Thursday, March 31, 2016

Abi turns eight!

Birthday dinner at Casa

With the big hat and silly song!

Stack o' presents

A cake that big sister made for her

Lots of sillies

A puzzle she can do herself. This was her favorite gift. 

Most of all, a day to celebrate our sweet Abi! We love you so much. :)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Fantastic Four

A rare photo of all the kids at the same time! My treasures. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Why I Quilt

I quilt in order to remind myself to slow down. In some ways it's a protest against the busy, technologically dominated lifestyle that is normal for my generation. To feel the texture of the fabric beneath my fingers, to rhythmically take stitch after a thousand other slow stitches is to become a different self, one that I like much better. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

B-movie Shakespeare

I've finished the costumes for my three characters, as well as making Curly's costume and several others. One of the most fun was a replica Obi-Wan Kenobi robe from scratch. 

So, with much ado about nothing, here is our promotion poster and our four costumes. 

His Honor, the Duke Solinus of Ephesus

Balthazar, who will also wear a Jayne Cobb hat and be ever so slightly (read: a lot) inebriated 

Pinch, the conjurer (a televangelist)

Angelo, a (steampunk) goldsmith, and also a tough guy. Played by my wispy 11 year old daughter. 

Creeping Toward Warmth

Our cabin still sits at the bottom of the driveway. The delivery guy offered to come move it, but I'm worried that the ground is so soft he'll end up tearing our road all up. So we wait. 

We have its home marked out at the top of the hill, ready for it. When the spring rains stop. 

Meanwhile, we are still doing projects inside. We'll take all the furniture out when it's time to move it. Until then, we have the fun of "nesting." Or maybe "pre-nesting!"

We built the second loft ladder today and tidied all the boxes and garbage. 

An overhead picture shows the one-room floor plan of the main room. A couch and toy basket, folding table, folding chairs, wood stove and little kitchen area makes a cozy, workable space. 

In one corner, a makeshift composting toilet offers emergency facilities, although I still need to make a privacy curtain. Eventually, I plan to either build an outhouse or get a fancier composting toilet. 

Upstairs, the eight-foot loft fits all the kids nicely, both for sleeping and playing. 

I've added some touches of whimsy, such as a few favorite knickknacks that I inherited from Grandma Doris. They remind me of her and put a smile on my face. 

Of course, a few things are new, or rather new to us. Everything came from thrift stores, but a coffee sign with a towel hook on which to place an old-fashioned flour sack towel? Definitely us!

In true tiny house style, I've hung the minimalist utensils in order to save space in the kitchen. 

Future projects include insulating and finishing the walls, creating a mosaic behind the fireplace on the cement board, and starting on the outside stuff: a covered woodpile, a swing and slack line for the kids, and a campfire ring. Then, let the summer revelries begin!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Shakespeare and Sci-Fi

Curly and I have been cast in the community theatre production of A Comedy of Errors. It's Curly's first play, and she is having a blast getting to know the other actors and learning the difficult Shakespeare dialogue. As usual I jumped into helping with costumes, along with learning my several hundred lines. 

The directors decided to make the costumes and sets have a sci-fi flavor, which gives another twist to the humor in the show. 


The kids are finally old enough to go to the park across the street by themselves. That's a huge milestone for me!

Snapshot: Crocus

Spring is coming! When you've had winter for as many months as we have, spring is wonderful!!!