Here and There

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Warm days in the garden

The girl's hair is so pretty outside.

First beets. I burned them in the oven!

Fat peas. All kids seem to be totally charmed by the novelty of these and eat them like candy.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Neko Case!

Isn't she pretty?

First artist recognition shown by Lily. I've been listening to Neko Case's new album Middle Cyclone constantly. I thought for sure Mates of State would be the first band I'd hear her say the name of when I play music, but I guess Neko has had more airplay at the time of developmental readiness.

I love this album. It is beautiful lyrically and musically. I'm no music reviewer, I'll leave that to Gid. But I am so enjoying "Magpie in the Morning" and "Don't Forget Me" (There's a piano ORCHESTRA in that one people!) Also loving the line: "Never turn your back on Mother Earth."

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Cicely, Alaska

This is a picture of Joel when he got hit with a tomato. It is tradition to throw tomatoes at white people on Thanksgiving. Joel considers himself a person of color so is offended by getting hit. What?! See, aren't you dying to know more!

We've been watching Northern Exposure on DVD for the past few months. I remember watching this show in syndication very late at night during the summer when I was a teenager. I remember hearing the opening music in the evening when it was on and my parents watched it sometimes. But I had no memory of how good it was. This show is virtually flawless. Similar to Winnie-the-Pooh characters I think that everyone can identify with one of the ensemble. I think Gid is a Chris/Holling combo. I myself identify with Ruth Ann. I wish I knew more Shelly Tambo types.
Anyway, not only is the show funny and silly and beautiful, it is filled with these surprising insights about community, religion, art, and human nature. I wish we had a "Chris in the Morning" to read us The Call of the Wild and Thanksgiving dinners shared by our whole community (CWOW thanksgiving would be so great!) but we don't. So I am completely charmed by this tv show and tickled by it.
I'm sure I will be sad when it ends, hopefully I won't cry like when we finished watching X Files. (I was so sad about William for months!!) Watching TV on DVD is a funny thing- it's hours and hours that would be spent naturally over the course of years- 6 years in the case of Northern Exposure, NINE in the case of X Files, condensed into a few months of nightly immersion. It is amazingly comforting and addicting.