I hopped over to Jessica's amazing blog--one of my favorite reads--and made her sweet Leap Day Time Capsule with the bambino tonight. He reported that his favorite book is The Cat in the Hat (after insisting it was some random Santa book I picked up at Goodwill and which we have read a grand total of three times); that he wants to learn to be a teacher like Mama before the next Leap Day; and that he wants to be a model builder like Daddy when he grows up. There are worse aspirations out there, I suppose. :-)
Today, I am hearing: a fox barking outside our house. It's been a while since we heard from our resident vixen, who used to live under our Ramshackle Shack with a kit or two. When we hear her at night, we make sure the kitties are safe inside!
Today, I am reading: well, I'm in between books. On a whim I picked up Lois Lenski's classic Strawberry Girl from our school library. The librarian said it would probably be culled at the end of the year if no one checked it out. I went home and devoured it; I can't remember the last time I read it, although I did have clear memory of the plot and of Lois Lenksi's trademark illustrative style. I'd forgotten how good it was. It made me want to check out the other books in her American regional series. It made me want to plan a whole author study unit on Lois Lenski. It made me very sad to think that this great little gem of a book was probably going to be discarded in a few months, because it's not "in style" for the youth of today. It's a crying shame.
Today, I am praying for: the repose of the soul of a beloved father to a family friend. He lived a very long, full life, and will be sorely missed.
Today, I am nursing: a sore nose and a concussion! I got up and ran into the wall last night. Wow. That's the first time THAT'S ever happened to me! Yikes.
Today, I am making: a toy storage box for He Who Has Too Many Toys. It started out life as a plain ole wooden crate from JoAnns, bought on sale, but I have big plans for it. Starting with lots and lots of "distressing," which the bambino has been all too happy to provide. I'm going to add casters, paint, and stencil and make it a really gussified toy storage box. Cuz makers gotta make, I guess. Plain ole wooden crate will not suffice for She Who Must Craft. (You can see we already added funky vintage handles to the crate, for easier carrying and for the sheer fun of using the power drill to screw them in.)