lightly posting…

Lightly blogging this week as you might have noticed… So what’s been going on in our nest? Well, thanks for asking. The little birdie’s top teeth (3!) are popping through and sleep is finally creeping back on the agenda. Whew.

Three teeth at one time? Yeah, this little lady doesn’t do anything half-assed. You’ve got to admire that about a person, right? At least I do. Especially when I look at my growing “to do” list and the junk piling up on my desk. And the Cheerios on the floor because she doesn’t eat any of them, but likes to watch them fly off the table. And the blue linen shirt that needs a button front-and-center so my Mamma boobs don’t fall out. And the tomatoes that need to be transplanted AGAIN. And the, well you get the point. Yikes.


Also, truth be told, it’s been absolutely lovely here and that means that the ole lapper-topper gets used a bit less. This has been the nicest spring I can remember. Sunny sun sun. And a few nighttime thunderstorms to green things up. So we’ve been taking lots of walks and enjoying where we live. Eating on the porch, walking down to get a cone, checking out all the tulips, lilacs and flowering trees. We’ve been totally spoiled. And we’re lapping it up while we can. Because this is northern Michigan and snow is in the forecast. Yup. (Sorry to drop the bomb, locals!)

What’s been happening in your nest? Have any Mother’s Day plans? Enjoy your day, I’m off to snuggle with my little birdie who’s waking up from her snooze. zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

auto lift recliner, Christian books, snowmobiles, and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, lovelies, it is indeed Garage Sale season in northern Michigan. Some of my *favorite* items from today’s listings… are you in need of any of these? These are poached from various listings. Enjoy the hunt!

  • auto lift recliner
  • Christian books
  • 16 gage shotgun, 177 pellet gun
  • snowmobiles
  • bowling balls
  • Budweiser steins
  • basketball cards
  • rods and reels, knives and guns
  • stuffed animals
  • romance books
  • dog bathing station
  • 9 inch rear end off full size truck
  • ladies pink motor cycle helmet 30.00
  • gamer rocking chair with built in audio features and speakers
  • still have stuff left small big and some small stuff we also have a really nice bike for sale and a ring and other stuff
  • And if you get hungry we will be selling hot dogs and drinks!

But some people are clever. What do you think of these new words I stumbled upon today?

  • funtique
  • juntique

Some people think that the more exclamation points they use in the ad, the better the turnout. What do you think? Enjoy the hunt out there, folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

inspiring pages

Someone asked me the other day if I had read any good books lately. I think they meant a thought-provoking novel, but I couldn’t honestly say that I’d finished an entire book in months. A magazine or two, yes. But an entire book? Cover to cover? Whew. But I do have a stack of books that I dive into almost every day. A snippet here, a chapter there. Some I just thumb through for inspiration or a mini-vacation. So I thought I’d share these with you to let you know what’s been filling my brain lately. I admit it. This Mamma does require some cerebral activity; blocks, puppets and cuddles are not quite enough.

A Field Guide to Wildflowers : Northeastern and North-Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)

My Kindergarten teacher (still a good friend, how cool is that?!) gave me this book when I graduated from high school. It’s one of my favorites for thumbing through.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Resources, and Money

I like how this book is presented. Maybe it’s because it’s a British perspective? Great graphics, ideas I can grasp and easily act on with enough science to make it more than fluff.

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

It’s a lot of science for me at 10 o’clock at night so it’s taken me a while to get through it. I do love the mix of science and social history though so I keep going back to it.

Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer

Because of my new tomato experiment (err, obsession), I am loving this book.

The Garden Primer: Second Edition

I was given the first edition several years ago and refer to this often. Great, basic advice. No color pictures, no fluff.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Need I say more? A friend gave me her copy and I recommend this one to any new Mom who is breastfeeding. Great advice and encouraging words.

Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business

There are some inspiring profiles in here of crafters who are making a living doing what they love.

My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire

I refer to this a lot when I’m struggling with the business side of my *work* that helps to pay my bills so I can have my time at home with Wren. It especially spoke to me when the author realized she had to get serious about her freelance business and couldn’t rely on selling stuff on eBay to make ends meet. Been there. Oof.

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections

Great ideas, especially for a family with toddlers and older. I love the focus on family and imagination. Waldorfian (is that a word?).

Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything, from Potatoes to Linoleum

Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers

Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects

What can I say? I am a bit obsessed with Lotta. I love her sense of design that’s inspired by the land. I even love her hair. Did I mention that I’m a bit obsessed with her?

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures

By the same author as The Creative Family. Although I haven’t completed any of the projects in here yet, I have been stashing bits of material away for future projects. Funky but modern rag rug, anyone?

