Friday, September 26, 2008


I've been trying to get pictures of the birds that like to hang out on our porches, but I'm not fast enough.
I'm really not fast enough to have gotten a picture of the humming bird that just flew up to our front window and stared in at me.
Stupid peeping tom hummingbirds.

This is only a phase.

This has been an interesting week. Moira can scoot herself around pretty well (not just wiggle in a circle) but she's not good at aiming yet, so she just ends up wedged under the couch. She can actively reach for her toys, but not consistently grab them, so she frequently just knocks them away and gets annoyed. She's not wanting to nap as much as she needs too lately, so she ends up cranky and rubbing her eyes until I take her to bed, at which time it's smile and giggle at Mommy time! Yay! Or, more annoying is when we lie down and she's cranky and can't settle and annoyed that food doesn't stay in her mouth while she violently tosses her head.
To make this week even. more. fun. Walker is on call. I don't know how his nights have been because he's sleeping in the guest room so the pager doesn't wake Moira up, but the last two nights he hasn't been able to come home until it's almost bedtime, and even then he has had to continue work once he got here.
Things Moira likes right now,
Standing (see picture, she is only being supported by one hand, and she can hold that posture for 30 seconds.)
Sitting on the couch between me and Walker, or between one of us and a pillow.
Holding one finger in each hand alternating which one is in her mouth. The only thing better then fingers to chew on is fingers to chew on that you can control.

Monday, September 22, 2008

What I learned this weekend

Pressure cooking still scares me.
Why they tell you to clean the rings and lip of your canning jars before you put the lid on.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Moira wishes you all a happy Talk Walk Like A Pirate Day!
Happy Walk Like A Pirate Day!
We ordered these PIRATE BUNK BEDS!!!! bunk beds for Moira's room, and I was all excited because it looked like they would be arriving today, but it turns out that only two of the three boxes were shipped to Portland yesterday and the third box is coming today. Bah!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Moira Babbles

Moira Babbles
Originally uploaded by Maydela
This video was taken with Mom & Dad's camera at Atlas Foods. Moira has recently started having extended conversations with herself, me if I don't talk too much, or the caterpillar toy that hangs over her carseat. She especially likes to babble when it's bedtime and she's trying to convince us that she's not tired.
This video is 1 minute 30 seconds.

Mystery outfit

Mystery outfit
Originally uploaded by Maydela
We got this outfit in the mail about a month ago. It was in an box with a Target shipping label. The only thing in the box with it were two address label coupons. It would be really nice to know who sent it, so I could thank them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Drunken baby
Originally uploaded by Maydela
So, Moira and I went to the store, and I was thinking how sad it was that she would be starting to eat in the winter, when there's no fresh fruit available locally, and I was too out of it earlier in the summer to store, say, the cheap ass blueberries I saw at the farmers market. Then I saw a thing of strawberries for pretty cheap, and decided to take those home and freeze some puree for her. She refused to take her regular length afternoon nap, instead getting cranky and tired every ten minutes, but refusing to go back to sleep, because, hello mom, it's not nap time. So it wasn't until Walker got home and I had cut up most of the strawberries that I remembered. Strawberries are citrus, and I therefore need to wait until she's a year old at least before giving them to her, at which time it will be strawberry season again, and she can have fresh ones.
So I have another reason why we need to get together. I have fresh strawberry puree for your lemonade.

A rare post that's not about Moira.

Originally uploaded by Maydela
I've been busy making jam and applesauce. Partly, spurred on by , partly by the large number of apples in our back yard, mostly the fact that our kitchen easily has enough space near the stove to make canning easy.
From left to right the picture is, blackberry jam, peach vanilla jam, apple pie filling, blackberry peach jam, and peach sauce (for ice cream). I didn't manage to get all the bubbles out of the apple pie filling, but hopefully it will be okay, or we will use it fast enough that I don't have to worry. There's another pot of apples cooking on the stove, but I think those may wait for some more blackberries since I found the mother lode of unpicked blackberries two blocks from my house. Seriously, they are rotting on the vine. What is wrong with my neighbors?
I need a bigger stock pot and a pressure cooker before I can put anything else in the quart jars. My stock pot is one and a half inches taller then the quart jar, and since you have to have an inch of water over the jar, it was a right mess when I was trying to seal the jars. Which is too bad, because I have cabbage I want to put in them, but really, for cabbage I need the pressure cooker anyway.

I'm totally going to make my own apple pectin next year. I found a recipe and it seems the perfect way to use up some of our apples, since you don't even have to peel them to do it. Did I mention that I still have one unharvested apple tree? Yeah. And we missed one, so those apples are just from two trees, one of which only produced eight apples.
I've also been freezing stuff for Moira for when she starts eating. So far I have apples, peaches and butternut squash. I am trying to figure out if I can do blackberries, but I'd need to de-seed it and then it would basically be baby jelly. Maybe she can just wait for next summer to experience blackberries.
Okay, so that was a tiny bit about Moira.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The dangers of teenaged boys

Originally uploaded by Maydela
Willow came to visit this last week, which was wonderful because it let me get some errands done that I had been putting off because they would be too much trouble to do by myself, like taking my wedding ring downtown to be resized.
Anyway, her family came to pick her up last night and Robin, who is teaching gymnastics to three year olds, seemed excited to have a tiny person to throw around. He said he was trying to scare her, but I pointed out that so far in her life, she seems to love anything involving being upside down or flipping over, so he'd have to try harder. Indeed, she was happy to be flung around and only started crying when he put down.

Writer's block

Today's writers block amuses me.

"Ten years ago today, Google was founded. In that time, how has Google changed your life, and do you ever go out of your way to avoid its omnipresent power?"

Well, lets see, they started employing my husband, causing us to move twice, and now be able to afford a house. And no, I tend to encourage it's omnipresent power, since that's what pays the bills.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mini update

Moira just scooted herself into a corner. And then got very angry that she was stuck.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More developmental milestones.

Oh, THAT's Stewie!
Originally uploaded by Maydela
This is the morning when Moira realized that Stewie existed. Every time he moved, she would slowly turn her head to stare at him. Now if I say his name, sometimes she'll look around to see if she can find him.
She has also developed a more piercing shriek that means, "I'm bored!", or sometimes, "That' funny!"
Also, last week we were driving in the car and she started making this weird noise that was obviously annoyed, but not a scream, more like, "Um, HELLO!" When we finally stopped at a light, I realized that her hat had fallen over her eyes.