Monday, December 31, 2007

Farmer's Market

Last Wednesday, the Boy and I took a trip to the Farmer's Market. A local organic farm that also has a CSA program, started this up in early December. I can say it easily surpassed my expectations. It was fruit and veggies galore. It all smelled so delicious and fresh. It was refreshing.

We were members of this farm for a couple of years. We stopped for awhile because we moved and weren't planning on staying in Florida. I'd like to join up again next season. For now though, this is fantastic.

We filled our basket with young Tatsoi, beautiful kale, strawberries(tis the season!),tangerines, bell peppers, and some huge globe cherry tomatoes. I can honestly say, if we had purchased these in the organic produce from any of our local stores, we would have easily paid double. It definitely wouldn't have tasted as good. I'm already planning to get some fresh herbs this Wednesday along with more produce.

Happy New Year's!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

It was very merry here on Christmas

Christmas was so much fun this year. It definitely is going to be memorable, especially for the Boy. He had the awareness a lot more this year, and the excitement was contagious. We didn't do as well with the Homemade Pledge as we had hoped, but I feel OK with that. Our gifts seemed to have a theme of creating, reading, games and music. My parents spent the morning at my home, and we later spent the early evening enjoying a meal together at their home. It was very casual and nice.

I hate to take all the decorations down that we so lovingly put up. So, we are lingering a bit with them. Maybe we'll have it all down by New Year's.

I will mention that the Boy is enjoying the new drum set he received. Of course, that goes along with mentioning my Husband really loves his new guitar amp. If we could just throw in a entire family would be making music together nightly! I think I'm going to pick up a pair of ear plugs though, I have sensitive ear drums.

Hope the season has been enjoyable for everyone out there reading!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The shortest day, the longest night

On Saturday we casually celebrated the Winter Solstice. It was actually a beautiful day here, and it started out cooler than average. After we spend the morning with Bubba, we went home for some lunch and planning.

The Boy and I decided to string some puffed corn with fresh cranberries. There was no popcorn in the house, but I had read puffed corn is OK. This worked out well, but I'm pretty sure the lizards and ants are the ones actually eating it. I'm hoping the squirrels see it too. The birds do not seem to be interested, of course there are a lot of natural berries available for them right now. They aren't searching the way they would if we had snow.

The Boy picked a spot to plant his Solstice tree. He wanted to be able to see it from the window. We both dug the hole, added some good soil and planted it. I think it will enjoy it's home. Most of the plants around that section of our yard have flourished.

We also enjoyed the beautiful night. We went for a drive to the country. There is a family who decorate, which is an understatement, with lights all over their fields, house and pond. I couldn't get a decent picture, but it was amazing. The moon was huge over us, and while staring up into it an owl landed right above on a telephone pole. Majestic is the only word that comes to mind.

It was a beautiful day and night. We are almost fully prepared for Christmas, but lots of baking is going to be happening on Christmas Eve.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Winter Solstice

Tomorrow we are celebrating the Winter Solstice. It is different getting used to the rhythms of nature here, but there is a change in seasons. The subtle difference you can feel in the early mornings and early evenings is nice.

The Boy and I are planning on celebrating with some cookie and muffin baking. I also have some seed I plan to mix with nut butter and hang for the birds. I was thinking of putting something out for our squirrel family too. They provide a lot of entertainment while we play out back.

I'll have some pictures this weekend. Have a very happy Solstice.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The scent of cinnamon

I've been wanting to make cinnamon ornaments for a couple years now. I never seemed to get around to it, but this year I made it happen. The recipe I had previously disappeared, so I had to find a new one. I ended up using this one. Since it was Saturday the Boy and I were accompanied by Bubba. We searched all over our town for a large amount of cinnamon. Finally, on a whim, we found really inexpensive jars of cinnamon and purchased ten of them. I figured it wasn't for eating, only for "scenting".

Though there are only two ingredients, this was actually more work than I expected. But, I'm sure by next season I'll be ready to do this again. My nose still can feel the cinnamon burning inside. The Boy did a lot of kneading and rolling, but his favorite was using the cookie cutters he picked out. He was a pro by the end of it.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Because they were so delicious, I decided to take some pictures of our meals the past two nights. I am glad being vegan is actually so delicious. So many people misunderstand and think we only eat lettuce. These pictures are variations of recipes from the only cookbook I seem to talk about on here, Vegan With a Vengeance.
Seitan with bell peppers, onions and BBQ sauce over brown rice.

