my colorful life

tomatoes, cuke, and pepper
yellow shoesies

i don't know what to say...i've been crazy absent. i've sort of lost my blogging mojo. BIG TIME. but also, i just have put other stuff ahead of blogging (see below) free time for me equals less time for bouncing around the webs. which, as i have said before, stinks, because i wish i had time for everything. but this way i have more time for creative pursuits instead. and right now that seems to be the best thing for me.
my kiddo will be TWO (!!!) in about a month and just this past month, she has started talking like never before. and has pretty much given up napping again...or maybe for good? back to <30 minute naps. maybe that's normal for kiddos her age, maybe it's normal for her. they were nice and long for several months (more than an hour?)
overall, though, she's growing up so fast and it feels like we're entering a new stage with this new age. she's transitioning from being a little girl to a big girl and clearly, it's not a linear journey.


a small update on what i've been doing (rather than blogging):
-enjoying the fruits of my gardening labors (see above). so happy to see things grow. and know that i somehow helped them on their way, with my diligent watering, fertilizing, pruning, and the like. how cool is it to grow your own food?? VERY.
-cooking like a maniac, using as much of my garden yield as possible. tonight, for instance, i threw a bunch of the rosemary i've got growing on top of a beef tenderloin roast, which i then cubed up and made into a salad, using tomatoes from the garden. added a red pepper and an avocado from the store (plus a few other ingredients), and threw it all on top of some greens, covering it with an avocado dressing. totally not my idea; something i saw in mark bittman's how to cook anything. it's a recent cookbook purchase; it is AWESOME. and so was the salad!
-keeping my kiddo from completely destroying the house! she gets into EVERYTHING, her middle name should have been "chaos"! totally normal behavior though, i know. either way i feel like i'm constantly tidying/cleaning! oy! so tired.
-walking around a lot when it's not crazy hot (aka 103 degrees. what the heck was THAT? thought i was going to melt!). looking forward to somewhat cooler temps.
-sewing like a maniac. some quilt stuff (as previously mentioned), and lots of garments (including, omg, a pair of black linen harem style pants (!!??) and a yellow denim skirt, to name but a few).
-going down to NYC fairly frequently, as a little fam. sometimes just to eat, walk around, and enjoy the weather; other times to see friends or get fanciful novelties or provisions that aren't available up here in the boonies (aka, connecticut). i love our new apartment (WOO, 3 stories! in a fairly walkable town! lots of nature around!) but i miss NYC, big time. thankfully it's a quick drive away and i can visit whenever i like...


as always, some questions!:
how's your summer going? :)
ever have a blogging slump? did you ever recover? if so, how?
how do you make time to blog? or do anything else? (especially if you're a parent with small children?)