Happy Friday!


Sorry for the crickets yesterday… I know I usually have something on Thursdays, but frankly I was just exhausted from a very busy week! It’s funny to me when people call and reach out asking if everything is okay if I miss a day of blogging — guess that means I’m somewhat predictable? Ha, ha! I assure you, everything is just fine here!

In fact, it’s better than fine. We’ve hit that springtime spot where energy abounds. Suddenly I’m organizing, cleaning in a frenzy, and doing lots of yard work. It’s great, but very tiring, and at the end of the day, I’m spent, with no more energy left to come up with a new blog post.

The good things that happened this week? Hanging out with friends, learning to do turns in ballet (harder than they look, I get so dizzy!), getting lots done around the house, starting our compost pile back up for the season, cleaning up the garden beds, and even getting the cool weather plants started in our garden: lettuces, kale, spinach, carrots, radishes, garlic, and some herbs (though we had sage and thyme come up on its own already, and of course mint even though we pull it all up every year!). I think it’s going to be a good growing season as long as we stay on top of the pests. This time I’m trying to include more native plants that will attract beneficial insects, as well as natural mosquito and tomato horn worm repellents. Every day, even though I know it’s unlikely, I catch myself looking out into the dark still garden patch hoping to see little green sprouts coming up. Soon!

Hope your weekend is full of all kinds of spring goodness! And watch out for those April Fool’s jokes today.

Dress That Mama: Sky Blue


Last weekend, the weather was lovely — bright sunshine and cold air, making the blue sky the perfect backdrop for all the flowering trees. Here is what I wore to the Soulard Farmer’s Market where we picked up fresh rabbit for dinner! We didn’t stay long, but we’ll be back when it’s much warmer this summer. Such a beautiful part of the city, that area! DSC_0068

Also, looking forward to warmer days without this sweater; though I do love it, I’m ready to put it away for next fall! I swear, I wear it over nearly everything. If you’re looking for one of your own, it’s the Rosie Neira Wavy Cables Cropped Cardigan, and I found it for sale in several sizes on Ebay.


I highly recommend it, as it has lasted years and years. What I love most is that it is very soft against the skin and is machine washable (though I usually wash the delicate cycle and lay flat to dry). It’s also available in navy blue. It’s a great sweater for throwing on over all of those beautiful spring dresses.

Hope this spring day is a good one for you!



The Taxidermist’s Daughter, by Kate Mosse

I am so lucky to have a community of women who regularly drop off (or hand me) good books to borrow. I have a stack by my bedside table and am flying through them (especially after spending the entire day in jury duty yesterday, during which I sat much like one sits on an airplane, only I was going nowhere cool for the eight hours and yet found myself just as exhausted for some reason). The Taxidermist’s Daughter is a great murder mystery, just a bit gory, full of 1912 English imagery and darkness. I enjoyed the whole read.


Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed

I cannot count the number of times my eyes teared up at this one. It is an inspiring collection of actual letters sent in to once-anonymous (now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild) advice columnist on the website Rumpus, along with her responses to them. Not only is her advice spot on and quite insightful, but she brings an empathy and rawness to each answer as she reveals personal experiences that reveal the complexities of life and love, loss, and rising above some pretty rotten situations. I’m not usually one to read and enjoy such books (of the self-help variety), but this one was a winner (and be warned: a tear-jerker).


Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff

This one was actually for Milo, from our friend Maggie, to borrow. He loved it. There’s magic, pixies, trolls, poison apples, and an evil queen — all the things good fairy tales are made of, but this one goes a step further and adds plenty of humor. I am planning to read it out loud to Oliver and Emil at some point, as it got such rave reviews!

What are you reading?

Easter Weekend Shenanigans



This weekend was pretty darn near perfect. We had been anxiously checking the weather forecast for the past week leading up to our neighborhood Easter egg hunt, and every day it looked like rain, rain, rain. Miraculously, we had sunshine all weekend long, up until late Sunday afternoon, just when we were completely tuckered out and needing an excuse to go indoors to rest.

On Saturday we made it out to breakfast, then to the Soulard Farmer’s Market. In the afternoon we attended our dear friends’ (and amazingly, next-door neighbors’!) little girl’s 5th birthday party and spent the entire afternoon outside enjoying the weather (and their little pond, which may or may not have a new moat thanks to our boys…) until we met again that evening when the ladies went over to yet another neighbor’s house to fill eggs for the hunt the following morning. The four of us sat and talked about everything, from the mundane to the heart wrenching, until late that night. All yawning, but not wanting the connection to end, we walked home in the dark, separating at the last second. I feel a sisterhood here that goes beyond friendly hello’s and waves from across the street. Now we have shared laughter and hard experiences, stories about miscarriage and family troubles, difficult situations at work, childbirth stories, postpartum depression and the complexities of adult friendships, each time revealing a bit more to each other, being vulnerable and thus, becoming closer. I truly love these women.

And the holiday! The ease with which it all went down was something of a miracle, especially since it was our first attempt as a neighborhood to do this. We all brought brunch items to share: chorizo potato hash with guacamole, sour cream, and melted sharp cheddar to be scooped up sloppily by tortilla chips… sweet and decadent sticky buns, fruit, dips, cupcakes, and more. All out there in the open, vulnerable to any rain drops that might surprise us.


But success! And happiness! The kids had a blast. It’s a really special thing, having the oldest kids in the neighborhood now. Our older boys take on the role of protector and expert, and over the past year I’ve seen a new tender side to Milo and Oliver, who hold hands and talk sweetly to the youngest members of the crew. One little girl in particular, who just turned two, adores Milo and follows him around wherever he goes. He adores her too, and it makes my heart ache seeing them together, just a little bit sad that that stage is behind us.

It is so wonderful to see this side of my rough and brave boys who could appear quite wild, to see them nurture and take their roles quite seriously. The mixed-age group a neighborhood full of kids can bring is a special thing indeed, and a learning experience for boys usually surrounded by kids older than they are during school hours.

I hope your weekend was wonderful, full of friendship or family and lots of love. I’ll be spending my day in jury duty, living off the fumes of the weekend, ha ha! Happy Monday!

Music Monday

Andrew Bird, ft. Fiona Apple — “Left Handed Kisses” (thank you to Jess over at House Inhabit for posting this video last Monday. I can’t get enough of it, so I felt obligated to share it with all of you too!)

Maxence Cyrin — “Where is My Mind” (The Pixies Piano Cover)

Birds of Chicago — “Cannonball” (Local Live in-studio)

I’m hoping to see them when they come to St. Louis in May — so much goodness!