Tempeh sausage pizza with "cheeze" sauce on homeade pizza dough.

Tempeh Cooking:



Friday, December 14, 2007

Over the fence

We had a new spotting in our back yard recently. On the way out Saturday morning, I forgot our sunglasses. The Boy stayed in the back yard doing his routine of "running faster than the cheetahs". All of a sudden I heard him running through our lanai yelling "there is a boy on the fence and he's talking to me!!" I immediately had all sorts of visions, none of which turned out to be the situation. There was a quick sighting of a red head peeking over the fence. He jumped down once he saw me. He did pop up one more time, and my son took advantage to tell him every single thing we were going to be doing that morning.

The Boy has been keeping his eye out for the red headed fellow. We never get the chance to actually know the neighbors behind us because it is a rental. No one ever seems to stay very long. After a while, we figured he was a rare sighting.

Until last night. Those little hands were seen on the fence. Shortly after, the red head popped over. Oh, the humor of a four and six year old talking. The words that clenched my heart were from my son, "I've been waiting to see you ALL week!!" There was a lot of name spelling, talk of spiderman, soccer, football, golf, get the idea. It all lasted a short while until our new friend needed to go in to eat.

I'm hoping this works out. We don't have much luck finding friends in the neighborhood, so my son is really hoping to see him again.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Curious about what exactly was cooking in that pot? It's my family's beloved seitan. The recipe is a modified version from Vegan with a Vengeance. I'm very anxious to purchase a copy of her new cookbook, Veganomicon. I usually either make the marinade for it or use a bbq sauce for marinade. Saute it up with onions and green bell peppers, and I serve it over some brown rice. So delicious and fairly easy.

I've also been working on some knitted gifts. That black hat is a modified version of Crazy Aunt Purl's knitted hat directions. Apparently though, my math was incorrect or maybe my son's head has grown. Either way, the green in the picture is a new hat I'm knitting for him. The boy has the same size head as his Dad, and he's 4.

And that is my coffee this morning. I know it looks really light, and that is how I drink it. I try not to get a lot of caffeine in my diet. My coffee is usually a half a finger coffee, and the rest of the mug is vanilla soymilk. A vegan cafe au lait, sort of. I didn't sleep well, as my neighbors left their poor dog outside all night and he barked the entire night. Of course, then there was the fighting cats for the other half of the night. I'm going to need a nap I think.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


I've never been good at telling jokes. It doesn't matter how simple or complex the joke is. If I'm telling it, there will only be me laughing hysterically before the joke even hits the punch line.

My husband on the other hand excels at joke telling. He also keeps a register of thousands of jokes in his head at all times. I can't even guess the number of times I have been asked "Who is the most famous vegetable???". Give up? Elvis Parsley.

My son has taken quite an interest in joke telling. At this point he likes to take a favorite joke, such as: "What did one egg say to another egg??? Get CRACKIN!!", and turn it into another joke. Some variations are: "What did one bear say to another bear??? Get Crackin!" "What did one Christmas tree say to another Christmas tree??? Get MOVIN!" "What did one candy cane say to another candy cane?? Get Striping!!" I think you get the routine.

I love these jokes. He gets such happiness out of telling them because he loves to make people laugh. I'm hoping he inherited his Dad's joke telling capabilities, because one will know how funny some of the jokes he is trying to tell are.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Cooking Muffins

The Boy and I decided to make some muffins today from our tattered Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook. This cookbook has been used so frequently that I'm afraid I'll need a new copy! These are the Carrot-Raisin Muffins from page 47. For some reason the food that I cook doesn't always look "pretty". It tastes delicious, really. Or maybe I'm just unable to capture the yummy-ness in my pictures.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Two Trees

We have two trees this season. Our new artificial tree which is beautiful, and you cannot mistake that it is fake. We did this on purpose, plus the boy really wanted a white glittery Christmas tree. We love it, and are glad we picked this one.

We also have a live tree, which is tiny but equally as beautiful. What isn't beautiful in nature, really? It is our solstice tree. My son keeps it in his room and after we celebrate the solstice it will be planted in a special spot in our yard. It was grown locally and is meant to live in our area. It is too small to hold any lights or heavy decor, so we have some tin ones on it.

Our yard and house is decorated and lighted this year as well. I enjoy this time of year, and I enjoy sharing it with those I love.

