how are we doing: call for questions
and now Suzanne has something to say about older child adoption
If no one posts any questions at all, I'll be dreadfully sadden and perplexed.
Kate asked how the kids are doing. I don't know how to answer that. We are doing well, I think, but what do I know? I've nothing to compare them to as they are the only children I have ever had. Apparently they are not 'normal' ; nearly everyone that spends more than 10 minutes with us comments that I must be really tired at the end of the day, and indeed I am.
They are great. They are exhausting. We love them. We sometimes hide in the bathroom from them.
What sort of details would help you get a picture of how they are doing? What questions do you have?
ayat: another visit
Pull the leaves off the stems. Put the leaves in a 2 cup measure and pat them down. When the measuring cup is full, transfer the leaves to a freezer bag, squeeze out the excess air and toss into the freezer.
Toast in oven, then cool
1 C pine nuts or sunflower seeds
Melt, then cool
3-4 Tb butter
In a strong blender, combine
6 cloves garlic
1/2 C olive oil
2 C frozen basil leaves
cooled pine nuts or sunflower seeds
1 C shredded parmesan cheese
salt if the nuts were not salted
Serve over angel hair pasta
:: this post is part of Presto Pasta Nights hosted at Once Upon A Feast
Children's Hospital Seattle
Yesterday we made the last specialty-clinic visit to rule out a zillion-and-one possible ailments that could account for Chickadee's tininess, other than the obvious problem that she will explain to anyone. "I was a hungry baby," she says patiently. "My mama no feed me."
She's fine. She's little, yes, but there are no genetic defects, no internal organ problems, no sign of FAS, no sign of other cognitive or developmental problems, no problems at all other than she is a wee little thing and that she speaks gerbil. We'll be seeing a speech therapist as apparently Dandy and I are the only two people who readily understand her unique mix of Russian and English. She has only four upper teeth (two molars and two canines), so her enunciation is a little odd.
ayat: visit the children
works for me: baby gate
We have 3 dogs, all of whom sleep indoors at night. We have a California King sized bad which is already full with my California King sized husband, me, 1-2 cats, and our beloved senior dog Holly. This leaves the junior dogs to find a comfy spot on their own. They pace the house. They jump on the bed and get pushed off. They pace -- click-click-click go their dog nails on the wood floors -- they jump, they pace, and this goes on all night and makes me cranky.
ayat: eight-doctor medical
birthday joys & sorrow
:: hearing my children sing the lines "happy birthday Mama" to me. It was a first.
:: seeing Dad sitting in my yard: first visit to my house since the accident.
:: having tea with two of my aunties, my Mom, and my daughter at a darling tea shop with real scones.
:: envisioning my youngest niece attending her first day of classes at Westmont.
:: discovering that the chicken-manure-smell that had permeated our yard all day was not, actually, chicken manure delivered to the to the organic garden next door, but was indeed, the remains of our youngest goat, Chester.
tegenaria agrestis: I hates them
and now Suzanne has something to say about critters
The tegenaria agrestis lives in the region in red. They are a
Why are we talking about it today? Because I was cleaning the garden the other day and I picked up a piece of scrap lumber and found a mouse hole under it. Imagine my surprise when the occupant showed up and was not a mouse, just a mouse-sized spider. There were more.
and I killed them.
Then I went inside and threw up.
ayat: exploring Khabarovsk
Forty-some years ago today I was making my world début, specializing in cooing and crying and having lots of dark, messy, sticking-up hair. I'll try to find a baby pic and post it. I still have naturally messy hair.
Russian historical fiction??
It gets better.
Pacific Shores Nature Resort has childcare! Oh my goodness. Do you know when was the last time my husband & I went out for a nice dinner? A year ago tomorrow, on my birthday, at Scalini's in Russia, before we were parents. I'm not counting the 1:30a.m. crummy meal we had at Applebee's after Jamie got discharged from ER after his TIA last December.
Last time I was at Pacific Shores, I overheard a woman say, "I can't believe I'm bathing in the sea in autumn." I loved this. I love the regional variation in phrasing. Locals would use swimming, ocean, and fall.
Anyway, I'm trying to gather up a pile of books to read while the children play in the kid's pool. I would really love to read some quality historical fiction about Russia. That is, I'd like to know more about Russian history, but I can't abide reading history straight-up. I need it packaged in a nice story. What can you recommend?
I'm pulling Dandy out of a week of school. The teacher will not be pleased, but we will be making good use of the time. We'll be beach-combing in the tide flats, toodling about in the complimentary kayaks, wandering on the nature trails in the estuary, and bathing in the sea in autumn.
and now Suzanne has something to say about widgets
First, figure out where you want it. If you want it under your header, you will need to create another space at the top of the page. I used the directions here for making my messageboard.
Then I put in this code:
Yes it is too tiny to see, but after you cut and paste it into your message board it will get bigger.
I left a few quotes in to get you started. You can add more by editing the "quotes = new Array(5);" bit and replicating the quotes bit. Note that there is indeed a quote #0, so your last quote entry should be 1 less than the number in the "quotes = new Array(5);"
When I find new quotes that I like, I just pop them in. I have several hundred now.
Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline & Jim Fay
Here are a few sample L&L conversations from our home.
Me: I notice that there's a lot of your stuff around the house. Would you like to pick it up or would you like me to?
Child: (running) I'll do it. I'll do it. If you do it, you'll put it in jail.
Dandy: Mom I broke a dish.
Me: Anyone hurt?
