Pepper Party

Pepper Party

Monday, February 19, 2018

Snow and haircuts and candy!

It's snowing today so I tried making candy again, it turned out really well! No saws were required to slice the candy roll. It still isn't perfect but no one will complain about me perfecting a candy recipe.

When Elizabeth was here Oscar asked to get his hair cut, no hair just like Dad. And I immediately complied, and she took some pictures with settings I didn't even know my camera had. Some of them turned out pretty cool! And Oscar liked his haircut very much. Until he went to school and all the kids and teachers freaked out about it, so that he came home and said he wanted his hair back because  no hair was a distraction.

And a little later I was possessed and cut John's hair too. And then I went and got my hair cut. We're all ready for something, now.

Yesterday we went on a new hike, along Bobcat Ridge. It was warm and beautiful, and we were very lucky to arrive just when someone was leaving, so we got a parking spot. John rode in the backpack for about half the walk, and then ran the other half with Oscar. Edie sang us the song of her people, whenever she felt inspired. I realized I have gotten used to these trails through exposed prairie, and now I know some things to look at while we're walking. When I first moved here I found these trails  so arbitrarily placed. And you're in the sun almost the whole time! 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

poem of the week




-Ogden Nash

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Happy Furlough!

I got to do a little tidying up with no one underfoot. It was quite nice, I threw lots of things away! But I did not update the blog like I thought I might. So here now are some pictures from around Oscar's birthday, including our big tree and Oscar's personal-size tree.

Oscar's birthday cupcake, lemon with blue frosting as requested.

John carrying a backpack full of rocks. Why not? 


Happy Oscar to Birthday - oops!

There you have it, Oscar really is 5. He's starting to grow in to his new age now, and has started saying things like "now that I am five, I can wipe my own butt!" You betcha!

poem of the week

Winter Trees

All the complicated details

of the attiring and

the disattiring are completed!

A liquid moon

moves gently among

the long branches.

Thus having prepared their buds

against a sure winter

the wise trees

stand sleeping in the cold.

-William Carlos Williams

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy New Year!

 What have we been up to? What haven't we been up to? Let's go way back to December - we went to the nearby national forest and cut down a Christmas tree with Pat Reeves. Eric chopped it down after he twisted his ankle running to show us the perfect tree.



Then it was Oscar's birthday, that will be its own post. Then it was Christmas, I was going to put that here but I'm already getting sleepy, so that will be its own post. And then we went to Maryland! And all got sick! But we managed to have one day with all 9 (secretly 11) cousins together, and here is the picture of all 9 at once, along with the making-of.

So here they are, L to R: Wilmer, Henry, John, Penny, Marjorie, Harvey (on floor), Oscar, Edie, Casper. Hurray!