Friday, February 27, 2009

Garden Chic

The only way that I can make it through the rain and muck that is February in the Northwest is to attend at least one garden show. It reminds me that winters here are short(er) and that the flowers will indeed come again. Mr. Dirtywrench has taken a liking to them too and together we breathe in the scents of spring -inside a giant concrete and steel building- but still.

I wander around and admire people's ingenuity and landscaping talents. I dream of the possibilities.....I imagine how I could transform our little homestead into a verdant, flowering, weedless, organized and accented garden dreams.

Mr. D. admires people's ingenuity and landscaping talents. ........And that's as far as that goes.

But when we saw this.....

We said, IN CHORUS, "We can do that!" I will make the pot and Mr. Dirtywrench can do the rusty chain! Mr. D even said, and I quote- "I will even COMMIT to that."

It made my day.

Okay, so you are asking, "What the hey is that?"

It's a chic poor man's (woman's) rain chain gutter pipe thingy. In this case it is a fountain. Water is trickling down the chain into the pot and recycling back up through a hidden plastic hose. I'd be content to have the chain just bring the rain water down from the clogged gutter of my house in a straight line into a pot since I have no down spouts anyway. And it's just a cool thing to have when you are a potter. Or even if you're not. And cheap, unless you have to buy the pot, which I don't!

Cute Little Sucker

Abigail..... so stinkin' cute!

Her mommy doesn't want her to suck her adorable thumb.

And we aren't a very good help with that.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

February morning in the Pacific Northwest

After days and days of pouring rain, this morning we woke up to this...

So I took my morning walk and everything was lovely. The light was soft and the snow sparkled like a glittered Christmas card. But, of course... I didn't have my camera.

After breakfast I called a "Snow Day" and took the kids for a walk where I had been earlier so I could take some pictures. The kids were ecstatic.

This had never happened to them before. We always have school when other kids are off the hook because of snow. We have school on President's Day and MLK day. There are no teacher workshops or early release.

While I ate breakfast, the kids had done chores, piano practice and started school work. So by the time we were on the trail everything looked different from my first walk.

The light had become very bright and the sky very blue.

When you homeschool, the whole world is a classroom, right?

When Alyssa saw this tree, she stated that it had grown this way because of "Geotropism."
So, couldn't we call this walk a Biology field trip?

Or P. E. ??

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Let's start with...well....Pie!

Name that movie

"I'll make him a pie he can't refuse."

"You're gonna need a bigger pie."

"Look Daddy! Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his pie."

"You can't handle the pie."

"May the pie be with you."

"Show me the pie."

"Leave the gun....take the pie."

"Go ahead....make my pie."

"I'll get you my pretty....and your little pie too!"