Posts Tagged ‘garden’


Peaceful, loving, harvest

September 5, 2017

1. The way the living room sheers move with the wind.

2. Rachel’s voluntary hugs and kisses.

3. Harvesting acorn squash from our own garden.


Silly, new boots, restful

July 30, 2017

1. Rachel pulled the boppy pillow out of her closet and has been lounging in it when she’s playing in her room. Diaper changes and dressing are often a bit of a challenge, so I asked her if she wanted to use the pillow while I changed her. She nodded yes, and I told her that she was being all fancy lounging in her pillow getting changed. Now every time I change her, she wants to lay in the pillow, and she giggles and says ‘fancy!’

2. Around and around Rachel and I went through the living room and kitchen, again and again. We bought her some rubber boots for wet days and she’s having trouble walking in them, so she clung to my hand and did laps until I got bored, when we switched to practicing taking them off and putting them on.

3. Going out in the cool of the evening and putting hawksweed from the front yard. It is satisfying to pull up.


Summer days

June 13, 2017

1. Rachel tagging along while I set up the hose and watered the garden. We detoured to the front yard when we heard the school bus, which she enjoys watching.

2. Rachel waking up happy from her naps. I’m finally switching her to one nap a day, and she’s been giving me a nice 2-2.5 hours so far, plus waking up so happy. I’m having a little bit of a hard time with the change in schedule though. I’m spending the same amount of time with her during the day, but it’s only broken up by one nap instead of two, so I’m feeling extremely talked and peopled out. I love being with her and talking with her, but it’s intense having to be turned on for such long stretches.

3. But, I do feel like overall the one nap day is a better schedule. There’s enough time while she naps for me to work on a bigger project or whatever, and the longer awake times means that snack time and coloring and outside time all fits in the day better.


‘Ummy, ummy’

June 11, 2017

1. Rachel got her first taste of freshly picked strawberries a couple days ago and according to her, they’re ‘ummy, ummy’. She’s especially eager to go down to the garden whenever we’re outside, so that we can check for more ripe ones.

2. A tufted titmice couple built their nest right above our patio door. In spite of their annoyance at us for wanting to use the patio occasionally, or walk around in the backyard, they hatched three babies, who were too young to share the fear of their parents. The chicks were getting large for the nest and I wanted to show them to Rachel, so I lifted her up and as I did, all three chicks fled, startling Rachel and me. They flew much better than I was expecting, and we haven’t seen them use the nest again.

3. Rachel had a playmate at church this morning. She called him a baby, but he’s a bit older than her. They were chasing each other around after church.


Long weekend

May 29, 2017

1. Rachel getting interested in the chicken thighs S and I were eating for dinner. She ate most of the meat I cut off one, then asked for the bone which she gnawed pretty clean.

2. Saying ‘screw dinner prep’ and going outside to play with Rachel. After a bunch of side trips, she ended up wanting to go in the garden. I started weeding and she started breaking up little clumps of dirt and putting it down the holes in the logs around the raised beds. We both got dirt under our fingernails and both were a little sad when I realized it was probably time to make supper.

3. Poking some extra flower seeds into the bare spots of my flower garden. I think it got picked over by the birds when I first planted.


Polite, not going to work, greens

May 22, 2017

1. A few evenings ago, Rachel told me ‘thank you’ after she finished nursing. 

2. We had dinner at a friend’s house a few days ago, and while we were sitting in the living room afterwards I nursed Rachel. Apparently it wasn’t enough, so she went to S who was sitting on the floor, plopped into his lap, leaned back in a nursing position and frantically asked to nurse.

3. Looking out the upstairs window and seeing that my green beans all sprouted over the weekend! Also, Rachel ate her peas tonight.


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.