Thursday, May 19, 2016

Urban Foraging: First Attempt

Urban Foraging: Dandelions
So a couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a friend about urban foraging. She had done a good bit of it while living in Atlanta and was thinking about continuing the practice in Massachusetts. Our discussion inspired me, so I promptly requested a book on urban foraging at the library but didn't make a trip there to pick it up before my book hold expired. Regardless, I knew that dandelions are edible and seeing as they are in abundance, well, everywhere, Luther and I stepped into the yard and picked a large handful of leaves and flowers for lunch.

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Perfect Day at the Boston Public Garden

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A couple of weeks ago, the weather folks were forecasting a gorgeous Sunday. So after church, we headed downtown and parked. We lunched at a cafe near the North End, then walked to the Boston Common and on to the Boston Public Garden.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Month in Review: March 2016

Happy March! #springiscoming #tulips #flowers #floral #march #happymarch

March. The time of the year when I start bringing in any and all flowers and greenery to attempt to stave off winter blues. This year, it was also the time of Piercen's crazy work schedule, my mom's visit, and Holy Week/Easter.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Luther's Half Birthday: 3.5

Happy 1/2 birthday my dearest boy! #happyhalfbirthday #threeandahalf #children #childhood #son

Luther's third half birthday occurred on December 6 when we were down in Tennessee visiting my parents. Mom made him a 1/2 birthday flag, and we bought cupcakes at a local bakery that we cut in half. We sang half of "Happy Birthday" to him. And then we ate the other half of our cupcakes, because you can't really just eat half of one.

Happy half birthday dearest love!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Shop Looks!

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And we're back, with some exciting news. Today Etsy is introducing the new look for shops. I'm super into it. I love the bold cover photo, the bigger listing photos, and the streamlined page that makes it much easier to view shops on mobile devices.

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As with all changes, these can take a little while to get used to, but I think shop owners are going to come to appreciate the new look.

UPDATE (9:45am): I'm not sure when the new look is going live. I had thought it would be 12:01am on April 5, but so far no dice . . . . I'll keep you updated!

UP-UPDATE (3:15pm): The new looks are live, at least to some sellers and buyers. Looks like the changes are being rolled out slowly so that Etsy can make necessary tech adjustments as needed. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

New in the Shop

Vintage French Black and White Striped Espresso Cups and Saucers
Two Vintage Country Western Old Fashioned Lowball Glasses with Leather Cozies
Four Vintage Blue and White Shot Glasses
Vintage Milk Glass Juice Bottle with Orange Grove Scene

The "newest" shop items. There aren't as many this week, reasons being the kids and I spent all day yesterday being outside in the beautiful, sunny, 70 degree weather. Then today we ran errands, lunched with friends, had tea and cookies with our old landlady who happens to be turning 95 next week, and went thrift store shopping for kids clothes. 

This weekend will include cleaning for my mom's visit next week, finishing up the shelving in the kitchen, and Piercen working on his final (FINAL! hallelujah!) grant proposal for the season. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Month in Review: January and February 2016

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In January, we finally got a decent snow; around 6-8 inches. Not enough to shut down our road though so that we could go sledding down it; a joy denied to me last year (re: preggo). 
For previous Januarys (-ies?), see 2015, 2014, and 2013.

February 2016
"Mama, why is it taking so long for spring to come?"
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We discovered a park nearish our house: great playground, wobble seats, swings, a large field, and picnic tables. 
February 2016
Someone loves swinging. 
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February was lovely and warm (for February in New England). January's snow melted away and it started to feel like spring. I always get a bit nervous when warm days come earlier than expected; I fear my brain will start thinking it REALLY is spring, and then when it REALLY is not, I'll get super depressed. So far that has not happened but it's still early days . . . 

Sinclair loves to swing. Like sits in the seat, mad woman cackling, loves to swing. It's the best. Luther has never really enjoyed swinging so it's nice to have a kid who appreciates one of the true joys of childhood. 
For a previous February, see 2015
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