If We Were Having Coffee Under the Dragon …

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Picasso got up to see the sunrise this morning. He said it looks like a dragon.

Thanks for joining me this early morning. The coffee is brewed, grab a cup and sit down. I would have made muffins this morning, but we’re out of flour, so grab some virtual coffee cake instead.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve had a busy week. We’re trying to book a venue for the Parent Training seminar, and I was making a million phone calls. Then we decided on a space, and the phone calls suddenly stopped. I’m waiting for them to call me to finalize the details. It’s Saturday now, though, so nothing’s going to happen with that until Monday.

Did I mention how much fun it is to be making phone calls with kids in the house? Yesterday I ended up locked in the bedroom with them pounding on the door. But that’s better than the screaming I got the other day right after I said “hello”. That doesn’t do much for my professional appearance …

In the middle of all this, I had a very exciting e-mail this week. I had applied for a job as a social media editor. The rejection letter said they would like my voice in their publication and invited me to pitch some articles. So I pitched three articles yesterday, we’ll see where they go.

If we were having coffee, I’d have to brag about my garden. I trimmed back the overgrowth from vacation, and re-discovered my tomato plant. No ripe tomatoes yet, but I’m getting plenty of green ones. I do have a ton of cucumbers now. If we were having coffee, I’d send you home with one or two. I may make pickles today. We have two okra pods; I’m waiting to pick them until we have enough to do something with. (What do you do with one pod of okra?) I am enjoying their flowers though.

Okra Flower

The photo doesn’t do it justice.

The boys have done a lot of building this week — with Legos, the Erector Set (they make them in plastic now), and Tinker Toys. They can sit for hours building. We stayed home for the most part this week, but went to Grant’s Farm yesterday. They had a great time riding the tram, looking at the animals, and feeding the goats.

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Now it’s my turn to listen to you. How has your week been?




If We Were Having Coffee on the Fourth

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If we were having Coffee this Fourth of July, I would admit I’m not feeling very patriotic today.

I’m not anti-patriotic. It’s just that we returned home from vacation yesterday, and I have a long list of things to do. Enough so that I’m fantasizing about staying home to do laundry rather than go to the parade.

We were gone for a little over two weeks, and almost half of that was driving. We drove to New Mexico, a trip of over a thousand miles. We could do it in two days, but we took three so we could see dinosaurs.

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We had a great time in New Mexico, and saw both Las Cruces and Santa Fe. In Las Cruces, we loved the Farm and Ranch museum, where Picasso got to take a cooking class. We enjoyed downtown Santa Fe. I love how walkable it is!

On the way home we visited some fantastic playgrounds.

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I would love to tell you more about our trip, and hopefully I’ll get to that soon, but I have get back to the laundry and get ready for that parade.

Happy Fourth of July!

Cucumber Takeover

We got back from vacation in which we avoided 2 weeks of near-constant rain. My garden (and the weeds) loved it!

The cucumber has taken over the side plot. I can’t even find my tomatoes!


They're hidden in here somewhere. That's Cassatt standing behind the cucumber vine.

A friend was going to water and harvest while we were gone. She didn’t need to water.


Resulting cucumber

I guess I have my garden work ready for me!

If We Were Having Coffee Before Vacation …

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Good morning! Please come in and make yourself comfortable. I apologize for the state of my house today; we are getting ready to leave for vacation and things are in disarray.


The boys had Vacation Bible School every morning this past week. It was nice to have some time to myself, but the time went quickly! At least I got to go grocery shopping alone this week.

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My big thoughts this week, other than work, have been about getting ready for vacation next week. We’re going to be driving to New Mexico over several days, and we’re really excited about the trip. I’m trying to get our driving organized so we don’t have whiny boys in the backseat. I made car organizers to hold different activities. Hopefully that will keep them busy and keep the car from becoming too much of a mess.2015-06-13 06.23.36

My garden is enjoying the hot weather. No ripe fruit yet, but lots of green tomatoes and cucumber flowers. My neighbor will hopefully get to enjoy some of that while we’re gone.

I’ll try to visit other #WeekendCoffeeShares this week, but my time gets so short, I don’t get to all of them. I hope you have a great week!


If We Were Having Coffee and Being Crafty …

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Welcome! Thanks for coming over to have coffee with me this morning. We have coffee or fresh mint tea (being fresh, though, it takes a very long time to steep). If you would like tea, we would wander out to my garden to pick it. I would excitedly show you my tomatoes and my mint. We are still getting salad out of the garden most days, but the pickings are getting thin and I don’t think we will have it much longer. The rabbits don’t help with that, either. More

If We Were Having Coffee on a Rainy Day …

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If we were having coffee on a rainy day at the end of May, we would be moaning about this weather. It seems like every time I prepare for a big storm, we get nothing, or just a little rain at the most. But then today it’s going to be raining all day.

“What are you doing today?” you’d ask.

