painting (and concussion recovery)

24 September 2013 Comments Off on painting (and concussion recovery)

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Last week the eldest got a rather bad bump to the head,
which resulted in a mild concussion.
After some discussion and appointments with doctors and school
he’s staying at home while his head heals.

Finding slow-paced activities that entertain
an active and intelligent 8 year old
who is used to movement and mental stimulation
is a rather tricky business, so I thought I may chronicle them here.

Because he is able to walk without any issues
(no dizziness, nausea, etc)
we chose to do our annual apple picking
but kept the outing leisurely.
Making applesauce the next day –
the chopping and ladling perfect activities for not-too-much thinking,
and a cake made the day after that.
Again keeping busy, but little concentration.

Today he and I took Millie on a shortened distance, with more dawdling, walk –
gathering leaves, black walnuts, grasses, flowers, and seeds along the way.
Hours later we opened the new paintbox (surprisingly nice for the price!)
and painted “nature symphonies.”
Setting it aside when it was time to fetch the youngest up from school,
they both turned to it again,
after gobbling slices of cake and tea,
truly enjoying their careful, soothing, quiet work.


apple season

24 September 2013 Comments Off on apple season

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Almost every year we go to a local orchard to pick apples,
this year we went on the first day of autumn,
the branches almost breaking with the heaviness of fruit –
gala, golden delicious, macintosh, jonagold, empire.

A large batch of applesauce made while the crisp fruits are at their peak,
slow hours of chopping and simmering,
pressing and spicing.
jars lined up,
waiting to be eaten,
alone or turned into cake for tea.

a week of mornings

19 September 2013 § 2 Comments

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sunday morning | respiteSunday

monday morning | respiteMonday

tuesday morning | respiteTuesday

red sky and rainbow | respiteWednesday


8 September 2013 § 2 Comments

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birthday | respite

Today our sweet youngest turned six.
We celebrated with sweets and treats and sunshine.

A visit to two different parks
A dark chocolate cake and chocolate glaze
with beeswax candles and washi tape flags
A gold paper crown :: made from sturdy scrapbook paper and this template
Some pirates or king’s gold from grandpa :: $1 coins
A boy-sized pirate mug (and fun birthday napkins!) :: from the beautifully illustrated Belle and Boo
A few other goodies including a wooden skittles/bowling set
and the yearly birthday book rounded out the fun.

Such a lovely day for a lovely little boy.

sunday evening

1 September 2013 Comments Off on sunday evening

lake | respitelake | respite

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