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good things…

Posted by in family fun

i’ve been a few-and-far-between blogger these past few weeks. but take heart! that will change in just a few short days as i will, again, be participating in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). which means that I will have to come up with fun and interesting thigns to write about at least ONCE A DAY. that’s a bit daunting. but i’m giving it another shot. if you’re interested, you can find my month of november 2006 postings here. for today, i leave you with a list of good things. and…read more

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good food

Posted by in food

recently, my mom brought us up a 1/2 a peck of apples. cortland apples – perfect for eating, baking, and applesauce-making. i’ve made enough applesauce, i think (unless i decide to can some), but it’s time to bake. i made this last night and it’s just perfect for days like today: cold, rainy, orange and red leaves all over the wet road. i’m enjoying my second piece of the day with a cup of constant comment tea. oh, how i’ve missed my constant comment tea (it’s just not something you…read more

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bear scat n’at

Posted by in earthkeeping, family

(for those of you non-pittsburghers out there, “n’at” is the only proper way to end a sentence here in western pennsylvania.) sunday morning, we woke up to one of our garbage bags strewn across the front lawn. kenny noticed rather large teeth holes in some pieces of garbage. we weren’t sure, but we considered that it was was one very large raccoon. until today. we came across this: that is a ruler, marking 8 inches across in length. it’s a pile of black bear scat about 75 feet from our…read more

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the nice employees of trader joe’s

Posted by in family, health

would you believe that we had another trip to the ER this week? it was sawyer this time, with a minor head injury. and it all happened right outside the trader joe’s. i drove the boys down to pittsburgh for the night yesterday, and i thought i’d stop in at trader joes to get some coveted kefir (you can’t get it up here), full-fat yogurt (another thing you can’t find in stores here – they’re all low-fat) and yummy snacks for our day. so the three boys and i piled…read more

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’tis the season: a bit of a haunting

Posted by in faith, family

as kenny and i drove back from church the other night, we noticed the moon. it was just a sliver but it was RED. dark red. blood red. i thought that was the stuff of ozzy osbourne songs…but they’re real! and a bit creepy, especially on a coolish autumn night. for the past few weeks, i’ve received the following SPAM email from “GhostCentral” which i find quite funny. it reads: Three houses in your neighborhood have had high amounts of spiritual activity.  Our instruments show strange energy radiating directly from…read more

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warm octobers

Posted by in family fun

i am so sorry to all of you who have been waiting eagerly for the weather to change from summer to fall. i’ll admit it: it’s ALL MY FAULT. i’ve been begging for the warm days to stay, and for the cold to please stay away. six years ago, we got married on a fluke warm october day. this october? it’s been warmer more than cold. i actually enjoyed last week’s cold days with blue skies – perfect for anything fall-like…but the previous weekend of 85 degree days? it turned…read more

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the sickies

Posted by in family, health

i apologize to my faithful few who check in on me and worry when i don’t post! we’ve had quite the week with two sick boys – one with pneumonia (rowan) and one with molars cutting through gums AND the same virus that rowan had (adam). we (rowan and i) even had a fun trip to the ER complete with a ride in the ambulance! perhaps more on that another day, but i’m ready to let that day go…. i can’t stress enough how well we all are now…we’re all…read more

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toy recalls

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does anyone know of a place where you can be sent an email everytime there is a toy (and now bookmarks, journals, sippy cups!!!) recall due to high levels of lead paint? i just read an article where it was reported that more than just toys made in china are being recalled, and now i’m beginning to get nervous. do you know how many of our toys say, “made in china” on the bottom? painted metal toy diggers and tractors are among the precious ones that i am thinking of…read more

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a few pictures…

Posted by in family

two of kenny’s three brothers came to visit last week. a year ago, the whole family was here. this is hannah, the boys’ cousin born a few weeks after adam, with adam last year:   and here is hannah and adam last week. they wouldn’t sit still for a pose…this is the best i could do. they’re very busy one-year-olds!   here is sawyer and his birthday cake earlier in september. he seems to think the “birthday” is the “cake.” so when i was telling him earlier today that we…read more

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