Friday, November 30, 2007


So today is my last day of NaBloPoMo. Somehow I have managed to make myself post each and every day in November. I am so glad that I signed up for this, and I will definitely do it again next year. A lot has come about because of this which makes it mean even more to me.

As for my observations, well they have nothing to do with NaBloPoMo.

I've noticed in my daily life that:

1. People treat me differently if I have my son with me, then when I am alone. This includes grocery shopping, visiting friends and family, travelling, etc.

2. People seem to get quite unkind and sometimes mean during this season. This is mainly on the roads and in the stores.

3. My cat definitely thinks he is a dog. He begs for treats and he will make noises at times that sound like a bark/growl.

4. My son positively changes my life each and every day.

5. I am content with my dietary choices, and feel good about everything I put in my body. With the exception of those days when I eat junk food. But, I refuse to feel bad about the chocolate.

6. I am not the same person I used to be. I think most people can say the same thing. I still am not sure who I am, but that's OK.

And with that, I will say it was a very good November.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Plastic bags

I grew up in a household where we recycled just about everything. I used to be embarrassed when I was young and would have my friends over. I used to wonder why my Mom had to do something that none of my friends Mom's would do. She would always request paper bags when asked by the bagger at the store. She would bring ratty old used paper bags each and every shopping trip. As the years went on, she would add some canvas bags to her paper bag collection in the car trunk.

We also had a compost pile, but that will have to be for another day.

Now I understand her drive to do this. I'm thankful that she spent my youth stressing the importance of saving the earth. She never did it in a way that alienated anyone either. It was just a fact if you knew my Mom.

I recycle, and it is much easier now than when I was growing up. I just set out my bins and the recycle truck picks them up for me. I also take the tin cans to the bird sanctuary as a donation.

I have some bags that I use each time I shop at the grocery store. The main issue is I need some more, and preferably a bag that can smoosh up easily and hold a lot. So I've been searching for a strong reliable new bag. I've found a few ideas at this site: Eco-Bags. I can't verify how well they work, but I have read about them in the past.

Just a note on plastic bag consumption. I do reuse my plastic bags for cat litter changes and bathroom trash can liners. I do not throw them out, ever. But, the amount that are used? Here is a link if you'd like to read more: Reusable Bags.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Stained Hands

We made it to the farmers market right on time this morning. Only, it turns out that I was a week early. So, next Wednesday we will try again.

Out in the backyard this afternoon, we were pleased to see our mulberry tree all fruited again. This tree fruits about 3 times a year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


The seasons here for growing food run a bit different then where I'm from originally. During the winter, the abundance of veggies and fruits start. Tomorrow is a day we've been particularly anticipating for a couple months.

A local farmers market has finally opened! I'm not sure how many stands will be there, and I know it will be small. The one stand I'm positive will be there is from a local organic farm. We were members of their CSA for a couple years, and the taste of farm fresh produce........well you can't compare.

The boy and I will be there for the grand "opening" with bags in hand. I'm hoping to maybe find some more like minded people while we are there, and maybe they will have kids.

I know they will be there for at least four Wednesdays, so we're hoping for a good turn out. I'd like them to stay for the entire growing season which typically ends at the beginning of May.

Monday, November 26, 2007


We had a surprise early delivery this morning. Our new laptop has arrived. We really needed to replace our extremely old computer, and made the decision to purchase a new one. It is simple and basic, just what we needed. I should have it all set up by early evening.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Our Yard

When we moved to this house we had very few ideas about changing the yard. We excepted what was planted, and really didn't see the need to add much.

Fast forward, to when we moved back to our house here, we suddenly had the urge to really make this yard work for us. During the clearing, we found a tree that turned out to be invasive. We have been thinning them out, but they are a constant battle. I think we realized why they are invasive within the first month. The little seedlings spread like wildfire, and it goes to seed constantly.

We have planted some Crotons to replace part of the natural fence we had to take down due to the Brazilian Pepper Tree. They are colorful and will grown to a nice height.

Now that the mosquitoes appear to be a smaller bunch, it is really peaceful to sit out back in the early evening. We have a family of squirrels that play and hop from tree to tree. There are many types of birds, hawks and even vultures who visit. I'm still trying to capture all the butterflies who frequent our flowers. It's nice and quaint here.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

And then the grass was covered

We woke up this morning to a strange site in the back yard. Randomly splattered across the yard were orange balls. Small tiny fruit like balls, that were indeed oranges. I couldn't count how many were there. Twenty seems like a good guess, but there may have been more.

