Today…

Was one of those rare gaps in time where it was only one of the kids and me…
My six-year-old and I spent from the early morning all the way to late afternoon just us.
 It started a little earlier than I might have aimed for, but we had lovely tea… Twice!!!
The second time round we devoured giant cookies…
We stopped by a yard sale and found a couple of very perfect things…
Which opened the door to a large size project…
Including using up some perfectly purple corduroy…
This young man was quite the help I needed, and a bit of a photographer too…
 His photos were numerous…
 And I always appreciate the unique prospective…
There was no time wasted in using the new addition… 
And with the momentum going, it was quick to fix this other needy piece of furniture… 
All in all, it was nice to spend some time with just one sweet kiddo, and realize how 
smooth the time can be when it’s just one relationship to cocoon in.
Happy Saturday to you all!!!
                    
                                              ~ Marica

Things around here that make me take a breath and smile . . .

Making our own rain during this eighty-degree January spell . . . 
Barefoot and leaping . . . 
 The mysterious flower I just found behind our house . . .
 And the surprise violets that are blooming . . . So quietly elegant . . .
Fresh ingredients from the Sunday Market . . .
 Multi grain bread that came out soooo good!!! I’ll tell you more about that soon . . . Heavenly desserts . . . 
My dear five-year-old listening with all his might . . . 
And these boys getting so big I can only watch and try to assimilate . . .
                                                                           Cheers ~ Marica

I made a bed . . .

Just recently, and very much by chance, we got a new bed. It was way too nice to set on the floor like we had our old futon mattress . . . I didn’t really like the idea of the puppies thinking it was as much theirs as it was ours. So I decided to build a bed frame to put this brand spanking new mattress on. To some this may sound easy, and even to me, I knew it wouldn’t be too hard . . . But just like a kid is proud when they do a grownup’s job, I feel proud every time I make something out of wood. 
 I designed it simply, using 2×12’s and 2×6’s. It was more work to carry the wood in than anything else. 
 And now finally, hurray, we have a wonderful bed . . .
Our bedroom may be a converted hallway, but our bed is a king’s dream.
                                                 Cheers ~ Marica

Old to new . . .

Well it is all in good fun the phrase reduce, reuse, recycle. I imagine bottles as vases and hand-me -down clothing. But this week I added another word to that list: Refresh. we managed to turn one old item into a lovely new item. We had an old bedside table given to us by a friend. 
 It never rubbed me entirely the right way, and I almost passed it on several times. But my daughter liked it, it has a secret writing table that slips out the side, so I decided to give it a new life. My daughter and her friend worked hard painting it blue, and the dog and their hair too . . .
Then I took my paintbrush and some leftover orange-sample paint, to do the rest. Unfortunately my five-year-old slid his hand along the paint which created smudging, but what can you do?
 I added her name, because when your eight years old, there is nothing more exciting than having something with your name on it written in cursive.
                                                                     Anyway, cheers to everyone ~ Marica Thompson

Still Busy and Tortilla Soup

Well busy hasn’t wained yet . . . several more weeks before the sea calms is my expectation. I have barely been in my kitchen and I almost forgot I like to cook. Dishes keep piling in the sink and they are not even my second or third priority. . . I don’t actually know where they fall. But here is just a tad of real dinner and my almost five-year-old cantaloupe helper . . .
Last minute tortilla soup . . . 
Tortilla Soup
Roughly what I did: Saute in olive oil: 1 onion, 2 large carrots, 2 stalks celery. Add: 1 can kidney beans, 1 can corn, 2 cans tomato paste or 1 large can of tomatoes, 4 cups water. Simmer 15-20 minutes then add tortilla chips. Salt and pepper to taste.
                    ~ Marica