Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
I’m tired, and more or less biding my time. I can feel a story being born in my brain, but it is too young to have any shape yet. I wrote one this morning, all 4500 words of it, from beginning to end. It’s the first time in two years I have finished a tale, and I’m pretty pleased about it. I’ll let it cool for a couple of days before I edit. In the meantime... I have a sleepy kitty on my lap, buzzing his heart out. The kids are quietly playing in the living room. Dad is trying to shovel out his room - I’ve helped where I can, including hoiking a 12 foot stainless-steel counter into the garage with him. For some reason it triggered my cough to lift that, so now I’m sitting waiting for the inhaler to kick in. I really hope i’m not developing asthma.
So I have broken an 18 month case of writer’s block. I’ve had company over for a meal... my friends Ed and Wendy are working on rebuilding a house after it burned down last winter, and Dad helped with hauling today. I had everyone over for lunch after, so Wen wouldn’t have to cook. Turkey and Rice soup from scratch - very warm and yummy. Jake (I can’t believe he’s almost 18! He was 4 yesterday!) came with them, and took a walk with the kids, then they showed off the Wii to him - he’s a good kid to play with my young’ns. I reconnected with some old friends on Facebook - some of my earliest writing mentors, hence the boost in my embryonic story. It has been a good day - and it’s not over yet!
Tomorrow may be harder - who knows? But for now I feel rested and relaxed. Music on the computer (Judy Pancoast, I mean you!) and the happy talk of kids in the other room - no fighting at the moment. Kitten is asleep now. It’s been a good day.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
As you can see by Phil's finger in this picture, Figgy is a micro-cat! He's small even for a baby kitten.
After all this rain, we were rewarded with a double rainbow yesterday.
Figaro and Leroy the bunny say hello. Figgy kept pouncing on Leroy, but the rabbit ignored the kitten. Leroy is a 12-week old mini rex, who debuted in a birthday show yesterday and did beautifully. He is so placid.
Phil dressed up as the Big Hobo - as opposed to Chaplin, who was the Little Tramp! - and went off to ride the train today. It is pouring rain out there, so I don't know how busy he'll be, but they did build him a little theater at the end of the station to perform magic on, so that will be fresh and fun to try out!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Lots of progress and a little setback. We got the drywall up, and it already looks so nice. However, after much muttering and cutting to fit the base over the plumbing, Phil popped out of the office to help with the counter, and asked, isn't the hole supposed to be over the base?
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
It seems that this weekend has come unmoored from it's usual date on the calendar, so instead of the last weekend in May we celebrate a week early. The kids are home for a long weekend. Phil is off to Chili Challenge in Waterville Valley to make magic and balloons happen. Dad has gone up to his parents to cut and trim some trees down to size. Glady finally found Bebe after losing him for 24 hours - tragedy! Johann, Juliet, and Pippa have all his playdough and toys spread out and are having a blast. I will start lunch soon - and that's all the news!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
we finished up with planting the trunk. I put sedum, both native and Dragon's Blood, and Saponaria in there. I also put in my pot of hens and chicks and the dianthus Glady gave me for Mother's day.
Friday, May 08, 2009
The lego robots own the gym!
Glady has been taking part in an after-school enrichment program for the last few weeks. She and her classmates built lego robots and then battled with them. I let her take in a camera the last day, and here are her pictures.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Papa Pushes Broom. The kids picked trash up, and I raked out garden beds.
It has been an eventful one! Nana and BoPop are home from Wales, the kids had a good vacation week, we worked out in the garden almost every day, they watched My Fair Lady for the first time...
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I can hardly believe our little girl is 7 already. We spent this morning before Phil had to leave for his show getting the food ready for tonight's party. Unlike Glady, who asked for steak for her tenth birthday dinner, Pippy requested Lunchables! Oy, our little goofball strikes again. And then she wanted pizza, so we decided to surprise her with both... we made our own lunchables up, and created a pair of pizza pies like no other. Phil had the idea to cut the ham and salami into shapes - ham bears and salami hearts! The pizzas are sugar cookie crusts with virulent pink frosting and gummy fruit toppings, and a scattering of "Cheese" made from white chocolate. Right up our creative little girl's alley.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
False Hellebore shoots - the leaves are perfectly accordion-pleated as they appear.
One of Dad's girls on an alder catkin. They collect pollen from them, and other wind-pollinated plants at this season when there aren't many flowers out.