There are many theories as to what happened. I figured some of our young squirrel friends had knocked them down, or maybe some birds. The boy figured it was the wind. Although, there hasn't really been too much wind these days. My husband has placed blame on the neighbor kids. Probably since our neighbors next door have an orange tree as well, and they enjoy throwing things into our yard.

My husband may be right, although I can't figure out what they'd be doing outside throwing oranges past 11pm. Maybe it was early morning? Either way, our tree actually looks like it's only missing a couple oranges.

The neighbor kids are young, and I believe the oldest are 7. They are twins with mischievous grins. We rarely see them, but they were trying to chop one of our palm trees down one afternoon.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this entry, so I shall end it. But, I'm watching for flying oranges tonight because we already have a big enough mess to clean up tomorrow.

Friday, November 23, 2007


I really was unaware of how much heat a Christmas tree gives off. Of course, it's awful bright too....and I mean awful in a good way. It's actually close enough to where I'm typing this entry that I have a glare on my screen. Oh, and it's been up since last night.

We stopped with real trees many years ago. I just hated the idea of cutting down all those trees for such a short amount of time. It was a personal decision, and I don't have an opinion on what other families do.

We tried doing a live tree, only to have it not live. This was back in my pre-gardening days. I still feel guilty about that little guy. I'm sure it was because I didn't follow the directions, but it really discouraged me.

Now that we live in a tropical climate, we choose to use an artificial tree. We purchased a new one this year, and it just sparkles and shines. My son's eyes light up every time he looks at it. I know it's early, but we don't mind. We like to enjoy it for as long as possible every year.

Once I figure out what to use for a tree "skirt" I'll post pictures.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Happy Day of Thanks to everyone out there. We had a very low key day here, enjoying the company of our family and nature. We do have a very exhausted boy who went to bed much past his bedtime, but he just loved everything about today. As I've said before, he does enjoy the simple things. It reminds me to enjoy them too. Tomorrow we are opting out of the giant shopping battles out there. We'll probably enjoy a nice cup of tea and maybe a bike ride at the park. Oh, and of course a stop at Bubba and Grammie's as they mentioned the possibility of Christmas lights tomorrow. I really enjoy the twinkling lights this time of year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

From my four year old

"I always am thankful, so I don't need a special day to tell people. I'm thankful for you Mama, and for Daddy, and for Doodle, and for Bubba, and for Grammie......"

It's like those unexpected "I love you" statements in the middle of busy, angry supermarket shoppers. They feel so genuine. Making the day seem brighter, in the midst of chaos.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


After our weekly visit to Bubba's house, the boy and I spotted a hawk of some sort on our back fence. I had seen him before, but my camera isn't the greatest when it comes to taking a picture quickly. Unless of course, you would really enjoy a blurry shot of nothing!

I started by taking a picture from the inside, which looked awful. So, I wandered quietly into the lanai to snap a few. They would have been ok, but I hate the look of screening in front of pictures.

The boy was hoping it was an owl, and we really couldn't tell from that distance. So, I decided to open our lanai door and risk scaring him off. He wasn't the least bit phased by me. He would look around, almost as if he acknowledged me at one point, and allow me to take pictures. So, I of course obliged him and took more than enough. Bubba had the idea of taking the pictures to my favorite Bird Sanctuary for an ID on the type of hawk. We are thinking of going next week to ask.

Here he/she is. (Note:Please disregard my neighbors house in the back, they have been doing work on it.)

Monday, November 19, 2007


I have been regretting not being more interested in plants and gardening when I was younger. It doesn't do much good to regret things in the past, but I still have the tendency. Which brings me to the purchase I made on Sunday. I found the perfect red "Holiday" cactus plant. I'll have pictures soon, as my husband is still working on setting up the final destination.

I had been thinking about my Gram's Christmas cactus. She had one in particular that was very old, and it bloomed beautiful every year at Christmas. I remember her sticking it in the back bedroom closet every fall, only to pull it out a couple months later. It would then go back to the sunny bedroom spot where it would thrive for the rest of the year. When she died, there was much discussion on what would happen to her cactus plants. We finally decided on a neighbor who was thrilled to be the recipient. Had I known how important that plant would have been to me, almost 8 years ago, I would have taken it home.

