(This Moment) Free To Roam

Inspired by soulemama to look back at the week and pause at the growing, romping, jumping, free spirits that they are.

May 27th, 2011 by zoe 9 Comments

Good Times

Funny how even a drop dead gorgeous day can start out a little wonky.  Sometimes you just gotta have faith, throw all you got in the ring and fake it.  And once you start figuring out how to roll with it – things can really swing round.

In the end you are sitting out in the warm twilight, listening to the peepers and rejoicing in the big fat bounty of it all.

A day that brought fairy stew…

Mama’s tulips plucked by chubby little hands because four year old’s do not believe in leaving flowers in the garden!

Yummy pizza made with homemade goat cheese from these mama goats & asparagus, grown and gifted by friends.

Finished off by a hike in the woods through the periwinkle to meet the local beavers.  Beavers who were more than happy to swim right up and say hello with big tail slaps. Wow, beavers are huge.

I love summer days!

May 26th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

American Robin Nature Sheet

Here is some of what we learned.

Click image & print to work on your very own Robin Nature Coloring Sheet.

May 25th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

Baby Robin Has A Grand Adventure

I looked out the window and I thought the child was playing with a frog, but the frog seemed to flutter a bit.  It was in fact a fat little robin chick!  Apparently having discovered a nest up in the rafters of the woodshed he had climbed the 7 feet of wood and SOMEHOW managed to smuggle the wee chirper out safely.  He loves babies and was pretty certain he could keep this baby bird as his very own pet,  “I’m its new Mama!”, he exclaimed.  The fat little feathered robin seemed pretty calm about the idea but none the less I managed to pop him back in his nest. I was doubtful from my childhood experiences of trying to save baby birds that she would make it through the night.  Amazingly the robin along with her two siblings seem to be thriving!!  Now the child on the other hand was quite upset, he kept trying to get back up the wall of wood to the nest.  So we used the computer as a resource to find out what kind of jobs a mama bird does and the little boy decided he did not want to collect 35 worms a day, or eat the baby’s poop to keep the nest clean.  So last night I couldn’t help but make him a nest and baby robin of his own.  I cut up strips of an old t-shirt to make “yarn” and crochet a thick little nest and stitched up a little felt robin that has its beak open wide.

I hope the chirping birds in your neck of the woods have found safe & quiet spots to hatch and brood!

May 25th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

Productive Procrastination

Now that I am closer to forty I have learned a few things about myself.

I love to fix things, oddly I love to fix things with the wrong tools, think Macgyver (if you were old enough to remember that ridiculous show). I could use a nail file and 2 paper clips to diffuse a bomb for sure.

I love things that have “some assembly” required – honestly a good job for me would be putting together BBQ grills for Home Depot all day.

I love making lists. And I seriously love crossing things off lists.  I will make the list longer just to cross things off that have already been done.

I also love to procrastinate.  Love it, hate it, love it.  But here is where the knowing myself better comes in – I know that from that procrastination usually comes something great.  Because sometimes creating all the time can become a chore, when I get into a productive procrastination mode I usually make something that has been hanging in my head for a while.  Something totally different.  So today when I said – ZOE, TIME TO BUCKLE DOWN AND SEW UP THOSE SWEATERS!!  Somehow I just didn’t listen, instead I dug some scraps of wood out of the basement, got out my cheap acrylic paints and whipped up these little hanging tiles for the boy’s room.  I haven’t had a chance to hang them because they are sleeping.  I guess there’s always tomorrow for the sweaters. And after all, I did actually sew the pillow and fix the chairs!

May 24th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

Where Is The SUN!

Oh my! I don’t want to sound overly dramatic but I just looked at the forecast and …. I wish I hadn’t. The word for the week is RAIN.  As in… the entire week is set to be a veritable stir fry of wetness!

So I will perhaps need to get a rain jacket, a fancy umbrella, maybe some colorful rain boots.

But the Earth is growing, greeness is abound and when the sun does come out again it will all be lush and lovely.

So I will do my best to embrace the Spring rain elixir for it does indeed bring with it the green and the flowers.

We are still feeling a bit in outer space over here.  I got a request from a special little friend for a color by numbers page.  I couldn’t see dictating the colors though, so pick your colors fill them in the box and see how it flowers.

Click photo, save to file and print for rainy day color by number play!

May 23rd, 2011 by zoe No Comments