Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Local Art Scene

Levi's been busy drawing lately - it's something he's very focused on right now - wanting a pen or crayon during any down time in the house (or grocery store today) - beautiful to see what he's thinking about...

"Levi" Self Portrait

"Mama rides a Whale" (I love this one) - I'm the owly looking figure in the orange dress (or so I've been told) riding the moustachioed green whale

"Levi standing on Daddy Joe"

"Our House" complete with chimney

"Milk" = one big breast with dozens of little breasts inside of it

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yo yo yo

Hi from Athens!! - Levi & I here visiting Carrie, Greg, Sam, & my Mom for the weekend. Joe is Arkansas & will be on his way home tonight (as will we). Cheers!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why?, oh my...

About 10 days ago the word "why" made an appearance in Levi's vocabulary. I heard it twice that day. Today I heard it, oh... 40 times. Why Mama why? Why? Why? Why? I love that he's thinking about all those little details now - wanting to know how it all works.
Sometimes it's hard to give an answer that satisfactory though. After an extensive & repetitive exchange today, whereas I was trying to give an explanation of the bank's policy not to give suckers out anymore I heard myself say "just because"...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blue Skies

I have to say, after being near Savannah now for a year & a half - I realize this is my favorite time of the year here. I feel like I may have mentioned that before - it's just beautiful today & I'm thinking of it again.
For the most part Savannah winters are mild & spring like, but just cold enough to be inhospitable for any biting insects. That's the worst part of warm weather here = terrible mosquitoes from early spring until the killing frost in late fall. And then there's the biting sand gnats - their population surges for a few weeks in early spring & then again in fall.
We're enjoying blue skies today with temps near 70. I've got all the windows open. It's wonderful how nice weather can lift your mood - the 3 days worth of dirty dishes in the kitchen aren't worrying me at all... :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Catching up...

I lose all track of time - too long since I've been here. Finally getting back into a schedule after all the traveling & festivities around the holidays. Some pics from all the happenings...

Learning to knit - this is my first project - a wool diaper cover. Levi still wears cloth diapers at night - he's been testing this one out the last few nights.

Joe & Levi having 'man-time' = knapping arrowheads & keeping their fire tended.

Levi came to get me to show me the "H" he'd made back in the bedroom. Very cool. He's learning his alphabet & this is a first.

I've just opened an Etsy online shop & have been in a sewing frenzy getting things made to list. This is my first item - a child's hat.

Joe is making his own arrows these days - This southeastern style Indian arrow is made from local switch cane, fletched with feathers from a turkey he killed, an arrowhead he knapped, & the sinew tying it all together is from a deer he killed this fall. Taking bow hunting to a whole 'nother level.

A book we've checked out from the library right now that's inspiring me. Beautiful pictures. Lovely artwork. Red Sings from the Treetops, a year in color. By Joyce Sidman.

Visiting in Athens this past weekend. My sister Carrie turned 30th!! Joe & Levi stayed home & gave me a nice treat - a weekend by myself with my family (Mom, Dad, & Sarah came too) in Athens. Also, got to go to Rubber Soul, my most favorite yoga studio ever. A spiritual place for me.

My burly Man. Looking very sexy.

Playing around with local materials. Basket making. Still working on this one - it's taking on a bowl shape. This is marsh grass & wild grape vines.

New Years Eve. Levi taking his first candle lit shower.

Joe. Flint knapping.

Monday, January 4, 2010


It's cold here! 22 last night & 24 tonight. Mom & Dad in Wildwood woke up to 13 degrees this morn. Brrrrr.

Friday, January 1, 2010

It's a slow foods day...

We had a blast last night - the next door neighbors had a party with an outside bonfire, fireworks, & gobs of young couples with small children (the perfect crowd for us right now). Levi spent the entire evening running & playing. I have a great memory of looking up & a whole group of children (Levi included) are running with their sparklers. We had a blue moon to light the night & exceptionally warm weather - folks in flipflops & sandals. Levi made it to midnight & we all walked home happy & ready for some soft music & bed.

Today it is turning off cold & raining. A perfect day to nurse that little hammer in my head & sip coffee. Joe has decided its a slow foods day, treating us to a pot of blackeyed peas simmering on the stovetop, a venison shoulder roasting in redwine, & a mess of greens just put on. I'm sewing & Levi is busy with his artwork.

Happy New Year!!!