Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Mad Tea Party

Can I just say, right here and now, how much this shiny doohickey appeals to my inner Victorian Heroine? Some awesome woman donated about 6 or 7 of these things (including one complete set) along with chafing dishes and nut dishes and all sorts of ridiculously specific vessels for serving a proper tea.

You see, the yw has a Red Stocking Tea Benefit in December and we can always use more beautiful silver. It was like Christmas unwrapping the FOUR BOXES that she brought in on Friday. Most are plated, but I like them all the same. I polished this one a bit .... just because.

Julie and I were so inspired we've decided to try having a quarterly tea and invite as broad an age range as we can. Woohoo!

This is actually a coffee pot. But who cares.

Catching up.....

Sorry so long between posts. It's been an incredibly busy week at work. A lot of the physical tasks fall on my plate at the yw because I'm the operations manager, but sometimes it's because I live the closest or can lift the most. We moved cement furniture all day, I did dump runs, landscaping tasks that were left unfinished following the Windermere Community Service Day, Saturday yard sale, and one late night phone system defragging. Whew! I'm done in.

These photos were from last weekend, when Bella was with us for all three days. The kids met for the first time and got along great. Conor was unbelievably patient. He even practiced her reading with her.

Tyree went for an unplanned run when he and Melissa taught Isabella how to ride a bike without training wheels.

There's Mom bring up the rear. By the way..... those cars are all parked. Tyree didn't want anyone to think they were playing in traffic.

Tyree said she fell once and didn't even cry. She's apparently a natural.

This was an adult-sanctioned pillow fight. Either they were well-matched......

or Conor took it easy on her. They couldn't stop laughing. They coaxed Tyree and I to take a few swings at each other and the whole time Bella was shrieking "Get him, Auntie, get him!"

She managed to disarm him once.

Mid air collision

A little time to unwind afterward.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The livestock...

I walked outside last night to put the chickens in and found them all grouped together. They're starting to perch on unusual objects.

What are they doing?

They like this trash can quite a bit.

The Chicken Mama is taking her job seriously.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

We love nieces to pieces......

This weekend was Bella's first overnight visit to our house. I'd say the garden, chickens and the bike ride with her mom were highlights. I can't wait for next weekend.

The family artists discuss the finer points of watercolor painting.

Mugging for the camera.

Melissa and Bella get an animal drawing lesson from Ed Emberley's Book of Drawing Animals. I love that book.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Congratulations! You've found us!

Would you believe that this lettuce is ALMOST as big as Tyree's hair without that hat?
He conditions with compost, you know.

Any holes you see are from the chickens pecking at my greens. Egg nutrient building. We all have to make sacrifices.

We've been told we have lovely brassicas.

Inside the greenhouse. We've got tomato flowers!

I call her Debbie. She is beautiful and blonde and always runs in the wrong direction when chased. In a 'B' movie, she would be the first victim.

Tough Guys. (girls)