourselves for a full day of play and a week of much anticipated visitors who will help us nibble our way through the abundance of leafy greens out there. They can also help us eat up the first cucumbers and zucchini along with our finally plump sugar snap peas. Our tomatoes are beginning to fill out the bamboo frame and it's a daily task to pinch off the suckers to keep them growing upright. One thing that isn't getting much attention (outside of some water) but seems to be growing just fine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Piapie
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After a nice long stretch of warm, sunny days the rain returned today. The garden says, "Yeah!". The girls say, "Boooo!" It's their last day of school and they were suppose to have an all-school picnic outside at lunchtime. Instead they'll be eating at their desks and trying to keep at the end of the school year ya-ya's under control. But, the garden is delighted and is sucking up those raindrops after soaking in the sunshine this past week. This is my favorite bed right now. Peas and pole beans reaching up the frames while the space between them is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Piapie
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Last fall I walked into a local yarn store and wandered aimlessly trying to find a yarn or a pattern that would fit the bill for a rapidly approaching birthday. I told myself, "Top-down, no seaming, chunky yarn, no color changes or complicated cables." I had three weeks to make Funky B's birthday sweater. The kind lady at the store showed me skeins and hanks of beautiful chunky yarns. We flipped through books and binders with all sorts of easy-peasy sweaters. Now if I've learned anything about my sewing and knitting habits, it's that if I am not inspired, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Piapie
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Sunday Brunch is taking a slight turn with the change of season and the beginning of our neighborhood farmer's market. For the past three years I have volunteered to help set up the market. This year the girls expressed interest in volunteering too. A few weeks ago we went to the informational session where they meet the market coordinators and signed up for shifts. This morning MonkE woke up before 7 AM and announced, "It's market day!!!!" Papi Chulo kindly made our weekly omelette extra early and then the girls and I rode down to the market space where they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Piapie
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I went out yesterday morning and snapped a bunch of photos of the garden. I looked at them and thought, "It's like watching your hair grow." There are no big dramatic changes to the garden this week but gradually the last structural pieces are coming together and bit by bit those little plants get bigger and fuller and more promising. This week we have a plum tree that is beginning it's training: Sugar snap peas that have finally, just barely, reached the frames: Blue ribbons flickering at the top of the tomato cages: And crops have been identified by markers:... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Piapie
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I have a new little obsession. It involves turning this: into this: How cool is that?!?!?!!!!! Pretty flipping cool. I saw it awhile back while surfing from one blog to another and filed it away in my brain. Good friends moved into a new home a week ago and I knew that these would make a lovely housewarming gift. It's a simple project that just takes a little time and some colorful thread. What I love about it is how it takes something as simple as plain cotton rope and turns it into an attractive, functional piece much like how... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Piapie
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I thought it might be fun to watch the garden grow this summer with weekly updates. We finally put everything into the ground this week. All the tomatoes and peppers that we started from seed two months ago to the basil and cilantro starts that I picked up last week at the nursery (I haven't had luck starting those from seed here). The only thing left to plant is the potato plant I bought which is waiting for it's burlap coffee bag to arrive. Our blueberry bushes have little green berries on them and the girls picked the first strawberry... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Piapie
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One day last summer I took the girls to a park and MonkE and I spent a good amount of time on the seesaws. We were trying to find that sweet spot in the middle where she could lay down and both ends would be off the ground. Floating, mid-air, perfectly balanced. There was a lot of tipping from one side to the other, scooting forward, no back, no forward, perfect! Brief moments of balance before a thumping tip. Try it again, scoot scoot scoot, then...then...got it! Tip. I feel like parenting is a lot like that seesaw. Always trying... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Piapie
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Several years ago Papi Chulo and I went to an estate sale and I was taken with the old portable typewriter that was sitting in a corner. For a token amount of money I gleefully took the thing home with plans of reviving the lost art of a typewritten letter in memory of my great aunt Stella. I typed out a few, quickly discovering that it was a bit more laborious than I expected it to be. Plus it was noisy and the only time that I had for typing letters was after bedtime so that didn't work so well.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Piapie
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I was comparing Mother's Day notes with a good friend of mine yesterday as our kids played together after school. She reported that on Sunday morning around 5:45 she was awoken to her 8 year old saying, "Mom. The microwave is smoking." Her three kids (and I think, maybe, her husband) were attempting to make her breakfast in bed when one of them had the brilliant idea of melting cheese on crackers in the microwave. For FIVE minutes. She definitely beats me out on the "most comical Mother's Day breakfast" for this year. I, on the other hand, had sweetness.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Piapie
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If you ask my parents, they would confirm that I have long been an opinionated speaker. I can recall many monologues coming out of my mouth. Certain that I was right, confident that I knew my facts, determined to share my "wisdom". At one point I may have owned a soapbox. I am not sure if it is the result of maturity or parenting or some combination of the two, but the last five years or so I find myself eating my words. A lot. Case in point: this small child. When she was still in my belly and her... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Piapie
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For the past few weeks Papi Chulo has been playing chef. He fixes the girls their breakfast and once they are at the table eating he makes a fancy breakfast plate for the two of us. It's become a sweet part of our weekend, the two of us sitting down at the table, listening to acoustic music courtesy of the Sunday Brunch, and talking. Just talking together. No pleading with little ones to eat their veggies or reminders to use your napkins. The conversation doesn't revolve around imaginary characters or class clowns. We sit back in our seats and sip... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Piapie
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We just had our two week spell of summery-like spring weather. Sunshine, temps up in the 70's and 80's, blue skies,.... Just lovely. And it put us all in the mood for summer. My mind swirled around summer plans: visitors, camp, swim lessons, camping trips, summer concerts in the parks, a big trip to see the old house one last time (wipe the tears), and an even bigger move by the Old Peep and her Rooster. While my head spun around calendar dates, my hands kept busy getting dirty in the garden. Papi Chulo did the hard digging and I... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Piapie
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This is what a double ear infection and walking pneumonia looks like: Poor kiddo. She's been toughing out a nasty cough for three weeks now only to have it up the ante and demand two seperate antibiotics. I am hoping that today is the day that she begins to rebound. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Piapie