Posts Tagged ‘everyday’


March 30th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Did I mention that I have been taking ballet? Yes, twice a week I have dance class, and I love it.

But I miss being in my studio.

I spend an hour trying to figure out WHAT THE HELL to wear to dance class, an hour in transit to dance class and an hour and a half in dance class. You wouldn’t think it ads up to much but I am pretty certain that the 7 hours I am devoting to getting, going, driving, to ballet is about how much time I have to be creative each week in total.

—- My studio has been gathering dust and my project list has gotten so long I am utterly overwhelmed.

So, today I am setting the boys up with a painting project and …. the studio is OPEN.

I am still – overwhelmed. Trying to feel a bit of quiet and think positive thoughts about getting a calm focus. Trying to feel the slow and steady progress, trying to feel all zen about the way a big old life endlessly steams onward.

On the list this Spring – a Natalie Chanin Camisole Dress. I am pretty sure this will take a million hours to stitch but in my zen peaceful watch the grass grow state of mind I will conquer! I couldn’t afford to buy the kit – I bought fabric from here and the pattern from here.

Next up…

perhaps this,

or the 300 other little projects that are frittering on the edge of my far too small brain.

Hope your projects are fulfilling and your coffee is strong!



March… straight to the lake

March 23rd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

March Snow

March 2nd, 2012 by zoe No Comments

We got a big white blast of winter. White flakes fell from the sky throughout Leap Day and straight into March. Snow day! Many folks had eased into Spring already and found the storm to be an aggravation. I couldn’t help but rejoice in the foot of fluffy powder that insulated the woods, hung from the branches of every tree, piled high, and camouflaged the signs of man. Whole cars disappeared under drifts of snow and all that was left in the landscape was the beauty of nature. There is a calm and quiet excitement that comes with a big storm – a feeling of wonder.

That and pile’s of wet mittens, boots and snowpants!



Up here in these here hills March IS Winter and you know what – we kinda like it that way!

Medals for Mama’s

February 29th, 2012 by zoe 4 Comments

Yesterday was a special day for me – my twin boys turned five!

Of course it was a special day for them, but children’s birthdays are something entirely different to a Mama.

As a Mother, you feel a sense of accomplishment at the mere feat of having brought them into another year – whole and thriving.

As a Mama, you toast yourself for navigating them around the potholes and pitfalls — You have a glass of wine and toast yourself, “Good Job!”.

After a couple more glasses you look around and think…

where the hell is my medal for raising these crazy kids!!!

Here they are at 4 weeks,

Does it feel like yesterday that they were tiny babies – no, not exactly!

They are spirited, boisterous, happy, cantankerous children who live life in a big way.

And in truth I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Snippets of Fun

February 24th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

These are some of the little things that are making me happy right now, making me laugh – tidbits of joy.

Sweet little gifts sprouting. Making me wonder, what will these wee little plants do next?

Skiing with my little boys all the way down the mountain – woot woot!

Finally getting a little stitching done. Oh so fun to hang this sweet little banner in the boy’s room, it’s only been on my to do list for um….. 3 years!

Loving this new little print from Elsita.

Laughing at the things I am hanging in their room vrs. the things the boys are hanging in their room!

Having fun dipping the old curtains blue.

Finding ways to make the most of what little snow is hanging around in our first ever winterless winter.

The tricky part of cow field snowboarding? Not wiping out in the thawing cow pies!



Kids Heart Modern Art

February 12th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

A lovely day at MASS MoCA, taking in all the textures and visuals, looking with our eyes and … riding the elevator a few times too.

The kids and I had lots of fun talking about how something as seemingly passive as a painting can in fact change the way people view the world.

When asked at the end of the day what was their favorite thing about visiting the museum —  Sol LeWitt:A Wall Drawing Retrospective was the big winner…..that and the elevators!