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Joshua’s First Birthday

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Happy Birthday Ed!

Daddy is 31 today!

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Country Man

My husband is 30 today! So I guess he’s not a country boy anymore, he’s a country man!!! (Play the song as you scroll through the pics for the full effect.)

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Pizza Party!

Pizza has kind of become a tradition for birthdays in Ed’s family.  So, for my birthday, Mom Marie put on a pizza party.  She grills them on a pizza stone, and they come out delicious!

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There were all kinds of different toppings: bacon, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, pesto, tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella.  It’s fun to decide what toppings to use. 

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Mom Marie putting the pizza on the grill.

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My attempt to get the pizza onto the cutting board.  I was nervous that I was going to drop it on the floor (can you tell by my face???)  Ed took the picture and managed to miss the pizza, but it was so funny I just had to post it. 

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A frozen key lime pie served as birthday cake.  I LOVE key lime pie, and the frozen twist was yummy.

I promise, that’s the last of the posts about my birthday!

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28

I really can’t believe that I’m 28.  I graduated from high school 10 years ago? I’ve been driving for 12 years? How did that happen?!?!

Ed and I have a running joke that my birthday lasts for a week.  I think it comes from my grandfather:  his mother always said his birthday was one date, while the birth certificate said a different date.  As a result, he liked to celebrate for a whole week, just in case.

Over the weekend, we celebrated with my parents and brothers.  My mom told me that the theme for my presents this year was that they were useful.  She picked out a few reusable bags, a new stainless steel water bottle, some reusable produce bags, some of my favorite farmer’s market cheese and honey, an organic gardening workshop, and a couple of cute tops that I will wear once the weather warms up.  My favorite gift from my parents was sea glass earings and a necklace.  My mom made this jewelry from real white sea glass.  I love sea glass, and I think turning it into jewelry or using it for decorations is a wonderful way to take trash, pollution even, and turn it into something beautiful.

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Yesterday, on my real birthday, I had a really good, but busy, day.  I got into school and found a message from a colleague.  Apparently, I’ve been selected for an award from our local League of Women Voters (of which she’s president) for being an environmental leader.  I’ll be sure to write more about that in a future post.  What a nice way to start the day!  A couple of students had baked brownies and muffins for my birthday, and shared them with the class.  About a month ago, these girls asked when my birthday was, and when I told them, they must have written it down.  It was a very nice surprise.

I was annoyed to have to go to my class at night, but as usual I found it enjoyable.  I was just tired by the time I finally got home.  Fortunately, Ed picked up supper from a local seafood place.  While they’re kind of expensive, we love their food and like the friendliness of the owners/family.  It was so nice to come home from class and have supper waiting, plus I didn’t have to clean up.

Ed and I have a tradition with presents: we like them to be meaningful and useful.  A few weeks ago, when Ed asked what I wanted for my birthday, I immediately said apple trees.  We had been planning for a while to get apple trees, but this was the perfect excuse to go ahead and order them.  Since I grew up on an apple orchard and I’m very opinionated when it comes to apples, I took charge and selected the varieties that I thought would serve our purposes.  We selected six trees, and plan to plant them between our house and our closest neighbor.  Our house will help to protect them from the wind, and we’ll be able to block the view of the neighbor’s house for three seasons when the trees mature.  I can just imagine how pretty the blossoms will be next spring! I selected Macouns, which are my absolute favorite apple for fresh eating, Empire, Jonathan, Snow Apple, Northern Spy, and Orange Pippin.  These apples allow for fresh eating, applesauce, baking apples, storage apples, and will ensure that we have different varieties ripening at different times.

And that’s not all… the celebration will continue this weekend with Ed’s family.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday! For the lurkers out there, it was nice to meet you and I hope you’ll feel free to comment more often.  I love the interaction that the blog allows, and I’m really feeling at home in this online community.

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Busy, Beautiful Day

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Today was one of the most beautiful days this year.  It was also an incredibly busy Saturday.  Ed left to go fishing around 5am, I think, since I was not fully awake at the time… He’s trying to catch as much as he can during the season so that we’ll have a freezer full for the winter.  I got up this morning and immediately started working on the APLS Blog Carnival that I’m hosting in just a few days.  I have the job of reading all the posts, compiling them, and writing my own post with a summary of each submission.  I’m not done yet…

Then, I headed off to practice.  I’m coaching the girls’ “powderpuff” football team at my school this year.  Well, fortunately I’m assistant coaching, since my qualifications for being a coach include that I enjoy football and that my brother played for years and years and had an undefeated regular season in his senior year, followed by coming in second in the state playoffs.  I understand the rules, but I have never played.  Anyway, today was our first practice, and it was a blast.  The majority of kids are not so concerned with what position they’ll play, but are very concerned about the jerseys and what number they’ll get.  And also the fact that the homecoming dance is the weekend before our one and only game, and so they’re worried their manicures will get ruined.  My response: acrylic nails and the VOC’s from manicures are bad for the environment, so skip it.  My environmental students laughed while the others stared at me blankly…  I also made a comment about how the synthetic leather of the football was most likely petroleum based, which got the same response.

