Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tree rings

As a mother one must never pass up an opportunity to teach a child.

Little J and I hike nearly every day. Possibly due to fresh air supply to my brain or coffee that I drink on the way to state parks, my best thinking occurs in the wild. Which works out great because my lovely son has infinite amount of questions that multiply as he walks in nature. I tend to fire the answers pretty fast and well, rarely faking them or using google ( mostly because the signal in the woods is too poor to use the internet.)

Then there are rare occasions where I remember something I learned in school or from my grandfather with enough detail that I can make an educated lesson on the fly. Like the one about the age of trees. I recently enjoyed explaining to Little J the art of telling the past simply by looking at the cross-section of the fallen or cut down tree. As I am sure you all know, every year tree’s growth records a ring. As we count those we can tell how old the tree was. Scientist can also tell by the size of the ring about climate changes, fires, volcanic events, insect infestation, if Lindsey Lohan was arrested that year… To be really fancy I even consulted my assistant aka iPhone and taught my son the study of tree rings is called dendrochronology.

So we counted some rings, practiced math, had an interactive lesson in biology and a physical activity all in one. Pass on the mommy award!

Yesterday morning Little J crawls into my bed. The sun is shining on our faces and he is looking at me lovingly.

Little J: Mommy if you were a tree you would be two years old.

Me: That’s sweet. Why two?

Little J: You have two big lines on your forehead.

Next lesson: chemistry. How to mix up Botox.

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Monday Listicles

Have you heard of places with no internet and no cell reception?

Seriously, they exist. We went on a skiing vacation in one of the best resorts our beautiful state has to offer this week. Amazing time, amazing place, great skiing. But NO twitter, facebook, Instagram, blogging! I could not google things and we called from a landline every morning to check the snow conditions on the mountain. In case you are unsure what house phone looks like:

Because it was the first time ever for my 5 year old son to see me use it!

Anyhow I taught Little J how to ski and play chess without an app and Big M found a bear without google maps. My husband did not irritate me in the least and we actually had a great time. So for this week’s listicle, chosen by The Bonny Bard I decided to narrow down 10 ways my partner’s awesome to just this past week. Cause you all already know my husband is sexy and kind and a great dad and writes my listicles for me and… So let me tell you some of the great things he did while on leave. And what makes your partner awesome?

Also due to no internet situation I am a little behind on reading your lists of 10 fantastic smells Kerry called for last week. I will catch up, promise. Thank you Kerry for a great suggestion.

Next week, how about a list of 10 things spring.

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. He grows a great beard.

2. He walks our dog in pouring rain.

3. He does most of the cooking.

4. He let me have extra alone skiing time.

5. He cleaned out the garage.

6. He did not talk about work at all.

7. He says cool old school stuff like: Listen to your mother son!

8. He chopped wood and made a fire just for me.

9. He said my hair looks great a few times this week.

10. He really stepped up yesterday morning when I double booked myself by mistake.

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Monday Listicles

Greetings list makers.

I must start by giving you a huge virtual fist pump for writing a list of what you are proud of last week. I know it was a tough one, but reading them made my week.

I will be quick because the dinner husband is cooking smells divine and I am starving. Which made it easy for me to write today’s list. But then I realized all my favorite smells were food related so I had a glass of water and added some others. Also related, having a glass of water does not make me any less hungry. Where were we? Ah lists. Thank you Kerry for a great list topic.

Next week:

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Fresh, warm bread.

2. Pacific ocean.

3. Baby after a bath.

4. Laundry drying in the wind.

5. Coffee.

6. Rain.

7. Pages of a new book.

8. Sweet Alyssum.

9. Maestral ( Wind in the Adriatic sea ).

10. Samsara By Guerlain

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