– Isobel is very into fort-building. She’ll start by making a fort for herself, and then she’ll decide each of her toys need their own fort, and then they all need a train station and possibly a nice restaurant. It always starts small but then I’ll leave the room for just a few seconds and when I return a small town full of ramshackle buildings have popped up. If you were to drop by unannounced you’ll find the house is dotted with Hoovervilles of Isobel’s making.
– Last week Isobel and I were returning from a photo session I was working when we got a call from Anthony. He works from his car and drives up and down the valley on a given day we never know where he will be. He could be five miles away, he could be sixty miles away. That day he called and he was at a McDonald’s literally across the street from where we stopped for ice cream. Not only that but he ran his aunt, visiting from Guatemala, who was there with Isobel’s cousin Jewel. We rushed over to kiss him goodbye before he returned to work and stayed to visit and play with the family. While there we stumbled upon Isobel’s other two cousins, Sam and Victoria, and my cousin’s MIL, who were there for lunch. All four cousins played together for an hour and a half. This is what I will miss if we have to move.
– Internet pal and Little Big reader Liz wrote me a bit ago about sending Isobel some of her vintage Care Bear toys and other goodies. They were headed for the donation pile when she decided to send them our way. For Isobel it was like a pink and purple box of Christmas arrived in the mail. Thank you, Liz! It means so much to me to know that not only do I have readers, but I have awesome readers.
– Isobel has been begging me to teach her to sew. Last weekend I finally relented, and I’ll be damned if she isn’t good at it.
– We don’t have TV service and so we only watch what’s available on Netflix. Please don’t think this is because we are trying to make some sort of hip, moral statement. As I’m sure you’re aware, we’ve been on a tight budget since we dropped down to one income. We’ve scaled back on a lot of things to save money and TV was the first thing to go. I miss it and I don’t. I miss specific shows and the general flipping through the channels to gawk at things I’d never actually watch. To our joy and surprise Netflix added the first season of Adventure Time and we’ve been wearing it out for the watching. Isobel loves it and will often request specific episodes to watch but it can be so maddening to figure out which one she’s asking for. “The one with the little girl and Finn the Human.” “The one where the men are on fire.” “The one where Ice King goes to the potty.” This is what she looks like when we turn it on.
Reuse Roundup: Star Balls Ornament Craft. We let our balls air-dry.
Scrapbook: Playground Playdate. Two wild and crazy guys.
Scrapbook: Squirrelly, One Year Later. Our baby squirrel grows up.
Little Big Kitchen: Smoothie Recipes. My basic recipes plus all of yours.
Follow Friday: Guest Photographer Sarah Allegra. Magic and myth and surrealist images.
Book Lust: Cooked. “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet.” – Michael Pollan. I’ve been so excited to read this book and it is finally here! I’ve been devouring it (har har). This link will lead to my affiliate store. If purchased here I will receive a small percentage of the profit.
Thirteen Years of Bourdain. A short article on Chef-at-Large Anthony Bourdain and his crew after thirteen years of television making. For a long time he was the only reason I wanted cable. I’ll never forget meeting him. Via @KateLStorey
Gradient Vases. So pretty. You could gather these vases while thrifting in a weekend – and probably paint them, too. They’d make great wedding or party centerpieces.
Bath Time for Heathens. Save water, bathe with a friend.
Weekend. She parties hard.
Predictive Twitters. “You are so much as I have boobs, too.”
Time for New Adventures. My new boss is a tyrant, but that’s okay.
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