Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Attic

We have lived in our home for 6(?) years. Since day one we have said that we should look up in the attic, but we didn't. Time has passed. We have talked about the skeletons which are surely stacked in the dark corners, even though we know and love a previous resident of this home who are certainly not skeleton in the attic types... Next we moved on to an imagined family of squirrels or raccooons, even though we have never heard a single sound from the attic.

We probably would have looked sooner if the entrance were big enough that we could store big art up there, but it is a small opening. A person could get up there, maybe a small painting, but not worth the effort.

Anyway, over the years Eric and I have made bets and dared each other to look into the attic, but we still never followed through. I mean probably we are just really lazy and that is why we never looked. Also you can tell from the outside that the attic isn't very big, so no secret hidden rooms were up there. Oh man, let me tell you how many dreams I have had about finding more space in our house! Finding another room is clearly not gonna happen, but that is where my dreams lead...also they lead me to dream about buying and demolishing our neighbors house (sorry neighbors) and using their land to build a secret garden with a giant walled fence. Oh, back to the attic now...

Then, a couple of nights ago Eric very unceremoniously grabbed a ladder and decided that it was time for a look. He climbed up, turned on the light from his phone and looked. Then it was my turn!

What did we see? Nothing. Just wood and insulation. You could maybe lay some boards up there and crawl, but there would be no point to it. No skeletons or raccoons or squirrels or hidden boxes of treasure or anything. So, six years of building it up and the attic really did not live up to the hype. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Letter a Day Update

In case it has not been clear from my recent short posts, I have been so busy! Beyond all reason busy. However, I made a commitment with myself to write a letter a day for the month and I have been sticking with it! Some letters are long, while others are super brief, but it is so rewarding! I have stationery and stickers (don't judge) and cute animal stamps. 

Each and every day I sit down for just a five to ten minute break to write out a letter to a friend or a family member. I have no real end game here, beyond just being a better friend and family member.

I don't know, perhaps it has something to do with my father-in-law's passing, but I feel a real desire to deepen the relationships that are important and that takes effort. So I am making the effort!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Recent Drawings

Monday, September 18, 2017


All systems go! This week I have all of my regular obligations going, the girls are at 100% for homeschool and their classes. Full load! 

That means that the kitchen table looks like this until about 3.

The girls took advantage of homeschool and stayed in pajamas until about 10 this morning.

We're doing it!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Quote: Today I am Wise

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
-Jalaladdin Rumi

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Coolest Jacket

 A few weeks back I found this super gorgeous jacket in the darkest depths of a clearence rack.

It was so lovely I couldn't pass it up, but something was missing.

My name.

For a few bucks I had it monogrammed Maria Rose.

The end.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Phone Photo Friday:9.6.17

Hello from the end of the week! We are almost in full Fall operation mode. I just have a Thursday art class to add to the mix, but we are trucking along. I am teaching at two colleges, working on a couple of shows,  a couple of commissions, and we are homeschooling. Let's review our week.

Last Friday was the art auction. I got to see Eric for about 5 minutes, but we were both there.

Afterwards we absolutely crashed on the couch. 

Oh yeah, and that award!!!

Here is my dad and his spirit animal.

Putting approximately one bajillion rubber bands on a watermelon to make it explode.

First day of school. They posed themselves like this.

Little cutie!

Ha ha! 

My ladies.

First day picnic.

With my ladies.


The clouds!!!!

Right before science class. So crazy that Elise is in school now.

They asked for a spa...

Momo living her best life.

Cordelia used her change to buy a very underwhelming ride on this craft.

Eric and Elise.

Daily drawing.

Nature walk.

All of our school books.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

End of Summer

Summer is at an end, or close enough. Today is still warm, but the weather has been forecasting a major cool down. Tomorrow's high will not reach the 60sF. Of course the high 50s in April calls for shorts and hammock time, but on the other side of a hot summer we will be wearing sweaters, having soup, and hot tea. 

Today I will bring in all of the house plants who have enjoyed a summer outside. I will check the garden for anything that is ready to be harvested, because the cool down could be cooler than expected and put an end to our season of growth (hopefully not).

How was your summer? 

Our summer had all of the requisite summer elements: hammock, garden, reading, free hours, art, play, outside, travel, family, nights on the back patio. Yet this summer will always be remembered as one of loss, we said goodbye to my father-in-law. We continue to heal, but something about this seasonal shift seems to be matching with an internal shift. For many months we lived in a state of anticipation, and at this point we are finding our way back to now.  So saying goodbye to summer seems kind of ok right now...though I may not feel that way in February. Ha!

So goodbye to a bittersweet summer and a happy  welcome to a new season. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Without Words

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Day 1 Homeschool Review

Yesterday we began our homeschool year. Our school supplies were actually delayed by hurricanes, so we won't get them until later this week. That is fine, as Cordelia has review stuff and Elise has a lot of hand-me-down material from when Cordelia was in kindergarten. Since we are easing into our full curriculum over this week it works out just fine.

We started the day by decorating notebooks.

And they got pretty into the project. I had anticipated 20 minutes, but we spent nearly an hour on that.

We did some science experiments followed by reading and history. Then it was time for a break.

We took a walk to the park, enjoyed a picnic, read in the grass, explored and played.

It was really fun to just follow their lead, read in the grass, answer all of their bajillion questions.

This is why we are homeschooling. They are being given attention, they are learning at their own pace, their sister friendship is growing, it is all a learning experience.

When we made it home we measured ingredients and made zucchini bread together. While the bread baked we finished work for the day.

It was a lot of fun for all of us.

Today the girls attend their first homeschool class, they will be attending 4 classes a week: science, art, and PE twice a week. We may start piano lessons too.Otherwise we are off and running.
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