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October 23, 2017

Yesterday was my birthday.

It was sunny and mid-70’s, so after breakfast we went up to the Fells for a nice easy hike.

Then home for some downtime. Chores and housework, of course, but I also managed an hour of knitting during daylight, which almost never happens these days.

And went to dinner at a local steakhouse.

All in all, a pretty great day in general, and even better for it having been my birthday.



October 20, 2017

Larson turned 7 on Monday. We had a Spider-Man party on Saturday.

We had an amazing cake created by Nana Linda,

a pinata for smashing,

silly string battles,

And an all-around good time.


October 16, 2017

Last week I was tagged on Facebook to participate in the seven day black and white challenge:

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No explanation. No people. Challenge someone new each day.”

Here are my seven photos.


I really enjoyed the challenge – it was a good way to take myself out of the routine of the normal, if you know what I mean. A small change of perspective every day.

I hereby challenge you!


October 13, 2017

As of this writing there are 73 knitting days til Christmas.

Larry has opted out of receiving knitwear this year, so I have only three projects to complete: a scarf for Alistair, a hat for Larson, and the ornaments for the kids.

Except I give the kids their ornaments on Thanksgiving, which means there are only 41 knitting days left for that project.

I have 11 to make in all, and have completed four. So, seven ornaments in 41 days means I have to churn the rest out at a rate of one every six days.

I’m okay with that.



October 10, 2017

Larson’s pick this week was a baked potato bar. It’s always a fun idea, and the weather last night was just perfect for a warm and starchy treat.

I used the baked potato recipe from Serious Eats, and it did not disappoint. Their recipes never do.

Larson and I had cheddar, sour cream, bacon and chives.

Larry and Alistair had cheddar, leftover chili, bacon and chives. Alistair added sour cream to his, but Larry did not.

Simple and delicious.


October 5, 2017

On Tuesday a troubled soul was stalking around the neighborhood surrounding Larson’s school, talking loudly and angrily and waving a knife around.

The authorities were alerted and responded quickly, and the school was put into lockdown as a precaution.

We parents were alerted during and after the incident. I am very happy to report that the school handled everything calmly and correctly, and the children didn’t know it was anything other than a drill until well after the person was removed from the area. They simply explained to the kids that there had been “a person in a bad mood having a bad day” outside.

Nonetheless, my heart rate has not yet returned to normal.

What a world we are living in.



September 29, 2017

The elementary school had their Curriculum Night last night. We learned a little more about the thing he’ll be learning this year, and got to see some of the handiwork he’s produced so far.