Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brown Sugar

Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, a cowboy, and a jester - those are this year's costume choices at our house.
When I was a kid you had to dress as something thematically associated with Halloween, or with autumn at the very least. I was a scarecrow, black cat, witch, ghost. One year my sister was an apple core, another, an ear of corn (she had a fruit and vegetable theme going or something.)
Every year I secretly yearned to be a gypsy or a hippie like every other girl in my class but I never went as far as to buck tradition.
H is being Davy Crockett. We bought a real (yes real) raccoon tail at the Fryeburg Fair and I sewed it onto an appropriately-shaped faux fur hat. The cat freaked out while I was sewing the tail, she kept trying to grab it and run off with it or at least locate the rest of the raccoon.
Anyway, the hat's done and he's got the rifle replica, really once you've got a coonskin hat, who else could you be but Davy Crockett? Costume done right? 
Not so fast. 
I wanted him to have a brown fringe shirt. He's to short for the jacket I bought in college, which would have been perfect (I guess I should dress as Davy Crockett for Halloween) so I figured I could just get a brown shirt, make my own fringe, and sew it on.
After checking thrift shops, Walmart, TJMaxx, and of course my own attic, I can safely say that brown is the least popular color for a shirt on the planet. Walmart has t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts in every color; there's even a section of neon colors, every color but brown that is.
I looked on-line thinking I could get a brown fleece from LLBean. No brown. I googled "kids brown shirt," I got t-shirts for the Cleveland Browns. I googled "kids chocolate shirts," in case they weren't calling brown, brown any more, i.e. eggplant for purple and slate for gray, I got t-shirts with picture of Hershey kisses on them.
Authentic raccoon tail? No problem. Brown shirt? Not on your life. 

song: Brown Sugar • artist: The Rolling Stones

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm a Boy

Why is there a box for gender on the Cub Scout Registration Form?

song: I'm a Boy • artist: The Who

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fool in the Rain

When your son wants to walk the long way back to the car even through it's drizzling, because there's a chance you might see wild turkeys - and you cave in a do it and then it starts pouring and the wild turkeys are long gone (because even a turkey is smarter than you about knowing when to get out of the rain), are you the cool mom who said yes - or just a chump? 

song: Fool in the Rain • artist: Led Zepplin

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Down in the Flood

When my kids think of children who are less fortunate then themselves, they'll likely think of kids who come to Storyland in the summer and who have to (gasp!) wait in line in order to ride the bamboo shoots.

song: Down in the Flood • artist: Bob Dylan

Black Socks II

My black, cast-iron fry pan never gets dirty either.

song: Black Socks • artist: Bill Harley

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Black Socks

Note to Bill Harley: Black dresses never get dirty either.

song: Black Socks • artist: Bill Harley

Thursday, October 09, 2014

parenting is ...

having squashed pennies and tiny plastic swords in your wallet.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014


Atlantis. The first landmass to fall victim to global climate change.
I felt a little high in the car just listening to this song.

song: Atlantis • artist: Donovan