Domesticity

9 Mar

The house is pungent with kale this morning. I cooked a bunch and Dave pureed it into little cubes to torture feed to Walt. I am hoping that because I like kale so much my little boy will too. He’s young I know but I have memories of only wanting to eat chicken fingers and spaghetti growing up so I don’t want that to happen to him. We’ve tried sweet potato, peas, avocado, carrots, pears, rice cereal, applesauce… in addition to kale some acorn squash is next on the list. Then some kind of bean, probably black eyed peas. I can’t imagine not cooking it in bacon or ham but maybe that’s too much for his tiny, sweet little heart. He was eating like a champ for a couple weeks but recently he’s started choking on his lunch and dinner. His daily breakfast of cereal, applesauce, pears and cinnamon goes down easy still.

A couple nights ago I finally overcame my fear of my sewing machine’s instruction manual and had Dave help me thread the needle. It’s about 20 pages of incoherent pictures matched with sparse wording. Luckily Dave loves those challenges, and it was pretty adorable watching him practice sewing some scraps together before he even let me try. I keep buying these onesies from Value Village that fit weirdly on his legs. So on a particularly cute one I cut the legs off and needed to hem the “shirt” so the bottom wouldn’t curl up in the wash. Besides the fact that I’ve had the sewing machine for two years and out on my craft table for a year, beckoning me to start my quilt, and a good friend gave me a sewing book as a baby present (patterns and instructions for sewing baby stuff), so I needed to get on that. I feel the craft urge in my fingertips, waiting for some sewing proficiency to happen so I can wow myself with my accomplishments.

I was talking to a friend yesterday about reading some travel blogs and getting wanderlust as a result. My in-laws are in Thailand right now playing with tigers, and I also see these awesome pictures from around the world, and I just want to throw off the shackles of our mortgage and our growing possessions and travel forever. I would love to just take off on foot (well, ground travel by car, boat, and train) and go everywhere.

Thai Tiger

But then I also want to move out to the country and cook and sew and read and put together puzzles by the fire and home school… kind of like Laura Ingalls Wilder or Anne of Green Gables.

My friend suggested I do both. What an idea! Could I really have it all?

Spring is coming

I already have it all!

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6 Responses to “Domesticity”

  1. OwlMcCloud March 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Love Tigers so much!

    • mamajohnston March 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      Me too! Beautiful picture, but we told him to come home with all his limbs attached!

  2. Sarah March 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    It’s hard to believe tigers can be that tame! I have a friend who has spent the past few years in South Africa, and every time I hear from him I get *insanely* jealous. They’ve definitely made the most of it and have had the time of their lives!

    • mamajohnston March 12, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      I wonder if they just stuff the tigers full of food before they let in any visitors! I would love to live overseas… Maybe one day!

  3. nevercontrary March 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    YOu can totally have it all!

    • mamajohnston March 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

      I hope so even though I feel incredibly lucky already 🙂

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