This is old lady Isabelle. She looks similar to me (pictured below). We have the same fashion sense; she may actually be wearing my hand-me-downs. She also has grey, fluffy hair and wrinkles. She has some pretty muscular arms though; I guess she works out. Pictured with her is a pet zebra, a kitten (I think), and a bird that I didn't know she wanted. She is eating vegetable pizza and a donut. I won't let her eat donuts so she plans on having them every day when she is grown up.
We discovered recently that Freddy's two bottom center teeth have been knocked out of place by the Man Teeth that are coming up underneath them, a very exciting discovery indeed!
This morning one of those teeth was super loose. He received his tooth box and is now all ready for the tooth fairy.
Today at breakfast:
Freddy: Eating the bagel hurts too much! Sebastien: Get me a knife. Freddy: No! No! No! Sebastien: You have to eat something. Freddy: You aren't going to cut out my tooth!! Sebastien: No! I am going to cut up the bagel!
Well, for some reason that I can't quite fathom, Sebastien thought that the children should all have a pocket knife. So, three of them got a My First Opinal. Calvin got a more advanced version. I received a lovely set of ten, the smallest of which is perfect for the cat to weild against his enemies. I am sure that the set wasn't really intended to be a gift for me. And Sebastien got a few more. We are swimming in knives right now and there have been no serious wounds yet. There have been whittling lessons, along with some lessons in choosing good wood. Freddy has been the busiest with his knife. He is pretty grown up now.
I cleaned out the freezer this week. See what I found? That is "nail polish" on those finger tips. We may have more red finger tips around here after we play with the items that Sebastien brought home today...
Well, I took a walk around outside to check and, no, we don't have any garden gnomes. We specialize in the big stuff like Mr Rhino here charging an old jeep. Our smallest statue is probably St Francis who keeps a beatific, watchful eye on our lake for us.
Yes, that is me when I am old, artistically rendered by my lovely Isabelle. That is the turtle that she will give me because the turtle is my favorite animal. I will have short, fluffy hair because all old ladies do. I will have a face covered with wrinkles. I might as well stop trying to gain weight because it doesn't look like I'll ever be successful. I better watch the slicing and dicing also, or I might lose a few digits. My future has been read, and it doesn't look very pretty, especially in shorty-shorts.
Look at the gyroscope spin! We played with these for hours before we sent them off to Ghana with our visiting guest. He will use them to teach the Africans how airplane instruments are powered by gyros.
...these foolish, affectionate people made a jubilee of every little household joy.
--from Little Women, our current family read-aloud.
We are all for jubilee around here. We are trying for jubilee 24/7. I'm pretty sure that it would work if we all weren't so cranky and moody all of the time.
For the spring Easter/craft fair at church this year, we made a dozen little bags filled with Easter candy and assorted little doo-dads. I made extra for three little children around here and some of their friends.
Last year we made doll quilts and pillows. We (Lucie and I) worked our fingers sore every night to get them done in time. And then only half of them sold! We discovered the others at the church's rummage sale priced at $.25 a set!!!!!!! A quarter for all that work! For a doll quilt and a pillow! I bought them.
I am hoping that the bags sell better. They were less work, but not as satisfying or fun to make.
Freddy loves to make soup. So does Isabelle. They make it, and then Sebastien and I eat it for lunch. Their secret ingredient is "human (cumin) spice".
When we were served the soup on the day that this photo was taken, I paused. Hmmm. None of the ingredients looked familiar except for the water and the human spice. I pried and learned where the ingredients were gathered from: the floor of the supermarket. The two of them had scavenged during the morning shopping. They found some parsley, some lettuce, walnuts, a lima bean, and a macaroni.