Wednesday, October 07, 2009

october seven:

Frost throughout.
sigh. That's that, then.

Honeycomb for breakfast.

Washing and drip-drying the thyme, lemonbalm, and peppermint for honey medicines.


Thyme for winter's cough medicine.

Lots of talking about how we communicate with each other and in the world (tone, for instance)... talk about planting seeds of happiness (instead of contention), choosing the kind of world we'd like to live in, creating our lives, etc, etc. :) Gotta bring that stuff into the light for examination sometimes.

Maddie-mine scoots off to Grammy's for a girl's night, and the boys (the bigger ones) come here.

All things Star Wars for a while. :)
Toys, dress-up, re-enactments, role playing, building, and movies.

And some of us have dug cars out of mud
and some of us have shocked others with our choice of words
and some of us have squealed a squeal that Aunt Stephanie could have sworn came from a girl
and some of have demonstrated that we are in possession of mucho testosterone (not me)
and some have skated
and scooted
and ridden bikes
and ventured to the neighborhood dirt hill
and whispered (suspiciously).
We've laughed
and loved
and argued
and apologized
and communicated
and been bossy.

We've charted our course for tomorrow...
and made plans for things that must needs be in our packs
-like chocolate chip cookies-
huh- and caramel apples.

What a day.
See you tomorrow.


  1. Oh where did you get that honeycomb?
    Im drooling here.
    I have to look further into this medicinal herb concoctions you make.
    They look so good and we could do with that kind of thing here

  2. Boys hey! I cant imagine life with 4 boys and 1 girl. But my boy does get lonely being around so many of us girlies

  3. I'll bet I can guess who was doing the arguing.
    Let me thank you for taking my boys. We had a wonderful (much needed) day out alone.
    And most of all, thank you for being an influence for good in my kids' lives. I know they can be pretty mean to each other sometimes. At times I feel like all I can do is react before I have to move on to the next thing. Thanks for jumping on those teaching moments. We'll talk specifics on the morrow.
    Love you.

  4. Yuuuuuummmmmmm. I love comb honey. And that salsa...deliciosa! :)

    What a good aunt those boys have.

  5. Frost, huh? So it's here.

    That honeycomb picture is divine.

    I love how you discuss contention on your blog. So respectful while still allowing other mothers to see you were frustrated. It's a fine line to walk, and you do it well.

  6. That honeycomb is amazing and the salsa is nothing to sneeze at either.

    Glad your days are full and fun :)

  7. Sarah (probably you won't come back to read this, but I'd like it here, anyway)-
    Trev mostly lets his emotions fly. Uh - any which way they will. (shouting, smacking furniture or walls, etc.)

    While it's really important to me to not suppress them (as I do my own, as I feel over-powered by them often), and to have him express them liberally, it's difficult for me to witness the outbursts, as they're not something I can easily dismiss, or carry for that matter.

    I'm trying to figure out ways for him to express them in a non-destructive way, while at the same time helping him to understand that his actions, words, and even thoughts create his life, and create certain things/feelings around him.

    It's difficult to convey "you're free to conduct your life and feel and express your emotions" while trying to impart "we all choose the kind of world in which we live so choose carefully and Create-ively."

  8. What an awesome day, for the most part, right? Those almost caramel apples have me drooling!

  9. Stephanie, I am going through the emotional outbursts with my own boys now. (they are 5 & 6.5) I too am struggling with trying to help them find ways to express things that need to be expressed and not be destructive or damaging to their whole environments.
    If you have additioal insights I'd be delighted to hear them!

  10. My sister is just about the midpoint of 6,000 ft and they have snow already! It's so hard to imagine. I love the look of your herbal remedies too. Would you share a bit about those? Did you simply steep them in honey or is there more? Whatever the case may be, beautiful pictures as always!

  11. It is so reassuring and good to see that the negative things in life can be thought of as Life Magic too. The using it to bring about moments of good is what life is all about. I know all about the testosterone outbursts with four boys of my own ages 5-15, two with major special needs. It is all a part of raising boys. We love them and learn from them, too.

  12. I have a question for you. Do you really have to wait until the thyme plant is three years old before you begin harvesting? I planted some this year and it looks so good. I want to use it, but I don't want to kill it.

  13. care to share your recipes for honey medicines?

  14. About the medicines-- Sure! I'll put them up later today. Just herbs and honey.
    Sarah (in the woods)- I've never heard that... this thyme came from my friend Julie's garden, she has loads of it. ??? Maybe just take some of it, not all of it? I don't know.

  15. hm, some similar conversations around here...(girls listening to Mrs Piggle-Wiggle just now - "oooh, that sounds like a put-down! how else could she have said that?" love to overhear...)

    would love guidance on the medicines, as i just harvested a bit of thyme - and would love a trusted salsa recipe!!

    mm. autumn.

  16. Mmm caramel apples...and boys play. The squeeling made me giggle.
    Your honey remedy looks amazing.

  17. hi...i was wondering if you get your herbal remedies/medicines recipes from a specific book? i would love to know the name. thanks..juliana


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