a few things around here

Posted on August 11th, 2015 by mountain girl  |  5 Comments »


Here’s a quick peek into our lives lately.  Glorious happenings in these parts include: Back to School night, a Montessori BBQ, parent-teacher conferences, buying school supplies, and the first days of school.  Just a little bit of that has to do with school.



With the big kids in school now, it’s just Cash and me together while David works.  He’s so very funny and keeps me laughing all the time.  Here is a spattering of recent Cash-isms:

“I’m three, AND I had my birthday, and you and Dadda STILL won’t let me drive!  And I seriously AM tall enough.”  (He says this, groaning in consternation, every time we get in the car.)

“Mama, you’re going 50 miles per hour, right?”

“Mama, I talked to Grammy on the phone, and she taught me everything she knows.” 

(Me:) “What things did she teach you about?”




I’ve made a few more pieces for my my shop–including two new cord burning boxes, which–in my opinion–are the prettiest boxes David and I have made yet.  They are natural cedar, have hand-hewn edges, and are rubbed in tung oil. I liked the pine boxes, but I love the cedar ones.  Plus, they smell so yummy.




David has been working on his ’66 Mustang ever since liberating it from Grandpa’s garage in June, and we all took our first ride together Saturday afternoon.  The library was hosting an ice cream social to mark the end of the summer reading program, which Zia and Cash participated in.

There were several drawings, and Cash was one of the lucky winners.  When they called his name he swaggered to the front of the room, grinning from ear to ear, and without a moment’s hesitation, picked out a huge pink teddy bear.  He named the bear Bubble Gum Style. Haha.


Cash decided he wants his own bed now, and made it halfway through his first night “alone” last night.  Sometime before 1 a.m. I woke to find him back in bed with us, fast asleep.


Here’s a flyer I spotted at the library.  We didn’t enter, though–after looking around the room at the ice cream social, we decided we didn’t stand a chance.  “We” as in David, of course.


I’m a week into this challenge, hoping for the possibility of adding a little brawn to my scrawny arms (peals of laughter rock the house at the thought of me having brawny arms).  So far the “challenge” is extremely mild and gentle, which I like very much, but I have a feeling that will change in the next week or so.  This is my Before picture–if a week into the challenge is still “before.”  I think it is.  I’m hoping it is–this looks very Before to me.

5 Responses to “a few things around here”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Nice pics…hahahaha Cash is so cute and very funny! I’m looking forward to seeing those “brawny” arms. Mimi

  2. susan says on :

    Well, aren’t you lucky to have such adorable and funny company all day long. He really is a cutie. Just wanted to mention your tree of life necklace shown in your last post – it’s beautiful. You’re very talented.

  3. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks–I’m glad you liked the necklace! And Cash really is a funny kid. Just now he ran up and asked if he could call me Sandwich. I get lots of new names every day, and when I agree to them, he shouts “Yay!” 🙂

  4. appleshoe says on :

    So much goodness here. I love your boxes, sadly we lost our home birth and are now hospital bound or I would have happily bought one of your pine boxes. I agree, Pine is so yummy smelling. I love the Cash-isms, he has grown and changed so much since I first started following you. The picture of the goat on your porch looking in made me smile and I love the light as your children play in the stream.
    Beards are fabulous in all shapes and sizes as are arms. If you want to bulk them up, the thing that worked for me was a childhood of cutting wood. Seriously, go get a good hatchet and set to work. Be well.

  5. mountain girl says on :

    Sorry to hear your home birth is not going to work out, Mercy. I’ve missed your posts–been checking your blog now and then.
    Good info about woodcutting–I need to start. When I first read your comment, I thought you were telling me how to bulk up my beard, LOL. I did a double take when I read it worked for you, haha! 🙂 🙂 🙂