I am so behind on blogging.

One of these days I will sit down and share more about the following:

  • TW’s upcoming wedding, at which I play a grand piano in a state park next to the river.
  • Our new house! We’re still waiting for it to close, but Lord willing we should be moved in within a few more weeks.
  • LK’s upcoming birthday.
  • The huge fires around us. Smoke has been as thick as fog for the better part of 3 weeks now.

But for now I take the days one cup of tea at a time. I’m enjoying this time of super busy-ness, but I admit I’m looking forward to the day things calm down, even if just for a little while.

Here nor There

This post is brought to you by a nap gone AWOL.

“Sleep when your baby sleeps,” they say. In the last half hour, no less than 6 (make that 7) fire fighting vehicles have gone sirening (yes, I made that up) past the house. It wakes the new little up. It keeps me up. Therefore, I give up.
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During a tense scene in a movie:

Nana: *gasps* Oh no!
Squeaky: It’s okay, Nana, he makes it.

For reference, here is Squeaky with the newest, whom the internet shall call Ann (Roman Holiday reference, for those who follow the nicknames :-D).


Hello, I haven’t been in the blogging world much. Life, in short, is busy. There is a wedding in a month (congrats to my sister-in-law TW and her fiance)! Another dear sister-in-law (WifePlusMum) and her husband just bought a house, so there’s Much Moving there. Not to mention the new baby and adjusting to a life with 5 wee ones. My word, time flies. LK is going to be 7 this year…how did that happen?


Pokado likes to help me change and dress Ann. No surprise there, as she loves to mother anything that will let her!


And, of course, there is Arc, who took Ann’s arrival in stride and is the only one of the kids who asks to hold her several times a day.


Ahhh, the sirens have stopped, and Ann is officially asleep. I might get my nap after all!

Absent, but still present.

Hello, my little blogging world! I’ve been away for a while in preparation for the new arrival, and look who showed up the other day!


We’re still working on a name for the Little Girl. She’s a squeaky sort, and everyone loves her dearly.

Back to resting for now. Until next time!

(ETA: The official email will go out once we settle on a name. :-))

5 Things that Make Me Happy

Idea swiped from Patch. :-D

Life recently has been rather fraught with pressure, but not necessarily the bad kind. Pressure to finish the basement bedrooms/ bathroom, birthdays, taxes, and laundry (which Mrs. Fine is kindly allowing me to do at her house until we can install our washer and dryer downstairs) just to name a few. Sometimes merely cooking food is pressuring, but only because I want it every 2 hours right now Or Else.

There is much to be grateful for, and there are many things that make me happy in our new situation. Here a some of the ones I have pictures of.

1) A functioning, working shower.

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We’ve been without one for a while. And you see that mat on the floor? Yes, that heats the tiles. We have a heated floor. This makes me extra happy. Some of the grout and caulk need a little touch up still, but The Dearliest did a good job, methinks. I love the built in shelves! :-D

2) Birthdays, Part 1.


Pokado turned 5 and informed me some time before her birthday that she wanted two cakes–a horse cake and a barn cake. I had to break it to her that between moving and morning sickness, I wasn’t going to be up to the task, so how about strawberry shortcake? She agreed, and it was yummy.

3) Morning tea and lazy afternoons.


Sometimes, it really is the simple things that matter most.

4) Chopped and Inspiration.


For a couple months, the kids slept in the living room because the bedrooms were still under construction. This was a challenge for everyone, I think, because the living room is probably the biggest traffic area of the house and with 13 people…well, let’s just say the kids had a bed time of 9 or later for a while. To help keep them settled and at least “resting” at the end of it (and to give me an opportunity to sit down), we started watching Chopped, which is a cooking competition show a la Iron Chef and the like. Little Ken found it inspiring, and his creative side took off in the kitchen for a while.

5) Birthdays, Part 2.


TW had a special birthday, which in my mind warrants a special dessert. She requested Tiramisu, which is probably my favorite non-chocolate thing to make ever (I don’t really count the chocolate dusting on top).

Such is the update I have for now. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I can get back into regular blogging. I miss it.

Do you read eBooks?

My authoring friend Katie Maloney is running promotions on Amazon starting today!

The Blackberry Effect is available for free download until midnight tonight.

Deadly Puzzle is available for $.99 for another 6 days.

Deadly Puzzle is her most recent work, and it’s one of the best murder mysteries I’ve read in a long time. And I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. It’s written from the perspective of the detective’s Irish wolfhound, which adds an unusual but delightful element in an otherwise pretty serious book. Visit the link if you’d like more info. :-)

Life update coming soon!

Merry Two Days After Christmas!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. I know I did, in spite of feeling incredibly tired through most of it. I made the official announcement already, but I’ll do a recap for my little corner of the internet: There will be another Fogling arriving next year! The beginning of July is the current estimate.

In the chaos of the holiday season, I found my camera! Then I lost it again. Then I found it again. Here’s the last picture I took from our mountain, shortly before we left it.


I have other pictures to share, but those will have to wait for another post.

A couple weeks ago I attended a Christmas party, and one of the games played involved writing down a little known fact about yourself. I thought about it way longer than I should have…surely there must be something interesting in my past? Alas, the only thing I could think of was “qualified 3rd in a DDR competition.” Quirky, but not something I generally share because…well, that was a really different time in my life.

Of course, over the next few days all kinds of little known facts flew randomly to mind, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you. But not all, since who knows when the game might appear in a party line up again. :-D

  • I’ve met Tom Selleck. He’s way taller than he looks.
  • I once sat in on a rehearsal for a small musical group which included a man who (at the time) was considered the greatest pianist in the world. He asked for a page turner, and I was the only one who volunteered.
  • A musical piece I wrote was used in a video game.
  • I’ve toured a nuclear submarine.
  • I’ve kept an online journal/ blog since 2001.
  • I STILL hate bananas and mushrooms.
  • I learned fencing and archery in college.

So there you are!

Next up: Well, I should probably change out of my pajamas and get on with the day.