Muffin’s 92 Year Old Friend (Mine Too)

Our 92 year old next door neighbor has an in-home studio from 50+ years of playing the piano at church and parties.   Muffin is his latest accompanist.     He doesn’t seem to mind that, at 89 years his junior, she’ll slobber into the mics, constantly fiddle with his soundboard, and hopelessly crush and.. Read More

I Feel Like Jeff Daniels In Pleasantville

Flashback to when my entire life seemed to revolve around the micro-world of two-year-old!   I stumbled on this blog post while creating a site backup tonight.  While scanning over the backup code (such an awkward way to read), I realized my “full set” also included the place where too many posts have died in infancy; the “unpublished”.. Read More

Chicken Coop Build: Why We Need One

chickensheader

  We’re building a chicken coop this weekend for our eight chickens.  Well, a man is coming to build it—and we’re watching.  Sometimes right up in the action and sometimes from the windows.   Our chicken coop situation started out pretty makeshift.     I came home with a box.. Read More

Things To Remember. . .

Good things are worth sharing!   A lot of Internet memes and inspirations lately have sounded good but just weren’t true.   And I’ve had to be intentional about reading things all the way through before I hit “like.”  But something a dear sweet friend shared on her Facebook page last night was very encouraging. .. Read More

How Kind Are You?

Kindness

We Remember Kindness   and we tend to remember when people are unkind too . . .   Do you ever just randomly dream about several people at once?  I met this new day just realizing (again) that I’ve known a lot of really quality people!   We might not live close or.. Read More

Potato Salad

potato salad

“MOM!  I am NOT eating!  I’m PRETEND!”   That’s what I heard after scooping up a heaping serving of my favorite potato salad recipe  – that quintessential summer dish – and hoping it would pass for breakfast for Muffin my three-year-old.  Eggs and potatoes, right?  (With a little fat and celery for balance.)   Because I have a.. Read More

Kid Memory: Seriously?

Kid Memory

Something happened recently to remind me what a great memory my child actually has…about some things.  And this is despite “forgetting” important things that are painstakingly reinforced every day: “Don’t. climb. on. the. furniture.”  “Don’t. take. off. all. your. clothes. before. you. go. outside.”  “Don’t. put. ANYTHING. in. the. toilet.”   Kids,.. Read More

Teaching Geography to a Toddler: Fails Included

Geography Puzzles for Muffin

I’ve recently started working with our toddler, Muffin, on Geography.   This is not because I planned this out in advance, or purchased some special curriculum, or enrolled her in a once a week class as some homeschooling moms do.   It’s merely because I randomly used my phone one sunny morning to video my child.. Read More