Thanksgiving 2023

November 23, 2023 8:30 pm

Thanksgiving was a quiet day at home. I took the week off. On Wednesday, I helped the girls make a pumpkin pie.

We played part of a game of a new board game I got on Wednesday from a Kickstarter called Familiars and Foes. You play as the familiars of a group of captured witches/wizards. You have to work together to defeat the foes and rescue the witches/wizards.

Easter 2023

April 10, 2023 7:04 pm

After a long, wet, and cool winter Spring finally decided to show up. Our foxglove and wisteria are doing quite well at the moment.

I spent Saturday cleaning up the outside of the house. Finally got the backyard cleaned up from all the windstorms we've been having. It was quite a mess, but now it actually looks alright.

I planted pumpkins and wildflowers in the planter box. The pumpkins have sprouted, maybe we'll actually get one to grow this year.

I planted an elderberry tree last year, which then got fried by a heatwave. I figured it was gone, but it's trying to regrow from the roots now, so it may yet survive.

We dyed Easter eggs on Saturday evening and the Easter Bunny stopped by on Sunday morning. Then we made cake pops, because why not?

This little critter was hanging out on one of our heavenly bamboo plants:

Halloween 2022

November 1, 2022 7:47 pm

For something new this year we read Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October (a Halloween tale told one day at a time). So we finished reading it on Halloween after dinner, which was orange pancakes, eaten after Corinne got back from swim class. It was fun and the girls even mostly listened to the story. That put us a little behind schedule though, so getting ready for trick or treating was a little rushed and there was very little light left to get any pictures, so they're pretty lousy, oh well.

"We" carved pumpkins on Sunday. By which I mean, I carved pumpkins based on designs drawn by the girls. Though this year Corinne did help scoop some guts out. Heather drew a horse head, Corinne made a square-eyed, pointy-toothed creature, I went with a simple Triforce.

Since I had procured a fog machine to use, in part, for Heather's birthday adventure I set it up along our sidewalk for some extra Halloween ambiance.

Our whole neighborhood was pretty hopping this year with kids. Seems to have completely changed character from when we moved in 10 years ago. Lots of younger families with kids now. I seem to recall things being pretty dead on Halloween when we first got here.

We went down our street and back up the next one over. By the time we got home both girls' buckets were overflowing, so it was a successful night.

Easter Egg Hunt 2022

April 30, 2022 11:13 am

Easter Bunny made another visit this year. The girls had a blast and some "lost" items were re-discovered as having been put away inside plastic eggs last year (which had also happened the previous year, but we thought we checked them last year before putting them away--apparently not).

I also learned the secret to perfect, no-fuss hard-cooked eggs. Fill saucepan with enough water to just reach bottom of steaming basket. Remove basket, bring water to boil. Load basket with eggs (we fit 6) and place in saucepan. Cover and steam for 13 minutes. Immediately transfer to ice bath for 15 minutes. We did 12 eggs this way, some from a new carton some from an old carton. Every single egg peeled flawlessly with no trouble and was cooked through with no over cooking. We did have a couple crack though.