Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sketches of a Home Gone Wild







Despite my title, home has actually been a little more calm lately and I'm enjoying it before the crazy rush of Halloween hits us. It's a very windy day today, and the boys (William and his friend from school who I take care of everyday after their morning SK class is over) are playing downstairs while Rosie naps and I'm in the kitchen trying to make some sort of lunches for Scott and I other than quick PB sandwiches. So much effort goes into healthy, homemade food for the kids that it's easy to sometimes forget about ourselves. Right now I've got the innards for Curried Chicken Turnovers simmering on the stove and the smell and colour of the curry fits perfectly with the sun-lit leaves that are still hanging on for dear life to the branches outside my window.

Some of the calm we've had at home lately has been thanks to an Ed Emberly book on drawing monsters that Scott brought home one day from the library. William loves the step-by-step directions and he draws away at the dinner table while Scott and I get to cook together. Rosie sits across from him watching and commenting, "That's great William, you're doing awesome." So cute. And it's been inspiring her as well. The top two pictures William did, but the last drawing is Rosie's princess, she's so proud of it!

I've been getting excited as well because Nanowrimo is coming up. I did it last year, the crazy rush to write a novel in one month. I'll be honest, I don't believe it's possible, not for me anyway, to really write a novel in 30 days, but it does give me a deadline and a whole lot of pressure to get myself in the chair each day. And I've been planning and dreaming and scheming about a real project for this time around, not just 'write like mad and come out with a mess!" I've been planning on a bunch of short stories linked around a theme, a woman, a time, a town. I figure if I get tons written, the 50,000 word count like you need to WIN, than I'll have gotten a good crack into them and will have loads to work with afterwards. I'm excited, and looking forward to the time I'm going to having writing, quiet and cozy, as promised by Scott who said he will do whatever I need to get the work done again this year, just like he did last year, just like he always does. It'll be hard seeing that November is a nutty birthday month around here, Rosie and Scott, and niece and brother-in-law and friends, but I want this, so I'll do it. Gladly, step-by-step, just like those pictures up there.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fresh Air



We all enjoyed a deep breath of fresh air this weekend, of something different and away from our usual goings-on. For the first time ever, the kids were asked to spend most of Saturday on a playdate, without Scott or I present. Without much time to do anything but bake up some scones to bring as an offering for our children's brave caregivers for the day, Scott and I weren't even able to kiss our kiddos goodbye before they were in the door, boots thrown off and racing up to friends' bedrooms. So we took their lead and rushed off ourselves to do some second-hand shopping, book browsing and out for lunch at a nearby diner. We finished the evening with ecstatic children bouncing off the walls, homemade pizza and beer, followed by chocolate and the first Harry Potter movie once kids were in bed. Fresh air to start a new week, breathe deep, and jump in!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

New



I should be doing dishes, or at least sitting down with the computer in front of me instead of leaning over the kitchen counter in this horrible posture because my laptop's battery is junk. But I don't want to distance myself too far from the dishes and spaghetti sauce and granola that need being made this afternoon, and I don't want to take the five minutes it would take to shutdown and turn back on because I need to write a little right now.

Everything feels like fall and it's really where I want to be. A little dark and a lot cozy. Sweaters are out and around us and the kids are just sick enough to want all the cuddles they can get. OK by me.

Lots of new things this week and last. William decided it was time to learn to tie shoelaces, and he did it. Within a week a new pair of shoes were purchased and with the only setback of not being able to get the bows quite tight enough, he's doing great. And he loves pelicans, and palm trees still - remnants leftover from our Florida trip.

Rosie turns three in a few weeks, she's drawing, learning letters and sounds, reading books to me that she's memorized and enjoying the attention it gets from her reading big brother. She begs to go camping on a daily basis right now, and that makes me happy for how she's starting to find memories dear enough to hold on to and hopefully remember.

This week I canned green tomato chutney and Scott made bagels from scratch! It doesn't get much more fun than that.

I started going to a Poetry reading group, and I love it! Of course, being our first meeting, despite having read and somewhat enjoyed our first book, Karen Solie's Pigeon, I barley uttered a word among these new people who I am looking forward getting to know. But how perfect an evening to spend talking about words, new ideas, totally new thoughts (and very unrelated to children) while drinking wine and eating cheese! I couldn't sleep that night my mind was racing. I am looking forward to next month, we're reading Margaret Atwood's collection from 1995, Morning in the Burned House. I pick my copy up at the local bookshop next week, can't wait. Me, poetry! I know! I also have loads of new ideas about my writing that maybe I'll start sharing and working out here soon, but now yet.

I'm off now to await a delivery for Scott's birthday, I'll let you know in a few months, he does read this :) I know this blog is a little disjointed, I've been pretty jumpy and excited these days, hoping from one thing to the next. Hoping to settle down a little soon and enjoy this time even more.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Time



It was only one day, the first day in five years since we've seen Bailey.
Wish it could have been more time together.
But I'll focus my thoughts on how amazing it is that it always feels like no time has passed.
It always feels the same.

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