Stamp Collecting

My Granny has always saved stamps.

Not in a discerning collecting and meticulously organizing sort of way but more of a snipping out and stashing in an old cigar box way. And, as far as I know, no one in my family has been a stamp collector.

Until Clara.

Clara collects everything – including stamps.

Clara, being a rambunctious eight year old is also not a discerning collector or a meticulous organizer of her stamps. But she does like adding to her collection. Granny has three giant manila envelopes stuffed with stamps and she’s been slowly doling them out to Clara.

It’s a stamp saver and stamp collectors dream come true.

Except.

Except this totally justifies the keeping of things for just in case.

Farming runs on both sides of my family and you don’t just get rid of things that might be useful again one day when you are running a farm.

Ever.

This was a lesson that well and easily ingrained in me. I don’t really need the hey-look-I’m-so-glad-I-kept-these encouragement Granny and Clara’s stamp collecting has accidentally given me.

But now I’m doubly certain that I better keep saving those random springs I find, and of course the extra screws they send when you put something together, and flower pots, and fabric scraps, and keys, and jars…

Someday, someone (maybe even me), is going to be so glad I did!

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Alphabet With A Twist- Letter K

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K – Needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word

I’m jumping into this photo challenge mid alphabet because it’s November and if I’m going to post everyday this November (it’s a thing, an Nano Poblano thing) I’m going to need some inspiration.

Letter K…

An unlikely key stuck in a creaky keyhole by a kooky kid!

Clara’s Favorites at Seven Years Old

Clara, what’s your favorite…

Color – I have couple, teal, blue, green, yellow and purple.

Animal – I have couple, dolphins, bees, foxes (I just like the look of them) and ummm what are they calllled, manatees.

Bug- Bees and earwigs. *laughing* NO I don’t like earwigs!! And that’s when I knew this was going to be interesting…

Food – Lots of stuff, like pizza, spaghetti, kielbasa, the skillet you make, ice cream and candy.

Clothes –Skirts and t-shirts if its summer, but in the winter I like to wear long sleeves, long pants and socks cause I like skating around the house. And that’s where we diverged from list making into a much more interesting conversatuon…

Dog – I have couple… *big breath* Trip, Storm, Goose, Digby, Cooper (poor Cooper has been gone for years but glad he still made the list) Rosie, Birkie, Buzz, Turk, Bailey, Ruby.

Cat –Gypsy, Cassie, Fiona, Baby, Pester, Ginger, Blacky and Oreo (It seems our youngest cat didn’t make the cut and the last three are kittens her friend’s family “might” adopt. Makes you wonder what Simone did to her recently).

Person – You, Dad, Jane, Ivy, Grandma Grandpa, Grandma Pat, Grandpa Al… Like all my grandma’s and grandpas and aunts and uncles. Lola, Lucy, Brent, Rachel, Macy, Evelyn, Joe… I cut her off around here before she listed everyone she knew.

Me: Do you know what favorite means?

Clara: …yeaahhh…

Me: What’s it mean?

Clara: You really like them.

Me: Does favorite mean one or lots?

Clara: ….

Me: So, most people think favorite means the thing they like the most.

Clara: Yeah… but I can’t choose.

Alright then. Moving on…

Thing to do –A couple… Like two… Swim and we play on the playgrounds, oh three, and play on the computer, or ipad or phone… or do arts and crafts… I can’t choose!

Thing to do inside – Annoy Ivy. Great…

Thing to do outside – swim

Chore – *laughter, lack of eye contact*  Ummm nothing. – Oh! Clean the pool out cause then you get to be in the pool.

Time of day – Two. I like how we are numbering the favorites now.  Dinner time when it’s close to dark out. And in the morning and at midnight. And how that doesn’t cut down on the number of things what so ever. Or make them factual. She’s a monster in the morning and she doesn’t ever get to stay up until midnight. 

Place to go – Umm couple… Like to Florida, to the beach, to Lola’s and to the Cambridge Elementry and the pool house at Lola’s and where I saw the kitties at Lola’s. Lola is Clara’s best friend, can you tell? Also she likes going to school? Judging by her morning behavior, I’m totally suspicious of that.  

Song – I don’t really have one… I like… Katie Perry, or Lady Gaga but I don’t like Lady Gaga as much as Ivy. Who does really?

Flower – Three I doubt it. Like the ones that go and are like in the summer… SCILLA! One Ummm what are they called, they are in the summer and some of them have white petals… Oh yeah, daffodils Two and tulips Three and the roses with not a lot of petals cause the ones with tons of petals-*makes a disgusted face* uh ehhh! Four. I’m totally with her on her rose feelings though. 

Farm Animal – Horses and goats. What? That’s it?

Thing about school – Couple things, recess, snack time – cause she usually reads a book to us, and um um um um I don’t remember. And this Clara is why favorite implies one thing. A thing you like enough that you remember it. 

Friend – You know… You know… Lola! Yes. Yes we do know. 

Movie – I don’t have one. Believable. 

Thing to do with Ivy – Annoy her. Me: How do you like to annoy her? Clara: By going like, “Ivy , Ivy, Ivy” and if she says “What?” I just keep saying, “Ivy, Ivy, Ivy…” This explains a lot of the yelling that I’ve been hearing lately. 

Thing to do with Jane – Annoy her and play legos. Me: How do you like to annoy Jane?  Clara: Go, “Jane, Jane, what’s that, what’s that, Jane, Jane…” This explains the rest of the yelling I’ve been hearing. 

Thing to do with Dad – Couple things, not annoy him. If only that were true… Go to parks with him, play in the garage and make obstacle courses and help him build like sailboats. That would be a reference  to the two pieces of wood she nailed together 3 years ago and dubbed a sailboat. 

Thing to do with Me – I don’t know, watch movies. And if you wanted proof that I’ve been a bit stressed and cranky lately there you have it. Like what kind of movies?  We don’t watch very many movies. Selkie one maybe?  The selkie movie was Song of the Sea which was beautiful and she cried through half of it. Again, were you wondering about my general attitude lately? 

Book – I don’t have one. This answer bothered me far more than the previous one. You can not like me but no favorite book?!? Tragic! 

Meal – Breakfast. I think she’s losing steam.

Thing to do in the car –Color and annoy people. Me: Can you not annoy people on the drive tonight? Clara: Ok, but its what I love to do!

When you get older what kind of problems do you want to help solve? This required further explanation. Her eventual answer: “No.” She creates problems, she does not solve them.

What do you want to do when you are grown up? – Have a lot of cats. But if I get a husband he would have to do the cat litter boxes. This is where I almost swallowed my tongue trying not to burst laughing. 

Anything else? –  Candy!- Sour candy! I think that might be it… oh wait my favorite kind of fruit is… I have couple… lemons, limes, apples, grapes, pineapple, watermelon and peaches. Oh, and pears!

But that was all yesterday…

Today Clara turned eight! 

Happy Birthday to my girl who has all the favorites!

Little Blond Pirate

I caught Jane giving something on the end of her finger the evil eye while she said,
“Come on guy. Start wigglin; or I’ll split yer guts out!”

Don’t let that cute exterior fool you she’s the terror of the rain barrel and all the mosquito larva quake in fear at the sound of her dainty footsteps.