Coming Soon – Sewing, Pickled Covercrops & Hamantashen (oh my)

It is a super busy time here with the farm season kicking off,  plus I have been on a bit of a sewing tear and working on some fiction writing.  Even though my plate feels very full, I want to update my blog more often in the coming months, probably with quicker posts.   We will see if that actually happens but in the meantime, I will tell you what I hope is coming soon. 1) a wrap up of my latest sewing adventures which includes learning to use an actual pattern not marked EASY. 2) an interview with super pickling expert …

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Surprise in the Mail

This morning I suddenly heard the sound of lots of birds chirping.  I looked out the window expecting a flock of birds to be passing by or filling a nearby tree but I couldn’t find anything. I stepped outside on the porch and it was so much louder.  The skies and trees were empty so I started searching around for a nest somewhere on our porch.  Since we use our porch for the farm, there are a lot of places to look like on top of the cooler, and behind it, but I couldn’t find anything. The chirping was was …

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Strawberry Summer Cake in February

So it turns out Valentines day is a huge deal in preschool.  My son was looking forward to it for weeks and when the day finally arrived there was a party at school complete with candy, presents and yes dinosaur temporary tattoos.  He even brought home his first Valentine with a carefully lettered “I love you” message on the front. Fishing for compliments, I asked, “Is this for Dad or for me, or for the whole family.”   His answer was stunning, and humbling.  “It is for the whole world, I love everyone in the world.”  Four year olds are truly amazing creatures. I used to be a Valentine’s day …

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Sharing a Friend’s Post

My friend and fellow blogger just posted this beautiful piece remembering her mother on her blog, AbiTravelblog.   It contains some interesting wisdom about parenthood and reminds me of the importance of writing to and about our children. I loved reading the piece and I want to share it here in case you want to read it too. Shabbat Shalom!

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Nursing our Fledgling Apple Orchard

The Jewish New Year for trees, or Tu Bishvat is coming up next week. In anticipation, I wrote the following piece for the Jewish parenting blog Kveller.com, which is also running a contest where you can win a package of our organic dates from our small business supporting Israeli farmers. Thanks for reading and Shabbat Shalom! Years ago my husband and I volunteered on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu in Israel, working in an organic vineyard and vegetable garden. On Tu Bishvat (the Jewish holiday celebrating the new year for trees!) kibbutzniks we had never seen in the fields came to help …

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Natural Play on the Farm

I am not going to pretend that my children go outside to play every day.  There are plenty of days in Maryland that are too cold, or too hot, or too windy to play safely outside.  But today we took a little walk outside and it turned out to be so inspiring.  I love how creative children are with play especially when they are out in nature. A ladder set aside from a job becomes a natural obstacle course for learning balance. We do not have much in the way of an outdoor playground and it is at these moments when …

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A Petition to Sesame Street on Breastfeeding

A few years ago, someone pointed me to this Sesame Street clip from 1977 with the wonderful Buffy breastfeeding her baby Cody and Bigbird asking all about it.   Since that day, I have returned to the clip several times – both alone and to share with my children. Today, I was happy to discover this piece on Huffington Post where mothers are calling on Sesame Street to bring breastfeeding back to Sesame Street.  It is actually pretty hard to fathom that it is controversial to include breastfeeding in the mix of ways to feed babies along with bottle feeding.  The …

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Spiderman vs. the Shammas – A Late Hanukkah Post

Somewhere around the fourth night of Hanukkah, my four year old boy came up with a pressing question. “Who is more powerful,” he asked. “Spiderman or the Shammas.” The shammas is the Hanukkah candle that is lit first and used to light all of the other candles on the menorah. Spiderman needs no introduction.  I am not sure how he learned about Spiderman, but I think it was word of mouth from another child at pre-school. I was stumped. “Who?”  he pressed. “Because the Shammas can’t climb up bridges,  right?” he said. I decided to go for some professional intervention …

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First Books

As a new Kindle reader, I have been giving some thought to the value of paper books over digital and it is sad to think of a world that no longer needs real books.  I am also grateful for the convenience of many books in my hand at once and find myself reading more fiction because it is suddenly accessible to read while nursing or rocking my toddler to sleep. My preschooler is starting a reading program at school.   This week he brought home his second “Bob” book to practice over the weekend.  I instantly fell in love with the …

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What Grieving Feels Like: Remembering a Grandfather

Unlike other emotions, grieving feels like a force that comes from the outside world and settles suddenly in my body like the flu or a storm. It arrives suddenly and slows the pace of my steps. Grief seems to make gravity stronger and everyday objects are heavier to pick up. It is exhausting. When we are not grieving, we forget that is so tangible — like someone strapped weights to your legs while you were sleeping. And you forget that it feels entirely different from regular sadness — like it has a different source. It reminds me of the first …

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