Day’s End; Day’s Beginning

The other morning Pokado and I were cleaning the kitchen. Timber took upon it himself to supervise in a rather monarchical pose.


He’s a cute doggie. And very proud of his mammoth leg.

That evening we had a break in rain storms, which made for a gorgeous sunset!


Though the scene completely changed when I tried to capture the canyon.


Two weeks into wildflower season, and here’s a sampling of what the mountain is offering so far (as picked by LK, Pokado, and Squeaky):


I love this time of year. :-)

Maybe I Can?

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I’m keeping up with Emma Approved, and Harriet Smith’s music club in particular. I will start by saying I’m still not sure what I’m thinking or doing. I don’t like being in spotlights or showing my face online much, and yet…I feel excited to be a part of this! The shy introvert is having a moment of extroversion! It feels weird.

After the first cover I realized I wanted to be able to do a couple things with the music in the form of multiple audio and video tracks. Windows Live Movie Maker didn’t have this capability, so I set out looking for free software that did. I honestly didn’t think I was going to find it, but then I discovered the VSDC Free Video Editor. (As a note, if you decide to check it out, make sure to decline all the extra offers that pop up during the installation process.)

It took me several hours of trial and error to figure it out (the software is completely free, but the paid version gets you access to help and tech support from the developers). There are several very useful tutorials on YouTube which made things much easier.

I’m still figuring it out (and still have to find the editor’s volume controls), and I have to learn how to add text and stuff to videos, but the long and short of it is that I made another cover!


The original:


It’s hard only working on an editing project like this for one hour a day (during the wee ones’ nap/ quiet time). Fortunately I had a couple nights where they went to bed early (and stayed in bed!!) and so I was able to spend a little more time on the project.

And then the wonderful Dearliest took them all for a long walk one afternoon so I could have a quiet house for a while to make recordings! That was a little strange, I have to admit. Normally I practice in the mornings with the little people about, which means noise! dancing! singing along!

The music club is on Pinterest too, which I think is super awesome.


Somebody had a 1st birthday! (Also, cake.)


And we threw him a party complete with the two essentials.



And tissue paper!


He was a tired little man, but he surely enjoyed working the crowd. It’s been a long time since we had all of the local family up on the mountain. 24 people including us! It gets larger every year. :-D **

For this reason I made two cakes. I see no point in stretching one cake to 24 people. Even less of a point in having no leftovers. What’s a birthday cake without leftovers??

I kept it super simple this time.


I’m not even going to share pics of the other one because the frosting was misbehaving and I gave up decorating halfway through. (Note to self: try a different recipe next time.)




**The most recent addition–whom I cannot resist internet-naming Darcy–cuddling with Pokado. She held him for nearly half an hour and didn’t really want to give him up.:


Sitting for just a moment.

I had all kinds of bloggery planned for today, but the laundry and grumpy kids had different ideas. So! Here’s a snapshot of what’s coming up:

  • Arc turned 1 year old! And there was a party. And stuff.
  • I haven’t forgotten about the post re: treating a systemic yeast infection. It’s coming soon.
  • A new knitting project!
  • Another music project! And my dive into VSDC editing software.

For now I can offer a couple humorous anecdotes from recent days.

1) LK rode with the Dearliest into town, whereupon they stopped at the family’s house to pick up SuperC. LK noticed a truck there he didn’t know and asked whose it was. “That’s N’s,” he was told. (N, it should be noted, is Aunt A’s beau. They are very happy.) “Oh,” he returned,”Is he one of my uncles?” “No,” came the reply, “Not an uncle, at least not yet.” “Oh.” There was a pause, “Is he in training?”

It is now a LK classic.*

2) One of my baby headbands has been getting a lot of traffic on Etsy over the last week, and I couldn’t figure out why until today a kind person sent me a message. They wanted to know if the headband really was $750? *MEGA-FACEPALM* Apparently I missed a decimal in there, and my eyesight is bad enough that I didn’t catch it the several times I checked the listing. It was good for a laugh, and as the Dearliest pointed out, publicity is publicity.



*It should be noted that LK was thinking of the self-defense training that a couple of the uncles have been getting from the Dearliest. I was somewhat relieved to learn this, otherwise the comment from a 5 year old would be beyond scary.

Gray and Yellow Photoset

A lot of my recent posts mention spring. Have I ever mentioned it’s my favorite season here? Growing up my favorite season was winter, but then I lived in a savannah area of California and winter was the only season things were green.

A storm is coming. It’s supposed hit tonight and bring thunder and lightning and all that goodness with it. For now our little mountainside is just grey and muggy.


I went walking for signs of color, and I found some!


These wild buttercups are the first of the wildflowers to bloom every year, and they are popping up everywhere.


Leftover remnants of last years’ bumper population of wasps. I’ve lost track of how many golf-ball sized nests we’ve found. All empty, all abandoned. Sounds like lyrics to an emo song. Ha!

On to more cheerful yellow wildflowers.


The photo with my finger in it didn’t come out super well, but this cluster of cuties is about the same size as the nail of my pointer finger. Yeah. Tiny. I wish I knew what they were.

And, finally:


Happy spring!


Survey of Sorts

Haven’t done one of these in years!

  • Making : the children go to bed.
  • Cooking : hamburgers.
  • Drinking : water.
  • Reading: knitting instructions and “The Chocolate Wars” by Deborah Cadbury.
  • Wanting: a definite answer.
  • Looking: for that missing Lego before my foot finds it in the night.
  • Playing: Mr. Mouth is all the rage in the house right now.
  • Deciding: whether or not Mr. Mouth gets put on a high shelf tomorrow.
  • Wishing: for a meteor shower.
  • Enjoying: Pinterest pins with the Dearliest.
  • Liking: this strawberry yogurt.
  • Craving: ice cream (no matter how much I imagine yogurt to be ice cream, the fact remains that yogurt simply isn’t ice cream).
  • Considering: the next project.
  • Wondering: who that is I hear sneaking down the hallway.
  • Loving: the spring weather!
  • Pondering: if Arc will start walking before his 1st birthday (he has less than a week).
  • Watching: not much since we finished going through Burn Notice. Too much nice weather!
  • Hoping: for a nice container garden.
  • Marvelling: that LK is STILL awake.
  • Needing: more food.
  • Smelling: hamburgers.
  • Wearing: a swishy white skirt, black blouse, and the airplane necklace from TW. I went to a tea party today! :-D
  • Noticing: the desk is a disaster. Who let it get like this? Oh, right. Me.
  • Knowing: a secret.
  • Admiring: the Dearliest, who is sitting in a nearby chair.
  • Buying: postage most likely. And milk! I bought milk today.
  • Bookmarking: tutorials on how to us VSDC free video editing software.
  • Feeling: tired, happy, hungry, and hopeful.
  • Snacking: finished the yogurt, on to something else!
  • Helping: with clearing the yard. The winter blew a lot of trash around!
  • Hearing: Celtic bagpipes, violin, and the Star Trek soundtrack are in the player at the moment.

I had tulips and crocus and all the bulby things coming up…

…but now my yard has 2″ of snow over it so all hints of green are currently hidden.

Lucky for me, I found myself able to sit down last night and make something springy and colorful without a single interruption.

No, really. This is monumental. Even the dog remained at my feet without so much as a whine.

I may have to wait for my spring garden, but at least there’s this!


And yes, it’s in the shop for now.