Here’s a little window into Caturday afternoons around our house! Few things are more exciting to our furry little critters than climbing on dad and stalking his sweatshirt string. Pets are my greatest reminder of enjoying the simple things in life. I’ve definitely been feeling the stress lately. If you’re like me, I’m sure you’re counting down the days until this madcap election is behind us and we can all move on a little. As it turns out, voting early doesn’t create a special anti-election bubble that filters out the ongoing noise around you. Wouldn’t that be great?! Alas, life goes on. RF has been at his dad’s house in New Jersey this week helping to clear things out and put it on the market. RSr’s memory is on the wane, so we’re going to move him out this way where we can be closer and more available to help him out. Maybe we can talk RF into a post about some of his crazy New Jersey stories. Let’s just say, guys named Vinny Ferraro…who may or may not be connected…are real. Despite the stresses of life, there are so many things to be thankful for…including playful kittens. So, we will continue to make time for the simple things, like lounging around (because that’s never a bad idea!) and letting critters climb on us.
I’m fairly embarrassed and a little sad that I had never heard of this before a postcard arrived in the mail today. I worked with Laura Kaminsky back when I was managing education programs for the Seattle Chamber Music Society. She kicks ass! I mean, clearly… she’s been busy composing a trans opera (!) for American Opera Projects. As One is a chamber opera in which two voices, one mezzo-soprano and one baritone, convey protagonist Hannah’s experiences “from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself.” The show opened in New York, but is being staged in November by Seattle Opera at Washington Hall, a local historic venue. Catch it if you can!
It’s a fairly well-known fact that my thumbs are not the slightest bit green. But, I think I might be able to manage a Plug & Plant! This modular wall garden helps you be a better gardener. You can install one or many modules, and pick from a list of 36 plants to connect to the system – including herbs and other edible and medicinal plants. My favorite part, though, is that there’s an app!! It alerts you when water is low, or temps and sunlight are unfavorable. There’s hope for my pitiful gardening skills yet!!
I love this because it reminds me of one of my favorite childhood things – Mr. Rogers field trips. And, it’s semi-related, because the field trip episode that always stands out in my mind the most is the one about how they make crayons. NPR’s version is much more stylized, and delves deeper into history, but the “how does it work” concept is the same. I could watch these sorts of videos for days.
Years of Living Dangerously, an incredible series about climate change from National Geographic, returns for Season 2 this weekend. If you missed Season 1, I encourage you to catch up.
BabyLit – I just gifted several of these terrific board books to a tiny man in my life. Common lessons (counting, colors, sounds, etc.) cloaked in classic literature (like Don Quixote, Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick) with bold illustrations? Sold!