I am trying to be outdoors more this season instead of starting my
hibernation too early. I would rather be inside with a cup of hot
chocolate and the whole first season of Downton Abbey instead of raking leaves.
Friendship. More specifically, the friendships I've developed through blogging. When I decided to start a blog years ago I had no idea how influential and important your friendship would be. And I had never met any of my blogging buddies in person until I met Colleen and now she is one of my dearest friends. She reminds me of Joseph Campbell because she's an amazing writer (now published!!!) and because she is a voracious learner. Sara always has spot-on book recommendations for me. And Tiffanyrecently reminded me I should be planting garlic NOW. And thanks to her I heard this beautiful song. (Yes, I know I must be the only person left on the planet who hadn't heard of them...)
My amazing Bean. I think I will always be afraid that my teenage daughter might turn into an alien at some point but right now I am so grateful to have the relationship we do. It amazes me sometimes how much love you can feel for one little being- a rumpled up combination of confidence and insecurity, interested in everything, deciding her fate, planning her life, charting her course. Bubble tea, sushi, sketchbooks, music. Kindness. Silliness. Her laughter drifting down the stairs.
are turning and it has been a beautiful autumn so far but I'm
disappointed that I haven't been out to take more pictures. I'm a
fair-weather photographer... We made crockpot applesauce again this year which is an all time favorite: apples and a couple cinnamon sticks on low for about 6 hours and you're good to go. I just core and quarter them leaving the skins on and then use an immersion blender at the end to incorporate them into the sauce later. It's easy and delicious and no sugar is needed.
We spotted this beauty on the way home the other day and it reminded me of all of the photos like this one:
...that I have collected on Pinterest. And since I will never actually have room in my home for a rainbow library, I decided to make myself my very own rainbow bookshelf.
It's the little things, isn't it?
And do you want to know what else is making me smile these days? Having my daughter text me photos like this one from art class. You know how you think your kid is pretty talented at something and then they turn a corner and *POW* they are amazing?
Every October we lug the orange plastic bin out of the basement and dutifully string up the pumpkin lights and hang the goulish decorations around the house. Usually, I'm all over it on October 1st. But this year...meh. I'm just not into it.
Eating half of our halloween candy didn't get me in the mood so...
They look quite a bit more disgusting than I expected but they taste really good! And they were gleefully received by the Bean who took them to her school's Halloween party: middle schoolers + blood & gore = jumping for joy right? I thought Mom would have scored some points...but, alas, they were too gross and no one ate them.
I know many of you may not be paid, professional psychics but... you have children. Tweens. Teenagers. Young adults. You have been down this parenting road, climbed the mountain, navigated the jungle, scaled the... you know what I mean.
So tell me my future. I have a daughter who is twelve. Middle School. Right now is great- we still talk. She still tells me stuff. I'm still sort of cool despite my apparent need to appear on What Not To Wear.
When does it happen? When does her head start spinning around and fire start shooting out of her eyes?