Monday, May 2, 2011

Bees Please

To Do List:

Pack my life into a twenty-six foot truck

Want To Do List:

Keep Bees...Make honey...candles...wax creations etc...

Make Wine and Beer (with some of that honey!)

Can Foods...Farmer's Markets!

Make my son a mobile

Roast my own coffee

Learn how to garden

Refurbish/upholster furniture

Paper mache everything

Make liqueurs and extracts

Make essential oils and infused oils

Make candles

Make cheese



and the list goes on...

I think I could do most of this...but they all require some sort of start up, so I will begin with the things I already have tools for or are somewhat inexpensive. Plus, I can never accomplish as much I think I'm going to with my wonderful little ones around. They are great helpers though. I'd like to include them in all of these processes, to some degree.

I'll start with canning and cheese. I'm looking into buying some bees too...and finding someone who will bee sit.

...and there's always music

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Rental

Showing an apartment is like blind dating. You wanna find someone...the right someone. Someone calls, you speak over the phone, discuss your common interests. Things like bedroom size, utility costs, the neighborhood crime rate. You search their voice for any hint of interest and when you hear entice them with things like distance to public transportation and freshly baked bread. Finally, you set a viewing date. You're nervous when you hear the knock. You exchange casual hellos, hoping they don't sense the desperation in your voice. You downplay obvious faults and upgrade the OK. After the walk through, you glance at the application and pen, hoping they'll be the one to bring it up. When it's all over you walk them to the door. They say, "I'll call." You hope they do.

After four of these blind dates, today, I'm plum tuckered out...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What has passed...

It's been over a year since my last entry. Since then, well, I got pregnant, moved out of our community house, and had my third child, Milo. Milo is a wee boy cuteness. He's my first thumb-sucker, first baby who cuddles, first one to co-sleep with mama for 3 whole months! He is a little joy ball and his older brother and sister, quite enjoy him.

After 3 years in the windiest of cities, My husband, K and I are calling it quits...on Chicago, that is. He's completing his third year at SAIC and we're up to our neck in student loan debt and we feel that the emperor has worn out his new duds. K will transfer to an Ohio school and get a job to save up for sweet property. We've been dreaming about building a little community/farm since the day we met. Growing food, making cheese, brewing beer, raising Alpaca! Last year we discovered the wonder of cob houses. Some day soon, we hope to get that piece of land and build our little cob or earth house village.

I'm so ready to be home again...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sun Grins

Today was the first super warm day of spring in chicago. Fitting as Spring is only two days away. It was Kyle's first day of spring break! One of our house mates suggested we take our two little munchkins on a trek to the park. My daughter, Cossette, cried just about the entire time. She has just recently come out of a long bout of stomache flu...I think she's still emotionally recovering. My son, Klaus, had a stick in hand before we were 10 feet away from the house. He was the quintessential picture of a little guy in Spring. Stick in hand, rhythmically pulling it across each, click, click...letting the stick graze on the top of every bush passed...digging in any exposed dirt patch peeking out of

The sights and sounds of Spring were evident everywhere. Chalk drawings and hot scotch outlines appeared under my chucks every 50 feet. Clusters of kid mobs kickin' around curbs, with bikes, and skateboards and a lot of noise. Cement mixers sweatin to the oldies. Sun grins...everywhere. I saw a couple of boys walking down the saw a rock and he kicked it, then they both ran to kick it again. Kids...sometimes they just know how to be people in a way I wish I did. Simple. Carefree. Forgiving.

Kyle and I went to see a high-school production of Grease tonight. Fun! Two of our housemates watched our babies. After we got home about, we were all talking a how disinterested kids can be about the past. My son has an iron trap memory. He remembers EVERYTHING, but if you ask him what he did earlier in the day, he just continues on doing whatever it is he was doing. Not in a disrespectful way. It's more like, wait we're playing now, why would we talk about something we already did. As adults, we tend to dwell almost exclusively on the past. Case in point? I'm blogging. We ask each other, "how was your day?" "What did you do at work?" Why? Are we trying to make life interesting? Can we not think of anything else to do when we're together except talk about the past? We spend time talking about the mundane, and not creating new memories. This isn't bad, per-say. I like stories. I am especially interested in the "past" of those I love. But, could we learn something from kids about being present in the present? Playing and learning from anything and anyone around?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Discounts, Yo

First Five readers who mention Blog and PICNIC in an etsy convo recieve 10% off entire purchase:)

Dig it!

St. Patty's Day

My hottie of a husband and I are gonna have to wait till 10pm to enjoy the vitals that St. Patrick's has to offer. I have corned beef, small potatoes, baby carrots, irish soda bread, horseradish, mustard, cabbage and of course, GUINNESS! Kyle(my husband) is gonna be in school till nine (Dang you SAIC and your fake physics class)! Train + Bus = 10pm. 10 pm, here we come! The babies will dine on some early treats, sans the Guinness. Until then, more reading, sewing and cookin'.

Happy St. Pat's!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


After weeks of cutting, sewing, buying, designing, making several messes, cleaning up several messes, hiring photographer, making business cards, identifying a theme etc...I am finally ready to release my Spring/Summer collection PICNIC on my etsy site. WOOT!

You should absolutely, positively, completely take a look. S much fun stuff! My speciality is skirts made out of vintage aprons!

My children are now doing there own "sewing," starring paper towel roles as needles, and blankies as fabric:) So cute.