Thursday, April 17, 2014


As the sun's beams lengthen our days, why not take out your cameras and play?
Take photos of the sun casting its shadows:  of you, of trees, of flowers. 

Bring out some things from inside and see what they look like in the sun: a basket?  a book?
a vase?

Use the dirt, the grass, the outside of your house...

Paint your own canvas in shadow.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Every season, there are beginnings.  The first flowers, the first bounty from the garden, the first leaves falling, the first frost, and the first snowfall.  The wonder and magic of those "firsts" can carry you through...  Cherish them.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TUESDAY BLAHS LIST: an old list & a look back

Last April, I made a list of what I wanted to do once the days grew warmer.  Now, a year later, I found it (the days were far too filled with play and wonder to worry about lists, after all.)!
 Some we did, some we didn't and some, the boys had their own ideas.

1. build playhouse for boys
2. sunflower/bean teepee/hideout
3. spray paint wicker and trellis
4. put up metal gates and trellises
5. hang pot signs w/flower pot disks
6. paint house number on flower pots
7. climbing roses on front fence
8.CHILDREN's GARDENS- look into small picket fences to border
9. arbor?
10.fairy garden
11.toad house
12. campout-tent
13. garden benches/chairs
14. FIND: old watering cans, sinks, chairs, pots
15. make another pathway

What's on your list?


Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend mornings- in song

The birds have begun their nest making in earnest. It's like the runway of an urban airport- flying back and forth, up and down, in and out.  Over and again, and again!  Our barn has welcomed its first visitors of the year- an old next from last spring still rests in the beams.  Even when the barn door is closed, birds sneak under it.

Last year, I found a great idea on the internet of putting out straw and strands of yarn all around for the birds to find and use for nesting material.  See if you can follow the paths they make or draw the lines connecting source to resting place using different colored pencils.

It might make an interesting picture. 


Friday, April 11, 2014

FRIDAY FOOD: Bring it Outdoors

Before the mosquitoes arrive, why not plan your inaugural outside dinner?  While the evenings may still be a little chilly, just bring blankets and wear sweaters if you need to.

Sandwiches are fine- the simpler, the more time for just being.

Enjoy the warm air, the sights, the smells, the awakening.

What birds have returned?  What flowers are beginning to poke through?

Talk about what you want for the summer and how you can make it happen.