Sunday, January 28, 2007
This book, as well as The Quiltmaker's Gift, is certainly my favorite book from the past month. I'd recommend it for boys as well as girls. The details of the illustrations were mesmerizing for Ella. We are going to make a Waldorf doll of the main character and a quilt for her.
I wanted to make a doll quilt for Ella while the kids were studying quilts at school. My original intention was to let her actually stitch parts of it, but she choose to go her own was with my scraps. Grandmarie sent her a little woven sewing box with a silver thimble, and I gave her a pincushion with some pearl topped pins. She has wanted dreadfully sharp objects of her own for years. I got some muslin and was going to make a cathedral window quilt for another doll, one yet to be made, but Ella suddenly wanted "colorful patchwork, nine patch". She picked some fabrics from my stash and put the pieces in a "pat-ter-en" on the dining room table. As she learned more about how quilts were made, I put this one together at night, adding some appliques on the back. The colors are nice for Annie.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Fossil hunting expeditions, New River and Appomattox
Build a wood burning earth oven to bake bread
Many camp outs
Paper Mache, Life size kid forms to paint
Book making with sewn bindings
Take big easels on a painting expedition
New Jamestown 400th anniversary exhibits
to be continued
Friday, January 26, 2007
3 cups whole milk
2/3 cups water
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2/3 cups old – fashioned grits ( not quick-cooking)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Put the milk, water, rosemary, salt and pepper in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Slip in the grits. Adjust the heat so that the grits barely simmer, just a bubble at a time is perfect. Stir frequently until all the liquid is absorbed.
I use 3 cups whole milk and 1 cup water to 1 cup of grits with those Byrd Mill Grits.
Excellent with Sauteed Shrimp as Charleston Shrimp and Grits These can now be transformed into GARLIC CHEESE GRITS. To the cooked grits add:
2 cups grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese, ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic
½ cup chopped scallions or chives, if desired
A dash of hot pepper sauce
Pour the mixture into a flat 2 quart casserole and bake at 350* for 25 minutes. More cheese can be added atop the casserole during the last 10 minutes of baking.
get your grit on
We are still here. It has just been a long week, a long month. We have been weaning, teething, bad dreaming, you name it. I've been reading a few blogs but just haven't had a lot to say. How many times can I say that I feel like Miss Clavel in the middle of the night? Something is not right.
It is me though. The children are fine. I'd be fine too if someone strapped me into a car seat and let me sleep for an hour.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
My friend Marge took this picture of me at the Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon while I was uber pregnant with Ella. The Garden of Awakening Orchids was certainly one of Portland's many jewels. Marge brought over an orchid when we came home from the hospital. It bloomed for six weeks but it hasn't bloomed since. It is still in our dining room, the only plant to travel east with us.
Ella and her daddy have been spending some good times together today. They went shopping at an old book store and got nine vintage children's books. They heard some bluegrass over at the coffee shop and brought home some good things from the whole food store.
Now they are in the tub with some toy animals. I got in the hot tub last night in a high wind, turned up the jets and felt like I was in a hurricane in a tropical sea.
Friday, January 19, 2007
She came home a few days ago announcing that Jenny had eaten a rabbit, and we repeated our mantra of tolerance for the carnivores. Every person and animal gets to choose their own food.
Yesterday she was quite concerned about Sharry's soup. "It was a lovely soup", she said, "It had white beans, carrots, and broccoli, and then she added a pig and boiled it until the meat fell off the bone."...as if Sharry were Frankenstein if Ella knew who Frankenstein was. She was particularly fascinated with the phrase, "until the meat fell off the bone".
"I am meat," she says.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
This is all said in a slightly hushed fairy tale voice with hand motions.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I have hot eyeballs and keep expecting to have this cold at any minute. Mostly I am tired. John has been exclusively in his crib for three nights. The first one was rough. Last night there were two or three peeps and then he slept until almost seven. The morning before was five forty five. This morning he said, "Oatmeal!"
