What I’m Into: June 2014

Lydia and daddy

beach toddler

holding chick(Holding a baby chick)

18 weeks pregnant(18 weeks pregnant — almost halfway there!)

mulberries(Mulberries from the front yard)
camping in back yard(Camping in the back yard)

Ahhh, summer. Why are there any other seasons? Summer is SO COMPLETELY SUPERIOR to every other season on so many levels and to such an incredible degree that I really don’t know why we put up with any of the rest. (Remember that we had 5 months of snow here this year.)

This month, we watched tadpoles turn to toads. We picked bowls and bowls of strawberries and baked them into muffins and pies. We went to the beach, played at the park, went for bike rides, had a solstice party.



I read [present tense] a lot of blogs, but I never read the authors’ books when they come out. (I’m sure jealousy plays a secret part in it.) So I finally decided to take a few out of the library.


Carry On, Warrior – Glennon Melton. Anyone who has read Momastery for any length of time knows Glennon is brilliant, hilarious, totally neurotic, and astonishingly wise. So I knew this one would be full of treasures. I’ve been reading her blog for a year or two and I love almost everything she writes.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed to find that a lot of the book is material from the blog that I’ve already read, especially at the beginning. But there was some wonderful new stuff around the middle, and a few of the essays I’ve already read were still moving the second/third time around (especially “One, Two, Three.” Soooo beautiful.)

Notes from a Blue Bike – Tsh Oxenreider. I really liked this book. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking, though. I’m already totally on the same page as Tsh on virtually every subject. (Except the subject of travel, though she really got me to rethink and reevaluate some of my feelings about it. In the last few years I’ve come to think of traveling as the domain of the snooty and self-righteous, but she got me to really reexamine my feelings on the subject. I’m starting to think it’s something I’d love to pursue with my family again in a few years.)

The only thing I hated about this book is the fact that I didn’t write it. (In general, Tsh Oxenreider is the one person who consistently makes me die of envy. How can one person be so productive have and achieve everything I want in life? Well, except chickens. But I think I’d trade a book deal for them.)

I also started reading Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (Ellen Galinsky). It’s fascinating and super-helpful, especially for those interested in non-traditional education. It’s a little heavy on the science, though, and sometimes I find it to be a little too much. But I can’t wait to learn more. And it’s convincing me that the Montessori method is really on the right track, with its emphasis on focus and self-control, making connections, etc.

Children’s Books

I admit, we haven’t been reading all that much lately, except for bedtime and hair-braiding time. We’re too busy playing in the rain or swinging on the swings or helping my mom in the garden. So we’ve mostly been cycling through our old stuff. Lots of Little Critter, etc.

But I picked up a copy of the classic The Runaway Bunny (Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd) from a yard sale and it has quickly become a favourite. The lovely, evocative images (can we say William Blake fan?) and sweet message of unconditional love won us over, despite the fact that the last words in the book are “Have a carrot.” (What?)


Absolutely nothing for any of us. Who has time? There are berries to pick, gardens to weed, pies to bake, sunshine to bask in, pools to swim in, woods to be walked through. We can watch TV in the winter.


We only saw two movies this month, just here at home.

Continuing with our Classic Romance Movies We’ve Somehow Never Seen tradition from last month, we watched Pretty Woman (1990). It was surprisingly enjoyable. I haven’t given it much deep reflection, and I imagine there are some pretty troubling messages wrapped up in there; but I liked it a lot.

We also finally saw The Lego Movie, which was absolutely fantastic. Hilarious, smart, inventive, surprising, visually stunning. Will Ferrell was amazing as President Business, and we’re already huge Chris Pratt fans. LOVED IT.

That was my June! How about yours? What have you been into?

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  1. I super have to disagree about summer being the best season, but this is probably due to location. I’m assuming that weather where you are is better than it is here. Summers in south eastern Ohio are HOT and HUMID and GROSS. There are some lovely days where it’s finally not quite as humid. And we enjoy being able to to line-dry our clothes outside (although humidity can slow this down…rawr).

    Honestly, fall is the best season, in my opinion. We can do so many of the activities I love from summer (taking walks, canoeing, hiking, etc.) in addition to wonderful things like corn mazes, carving pumpkins, wearing hoodies, drinking apple cider, shopping the farmers markets which are bursting with the harvest. Plus, you know, football. :-)

    Summer just makes me want to curl up in the A/C with endless amounts of popsicles.

    Is the weather different in Leamington, or is what I described what y’all get, too?

    • Well, it gets pretty hot and humid here too, but I love being able to just walk outside without even putting on shoes (let alone coat, mittens, scarf, hat, etc). As long as we stay in the shade it’s lovely.

