Coffee makes me happy too

July 28, 2016

1. Baby waving goodbye to S this morning. We’ve thought before that she was trying to wave, but this was nothing ambiguous about it today.

2. Measuring my coffee beans into the coffee filter instead of the grinder and catching myself before I went any further. Also, Baby grinning when I run the grinder. I don’t know why it makes her happy.

3. Watching an Eastern swallowtail butterfly hanging out around the hosta plants and my flower garden.


Lemon Cloud

July 27, 2016
  1. Showing off our kind of sad gardening to my friend while she visited today. It’s a good thing we aren’t relying on it to keep us from starving. Of course, maybe we would try harder if it was.
  2. Eating “lemon cloud” out of little tiny dessert cups with little tiny dessert spoons.
  3. Baby warmed up to my friend and was able to be held by her for several minutes, which was long for her.

Handfuls of happiness

July 26, 2016

1. Time to hang out on the blanket outside today after running a bunch of errands. I was on the blanket, Baby kept crawling half off it to pull up grass and taste it.

2. Picking a large handful of cherry tomatoes before it got too dark tonight.

3. S calling me to the window to see the sky all pink and beautiful as the sun was setting.


Moves like Jagger

July 25, 2016

1. Watching Snapchat videos of my nieces showing off their dance moves made me laugh. Seeing them jump on a pogo stick made Baby squeal.

2. The rain. It did mean that we couldn’t do our normal time out on the lawn, but everything has been so dry.

3. I get to clean my oven. Oil was spilled all over the bottom, along with the chicken thighs for dinner. I’m sadder about the skin of the chicken getting pieces of charred remains of who knows what on them from the bottom, and therefore being inedible since that is one of my favorite things – nice crispy, golden brown chicken skin, than I am about the mess in the oven. The oven has not been cleaned at all in the past 8 years (not my fault since I’ve been here only two), and I doubt it was cleaned by the previous owners, so it’s pretty much like a typical used oven. I have a paste of baking soda smeared all over and then I guess my plan is to wipe it out and then spray it down with vinegar tomorrow. The internet says this will work.


Anticipation, wiggles, and love

July 24, 2016

1. Getting our art supply order finalized and ordered. I think this is going to be a lot of fun!

2. Baby ‘talking’ during church. She is getting pretty loud and by the end was very eager to be put on the floor. If there were more little ones at church I think I’d try the nursery since she has so many wiggles.

3. A shoulder massage from S.


New things

July 23, 2016

1. We lowered Baby’s crib mattress today. She isn’t pulling herself up yet, but that’s not too far off!

2. Baby’s delight over a twig she found outside. Everything is new to her and I love watching her experience that.

3. Chopping up vegetables for dinner. I have a new Japanese knife from Pacific Knives in Alaska and I love using it.


No silver spoons

July 22, 2016

1. Baby having the most successful solid food session yet. I’ve been trying pureed avocado and various vegetables for the past month with almost no success. Today I cut up a tiny slice of avocado, put a piece on my finger because she was having trouble picking them up and she pulled my hand toward her so she could eat it off my finger. She ate at least 8 pieces that way. They were tiny, but she was eager and enjoying them.

2. Making painting plans with two friends. I had the chance to do this over two years ago, turned it down, and regretted not taking part ever since.

3. Going grocery shopping with Baby. I’m not exactly sure why I like it so much, but it gets us out of the house and in contact with other people without being obligated to socialize.


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