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We are looking into summer programs for the boys at colleges that they are interested in attending. As I am browsing the various websites I can feel the panic setting in. It is the same panic that I remember from when they were like 4 or 5 and I was trying to plan a birthday party out at a Discovery  Zone or one of those places. Almost, but not as bad, as planning my own wedding. I remember that feeling when I started looking, about a month and a half before their birthdays (the two older boys’ birthdays are close to each other) for a birthday party place. Places were booked, filled, out of commission for months. How could this be? I came to the realization that I needed to plan their parties not a month or more ahead but a half year or a year ahead? Who, in this world, has that kind of time or more appropriately, time management skills? Certainly, dare I say, not I. With some luck and flexibility we were able to plan the party and all was well, but not without a great deal of anxiety, stress and guilt on my part. How could I be such a bad mother?

Fast forward a dozen years or thereabouts and the same guilt, stress and anxiety are taking over. Who would think that I would need to submit applications for most pre-college summer programs before winter vacation? In my naive state, I once again believed, incorrectly for the most part I might add, that months would be sufficient for a July program, not 6 months or more. Luckily not all of these programs have such early deadlines for applications, and many of the ones that do are just not within reach for one reason or another anyway, so maybe, just maybe we will be all set. Time will tell. I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe I should start perusing graduate schools for application deadlines now — before the boys even start college. –Just to be on the safe side.

So, I have to admit that it feels pretty good to recycle, reuse or repurpose something or to compost our food debris. I must admit that I am not an ultra-super crazy person about it, but it feels much better at least to me, to put my veggie scraps into the compost than in the garbage. I know that they will go out into the compost pile, feed the chickens and do something good in the greater scheme of things. Imagine how much better I felt when I read a post over at 17 Apart about regrowing bok choy. Even better when my husband had just gotten me three bags of baby bok choy from Phat Thai. What timing! What karma!

So, when I chopped off the bases of the bok choy to do my stir fry, I followed their directions and placed my bok choy ends in a dish of water on my plant stand. That was Saturday night. This is today.

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty cool, don’t you think?

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I came across this on Food In Jars website  which is a pretty cool website about…well…food in jars. Canning, pickling, storing, preserving… all that need stuff that you feel compelled to do when you live where I live because everyone else is doing the same thing. Marissa over at Food In Jars was talking about a Kickstarter idea that she donated to that came to fruition and it is quite ingenious. It is a BPA-free plastic lid for mason jars that allows you to “shake, pour and store” from your mason jar. The lid is called reCap and it is available for sale here.

It permits you to use your mason jars as a pourer without removing the lid which makes it a much more user friendly drinking container for those who use their mason jars as such or for pouring salad dressings or other liquids out of the mason jar without making a huge mess. Pretty cool, huh? i think I might have to grab a couple of these — according to reCap’s site, if you buy three or more, shipping is free.

Photo: reCap Mason Jars

Last night was confirmation night. Tyler and about sixty or so other candidates were confirmed at St. Peter’s Church in Rutland. TJ was Tyler’s sponsor and it was very nice to see the boys together. I was very proud that TJ stood up for his brother. Last year, TJ was the last candidate confirmed. He and the Bishop had a conversation after he was confirmed, while the entire congregation looked on, making TJ very nervous. This year, Tyler was confident that he was “safe” considering that he was by no means the last one. Evidently, Bishop Matano had other plans though and took the time, after confirming him to ask them both questions. He evidently remembered TJ from last year. It provided us all with some chuckles.

 

It is incredibly foggy here today. Like crazy London, Jack-the-Ripper foggy. Usually it will burn off if it is really foggy early in the morning. Today, no such luck. It is also rather cool… the wood stove is going once again….

 

 

Doesn’t he just look so darn handsome?

 

 

 

I love it when the men in my life allow me to take their pictures (without scowls or annoyed faces, of course). We had a great time, had some great food and then I headed onto Montpelier alone to take a multi-day training seminar on collaborative law which was very interesting. The men hung around Burlington longer and then headed back.

Sadly though, going on alone also meant dining alone…. with a good book. It occurred to me as I spread myself out in my hotel room that I believe it is the first time that I ever stayed in a hotel alone…..weird isn’t it to think that I have walked upon this earth 48 years and never stayed alone in a hotel room — or lucky. I prefer to think of it as lucky. I have always been fortunate to have someone along for the ride.

 

 

There is something to be said for knowing where you are at all times. I don’t mean generally knowing where you are… but more like an exact pinpoint someone-needs-to-rescue-you-from location. Such was the case today, as I was driving along, minding my own business, enjoying my me time as I was headed to pick up a son and his friend who had spent the weekend in New Hampshire. I was headed for the pre-designated drop-off/pick-up location to meet them when suddenly and without any warning, my accelerator failed to accelerate. Let me tell you that it is very difficult to drive up hill when you cannot accelerate — and if this happens to happen on the highway, it prove most disturbing to the driver (i.e. Me). Luckily I was able to pull over to the side of the highway before losing all momentum and there I sat.

