Saturday, 25 April 2015

Inside out

Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer!
I must get outside and breathe the air deeply again! -Gustav Mahler

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A school night

I am trying hard to go outside after work with the kids.
It is never that easy, but staying home and falling asleep on the couch is not great either.

The other night we had a drizzly, foggy walk over to the school yard.
It is a school yard with a lot of contours, a hill, and big boulders. It has a life outside of school, just like us.

Friday, 17 April 2015

The river is off

"No can be no or know.

Ate can be eight or ate, like the number and eating....

One question...why does the river not run in the morning? Why does it only run after lunch and after school?"

Well, what do you think happens in between morning and lunch time with the sun?

"It warms up?"


"It melts the snow banks?"

Yes.  Is that the river over there?

Yes, but it is turned off in the morning, remember?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Melting free

 We are slowly,
 (for some too slowly)
melting free.


This week we were confronted with the death of our pet gecko Cornelius. My son who was sort of "in charge" of Cornelius decided that death was a side effect  of losing his tail about a month ago after he got scared by our very curious cats.  Did you know that gecko's drop their tails when they get spooked by a predator and that the tail wiggles briefly to distract the predator? We learned all this and more this past month.

Yes, death is a side effect of the events of our lives.

The next day, my son overheard me discussing  the health of our elderly aunt.  He wanted to know if she had some kind of "itis".  No, I said, "No "Itis", she is just getting older".  She, like us all, is experiencing the side effects of living.