Saturday, April 29th, 2017


We got a wagon at a garage sale! It cost us ten bucks. Worth every penny.



























Thursday, April 27th, 2017












Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Althea’s River

We went down to Althea’s river. It’s a kind-of a magical place. It is a place of dreams. There are woods one might want never to leave. I didn’t stop while walking to take any photographs, so we will just have to remember on our own. But I can tell you. One thing that makes it magical is this. Iris chose Althea. It seemed to me to be a child’s crush upon a child she admired. A friend she wanted for her own. Her first friend chosen with no input from her mother. Iris chose Althea. Friendship. Woods and rivers. Magic!





And not one good photograph to prove it, so you’ll just have to take my word.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017


Iris wanted a party for her birthday.

We’d gone a long time discussing who would and

who would not be invited until, in the end, Iris decided the right thing to do

would be to invite over everyone from Terri’s Morning Garden.

As a gift for us, the sun shone sweetly after a week of rain:

I had no alternative plans to holding the party outside.

We meandered down to the river, played in the water, then returned to eat fruit salad and chat.



The worst part, according to Iris, was the fact that I asked everyone to sing Happy Birthday.

“It was too long after my birthday,” she said. “I just wanted a party.”

Iris was, as usual, correct. It had felt awkward.


Left to right: Althea, Iris, Ivy, Lottie, Eva, Enza. Missing: Hanna, located off-camera to the right.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Bears in the City

I brought my two bears into the city and unleashed them.





They prowled around.



Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Bottle Glass

Exploring an overgrown ravine before the leaves come out,

before the wildflowers and grasses carpet the edge-woods,

we find an old dump.

Car parts, sheet metal, glass. Glass, glass, glass.

I dig through graves of glass, much of it broken, & chose a few to bring home.











Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Easter eggs, 2017

Monday, April 10th, 2017











Baby goat, New Village Farm.


Sunday, April 9th, 2017

This is Chloe.

It is not a very good photo of Chloe, because I was being shy about taking a photo of her.

It is not a bad photo, not in particular, but it does not capture her as we see her.

We love Chloe.




This is Akiva. I am not shy about taking photos of him.

He is not shy about hugging trees.

Do you see the look in his eye? He is looking at Chloe.




This is Iris. I am not shy about taking photos of her. 

She is also not shy about hugging trees.




Someday, before we move, I must get some lovely photos of Chloe.

I will have to be not so shy of asking.

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

I make more & more dolls.

I love making dolls. I especially love making dolls for people who I get to meet.

Those are the most special dolls.

This doll is for an autistic boy who lives less than a mile from our house.


Iris likes to give each doll I make a squeeze and play with it for just a bit before it goes home.

If I am still making dolls far into the future, I will miss this part.

I will miss this part so much.