Saturday, December 10, 2016

Just scary...

It's hard to know where and how to direct our energy, but Paul and I both feel that we need to be 
ACTIVE when it comes to what comes next. I'm inspired by the people around me. And by what I'm reading. 

Or just Sierra Club's homepage: 

Or some of the work at Huffington Post: 

But truly I think this what continues to come back to me, over and over again, is how many women and how many white folks voted for Trump. It's simply hard to fathom. 
Here's what helps us get up in the morning with a smile on our faces.

And here I've been playing with a few filters on my phone camera:

A balancing act!!

Talking and swinging!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Three Little Birds

Since the election, we have been two things - incredibly busy and definitely sad.  This has led to Zero blog posts and even less media consumption.  But we've taken a ton of photos and videos and will maybe someday get around to posting them.  In the mean time, here is a video of we three attempting to bring cheer to our friends.  We stopped at 20 or so houses the sunday after the election, some of them were home and some weren't.  So for those that weren't and for those whose homes are a touch too far to stop at, please enjoy this video, which also happens to be my first attempt at video editing since high school, so apologies for that in advance.  The idea for this came to me the night before Halloween when I said to Sarah, "Wouldn't it be fun to make bird costumes and go around and sing Three Little Birds to our friends tomorrow morning early?"  We decided that we didn't want to wake up early to make costumes, so instead we waited until after the election when we woke up early to make costumes.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Winter is coming!

We've had our first few frosts. The leaves are down. 
The garden has been put away....and snow is in the air! 

We're excited for Orion to see his first winter, and we're feeling like all signs point to it being a good one. We're lucky to have inherited a bunch of warm fuzzy items to put him in, and now that we're back to starting a fire in the house almost everyday, he's also been mesmerized by the crackling hearth. While we oogle photos of Tim, Katie, Liam and Reid slack lining over crystal clear pools, jetting about on family motorcycles, swinging in vibrant woven hammocks, or climbing to distant waterfalls in the mountains (, we content ourselves here with planting some fruit trees, and clearing land for further sunlight to reach the soils. 

We got three plum trees and an apple.  This is the apple.

This lovely white oak is for Orion.  I've taken to calling it Oakrion.  We're still debating where to plant it...

This is where we put a lilac that Reeve got for us.  It looks dead, but we're pretty sure it isn't.

And of course, we had his first Halloween! 

Just worth  a mention - Sal's costume was covered in red duct tape, and lights that blinked. Rosie (and Franny, who you cna't see) were Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Where's Waldo?

The new routine - 3 days at daycare and four days with parents - hasn't worked particularly well in October. I've had a series of conferences in a row (Farm to Plate, Farm to School, Financing the Working Landscape, New England Community of Practice of Food Processors, Farm-Based Education Network) as well as a series of visitors (funders, colleges, etc) which made it impossible to take each Monday and Friday fully at home with the Boy-O. We're so grateful for Mom's flexibility, and that Paul can take him to work, or I can, when the need arises. And I went to see Granny!!

Ah yes, he has begun to use his mouth a lot more....

This past weekend, we "got away". I had the chance to speak at a conference in Mass, and do some great networking, and they paid for a lovely hotel room, where Paul and Little O got to hang out. The tiny man has gotten diarrhea, which we're watching carefully, but otherwise, it was a getaway weekend.

We stayed in the Inn where Thoreau stayed whilst attending HAH-vard!

Here's Orion, showing me how to do it!

The audience! I didn't fall over backward this time, but the slides did stop working and threw me off at hte end.

Orion, listening closely to Mom's speech.

(Paul jumping in here sneakily - Sarah was the keynote speaker to this packed house, something she has been very modest about.  I blame this on either her frustrating absence of arrogant pride or her fear of keys, notes, and compound words.  Some reviews I heard were "I usually can't stand keynote speeches, but I wish she had just kept talking." - a major funder; "The speech was perfect!" - the even organizer;  "Sarah Waring should run for governor" - literally everyone; "My, that husband of hers sure is some nice eye candy." - anonymous, but probably everyone too)

And we saw Andy Pegg and Janine - two of Paul's friends from when he worked down in Groton MA all those years ago - as well as Cousin Katherine! Groton was the site of one of our first dates and Janine pretty much correctly predicted the future when she saw us together.
We wandered thru the woods with Andy and Janine.

And had lots of fried seafood and potatoes for lunch.

A cold day at Groton.

This was a crazy Harry Potter hallway, on the 5th floor of an old brick mill building in Lowell, MA.

Tiny little shops, like this one selling antique books.

Yay! It's been so long since I've seen this beautiful human being! And she got to meet Paul and Little O for the first time.

They bonded, of course.

She's such a wonderful mom, and a wonderful family member.

Friday, October 14, 2016


A New Reality

So the first week of October also saw the first week of going back to work, and Orion going to daycare. Luckily he has 1 day a week with his Grand'Marie-e. And the other two days, he goes to Turtle Island, which is a great little daycare outside of Montpelier.
Here are some autumn photos: 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Massive collection of photos and videos from Paul's phone

Sarah has figured out how to have her phone automatically upload photos and videos to the internet.  All I've figured out how to do on my phone is delete important system files so I can't use any Google Apps anymore.  This, and working closely with teens, makes me feel evermore like a grandpa.  Because I have to use the relatively Stone Age laptop with even more antecedent technology (cord), it is more of process to get media off my phone.  So here it is, a Saturday morning bonanza of baby photos and videos.  I think there is a total of one photo in here that does not include a very small human.  That is because we don't have much else going on at the current moment, clearly.  Many of the videos are silly and feature my silky tenor singing voice, which resembles, as my mother once put it, quite complimentary one assumes, Bob Dylan.  I assume that the same aforementioned mother will be the only one who appreciates the videos, mainly because she is already hard of hearing. So apologies for that.  Just put the thing on mute and enjoy a hugely adorable baby.  Cheers!


The following gif is from our one year anniversary. Sarah is my perfect partner.  She has made all three boys in this house so immeasurably happy (small crying jags aside, from all three).  I love her, we all love her.  She is very much the glue in this papier mache family.  And the newspaper. I'm one of the comic strips all crumpled up, Orion is the front page, above the fold and the cat is probably using the newspaper for other reasons...


In other news, we built a shed last week!  Here's the view from Orion's bouncy chair.

There were some loud noises that occurred.

 And my new favorite picture of all time...

And my other new favorite picture of all time.  I'm thinking of starting a second blog, just pictures of Orion with stuff on his head in the carseat.  Should be popular.