Feeling quiet on the blog these days. Did a painting on a 24×36″ canvas — my first one. All that blank white canvas felt a bit daunting, but I did enjoy mooshing paint around. I also used oil pastel on details.


Claire and I are getting into the spirit of the next holiday:

love is in the air

And we are continuing to create our way through the alphabet!

owl and octopus

We’ve had an abundant crop of Meyer lemons (as well as other lemons and oranges). I usually juice them and freeze them in cubes. But this time I wanted to preserve some and use them for later cooking. I made four jars. It was simple, and making them was such pleasure. They are gorgeous!

jar up close

One day, about a week ago, Claire desperately wanted to celebrate a birthday. She wanted it to be hers, and she cried a bit over the fact that it wasn’t. But she wanted cake and to sing the song. So I did a little research for a literary figure born on that day. I found the poet, Helen Hoyt, was born on the day in question. We explored the poetry a little at the Poetry Foundation, and I baked each of us a little cake. We sang happy birthday to her. We’ll be doing that again, I’m sure!

celebrating a birthday

Lastly, I bought fresh gnocchi on a whim. I didn’t have a tomato sauce to use, and I wanted to do something different with it. So I sauteed zucchini in olive oil with basil and a few sliced preserved Meyer lemons. I really enjoyed it, but two-thirds of the household diners did not like it as much. One said the lemon made it bitter. I’ll need to find other uses for the lemon.


So, if you’ve been wondering why I’ve been quiet here since January 19th, this post is your answer!

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3 Comments on “Playing”

  1. Jan Says:

    LOL. Yes, you’ve been busy. Much more productive and creative than I’ve been during the aftermath of the holidays. Claire is luck to have such a creative mom.

  2. Mom/Grandma Says:

    Nice way to record and so easy to return for a visit in the future:) She may like to “remember when”!!!

  3. Barbara Says:

    I love how you turned Claire’s desire to celebrate a birthday into a teachable moment. What a great idea!