May 5: The other Easter

May 6, 2013 § 2 Comments

You may not know that today was the Orthodox Easter. We didn’t do much, but we did color one egg using my favorite technique: in onion skins. J. did a great job explaining this “Serbian” way of coloring eggs to his dad, and I will explain it to you: you may find flowers or leaves to put on the egg; then wrap it in onion skins, making sure the whole egg is colored. Wrap in cheese cloth, tie with a string, and put into cold water (I have learned that you put eggs in cold water and then boil them with the water to avoid cracking), then cook for 10-15 minutes. Voila!

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Depending on the type of onion you use, colors vary. I remember dark ocher eggs from my childhood.

 

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March 23: Spring things

March 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

It was a beautiful sunny day and the first day of spring break for me. We spent it putting up the kitschy spring decor and gardening.

A certain kid wanted to see what would happen if he kept an egg warm long enough.

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No chicks have hatched yet.

And here are a few of our impossibly kitschy decorations, most of them pink, in some funny and unlikely situations.

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Then in the afternoon, after a trip to the nursery, we all went outside to plant. J. got the incredible insect-eating plant as an early birthday present.

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And I finally bought myself a new azalea plant because azaleas make me inexplicably happy.

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One certainly feels much better when sitting in the grass on a sunny day, or digging holes in the soil, getting her hands dirty.

December 2: Tree decorating

December 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

The good old friends only stayed for a little over a day, and the house felt empty after they were gone (I have known and loved them since we were 15), so the natural thing to do, of course, was to watch the Grinch and decorate the tree. Yes, we are a little late, and still not done, but here are the highlights of our efforts:

J. decorating the tree

J. decorating the tree

 

D's mom's cloth decorations

D’s mom’s cloth decorations

some of our decorations including salt-dough and handmade paper ones we made

some of our decorations including salt-dough and handmade paper ones we made

solstice/christmas fruit trees

solstice/christmas fruit trees

 

 

October 8: The beginning of Halloween decorating

October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

We pulled out our Halloween decorations — all three boxes of them. I realize that some people don’t have this many Christmas decorations. But that’s how we do things around here: excessively. Tonight, my pumpkin and I put together a favorite decoration, a haunted house we bought a few years ago and paid too much for (it was worth it!)

That’s my pumpkin

and here is the house, decorated with glittery stickers in addition to its own spooky decor.

The entire family was entertained (except for the youngest member who was fast asleep), which is what makes celebrating holidays and the cycle of the seasons so great.

September 27: fall kitsch

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ah, fall decorating. Maybe you wait until Christmas to get the kitschy decor out, but in our house, as soon as the garden loses its summer luster, we begin decorating. Tonight was a good night to start. O. was asleep by 7:30, and after playing a yoga board game, J. and I got to work. First, though, we lit those health candles from last night (along with Gaia and Green Man).

Then I filled the cornucopia, hoping for abundance. J. asked if you put corn into a cornucopia, which is a great question. There is some corn in there, actually, but it’s hard to see. The boys were sleeping on the couch when I took this picture, so it was taken in complete darkness.

Of course, where would we be without fake leaves in windows and on the piano?

My little helper made his own fall art. I appreciate the calming effect of making things on his otherwise restless self.

All in all, a pleasant evening in our household. You’d never know there was turmoil in the world.

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