Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday my parents came up from Tennessee to spend Thanksgiving with us, and this morning my mom and I were up and baking by 8 a.m. We didn't make the huge feast we usually make, but we did make all the Thanksgiving classics: turkey, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole (my favorite!), homemade whipped cream, two pumpkin pies, and a cherry pie (my dad's been craving it).

I love the way Thanksgiving makes the house feel with the hot smells of casseroles, turkey, and pies baking.

We had a lovely day today and are so happy that Grandie and Grandpa will be here for a few more days.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

In the Mail

Yesterday's mail brought the latest issue of NANO Fiction with my story "Segment" inside. I'm so honored to be part of this beautiful issue with Blair Austin, Sidney Thompson, and Jordan Sanderson. Also, Jenny Hart did all the artwork (I'm a fan of hers from way back). If you'd like a copy, you can order here.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lately from my phone...

We're all getting over colds in this house. Seamus was patient zero.

Viv has been enjoying tea parties and Clifford books.

T and I switched up our date nights from movies on the couch to Bananagrams and conversation. We've been listening to records and staying up all night on Friday nights. I love my husband.

Seamus is getting better and better at climbing trees.

While I grade papers, T and S make wreaths from some of the vines in our yard.

V loves her bike.

I'm back to my good old bob thanks to T's handiness with the scissors.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


"Bye! I going to Target."

Leaf Barrette

"Awwww...I miss you, Brubber."

My little thinker.

Lego monster and Lego alien ship

Herpetologist at work in his salamander hat.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


We really enjoyed the first full month of fall. Everyone in the family agrees that fall is the best season (followed closely by spring) and that Halloween is far more fun than Christmas. This month we enjoyed yummy fall food and drinks. T made me an apple cider doughnut cake for my birthday, and I made a moist and dense pumpkin cake with brown butter icing when our library friends came to visit last weekend. The whole family enjoyed warm apple cider on two occasions (both times at the West Portal Pumpkin Farm), and T and I spent many Friday and Saturday nights trying out different pumpkin craft beers. We settled on Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale as our favorite.

October was the month when Seamus was sworn in as an official Cub Scout. The ceremony was followed by a night-time walk through the big corn maze at West Portal Pumpkin Patch. We spent a lot of time at the pumpkin farm since it's just down the road from us.

This month we also hiked the trails at Merrill Creek Reservoir, first with the Cub Scouts and then with our library friends. The weather was perfect on both days, and the second time we came upon the trail that lead to the ruins of an old farm.

And of course, this month we also spent a lot of time outside in our own yard and at the park in Clinton. We built a gnome home in our garden space, and we had fun collecting leaves and acorns and looking for wooly worms.

We're a little sad to see October go, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we're already planning a big feast. The best thing about Thanksgiving is that Grandie and Grandpa will be spending it with us. The end of November can't get here soon enough.
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