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I'm starting my Christmas crafting early this year.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Discovery Time- investigating skulls and bones, dinosaur number/numeral word game, dinosaur sticker pictures, stegasaurus hats, Ticeratops puppets
Circle Time- What we know and want to know about dinosaurs, classifying dinosaurs by eating habits, habitats, and hip bones, graphing toy dinosaurs brought from home
Small Group Time- phonics workbooks (phonmeic awareness and letter formation of Qq and Rr) and journals
Story- Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Bones, Dinosaur Babies, How Big is a Brachiosaurus?, Let's Go Dinosaur Tracking
Week 2 More About Dinosaurs
Discovery Time-making Boxosaurs, dinosaur paper skeleton, play dough dinosaurs, dinosaur dig in rice, dinosaur floor puzzles, easel painted dinosaurs for large bulletin board.
Circle Time-What happened to the dinosaurs?, Sizing up dinosaurs, "Annie Apatosaurus", "Our Dinosaur Friends" video and songs.
Small Group Time- adding using a number line, math workbookds. phonics workbooks-Uu and Vv, journals
Story- What Happend to the Dinosaurs, Sea Monsters of Long Ago, The Horned Dinosaur, Flying Dinosaur, Magic School Bus in the Time of Dinosaurs
Week 3 Quilting
Art and Discovery-color by number quilt blocks, exploring and arranging quilt squares with paper cut-outs, pattern blocks and geoboard quilts, paper quilts, quilting "sandwiches" with yarn (paper quilt front and back with batting in the middle)
Circle Time-The history of quilts, how quilts are made, counting and nameing the colors and shapes in quilts
Smalll Group Time-addition review, math workbooks, phonics workbooks Ww and Xx, journals.
Story- The Quilting Bee, The Seasons Sewn; A Year in Patchwork, Eight Hands Round, A Patchwork Alphabet, The Keeping Quilt, The Patchwork Quilt
Week 4 More Quilts
Art and Discovery- Story quilts with borders, wallpaper crazy quilts, lacing cards, triangle symetry
Circle-differnent quilt tyes and patterns, matching quilt block patterns to their names, explring various ways to make shapes (how many ways can you cover this shape?)
Small Group-subtracting using the number line, subtracting by counting backwards, math workbooks, phonics workbooks (YyZz), Journals
Story- My Grandmother's Patchwork Quilt, The Pumpkin Blanket, The Patchwork Lady, The Quilt Story, The Boy and the Quilt
Our friend Pat sent us a polaroid transfer of this composite photograph. For me it is a quilt, a tie die, and a kaleidescope of the Oregon summer.
If you are absolutely smitten with it, as I am, email me and I will introduce you a woman with a good story to tell, an amazing collection of photgraphs, a champion yardsaler, and the partner of a man who knows just when to throw his shoe.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
We went over two mountains and through the foggy woods and spent New Years Eve with Isaac , his family, and some of their friends. There was good food , and I drank lots of champagne. The kids piled onto the bed to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and at nine thirty they had a toast. Real glasses on a flowered tray. That was lovely. At midnight we were driving down Main street. Shortly after we were in the house and the local revelers started "shooting in the New Year". It is the habit of the indiginous folks to go out in the yard and shoot guns at midnight. I don't want to use the term redneck or white trash in a negative way, but for those of us who have lived in big cities with crime, it can be fairly disconcerting. I recently read that this is a purely American custom, most likely a way for rural people to greet their neighbors in celebration. Apparently, this custom is alive and well here in Appalachian smalltown.
Here in the New Year we are counting our blessings and cleaning out our cupboards. I've been saying that I'm going Swedish in the New Year. Spare. Boxed. Clean. Ella and I got to work on the pantry yesterday. Today we took all our old pictures off the refridgerator and put up all the new photos of our friend's children that came on Christmas cards. Our Christmas tree is growing in the yard, and the the decorations are boxed and packed. My mother asked me if I was celebrating the sixth of January. No, I'm just being Swedish. I am making lists for next year. I want to celebrate Saint Lucy's day with candle crowns and wizard hats and cardomom breads. I want to make lots of elfin dolls for the tree. I want to make a family star for the top of the tree out of some leftover material from my wedding dress, or maybe even a fairy doll with white mohair hair and the dupioni dress. Next year I want to have a Buddha day party to celebrate the day of the Buddha's enlightenment, and a bigger bolder toddler be darned Christmas tree.
We have resolutions and budget plans and yoga videos and massage gift cards. We have happy children. We have dreams of a house with a fireplace, a coop for chickens, and peace on earth.