Archive for October, 2008


Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if my cabinets contained exactly what they needed to for daily life to run smoothly, and nothing more. If instead of a giant Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, my storage spaces were collectively used for good rather than evil (and clutter suppression – unsuccessfully). If instead of losing something and buying another because I can’t find the original, I figured out exactly what I had and saved my money by using the one we already had instead of letting it go bad or whatever.

And then I look around, and I realize that great strides have actually been made. That the girl who once had to deny a dear friend a bathroom visit (due to embarrassment over clutter) is now capable of hosting friends for dinner and tea parties. That a lot of the really severe clutter right now is either yarn or kid stuff, and that the youngest level of kid stuff can take off, eh! ‘Cuz the baby factory is officially closed. So no need to hang onto this stuff for the next generation, except for some of the toys I had as a kid that are actually cool and require no batteries to make my kids giggle.

I realize that this isn’t insurmountable. It’s possible to get to the point where my hosting a playdate does not invariably require two or three days of mad shoving of things into boxes/shoving of boxes into the sadly neglected and inaccurately named “guest room”. It’s possible to have a play area for the kids in the basement. It’s possible to find a place to put the big chalkboard I got at the university surplus sale so the kids can play “hopscotch on the wall!” all winter. It’s possible. I can do it. I can clear out the clothes that won’t fit my post-baby bod. I can whittle down my yarn stash to the stuff I really want to knit with. (Lace yarns, I am talking to you!) We’ve already stuck to the new years’ resolution to cut way back on eating out (before kids, it was three times a day, some days), and it’s amazing how much money it saves AND how much better we eat.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

I KNOW I can.


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Belly Button Bread

We bought some square bagels to make breakfast sandwiches on. This morning, K had her first one – and decided it’s “Belly Button Bread”, because the bagel hole is just a little puckered dip on the top of the bagel. I think it’s adorable. Photos of the bagel to follow.

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Our first and last trip to Casey’s Orchard… (of the year)

Who knew they’d run out of apples so early in the season?! Rough year for apple growers.

Also, I feel I should point out that E is wearing a sweater knit by her Grandma K when grandma was still in high school and had no way of knowing she would have two girls and that one of the girls would then have two girls of her own. Pretty cool, eh? And I have the pattern to hand down to *my* girls.

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