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April 17, 2017

Big doings around here this weekend.

We adopted a dog!

This is Sasha.

She was found as a stray in Tennessee. After several weeks of trying to find her owner, she was rescued from the shelter by a group that is affiliated with a rescue organization up here in greater Boston.  Fast forward a few weeks, and we picked her up on Saturday.

As you can see, she is settling in nicely.

The cat is having a hard time adjusting to the new addition…but she’s quick to show Sasha who’s boss. They will work it out.


We are so happy to have her!


April 13, 2017

Spring has finally, really, truly sprung.  It’s been in the high 60’s for most of this week, and even got to 80 on Tuesday afternoon.

Alistair and I celebrated with the first iced beverages of 2017.

As one does.


April 10, 2017

Last week the school held it’s annual Art and Music Night. This is Alistair’s last year participating, and Larson’s first.

Alistair turned 11 on Friday. He’s allllllmost as tall as I am now. I’m sure he will be taller by the end of the school year.

We had his party on Saturday. The theme was Splatoon, although it turned more into a general multicolor theme kind of day.

The cake was paint-splattered on the outside

and – surprise! – tie-dyed on the inside. My mother-in-law brings her A game to the birthday cakes, for sure.

After an hour or so of running wild, I herded all the kids into the kitchen where they made their own slime.

I even bought mini paint cans so they could take them home.

I set up a gumball bar, and gave them test tubes to fill in whatever pattern or combination they wanted.

A good time was had by all, I’d say.


April 3, 2017

Alistair’s class has been working on a biography project for the past few months. They had to choose a public figure, do the research on the person’s life and achievements, then build a slide-based presentation that included the relevant information, including images, and had to contain a table of contents and a bibliography.  Then they had to present their report to their class – in costume.

The in-class presesentations were on Thursday. Parents were invited to an encore presentation on Friday.

Alistair was Leonardo da Vinci. His presentation was great, handknits were well-represented in his costume, and he did a great job in speaking to his slides in front of a crowd. I was a very proud mama.

Then Saturday was April Fools Day.  On Saturdays in our house the boys get their own breakfast, so I put my plan in motion Friday night. I switched the inner bags within the cereal boxes, and replaced the leftover pizza with carrots.

Mother Nature played her own trick on us; Saturday was a cold, damp miserable day alternating between snow, sleet, and rain. Ugh

But then the sun came out on Sunday and the flowers rebounded nicely.

I believe spring is here at last.


March 31, 2017

Once a month the boys’ school holds a restaurant night at a local establishment, where the school gets a percentage of the bill. It’s a great, easy fundraiser – parents get a night off from cooking and dishes.  The restaurants get an influx of business on an otherwise slowish weeknight. The PTO gets some always-needed cash. Everybody wins. 🙂

Between one thing and another, we don’t make it every month, but this week we were able to plan accordingly and bring my parents along for the ride too.

Back on the home front, I made sweet and spicy cauliflower to go with our steak last night. Larry and I liked it, but the boys had to be talked into eating their (very small) portions.  Oh well, you can’t win them all. But it is so pretty…

Speaking of pretty, the crocuses are starting to pop up in the front yard, so surely spring isn’t too far off.

Then again as I look out the window I see that it is starting to snow…sigh


March 28, 2017

I won’t be sorry when March ends and we turn the calendar to a new month.

March is tough. Daylight savings begins just when the mornings are bright enough to consider running outdoors, and it takes a few weeks to recover that morning daylight.  Which means another few weeks of running on the treadmill in the basement.

And the weather. Ugh. We always get spoiled by a few unseasonably warm days in February, so March weather is nothing but an insult. Today it’s grey and damp and 40, and that’s the same as the forecast for the next three or four days. I feel like we haven’t seen sunshine in weeks. Double Ugh.

I’ve been chipping away at my to-do list; I have one baby-knitting project complete, and another one about to begin. I finished my most recent book on Sunday night and will start a new one tonight. Spring cleaning is well underway, too.

None of which makes for compelling blog posts, I know. I apologize. Hopefully things will take an upswing soon.

Until then, just know that I’m here, plugging along, feeling generally meh.


March 24, 2017

I am still in love with my Fun Run Box subscription, in case you wondered.

March’s theme was March Madness, complete with brackets.  Each workout calls for a specific exercise midway through your run, and then you choose the ‘winner’ in each set of two.

I finished my brackets yesterday:

It turns out that I like intervals more than I had ever previously acknowledged.

The April box arrived on Monday, and even though I won’t start the challenge until April, it is another good one.  And the swag in this one is fabulous: wireless bluetooth earbuds from Volume Maker.

I can’t wait to start!