Girl Cubs and Tummy Trouble

So the party was great. Totally Over The Top Cute, in the manner of three year old girl-child birthday parties, (read: very shrill, with lots of frenzied jumping). B decorated the manor, making trees out of craft paper and streamers; we spread out oil cloth on the living room floor and gave each guest a picnic basket. Later we went on a little walk through the woods in our sylvan burgh, blowing horns and dropping leaves over the side of the treacherous bridge that crosses Ferndell Springs. "Bye, scary bridge!" they chorused as we left. Mum made fabulous little bags out of vintage fabric from our favorite fabric store-and we filled them with treats for the girl cubs, honey sticks and gummy bears.......thanks to aunties and God-varmints (G's early attempt at "Godparents") and a guest appearance from her much-loved "Uncle Jack."

It was so much fun, it made us sick. Really. B led the way, and I'm following suit today. I can feel my head fill up with snot like a water-balloon (nice!) and B's stomach remains in a delicate state, fraught with turbulence. Only G is bouncing along like a sing-along ball, heedlessly careening into the preschool years, we have a toddler no longer. (Sniff!) And she's wiping us out. So we called Grandma Sue and she's going down to Steinbecktown for the night. (Whew!)

RX: Tea! And Sleep! And a Good Book! (Any suggestions? I'm knee-deep in Annie Dillard's Teaching a Stone to Talk but I might need something a little less....brain-using.)


Mum said...

Rosa-Can't we put a brick on little G's head so she won't grow anymore?? If it wasn't so endlessly fasinating to see and hear what she will do next, it would be very sad indeed. I already feel like I want to sing a medly of 'Sunrise, Sunset' and "Turn Around'.
She is absolutely the bee-knees!
Glad you survived that pary, but sorry you are unwell.
Please take care, lovey.

Jon said...

The chapter called "Total Eclipse" in Teaching A Stone To Talk is simply superb.

Might I suggest another of her books, either "The Writing Life" or "For The Time Being."

While we're on great female writers, Kathleen Norris's "The Cloister Walk" is pretty good.

rosa said...

Okay, so you're right-'Total Eclipse IS superb. I love the second essay, can't remember it's name, about polar exploration. Dillard's style is just incomparable. The words seem to spill out of her, and go galloping away in leaps and bounds.
At once I'm fascinated, intrigued, inspired to worship God, and filled with a hair-raising terror. Her nature writing is just so great. I first found her through 'Pilgrim at Tinker Creek', and have since read 'An American Childhood', and then 'Teaching-'. I don't run across her stuff very often, but I'll be on the look-out for the 2 you mentioned. Oh, and I love what Philip Yancey wrote about her in 'Soul Salvation'.

'The Cloister Walk' keeps turning up in my life-my mom recommended it and left it at my house, and someone donated it to the church library and I was supposed to read and review it for the last librarian before she left. I read about half, but wasn't especially grabbed by it. I'm not sure why. She has a lot of elements that I 'should' like-Xian, female writer, old church traditions, but so far it's not enough. maybe I just haven't 'discovered' it yet. sometimes it takes a while.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.