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rob ordered various parts and has been tinkering with them and soon my computer will be in as good as new shape actually better than new because i am going to install linux which should prevent the current problems i have from happening again! not only that my old computer will work again and it will act as a media server type thing for us! the old computer has a rather fancy video card and i can use my drawing tablet with it, dmitri does not like me using the tablet so i have never had a chance to really play with it but since the old computer lives in the office and dmitri does not go in the office i will have opportunity to use the tablet now! rob needs to do some more tinkering and then i need to install a new os on this computer and then blogging will be easy again but rob has started by monday all will be well again i hope.

and now for a little story that sadly has no photos to go with it.

once upon a time there was a mama with terrible allergies. the mama decided that her eyes and nose and throat needed a break and so her and her little son would have a day that was spent entirely indoors. the son was not keen on being cooped up in the house all day. he wanted to be outside where the wind was blowing pollen this way and that way but alas he could not figure out how to unlock the door. he was a very unhappy child and so his mama thought up something fun to do. she got a big plastic tray and put shaving cream all over it and then she put finger paint on the tray with the shaving cream and then she put the whole tray in the shower and let the little boy go wild. when the little boy seemed all done she turned the shower on and he got to pour water from container to container and when he was finally done playing he got milkies and then he went on her back in a fabulous baby carrier (in this case it was a chunei but other times it is a woven wrap!) where he fell into a blissful sleep and later woke up feeling refreshed and happy.

the end

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Do you eat loafs?

rob and i have always wanted to try making our own lentil loaf but for whatever reasons we never did until the other day. we made a bean loaf using left over beans and it was so good we decided to make one today using lentils and brown rice and it came out really well. we made it to have during the week as easy toddler friendly lunch food and easy to take to work food for rob. we are having so much fun with loafs i wanted to share. we have been using The Magical Loaf Studio from vegan lunchbox. i also made rice pudding with extra brown rice loosely following this recipe. i hope you have yummy meals today.

***update***

the cold lentil loaf was one of the bet lunche dmitri and i have had. this is going to e a regular menu item in our home!

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sadly i did not get any photos but i have a good reason for no photos. my hands where way to slippery and messy to hold a camera! i have been waiting for the sun to come out so that dmitri and i could go outside and play with shaving cream and we did and it was so fun. the only shaving cream at our tiny grocery store in town is not the foamy kind but if i put some of it in the blender with water it becomes foamy! i blended it with blue food coloring and we went outside with a giant bowl of it and some paper and a plastic tray. at first dmitri was very hesitant to even touch it. i had to get both my hands covered to show him it was ok but he was still hesitant so i playfully and gentlky got it all over his hands. he got sort of excited at that pint then he kept getting more into it and soon the paper was set aside and no longer of interest and we just had the shaving cream on the plastic tray and after a bit he was laying on the tray so his whole torso was in the shaving cream. i’m not sure that it was really an art thing it was more of  texture sensory thing but it was really really fun. i discovered that shaving cream makes everything really slippery and next time i do it i will have towels and things near by to dry my hands off quickly if i need to. rob was home today to help if dmitri went running off or if he had suddenly needed to be held. i really want to try the shaving cream mixed with finger paint!

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30

sunday was my 30th birthday. i got to see good friends and eat good cake. i got fun presents including a small cajon style bongo drum like this oneand wikki stix. have you ever played with wikki stix? my friends who gave them to me where a bit surrpised at how excited i got when i opened up the present and began bouncing about joyfully. honestly i was pretty surprised to i felt like a little kid that got exactly what i had wanted. wikki stix are colorful peices of wax covered yarn and you can use them to write stuff on walls or to build things and they come off walls leaving no marks and come apart from each other and can be used over and over.  i really think everyone should at some point play with wikki stix

besides celebrating on sunday rob has taken a whole week off from work and we  are using this time to try and organize the house better and clean up some but mostly we are relaxing and playing with dmitri and having fun. i have been wanting to sew the dress but our printer stopped working so i can’t print the pattern! it is to cold to wear a summer dress or thats what i keep telling myself. we arranged to get it printed at kinkos and mailed to us but i have to wait a few days. in the mean time i have been sewing kitty hats! so far robs mom, rob and i all have kitty hats and tomorrow i will probably make one for dmitri.

so far being 30 is pretty great. i predict this will be an amazing and wonderful decade for myself.

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singing

one of the creative artsy things i do is sing. i don’t know how to record myself with my laptop and besides i am kind of shy about singing around others. i do sing a lot though in fact there are days when i sing almost all day long. dmitri may grow up thinking that life is like a musical and it is totally normal for people to just burst into song just because the mood strikes. dmitri has been known to sing as well and he can sort of carry a tune. singing is the one creative act i do daily no matter what and without having to try. it just happens like breathing happens. i wonder how common it is for people to sing the way i do. am i an anomaly or is this something everyone does and people just don’t talk about it? i almost exclusively sing songs i have made up myself and while i won’t share a recording i will share some lyrics. this song has been inspired by the aphids that are taking over one of my fava bean plants.

aphid buffet

lady bird lady bird where are you
lady bird lady bird come out and play
come out today
if you come out you can eat at
the all you can eat aphid buffet

lady bird lady bird is it to cold
are you asleep or far away
lady bird lady bird come out and play
come out today
if you come out you can eat at
the all you can eat aphid buffet

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a random moment in my day

i sit in my garden watching my son. he carries a stick around and pushes pebbles around with it. he bends down and looks through his legs at the upside down world that is behind him. he talks to himself quietly. he explores his surroundings.

i sit here feeling happy and peaceful and relaxed. soon i will be 30. my life is better than it ever has been and it seems to be getting better and better. it is not always good i have days that are hard but i am able to remind myself that i will have good days again and then i do!

one of the things i have to look forward to is eating the lettuce that is growing in my garden. what are you looking forward to?

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rainbows. i have a prism i got for 5 dollars that hangs in a south facing window in our living room and every afternoon (that it is not overcast)  the sun hits it just right to fill the space with rainbows!

little hands and feet covered with marker after a drawing session!

our flowering plum tree

the amazing scenery that surrounds me.

and my friend Sasha, i think chatting with Sasha about our creative endevours might be one of the most inspiring things in my life right now. it might sound sort of silly but Sasha got me back into knitting after years of  having a knitting block and i find when i talk with her i get really excited about creating stuff. she also has an awesome blog The Self Sufficient Apartment

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