Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

There are so many. There is so little.

Mom took eleven boxes of toy vehicles out of the attic.




She brought one box down to the living room.




The glue on the box has deteriorated over several decades. Mom repairs it with glue, tape, and metal rivets.




But I don’t know if we will ever open this box again.




There are so many boxes. There is so little time.




Later, Mom takes a sewing machine from the basement.




She and Iris work on it together, fixing it up.




There are so many sewing machines. There is so little time.




Dad reads a history book to Akiva, one superhero at a time.




Akiva is fascinated by superheroes.

Later, he will want me to make up superhero stories for him like I used to make up monster stories.

But superheroes are complex.

It is the end of monster stories, but I never do make up too many superhero stories.




While I document the action, Dan makes pizza.

They cut the slices real big at the house in Syracuse, but my hands were too full of pizza to document that part.


Saturday, February 26th, 2022


Mom picked up a Sears Kenmore 148.15600 (Model 1560) sewing machine.

It was built in Japan by Soryu between 1976-1978. She fixed it up just fine.




Later, in Dan’s room, Iris works on a book with her uncle.




They discuss the storyline. Iris writes and illustrates.




They may not finish it.




Meanwhile, in the same room, Akiva works on a book with his uncle.




They share the work of drawing the pictures. Dan draws the robot, the monster, and some of the foregrounds.




Akiva draws the dragon and parts of the backgrounds. He also inks the drawings.




The book might not have an end.







Friday, February 25th, 2022

Things That Come in Boxes (Visit to Syracuse)

After a three and a half decades of waiting, it takes five boxes of tracks and one box full of slot cars to make a small loop with two working cars. Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Akiva watches as they circumscribe the oval again and again. Dan has great patience.






Downstairs, Iris watches Gramma open boxes of jewels. Jewels and jewel boxes; precious stones and silver and gold; red coral and ivory. The excitement of exploring each box holds greater value than any of the contents.



Friday, February 18th, 2022

Accès-Nature Waterville

There is a lovely system of winter trails right here in Waterville.

We are using them.


Thursday, January 27th, 2022

Snowshoe Run

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Johnville Bog in Monochrome














Friday, November 26th, 2021

Dad & Dog

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

United States Thanksgiving Visitors

Mom, Dad, Dan, and Ari came to visit!

Dan spent a good amount of time in the basement with the kids.




He drew on-demand coloring pages for Akivaβ€”








He wrote and illustrated a book with Irisβ€”








Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Thank you, Dan. We all love you very much.




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The Troll and Mellisa by Dan and Iris



Mellisa sees a troll in the distance on her way to school.



The troll came closer. The troll said “GIVE ME YOUR MATH BOOK!”

Mellisa was scared but she refused. The troll secretly grabbed it.



Mellisa noticed her math book was gone! The teacher sent her home to look for it.



Mellisa walked home and she started to play in her sand box.



Mellisa tried to pull on the cones. They would not come out of the sand!

She started to dig. She found the troll and her math book.



She grabs the book and runs. Mellisa got away! The troll returned to his stream.



Mellisa returned to school. Her teacher was proud of her.

The End





Sunday, November 7th, 2021

House of the Candy Faerie

This year’s house is in the Knudsen’s woods.




Previous Candy Faerie Houses:




Friday, November 5th, 2021

The Monster Backpack!

For Akiva’s first day of first grade at his new school, I sewed him a new backpack! The design is all my own, fully lined, in two colors of orange canvas with generous and deep water bottle pockets, a rear pocket, and a MONSTER pocket on the flap. The shoulder straps are padded with felted wool from old sweaters. The closure under the flap is a drawstringβ€” my favorite kind.




Although designed for school books, it works fine for walks in the woods, too.




When we get to the place of the Grandparent Trees,

Iris demonstrates the effects of centripetal force.




Akiva demonstrates his own sort of force.