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Thursday, July 02, 2015

#throwbackthursday


The little girl with a forgotten name had bitten me just moments prior, forming the basis of my choices in female companions for about 36 years.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

We Debate Feline Names Too Much In This Household

The Naming Of Cats:

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey—
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter—
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover—
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

Thomas Stearns Eliot.

ntodd

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Changing Gears


The artiste drawing a little portrait.


I just need you to hold your chin up a bit.


NOW IT'S TIME TO FEEEEED!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

#throwbackthursday


Big Bruzhoo waited patiently as we figured out if Baby Zeetoo were arriving early (spoiler: she didn't).

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Dizzy Girl


Imma go throw up now.

ntodd

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

#throwbackthursday


On MAX, heading back to the kids after a night without them in Portland, last Sept.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My People Lived In The Woods, Not The Open Prairie



It's nigh impossible to get anything built with 4 kids running around, constantly asking if you're done.  Yet I got this tipi up in a serviceable mode, and I'll make necessary stake and pole adjustments when their excitement wears off.

Yeah, it's not on the plains...er, lawn, but rather in our eastern woods.  Whatev.  It creates a counterpoint to the 2 stockades we have on the western fringe, right near the School and "Secret" paths.

Now maybe I'll build a yurt in the meadow...

ntodd

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

"The joys of being able to bash in the heads of anyone threatening to bring you down."


Sam reminded me of this by threatening to bash my head in.  Such a nice boy.

ntodd

PS--Also reminds me of Sharon Olds.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

"Als das Kind Kind war, würgte es am Spinat..."


This child really loves her broccy.


All these children are really crazy.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

#throwbackthursday


According to Instagram, this trip to the grocery store was 88 weeks ago.

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Friday, June 05, 2015

I Am Not A Babysitter Redux

Yeah:

With Father's Day around the corner, I have a pet peeve to share with all of you, and I think it is something that is somewhat common in our language about dads that we need to change. Nine times out of 10, when I am out without the kids and without my husband, people ask me, "So is your husband on babysitting duty?" Now, before you jump all over me, I get it, this is just one of those "things people say" -- but that doesn't mean it's OK.

Being a parent is a full-time job, not just for moms. Sure, a lot of dads, maybe even the majority of dads, might work outside the home at another job (for which they presumably get paid), but that doesn't mean they don't also have a "job" and responsibilities as a parent. That also doesn't mean that those responsibilities are a chore, as in, "Oh, I can't go -- I have to babysit." Calling a dad a "babysitter" serves to devalue the role that fathers play in their children's lives, which is just as important as the role mothers can play.

I'm tired of the old-fashioned notion that mothers are always the primary caregivers and the only ones who know how to properly parent a child. 

Hate the tropes myself.  And here I sit, babysitting my kids whilst their Mommy is in Maine on business...

ntodd

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We Have A New Preschooler


Sadie ran through he woods, she was so excited to go to her pre-k screening.


So very excited.


It's a tradition to stop on the bleachers before crossing the playing field.


I'm getting better at pony tails.  Still suck at barrettes, though.


The hills are aliiiiiiive...


Run, the hills are alive!


Kool Kindergartener pose.


Um...


Engineers.


Tea with Mrs H.


Okay, just stop, Daddy.

ntodd

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

#throwbackthursday


This child graduated from pre-school today (May 17, 2011).

ntodd

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My Life As A Dog


This is why I didn't find the roofers to be much of a distraction.

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We Now Have A Kindergardener

Lied Vom Kindsein:

When the child was a child,
It threw a stick like a lance against a tree,
And it quivers there still today.

Peter Handke.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

"I FEEL NORMAL AGAIN!"

So quoth Samuel when our wireless broadband was reinstalled with standoff brackets after the dish was removed by roofers 7 long days ago (about an hour after the previous post).  I feel like I've returned from being a castaway...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Home, Sweet Home

We're making some changes at the Pritsky-Garstka Compound.  Here's an annotated version of the current sat pic on Google:

Our property is officially 2 acres.  As you can see it's mostly wooded, with what would be called lawn is only slightly larger than the northern meadowy area (not to be confused with The Meadow, which is to the West, above The Circle where kids ride their bikes).

This is an old shot, so it still shows our Subaru (now a VW), a stone path from the driveway to the front porch (which I stole from for the School Path), and a deck umbrella that was lifted by wind out of its stand and tossed across the yard (a few repair jobs later after I kept forgetting to furl during storms and we retired it).  It's still pretty astonishing to me that you can zoom in and really see such details not readily apparent on this small image.

Anyway, our new gazebo (this is our replacement for the brelly) is by the new firepit (which is an addition, not replacement, for the old one ringed with stones from the old farm wall), in an area that had been taken over by brambles since the satellite snapped this.  I spent quite some time this spring reclaiming territory with a scythe.  My arms and back are tired.

In addition to the School Path, there is a short one under the big trees from our backyard to The Circle, another little jaunt in the SW corner to a stockade fort built from wood brought down by ice and wind storms, a wide avenue from the old pit past the original stockade to The Meadow, and a "secret" path behind the gazebo that connects to the School Path.  It's our version of a garden maze, I guess.

Speaking of fallen tree material, it used be a kinda boring straight walk to the baseball diamond.  Last winter a few large trees loudly snapped during one particular storm, and we rerouted to a much nicer winding path through the woods.  I cut those trees up earlier this year, so we'll have some fuel for fires next summer.  Might need some of that wood to build a new footbridge, too.

Not sure you can tell how ratty the driveway is, but Lake Pritsky (not labelled) was a major problem so recently we had it all essentially rebuilt with a proper culvert (the original was too small, poorly place, then destroyed by the plow), etc.  It's gorgeous, and still a topic of conversation with delivery people.  Can't wait until a new sat pic is taken showing its glory.

But Google, please wait until our roof is done.  The guys are banging around right now, ripping off 20yo shingles as prelude to a standing seam beauty.

ntodd

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Friday, May 22, 2015

#notthrowbackthursday


Ericka at the Deke Slayton Space & Bicycle Museum on our Epic Journey, July 11, 2008.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

#DogChapelThrowbackSunday


Mex leaves a message.  I think it's still there.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Now, Which End Does The Diaper Go On?

Wish I'd bought a wood chipper at Costco (via Zandar).

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