Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

"Would you stop having children to save the environment?"

I came across a link to the BBC's "World Have Your Say" today. This specific episode is called, "Overpopulation." I find the whole conversation very interesting. Having only one sibling, I have often romanticized what it would have been like to have had another sibling as well. When Nick and I were dating and first married, we felt sure that we would not have more than two children b/c of population growth. In fact, it was part of what brought us into the conversation of adoption.

Now we know that we will not personally be adding to the population with biological children, but we should still consider the impact our family will have on the environment. Given that the carbon footprint of an American child is so much greater than that of a child from a developing country...I feel a need to take pause and consider it all again. After all, we do live in the US and so will our children. Who knows...there may be some other factors that hold us to two children....afterall, adoption isn't inexpensive.

The BBC program made me think. I encourage you to take the time to listen to it as well. One of my favorite things was at the very beginning when the professor listed all of his re:s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, etc., he included the word Refuse. It made me stop and think, "Yes!" Now I just need to figure out what that means for us.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sweet Boy

Monday, July 21, 2008

Blackberry Jam

Today, for the first time, I made Jam. Jess was ever-so-kind to teach me how and let me use her kitchen. At the end we had 50 jars of blackberry jam. I think last year we used maybe 5-6 total...and I don't remember having any. But, I know Nick will love it and a good friend reminded me this evening of the yumminess of baked I think I'll definitely be eating my share soon enough. Hopefully by the end of the summer I'll be able to add grape and peach to the jam/jelly stock. Summer canning has begun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Today has been one of those days...

I woke up feeling motivated an had a plan for accomplishing many of the things I've been dragging out. It hasn't turned out that way though... after several hours of battling computer crap, I am exhausted. I need a glass of wine and a nap.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better and some of the motivation I seem to have lost will return.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Baby and Berries

This morning I went out to my friend Corrie's house for a while. Her baby, Ray, is 10 weeks old and so we took a bunch of pictures between naps. They also have several blueberry bushes and are generous enough to share in the abundance. This has been a fantastic berry season. When I got home I found a bunch of huge strawberries in our beds and a few ripened blackberries on the back hill. Its time to start freezing and baking!

Some of my favorite pics from this morning:

Monday, July 14, 2008

Music Fest Weekend

This past weekend we attended the annual Music Fest. Nick actually played, so I suppose he did more than attend. We had a fun time enjoying the sun (heat), music, festival food, and friends. This was the third time we've gone to the festival. The first time was so much fun that we decided it would be best to just move here.

I didn't take nearly enough pictures. But here are a couple from the day.

The Lost Faculties (Tom, Ed & Nick)

Angela, Corrie, and their boys.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


There are several blogs that I follow...some adoption, some craft/art, some friends, etc. I came across this post this morning and it struck a chord.

Over the last couple of years I have made several decisions to live into what my heart was telling me and work hard at controlling my own (and the power of other's) counter thoughts. I love the paper cutting she has done and the imagery it contains. I also love and believe the message she has....when you follow your heart and believe in yourself, you can make anything work. For myself I have found that having a partner willing to trust and believe in me as well is a good safety net for the days my own belief falters. Anyway, I thought I would share this with you.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A week of good news...

Today Nick received a letter in the mail. It included the following statement:

"Congratulation the Appalachian State University Graduate School has received a positive recommendation from the faculty and hereby offers you unconditional admission to the program."

We were thrilled. After all, it was part of the reason we moved here. (Although not the only.)

Secondly...we got some other good news, as well. Hopefully sometime this fall we'll be traveling to meet our daughter in Vietnam.

What a wonderful way to start a three day weekend!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

July 2nd

It was in the low 40s today when I woke up. I'm enjoying the cool morning in wool socks, jeans and a fleece. Not to mention a warm cup of coffee.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Random Thoughts

My god, its July.

People here definitely don't adhere to the Pittsburgh Left.

It's July 1st, and only about 72 degrees. Lovely.

This is my 300th post.

I need to start taking interesting pictures again.

We've started into our downstairs house projects.

Twice now I've found our neighbor's dog wondering around inside my house.

I'm ready to actually eat more than just lettuce and berries from the garden.

I started a stained glass project yesterday. First one in over a year and a half.

I enjoy mowing the grass.


I haven't had much to write about lately. Lost in my head. Lost in a few books. I have been creating and finishing up some projects and someday I'll post some of them. No big plans for the weekend yet. So, tell me, silent reader, what are you doing for the holiday weekend? Please entertain me with a comment about your weekend plans or the weekend plans you wish you had.