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A little concert and a little dirt

DS sang in a concert the other night.  See that look he’s giving me?  You’d think he was having a bad time, but he said he was just nervous.  Sometimes, he’s such a sour puss, I don’t know what to do.  Yesterday, when I made dinner, he cried.  I made a perfectly good pasta salad with artichoke hearts and olives.  I’m so worried when this kid is a teen.

And my other kid?  Well, she’s happy even when she’s playing with dirt.

Not that I am comparing them, because we’re all different.

As for comparing, I’m finding I took the same exact pictures of my garden last year as I have been this year.  How do I spice things up?Hrm.  Well, at least last year didn’t have an ant on the peony. Check it out:

And really, you can never have too many pictures of your garden, right?

I love my garden so much, I put a lil dirty Buddha there to protect it.


Spring fever.

Charlie passed his obedience class.  With flying colors.  He’s the only student in his class that accomplished the shake and roll over tricks.  I’m not bragging or anything.  Okay, kinda I am.  We had to take the test in front of everyone.  Let’s just say, we were a hard act to follow.  The last person got up to take the test and said, “well, i don’t want to show off or anything” AND LOOKED RIGHT AT ME WHEN SHE SAID IT.  Uhhuh, that’s right, my dog is bad ass.  The thing is, I never realized how competetive I was.  I actually asked the teacher to give my dog a grade.  She said, “we only do passes.  And we believe in ‘no dog left behind’.”  Well, I graded him myself and he got an AAAAAA++.

Anyhoo, now that I have a very obedient dog, it seems like the possibilities are endless.  Especially since it’s March and it got up to 70 today.  Tomorrow, it’s supposed to be even warmer.  I see dog parks, long drives, and brisk walks.

It just so happens that my kids are on spring break right now.  Today, we went to the zoo.  First, we went to the conservatory and took pictures of the pretty plants and flowers.  Can I just say something?  Nature is very sexual.  I got the giggles at like every picture I took.  Here are some:

I mean, right?

Not to mention all of the statues.

And I love it, I really do.  When Spring comes, I get all mystified by the world and how lovely and magical it is.  I know it’s kind of sappy of me, but it tames my cabin fever.

Well, darlings, here’s a picture of my loves of my life:

Oh and speaking of magical, isn’t it crazy and cool that these little beings grew inside my belly?  I know, I know, I’m getting a little weird.  And no, I am not pregnant.  But yes, Spring brings out the baby fever in me.

🙂  Sorry Honey.  Hurry and get that vasectomy!!!

xxoo, ciao, momma


Self portraits.


Garden Fairy.  (please bring me good garden wealth this season.)


A Work in Progress.

this one deserves some home cooked soup.

Tonight was the first night I ever cooked with leeks.  I had to look up on you tube how to cut them.  Did you know they grow in the sand and so you need to slice them in half to almost the end of the root and fan them out while under running water so you can get all of the grit out? Quite interesting, eh?

Well, I cute them into 1 inch slices and sauteed in some oil while I cut the potatoes and butternut squash into cubes.

Next, I put in half a package of bacon that I sliced thinly.

Then, I threw the prepared potatoes and squash in to saute as well, with a few pinches of thyme, salt, and pepper.

After everything seemed a bit softened (and my house smelled uber yummy), I poured in 2 cans of broth.

I let it simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes – until all of the veggies were soft and easy to mash – while I baked some garlic bread sticks.

Then, I mashed it with a potato masher, poured in a cup of half and half, let sit for one minute and served with the bread sticks.

Voila, my darlings.  Winter Vegetable Chowder (with bacon).  (per savingdinner.com)

ETA: I am taking back the camera.  Why am I so impulsive?  I should save the gift cards for gardening supplies in the spring & summer.  We’ll see, they’re just burning a hole in my pocket.

Too much in too little time.

I cant believe it’s been six days since my last post.  A lot has been goin’ down.  For one, we’ve been getting ready for the siding guys to finally come tomorrow (it has been a looooong wait, hasn’t it!).  Charlie’s stitches were licked off by my other dog.  sick!  So, I’ve been tending to him.  And my Father in Law was here this weekend.  Guess what!  he bought us some new sheets for our king size bed (since we only had one set and a bunch of queens. ha)  They’re 600 thread count.  I’ve never even slept on anything higher than 200.  I can’t believe the difference, it’s like silk.  I hope I haven’t started a new infatuation with thread counts, I can’t afford that shit.

Anyway, during his visit, we also went to the zoo and I got a bunch of cool family shots and random animal shots.  Here goes:


This one cracks me up.  They're next to the Bear's backside.

This one cracks me up. They're next to the Bear's backside.

Sushi party


I’ve had this sushi stationary for years and have talked about having a sushi party all that time.  Well, I finally did it.  Used the stationary as invites.  My mom helped me plan it and organize it. She said I have a wonderful life.  And she’s right.  Great kids, husband, dogs, and some super rad friends that make me laugh (and some even oblige when I say come in sushi eatin’ attire).  Good times, good times.  …note: these are all stay at home mamas; word to the motha that can partay!

ETA: here’s a pic of my mom and her special sushi dress (it’s kind of a whack pic, but I wish I would’ve taken a better pic of her dress.  She was beautiful.):


it’s always somn’

what happened to these tomatoes?


and these zucchini leaves?


BUT the good always comes with the bad, right?

Look at this healthy jalapeno.