Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

Whole30. Day Two. (And Three.)

Yes, day two was actually yesterday (Friday). The natives are getting restless and claiming I am trying to starve them out. Yesterday I cooked a six-pound pork shoulder–Kalua Slow-Cooker Pork–so obviously they are right. The pork was good but I really wanted to pour a bunch of barbecue sauce on the side! It was just so terribly porky. Pork has dark and light meat, and sometimes that dark meat has.. Read More

Costa Rica

We took a truly memorable trip to Costa Rica between Christmas and New Year’s Day to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. My sister’s family came, too, so we were thirteen for our six days on the Pacific Coast. Have you been? We were blown away at the sheer beauty of the country, from the rugged coastline to the beautiful mountains in the interior, from coffee plantations in the north.. Read More

Whole30. Oh yeah, we’re going there.

We’ve had an entire fall, and maybe longer, of excess. It’s time for a reset. Several blogs I read (including Modern Mrs. Darcy) have done Whole30 and have had good success with a diet reset. We are in need of an adjustment of our taste buds and eating habits (if I adjust my waistline that will be a very welcome bonus) and so Whole30 sounded like a good approach. The.. Read More

Happy New Year!

Back to the blog, slightly rested. We got home a couple of days ago from a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. My whole family went–it was a celebration of my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. I’m looking forward to a couple of posts about lovely Costa Rica. With any luck our first visit won’t be our last. Since we’ve come home, we haven’t seen the sun. The boys have had wrestling.. Read More

The Gift Closet

I am a world-class procrastinator, and I am terrible at coming up with presents on a given date, for example CHRISTMAS. This is a lethal combination and leads to a lot of heartburn. I think I’ve come up with a pretty good solution and thought someone else might benefit from it: the Gift Closet! The Gift Closet sounds magical, but it really isn’t. I’ve just realized in the past few.. Read More

Setting my goals

See that plate? The fact that it is even in my house, much less actually on the bookshelf properly displayed, is thanks to my setting goals for 2014. At the end of last year I decided that I needed to take a hard look at what I wanted to do. I have a big, busy family and way too many interests of my own. I needed to have some priorities… Read More

A little knitting, a little reading

Linking up with Ginny’s Wednesday Yarn Along link party. I’m knitting a little, as always, and reading! I read an actual book! Here’s my latest on the needles: It’s the Cafe Au Lait Tam, out of the most beautiful blue beaded Tilli Thomas Flurries yarn. I don’t even know if they still make it! It is such a lovely merino, really almost a roving with a string of glass beads.. Read More

Five-minute prompt: Prepare

I discovered “Five-Minute Fridays” back when I was doing the 31-days blog challenge. The prompt, just one word, is posted and then I write about that word for five minutes. (I even set a timer!) Well, it isn’t Friday, but I did think I’d hop in with this. Maybe it will make you think about Advent and preparations. The word:  PREPARE I saw this week’s work and immediately thought of.. Read More

Truth? Lies? And writing is not easy.

Writing clearly and succinctly is very hard. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. I have another post drafted, but it had gotten too long and ponderous. Then I saw this posted at Maggie’s Farm today. It comes close to the point I had been trying to make. It’s this: The UVA gang-rape scandal, which turns out to be at a minimum mostly untrue, and possibly completely false, has put.. Read More

Horsey update.

November was a whirlwind, with not one but two horse shows, including their first recognized show. Let me explain: the girls do a kind of riding called Eventing (or 3-day eventing). It’s an English discipline, really more like a triathlon for horses. In the short format there are three events that make up the competition; they are dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country jumping. If you mess up enough in one.. Read More