Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Without an Invite

Bridget tagged me with this meme - or at least she was going to but I'm one of her neglected co-conspirators, so I'll just have to play along without an engraved invitation.

The rules:
Posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer. Play nice, children.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Wow 10 years ago, I was still in the glow of wedded bliss and working at Plainfield Public Library. what if.....?

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today - in no particular order? Having survived the day, I'll give you tomorrows to do list. Get kids up for school, survive work and design an exhibit or two, pick up the kids, figure our dinner, pack MM for her sleep study.

3. Snacks I enjoy - Isn't life just what lapses between snacks - popcorn, chocolate, cookies, nuts, pretzels, and tortilla chips.

4. Places I've lived - Baumholder, Germany; Pittsburgh, PA; Buffalo, NY; Allentown, PA; Runnemede, NJ; Edison, NJ; Robinson, NJ; Bensalem, PA; and most recently Philadelphia

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire - I wouldn't even have to be a billionaire to quit my job - but this would give me even more security. After discussions with dh, some would go to a few select charities, invested for my future and the rug rats inheritance (that is if I don't spend it all first) travel, and by a place at Chautauqua (for every season!).

6. Peeps I want to know more about - Being new to blog-land, I don't have many I would dump this on - but I will forward this on to some email buddies who can at least send back to me. One I'm tagging is Ash, my recent swap partner.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What a wonderful day

A sunny Saturday - what a joy.

This week was not fun but Saturday was such a treat. I spent the morning doing things around the house including a batch of muffins for a meeting at church. The meeting went well and it was nice to talk without wondering when the kids would be running in.

After lunch with the family, we headed outside. Dh decided to vacuuming the cars out and washing the front windows were good projects. Meanwhile I planted the rest of the plants.

We now have 4 kinds of tomatoes (Rutgers, Sweet 100, , and something Emma brought home from the school sale), rainbow peppers, flowers, in the bed. In pots I have herbs for fresh and later dried uses including lemon basil, basil, french bay leaf, Greek oregano, flat leaf parsley, and assorted flowers. LB demanded we plant some of the carrot seeds he got for his birthday. It will be fun to see what comes with the harvest.

Getting dirty is such a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Once the plants were all in, LB decided this was also a good afternoon for a new book. Ms Harriet supplied the book from her stash and LB found the perfect spot on the front yard.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Friday feast

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Nine

May 2nd, 2008.


What was your favorite cartoon when you were a child? So many options - Scooby Doo; Justice League; Rocky & Bullwinkle


Pretend you are about to get a new pet. Which animal would you pick, and what would you name it? Kitty cat - I probably won't get to name it - the kids have a line up of names for any possible animals coming into the house.


On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy getting all dressed up for a special occasion? 8.5 - all except the shoes, they are usually off even before I leave the house.

Main Course

What kind of music do you listen to while you drive? Classical in the morning, and Jazz at night


When was the last time you bought a clock? And in which room did you put it? 2 Years ago, new CD alarm clock for my bedroom.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Maryland Sheep and Wool

The weathermen were certain about the rain - but it turned into a great day to meet and talk with the animals. Nana, MM, LB and I piled into the car for our drive to Howard County Fairgrounds to explore the 2008 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

With the promise of meeting sheep, goats, and rabbits, the kids were focused on their mission to meet every animal on the grounds.

We first met the soft, fuzzy rabbits.

Next introductions were with the alpacas. They were beautiful and so patient with all the kids showering attention on them.

After a quick visit with one pen of goats, we settled for some lunch. Since Nana & I discovered ribbon potatoes last year, this year the kids got the introduction. What fun watching them enjoy the potatoes.

After lunch, we put some time into looking at yarn and feeling fibers. MM got to try her hand at spinning and she liked what she was able to produce. Ahh, the new generation can spin for us to then knit.

The sheep pens were also of great interest.

LB wanted to bring home baa baa black sheep. He thinks it would be great to keep in the front yard. Even with the trip rule of no additional feet in the car, it was hard to convince him that we couldn't bring home the sheep.

Of course if I'd let him bring home the sheep, MM would have insisted on bringing home the angora goat.

What would the neighbors make of livestock in the yard?