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A Day Only A Mother Could Love

So I rarely write about what happens inside our house on The Tenderfoot but if there was a day to share today would be the one.

Babe got up with the kids so I could sleep in for an extra couple of hours. There’s a voice that keeps me awake to tell me he’s doing something wrong or in the wrong order but I was able to shut her up this morning and slept a little after they were up. What a peaceful treat!

TLD went down for his morning nap as soon as I was up so Belle and I sat at the kitchen table and set out to start our garden seeds. I should have done it weeks ago but better late than never, right? She dropped the seeds into the peat pellets and I packed the dirt after her. Mini pumpkins, giant pumpkins, hot peppers, beefsteak tomatoes, watermelon, onion and nasturtiums for Belle, all ready for little water and sun.

Belle lost interest after a while and left me at the table to go watch PBS with Bear, the german shepherd rescue that we just a adopted a few weeks ago. I won’t go into too much detail about Bear since we decided this morning that we’re not a good fit for him and I’m returning him to the rescue lady tomorrow. Anyway, I was sowing when from the other room Belle yelled “NO, Puppy. Stinky POO!”.

I hauled it into the tv room to discover not poop on the floor but two lumps of dog barf and my daughter was standing on the couch, pointing at them. “The metal spatula should get it up good”, Babe yelled down from upstairs. He was riveted by Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter and hadn’t put it down since he cracked it open yesterday. “Umm. Ok”.

After playing outside for a while with Bear and helping Belle fly her kite, we decided to grab a bite out. We had plans to visit some family later in the afternoon but Babe and I were famished. We stopped at the hardware store so he could run in for something. I stayed in the car with TLD and Belle since they were both dozing. A half hour later we were sitting at a not-too-crowded pizza place, eager for our food to arrive.

I made a quick call to say we’d be a little late getting to the gathering since we hadn’t gotten our food yet. I’d just ended the call when Belle looked up from the picture she was coloring to tell me her mouth hurt. “Did you bite your tongue, Honey?” I asked to which she nodded… then puked all over the table!

I grabbed a roll of paper towels out of the hand of a hostess who was wiping a nearby table saying something like “I really really need those towels-thanks”. She spun around, startled by the crazy women who just nabbed her towels. “Umm. Ok”.

We grabbed our food to go, drove home and invited the people we were supposed to visit to our house. When we got home I put TLD down for a nap, ravaged my food and hurriedly tidied the kitchen. Babe cuddled with Belle, who had no appetite but was feeling fine, while I got the house ready. “Don’t forget to clean that bathroom. The sink and toilet are filthy” he called to me. “Umm. Ok”.

Our visiters came over and enjoyed watching Belle and TLD crawl all over Babe and I’m sure they didn’t believe us when we told them she’d gotten sick at the restaurant. All of us sat on the playroom floor with Bear watching us from the other side of the safety gate. They stayed till I started making dinner. It was a pleasant visit even though I couldn’t stop picking at my legs which were bumpy from the poison ivy I encountered while weeding yesterday.

“I forgot to get you a card for today, Honey” Babe admitted. TLD was playing on his lap while I cleared the plates and cleaned the counter. “I’m not very good at that am I.”

“Well, what would the card say if you had gotten me one?” I asked him, reaching in the fridge for a gallon of milk and waiting for a clever response.

“Our kids are so happy and do so well because of you. I’ve never seen kids who laugh as much as they do and they’re so smart. You’re a great mom, Honey.” He paused as I turned with the milk, my eyes filled with tears. “How was that?” he asked.

I wiped a cheek and smiled, “Umm. Ok”.

I closed the refrigerator door to admire my new treasures from the kids: a flower magnet (a circular photo of TLD with purple hand prints surrounding it to make petals) and Belle’s painting of a butterfly that day care sent home with them on Thursday, and Belle’s crayon picture from lunch that Babe had been able to salvage.

It really was a lovely Mother’s Day. Certainly a day only a mother could love.

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Moments


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Someone Thinks I’m Very Inspiring!

I haven’t written in a while. To be honest life got a little messy over the last few weeks and it took some time to tidy it. broke my unintentional hiatus by nominating me for a lovely award: A Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I’m quite touched. Thank you, Anna!

So, for this award, I am supposed to write seven things that my readers don’t know about me and suggest seven other blogs that inspire me.

Here goes…

1) I used to bite my fingernails all day, every day, till they bled. As soon as I finally quit I became a massage therapist so now I’m supposed to have short nails. Sometimes you’re born to do what you do already so I’ve quit quitting things.

2) If I had a super power, I’d like my fingers to work as individual dispensers: aloe gel, ketchup, antibac soap, water, massage cream, peanut butter etc. I’d have a lot more time if I wasn’t hopping from one tube, pump, pitcher or faucet to the next and how cool would it be to point at Belle’s bowl of cheerios and have it fill with milk!

3) In the 6th or 7th grade I decided I wanted to be in the Olympics and that speedwalking was going to be my sport. That summer I walked the speedwalker stride: pumping arms with elbows bent, hips swishing, exhaling in rhythmic puffs if I needed to or not.

4) Someone once asked me if I’ve been to the Grand Canyon. I think I have but to be honest I don’t remember. I said yes, but maybe I haven’t.

5) In college I had a photograph of George Carlin framed and it sat on my desk.

6) I sing Dan Fogelberg to TLD and Jimmy Buffett to Belle every night and Poi Dog Pondering to everybody every breakfast.

7) As a child, I had an imaginary friend that was a crab named “sniffer”.

To pay it forward, here are seven bloggers that inspire me. These sites give me ideas, motivation and laughter:

1.  Rita is a brilliant writer who takes me with her on her journeys through her stories, poems and photography. They’re always touching, clever and poignant.

2. Every day I receive a great little gem from Rachel. She offers tips on organization, DIY projects, and simple housekeeping. Her easy steps and photography entertain me even when  the day’s topic isn’t really on my radar. I don’t know if I’ll ever install a ceiling medallion but I learned how to do it a few days ago!

3.  Bridget transports me to her beautiful Irish country life for a few minutes whenever I need a good dose of beauty and humor.

4.  The owner of a small bookstore and the beautiful characters who browse her shelves delight me every time!

5.  David invites me to his ranch, to see his animals and enjoy a sit on his porch. His entries are always meaningful.

6.  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is much more than a guilty pleasure and her blog is a scoop of salty caramel for my soul. A master culinary artist, Jeni just won the James Beard Award for her cookbook! I have it on good authority that the sweet corn and raspberry recipe will get you laid.

7. Jen rescues Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds. We adopted “Ramsey” a few weeks ago to complete our little homestead family. Stop by her site to see the good work she’s doing!

Thanks again, Anna, for bringing me back to my keyboard! Please check out these fellow bloggers and SPREAD THE LOVE. I’ll post more from The Tenderfoot shortly!


Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Awards


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