It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Ego-centric, much?

Emma is in the bathroom. She hears a knock on the door — “I could tell from the knock it was a daycare kid.”

“Who is it?”


Well, that certainly clarifies things.

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

When silence is not so golden

436456_red_plastic_scissorsLittle voices waft up the stairs and into the bathroom, where I am… Where I am. With the door ajar. Of course.

Timmy: “Those are paper scissors.”
Anna: “Yes. I am cutting paper.”
Timmy: “They are not for cutting hair.”
(One presumes this is the Voice of Experience speaking.)
more silence, perhaps a little shuffling

Me, from above:
“They are not for cutting hair! Put them down on the table!”

Noah: “Uh-oh.”

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Anna, crafts, Mischief, Noah, Timmy | | 6 Comments

Hormones, Unlimited

749307_bombWhat happens when a teenage girl and a perimenopausal woman live in the same home?

Find out here.

March 6, 2009 Posted by | Mid-Century Modern Moms, my kids, parenting, the dark side | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weirdness, overheard

“Zoom! Zoom, zoom, zoom! I’m a flying pig!!”
(When pigs fly you are, little man… Huh. Guess he’s solved that problem right here and now, hasn’t he?)

Anna, standing over Emily, who sits on the potty, bursts into applause.
“Timmy! Timmy! You gotta come see Emily’s purple underpants!”

“I want to make an angel.”
“All right. What will you need to make an angel?”
“Cotton balls and popsicle sticks, I think. And that.”
Points to onion-skin on the kitchen floor by garbage pail.

“You be the mommy and go to work.”
“Okay, and I will be your little girl.”
“Yes, and when I get home, you will say, ‘Hello, mommy, did you have a nice day?'”
“Yes, and I will say, ‘Yes, sweetie, I did, and here are some nice garbage bags, just for you.'”

March 5, 2009 Posted by | potty tales, the things they say! | | 1 Comment

Wearing thin

Sometimes I don’t post for a few days at a stretch. (I’m telling you this because I don’t necessarily assume you would otherwise notice.)

It is because we have a dog now. We have a dog who needs two hour-long walks a day. (Sometimes she gets one or two more shorter ones.) I do the evening hour-long walk; the Husband does the morning.

He does the morning when he’s not travelling, that is. Now, he doesn’t travel a lot, but he is out of town for a few days every month, and on those days, I do all the dog-walking. (Yes, I have children. Children who are old enough to walk the dog. Their efforts at dog-walking are so half-assedhearted that I can’t bear to let the dog suffer so.)

Besides, while I can’t say I enjoy trudging into the early-morning minus-27C-with-windchill (YES! STILL!) I don’t mind walking the dog. She takes such joy in the outing, leaping and bounding and shoving her nose into snowbanks and throwing herself bodily to the ground, to writhe in bliss with all four paws in the air.

Joy unbounded, she is. And that is pure pleasure to be part of. Even in minus-27C-with-windchill.

But the morning walks are when I’d normally be sitting here at my laptop. So that’s what happened on Monday, and it’s what’s happening today. Because, hey, I know when I’m cheating. I’m throwing words on the screen, but this is not a real post.

Because I was walking the dog.


(But isn’t she cuuute?)

March 4, 2009 Posted by | the dog | 7 Comments

I hereby resolve: March Edition

Remember my New Year’s Resolution? I was going to post one change each month that I was going to implement to make my impact on the planet just a little lighter.

I had one all planned for this month. Since it involved an actual PURCHASE, I’d done my research. I’d looked at various types of the product, the pros and cons of each, the prospective price range. I’d chosen one, I’d found my source, and then, because I’m a walker/bus rider now, not a driver, I called ahead to make sure of my price and its availability.

Good thing.

Because what I’m after, see, is deemed a seasonal item, and won’t be available until… well, they weren’t sure when. But it sure wasn’t available in winter.

So much for that idea. It’s still on the agenda, it’s just not going to be this month’s item. I have yet another idea, but that, too, is seasonal, in that I need the snow to be gone.

I thought I was two months ahead. HA. Instead, I was floundering for this month’s idea. Floundering, that is, until I followed Zayna’s ping-back.

I am totally stealing her idea. Starting this month, I am going to stop using toxic cleaning products where possible, and less-toxic products where some degree of toxicity is unavoidable. (Cleaning the oven springs to mind…)

To that end, meet my friends: Baking Soda and Vinegar.
They are the core of my Clean Cleaning products. I already use vinegar and newspaper to clean my windows, just the way my grandmother taught me. In the past I’ve used baking soda, salt, and vinegar with a boiling water chaser to keep my drains running freely, but I’d lost the habit. Don’t know why.

So this month: Green Cleaning.

How about you?

March 3, 2009 Posted by | health and safety | , , , , , , | 8 Comments