Sunday Morning Tea–Twisted Worlds and Jimbo’s Lullaby

The tea on Sunday took on some unique pitches, and it took me a couple moments to remember they were from Jimbo’s Lullably. It’s the second piece in “Children’s Corner”, a collection of short piano solos by Claude Debussy. He wrote them for his daughter and I think they are all delightful. I learned the first and last ones (Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum and Golliwogg’s Cakewalk) and have the music for the rest with the hopes of learning the others (including Jimbo’s Lullaby) at some point in the future.


To follow up, I gave Squeaky the Tea Time mug, and she commented to the Dearliest that a frog was drinking tea. The Dearliest observed the scene and replied, “Yes! The frog is drinking tea with a pig. What kind of twisted world would have a frog drinking tea with a pig?”

To which Squeaky replied without hesitation, “It’s Mommy’s mug.”


On rewards

I asked LK to empty the silverware from the dishwasher, but when I came back to check on him he’d emptied the whole dishwasher. I indicated it was thoughtful and helpful, and he asked if he could have raisins as a reward. I hadn’t promised a reward of any kind, and I generally don’t issue them out when they’re asked for, so I said no, he couldn’t.

Then I pointed to the sink full of dishes and said he could put them in the dishwasher if he wanted to. He became quite eager. It’s not a common request. He got right to it and asked after a moment, “Is this my reward?”

I kinda looked at him sideways, not sure I wanted him to know what I was thinking, and asked, “Do you want it to be?”


“Well okay then.”

And that is how another chore turned into a reward. Although I should probably go check on the kitchen now because I’m hearing an awful lot of water running.

Also, rainstorms! THUNDER! I barely got the clothes off the outside line before the buckets dumped. It’s a lovely day.

Happenings and Such

Lots to tell! I have been thoroughly distracted on several fronts lately, but I wrapped up a couple of them and now feel it’s time to catch up the blog.

The Dearliest and I celebrated our 7th anniversary with a trip to Applebee’s (it’s kind of tradition because that’s where we first met in person). Then we went for a loooong sunset walk along the river, and it was perfect weather with few people around. Quite perfect, except I forgot to bring walking shoes with me and ended up with Very Sore Feet. We stopped at the store on the way home and gathered up ingredients for hot fudge sundaes, which I haven’t had in forever.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been editing a novel for a friend. I have missed doing edit work, so it gives me a little thrill to have a book to read! It’s a murder mystery and I’m enjoying it immensely. I cannot say more than that.

This last month I’ve been working on another music cover. Each one gets a little better as I become more comfortable with recording myself and working with the editors. After my last video my dad sent me a link to a free audio/ recording editor (Audacity). He gave me some tips on editing audio in general and helped me to understand how to manipulate it better. Still have a lot to learn, but this seems to be a Thing with me now. I know I want to keep recording music even after Emma Approved is over.


In more news, Arc officially became a toddler yesterday! All the aunts are probably reading this and exclaiming, “Finally!” He didn’t wait quite as long to walk as Pokado, but he definitely took his time about it.

Days have been warmer and gorgeous, which means lots of outside time. LK found some old scarves and asked to make “flags” using brooms. This was a week ago and they’re STILL the first thing the kids grab when it’s time to head out.


Arc rides around in his chariot most the time, often accompanied by Squeaky, who loves the idea of being outdoors but doesn’t generally want to share the space with the bees (it doesn’t matter if it’s a moth or a fly–it’s a BEE). She feels safe in the stroller.


Hot weather also means smoothies! Recipe post soon, maybe?


All in all, we’re having a busy time of it right now. We’re trying to get the garden in, and I’m failing and staying on top of laundry and dishes. I find it incredibly difficult to remain disciplined with inside chores when it’s so lovely outside!



Sunday Morning Tea: A New Thing

I’m one of those people who from a wee age was rather obsessed with music. If I received something with sheet music printed on it (a mug, stationery, a bookmark, etc.), I was That Person who took it straight away to the piano so I could hear what it was.

I match pitches to running appliances, and I’m rather thrilled right now that the fridge and microwave make a major 3rd when they’re running together.

I hear tones and my brain mixes them up to make music. This happens fairly regularly when I stir honey and milk into tea, but I don’t always take the time to actually make the music.

Maybe it’s time to change that?


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Catch up, picture style.

Because nothing makes a 4 year old Pokado happier than wearing her Nana’s cowboy boots:


Week 3 of wildflower season looks like this:


I would love to know what the pink ones are. So unique, and they smell deliciously spicy, like cinnamon.

A momentous occasion happened in recent weeks! The Dearliest and LK finished the Quike!


The project began a number of years ago, back when LK was around 1 year of age. It’s a wee bit on the small side for him now, but he’s still quite adept at zooming around the house.

My fingers needed something to do one day, so I tackled what I thought would be a simple project:


A pillowcase for Squeaky’s new little pillow! It was, honestly, kind of frustrating, but I must admit it’s fully my fault for not taking the time I needed in the beginning to measure properly. Oh, what I would give to know where my tape measure got to…


The Dearliest trimmed out the lilac bushes at the family’s house and brought home cuttings! Our lilac is still working on flowers. Maybe in the next week we’ll have some?


One evening we witnessed a glorious sunset through falling rain. Made for a stunning show.


Week 4 of wildflowers! A lot of the same, but there were a couple new ones. I’m very curious to learn more about this spindly red one:


This year there is no shortage of flowers in the house. Every day I have eager pickers who can’t wait to head outside and collect a bouquet for me. Or two. Or three. Once I came inside from working and there were SEVEN JARS of flowers on the counter. Apparently it was a good day for everyone.


No explanation needed here, methinks, other than salsa is apparently jalapeno approved.


Pokado. So tired. This is what fighting your nap will get you!

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Other news in brief:

– I’ve spent the last 5 weeks working on a video project for the Dearliest, which he has now seen so I feel at liberty to talk about it! I made a 10 minute compilation of pictures and videos from the tree work he did last fall and set it to sections of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

The piece is somewhat significant to me because shortly after we got married (and he’d told me he wasn’t very knowledgeable when it came to music), I played my1812 Overture cd and he recognized it AND named it. It made a big impact on me, mostly because it caused me to realize that the Dearliest knows way, way more than he tells people. 😛

– The garden is prepped and ready for plants! Now just need to wait for the rainstorms to pass.

– I’ve been making smoothies a lot. Recipe post later, methinks.