Seasonal Adjustments

Look at this irritating little alarm that keeps showing up in my car: I know, Rogue! It is November in Upstate New York! You don’t need to keep reminding me that it is cold outside! My house is so old that I have to travel outside of my house just to get into you! So … [Read more…]

We did it!

That’s right, everyone! We made it to the apple orchard! The very sad news is that Lyndsey’s, where we used to always go because we like the ladders and the serenity, has closed. The girls had to improvise at Riverview, where they were almost-but-not-quite out of apples for the season. I have also cried not … [Read more…]

Play On

In spite of my laments about everything ending, so far the fall sports are hanging on. M’s game on Wednesday was a nail-biter. We traveled to Mechanicville for neutral territory and a fabulous turf field. We senior parents brought along our giant baby heads. A whole mob of high school friends showed up, too. The … [Read more…]

New Vegetarian Recipes

The girls have evolved over the years. When they were little they were much more suspicious of vegetables, they gravitated toward kid-friendly options, and they loved their fried meat. Then they started to like a lot more vegetables and became willing to eat most things. In retrospect, I should have appreciated that Beautiful Heyday of … [Read more…]

New Fall Rhythms

There is a distinct rhythm to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar. Beat the heat and summer bucket list transitions to back to school, which is followed by apple picking and corn mazes and pumpkin picking, then Halloween. It’s the rhythm of a happy American childhood, a rhythm we followed as a family for years. One we don’t … [Read more…]

I Make Easy Recipes Difficult

Like everyone else, I guess, I am constantly trying to come up with ideas for dinner. Ideally: tasty, healthful, easy. We absolutely have some favorites. But I have this really bad habit of accidentally taking a super-easy meal and making it more difficult. Here are three examples. Chicken Pot Pie One day I decided to … [Read more…]

My Turn for the Birthday

My birthday was on Sunday. Cute W and M missed it because they were away on a college visit, but J brought her A game, biking to a local store while I was working out at the JCC to pick me up some birthday treats. I had also requested some embroidery after she’d stitched some … [Read more…]

J’s Birthday & So Much More

It’s been a little chaotic around our house. Did I tell you that we had a tragic wet basement issue? It is too boring to go into the whole thing. There were roots attacking our walls leading to water leading to mold, so we pulled down some drywall and pulled up some carpet and shoved … [Read more…]

Laundry Helpers

‘Tis the season for TONS OF LAUNDRY at our house. There’s so much clothes: going-to-school outfits, sports practice stuff, hang-dry-only game day jerseys, homecoming formal wear, and everything in between. So here are some items that help us with all of it. Okay, my big, crazy revelation these days? These laundry balls. This was totally … [Read more…]

More on Our Sweet Guest

This weekend was stressful. On Friday Cute W arrived home, hoarse and exhausted from his business meeting. We had been talking all week about how I was Deeply In Love with our little kitty, and we were fully prepared to cave in and keep her. I just hadn’t talked to the girls about it yet … [Read more…]