Sunday, October 19, 2014


Nothing like some new paints to liven up an evening. Fingers are so much easier to clean up than paint brushes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun at the Fall Festival

I took the kids to a local daycare that was having a Fall Festival. Eliot won a soda at the ring toss and she and Evan had fun on the blow up slide. Elaina was a bit overwhelmed with the crowd and the noise so was Etta. But in the end we all had a little bit of fun.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pomegranate anyone?

Before it was too late we cut open our pomegranate from our Fall celebration.  Evan, Eliot, and Elaina joined me in tasting the seeds and tossing them into our wild space. Who knows, maybe we can grow a pomegranate tree in Alabama.

Collecting for and making my Fall wreath

I collected some flowers in a meadow near Lyn's job but most of the herbs and flowers for the wreath came from my yard. The goldenrod I planted last year produced well this year. It is a real easy plant to grow and most people consider it a pesky weed but it is one of my favorite herbs. A field of gold just makes me happy. I added some dried wheat this year. The flowers will fade but the spirit of the season will remain till Yule rolls around and we make a new seasonal wreath.

I decided to hang all the flags from my Wheel of the Year collection up. I think they look rather nice.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Eliot making a book

Homeschooling rocks...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Etta and her nursing / eating strike

We haven't been able to get Etta to take a bottle, baby food or even nurse more than about 4 times a day. She tends to throw up when she nurses a full meal. She tried a few pretzels today. I am not sure if she ate any though. I broke down and gave her some watered down organic apple juice and the little stinker held the bottle and drank about one ounce. That is a huge deal. I didn't really want her to start the juice habit but she needs something in her. I may try adding some breastmilk to it and make a smoothy. We have some green vegetable juices too. I just don't understand her not wanting milk. It is like food just doesn't have much meaning to her. I hate the puffs and disolvable dry baby foods on the market but that may be what she has to try. At least some of the newer ones have a little nutritional value. My baby is almost 11 months old and she seems like she is more like 5 maybe 6 months old. She is sitting up with a boppy now on the floor. She is gaining some new skills. These fevers she keeps having just don't act like viruses. I think the cysts in her brain may be contributing. A step will be taken when we meet with the geneticist on Monday.

Sweet dreams Etta

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's me Mama

Eliot colored a Samhain picture. Of course she said it was her. Ben enjoyed coloring one too.

Lyn's latest painting

Lyn ran out of canvases so she painted a piece of plywood we had left over. I think it is great....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lyn's new car

I could  not be more proud!!! My daughter Lyn has been working since she was 12 years old. Recently she started working as a waitress right before her birthday. She bought her new car all on her own!!! It is better than mine :) .

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Full Moon with my children

It was an average day with a magical end. I gazed at the moon with my children as it floated through the clouds. The night was mild, neither hot nor cool. I then took a moonlit walk with two of my daughters to pick pumpkins and gourds from a nearby pumpkin patch. Not bad for a Tuesday.

When I came inside my husband had my personal altar shelf lit with a fresh candle. Having a partner that knows and anticipates your desires is worth keeping.....

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy Sweet 16 to Lyn

My eldest daughter is 16 today. Wow!!!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I found it a a grocery store!!!!

One of my all time favorite drinks.  No it's not alcoholic. ...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Etta learning about bubbles

At church today Etta got excited for the first time when my co - teacher blew bubbles. Usually she just ignores them. Today she nearly bounced out of my arms to get at them.