If you're a regular reader of this blog (thank you!) you'll know that "because, reasons" is a frequently used explanation of mine. What you may not have realized, because even I didn't realize it until just a few minutes ago, was that I apparently use it on a regular basis in real life.
The reason I know this? The Squab just answered one of my questions with the answer "because, reasons". Snark much? (Yes, yes he does. He comes by it genetically.)
So yeah, that just happened & you know what? I'm actually kinda proud of the kid. He's not only turning into an incredibler (today I declare it a temporarily legitimate word) young man & awesome older brother, but he is truly learning things, important things, from me.
Yeah, so I was going to write a bit more, maybe even throw in a picture, but it's late afternoon & I have chores to finish so I don't get grounded by myself for not doing them when I asked me to do them. So yeah, reasons.
Here's hoping you all had a good week & that your weekend will be filled with love, laughter, bubbles, hugs & just the right amount of sarcasm.
update on the piece I did when I was "Waiting for the Squab". So sorry, I blame everyone else. Because I can.
Obviously the my more astute readers will have noticed that the new banner pic at the top of the blog page looks vaguely familiar. If you are one of those folks that doesn't recognize it, don't worry. I've been staring at it since I put it up there & it never clicked that I hadn't told you guys about it.
So, to refresh/recap, the piece started out as a kamaboko board (click the link in blue above to see the original post). It was cleaned & sanitized thoroughly, then stained with alcohol ink. I'll go ahead & re-post the pics for you.
So there you have it. Late, but finally posted.
I'm thinking of attaching some hangery type things, so it can be a door sign, but haven't decided one way or the other.
It is currently chillin' on the desk in my CoW. Because I haven't decided if it's finished or not. Because I don't know if it will live with me or someone else. Because it hasn't told me what it wants to be when it grows up.
Neither have I.
Aloha hugs until later,
Yes, I have been one & I am sorry. Life has been happening, so whatever. You just have to go with it & make as lemon cake as you can. (You know, from the lemons.)
Anyway, I have been creating much as possible & decided I'd share with you one of the things I've done recently. With pictures. Like a tutorial, only not.
I am pleased with how it turned out, considering it was a recycled materials project & I had absolutely no idea or real plan whatsoever. (Yay me!)
Well, I am back & boy did I miss you.
Unfortunately life has you know, happened. Yes, much has transpired this year, including a torn meniscus (mine) & lots of nasty cold germs. So far 2015 has not been kind to start.
But I'm back & trying to get creating again. It has not been easy getting into a creative mindset, but something happened today that has helped.
Wanna know what? Well why don't I show you?
Yup, the Squab FINALLY made me (not really, but he helped a lot) scones!
You see it's finals week & the high schools had a half day, so he & a friend decided to save some money & come cook in my kitchen. (You have no idea how much this tickles me. Seriously, it's what my kitchen has NEEDED for a long time.)
Not only did they make some onolicious (sooooo good) apple scones with cinnamon butter, but they also brought me (I bribed them) a cup of my favorite Dutch Bros cawfee (white chocolate annihilator with blackberry syrup).
How can I not be inspired to make things with motivation like that? Plus, they are now making chicken nachos.
So, this is me, saying hi. I'm still recovering from the knee thing, but my mind & heart are heading back to art.
Until next time...
What a bittersweet day. As we celebrate the Squab's 17th birthday, we are also mourning the loss of a beloved friend.
John 'Keoni' Tyler was one of those rare people that everyone loved. Always smiling, even when he was in pain. Making everyone he met feel welcomed, like they were a part of the family. He warmed our hearts & made us laugh. He was a role model to many & a prime example of what it means to "Live Aloha".
His singing in the kitchen at Kana Girl's will be just one of the many things that will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Our thoughts, prayers & love go out to his ohana & friends.
Aloha Keoni, rest in peace.
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Yes, it is the third day of school & we are all still alive. Only a few minor incidents, such as the Chicken's glasses breaking at school, necessitating an impromptu (yet overdue) visit to the optometrist, resulting in the Chicken going from a four eyed kid to a two eyed babe. Yup, the Chicken finally got contacts. He is much happier.
Also, much to the surprise of the parental units (aka the Stork & I) the Squab is in Honors Chemistry this year. He came home happy yesterday because he has the opportunity to participate in the "Concurrent Credit" program at school. This means that he can earn college credit for taking Honors Chem this year. **Wow**
In other big news...
