Yesterday we went to an auto salvage yard to see cars being crushed. What we took away from it was much more than crushed cars though. It was a strange place filled with junk and destruction, and yet incredible beauty. I saw with my artist eye the lines and shapes of all the junk that flowed together so beautifully. The yard was heaped in organized piles of different metals, cardboard, plastics and so on.
I watched the men who worked the giant machines crush and lift cars as if they were toys. That takes some serious skill. At one point we saw the man using the excavator to pick up a piece of metal tubing no bigger than my arm and remove it from a pile of other metal. They were like ballerinas with construction equipment.
The one thing I did not expect was to see grass and flowers growing in amongst all the rubbish. All this junk we humans create did not stop nature from growing. That gave me such a jolt of joy. I needed a jolt of joy in that moment as I feeling a bit pessimistic looking at all the waste of modern society.
So in the end it was a cool field trip on so many levels. If you can go to an auto salvage yard in your town do it. You won’t regret it!
These two are like peas in a pod, peanut butter and chocolate, sriracha and eggs, rum and coke. Basically they completely understand each other. They are so much a like in so many ways.
I understand S because she’s my daughter and I am around her all the time love her, but we have very different personalities. My mom however is very much like her and because of this she understands exactly how S feels in different situations.
It gives me great comfort to know that when S grows up and needs someone to share her feelings with that she will have someone who understands her besides me, someone who has been there.
The reason they say it takes a village to raise a child is because it does. People need more than one type of personality to bounce ideas off of. More than one person to make them laugh or hold them when they cry. Someone to mirror themselves for good or bad.
No matter how big or small, far or near, family always matters.
Today this girl is 5. There are too many things to say about this wonderful girl. We are celebrating with family and having a taco party. Happy Tuesday everyone!
Yesterday marked the 8th day of solo parenting. This afternoon the cavalry is coming, I mean my mother and her sister, my dear Aunt Peg. They are coming with such enthusiasm the girls can hardly stand it. D will be home on Wednesday and I look forward to having some testosterone in the house again to balance all the estrogen.
This weekend was :
- eight days long
- full of laughter and tantrums
- full of freedom to be spontaneous
- full of long chats with family and friends
- surprise rain storm
- lots of garden clean up
- learning to be a plumber
- fixing clogged pipes
- making Halloween costumes
- lots of time spent outdoors
At first I was tired all the time with our rhythm having been altered by D’s absence. Then we found it again, even if it’s only temporary, and everything fell into place. The picture above pretty much sums it up. How was your weekend?
It feels like spring again in my garden this week. The morning air has a chill to it and the days are warm. A perfect incubator for little sprouts. Everything I planted in the last two weeks has sprouted: peas, beans, onions, carrots, radishes, kale chard, broccoli rabe, cilantro, parsley, calendula and lettuce. I am really hankering for some lettuce. A fresh salad from the garden sounds really good right now.
My tomato plants, which I planted in February are having their last hurrah. They gave me lots of tomatoes early in the season then went dormant during the hottest months and now are producing fruit again. I’m a bit surprised but happy I didn’t rip out the plants a month ago when I thought they had finished producing.
Next month I’ll plant the 80 or so cloves of garlic I have stored in my fridge. We love garlic and I am sure already that it won’t be enough!
As you all know I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time in the garden. Well, the garden is in good shape right now and I can slow down a little. Since there is not much gardening to be done at night I’ve taken up knitting and sewing again. I thought it would be a good idea to get a head start on this year’s hats and scarves for the girls. S picked the pink and blue yarn with a puff ball on top. V picked the yellow yarn with added braids. Same basic hat pattern, different yarns and add-ons. I love to see their personalities come out in something as simple as a hat.
I also decided it high time to change our pillow covers. I dug through my stash and found these fall inspired fabrics. I am totally in love with the red pillow. The large rectangular one is actually a small memory foam bed pillow, and it was D’s idea and fabric pick.
Last night I finished up a pair of pajama pants for each girl. Next are Halloween costumes for our homeschooling fall festival, and then on two sweater knitting for both girls. They have very specific requests for all of that, of course.
How are your creative sides doing?
This week in my garden we’re seeing the beginnings of our fall garden. Hundreds of little sprouts are popping up out of the ground. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly radishes spout. So what did we sow last week?
- broccoli rabe
- rattlesnake beans
- three kinds of radishes
- two kinds of carrots
- red onions
- white onions
- cone flowers
I’m still waiting for the daytime temperatures to cool off. The highs have been in the low 90’s, cooler but still too warm to plant garlic. Come the end of October and I’ll be planting at least 80 cloves of garlic. We are really lucky here that our first frost doesn’t come for a long time. We can sometimes make it to December before a frost comes.
This garden has been a lot of hard work to put together but it brings me immense joy. I put it right outside my bedroom so that I could look out on it whenever I wanted. This allows me to monitor the garden throughout the day. It’s my “zone one” space, for those of you who are into permaculture. The place that will get the utmost attention.
How are your fall gardens doing?
I can’t tell you for how long I have wanted to build the girls a mud kitchen. Probably since before they were born. I do believe that when you live in the city having as much access to the out of doors as possible is really important. A mud kitchen goes against all my lazy instincts, meaning after playing in the mud I had to do laundry, clean the floors, and bathe my children. However the benefits outweigh the cons.
So I built them a table to hold a bunch of kitchen items I bought for 50 cents or less at the thrift shop. I used leftover wood from the garden fence and some salvaged wood from a bookcase I found in the alley behind a neighbor’s house. Normally my carpentry projects are pretty ramshackle (D says my motto is “measure never, cut wherever”). However this time I really put some effort into building it properly. I measured (twice!), pre-drilled holes, and used wood screws to hold it all together.
The playspace I imagine for my girls is slowly coming together. My friend Kim has created an incredible space for her son, and that has been a big inspiration to me. There are still a few more elements like a sandbox and a some climbing apparatuses. But all things in good time.