My Mother also had a very old cactus. Her's was beautiful each year too, though she says it would bloom at Easter if she forgot to put it away for a couple months. My Mom's has been passed on as well, because she wasn't able to bring it when she moved south. So, I figured I would start my own plant and hope for the best.

I have learned that there are actually three types of these cactus plants. I'm amazed at this, but now that I see the pictures, I know mine is called a Thanksgiving cactus. That forum I linked to is a wonderful source of information. I like Gardenweb as well.

I am not disappointed at all. My son is thrilled that we have a new plant to add to our small indoor collection(cat you know). We have been doing a lot of reading on houseplants lately, and I can see him picking up all the knew information like a sponge. So, this may not be my Gram's Christmas cactus, but it is now a new generation started.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

It always happens at night

I'll never understand why when anything is going to go wrong, break, get lost, etc., it always happens at the most inconvenient time. You know, at night time when nothing is open. Usually to make things worse, it turns out to be a Sunday night, Thanksgiving week.

Everyone is well. Our central air conditioner, which isn't even two years old? I noticed it was feeling a little sickly when I stepped into a huge pile of water in my hallway. I considered how this happened, and saw that my son was not near the area. But, the closet where the central air is held? Water leaking out from under it.

All I know is my husband must be the most clever and resourceful man in the world at times like this. So far, all is well in A/C land. I'm hoping it lasts, and all I need to do is see if our A/C man can do a routine cleaning.

Here's to hoping for a dry night.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


I noticed the past two days I had this horrible migraine like headache. It didn't seem to be stress related, it seemed to be house related. Every time I left my house, within about 5 minutes it would disappear. I spent much of yesterday running errands. Normally a run to the grocery store this time of year can send me home with a migraine.

It kept me up a lot last night. So, I figured I must be getting sick. I started boosting up my immune system with hopes of knocking it out before it knocked me out. Then the Boy and I were outside taking care of the plants before our weekly trip to Bubba's house. I realized my headache was gone, and I felt wonderful. So, we packed up and headed to Bubba's.

I felt fine the entire time. I was inside and outside, and still no headache. Until of course, I went back inside my home.

When my husband came home today he said "You can really smell those, huh?"

The beautiful roses he had given me, turned out to be the culprit. I forget about this every time. After a good airing out of the house, and moving the roses to our headache has gone.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Blogs and moving forward

It's been hard coming up with an entry each day. I think I give most of my energy away during the day, and completely draw a blank by evening. It isn't that there aren't things I would like to discuss, but more that I don't feel I can add much to the conversation. If that makes sense.

I've been reading a lot of blogs this week, and I'm always amazed at the clarity in which they write. I haven't been blogging long, and maybe jumping into the NaBloPoMo was a bit too much. I'm sticking with it because it has been a good experience thus far.

This brings me to a conversation I had with my husband last night. I've been really thinking about formally studying herbalism for many years now. I have been studying on my own for years, and I feel like there is so much more I want to learn. It isn't really a career or income based choice. I feel it is just something that has been calling me for years. I enjoy it. Simple as that. The more I read about herbs, the more I want to learn.

Next year, which isn't really that far off, I'm going to start a formal correspondence course. I would love to actually attend, but that isn't possible at this time. Right now I am narrowing my choices down, but I've always felt like Rosemary Gladstar is the right teacher for me.

It's a big step forward, and I'm counting down the months.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


My son has some ideas about the whole Santa topic. These are completely from his own head, as we have chosen not to go into too many lies with the topic. We've been thinking of doing the St. Nicholas story with him. Sometimes we just aren't sure what to tell him. He questions us constantly on the Santa issue. Things I just don't expect from a four year old. I was oblivious until I was OLD. I don't know how old I was, but I was ruined for life. Well, not really ruined but I was truly surprised at the truth. So, after a day of seeing Christmas decorations at our mall I had a lot of questions to answer. I was having a hard time keeping up, and I really am not known for thinking on my feet. So, while sitting in the living room I hear my son say to his Dad:

"Dad, tell me why Santa's helper lives at the mall?"

I guess I need to think of a better explanation about the mall Santa.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Real Pants

We've entered another stage, which I'm enjoying, with the Boy. He's always been fairly particular about which clothes he wants to wear. This includes when he could not dress himself. I've always liked that he makes choices, and we have done our best to make sure he always has options.

We were visiting with Bubba and Grammie the other day. The Boy casually was checking out the pants we had brought out of the "winter" closet. He noticed the button, and started getting very focused on that button. I finally asked him if something was wrong. The furrowed brow and fidgeting fingers made me realize this wasn't something that would pass.