Me: Okay. You know how to clean it up. I like to wear shoes for that sort of work because I hate cutting my feet.
Dandy: I'll be careful.
Me: Even when I am careful I sometimes get cut. That's why I wear shoes.
Dandy: I won't get cut.
Me: Okay, but if you do, who is going to clean up the blood and wash your poor feet and put on band-aids?
Dandy: Me. I will.
I check to make sure it is not life-threatening; it is not.
Dandy: I got the blood stopped. (shows 7 band-aids on one small cut)
Me: Okay. Don't forget the blood on the floor from the kitchen to the bathroom.
Dandy: Would it be okay if I put shoes on first and then clean up the blood?
Me: Sure. Good idea.
Come to think of it, the incident of the unchanged underwear was an L&L situation too. I just hadn't read the book yet.
Parenting With Love And Logic has helped me keep my cool. I don't sing the little uh-oh song they feature, but I do keep that attitude. I identify a problem the child is facing and I give some advice, but I don't pick up the problem and start carrying it for them. This has really helped me stay in my happy place, which is good for all of us.
chunky feta dressing or spread
1 C feta
1/2 C mayo
1/2 C sour cream
1/2 C yogurt
2 t lemon juice
salt & pepper
Very yummy on green salad, or toasted rye bread, or on brown rice.
I'm posting this as a sort of incantation, with hope that August will recall her true sunny nature and shed these gray clouds of gloom she has been wearing recently.
Fairest of the months; ripe Summer's Queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear
Here is the coding if you want a button with a link to this week's round-up.
:: this post is part of the Friday Poetry roundup hosted by The Book Mine Set.
ayat: trip two
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pan-spray the bottom and sides of a 10 inch springform pan. Wrap the outside of the pan with aluminum foil to avoid leaking.
1/4 C olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced and halved
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 C steamed broccoli, cut small
Whip together in a really large bowl
6 large eggs
1/4 C half and half
3 T chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper
3 C day old bread, in 1/2 inch cubes
1 8 oz package cream cheese, cubed
1 C shredded Swiss cheese
1 C shredded cheddar
(optional: 3 slices of bacon, crumbled)
Add the vegies. Pop everything into your pan and pack it in firmly. Bake for 1 hour (+/-). When it is puffed and firm to the touch, it is done.
Derived from a recipe posted at Gourmet A Go-Go.
map of true love
and now Suzanne has something to say about ha
:: hat tip to Rocks in my Dryer
works for me: unloading groceries
1 rusty old shopping cart
+ 1 can of Rust-Oleum Hammered Metal Finish in Silver spray paint
1 grocery-unloading cart for one's Mom.
Now that she has a nifty ramp from her driveway to her front door, she can put all her heavy stuff in the cart and push it in, rather than lug it in or wait for someone to come help. In the old days, Dad would always unload for her.
works for me: sugar scrub
and now Suzanne has something to say about works for me
Herbed Sugar Scrub
:: Snip a few sprays of an aromatic herb (I favor lavender and rosemary) into a microwaveable but non-glass bowl.
:: Pour about a cup of olive oil over top.
:: Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave.
:: Let cool.
:: Add a cup of sugar.
:: Get in the tub.
:: SIT DOWN as this stuff is slippery.
:: Scrub yourself with the sugar scrub.
:: Scrub all over.
:: Rinse off.
:: Use a wee bit of soap if needed/desired.
:: Take care getting out, as you may be slippery when wet.
:: Towel off.
:: Admire your smooth lovely skin.
ayat: full on linear panic
the nutty details:
24 Aug 06 - Thursday
* depart Seattle at 6:20 pm on United 703
* arrive LA at 8:57 pm
* dink around for 3 hours
* miles on this leg 954: miles total 954
25 August Friday
* depart LA at 12:20 am on Asiana 203
26 August Saturday
* arrive Seoul at 5:00 am
* miles on this leg 5999: miles total 6953
* dink around until 7:00 am at which time the SHOWERS and the GOOD COFFEE SHOP and the INTERNET opens. Choices. Choices.
* depart Seoul at 10:10 am on Asiana 572
* arrive Khabarovsk at 3:10 pm
* miles on this leg 886: miles total 7839
27 August Sunday
* celebrate my birthday at Scalinis
28 August Monday to 30 August Wednesday
* visit the children!
* redo our medical exams
31 August Thursday
1 Sept Friday to 10 Sept Sunday
* wait out the TenDay Wait - children may be with us for some or all of this time
11 Sept Monday to 15 Sept Friday
* adoption decree is finalized
* apply and wait for children's Russian passports with our names included
16 Sept Saturday
* depart Khabarovsk 3 pm on Domodevo 126
* arrive Moscow 4:35 pm
* miles on this leg 3835: miles total 11674
17 Sept Sunday
* explore Moscow
18 Sept Monday
* Children's Medical Exams for US Embassy
* Children's Visas for US entry
* Register Children with Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
19 Sept Tuesday
* depart Moscow at 7:15 am on SwissAir 1325
* arrive Zurich 8:45 am
* miles on this leg 1368: miles total 13042
* dink around for 4 hours - buy Toblerone
* depart Zurich at 12:40 pm on SwissAir 8
* arrive Chicago at 3:15 pm
* miles on this leg 4443: miles total 17485
* Clear customs and Immigration
* take pictures, get weepy, admire our new little citizen
* depart Chicago at 7:45 pm on United 689
* arrive Seattle at 10:05 pm
* miles on this leg 1721: miles total 19206
* rent car, drive home, collapse.