Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Somebody online sent me some succulents from CALIFORNIA. Inside two stapled together paper plates. Or 4. Nice sturdy ones, but still. Wasn't that sweet? Look at this thing. I love it. LOVE it.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Transformation Q11 --> Q12. Birthday

A number of years ago (6, to be exact ... See this post) K8 and M came to visit and even though it was Q6's birthday we let K8 decide what to do, since she was visiting. And we visited Mt. Vernon.

I have never lived this down, Q11 has been complaining that K picked what they did on her birthday. And that C7 (at the time) choose the cake that Q6 had (a giant titanic cookie that we smashed into an iceberg. I admit, that sounds very much like C7 of the time. Here's the story) and generally she was trying to guilt us somehow.

But then she admitted she wanted to go to Mt. Vernon for her birthday. And to pet the sheep again. Because she'd had a lot of fun in 2012 when she did it the first time, and had really good memories of petting the sheep and the "group poop" (or was it the poop group? I'm not sure).

So this time she invited S11 & P12 to go to Mt. Vernon and then she wanted to have Turtle Cake (another throwback from her 2nd birthday. And apparently from TCR's grandmother's birthday. But I know Mum had made one for Q2 I think, one time when we were visiting for her birthday) in PolkaDot Park.

So, I made a vegan turtle cake, because Q11 went vegan a couple of weeks ago. This cake was delicious. And it looked just like the turtle cake we made 6 years ago. Almost. But not quite. I had the colors backwards. The other one was green with blue dots, see here.
Birthday morning:

And I made a cake for Pep, too, as we'd be seeing him later. Chocolate with white frosting. Also delicious.

But after breakfast I took Q, P, and S to Mt. Verson. Pictures:

But it started to rain, so we had CAKE at home!

Happy birthday, my wonderful girl!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2018


I know this picture is out of focus. I know it makes little sense. But Easter grass in Q11's hair.  Just because Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Another protest

We are tired of gun violence, and went to the protest downtown. T & J came down from Massachusetts to go. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and so sad, so crowded, and I hate that we need to do this over and over and over again and nothing changes.

We then had breakfast at this diner -- SO DELICIOUS. What was it called? Ari's Diner. I had the DC omelette, which included a half-smoke, onion, cheddar, and mumbo sauce. Best omelette ever.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 2018 -- just zooming through the year, here, hey hey.

OK, a friend was giving away a Papasan chair, and as much as I didn't really want one, any sleep solution is a good solution for Q11. So we went out in the rain to get it.

We had some limbs come down, so we thought it was a good time to teach the girls how to chain saw. But you'll notice Q11 DOESN'T HAVE SHOES ON.

After some yelping from me, C13 got shoes on.

St. Patrick's Day ... an excuse for C13 to make cookies.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Q11 and her friend S11 went ice skating. I read my book on the cold cold bleachers. C and C stayed home? I don't know, actually, what they did!

And I found that we hav a giant statue of conversation hearts in Hyattsville. I found this out on February 14. I thought they'd brought these out just for Valentine's Day. I was told no, they'd been there for years.

We met with old friends on Feb 23, as they brought their daughter to Maryland to visit UMD. FUN dinner and then Yogi Castle. And, look there's my thumb in the picture!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Januay 2018

Did anything happen in January? I don't remember. I've got to go back and look.

Well, L4 got a new bed! And she's wearing one of the girl's blankies.

Other than that??? I took a photo of a glass. and Q11 & S11 did a video. One of many.