–This last weekend I got together with Bonnie, owner of Alchemy Bread Co, a microbakery out of Modesto, for a play date at the park. Her husband had to work overtime and I was a D&D widow–it all worked out so perfectly in our heads. In reality it had been a fun but long weekend for all the kids, and it was over a hundred degrees in the shade. The older kids were cranky and sweet baby Leo had decided he had had enough of the park’s bullshit. He is normally happy demenor turned fussy. After a half hour of visiting it became clear that all the kids were done and there was nothing to do but pack up and go home. After that, all five kids fell asleep almost immediately.
–If you live in the area and love fresh baked bread and homemade take and bake pizza, you need to try out a subscription from Alchemy Bread. I’ve had her bread and it tastes as if it’s been blessed by the Divine Angels of Yeast.
–Among the many wonderful things about being friends with Bonnie is that since she has an infant son I finally have someone to pass hand-me-downs on to. We are the lucky recipients of hand-me-downs from friends and family, but the giving train stopped at us. I don’t mind donating what we’ve outgrown to Goodwill but it’s so much more fun to see your kids’ clothes get a second lease on life on someone you love. Elias gets so many hand-me-downs from our friends Ellen and Ivan’s sons that I jokingly refer to Ellen as “Elias’ stylist.” As a kid, hand-me-downs were my world. I have two older girl cousins that I received clothes from, but I was so small I also received hand-me-downs from friends who were my age or even younger. It feels so great to finally be a part of the handing-down process.
–One of our family’s traditions is attending the yearly Greek Food Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in Modesto. My Father-in-law first took us six or seven years ago and I think we’ve attended all of them since then except for one. We don’t have Greek heritage but the festival is a fundraiser for the church and they welcome the whole community with open arms. On the ride home Anthony and I were talking about how we love that his parents get together with us for the sole purpose of hanging out and eating amazing food. “I hope one day we are grandparents like that.” Isobel, ever the picky eater, discovered a passion for both baklava and my favorite, loukoumades.
–This last weekend was also my Grandma Margaret’s birthday. She turned 97 and her whole life she has been an inspiration to us all.
Roadside Hippie Garden. Vegetables, herbs, succulents, and a nice old hippie man who will regale you with thoughts about life, the universe, and everything.
LB’s Yumbox Giveaway Winner! I have good news & bad news.
FF Last Christmas. I gave you this post. The very next day, you gave it away.
Snapshot 09.16.15. Family, farms, and goat butts.
Little Big’s Yumbox Bento Lunchbox Giveaway. Find out why these are so amazing.
FF Scarlet Leaves. Desirous of fall weather in the extreme.
Me trying to finish my dissertation. Or just, you know, me on a normal day.
I’m sure you’ve heard about this waste of human parts. I wish him many kinds of specific harm.
Dancing baby stingrays. Relaxing and happy-making.
A Near Death Resilience. Love this. Diana is a wonderful person.
Duck Bomb. Remember the Scary Goose video I posted last week? Adam Savage weponizes it.
When I am elected, I will make sure EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA has enough Bugles to cover their fingers. Scroll down to see the rest. It gets better.
Links, Kirby, and some electronic devices. I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I love it.
My life is an absurdist sketch, and apparently I’ve done it to myself. (P.S. She is hilarious and criminally under followed.)
Scrapbook: Hunting Fall Acorns. Sometimes, it’s about the hunt.
Recipe: Chicken, Mushroom, & Bacon Pot Pie. So, so good.
FF Just Like Kiki. That time when my daughter dressed as Kiki for Halloween.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
Thrifty Fall Decorations. Get out yer gourds, fall’s a-comin’!