Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hello friends. I know I am supposed to be on a moving break, but nonetheless I had to poke around a bit here. You may notice that the blog has a bit of a new look! It's not completely finished it's wee overhaul yet, but I've added a list of books and music that we are currently obsessing over, so take a peek! We've been practically living at the library lately. When we're not there, we're at home reserving books online. Loveliness.

Other things:
- Q has started soccer for the first time, and it is really entertaining and adorable.
- Our house in Vancouver finally sold, and the new owners took possession last week. Hallelujah!
- We've started this year's gardening adventure, and have so far planted pole beans, green beans, shell peas, snow peas, rhubarb, two kinds of tomatoes, and mint. Unfortunately our tenants are still living in our house, and we are still in the cave-like apartment, so all our gardening is, for now, being done on the tiny tiny balcony.
- On that note, the tenants are finally moving out in precisely two weeks. Hurrah.
- Also, gardening-related, it looks like spring is taking it's sweet-ass time this year. It snowed last week, and the forecast is calling for snow twice this week. I am not impressed. The snow doesn't stick, and is usually surrounded by days of 17 degree weather, but seriously. Spring and I need to have a talk.
- I've started the popular baking soda/ apple cider vinegar routine instead of shampooing. I only wash my hair once every couple weeks anyways, and so far it's been good! I also bought the ingredients yesterday to make Angry Chicken's famous deodorant. I'll probably make it tonight or tomorrow and keep you posted on the results.

Okay. A friend and I are doing a bit of thrifting today, and then the family and I are off to meet the newest member of a dear friend's family. Welcome baby Owen!

I hope you are all enjoying your (long) weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shameless Plug.

Many of you are familiar with my lovely friend, the beautiful, clever, and talented Becka, of Bliss in a Teacup. She and her husband (whose loveliness I can also attest to) have just opened a charming etsy shop full of goodness.

Here are just a few of their treats...

Spring Blossom Earrings

Head on over and treat yourself to a little gift!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

For the mamas

Just popping in to wish all the lovely, hardworking, devoted mothers out there a wonderful, love-filled day.
My mama and me, a good many years ago.

Mothers' Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870

Mother's Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their
sons. Here is the original Mother's Day Proclamation from 1870, followed by a bit of history (or should I say "herstory"):


Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice."

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of

Julia Ward Howe