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    Blagenda Weekend - Nov 8th, 2010
    What do you do with you pumpkins after Halloween? Well, if you’re of Germans from Russia heritage, you make blagenda. Yay! [Photos by my Dad and my foster daughter. [more...]

    Blagenda - Nov 8th, 2010
    WooHoo! I made a trip to the homeland this weekend to make blagenda with my folks and one of my sisters. Her kids and my foster daughter got in on the action, too. [more...]

    Sicky - Nov 2nd, 2010
    The day started out OK. I was a bit tired and run-down feeling, but it’s Monday and it was a pretty busy weekend so it wasn’t too surprising to be a bit blah feeling. What was surprising is that a few minutes into an 11 o’clock meeting I started to feel lightheaded and dizzy. [more...]

    Boo! - Nov 1st, 2010
    A few weeks ago I wrote of my apprehension about Halloween’s approach and wondered how I would manage to get through what was once a favoured holiday. And then it dawned on me that I would manage by inviting the kid’s mom to come and participate in the day with us. [more...]

    Hooked - Oct 29th, 2010
    I work full time. I parent an 11-year-old foster kid. I have a house that requires my care and attention. I have applications to complete for entrance to a postgraduate program. I have this amazing blog to keep up with. And I have the full-time occupation of being completely awesome. [more...]

    Copy bird - Oct 27th, 2010
    In the evenings, you will quite often find me and the kid in the living room not talking*: Her on the love seat reading or drawing; me on the couch crocheting, blogging, or—most recently—sketching and drawing. And you can bet that at some point she will come over and start snooping at what I’m doing with great curiosity. [more...]

    Papier-mâché pumpkins; Part 2 - Oct 24th, 2010
    Yay! One week later and our fabulous papier-mâché pumpkins are done! This was a fun and inexpensive project and requires absolutely no talent what-so-ever. Plus, most of the supplies are probably things you already have in your home which makes it even easier. (Supply list below.) [more...]

    Papier-Mâché Pumpkins - Oct 24th, 2010
    Halloween means pumpkins and pumpkins mean fun! My foster daughter and I managed to fill two weekends with fun by making papier-mâché pumpkins. Read about the making of the pumpkins here and here. (Most of these photos were taken by my foster daughter.) [more...]

    Papier-mâché pumpkins; Part 1 - Oct 17th, 2010
    Yay! We’ve been busy making papier-mâché pumpkins for two days now. I’m using a new technique (no balloons for this gal!) and it seems to be working out pretty well. I had to buy some orange paint, but other than that everything is either recycled materials or general household junk (staples, duct tape, flour, etc) which is pretty cool! [more...]

    a-MAZE-ing - Oct 17th, 2010
    Yay! I had an a-MAZE-ing day with the kid at the Corn Maze on the Palouse. (Get it? A-MAZE-ing. Hee hee…) [more...]

    Donald, where’s yer troosers? - Oct 16th, 2010
    I woke up yesterday morning with “Caledonia” going through my head so decided to grab my “The Best Scottish Album in the World…Ever” CD to listen to on the 30-minute drive to town. The kid wasn’t too keen on the departure from our normal car music—the local country western station—so I played a song I thought she’d like (after listening to Caledonia twice, of course). [more...]

    Fired! - Oct 7th, 2010
    A week and a half ago the kid and I went to Wild @ Art to paint ceramics but we had to leave the painted pieces behind so that they could be put in the kiln and fired. And today I went to pick them up. [more...]

    Scarily unexcited - Oct 5th, 2010
    Halloween is less than four weeks away and I am anything but excited about it. In fact, there is this niggling feeling of apprehension about what once was a favorite holiday. If I had my way, the day wouldn’t happen; the kid wouldn’t trick-or-treat and I would turn off the house lights so that no one came to the house for treats, either. [more...]

    Crafty chick - Sep 26th, 2010
    I’d like to tell you that I’m completely over my blue mood, but that would be a lie. I have, however, been having an enjoyable weekend despite it. [more...]

