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Back-to-School Night (Day 6)

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Late night tonight. Back-to-School night at daycare. A few hours of work still to do. So, tonight, I’m just going to let the kiddos take the ball and run with it.

Making music and having fun at the park.

Cowgirls!

Goofballs.

~Susan

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Ira vs. Jerry (Day 4)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

An unforeseen side effect of the October Challenge is an internal struggle about what each post should be like – tone, tenor, theme, topic. I mean, today was a pretty lousy day, and I’m fishing for something to write about. Where to start? Dan taking the day off to hang out with Ryan while she recovers from hand-foot-mouth? When the washing machine started leaking water all over the kitchen floor? Or maybe when the pipe snake got stuck in the drain and now we have to call the plumber. Again. for the third time in a month. Oy.

Perhaps I should channel Ira Glass and craft vignettes of the day that elevate mundane tales of everyday to reflect the universal nature of humanity? Or maybe I should model my writing on Jerry Seinfeld, and blog about NOTHING? And then try to make it funny.

I’m stumped, and I’m realizing that this challenge is going to be tougher than I thought it would be…

So, I’m going to default to the best blog post back-up plan ever: A cute kid pic.

Ryan and her buddy, Naveen. Can you really beat those smiles?

Hey, it works in the movies…

~ Susan

Lambtown 2011 (aka October Challenge: Day 1)

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Confession: I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon lately. I’ve been taking photos and thinking of interesting post topics, but haven’t managed to actually compose anything at all. I’d like to blame technology and the fact that my computer was so freaking old that posting to THL seemed to take AGES and I spent hours uploading and posting photos. I’d also like to blame life for being far too hectic and my kid who never sits still long enough for me to take her photo these days.

However – all excuses aside – I mostly just need a kick in the pants to get the ball rolling again. So here goes… [commence self-kicking]

Tonight I am pleased to announce the This Hartmann Life OCTOBER CHALLENGE: I hereby challenge myself to post to the blog every day this month. (Dan may have to be badgered encouraged  to post too, although he is thoroughly ambivalent about this endeavor). The goal is to give myself the kick I need to get the blog rolling again and my blogging mojo flowing. Here goes!

Day 1: Lambtown 2011

Some of our more devoted readers may recall that this time last year we discovered Northern California’s best kept agricultural fair secret: Lambtown USA. It’s the California sheep and wool festival and also includes the state alpaca judging contests. It’s an hour’s drive from Oakland and a million miles away in attitude. It’s got a small town Americana vibe and lots of friendly people and animals. There’s also a fiber festival with spinners, knitters, dyers and weavers demonstrating their crafts and selling fabulous wares.

This year, our good friends Liz and Judith came along and brought a couple of teenagers with them. I wasn’t sure that the teenagers would be as enthralled with the fiber fair vibe as I am, but they seemed to enjoy themselves well enough. Neither had ever been to an event like this before, so at least it will go down in the books as a first! Not so sure they’ll be itching to go again next year… we’ll see.

We checked out the barns, watched some sheep judging and learned about alpacas from a friendly rancher and his kids who were showing their alpacas as part of a 4-H project. Pretty cool, and interesting to boot!

 

What do you think? Best in Show?

Last year Ryan was enthralled with the animals. This year she thought they were cool, but really just wanted to push the stroller around the barns… I guess after all those visits to the zoo, this city girl is a seasoned veteran at 21 months!

Hello Gorgeous! Seriously, is this not the cutest livestock you've ever seen??? I wonder if Oakland has any anti-alpaca codes. Think how cute he'd be in the backyard!

There was an incredibly well-stocked baby animal petting area – probably the best ever. And this caught all of our attention for a while before lunch. How can you not be drawn to a miss-mash of piglets, chickens, geese, baby ducks, a baby cow, baby goats, bunnies, baby alpacas, AND a baby donkey? All in one enclosure. It was crazy. But fun. Very high cute quotient.

Enjoying the baby animal farm menagerie. Some serious observation underway. Even Bunny got in on the action!

And so, a great day was had by all. I even managed to squeeze in some fiber shopping (11 oz. Cormo roving! Hello winter woolies…) and ran into some folks from AVFKW’s Commuknitty nights. Fun all around.

And so the CHALLENGE is off to a good start. We’ve got quite a month ahead of us here at THL… stay tuned!

~Susan

The Mushroom Fairy

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

So, the other day I stepped out onto my porch on the way out to walk with Ryan. And there, on the doorstep, was a magnificent, unmarked grocery bag full of chanterelle mushrooms. Freshly foraged. Ready to eat… Amazing. At $20 per pound in the local stores (and significantly more at the farmers’ market), these babies are like mushroom gold.

I call this "Still Life with Mushroom Goodness".

So, who is the Mushroom Fairy you ask? A smallish, nordic-looking gnome? A local do-gooder seeking an invite to dinner? Santa’s elves picking up side gigs during the off season??? Nope. It’s our friend Blake. A fabulous forager of the local hills and a very generous man indeed. And we will definitely have him over to dinner very soon.

~ Susan

PS – The menu for the night included a great grilled porterhouse, saffron wild rice, fresh salad and, of course, sauteed chanterelles in a butter and wine sauce. Yum.