Tag Archives: dog

Moving, changes and moving

Maybe I should change the title of this blog to ‘time keeps eluding me’ – where does it go? The end of the summer, all of autumn and the start of the winter has passed amidst a muddle of unpacking, phone calls, appointments and the red-tape necessary to start our new lives here in Maryland. I think (although it could all change in a heartbeat and I am loath to put the words out there,… Read More »

In-between days

A huge admission: I have never been brilliant at making decisions. I am not talking about everyday ones, like which chocolate bar to buy (although that particular decision has been made very easy since starting a restrictive diet – i.e. one of the two that don’t contain lactose, gluten or too much taste). I am talking about the big life decisions. It turns out my other half isn’t too good at it either. It’s times… Read More »

From a fall to an election (plus some bits in between)

It’s been a long time since I have written for which I can only repeat my apologies to infinity. Believe me when I say that I have missed the writing more than you have missed reading it. It’s good to be in touch again though and long may it continue… My silence started with a loud crack from my left ankle as it twisted horribly underneath me while I was trying to run again way… Read More »

Monty has retrieved the ball

Getting fit and stuff

Monty has retrieved the ball

Today I tried a new form of exercise. Pool running. It sounds mad, and feels crazy but I think it may be a bit addictive. Basically you are strapped into a small flotation device, that looks a bit like a windsurfing harness*, and let loose at the deep-end to make running movements to progress up the pool. Progress is slow. The overriding impression, apart from ‘how ridiculous must I look?’, was ‘now I know what people… Read More »

Purple wisteria

Spring is springing

Purple wisteria

Spring is coming out in force over here, as are the stink-bugs. The flush total for today is currently hovering around 20. They literally are crawling out of the woodwork/vents/fireplaces/window-frames/sock drawers. Just flicking them outside really doesn’t help now, as it is so mild anyway that I think they happily fly off back to their favourite entrance to the house and wait for the right moment. I am also slightly suspicious of the ones that… Read More »

Sledging at Halloween

Colder days

Sledging at Halloween

The days are getting colder here and yesterday it snowed – all day. This has heralded the beginning of the annual quest of getting Seb out of shorts and t-shirts into something that is a bit warmer. At the moment we are trying stealth tactics: he did wear a fleece and snow-pants to go outside to play in the snow… tomorrow we may try for a long-sleeve top and hide his shorts.  We managed to… Read More »

Boy and dog paradise

A dog and boy paradise

Boy and dog paradise

So to follow on from my last posting, which I have just realised is quite negative, I think I need to explain why I like living here… the outdoor space is amazing, we are surrounded by trees and set up on a hill with the deck at the back being raised off the ground (above a walk-out basement, that contains one pool table, one table tennis table and a piano, amongst all our boxes). Because of… Read More »

Unpacking mess

Life still consists of boxes

Unpacking mess

So it’s been a bit of a hectic time recently – to start with we have had the move (of course) – life is still in boxes, but I am slowly getting round to unpacking things and trying to get this house into a somewhat liveable order. This is more difficult than it should be due to trying to squeeze the way we live our lives into the relatively non-standard lay-out of this house and… Read More »

T-ball distractions

T-ball and competition amongst 3-4 year-olds

T-ball distractions

So I was fairly surprised when Sebastian’s T-ball classes turned into a full blown league, complete with team names, different colour T-shirts and yellow baseball caps. However on reflection, it may be that the element of competition introduced early will engender a sense of competitiveness… It turns out this is true, but not in the kids. To my relief, they are much more interested in other stuff, such as ‘where is that bee going?’, ‘what… Read More »