Thursday, August 25, 2011

play dough

play dough by ellajohn
play dough, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

She wants to be in the red room too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

flower picker

flower picker by ellajohn
flower picker, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

I think there were more yellow flowers than she could comprehend. We camped for the weekend and then came back to start school on monday. It is a new year of sorts for mamas. I have a lot of work to do at school this week, but next week I'm considering some new routines, the library, bike rides on the Huckleberry, a new photography class. I'm looking longingly at my knitting needles.

The nights are dipping into the forties, but the days are hot. I love the long slow fall into winter. I get quite the thrill thinking about cooking beans in the crock pot.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

gone camping

tents by ellajohn
tents, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I slept with the door to the outside porch wide open last night and woke up cold. The birds were awake at one in the morning talking in the trees outside my window, and this morning I'm wearing a sweater. Change is in the air, in the minds of spiders, and in the slant of the sun.

I've been working on many things to help start the school year, and now my head hurts and I can't turn my head to the left. It is just stress, and I'm really ready to let it go. I'm ready to knit.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

end of summer

pony by ellajohn
pony, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

This is the last week of summer. Next monday we'll head back to school, the fouth grade and another year of kindergarten.

We are going to make one quick trip to the woods for a little camping before fall starts to settle in around us. Woods with wild ponies, blackberries, a big campfire, and quiet nights.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


rainbow head by ellajohn
rainbow head, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

We were a block away from home when we spotted this and jumped out of the car.

John had a great birthday. He was surprised by 22 kids and their families at the lake. We swam, played, and ate watermelon and ice cream sandwiches.

He said, "This is amazing".

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Sriracha Grilled Tofu

I love Korean food. I like the funk and the pow and heat that makes you break out in a sweat. We have only one child at home this week, and I want to make this. Children just can't eat this.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


ruby by ellajohn
ruby, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

I took Ruby to the lake today, and she spent most of the time crouching down in the water and jumping up as high as she can. I asked her what she was doing and she replied over and over, 'jumping for joy".

We should all take a few more cues from three year olds.

lunchbox time by ellajohn, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

John needs to bring his lunch and snack in separate bags this year, so I think the snacks will be traveling in this little washable robot bag. I also ordered a couple of bamboo sporks and have plans for making a pile of cloth napkins.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

floydfest X

floydfest 10 by ellajohn
floydfest 10, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

We are home from four days of a music festival up on the mountain in beautiful Floyd, Virginia. I slept on a yoga mat in the woods for three nights, and it might be the year to invest in something more comfortable. On saturday night when I went to bed the ground was still vibrating with music, and I heard it didn't stop until four am. I still haven't declared a "favorite" for the weekend. Yonder Mountain String Band. Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Old Crow Medicine Show. Too many to count really. It was a beautiful summer weekend with shooting stars, fireworks, thunderstorms, Dark Star Stout, friends, fiddles, banjos, dancing, and happy kids.


henna by ellajohn
henna, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

Someone is growing up quicklly. No face paints for her this year, but she did want to get a henna design with a snake, the sun, and the moon.


puppets by ellajohn
puppets, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.


up by ellajohn
up, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

sparkles and feathers

sparkles and feathers by ellajohn
sparkles and feathers, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

festival ruby

festival ruby by ellajohn
festival ruby, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.


sun by ellajohn
sun, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.


dancing by ellajohn
dancing, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

Monday, August 01, 2011


yoga by ellajohn
yoga, a photo by ellajohn on Flickr.

She calls it "yoda".