I’m participating in the local NAMI Walk, I’d answer. I had hoped to get a big group of walkers, but nobody seems interested in joining us. So it’s going to be my family and one or two other people. We’ll see how my kids do on a 5k walk. I have to be there early, though, to display literature for my CHADD group, so I have to wake them up here in a little bit.

My week has been a little bit crazy. I found out we get to keep our grant, so now I am thrown into planning a full-day seminar with the money. I hope we get a much better turnout for that than we do for the walk! Of course I got word of this on my kids’ last day of school, so I won’t be able to do the work I need to do while they are in school. And I’m afraid teachers won’t get as much advance notice as I was hoping. But I’ve been lining up volunteers so I won’t have to do the whole thing myself. I will have to coordinate it, though!

As I said, it was the kids’ last week of school. Sort of an awkward week, since Monday was a holiday and Thursday was the last day. I am trying to plan our summer, although by Friday noon I was contemplating sleep-away camp for them all summer.

Can you even find sleep-away camp for a four-year-old? Cassatt had his fourth birthday on Tuesday, so we spent the day at Library Storytime and at the Children’s museum. By far his favorite gift was a big box of Tinker Toys that I found at a garage sale, which I keep finding on the floor. I hope they don’t disappear too quickly, since I have no qualms about throwing away pieces that collect in the dustpan.

Well, I think it’s time for me to get ready for the Walk, and wake my family. I’d love to hear what’s going on with you this week. Have a great week!

Last Minute Monday Goals–Week of May 25

My goals were moderately successful last week. I had a minor work crisis early in the week, and that superseded my goals and took some of the time I had allocated.  More

If We Were Having Coffee Before Summer Break

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If we were having coffee, I’d be drinking my regular drip coffee today. We have some tea I can offer you, but no fancy drinks here. I am happy to have coffee again–we were out for a few days and I didn’t get to the grocery store. That made for a pretty rough week! If you would like, we have some fresh mint tea I can make. Let’s go out to the garden and pick some.

I’m still really excited about my garden this year. I have put a lot into it! Hubby is dreading all the tomatoes, I’m sure, but I am looking forward to making some sauces. I’m going to try my hand at chili sauce this year. Picasso is a huge chili fan and I’m sure he would eat it every day if I let him. If the garden produces as well as my lettuce has this year, we’re going to have lots of food in our pantry and freezer.

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I didn’t plant the mint this year–it came up on its own after last year. But it is really nice to have. I made asparagus-mint risotto with it this week, and have had mint tea.

My only complaint about the house right now is the one flower bed in front. I need to re-do it, but it has daffodils in it. I am waiting until the leaves die before I dig into that garden, because I love daffodils and want them to come back. Last year the lawn guys trimmed the leaves of our irises, and so we didn’t have any iris flowers this year. I was quite disappointed about that. So I am leaving that bed until the daffodils get enough sunlight to last through the winter. Maybe I’ll put some irises in it–they need to be divided. We took out the rose bushes that were getting scraggly, so the bed needs something taller now.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had done some writing this week. The only thing I posted was a short piece about a tour guide at Victoria Falls. I loved doing the research for that; the pictures of the falls are beautiful! I can only imagine how magnificent it looks in person. I did some other writing, too, which I don’t always do.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’m both excited about and dreading summer break. The boys have a week of school left–but Monday is a holiday, so that week is cut down to one day of school for Cassatt. I look forward to him being in school four days next year, even though pick-up will take a substantial chunk of time every day. I am trying to plan activities to structure our days. There are only a few weeks before we leave for vacation, so I really need to plan that too.  We are really looking forward to our trip to New Mexico to visit Oma and Grandpa, though!

My coffee is almost gone, and I need to get ready for the day. We are planning to go to the Magic House to play in the sand today. They bring the beach to St. Louis every summer, since so many people here can’t get to the beach. It’s a fun thing for kids.

What do you have planned for this coming week?

Garden Update–May 21

So I posted garden pics last week, and it’s growing!

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This is the planter I did with my MOPS group. It’s really grown out!

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These are the flowers on the other side of the doorway.

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I’m really proud of how this bed in front turned out.

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This is the side bed I planted. Last week we planted some sunflower seeds on the north side (left side). They’re starting to sprout, but you can’t see that in the picture.

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Here is the raised bed. The lettuce is really doing well now, the cool weather is helping it out. My tomatoes aren’t so happy with the weather though.

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Here’s just a corner of the bed. You can see lettuce, tomatoes, mint, spicy pepper. We planted sunflower seeds here, too.

Goals–Week of May 18

My goal post was so successful last week, I’m going to try it again this week.

I’ve had more time to think about my goals for this week, so I have a longer list. Single Mother Ahoy has a goals linkup again, so I can help keep others accountable too. So here are my goals for this week:

  • Go to the gym 3 times (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Spend 20 minutes weeding the garden
  • Clean up the living room
  • Finish putting stickers on CHADD brochures
  • Cut down my e-mail inbox from 1896 to 1000
  • Write for 30 minutes 3 times
  • Flash Fiction
  • Post a Garden Update

What are your goals for this week?

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