I am taking a couple of minutes to update with more than just a few pictures. Life is busy here, as always. I don't know what we would do if there was nothing to do! LOL... that sounds funny. Johann is running through the kitchen calling for me to be his potty buddy so the crabs won't get him... He calls spiders crabs. While he was on the potty he chattered away, telling me that if I found a crab on my bed I should call him so he could kill it with his foot.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The very first Daff is ready to pop! I've been waiting - I though it would happen by Easter.
We celebrated Dad's Birthday today - a couple of days late, but with his schedule we didn't have an evening with him home until tonight. We found out yesterday that little Carter was born on his birthday. Yay! Congratulations Paul and Nikki!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
His name was Robert Earl Fales and I am guessing that this picture was taken when he was 18. I came across it while cleaning out the box of pictures I have been accumulating for years - and I am not sure why I ended up with it. You can see his wicked sense of humor in his eyes, can't you?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Pippa and Glady are home today for the morning -they both have dentist appointments a little later. Johann is delighted to have sisters here to pal around with. He doesn't like being alone, and will often ask them in the mornings to please stay home today. I can hear them out at the kitchen table playing with legos. I gave them my regular size legos that I had bought myself in college a week or two back. They have a huge supply of duplos, the toddler size version of legos, but there is just something cooler about the regular ones! They think it is funny to be playing with toys Mama bought for herself when she was s grown-up. Phil and I got them little packs with men in them, pirates and cops, wince they didn't have many guys. Dad was pointing out that when he had legos as a boy, there weren't guys, or much of anything besides the blocks. Today there are a lot of cool gizmos for them to add to their collection.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Here are the questions:
1. Full Name...
People know you as...
2. Date and place of birth:
March 25, 1964in Hollywood, CA
Family Entertainer, specializing in Magic, Balloonology, and Comedy.
4. How long have you lived in the area?
I moved to NH in 1996 to be near my future wife. Thirteen years here, twelve married to her!
5. Who was your most influential role model?
Bruce "Charlie" Johnson, a clown, writer, and circus historian based in Olympia, WA.
6. Where is your favorite place to go or your favorite trip or your favorite
Disneyland. I grew up near it, and I still feel that it is one of the few places of pure illusion. For that brief time you are there, you step out of your world and into theirs.
7. Favorite local business?
Laconia Public LIbrary - that's where it all started.
8. Favorite food?
Mexican! I grew up in San Diego surrounded by it, and I still love it.
9 Favorite book?
Barry Mitchell's "Creativity In Magic"
10: Favorite movie?
Do I have to pick just one? The Princess Bride - I can't think of anything to put above it on the list.
11. What do you spend too much money on?
Magic, of course. And books.
12. What is the dumbest thing you ever did?
Dressed up as the Easter Bunny. There used to be a picture, but not anymore! Muahh- Hah-Ha-Ha!
13. What is your fondest memory?
Holding my first-born daughter the night she was born - just minutes after she was born, actually. She was so tiny, and so amazing.
14. What item is no longer available that you would like to see return?
Jolt Cola with real sugar.
15. What do you think makes the Lakes Region a good place in which to live?
Its hometown feel. It isn't a city, it's a town.
16. If you could change one thing about the Lakes Region, what would it be?
The traffic on Rte 3!
17. If you could change one thing about the state, nation or world, what
would it be?
I'd bring back good manners and courtesy.
18. If you were to try a different profession for a day, what would it be?
A First-grade teacher.
19. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
I'd help my friends and family, of course, but I'd really like to find some people to help anonymously. Pay for a month's rent, a tank of oil... something like that. And would it be great if that caught on and spread so everyone did things like that?
20. What would you like to be remembered for?
That I made people laugh. That I took them away from their mundane lives for a while into a place of joy and laughter.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Papa supervises Glady's bacon application.
We had games, and drawing. We all love Gobblet because it is simple enough for Pippa on up to play, but challenging enough for Phil and I to play one another at a whole 'nother level.
Pippa's working on her valentines already. Johann said he was, too. "I'm makin' love."
And yes, Juliet did beat her father one game out of three. Yay Julie!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I was painting the girls (and boy!) last night, and talking to Mom on the phone, and she wanted to see what I had done, so here are the pics! I did two rainbow faces because I am thinking about competing at a conference I am going to in a bout a week. Very nervous about all that, it will be my first such thing. But the kids are great, Glady is TEN today! I can hardly believe we've had her for a decade!