Archive for Nature

Spring Colors

Spring has always been my least favorite of seasons but I have been making effort to take short walks on regular basis lately and have come to appreciate the season’s ephemeralness of vibrant colors in nature and warmer tint of sunlight.






Things That Grow








Everything looks and smells so fresh in early summer light.

Nature and Making

Immi is innately a maker. She’s always making something out of anything. Everything is a material for her creations. …so she is always collecting.


A fanciful nest with eggs? I’m not sure.


Sunshine and Leaves


Winter Trees

Precious warm enough day in the winter — we went to the park for fresh air.


Roots of this tree look like celtic knots.


Little Lucian sitting on a big tree.


Boys and Flowers

Ashland and flowers.


Lucian and flowers.



Surely, Faeries Live in These Forests

I visited the tryon creek state natural area for the first time (though Todd goes running/biking here regularly because of many paths it has and proximity to where we live) and it’s beautiful. It reminds of the forest I used go horse back riding every week growing up in Seattle. In remembering all the amazing places my parents took me to pre-college (Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, Yellow Stone, Carlsbad Cavern, White Sands….) I actually love the forests of the pacific north west the most. If you know me even a little, you know I’m not really a nature person. But these forests grounds me and I feel at home.


We made use of the perfect weather to go to  Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. I guess I’ve forgotten to realize that it’s definitely spring (weather has been strange here — it sprinkled snow 2 days ago!).

Needless to say, there were lots of tulips.

But I  really loved the gears on their collection of antique tractors!

These gears look heavy and I love the colors of the peeling paint too.

Tulips aren’t really my favorite of flowers but the field was lovely and kids had lots of fun. The Pacific Northwest makes me love spring, not because it rains a lot in winter (which I don’t mind at all) but because it really is beautiful here. And I’m grateful for Immi, Ashland and Lucian — without them, I probably would just spend all my leisure time indoors with tea and craft and miss out on such a perfect day.


I found a piece autumn at the park:

Some of the misc. things going on around here:

I. Immi, Ashland and I caught a cold. Ashland had to take baby [not] tylenol (apparently this brand got recalled, but not it’s generic versions) for fever for the first time EVER. We sat around and watched movies all day immi absolutely adored Ponyo.

2. We are battling health insurance company, again. I suppose that’s quite normal thing for people living in US. Agh. Grrrrr. Blegh.

3. I’ve organized my work-in-progress projects, putting away some I’m not in the mood for now, and terminating ones I have no interest in continuing on. I decided that I’m too preoccupied for anything that takes a lot of fussing over, so I lined up a few mindless projects for when I want to keep my hands busy.

4. We haven’t bought anything for the baby No.3 yet. The shopping list is really really short this time around but we do need to look for a new infant car seat. And some onsies (Ashland destroyed his). I have to eventually go shopping for some fabric for making extra large receiving blankets (standard sized ones are too small for swaddling. Besides, cotton flannel makes good baby bath towels too — Ashland still uses them for this purpose).

5. The iron supplements I’ve started taking and vitamins which I’m now taking religiously are definitely helping with excessive tiredness and dizziness, but these things make me queasy on empty stomach. …Which makes me eat all day when I’m not even hungry. I think that this is definitely making me fatter than necessary!

6. I’ve been consuming copious amounts of Altoids because minty things make me feel better. Immi has picked up this habit it seems, and she’ll demand one every time she hears me open the tin. You’d think it’s to minty for a three year old. I found recently that Ashland eats leafy greens with balsamic vinaigrette. What they eat and what they don’t has been continuous source of amusement to me.

7. Immi and Ashland has both been good siblings to their new little brother-to-be. Immi points at my belly and says “baby!” and then gives it kisses. Ashland loves to hang out leaning on my belly and pets it often. He also puts his ear on it like he’s listening into what’s inside —  I often wonder what he hears.

8. Todd and I both forgot about our wedding anniversary in August. And then when we eventually remembered, we thought we should do something fun, but we still haven’t managed to make time for this. Neither of us are all that into doing much for holidays or anniversaries anyways. But what we do celebrate is Saturdays, which we have decided is *our* day for all of us to do something fun. We take celebrating Saturdays very seriously.

9. I had a prenatal check-up today. When my doctor and I were talking about labor/delivery etc. pertaining to this one being the 3rd, I told her that the only thing I’m really worried about is having the baby fall out of me while getting logistics settled (since it’s really not all about *me* at this  point, I have Immi and Ashland to consider). The doctor told me that if this does happen, I can just hop over to the hospital with the new baby. She totally made that sound really easy. Anyhow, I’m glad that the hospital is only 10 minutes away.


I’ve been exploring (by trial and error) improvised style of lace knitting to produce random ‘pattern’. I love the ethereal look of lace but traditional/classic pattern just isn’t my style nor do I enjoy following complicated predetermined pattern…so I’m experimenting. I’m hoping to produce an ‘organic’ look. Here’s a little swatch made from recombinations of ssk, k, k2tog and yo (which is about as basic as lace knitting gets!). At this point, as Todd pointed out, my crafting is starting to resemble my computer music compositions!

And then when I was outside, I found this strange little patch of spider web. This is exactly the kind of stuff I want to knit!

Speaking of knitting inspirations, I’ve been watching Fraggle Rock with Immi and Ashland and there’s so much knitting in it! There’s even a knitting song in the episode called The Great Radish Famine. And Mokey (one of the main characters) is a knitter! Not to mention, many of the puppets are wearing hand-knitted looking garments — it makes me want to knit something colorful and whimsical. Too bad it’s summer!

I finished re-doing the pink scarf. I think that I do like it better knitted than crocheted.