Thursday, May 30, 2013

Introducing Hieronymus...

It's always exciting when someone new arrives for a stay at your home...
 In this case it is a mysterious bird that looks unlike any particular kind we have ever seen here before...
 He has strong legs and a definite presence. He doesn't appear injured, yet he only 
flits here and there, not ever flying much higher than our roof top...
I could tell immediately his name started with an H, but took a little time 
to be sure that he was clearly a "Hieronymus".
He has been a bit skittish to the camera, but I hope to get a picture of him up close soon!


                                                                       ~ Marica

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bits of the birthday...


Weeks ago my almost seven-year-old boy formed the plan to have a pinata of a rabbit holding a basketball for his birthday. Well first he wanted a rabbit with giant fangs, but things changed and he decided a rabbit with a basket ball was a bit more up his alley. I was a little concerned that he would have high expectations that would be tricky to meet, but he is quite an amiable young man and as I began making it he continuously told me the pinata was coming along great… Pinatas are quick work with instinctual shaping and cutting happening all along the way. Thing is, sometimes you have to see it as it is, and this guy was not a rabbit at all, but more a kangaroo like gent quickly forming. Luckily, that was fine by the birthday boy and the rabbit plan transferring over into a boxing Kanga went smoothly...
Or sort of… Only catch was I ended up using some amazing colorful duct tape to bind the 
shaky stomach, but in doing so the boxer became more of a homemaker/baking type than a boxer. 
Oh well, it was still quite adorable...
 
We had a lovely day and I can't tell you how nice it was keeping the whole party thing small, 
headache-less and quaint; it allowed me the time to enjoy the process more...
 Way more...
 Also, we were fortunate to have the most perfect weather ever, as well as a dear,
dear friend visiting from Portland to help keep the progress smooth and relaxing.


                                                Cheers ~ Marica

Monday, May 27, 2013

Seven years and two days ago...

This little guy was born...
That is to say my littlest one has turned seven! 
Let me repeat that… SEVEN!!!!
This little monkey of a chap…
Has managed to catch up with the rest of them and 
become far too grown up, far too fast...
I certainly do love watching all the kids growing into such amazing individuals...
But there is a piece of me that wants them to stay babies forever!!


                                                       ~ Marica

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Finishing . . .

We are wrapping up the end of our last school year here in our home...
I feel nostalgic, but also ready for this big change...
These kids have all grown so big…
And it has been a wonderful pocket of time learning together…
I know I will miss the sweetness...
The projects...
And the care that went into all these homeschool days...
Somehow as we all grow I can feel our roots needing to find their own new depth…
I'm not sure yet how it will be, how it wil play out, but we are making steps in new directions...

Exciting and scary!!! 


                                                         ~ Marica

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lately...

My long lost bit of the web has been neglected…
But everything around here has been hurrying by at a horses gallop….
 I've been brewing my own kombucha for the first time in a long while...
Sneaking in a dinner here and there for just Justin and me… 
 Hoping the gophers won't destroy this years strawberries...
 Waiting to see what the many volunteer plants will become…
Most likely pumpkins or banana squash... 
 And appreciating the bits of quiet, tucked in now and again...
Hope you've all been well…


                                                                     Cheers ~ Marica