Monday, April 28, 2014

today i weeded

I put on my gardening gloves and crouched, baring my buttock cleavage to the sky.  Critters scrambled to find new hiding places as I pulled the weeds.  Spiders, worms, a centipede, a fat caterpillar, a shiny beetle.

I liked the feel of tiny roots ripping.

A couple of larger ones were stubborn.  They were dandelions.  I didn't mind their yellow flowers but they needed to go, so I dug down with my fingers around their white tubers.  They were stuck.  When the roots are big I like to remove them whole so you can imagine I was slightly disappointed when they broke.

No matter.

The children pulled out the dead sunflower stalks with ease.

I went inside to Kevin.  "Honey," I said.  "Garden's ready for the rototiller."

Now I wait for him.


Saturday, April 26, 2014


It's Spring.  Flowers blooming, birds at the feeder, it's still light out at dinner time.  But what to wear in this weather?  If only a t-shirt, a few gusts of wind can get you shivering.  If a sweater, you can get too warm.

I suggest the multi-layered outfit.

And pay close attention to people's layers because where there are layers there are surprises both pleasant and perplexing.  Remove one layer and behold the new color underneath with a complicated pattern coming next, all of them contributing to Spring's green aura.

Speaking of that, if you take the green pickle off the top of my cupcake you might as well take the cupcake as well.

Just sayin'.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

the coffee machine

I've been attempting to descale our Tassimo coffee machine.  The red signal light went on months ago but we didn't feel like figuring out where to get descaling solution.  It kept producing coffee, despite the red light, so we procrastinated until our machine stopped functioning properly.  Half cups, then quarter cups, then a few measly drops.

I did what I could.  I bought descaling powder, followed instructions.  But because we didn't deal with the red light situation immediately, our machine is now ineffective.  You see?  Actions—or in this case, lack of action—bring consequences.

Thankfully, though, we face the likelihood of getting a whole new machine.  Kevin says there's a better variety of flavors for the Keurig brand.

I'm excited about this.

There will be some sort of process, I know.  Maybe there will be awkwardness in deciding exactly which model from what store.  Will we need to heat the water before pouring it into the reservoir?  And, of course, there will be an expense but that won't be a hardship for us.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014


her hair dangled like ribbons
silk-shine in the window light
her tilted head, chin up,
was the gift not fully opened
lips parted, preparing to question