Awesome Things

This has been a challenging week for me. I’m not sure why. Maybe recovering from being sick? Maybe that my infant suddenly decided to put on her demandy-pants and cluster feed for two days? It just felt really hard to even keep up with the basics, let alone plan, garden, spring clean, etc.

But there are still awesome things:

J is working from home in the mornings for a couple of weeks.

It’s Friday.

I just discovered Weather.gov’s hourly weather maps. Here’s a link to one for Baltimore weather.

The play room is relatively neat.

It’s supposed to be sunny and warm this weekend.

Picnic!

F, baby C and I ate lunch on the porch today. It was warm but quite blustery.

Then F watered the herbs and the pots we planted seeds in. I don’t expect those seeds to sprout, by the way – spring wasn’t early (but no way to know up front), and those pots seem to have been dug through (squirrels, probably) many times.

Peaceful and spring-like!

Starting the Week

So, Deb’s pho recipe: not a minimalist undertaking! Quite good – F and I liked it, and J really really liked it.

Another not-so-surprising revelation: leftover pho would require a fairly elaborate system of packing to become a brown-bag lunch. Too elaborate. I opted to make tonight’s planned dinner casserole last night after dinner and use it for today’s and tomorrow’s lunches instead. Dinner tonight: pho again! We’re all pretty happy about that. 🙂

We took F to the playground yesterday, even though the cool breeze was cutting through me while I nursed C on the sidelines. J didn’t mind it because he and the other dads were all playing some no-rules version of tag with the kids.

Hoping to get outside again today, at least as far as the shed to finish raking up our leaves. Major mulching plans are afoot with our supply of leaves from 11 oak trees.

It feels good to start the week with dinner already cooked, all three of us dressed and ready for anything right after getting up, blog blogged, and a very modest, flexible plan that inches us toward our goal of a garden.

Weekend in NY: Travels

high line play area

play area

 

high line bench and chopper

a bench made for climbing, and many helicopters landing next to the Hudson

 

high line tracks

It wasn’t very crowded mid-morning on a Friday in March

 

 

We visited my family in New York this past weekend and had a great time!

We tried driving at bedtime this time around, and it was a thing of glory. Baby C slept the whole way in both directions, and F slept for all but maybe two hours.  I had a long conversation with my husband! Twice in one week!

I’ve been wanting to see High Line Park in NYC ever since I first heard of it. It’s been mentioned in a couple of TED talks – Robert Hammond’s and Amanda Burden’s. Then on a whim a few weeks ago, I took this book out of the library to find out more.

We decided to go for it on Friday because the weather was nice. We went to the northernmost section because it was most convenient for us.

It was great! F loved it too. Baby C slept the whole time. 🙂

I want to go back someday soon to see more of the park itself and to see it in a different season.