Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mouse soup and Farmer's Markets

Nat waiting on our fire hydrant
We went to the farmer's market yesterday morning. I'm still getting a feel for this year's tensions and freedoms, having the kids out in a public space. It's a relief to know that Thomas and Nat won't completely disappear, and that I only have to worry about the girls heading for the wild blue yonder, but that still means two disappearing toddlers. I do a head count about every minute after I've let the girls out of the stroller.

Miriam, ready to go

It was fun. Hot, but fun. On the way, Nat and Thomas were playing with some election signs on people's lawns, and Nat asked about them, so I tried to give him a basic breakdown of democracy, and finished saying that that was one system people used for governance. I think he got the 'one person one vote' and that it's a collective process parts. We met Judith and her kids, snacked and ran around in the grassy areas, and generally had fun until it was time to go, when I rounded them all up, strapped the girls in the stroller, and bought a couple of tomato plants for our garden. The market is mostly selling plants, asparagus, and green garlic so far. It's been a very cold spring, and I expect most produce will be late. Thomas was disappointed that they didn't have pumpkins yet. 
Elizabeth contemplating

Next week maybe I'll have more time to shop. And I think we'll start going a little later, closer to lunch.

When we got back and inside we were tired and hot, and I was grateful I'd put the air conditioning on before leaving (first time this year!). We'd been home for ten minutes when there was a huge thunderstorm. The boys had flopped down in front of the computer and the girls were playing with their tiny little kitchen. I sat on the couch being exhausted and cranky, and trying to read a book Pentimento sent me. 

My parents came for a short visit, and they brought some of my children's books! I didn't know they still had them. I'm so happy. Nat read most of the first two stories in Mouse Soup out loud to me, and I think he might have finished it after I left him to tidy the kitchen.

They also brought Owl At Home, which is one of my very favourite kids' books, and I'd been thinking we should get a copy. I'm so happy. We haven't been doing a ton of reading in the past few weeks, but we've been spending huge amounts of time out in the yard or going for walks and running errands, so I'm pretty satisfied. Plus, I asked Geoff to tell me, "Kyra, it doesn't matter how much academic study the kids do this summer as long as they're spending a lot of time outside and are happy/" He repeated it verbatim and deadpan. Thanks, darling. Every few days we do a bunch of binge reading, and I'm planning lots of trips, as I've said (while silently screaming at myself inside my head. There's always the tension between staying home and getting things done and going out, doing interesting stuff, and coming home flat exhausted and wanting only to lie on the floor ordering pizza and Vietnamese).

Still, I've decided to give myself the summer off, and I'm working hard on ignoring the shrill voice in the back of my head that's screaming, "Teach them Latin! Learn to diagram sentences with Thomas! You MUST DO ACADEMICS!", I think the solution to that voice is lots of sangria.


Melanie Bettinelli said...

Our farmer's market had a bit more this week: radishes, arugula, bok choy, scallions, chard, cilantro and basil, broccolini. My bag was all greens and it was so lovely. I've cooked everything but the broccolini now. I need to do something with that tonight. Sadly, most of it is wasted on the kids who have been eating mostly pasta and rice. Though Lucy does try the greens and Sophie and Bella might taken token tastes.

I've never read Mouse Soup. That looks like one we need to find.

I want to get out more am feeling like we aren't doing that enough. Though I have to remind myself that Dom will have five weeks off this summer. And tomorrow we have Ascension Thursday mass and meeting some new homeschoolers at the playground. (If the rain cooperates and goes away.)

lissla lissar said...

Anything by the author of Frog and Toad is worth it. Pentimento had a lovely piece about Owl At Home- I should link to it.

There's a few other vegetables available, and rhubarb, but I think we're subconciously waiting for strawberry and tomato season, although I am going to get a lot of asparagus next week. The local market only re-opened three weeks ago, so they're still gathering steam.

Five weeks off! Oh, that will be glorious. Lucky both of you.

Melanie Bettinelli said...

"Anything by the author of Frog and Toad is worth it. " That's what I figured.

I bought Owl at Home because of Pentimento's piece.