Animal Husbandry with Olivia

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

AT RISE: Upon arrival to camp at Lovell’s Island, Niece Olivia immediately finds and adopts a snail.

Olivia: I need to build him a jail. Snail Jail. I wonder what I should name him?

[Later that night, during dinner at the campsite picnic table.]

Olivia: [Pensively]. I wonder where my turtle is?

Four Oberhausers: ???

Gavin: Your TURTLE?

Olivia: I mean snail! Oh! I should name him ‘Turtle’!

Aunt Jenny: ‘Turtle the Snail’?

Olivia: Yeah!

[Turtle the Snail is soon located on the camp furniture, poking his head and antennae all about quite charmingly. Olivia gives him a leaf.]

Turtle the Snail: !



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Potty Times – Island Camping Edition

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Camping on their favorite Boston Harbor Island (Lovell’s), Mamma is escorting Girl on her Potty Emergency Quest.

Mom: [Starts speed walking, helpfully.]

Girl: Mom DON’T!!! Wait for ME!

Mom: [Slows down.]. I’m sorry Honey. I know it’s a… a crappy feeling.

Girl: STOP IT MOM! This isn’t the time to make poop jokes!

Mom: Oh, sorry. [Pause.] Really?

Girl: [Firmly] NO!

Mom: [Aims hand toward composting outhouse coming into view.] Alright Girl, now there’s your target! Now; GO infiltrate that building! Bring what you have to share, and deposit your package!

Girl: And get something in return. [Runs* ahead.] Which is an empty butt!




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For What Purpose??

Tuesday, August 13th 2019

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My very intelligent, sweet, extremely articulate and cooperative (11 y/o) Boy successfully negotiated permission from me this morning to download Minecraft to his new computer.  I was actually glad to hear he wants to get back into it, on account of how it’s based on engineering and creativity, and without the violence.

After he went a few minutes over his allotted computer time today (currently at 90 minutes per day), we had a brief discussion about integrity and the difference between being on time or not.   We then negotiated his computer time to include an additional 5 minute “grace period” in order to “finish something up” as needed.  Great.

THEN, bless him, he asked if he could have “three more minutes” today.

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Me:  For what?

Him:  To download this other game I’ve had my eye on.

Me:  “Um, OK, I don’t get it.  We JUST negotiated the addition of Minecraft this morning.  What’s up with this other game?”

Him:  [Honestly I didn’t listen very well and he didn’t offer up anything notably persuasive.]

Then, bless him, here is the lecture he got from his mom.

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Me:  Look, as you know, I don’t even GET games.  WHY “games”?  For what??

Him:  Well, fun?

Me:  [Some grumpy ramblings, including:]  For what PURPOSE though??  For what kind of future is this helping you prepare?

Him:  Well, what purpose are cheese balls?  Or potato chips?

Me:  Right.  Just fun.  But those non-nutritious snacks are just a small entertaining part of a whole, constantly incoming relatively healthy diet!  Where are the other activities happening on your computer?  Did you practice your math today?  Or your typing?  Have you used your computer to make a movie?  What about writing something?

Him:  [Mumbling something incoherent and slinking away.]

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It’s not my goal to “defeat” my children in persuasive discourse.  I take no pleasure in that.  But it is very satisfying when you find yourself cutting to the quick of the matter.

It’s like the one significant time he got caught playing a “single shooter” game at school, and got some privileges revoked in accordance to the school’s Technology Agreement.  Sitting in the cafeteria, he very thoughtfully said to me;


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Him:  OK.  Here’s my argument.  Almost EVERY KID in my class  -at least all those guys- play it [Roblocks].

Me:  Yes honey!  Yes.  That is true.  And that is a truth that is happening in your childhood.  And there’s nothing we can do about that.  But what I want to know is, how many of their parents are studying healthy brain development in kids?  That’s what I want to know.  If there ARE any, or any evidence it’s healthy for you, I’d love to hear all about it.

Him:  […]

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Shoot, score, win.

Again, not happy to defeat him.  But VERY happy any time to find my footing, in a way that is clear; and in accordance with a higher power, such as science, health and life preparedness.

Poor kid!

Anyway, another imperfect “Sacred Mundane” blog post registered.

Onward we go.

But first;


Bunny Wanna Cheeseball?



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Love = Time

Sunday, August 4th 2019


Love = Time.

The simple equation that kids understand most profoundly.

How lucky am I to have a Boy who wants to spend time with his Mamma!

May I always appreciate and honor this inestimable blessing, however and whenever it occurs!

In this case, we ended up playing “Cat Pictionary” with the family instead, and then successfully rescheduling to this morning, where we played with his amazing cardboard pinball machine.


And FYI, a sample of Cat Pictionary:


“Walking the plank” and “Cutting the umbilical cord,” respectively.


Amen, praise be and more to come!


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RollerGirl in a RollerWorld

Friday, August 2nd 2019

On this day we had the Privilege of releasing our girl into her natural habitat, apparently, aka: ROLLERWORLD on Route 1 Saugus, people!!

2019-08-02 RollerGirl in a RollerWorld [0:36]:


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At Rise: Mamma’s Been Reading

Wednesday, July 31st 2019

AT RISE: Boy is in parents bedroom where they are lounging in bed with morning tea.

Mom: Hey Boy, you’d be proud of me. Guess what I’ve been doing this morning?

Boy: What?

Mom: I’ve actually been reading!

Boy: [sarcastically] Wow!!

The Pelosi Clap


“You tried it.”

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Pixel’s Puppies: Dress Up Day

Tuesday, July 30th 2019

For sone reason we keep showing up at my sister-in-law’s in Gloucester to visit puppies before going to the beach this summer, as evidenced by this diagram of executive planning by Daddy:

DLove’s Plan

Today ClaraJane came armed with enough doll clothes for ALL of them:

I await my award for this collage *masterpiece*…

And because one friend I showed couldn’t work out whether they are *real,* here is the live reel of their photo shoot.

2019-07-30 Dress Up Day for Pixel’s Puppies [0:58]:

Thanks for sharing your home and pups with us Auntie Liz!


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