You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

This is a fun perspective on digging in the dirt, especially for the urban gardener. Great ideas for container gardening and using whatchya got lyin’ around to make it work.

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

Last, but not least. This book is absolutely lovely. My friend, Bethany (she grows hops in her yard and works for the Walker. She is very cool!), gave it to me for my birthday. We share a love of maps. I think it was written for us!

Dear readers, what books have been inspiring you lately? Have you had time to dig deep into a good novel lately? Got any suggestions for some fun, easy, beachy summer reads that wouldn’t mind a few grains of sand and some smears of SPF 30? I’m on the hunt. If I’m lucky, I’ll finish ONE this summer so it better be a good one…


Sunday Confessions. Again.

Being that it’s Sunday, I think a confessions-only post is à propos again. It’s been a while, no?


  • I’ve been feeling bad since last Sunday morning about this one… There’s a woman who’s been coming to yoga and she drives an Escalade. I couldn’t help but shudder, immediately judge and have all sorts of strange, conflicting mean thoughts. Escalade yogini? What?! I’ve been wrestling with it all week. What makes it even more strange is that she seems just absolutely lovely. So what’s up with the Escalade? And furthermore, why do I even care?
  • Before Wren (BW), I used to scoff at parents who attempted to shove food into their children’s mouths while the wee ones were on the go. Know what I mean? So I caught myself off guard this week when I found myself doing just that. Turns out there is sometimes a reason for these kinds of things…
  • A went through the Wendy’s drive-thru for a quick lunch on the go (kiddie burger meal with an under 3 toy, please) this week. Turns out it was Earth Day too. There was a lot wrong with that whole picture… on so many levels.
  • I keep thinking that I’d like to try a “no white stuff” approach to eating while I mindlessly munch on a few chocolate chips and a handful of potato chips or two to get me through the afternoon. Pretty sure it would be a huge improvement over my current approach to eating and I know the first couple days would be the toughest, but but but. Turns out a handful of carrot sticks is really not that satisfying, at least not in the same way, right? Sigh.
  • I bought my first “anti-aging” facial moisturizer this week. Ouch. Something about my laugh lines being not-so-fine anymore drove me to throw it in the basket. This week I also bought some thick, goopy eco-friendly sunscreen for Wren. Hoping this will help her on the right track to keep her skin looking oh-so-lovely when she’s 33.
  • This is terrible. I was so much more saddened this week by the news that *my* yoga studio is closing than I was by any other news in the past year. Michael Jackson and Haiti didn’t even compare. Isn’t that awful? Boy, hormonal, sleep-deprived human nature sure is strange.
  • I was a bit too obsessed this week with my blog stats because of the Ohdeedoh article on Wren’s Nest. Made me ponder why I do this? For me? For you? For the collective good and fun of it all? To become rich and famous, make a million bucks and retire to Tahiti? hehehe, snort, guffaw.
  • So our electric bill was much higher this month and we’re thinking it’s probably because we’ve been eating in a lot more. Stove/oven usage. Factoring in the cost of our electric, it makes we wonder if all those inexpensive homemade pizzas are really costing us more than if we were to order in. Just can’t win, can we?

Have a happy Sunday, dear readers. It’s drizzling here and a perfect day for nesting. The morel hunters are getting very excited! What’s it like in your neck of the woods?


Whew, it’s been quite a week in our nest. The little birdie has discovered the joys of mobility and it’s been thrilling and exhausting. She doesn’t “crawl,” but she certainly gets herself around in an efficient way. Chris said yesterday that Wren reminds him of an ant because of her strength to size ratio. (Remember, folks, he’s an engineer.) I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of Wren as an ant, but it’s fun to try. Try it!

I was telling a friend yesterday that  having a newly mobile baby is like having an entirely new person in the house. She’s lovely and amazing, but I have to rethink my whole *system* because she’s into everything. “Didn’t you know this was coming, Ash?” Yeah, but I really had NO IDEA. Again, I mean well, but what do I know?! Needless to say with these kind of shenanigans, I haven’t been spending much time in Cyberspace this week… but I wanted to give you a little visual snippet of what’s been going on around here. I promise that these snippets will lead to future posts so here’s a snack to whet your appetite. Happy Friday!

Yummy new quest!

I’m excited to give you the inside scoop on my yummy new adventure. The Dairy Lodge Diet!

