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There is a pair of Cherokee jeans currently for sale in the girls' clothing section at Target. They are light blue denim with flowers embroidered across the front and down both legs and Caroline fell instantly in love with them.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Julia
If there was a conversational equivalent to stepping out of the shower and wrapping oneself in a nice, clean bathrobe this would be it. I feel like saying ahhhhhhh and wriggling my toes and letting bluebirds fluff my hair with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Julia
House guests arrived today. All good but, lord... still barely able to function let alone chat, anticipate, entertain, hostess, tend. You know? Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Julia
Patrick said: soda ash pre-soak (from Dharma Trading) and synthrapol detergent before and after dyeing. We are still using the same bottle of detergent years and many many many projects later - a tiny bit is all you need in a machine. Salt is interesting idea I will try it.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2015 on Ashes To at Julia
No, no. It's fine and you're right. The whole thing was such a mess. Trying to find a safe and environmentally sound way to dispose of all this... stuff was really hard. The burn was one of the better options but, yes, still not good.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2015 on Ashes To at Julia
The previous owner called the second house on the farm Toad Hall, which I thought was a whimsical allusion to The Wind in the Willows until we turned on a tap in the kitchen shortly after buying the place and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Julia
First they salvaged everything that could be used. Then they dug a giant hole. Next they knocked down the foundationless house at the farm that was about to topple over Finally they set the debris on fire. Definitely worth the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Julia
Finished listening to the Bartimaeus trilogy on the drive down to the farm today. Hrmmmmmmmmmm. I.... Hrrrmmmmmmmmm. [SPOILER] Edward said, "So Nathaniel is, essentially, totally, dead?" "Yes." "But... but... what about the rest of it? They left so many things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Julia
Having discovered the secret to serenity, what was it, yesterday? Caroline even more quickly discovered the secret to upending my ditto and opted to watch the Chelsea game with me this morning. Which would have been fine. Jolly even. Mother... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Julia
Edward said, "Oh good, we're watching TV!" I corrected, "No. I am watching football." "No fair! You control everything and you're going to watch, like, four games in a row." "Of course not. Four games? Today? That's ridiculous. I'm going... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Julia
A friend took us out on the river this evening and as much as I love Canada (very muchly) [and DC. and Baltimore. Seattle. and St Louis. San Francisco. Brugge. Tucson. the gulf coast of Alabama] dot dot dot Minnesota... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Julia
I almost always regret saying anything about a series before we are done with it but here goes: I had been saving Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus books for something special (say, an epic 4000 mile road trip) and I am so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Julia
I wasn't worried about the cats or the fish (although it did take me two hours to properly clean the tanks this morning) since we were fortunate in our house sitter: a conscientious, nonsyllabic young man who has just graduated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Julia
Oh my. Home. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Julia
I apologize for the increasingly terse communications but I am at a point in our travels (as wonderful as they have been) in which my need for solitude is rendering even a nice chat with you impossible. So I will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Julia
Caroline the mermaid Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Julia
In Ottawa and hoping to stay awake long enough to walk over and see the light show at 9:30 but I am not sanguine. Not sanguine at all. Pity. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Julia
I let Caroline and Edward rides their bikes alone up to the trampolines today (a distance of, say, three hundred yards) with an injunction to be careful and come back in about half an hour. We don't do a lot... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Julia
On the whole I am not surprised that Caroline randomly surfed the lake on a piece of driftwood. It's a very Caroline thing to do. PS Steve and I settled our disagreement to the satisfaction of both. I am bringing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Julia
As we were walking back from morning activities today a boy called out, "Hi Edward!" Edward looked over and said, "Oh. Hi dude." We kept walking and then Edward, noting my look of surprise said, "What? He's a friend. A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Julia
And I continue to read Anne of... wherever. I think I am on the fourth book and I have to tell you I was getting a little worried about her romantic entanglements. "You fool, Anne! You FOOL!" I shouted at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Julia
Yesterday I wrote a long lament about Chelsea after watching their not-so-friendly against Arsenal (the best part - actually the only good part - being that I watched the match with the same two people who started me on premier... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Julia
Quebec! Now we have an inside joke. I say Quebec! and you know that it is... late here. Edited twenty-two hour later to include a verb. AHEM. It late indeed. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Julia
We are in Vermont today for a visit with Steve's paternal birth family. The one brother lives here, the other drives over from New Hampshire and their Dad and his wife come from Maine. It's lovely. Steve's birth brother has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Julia
I was going to say that I cannot think of a word to describe the size of this hotel room (I just typed woom) but then I thought of a few: eensy, miniscule, teeny, minute, microscopic, Lilliputian. Checking into a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Julia