The problem? The button was a fake button. It didn't work. The even bigger issue? The place where the zipper should be? It's sewn without an actual zipper. I find this mildly amusing, but immediately realize he doesn't.

This whole week has been the Boy going through his clothes with great care. Elastic waist pants? No. No. No. Only sweat pants are allowed to be button and zipper free. If there isn't a real button and a real zipper on any pair of pants? Those are not real pants, and big boys certainly don't wear anything but real pants. Or so I am told.

I'm completely and utterly loving age FOUR!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


It was absolutely beautiful today. The Boy and I made our planned trip to the animal sanctuary and the weather was perfect. I cannot say the same for the animal sanctuary. We were unable to visit inside because a school had reserved a time slot, and of course it was when we were there. I'm pretty sure we'll be heading back tomorrow morning though.

Instead we spent some time wandering through our beloved Mangrove Bridge. There are always an assortment of creatures around, and I usually forget to snap any pictures. I was too slow to catch any shots of the fiddler crabs, but oh how great they are!

After spending a good amount of the morning there, we headed to another nearby park to enjoy our packed picnic. It's different this time of year because of the return of the "snowbirds". They are our wintering humans from the north. You can always tell when they are back because it is impossible to drive, walk or bike at a decent speed. But, they do contribute to our economy here, or so I'm told.

Now for some pictures.

Monday, November 12, 2007


It looks like the boy and I are taking a quick drive to our local animal sanctuary tomorrow. We try to be there once a week, and usually that means bringing our aluminum recycle cans to donate. It's just become almost a ritual with us. It is right by a river that is filled with many creatures. We can walk the mangrove bridge and see fiddler crabs, raccoons, cranes, egrets and the occasional fisherman. Gosh, though I'm not fond of fishing, those older fisherman can sure make me laugh with their stories. I guess I've grown fond of them and their ways. They always have something interesting to share with the boy, and he's beginning to look for familiar faces.

Hopefully my camera and computer will cooperate for me, so I can post new pictures tomorrow. We'll be bringing a picnic and just enjoying the scenery.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I know I've mentioned my orange tree a lot lately. We've been pretty excited to get some homegrown Florida oranges right in our backyard. And then today happened.

We were all out back this afternoon. We being: my husband, myself and our son. I was checking on my hibiscus, and the boy was tackling my husband. It was just an average Sunday afternoon here.

Until my husband is suddenly showing me a green piece of fruit. This fruit still has it's branch attached to it. He's inspecting it, the entire small poor green fruit. He points out a couple tiny fly like bugs on it. I'm still staring in horror. I'm thinking he will give me some explanation of the accident that must have caused this.

He says to me with glee "I think these are LIMES!" I still can't quite think of the words to say. My son is jumping up and down screaming "Can we eat it? Is it ready? LET'S EAT IT!".

We all walk back to our chairs. My husband asks for a knife, to check this situation out. The entire time I have been watching him warm up the "lime" and smell it. So, I grab a knife and he starts by cutting the top off.

He smells again, and let's me take a good long whiff. It does indeed smell like lime. It was so fragrant I had a sudden desire to drink a margarita. He then drinks some of the juice, and I of course do the same. Hmm, it really is lime-like. So, he just slices it open.

It looks oddly like orange seeds, and like an orange. My husband take a small bite and says "Weird. It kind of tastes like an orange when you bite into it." He then decides to just toss it out into our backyard collection of coconut shells. And, he has completely moved on.

Now, I'm not sure what all this means. Some people down here call the trees just plain old "citrus" trees. As in, you could get any type of citrus any given year. I know my husbands friend ate one of the leaves(on purpose) and just said "Citrus tree. Could be grapefruit this year." Hmm. So, the yellow ones? Maybe they are going to become lemons? I am completely thinking this could be pretty interesting for us this time around.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Our Cat has lived with us for 10+ years, and he is completely different than any other Cat I've known. In his first year of life we found out he needed almost $1500 in surgery costs, which was hard to come up with. It was either fix his knees which wouldn't hold his body, or well, something you can figure out. So, the surgery has obviously saved his life, and given him a happy stress free journey with us.

He knew that I was pregnant well before I thought it was possible. He would nudge my belly, purr right against my belly, and sleep completely against my belly. I thought it was odd, but then again he is known for being odd.

