Day 17

Streaks, I break them.

I bought a hose last week so I could water the new trees. This week, it rained pretty much every day. We’re under a flood watch and a river flood warning right now.


Day 9

Madeline’s adventure with braces started today with a visit to insert spacers. I also rescheduled her braces… application? installation? insertion? for the day after the reading SOLs (Standards of Learning — Virginia’s required standardized tests) rather than the day before, picked up pudding and Jell-O cups for her lunches, and bought normal (not super-extra-strong-I-mean-awesome) ibuprofen.


Wednesdays are $1 skate night at the local rink. I may have been a child in the ’80s, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t my current shape and size. I skated for an hour and then decided to stop before I wasn’t able to walk the next day.


Skating rink concessions haven’t changed much.


Day 8

This morning started out way too early — the little girls and I were in the car at 6:45 for a 7:30 appointment with our new orthodontist. Guess who needs braces?


Both of them. Madeline starts hers in about two weeks, and Abby gets a recheck in six months. Fun times ahead.


In other news, the hammock is awesome.

Day 7

Apple Oat Bars v0.1

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 C flour (I used K.A.F gluten-free multi-purpose flour)
  • 2 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 ts baking powder
  • 1/4 ts salt
  • 2 ts cinnamon
  • 1/2 ts nutmeg

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 apples, grated with the skin on (I used Pink Lady)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C milk


  1. Combine dry ingredients. Melt butter and mix with wet ingredients; pour over dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  2. Pour into greased 9 × 9 pan and bake at 350F for ~40 minutes.

Verdict: a little pale on the bake but done inside, some apple flavor. Moisture was about right; oatmeal was cooked without being granola, bars held together nicely. Will try a higher oven temperature next time.

Day 6

Do you see what I see?


There it is. (Also, holy color shift, Batman!)


Today I cleaned the fridge, helped the girls get their lunch components prepped for the week, and bandaged Madeline’s thumb — such an awkward thing to bandage.

Day 5

Abby had puppy kindergarten and socialization this morning. It was Harper’s third Saturday and she finally played with her classmate Winnie. Both puppies were utterly tuckered by the time their play session was over.


I sure hope that the season of trees violently flinging their reproductive materials into the air ends soon, because I don’t think I can take much more. I ran my wipers this morning to clear the glass and a cloud of green dust was dislodged from the windshield. The dogs came into the house with fronds of… stuff… dangling from their paws. The kids take (nay, demand) their morning allergy meds and are still a snorting, sniffling, coughing disaster by the end of the day.


Hopefully the rain tonight will help clean things up a bit.


Day 4

The field today had an abundance of buttercups. On closer inspection, not all of the brilliant colors were flowers. A patch of blue that I’d mistaken for violets turned out to be a bit of a bluebird.

Abby’s cabbage Joey is doing well.


Carson helped me gather eggs, by which I mean he tried to eat chicken poop. Mostly unsuccessfully.


And finally, my hammock arrived. The bad news: it was promptly taken over by small children. The good news: they’re in school for another month.