Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here we are at the end of our second week of summer vacation. This past week the boys spent their mornings at a nature day camp at Discovery Park. And we've swam, spent time at the beach, ate outside, played games, done lots of kid crafting, made banana bread, lego ships, listened to MJ, made our own coloring pages, made a vending machine out of strawberry cartons for use in a future tree house, and watched a movie. (Yes, I'm feeling a bit exhausted this Saturday morning.) I've been reminded of the great importance of playing outdoors a LOT every day; this has resulted in some nice evening walks and trips to the beach. Last night I saw the first ripening blackberries in my neighborhood.
Here are a few great links from the past week:
If you haven't already, be sure to visit this lovely blog. I only discovered it a month or so ago, and I feel like I've found a long-lost friend.
Chelsea has started a great Portland street style blog.
Public piano installation!
One more rhubarb dessert - our favorite yet (dessert recipe is at the end of the link).
Friday, June 26, 2009
Yesterday was filled with sadness for me at the news of the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. It was hard to get my brain around it all as more news kept coming in and I was hearing and processing it. At the end of the day my sadness has resulted in a wave of nostalgia for my childhood. I remember admiring Farrah's hair; I remember huddling around a television with friends and being absolutely electrified by the moonwalk. I was in junior high at the time, and we all tried it. Of all the media I looked at yesterday, this piece about the moment that made Michael the King of Pop was the most compelling to me.
Have a good weekend.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I'm not going to win any blog awards with a title like that, am I? Oh well it's all I could think of. I've been wanting to show you these bits of beauty I've been noticing on my running route this past week. The fireweed always makes me so homesick for Alaska. What's catching your eye at this moment in June? You fill in the blank: late June is tall grass, is fireweed, is....
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The most profound, life changing thoughts I've encountered about music are found here.
Excerpt from Brian Eno's piece for NPR's This I Believe:
'I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor. A recent long-term study conducted in Scandinavia sought to discover which activities related to a healthy and happy later life. Three stood out: camping, dancing and singing.'
Monday, June 22, 2009
Jean, our 15 year old houseguest from France arrived safely on Saturday. Cal, true to his nature, has been full of questions for him: "Jean, have you ever been on a locomotive?" "Jean, have you ever been surfing?"
The boys both made Alexi a book for Father's day; great treasures.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
What are you up to this weekend? We've got a 15-year-old houseguest from France arriving today, to stay with us for the next three weeks. He was here last summer and was a delight to have around. He's the grandson of the family Alexi lived with as an exchange student in high school.
A few great links for your weekend:
rhubarb soda and rhubarb cosmopolitans
the perfect last-minute Father's Day card
I'll be making oven-roasted vegetables along with Copper River salmon on Father's Day.
the world is getting smaller
Happy summer solstice!
Friday, June 19, 2009
The boys rely on Alexi to love and calm them now, just as they did as infants. Recently I've watched as the boys have learned to play hockey - a sport Alexi loves and knows so much about. The 'coaching' he does comes in the form of patience, as he takes them skating again and again and again, and reminds them that it's about having fun, not about the competition..and I know he absolutely believes it.
Watching him become a Father has been the greatest inspiration to me in being the Mother that I want to be.
Happy Father's Day, Alexi! Thank you for all that you do; it means the world to us. And I wish all of you Fathers out there a very special Father's Day weekend full of love.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
One quart of berries equals about one batch of jam. I used five and a half quarts all told for the five batches I made. Apparently the high quantity of sugar is necessary for the pectin to set properly. Some pectins require less sugar, but Erin said her mother didn't like the taste of the low-sugar version, and since I don't know anyone who has tried and liked it I stuck with the tried and true. The canning funnel was so great to have as it really would have been difficult to get the jam into the jar otherwise.
As we were working, Alexi remarked that the smell reminded him of making jam in the summer in his childhood. I hope that someday the smell of strawberry jam might also take Abbott and Cal back to a happy time in their childhood.
Recipe I used via Erin is here.