Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Brag alert: You may have us beat as to the prestige of where you live or maybe even in the scenery department (although I highly doubt that) but Brevard is simply the best of Southern charm and small town with a big heart rolled into one.
Case in point: Yesterday, Gus and I eagerly awaited the garbage truck to come by our house (this is a highly anticipated spectacle in our week). As we exchanged the customary waves with the nice men who pick up our refuse, Gus got an extra special gift - a sucker!
That's right. Our city workers, who take pride in whatever they do (and they will chat politely while they wield your unwieldy trash can around) give out candy to small boys who look up to them.
For Gus there is little doubt: that nice man with the handlebar mustache has the best job in the world - and gets paid with suckers!
I just appreciate the kindness behind it all.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I've written much about how my brain will recoil at the thought of reading "Little Red Hen" or "Red Truck" for the third dozenth time in a single morning, but when I sit back and see this, I change my tune.
I remember reading "Gone with the Wind" for the first time on a beach in Italy then reading it almost ever summer thereafter all through my adolescent years.
I resort to books whenever I need respite. I feel lost without one nearby. I adore books. I'm not particularly choosy. I'll read whatever comes along, sometimes good, sometimes just good enough.
It is my sincere wish for Gus to find that world beyond his tangible world and it is my task to show him the way.
And read whenever it is possible.
Just not "Red Truck"
Friday, August 14, 2009
He loves his train set, it comes out as a trusty companion on rainy days. He descends into his own world and cannot be bothered when he goes there. I can't bare to use the flash, when his lips go slack like that... this is happiness in learning...
He also loves, loves books. So much so that I HATE books by now. I have to remember that he benefits whenever I read "Red Truck" (Thanks, Andy, I murmur "Red Truck is a work truck, not a show truck" in my sleep) for the two dozenths time in two hours. He has a tight rotation of about 10 favorites and we try to make it more varied (for Mom and Daddy's sake) with library books. I'm convinced that if Gus could run the world, we would all spend about 6 hours a day sitting on the step to the kitchen to read. We would sit close together and touch at the knees. And we would smile at each other in knowing anticipation of what the next page brings... new books make him equal parts anxious and curious, I love it and see myself in that...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
These are called Salsa (another one of my Mom's finds), small and extremely flavorful with a little hint of a spicy bite at the end. They make me smile as they sit on my window sill. Happy harvest everyone!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
...I admit, I have a lot of spare time these days. With no job (now in the second month of sending out resumes) and a relatively low-maintenance child, husband and household, Gus and I have been hiking a lot, swimming in the streams and pools around town, visiting the library and the playground and logging lots of miles running.
Not bad. I admit, though I eventually would like to be employed again and contribute to our little family's budget.
I repeat. Not bad.
To ward off the urge to sit on the couch and gorge on bonbons while watching obscure Netflix documentaries, I've made it my goal to complete at least one long-term project per week, as long as I'm not working and while some projects are too costly to justify, I have managed to finish Gus' first year photo album, painted our bathroom, started a solar blog for Jacob and written a couple of letters to my elected officials - all during Gus' naptime.
This week, I treated myself to a fun project: Sewing Gus a pair of winter overalls out of a beautiful blue corduroy a friend traded me. The pattern came from my Mom, who used it to make Gus an adorable pair of overalls last winter...using all her expertise as an example...I'm pleased to show off the result.
I think they came out very cute...now, someone help me find a red-white striped long-sleeve T-shirt to go with it...
Friday, August 7, 2009
What can I say? We love our fish for all his shimmery beauty and silent curiosity. Welcome Blau!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
If he is anything like his Daddy, he will be riding his little Red Flyer up and down the driveway in no time...I see many scraped knees ahead of me...