Armed with my AAA card, I immediately called for assistance, apparent to me that a non-running car does one no good and being over an hour from home, a phone call to my husband was not the wisest of first choices since it was not an easy come-get-me call. It occurred to me when the person on the other end of the phone asked me my location, that while I generally knew where I was and where I was headed, I had absolutely no idea of my exact location when the car stopped running, having not really been paying much attention to landmarks along the way. Together, the very nice woman on the other end of the phone and I figured out where I was located enough to give that information to the tow truck driver. Even better though, a state trooper stopped and was not only able to tell me exactly where I was located but also call the towing company directly so that they were en route with a minimal wait on my end.

The tow truck driver was kind enough to give me a ride up the road to a nearby convenience store, where I was able to catch a ride from my son’s friend’s dad when he got into the area. We were safely deposited at our pre-designated location and waited for my hubby to make his way over to pick us all up and drive us home. Luckily because it was a beautiful day, my other son and his girlfriend decided against joining me on the trek over to pick up his brother and opted to stay home and spend time outside enjoying the sunny day instead of stuck in a car. Otherwise, I am not sure how we would have managed the extra two people in getting from there to here. All things happen for a reason and today was a clear example of that.

Lesson learned — be ever cognizant of where you are, since you never know when you will have to tell someone where you are and how to get to you, even when it is the last thing on your mind.

 

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Hard to believe there is such a stark difference.

Seedlings are growing indoors. I have blossoms on my pea plants. Raspberry bushes that we planted indoors are throwing shoots up like mad, yearning to be put in the ground and spread out.

Daffodils are up in the full bloom at the bottom of the hill where the grass is green.

This morning, the Fed Ex guy and I were talking when he dropped off a package at our house and he told me that a friend in Killington sent him pictures of snow from last night….. 8 1/2 inches fell on the guy’s car and he saw the pictures (as my TJ would say “pictures or it didn’t happen”) to confirm it. There is more snow forecast for tonight in the higher elevations.

Snow, spring, seedlings, showers, flowers, sunshine — as they would say on a favorite children’s show “one of these things just doesn’t belong

 

 

 

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Today is the second day that we woke up to it snowing. Yesterday, at some points it looked more like the middle of February rather than the middle of April. Literally, it was snowing so hard you couldn’t see and the snow was accumulating — the grass was covered as were all the lawn furniture and flower beds. Mother Nature is either a bit backwards this year or she has a really weird sense of humor. Perhaps she is just in perpetual April Fool’s mode this month. Either way, not much seeing the humor in it.

My poor seedlings might never see the light of the outdoors if this keeps up – might as well turn the sun room into the garden this year. The wood stove is still blasting away here. If you didn’t look at the calendar you might not believe that it is in fact April. Oh, don’t get me wrong, we’ve had April snowstorms — real storms where we wound up with inches if not a foot or more of snow — but after a very mild and snow-free winter for the most part it really is very anti-climatic. We are ready for the nice weather, we are ready for the shades of color that come along with spring — we are not ready or happy about waking up to snow showers instead of rain showers.

 

 

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter.  This morning after church we opted for a nice quiet family Easter morning brunch here at home. The challah bread I made yesterday transformed into french toast with fresh berries, Locker bacon, homemade hash browns, eggs from the chickens and these lovely little fruit cups — because everyone needs some chocolate on Easter. Hope you are having the day with those you hold near and dear to your heart.

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In case you had any doubt that maybe I was stretching it a little when I said it was still cold here …… this is the forecast for the next four days. Where the heck is spring???

I admit it wouldn’t be the first time there was some chance of snow on the ground for Easter, but jeepers, the forecast didn’t look like this all winter long……

 

Tonight

Slight Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Snow
Lo 26 °F
Sunday

Slight Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Rain/Snow
Hi 45 °F
Sunday
Night

Slight Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Snow
Lo 28 °F
Monday

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Hi 45 °F
Monday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 26 °F
Tuesday

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Hi 44 °F
Tuesday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 28 °F
Wednesday

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Hi 42 °F
Wednesday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 28 °F

 

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So, this year it is just the five of us for Easter. The boys have voted to not dye eggs (which does make me a little bit sad) instead we are headed off tonight to spend the evening with some good friends celebrating a birthday. Tomorrow, we thought about brunch out and then decided we’d brunch in instead. To that end, there is homemade challah bread rising by the woodstove as I type this (yes, folks it is still that cold here) and the fresh fruit is in the fridge.

For dessert there will be homemade cream puffs. That is of course if they survive the boys and their friends this afternoon……

 

 

So… while we won’t have eggs dyed or an egg hunt since there are no little ones here to share the Easter Bunny’s coming with us and I won’t get to make up baskets with my favorite basket designer, we will eat well.

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