Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sew puns

I am hopeless at sewing, so hopeless that my home economic teacher told me to stop whining when I completely bungled my sewing projects.  I am still not sure why they did not just teach us how to hem pants and darn socks.  That would have gone a lot farther.  Anyhow, my kids are more willing and able to learn how to sew. Their grandmother helped them make pot holders for my birthday present. I was very impressed and the sewing puns kept us in stitches. It was sew funny, you had be there, I sewpose. You should have sewn it.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

As parades go...

I am a big fan of parades. What's not to like? People dressed in costumes, music, the occasional sweet being tossed your way.  However, if I had to choose only one parade a year to take my kids to, it would be the Pride Parade hands down.  The Santa Claus parade has nothing on it.  Sure, it's hosted by a magical character who promises great things and perks us up when we are starting our descent into seasonal darkness, but it is the Pride Parade that says, loudly and proudly, "yes, you and you and you, we are happy you are here!"  Come out of the shadows of doubt and fear. "We want you senior citizens, and teenagers and babies and everyone in between, to be here, standing and dancing in the light of day. We, the banks, and the police and the mayor and the everyone want you to be who you are without conditions."  

When I really think about what it is I want for my kids, is it infinite magical possibilities on Christmas morning? Or is it wholeness, happiness and justice regardless of their abilities, sexual orientation, and race?

Santa can't bring all that, but we, all together, marching together through the streets , blowing bubbles, dressing up in feather boas and chaps, handing out condoms and suckers and balloons just might.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Ode to the mason jar.

It being summer, we have berries to jam.
Jam needs jars and so do periwinkles and iced tea at the beach and hot bacon fat from summer-visitor- pancakes and left overs too yummy to compost yet and fresh herbs for keeping for later.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Entertain yourself.

Re-learning how to entertain ourselves without (or less) help from electronic devices is always a good exercise. And it does feel like exercise. How do you play cribbage again? Where is the croquet set? It does not take too long before everyone is launching vending machine 5.0 or creating a world inhabited by Barbies.  The minute the wi-fi starts flowing again, our circuits start getting jammed up again, but , of course, we won't notice that right away.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Empty hands

I have to remember that there are times when showing up empty handed is better than not showing up at all.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Duct tape project management

 There is a time before can'ts get in the way. A wall is easy.  You just have to duct tape together shingles to make the wall or door you want.

There is a time before you hold yourself back from any project,
a time when a lack of traditional carpentry skill does not stop you from creating a hideout or a fireplace.
 This time exists, I have proof.

Monday, 14 July 2014

In a straight line

 Vacation gets me walking in a straight line again.  No juggling, no strategies, no curve balls, just one foot in front of the other. Straight over there.