Thursday, January 29, 2009


Bare trees and branches are about the only way to tell it's winter around here--at least this year. You know, I was feeling quite grumpy when we had that heat wave a week or so ago--about 10 days of 80+ temperatures, and I was so wishing to live in a place where "winter" is real. But (now that it is cooler and I'm feeling a bit more level headed) I've decided that the best course is to embrace the warm mild winters we have here in southern California. In truth, I know I would be a major cold weather wimp for most of winter. When I lived in Kansas I complained about how long the winter lasted and hated the snowy cold Easters. Also, I've been so caught up in Stephanie's thoughts and insights since her accident and since waking up from her long sleep. (Do you know her story? She and her husband were in a terrible private plane crash last summer and sustained some serious burn injuries. Now she is rehabilitating and blogging again. She's very positive and such an inspiration). Stephanie's post makes me realize that what we have in the here and now is such a gift. It would be so foolish to waste another minute being grumpy about the weather.

Winter nature table with flowers from farmer's market.
Dieter with his cookie.
"Just keeping it real" shot of the boys playing last weekend while I did the "photo shoot" of the cookies.
Faith's sandwich. Every day after school she's been making an "MB" sandwich (named for me because it is my "original" creation: dark rye, roast beef, Jarlsburg cheese or similar, lettuce, dill pickle slices, mayo, mustard).

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and suggestions for creative movie nights. I really appreciate them and will check them out for sure. I especially loved reading Kristi's comment which challenged my assumption that movie watching stunts kids' creativity. I love being made to re-examine what I "know" to be true.


Nina said...

I appreciated Kristi's comment as well. I like the "keeping it real" photo. It gives me some ideas for our own play dough play.

Yvonne said...

Hi! I'm following your blog - such a joy. Did you mean Jarlsberg cheese? Which is a norwegain cheese? Anyhow, enjoy!! I like their light version even better, when it comes to taste.


Fiona said...

I have the same problem with winter. It's cold and very wet in Ireland in winter, but we never get snow! I find it hard reading blogs from places where it snows for months on end.

Sally- That Girl! said...

Mary Beth,

I have not only come out of blog lurkerville, but also have a special surprise waiting for you over at my son's blog.

I absolutely LOVE your blog and often steal ideas.

You have me doing things I would have never attempted, like making birthday crowns!! I even went out and bought a new sewing machine. I taught myself to embroidery through youtube!

I am finally at a point where I accept that I will never be a perfectionist at sewing and crafting, but it is okay. The funkier the better for me!! It allows for my imperfections!

Thanks for sharing your ideas and quest for simplicity that I share with you!

Mary Beth said...

Hi Sally. I can't find your son's blog. Can you send a link? I'm so happy you've been inspired to craft. I'm not a perfectionist either, but am okay with it. It's maybe funner this way. And I love using handmade stuff in my life. Thanks for the nice comments.

Sally- That Girl! said...

Oh, I guess I should have provided that for you. Watch out! He is darling!!!!

Sally- That Girl! said...

Yes, I agree that it is kind of weird how vulnerable we may be by posting our blogs publicly. I am just hoping that all my readers have good intentions as there is not much on my blog to interest too many other than adoption, faith and family.

Thanks for stopping by and I promise to post every now and again on yours! Just finished Bryson's birthday crown!!

tjoyy said...

gee your a great mum!