Friday, October 28, 2011

She's Got a Pneumatic Sander and She's Not Afraid to Use It

After looking at lots of replacement car possibilities, our eldest has made an incredibly wise choice:  paint the current (paid-for!) Civic!!

Her dad has some experience with the process, having once painted a freezer, a BMW 535 and a Bronco 2.

We worked all day to remove the dark blue paint. . .

 . . . from the car . . .

 . . . and ended up wearing it ourselves : )

My beautiful daughter had blue paint dust in her hair, in her eyes, in her ears, and yes, even in her belly button!

When we called it a day (after a day filled with power tools), we used one last one:

We created 2 small blue dust clouds by blowing each other off with the leaf blower.

It was a good day.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Stars gleamed up above.
Moonlight pierced the dark branches
Casting down moonlace.

Sometimes when we take our early morning walk, we talk...
...and there is no limit to the subject matter: weddings, painting cars, birthday parties, traffic, family members...
...and sometimes we don't.

When we don't talk, I'm writing in my head.  I'm playing with words to convey exactly what is surrounding me as we walk along.  And since it's really dark at 5 a.m., the sky is very nearly all I can see.

When I first joined Mr. H and the Eldest on the morning walk, Orion was in the eastern sky as we left the house.  Now he is slightly west of overhead.

I am very aware of the phase of the moon. A waxing moon will have already set before we start out.  A waning moon will light our path, but lose a bit of its power every day until it fades completely for a while.

Last week the moonlace was conspicuous under our feet.  Now it is dissolving with the moonlight.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Let Me Give You a Hand

There are some people in the world who just know how you think.  
A good friend of mine (M2) knows me.  
When she needs a large blue hand, she knows who to call.  And between the 2 of us (but mostly her!), we had everything we needed to make it happen.  
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!