I admit it. My favorite food is ice cream. My passion for the cool, sweet, creamy stuff has led me to be employed with several different ice cream joints; it turns out this is not good for a gal’s waistline. I even went so far as to own and manage an ice cream joint one year. I think I gained about ten pounds every time I was involved in the operations of an ice cream establishment. It took me three times to learn the lesson. Oof. Finally I decided it’s best for me to be a loyal ice cream customer instead. When our local ice cream stand, The Dairy Lodge, opened for the season this year, I could hardly wait to scurry our family on down there for a vanilla cone with colored sprinkles. While waiting in line and looking at all the possible offerings, I wondered, “who eats gummi bear flurries & marshmallow shakes?” Someone’s got to because they’re still on the menu, right? Why not me? Why not branch out and try everything they have to offer? It always comes from a smiling face so it must taste good… so goes my reasoning.

Please join in and follow along on my quest to try everything on the menu at The Dairy Lodge. What are your favorites? I’d like to hear about them!

In full disclosure, this is my own silly, fun, tasty idea. The Dairy Lodge is not paying me to take this adventure. I’m simply a loyal customer who conveniently lives within walking distance. Dangerous!

Check out my new blog and let me know what you think. mmmmmmm.


Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be posting lightly for the next few days so I can catch up on some work for the real world.

Just a few things I feel compelled to share with you in the meantime…

  • We harvested the microgreens I planted a little while ago. Success! We had a delicious salad, which accompanied some easy (but rich!) baked scotch eggs. I think scotch eggs are the perfect use for leftover hard-boiled eggs from the Easter dye-fest. What’s your favorite use?
  • Planted some thumbelina zinnia seeds yesterday. A colorful mini jump-start to summer on our window sill, yahoo!
  • I’ve never been to Ireland, but the last few misty, foggy, ultra green days transport me to my imaginary Ireland. It’s really nice there. What’s it like in your neck of the woods?


Spring Forward Update

Remember that Spring Forward list from a few weeks back? It’s been so much springier than anticipated (and *they* say 70 and sunny by the end of the week. I love Spring Break in northern Michigan!) so we’ve been able to accomplish quite a bit, thank you very much!

  • planting heirloom tomato seeds and watching them grow in our sun room/play room
  • splashing in mud puddles in my lovely pea green galoshes that meine Mutti got me for my Birthday (it’s been dry as a bone here.)
  • turning the compost pile (Chris did this, but it’s done so it’s off the list)
  • making some raised beds and hauling in some soil
  • singing “here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter’s on its way!”
  • attending the Cedar Rod & Gun Club’s 50th annual smelt dinner (this Friday!)
  • watching the sap drip down the maple trees
  • planning Wren’s first birthday party (working on it…)
  • watching Wren discover the joys of mobility
  • listening to Wren babble
  • seeing Baby Turner #4 (He JUST arrived yesterday! Welcome, Emmett Christopher.)
  • riding my bike to yoga again
  • taking family bike rides
  • going on our favorite wildflower hike to the Treat Farm in the Sleeping Bear Dunes. When will the trillium bloom this year, do you think, dear readers?
  • eating fresh asparagus every day
  • using the grill again (this week?)
  • enjoying our front porch
  • morel-hunting in our favorite spots (no, of course we won’t tell you where those are, silly.)
  • and watching the spring bulbs pop out of the ground and push their way through the remains of winter

How are you enjoying spring in your neck of the woods, dear readers? What have you done that you’ve enjoyed?

Deep thoughts.

So here are some *deep thoughts* I’ve been pondering as of late…

  • Cookies (and other processed yummies) are stacked high and wide between current me and me at my ideal weight. So WHY did I buy more cookie cutters? Sigh.
  • I’m not very good with small talk at parties, but I’m trying to be more enthused about it. Making a list of conversation-starters. Checkin’ it twice. Do you have any you’d like to share? Do you enter a social situation prepared with ideas you know you’d like to talk about?
  • Will Wren be walking around during her first birthday party? Care to place a bet?
  • A friend asked me recently what my goal is with this blog. Gosh, good question. Have any thoughts on this, dear readers?
  • I’m trying to be more disciplined, but I keep tripping over myself in the process. So I signed up for a race this summer because this usually helps me to “get on track” in all aspects of my life. I’ll let you know how that goes…
  • I’m reticent to admit this, but I’m starting to take pleasure in keeping house. Scrubbing toilets is actually on my weekly mental calendar. House wife?! Wow.
  • When Wren’s asleep during the day, I miss her presence. Am I addicted? Me thinks, yes.
  • How do you teach someone that although they are the center of YOUR universe, they’re not the center of THE universe?

Happy Sunday to you! It’s Spring Break in our corner of the world and things are quiet. It’s lovely.

baby talk.

If Wren could talk in clear adult language, she would say on a daily basis…

“bib? schmib!”

“spoon? schmoon!”

“bottle? schmottle!”

“yogurt? schmogurt!”

“sleep? schmleep!”

She often gives me a look, which I take to mean “who are you trying to kid, crazy Mamma?”

Yes, it’s just another one of those days…