Everyone Needs a Twirly Whirly Skirt

Everyone Needs a Twirly Whirly Skirt

 

Yesterday was the beginning of a new era.

The twins graduated from eighth grade.

I sat in the stands and watched as the principal called their names and they walked across the stage with smiles that lit up a room…

…and my heart in their hands.

When did this happen?

Wasn’t I just sitting at a tea party with bears and dolls and a pink striped elephant with a giant opinion?

Wasn’t I clutching their hands at the door to their kindergarten room?

Wasn’t I just bandaging scraped knees and telling people not to draw on the walls with sharpies and painting tiny toe nails that giggled?

And then?

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Best Tip for Cleaning Outdoor Cushions

Best Tip for Cleaning Outdoor Cushions

 

See that window with the plantation shutters in the top left-hand corner of this photo?

That’s where I stood all winter.

Looking back at the meadow.

Looking back at the snow.

Looking back at the wind and the weather and the rain and the sleet and the toll winter can take on a porch.

And then one day….

….I saw this.

(total aside:  On second thought–maybe you shouldn’t click.  I’m not sure if you will still want to be friends.)Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  I snapped this photo this morning with my cell phone when I took Buddy out to take care of his business.

2.  Yes.  The sky really is that blue.  I know, right?

3.  Yes.  We need to mow our lawn.  It looks like something from Little House on the Prairie.  Emphasis on the prairie.

4.  People always ask me why we have those big trees in front of the house.  They are there to prevent everyone and their dog (no offense to you sweet Buddy) from looking into the windows when they drive down the road.

5.  There is nowhere on the planet I would rather be at this exact moment than standing in front of the farmhouse in yoga pants and a messy bun holding a cup of coffee listening to the crickets and feeling the sunshine on my face and watching my dog run.

Nowhere.

Except maybe a baseball game.

Good thing that’s where I’m heading. 🙂Continue reading

Don’t Wear White After Labor Day and Other Life Lessons

Don’t Wear White After Labor Day and Other Life Lessons

 

They say that April showers bring May flowers.

After several near-flash floods and gray skies and weeks of frizzy hair and 17 rained out baseball games….

….meet my April.

I went out to the garden yesterday and clipped dozens of flowers and arranged them in a yard sale soup tureen and put them in the middle of the family room and wished myself a happy Mother’s Day.

And now?

I want to celebrate with you.

I want to send you flowers and wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and entertain you with a little story…..

….all about kids and the mothers who learn from them. 🙂Continue reading

I’m Donating My Color (and a Sneak Peek)

I’m Donating My Color (and a Sneak Peek)

 

Did you think I forgot something today?

Does the blog look a little different?  A little off?  A little unusual?

Can you guess?

IT”S THE COLOR.

It’s gone.

Poof.

I’m donating it today for a worthy cause.Continue reading

5 Simple Tips for Planting Hydrangeas

5 Simple Tips for Planting Hydrangeas

 

disclosure:  this post is brought to you by Endless Summer ® Hydrangeas.

At the back of the house, around the corner from the meadow and the hay bales is a tiny garden path with round stepping stones that leads to the side yard.

It kind of gets forgotten.

The flower bed is overgrown and a little neglected and left behind the rest of the yard.

Until now.

This weekend we pulled weeds and removed old plants and pruned existing shrubs and filled the flower beds with mulch and added a little bit of happiness with….

….Endless Summer ® Bloom Struck ® Hydrangeas.Continue reading

I Hope You Like an Outtake

I Hope You Like an Outtake

 

I gave up trying to tame my hair a long time ago.  It doesn’t really listen and it goes all rogue and has its own mind and its own reality television show.

It was a battle I was never going to win.

Now, I just encourage the curls and let it go, but when I was younger, I tried valiantly to fight the fight.  I would spend hours with a curling iron, painstakingly twisting each strand of hair under around my face….

….kind of like a jelly roll with a barrette.

When my sister saw my incredible hair-don’t, she wanted to look just like me–so I’d jelly roll her hair, too.

I couldn’t help it.  I had to share the pastry-hair wealth.

Because having your back–hairdo or otherwise–that’s what sisters do.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a drizzly Saturday morning:

1. You are amazing.  Just in case no one had mentioned that yet today–let me be the first.

2. I’m all about this punctuation mark { — }  .  I’m not sure what to call it–the dash?  The middle mark?  The line half way beside a letter?  Whatever it’s called–I adore it.  It’s perfect for adding that last little thought–with emphasis.

3. Has anyone else watched the mini-series called The Pillars of the Earth?  A friend recommended it to me and I read about it and I think I’m in.

They had me at 12th century.

4. Have you ever written a word that you’ve written your entire life and suddenly, it looks like you spelled it incorrectly?  You keep checking and the dictionary says it’s right, but it just looks wrong.  So you type it and re-type it and ask your friends and double-check it and you just can’t wrap your head around it.  I do that all the time.

5. And can I get an opinion?

What do you think of cutting off the bottom of your jeans if they are too long and just fraying them instead of hemming them?  Too much?  Trying too hard?  Too vagabond-meets-baseball mom?

Inquiring fashion minds want to know.Continue reading