I have spent too much time this week reading. There are too many hard stories to read. The American election did not turn out as […]
Yesterday was a rainy day – a kids-off-school, cold-and-drizzly, practically-grim-November rainy kind of day. None of us could really settle into anything. There was lots […]
Last week, Beangirl went to camp with her class. The Spouse dropped her off at school on Monday morning, then she climbed on the big […]
“Why read The Wind in the Willows when you can be Ratty or Mole?” Kathleen Winter My house is cluttered with books, and all […]
Funny how long you can stare at something and then suddenly see something new.
Another weekend spent camping, so it is another Monday with the back yard full of drying gear and laundry on the line. This time, we were camping a little closer to home, and not far from the sea.
Last week at the school, one of the other mothers caught my eye. It was just before the gates opened and the parents crowded into the playground to pick up their kids at the end of the school day.
And suddenly, he is drawing. Last week, Plum drew a picture of his Daddy, complete with beard. This week, ladybugs, leaves, aliens with eyebrows and […]
May ends with an out-of-place story. Here we are on the cusp of summer and suddenly with the story of the visit between Mary […]
It was wisteria outside the window after all and now it’s blooming marvellous. I’ve been sitting outside admiring it this afternoon. It’s one of those […]
It feels like a good story gone wrong. It’s not leading me anywhere.
I’d never been in a bluebell wood before. This weekend, the weather has been a bit wild. Or more precisely, wild in spots. We’ve […]
Yes, I’ve been making pie. With the best intentions, of course. You see, a wise friend of mine once told me that a sure-fire way […]
An on-the-road Monday for our family and the skies were wild above us. One moment, we were deafened by pummelling rain, unable to see […]
Plum has been coughing in the night a lot of late which inevitably means I get more night-time visits. Often, I’m indulgent and we […]
I’ve been making a fair bit of bannock recently and, though it wasn’t a deliberate Lenten decision, it fits in well with the season. […]
Last week, I wrote about our family Lent book and this week, I want to open up the book that I will be reading […]
This week, I read about beautiful things happening in Birmingham Cathedral. As part of the 300th anniversary celebrations, the cathedral community commissioned artist Jake […]
These are Plum’s presents to his Granny. The one on the left is a keychain he made at the school’s Christmas fair. There was a police booth there – one of those friendly community outreach efforts – where kids could get fingerprinted and create a memento . Easy-peasy toddler present and he was over the moon about it.
I propose a simple advent. For each week, I will offer one song and one image here on the Messy Table. May these be useful […]