I killed a spider!
Trust me, this is a big deal for me. I don't do spiders, not even lil' baby ones the size of a pin head. (Which is why I was able to kill this one.) Believe me when I tell you, this one actually was threatening public safety, as he was climbing all over the windshield of my bird mobile (aka the van) while I was driving. Seriously, the last thing anyone needed was that lil' guy to swing into my face causing me to freak & swerve into oncoming traffic.
Honestly, they terrify me. Really, I'm still traumatized almost thirty minutes later. Call me ridiculous & over-dramatic if you will, but unless you have an irrational fear of something that you can rationally overpower, you'll never understand.
Anyway, below is a dramatization of how I TRIUMPHANTLY killed the spider that threatened to attack me while I was driving. (As a bonus for you, I added a pic of the spider pre-murder.) Bless The Google Earth for having accurate images of this event.
You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.
The above picture brought to you by yours truly. Yes, this is breakfast I started my boys' first day of school with. It is a tradition I started when the Squab started kindergarten. We have done it every year since then. I love it & so do they.
Yup, it's the first day of school! As expected I have mixed emotions because while I am happy to finally have all the human males out of the house after three months of the Chicken & Squab home everyday, I will also miss those two.
I'm a mom, we get mindbogglingly emotional when it comes to our kids. You can't fault me.
The plan for the day is to nap & possibly, actually, maybe get some work done. I did promise the Chicken crockpot ribs for dinner, that is the only concrete event, aside from picking them up from school, that I have planned for the rest of the day.
So, I'm off to finish forcing the Chicken into getting ready. The Squab starts almost an hour before his brother, so he is out the door & presumably (because he caught a ride with friends) at school.
Have a gorgeous Monday my loves!
Sorry I've been away for a bit. Things. Stuff. Life. You know how it is.
This past week was the last week of summer vacation for my boys & we've been, well you know how it goes. We tried to pack a few fun things into this week.
Imagine if you will, coming home from work one day, dog tired, mentally worn out from having to deal with "PEOPLE".
You pull into your driveway (or parking spot), do the usual getting out of the car routine & head into your house (or place of residence). You walk through the door & once inside grab the doorknob to shut the door behind you.
Would you notice this?
Yes, the picture above is of my backyard bench. All alone. Waiting for people to sit on it. For a family photo shoot.
Actually, the bench is on the north side of my yard in this pic. Under my arctic willow bushes (named Talkeetna & Denali after two of my favorite places in Alaska). In the area where the grass does not want to grow because of the shade & slight inversion that causes the water from the sprinklers to pool & flood.
I'd love to keep the bench here. It is a beautiful spot in my opinion & in the summer when it's hot, this area is cooler than the rest of the yard. I can imagine sitting there reading a book or pulling the leaves off willow branches to make wreaths.
The only drawback is that my neighbors' dogs don't like it when I hang out on that side of the yard. They think I'm invading their territory. Silly doggies!
“It isn't procrastination if you put it off right away”
I like that quote. It suits my current mood of not wanting to come up with a specific blog topic.
I would however like to mention that today, after four Twixless years, the Squab has finally gotten his braces off. Which means we can now indulge in our favorite candy bar (Twix in case you didn't catch that). Hooray for Twix!
Anyway, my mother-in-law is leaving in a few days & I have a couple of things I need to get together for her to take with her. That & I am being an Angry Aardvark (see picture below) because certain male members of my household (read: human & feline) won't stop interrupting my work!
Until next time m'dearies!
Happy Aloha Friday my loves! Its a gorgeous day here in good ol' Idaho & not just because we're having nice weather.
Nope, today is AMAZING because THE SQUAB launched his very own fineartamerica.com page dedicated to his photography. (FYI: he's responsible for the really good pics on this website.)
That's right, my oldest baby is officially a semi-professional photographer! (Semi-professional because he's still in school & that comes first.)
So go checkout his page here: Squab pics
And make sure you tell him you heard about him here!
More about "ME"
Aloha my name is Clare! My main job title is Mom, but I'm also an artist, crafter, avid experimental cook & occasional rabid baker. I live in Idaho with my husband & two sons (the "we" or "us" part of this website), but was raised in Hawaii. Feel free to explore our pages as we grow & change. Mahalo! (Thank you)
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