The day after Anja commented on the dollhouse in the background of a recent picture, Amie took a sudden interest in it. It had been sitting on that ottoman for months… The first thing she asked for was steps. The Manushes couldn’t get into the house! So I made steps, which the Manushes now use […]
I can’t remember or find out via which blog I discovered this (my apologies), but it is fantastic and I want to spread the word. It is “The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard,” an informative, entertaining and especially rousing little movie (20 minutes long) about, you know, stuff. Go have a look-see! I’ll just reproduce […]
This morning I told Amie L would come and play with her while Mama also went to office. L iz her favorite assistant at daycare and the only one to have babysat her, once before. She cried for a minute and asked me to stay. I said I could stay a little bit. She asked could […]
The scones that Amie and Mama made this morning at 6 am. In the background some of the silver dinnerware Amie received as gifts from her family in India. While she was patting down the batter, she said “I’m a big girl. I’m doing a good job. I’m a good Mama”. I immediately forgave the […]
Yeah. You are seeing that right. See, there was no hairband close by. Or close enough by.
We’re no longer wearing summer hats and baggy pajamas when we go outside now, so I am putting away the Fall banner of Amie throwing the stone into Walden Pond. The new banner honors Amie’s Little Bird, and Winter. Keep warm, everyone.
It’s like an early Christmas present! Just when I was going to subscribe to American Elf to catch up, James Kochalka launched the brandnew American Elf Supersite and the archives are free! I laughed so hard at some of the strips I got cramps in my side! (That Bonus Elf seems interesting, though, so I am still […]
While in Kolkata, I got hooked on birds again. It happens at times, especially in Spring. It stands to reason that I should be a birdwatcher: I love quietly observing, recording in notebooks, classifying. I love birds – of all the animals, I think they are the most wonderful. I have several bird guidebooks to show for my […]
Amie’s auntie, my sister-in-law, whom Amie calls Toot-Toot-Pishi (“Pishi” is the Bengali word for aunt-on-the-paternal-side), so very generously gave us a wonderful cd of English nursery rhymes as sung by Preeti Sagar, an Indian singer (see insert on cd cover above). Well! Thanks a bunch! The problem is not that Preeti, who is otherwise sweet-voiced, pronounces “heatlhy, wealthy” […]
Cooking really helped me settle back in domestically. I made a hearty potato-leek soup and a Flemish soup/stew called “Gentse Waterzooi”, which means “watery mess from Ghent”. Both are essentially winter and comfort foods (served hot, with heavy cream and lots of potatoes), so that also took care of our climatic shock (Singapore 85 F, […]