      I also try to eat locally/seasonally, meaning we have 5 months of really boring eating (I long for salad and crisp veggies for so much of the year! I get so sick of stew and bread!). Winter is so LONG and COLD and BORING, and summer so short and exciting and DELICIOUS. Peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, berries, zucchini, fresh herbs . . . Oh yes! How I miss them all year long!

      Spring and fall are nice too but they’re like a month long each so they hardly count. :)

  2. You look good! I have been super inspired by your blog this summer. I need to get my kids off the TV and your consistency is awesome! God bless!

    • Thanks, Tacy! I’m sure it’s much easier to be screen-free when you only have one kid. She doesn’t know any different. We’ll see how things go when more kids are added to the bunch. :)

  3. Look at your belly! You look fantastic. We had a mulberry tree at our first house when I was growing up and I used to love gathering berries. We never collected more than enough for a small tart but that picture above brings back good memories. I get such a kick out of the classic movies you’ve never seen. I didn’t watch Pretty Woman until college because I Was Not Allowed but it’s an enjoyable watch and very quotable!
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    • Thanks, Leigh! And I’m not surprised you weren’t allowed to watch that movie — it’s got some scandalous scenes! We weren’t even allowed to watch Full House. :)

  4. Two things:

    1. My theory is that people who sweat don’t like summer and those who don’t, do. I sweat. I’m guessing you don’t?


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    • Aw thanks, Rebecca! I assume I sweat as much as the next person?! But I do recall disliking summer a lot more when I had to be out in public every day, because I always felt self-conscious about looking sweaty and gross. Now that I’m at home most of the time, it doesn’t bother me.

      (ALSO: I’ve read that you don’t stink as much when you’re pregnant for some reason, and I’m finding that to be true. I never smell these days, no matter how much I sweat and how long I go without a shower. There are a couple of perks!)

      • I think there’s a lot of truth to that. . . I can’t imagine I would mind sweating as much if I wasn’t try to also look presentable to the public! (PS. I love that I now know about your lack of body odor!)
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    • Uh, yeah. I mean I’m pregnant right now and overheat easily so that’s not fun, but my husband works up a sweat SITTING ON THE COUCH in the summer. The walk from the car to the store leaves his shirt not damp but WET. He’s miserable. Some people are just sweatier than others.

  5. So many great pictures of delightful summer time! Your solstice looks lovely. We celebrated with old and new friends at the homestead of some farm market friends; low key but I love it.
    And cute, cute little baby bump!
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  6. I just stopped by from Leigh’s linkup, and I’m loving your blog! I’ll definitely be stopping back in to read some more. :)
    And I totally agree about summer–though for me, I’d love the temperate, non-humid days of spring with all the goodness of summer. Ha. I love those book picks, too! They are high on my “to-read” list. A friend recommended Carry On, Warrior a few months ago but I have yet to read it. (I haven’t read her blog a whole lot, so it’ll be new stuff for me. Glad you found a few things in it that you really liked!)
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  7. I really want to see the Lego movie. Glad to hear another positive review.
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  8. You look wonderful! And I love the purple-stained mulberry-holding hands. :-)

  9. That last line is so perfect, though. Because what says “love” more clearly than the sharing of food? Nourishing bodies, nourishing souls. Feasts and Communion and this is love.

    You love summer because you live in the north, dear Kathleen. Just like I loved summer when I lived in the desert (dry vs wet heat makes ALL the difference). The food is pretty great, though. Unfortunately the drought and weird spring means we’re still eating mostly lettuce and kale, with no fun stuff still. Oh well. Also I overheat ridiculously when pregnant and I’m about ten weeks further along than you, so….

  10. I totally agree with you about Carry on Warrior. Enjoy all the pies and swimming and gardens and food of summer. It is wonderful time to unplug!
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  11. Lindsay says:

    Your summer looks positively delightful so far!

    I’m sure if I had five months of snow I would enjoy summer too :) But I live in a dry Mediterranean climate and get “summer” for approximately half the year. I long for winter when I can work outside in the middle of the day. Plus, we get too warm to grow lettuces and other cool crop in summer, so when it’s the hottest and all I want is a salad I have to buy the greens. And I can’t grow rhubarb or cherries at all.

    On the other hand, we have homegrown citrus and avocados and can grow something year-round with minimal effort, so there’s an upside to every location.

  12. Aww! You are so cute pregnant!!!

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your summer. Ours has been a bit of a disappointment. It was so wet at the start that we just have too many Mosquitos and gnats and ticks to spend much time out of doors this summer. It has been very frustrating. We had a long fold winter and we are stuck indoors in summer too!
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