After a fun first practice of teaching the names of the positions and basic rules for flag football, I headed over to my family’s farm.  Since I’m so busy with school this year, I haven’t been able to help out as much as in previous years, and I knew they’d need my help today.  The beautiful weather meant it would be crazy at the farm.  I walked into the greenhouse and relieved my mom for a little while from the pumpkin field cash register.  I hadn’t even waited on a single customer when a woman came in and yelled at me.  She said that kids were climbing on the top of the hay maze and that it was dangerous.  I agree, I told her, and the rules are posted that nobody should be climbing.  To which she replied “I’ve asked three times and you’re not doing anything!” Again, I explained that, while I agree it’s dangerous, no, you have not asked me three times.  I just got here.  And I can’t leave the cash register, but I will send someone out there immediately.  Fortunately, I was able to flag down my mother to go out and, in her best elementary school teacher persona, get the kids off the top of the maze.  Their own parents were watching them run around, and doing nothing about the fact their kids were breaking the rules and endangering others and themselves.  Apparently, bloody noses and kids crying are all part of the fall trip to the farm experience.  And so is some lady yelling at me for no reason.  What I really want to say to her is “Hey lady, why don’t you just ask their parents to get them down.  I’m not just some cashier you can yell at.  I’m a certified teacher and my family owns this place.”  But I just smiled and told her I’d take care of it.  It’s very frustrating to be treated so disrespectfully when I’m used to being respected at school, but everyone in my family knows the reality of the fall.  People will come to our home, be demanding and often rude, but generally enjoy themselves and spend money.  We’ll thank them and hope that they come back again so we can keep the farm afloat.  I just try to remember to always be as nice as I can to cashiers, wait staff, and everyone who does the kind of job that is too often unappreciated.

After the maze incedent, the atmosphere got better, I waited on customers who were polite or at least didn’t yell at me, weighed a whole bunch of pumpkins, and sent families out into the apple orchard.  Then, I helped my brothers push a car out of the mud.  They’d been hanging around and pushing cars when needed, as the paved part of the lot was full and cars had to park in the field.  We laughed when someone who was clearly stuck in the mud refused our help.  No, he didn’t want my brother to get a tractor and pull him out.  He would call and wait for a tow truck instead.  He was still waiting when I left.

Cars lined up in the big field at the stand

Kids play on the hay maze

While I was out, Ed worked on getting our old wood stove ready for the winter and painting the ballusters for our stairs.  We had wanted to buy a new wood stove this year, but we just aren’t going to be able to afford it.  I think spring will probably be the best time to find a good price, anyway.  I can’t say I’m upset I missed the painting…

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This evening, we went to Ed’s parents’ house to celebrate Melissa’s birthday.  We made pizzas together and it was a lot of fun.  Ed and I gave her a mum and a pumpkin to celebrate.  Happy 30th Melis!

When I got home I was in a cleaning mood (I know, I was shocked, too).  I organized the mudroom and kitchen, cleaned the counters and the stainless steel appliances, organized the coffee table stuff including an explosion of magazines and various knitting projects.  I then decided to come here and write about my day.  Tomorrow will be a lot of the same, with practice and the farm in the afternoon. 

On Monday, I have a day off school but Ed will be working.  I have a whole bunch of tests to grade, so hopefully the weather will be nice enough to allow me to do my grading outside.

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Surprise!

Tonight, we had a surprise birthday party for Ed’s mom, Marie.  Let me tell you, it is hard to throw someone a surprise party at her own house!  But, somehow, we pulled it off!

Look how surprised she was!

Ed gives his mom a hug.

Guests in the backyard included family and friends.  Here, they’re enjoying the gardens and…

…the pizza! The Big Green Pizza Truck made a bunch of brick oven pizzas, with all different toppings.  They even used some of the clams that Chris and Ed caught this morning to make bacon and clam pizza, and they made my personal favorite, fresh tomato with pesto and fresh mozzarella.

Ed’s sister Kate, Mom Marie, and me.  We had Foxon Park sodas, made locally in East Haven, a couple of towns over.  You can’t have New Haven style pizza without Foxon Park soda.  I like the birch beer best!

Grammy, Rich (Ed’s Dad) and Kate show Marie (via a rigged Scrabble game) that she’s going to Italy in September as her birthday gift and 35th Wedding Anniversary present!

Coconut cupcakes served as the birthday cake.  Other desserts included blueberry caramels, maple cotton candy, gelato and ice cream.

Happy 55th Birthday!!!

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