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Baking, crafting, mama-ing and taking photos of it all. When I remember.


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farewell, 2013

I can’t say I’ll be terribly sad to see you go…

down the path

We had a year full of ups and downs. Broker than we’ve ever been (aren’t things supposed to get better?), we managed to support a family of 4 on under $20,000. (With lots of help from the government, trust me.) E had an emergency room visit because of a stomach bug that had her fever up over 105. It turned out not to be appendicitis, as they’d suspected, and she was home late that night, thank heavens. We had one comically rough weekend where E had a (different) stomach bug, H had hand, foot, mouth and the stomach bug and something else I can’t even remember now. All you can do is laugh about it now…

There were bright spots in our year though! It wasn’t all bad. E turned three in April.

Nova dress

H turned one in July.

sweet boy

We celebrated with friends and family. We moved to a better place in October, which certainly complicated things but it’s good in the end. I had a fun trip to Rhinebeck with friends in October. I did not complete my 8 in 2013 goal, unfortunately, and I’m going to blame it on the move. (That isn’t strictly accurate – I doubt I would have finished anyway, but now I don’t have a sewing area anymore which makes it even harder!) We went to Connecticut in April to visit my sister and attend a conference at Yale – convenient! M went to Europe for 11 days in May, leaving me home with both kiddos and we had a great time. My parents had a timeshare at a beach resort type place and the kids and I got to stay there for a weekend while M was off playing European clubs and buying me chocolate. One accomplishment I’m particularly proud of this year is that I really started paying attention to my health – I’ve been working out and watching what I eat and I ran two 5ks last year! I’m already signed up for one for next year. Because of this, I’m about 35 lbs lighter than I was this time last year, and in the best shape of my life.

I’m ending the year on a mixed note – I’ve had the flu for the past few days but on the bright side, some kind soul sent us a $100 Visa gift card anonymously in the mail! I have no idea who it was, but if it was you…thank you. We appreciate it more than you know.

I have high hopes for next year. One thing I’m excited about is a group blog project I’m doing with some friends. We’ll each be posting a photo a day. I’m looking forward to taking more photos this year! Be well, friends. Happy 2014.

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moving right along…

Well, it’s official. The old blog is no longer being maintained. Delightfully, I had the option to just keep it up for free so there it will sit. (This will make a lot of pinners happy!) So, not as many broken links out there as I’d feared!

There’s still stuff to manage here but it looks a bit better than it did. I’ve corrected all my internal links so they should all be functional – if you run across one that isn’t, please let me know! I’m not planning on updating many of the older posts unless I run into some systemic problem, but they’re all there and the photos that are hosted on Flickr are all present and accounted for (it’s just the photo Friday posts I uploaded straight from my iPod that don’t show up anymore…)

Anyway, I hope all my US friends are having a good Thanksgiving weekend and happy December to all!


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I blame the baby.

My lack of motivation lately has been epic. EPIC. And for that I apologize. There has been little crafting. Even less cooking. Hardly any eating, for that matter. Next to no blogging. Barely any photo-taking.

But today is beautiful and sunny and warm and I am taking a vacation day to sit at home and catch up on cleaning, crafting, gardening, sleeping and just generally enjoying being alone!

So there's a wee post over here, with some lovely photos (if I do say so myself) and I hope you'll pop over and take a peek!

 


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summertime, summertime

Oh, summer. What have I been up to? Clearly not blogging… Mostly because I’ve been, well, living.

Started off the season with some gorgeous flowers…hyacinths! (Which, if you’ve been ’round these parts very long, you know are some of my very favorites.)

spring hyacinth

There were also (and will always be) some whoopie pies. Oh, the deliciousness. My favorites come from the bakery down the street – Borealis Breads. Yum.

whoopie pie

There was some music-ing…

musical baby

And somebody’s very first beach trip…

1st beach trip

(Well, the first one where she could actually appreciate it, anyway…) Followed by some more beach trips…

more beach!

And some more… Love that sand!

and more beach...

There were a lot of hot lazy days spent playing with blocks and baby pools.

hot summer days

There was even some sewing! Here, the lovely E is stacking some rings in her beautiful new handmade dress!

stacking

And some more sewing… Love that dress pattern!

climbing

I gardened. Quite a bit actually. And I had every intention of blogging about my experience, but…well…maybe I’ll get around to an end-of-season recap?

eggplant, with cat

We had play dates!

play date

And parties!

party time!

And, of course, I just had to sew a party dress to go to some of those parties…

party dress

There was swinging and sliding…

slide action

I just had to sew another pair of shoes, before E outgrew the pattern…

handmade shoes

There’s been a lot of jam and jelly making and other preserving. Like whoa. A lot. Here, vanilla peach oolong. There’s also been strawberry lime jam, blackberry jelly, maple strawberry smooch, strawberry lemonade concentrate, salsa verde and more on the agenda…

vanilla peach oolong jelly

In addition to all that, I dyed yarn all summer for Picnic at the end of August. My first time vending as a yarnie! (I’ve done craft shows before, but not with the yarn…)

Picnic yarn

Finally, at the end of it all, when I was feeling a little stressed out by all that was happening, we went on vacation! A week at the lake, even if part of it is spent with no power or running water (thanks, Irene!) is a wondrous thing.

sitting on the dock after Irene

To top off the vacation, my dear father turned 60. Party! And he got to spend the day with his granddaughter. (Among others…) Possibly my favorite moment this summer.

generations

So I may not have been blogging, or commenting on your blogs, or, honestly, even reading them most of the time, but I’m here. I’ve been checking in and catching up periodically but I feel like an ass commenting on months-old posts often, so I read, and move on. And live. It’s been a good summer for us. I hope the same is true for you!