I'll admit I was a bit worried about how he would react to having a baby in the house. Mainly because he had always been my baby. I didn't know if he'd feel jealous and try to take it out on the baby. I knew we'd find a way to fix any problems that may have arose, but still it crossed my mind.

The minute I walked into the house with the Boy, our Cat surprised me. He played the roll of protector. If anyone visited, he would jump right up and keep the Boy within eyesight. If the boy cried, he'd be right there with me anxiously like we was trying to make sure I was fixing the baby. Sometimes I sensed he got impatient with me for not nursing him quick enough. It was pretty funny and amazing all at once.

Now the Boy and the Cat are friends. They seek each other out during the day. He will somehow get the Boy to ask me if we can give him treats multiple times a day. And, they will play. My Cat steals the boys Lego's and runs away with them in his mouth. My son loves this and will chase him giggling. The Boy will play with this ratty toy we affectionately call the "bird mouse" with the Cat for long periods of time. It's great.

But, the Cat is still my baby. At night I can always depend on a quick nip to my arm. He does this so I know he needs me to move my arm. Because, a cat can't comfortably sleep against my head, if my arm is in the way.

Friday, November 9, 2007


We started the morning out finding a couple patches of clover. They were growing around some unknown name transplants I moved about 2 months ago. I almost ripped them out with some other weeds, but luckily I stopped. Of course, we did notice none were of the four leaf variety.

The most exciting part of today's discoveries were the oranges. They are now a bit yellow and a wee bit bigger. The "cold" snap we've had this week has really done it's job. Soon, we'll have a tree full of ripe oranges. None of us can wait.

I have to add that we have really done nothing but prune our fruit trees. We give them a little fertilizer each year, and water when it's really dry. They just seem to flourish by themselves. We've had no bug problems(crosses fingers!)thus far, and have just enjoyed watching them grow.

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Today was one of those days. We spent most of the morning playing out back and digging two giant holes. My poor yellow hibiscus have just about had it, so they needed somewhere new to hopefully survive. The rest of the day was the boy's idea.

He always has been creative in ways that I just am not. Which has been a fun learning experience. He has been creating things by ripping up shapes or pieces and randomly glue-sticking them together. Sounds simple, right? Well, as I played along with him, I realized this is a whole lot of fun. Really, it is. So, we spent a good part of the afternoon ripping construction paper to shreds to turn them into something new. It was a sticky mess, and I'm not sure my vacuum will survive. But, the things that kids do just amaze me. Sometimes I find myself so carried away that I forget how much fun it is to just do simple little things.

Sorry for the blurriness! Names are as told by the boy. Top: "Sunset"
Middle: "Stegosaurus" Bottom: "Bird"

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Grammie the Librarian

I think we are pretty lucky to have our own personal librarian. I know the boy sure does. He has now realized the wealth of this, and anxiously checks "the chair" for new books each time we go to Bubba and Grammie's house.

Seeing as my two local libraries pretty much cater to the elderly population, and don't appear to enjoy children that much. Cause, you know, they actually make a noise while walking...and by that I mean their feet. I do have two librarians who are great and love the boy, but apparently they have been moved or quit. I miss them. Really, I do miss my two favorite librarians. I get attached.

So, the boy has been looking through his books and mentioned that we might need a trip to the library. I was feeling the anxiousness these libraries now cause me, but I'm always game for him. He doesn't sense the animosity inside. But, I was mistaken. He doesn't want to go to THAT library. He wants to go to Grammie's library. The library on the chair. And, he has an old one to the chair.

So, soon we'll be making a trip to Grammie's library. He's got his bag ready.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Herbs, Veggies and Learning

Currently residing in our lanai are some plants that have been a learning experience for me. I have never grown veggies with much luck, herbs either. I have tried over the years, and made sure I planted ones that were "impossible" to kill. Well, I have done the "impossible" many times.

The boy and I purchased 6 new small plants. And, with the exception of the spearmint and peppermint that seemed to turn brown the minute my hands touched them, all are growing! They are in their original packaging at the moment, but we are going to construct a trough like planter to put them in. I've used the lemon balm and basil already, and there really is no comparison for fresh herbs. Mmmm.

I've not forgotten about my half decaying spearmint and peppermint though. I have planted them in a safe place in my yard with hopes of a sort of rebirth for them. It can happen, or so I've read by encouraging expert gardeners. Crossing my fingers.