Hide & Seek and Giggles & Smiles

imageI’ve felt out of sorts lately, I’m chalking it up to running ragged and being sick over the holiday, but wanted to find a way to get back sooner than later. It’s no fun being out of sorts.

This past weekend started off a little rough and by Friday I was just DONE. You know the feeling? You don’t want to deal with anything, human interaction should be kept to a minimum, and it’s time for quiet. Luckily my husband was alright with staying in and shuffling plans. (I couldn’t even tell you what we did or what we had for dinner. I think we watched Star Trek: The Next Generation and had chicken nugget parm for dinner.)

Saturday got off to a rough start and while it improved, I was still feeling glum as I picked up lunch and headed to my dear friend, D’s house for some quality time with her and her kids.

Em is 2 years, O is 3 weeks old and the two of them along with their momma was just the medicine I needed.

We played Hide & Seek, a new game for Em, but one she quickly caught on to for the most part. We found hiding places (mostly) big enough for the two of us and D would come find us. Then she and I would count to 10 and go find D.

It was really a lot of fun.

It was in either while hiding in the shower as we were covering our mouths to stop our giggles or the pink castle that Em’s giggles and smile told me I’d be just fine.

Kids have this way about them, their love is so simple and honest. It’s a nice refresher for life that sometimes giggles while hiding are just what you need to get back to you.


Baking buddies


Isn’t she the cutest baking buddy? My niece and I joined my G-d Mother for some baking. Traditional peanut butter with kisses and chocolate chip with sprinkles.

It was the second of two wonderful days spent in the kitchens of loved ones.

2 – If I could live anywhere, where would it be? #NaBloPoMo

This post is part of BlogHer’s writing prompts for NaBloPloMo I won’t even pretend I’ll be sure to blog every day, but I’ll try even if it’s just something short or a picture. (What is NaBloPoMo? wiseGEEK has the answer)

I pretty much like the area I live in. The Capital District has a lot to offer, my job affords me some pretty cool opportunities, and I like having my family and friends near by. I don’t mind the cold for the most part. Generally, the heat waves don’t last more than a few days at a time and lead to fantastic thunderstorms. I also appreciate that we get to have 4 seasons here with each one having it’s own special beauty. I don’t know that I’d leave this area without a heck of a good reason.

When I think of where I’d like to live, I don’t have a specific location in mind (although I have some neighborhoods I like a lot) what comes to mind is the home I’d like to call my own.

It has a fantastic front door and inviting landscaping with season appropriate flowers. It isn’t too big or too small and it has a basement and/or attic that can be made into livable space. It has 2 or 3 bathrooms, one (preferably off the cook/entertain/eat in kitchen) in the laundry/mud room, decently sized bedrooms with closets an office or study for my husband and a craft/sewing room for me. It has a lot of open space that flows into each other, but doors that close off space for quiet. The kitchen has lots of work space and tools for baking and cooking.

The back yard has room to run around, raspberry bushes and strawberry plants. It has a compost bin and a small garden plot. There’s a fire pit and a deck with a grill and picnic table big enough for friends and family to join us for outdoor summer meals. And a Slip and Side. Most certainly a Slip and Slide.

It’s a lived in space with little formality but happy colors and the kind of furniture you can sink into with a cup of tea or glass of wine and a friend to chat.

I don’t ask for much, but something tells me I better get designing it myself.