Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lunch Ideas, Anyone?

Andy does not eat bread. Or noodles. Oh, that includes things like flatbread and pita.

So I need breadless lunch ideas. He's been subsisting on cheese sticks, cheese crackers, and cheez whiz snacks. I haven't had luck with cream cheese or cottage cheese. He doesn't like eggs. Sending in plain lunchmeat worked... for a while. Not anymore. He's not eating yogurt anymore, either.

And the fact is, the child needs to eat. He's skinny as a rail, and constantly on the move. I'm worried about his future health if all I can get him to eat are pre-packaged junk foods His body may be able to handle them now, but what about ten years from now? Twenty? And all that salt can't be doing him any good.

We're in a world of kids with strange food preferences and limited diets. What do you send in those school lunchboxes? Help!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, Beau

May it be happy, where-ever you are.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Two Sweet Boys

Two good brothers.

Pot Luck Magazine Call for Submissions

Yes, I am still the layout editor for Pot Luck! We are currently looking for your contributions! Check it out here!

For my part, I am working on a spread about winter holidays for the winter issue, due out Dec 15. I'm also working on cookie recipes! Deadline for submissions is Nov 30. However, I am also looking for gardening, crafting, and kitchen/cooking info, tips, recipes, etc. for all year round! After all, after the winter issue comes the spring issue... then the summer issue... then the fall issue... then we start over again...

Just to get folks thinking, I am looking at a variety of topics that are seasonally connected, and I'd like to build up a repertoire of material that I can include in these sections, instead of it being just my own voice. For the last issue (Fall), we did tomatoes (including canning) and corn, because we had a couple of recipes and ideas, and I just added more material to fill out the spreads and bridge between late summer and fall. Next year, I am hoping to do pumpkins and gourds and a second (as yet unknown) fall ideas spread.

So far, Pot Luck has been mostly a lit mag, but we want to expand to include a variety of voices and styles. The point is to get people reading, thinking, and talking! Come join us!

Monday, November 08, 2010

A Tale of Two Days


Joey and Andy were in giggly moods. They wrestled and hugged all day long. Andy tried to pull off one of Joey's shoes, and ended up dragging Joey across the floor instead; they both thought this was hilarious. Laughter reigned.


After a walk around Wakefield (turkeyless, thank goodness), which just kind of went so-so, a key broke on Joey's computer while he was playing a game.

All hell broke loose.

Screaming, throwing things, throwing himself, refusing to go to his room to calm down, yelling at us to "kill me, please!" We had the talk about facing your mistakes. We talked about how the key coming off the computer wasn't entirely his fault, and that it was fixed (yay, JoeyAndyDad!), and nothing to be this upset about. It took him a good half-hour to calm down. We didn't want to over-react to the pleading, because he seems to know these words get swift and dramatic reaction. We don't want to completely ignore it, either.

But what a difference a day makes. And this morning? Got up and bounced off to school.

I hope he had a good day.