Saturday, February 19, 2011

random thoughts on the month of february

There are few things I love more than the sight (and smell) of wood smoke puffing out of a chimney in winter.

We all had the flu. On the bright side, I think we saved a week's worth of groceries. And, even brighter, I think I may have lost a few pounds. There's more than one way to skin a cat.

Taking our own handmade elderberry tincture, elderberry syrup, and mullein ear oil (for Gil's ear infection. I foresaw it here). Grateful for God's provision. Plants from the earth bringing health to our bodies.

Elliot turned seven. My quiet, shy, sensitive guy. A spaceship cake. New hiking boots.

The sound of little hands raking through the LEGO container is both grating and gratifying. It's unbelievably loud, but they're so rapt and content and occupied.

A lady from Allstate Motor Club called me today from Duluth, Minnesota. I stalled the conversation and kept her on as long as I could just to hear her talk. It took everything within me to refrain from busting out in my own stellar accent (ala the mom on Bobby's World/Fargo). I think she would have been impressed...and maybe a little horrified.

I've decided if it's going to be freezing cold, and winter anyway...I'd prefer everything be covered in purifying white snow. It's just so much prettier.

I just read a book about the life and story of Henrietta Lacks. And it still sits with me deeply.

Made truffles twice this month. I'm starting to get a little looser with excuses to make them. It's Valentine's Day! It's a lunch with friends! It's...sunny out! It's....Friday! Oh dear.

I miss Florida right now. Not living there. Not the giant Hooter's girls on the sides of city buses. Not the maddening traffic or the endless concrete and stripmalls. Not the oppressive heat and humidity. But my family. My best friends. Sunshine. I've got a little road trip brewing in the back (the very back) of my mind.

I might be transforming into a (gasp) dog person. Oh, just the words!!! I just know that the last time Roxy embraced the Fed-Ex guy and showered him with love, I thought "Oh, that's so cute!" because I know how affectionate she is. And then I realized with dread...I'm that person! That crazy lady whose dog levels you and she says "Oh, she's friendly...she's really just so sweet". That person.

Baby Gilead walking and "talking"...getting impossibly cuter with every moment. And to balance it out, also more mischievous every moment. (Um, otherwise, we'd mistake him for being practically perfect in every way!) So, he's either hugging my neck or splashing in the toilet. Either kissing my cheek or sliding a chair over to the sink and grabbing all of the clean silverware and dishes and tossing them onto the floor with reckless abandon. Either singing and dancing or demolishing elaborate LEGO masterpieces. Baby, baby, babyness.

Finished my first knitting project. Just a dishcloth, but it was good practice for casting on, increasing, decreasing, and casting off. Scarf is up next. I'm such a novice, but I love it. I love to knit. And this site is fantastic.

A happy winter's day to you, friends.


  1. I know a guy just like the cutie on the table...sweeter than strawberry pie, right! I will put up Carson's short blog now. You will appreciate it for sure...Oh and you can go right ahead and get that map out and head on down. We are dying for you to come visit! So glad everyone is feeling better!

  2. ohh I LOVE this post!!!
    I love how you write, you seem lighter, and of course I love that you have fallen in love with your doggie, me too!!
    The children are beautiful!!
    Miss you my sweet friend...

  3. Enjoyed starting the day reading your post. Proud of your dish cloth. I am sewing-knitting-crocheting challenged. I am right there with you about the smell and sight of wood smoke coming from a home. Looks and smells like winter. Peace to your home

  4. you are such an engaging writer. love reading your posts. great job on the dish cloth. kids are beautiful as always. have a great week. ps... im ready for a florida trip too. maybe you can pick me up on your way down :)

  5. Now Katie, you and Bonnie should surely take a road trip. Wow I just had a flash back to that very thing! Sorry to hear you all were sick. Love reading your blog, you have a gift with words. I'm proud of you and your sewing, knitting and such, good job girl. The picture of you little man on the table made me laugh, your children are so beautiful. Keep thinking of that trip. Would love to see you again.