The mayhem and the macabre

Life around home

We had a lot of drama this summer. You wouldn’t think it, since the walls are still standing and the sunlight is slanting gently down on the goats’ pen. But we did, in our small way. Once in our yard we found an unfortunate starling—as Dickens would say, dead as a doornail. We trust he […]

September 25, 2014

Ten tips for busy moms

Foster care, Life around home

Confession: I forgot what it was like to be a really busy mommy. I had four kids this week instead of three—the fourth a precious boy we got to parent for a week and a half. I’m probably not allowed to say more than that, and I can’t post any pictures of him here even […]

August 21, 2014

A brief emotive lexicon

Life around home

Bewildered: (adj.) The feeling I get when listening to this conversation. “Hey Kelly, can you see my head?” “No.” “Can you see my finguhs?” “No.” “Can you see my feet?” “No. Now let me ask you some questions. Can you see my arms?” “No.” “Can you see my face?” “No.” “Can you see my toes?” […]

August 14, 2014

Iced coffee


Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. We realized with a small shock we’re two-thirds of the way through summer vacation. How did that happen? Oh well. Pour out another round of iced coffee; we’ll need the boost before this is all over… Iced Coffee 2 cups water 1 cup sugar 1/4 to […]

July 19, 2014


Out and about

We have some history at this campground. We remember it, as we drive the tent stakes and hang the clothesline and send the kids to the playground. There was the time I dropped Ryan’s phone by the pool. I reached out my foot to break the fall, and the phone skittered forward toward the water, […]

June 9, 2014

Book for Busy Kids

Life around home, Literature

The cookbook we’re using in our “Cooking School” is a delightful one from Betty Crocker: We also like , but it’s not colorful, spiral-bound, and glossy. [smile] We’re also enjoying a new copy of , specifically for Pennsylvania. This is my kinda bird book–compact, straightforward, and beautiful, with large color photographs of every bird listed. […]

May 24, 2014