    Thanking the anonymous - Sep 22nd, 2010
    When I arrived home from England last week there was a happy surprise waiting for me in the post. It was a simple gesture: A short note and some cash directing me to do something nice for myself as a way of ‘paying forward’ the loving reach of a foster mom a couple of generations ago. [more...]

    God’s Eyes - Sep 19th, 2010
    On the drive home from the airport Friday evening, I started to think about Ojo de Dios (God’s Eyes). I don’t know what brought the thought to mind, but I’m sure it was a winding road of completely unrelated subjects. (A regular journey in my crazy little mind.) [more...]

    Being silly - Sep 16th, 2010
    Right, I promised a more cheerful post the other day and I’m pleased to say that I don’t even have to be fake cheerful! You see, a few weeks ago my friend in Scotland sent me a link for an online art course called The Art of Silliness2 and yesterday was the first day of instruction. Yay! [more...]

    The rising cost of teeth - Sep 15th, 2010
    We were sitting at the table eating dinner when out of the blue the kid asked what would happen if she lost a tooth when she was at my house. She was concerned that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t know how to find her. I explained that, as part of the process with her social worker, the Tooth Fairy was informed of her change of address—as were the Easter Bunny, Santa, et cetera. [more...]

    Leavin’ on a jet plane - Sep 7th, 2010
    I’m on my way to England and had to leave my lovely foster daughter behind for the week. We discussed my trip ahead of time and she had a million questions—mostly about what it would be like to travel on a plane. [more...]

    Gone Fishin’ - Sep 5th, 2010
    Yay! I had a lot of fun fishin’ over Labor Day Weekend! I think I’d almost forgot how much fun simple things could be. [more...]

    Gone fishin’ - Sep 5th, 2010
    Back in July I was inspired by fish. It started as a general rambling, then turned to an actual plan for fishing on Labor Day Weekend. It was going to be great! Some friends from high school and I were all going to meet at our childhood fishin’ ponds and re-live our glory days. [more...]

    Lessons of a new foster mommy; Part 1 - Sep 1st, 2010
    It’s been nearly three weeks since the kid arrived and there’ve been loads of little lessons learned. [more...]

    Back to school - Aug 25th, 2010
    Way-hey! Tomorrow is the first day of school. I’m totally excited! I’ve got my backpack packed, my pencils sharpened, my way-awesome binder loaded with college-ruled paper, and my protractor tucked neatly away in a little pouch. [more...]

    Bug removal - Aug 24th, 2010
    I removed a large grasshopper from the house today using Paul’s special bug-removal jar. The old peanut butter jar took on the duty of bug receptacle the summer we got married. It moved with us from Seattle to our apartment on the Palouse, then later it moved with us into our new house. [more...]

    Great-grandma’s pickles - Aug 22nd, 2010
    Yay! Pickle-making weekend has finally arrived. And just in time, as I was out of pickles. [more...]

    Having a Ball (and a Martini) - Aug 20th, 2010
    It’s pickle season. That means that when I come home from work tomorrow the house will be full of people and pickle making supplies. [more...]

    Plus one - Aug 16th, 2010
    I’ve been Just Frances + One for a couple of days. It’s scary. It’s weird. It’s scary. It’s fun. And did I mention it’s scary? [more...]

    Crazy, crazy, crazy - Aug 15th, 2010
    I made a Crazy Cake today. It just seemed fitting since I’m entering into a whole new realm of personal insanity these days. Wanna make your own? Here’s the recipe! (And—yay!—it’s vegan for those of you who care about those things!) [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 3 - Aug 13th, 2010
    I’ve done a lot of praying this past week in the hopes of finding the strength, courage, and inspiration I need to accept a challenge facing my already fragile world. My fears are great and my confidence is weak but I have faith. And my faith will see my through. [more...]

    Running commentary - Aug 8th, 2010
    When I run I think. Even when I’m listening to my iPod, my mind is racing through one thought after another. It jumps from here to there with silly randomness. I can’t control it; I’ve tried. But I suppose that it does tell a lot about the sorts of things that weigh on my mind... [more...]

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