Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ruffing Hood

Jack spends lots of time drawing. He's working on a couple of different storylines, including one about a Robin-Hood-type character.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Plenty to Do

The kids received enough nifty Christmas gifts to keep them entertained for quite sometime.

Monday, December 29, 2014


It was colder than it looked today, but that didn't stop Stella from staying outside as long as possible.

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Trying out a new reflector stand seems like a perfect opportunity to throw around some glitter.

Saturday, December 27, 2014


It was a good day for wandering in the backyard.

Friday, December 26, 2014


Dennis and I got these Mashoonga swords for Jack and Henry, but all of the kids are having fun with them.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

On Christmas Day in the Morning

We get out of bed awfully early: about 4:30 this year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wrapped Up

Stella has finished making and wrapping most of her gifts.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Scene

Stella is seldom bored.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Glittered Shell

One of the things I enjoy about Christmas is remembering where we acquired each of our ornaments. This one was purchased in Laguna Beach, California, when Dennis and I went there, in October of 1995, for a friend's wedding.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Around and Around

The bittersweet vines are tenacious, but honestly, that doesn't really bother me.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Welcome Back

We were all happy to see the sun today.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Stella is looking forward to Christmas.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Angel Goes on Top

We had hoped to have the family room finished by now, but we have to settle for almost. The tree went up in there tonight.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Little Scraped Up

When Jack was sledding with his friends yesterday, the sled stopped, but his face didn't.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Make Yourself Comfortable

It's nice to see the local wildlife enjoying their meals.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Watching for the Light

At this time of year, around 4 pm, I take notice of where the sunlight falls.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Eight Feet Tall

Henry is now taller than me, but he looks kind of small next to this big, snowy guy.

Which Way is Up?

There are times when I feel like I live in an upside-down world.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Stella decided to go with a silly face this week.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Table Tennis

I cleaned off the top of the coffee table the other day, so the kids have started using it for ping pong.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tight Squeeze

They don't need a lot of room to have fun.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sandwich Maker

Jack and Stella got hungry after dinner.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cookies by Sam

Sam's Club has started carrying a gluten-free brownie mix that contains no tapioca starch and no zanthan gum, so I can eat treats made with it, and Sam has become the go-to guy for turning the mix into chocolatey brownies or chewy cookies.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Little Hard to Focus

Christmas shopping leaves my studio a shambles.

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Big Guy

This is one of the four blue jays that have come to call. Watching them interact with one another is quite entertaining.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I bought some new gloves and mittens for the kids today. Stella seems to like hers.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Outdoor Café

The birds in our neighborhood know where to come for good food and good service.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Stella and Jack started a game of chess this afternoon, but they abandoned it before things got too intense.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Regular

About a week ago, I took the screens off the front windows in my studio, moved a table and chairs to the garden area right outside the windows, and served up some birdseed. Thus far, we've been visited by chickadees, tufted titmouses/titmice, blue jays, dark-eyed juncos, least flycatchers, blue-headed vireos, black and white warblers, sparrows of some sort, and a cardinal couple. (Props to my bird IDing partner, Henry.) Oh, and this is a photo of a tufted titmouse.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Good Foundation

Sam and Henry worked hard building two snowmen today. This is the beginning of the first one. To see the completed creature, click here.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Just Two

Bridget, Jack and Stella accompanied Dennis to New Hampshire for a visit with his parents and uncle, and Luke worked most of the day. Having just these two around was a nice change of pace.

Friday, November 28, 2014

A Warm Relationship

The kids have been loving all the snow we've gotten. This is Jack with one of the snowmen he made.

On Thanksgiving

We had three kinds of pie: pumpkin, apple, and chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Their Medium is Snow

The kids got artistic while building snowmen this evening. They seem to be going for a Cubist vibe.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Her Style

Shopping at Target last week, I found a pair of boots for Stella. She shook her head and said, "That's not my style." She found a pair she did like, but Dennis vetoed them (they were white and would be wrecked in a matter of days). Stella was not happy and declared, "I'm never wearing boots that aren't my style!" When we got home, we found a pair online that was her style. They arrived today.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Sam was the big winner.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Sub

Dennis took the day off from work, so I took the opportunity to invite him to do some lessons with the kids. I think Stella enjoyed her reading lesson with today's teacher.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Stella's still not up to snuff, but this afternoon's nap should help her feel better soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plenty of Fun Indoors, Too

Here's Sam, after he went down during one of our indoor, disk-throwing sprees. He and Henry have made a number of Frisbee-like disks out of cardboard boxes and ice cream carton lids. They fly around the house at all hours. Today, Stella showed me exactly how to place my fingers and curl my arm to get great flights out of them.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sore Throat, Stuffy Nose

Stelly Bean developed cold symptoms last night, so she took it easy this morning. By early afternoon, she had had enough of that and returned to her usual, colorful pastimes.