Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gold Ribbon

After 2-1/2 years (I think) of lessons at the Stonestown YMCA, a break, and then 2-1/3 years at La Petite Baleen, Anders has gotten his gold ribbon!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

fava ascendant

This year, we've harvested a lot of salad greens, quite a few limes, some strawberries, some snow and snap peas, and a lemon. We're beginning to get cherry tomatoes and carrots. Now, though, the vegetable garden is dominated by fava. Indeed, rather than throw out unused seeds, I eventually planted every last one, and now we have 24 plants. (Some are in less than ideal spots.) If all goes according to plan, we'll begin harvesting around the end of September.

Sunflower: Day 127


This is measuring from the 3 ft point, so we're talking somewhere between 59 (middle of the flowerhead) and 61+ (tippy-top) inches. I'm calling it 60 inches even. Five feet!

Here, by the way, are pics from days 123 and 124, respectively.


Friday, July 29, 2016

tie dyes

If you go to Tree Frog Treks for more than a week of summer camp, you can end up with multiple copies of the same tshirt. But this week (week two for the boys at TFT), the kids tie dyed their shirts!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Catalina kayaking

Ready to go!

Sunday campsite.

Monday night.

Tuesday - heroic landing, time for a cocktail.

Sigrid lit the camp stove. (No small feat - she's scared of it!)

Third campsite. Not level, but it will do!

Wednesday morning.

Mission accomplished.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunflower: Day 122


What a difference two days makes.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Things got rather wet and sandy after swim lessons today.

the summer of books

This has really been Anders's summer to fall in love with reading. But that doesn't mean Soren isn't doing his best, too...


Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's all fun and games...

...until someone loses an eye. Luckily, we stopped shy of that point.

poppy seeds

Splitting California poppy seed pods, and spreading them through the garden.

Sunflower: Day 120

Signs of the yellow petals of the flowerhead!

56 inches. Maybe 57. So about a half inch a day since last week.

Friday, July 22, 2016

tired boy, painted face

A week at camp with Tree Frog Treks can be tiring.

new sleeping bag

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Soren made a birdfeeder at Tree Frog Treks.

The kids started with pine cones, to which they attached pipe cleaners. A counselor then covered the pine cone with shortening. And then the kids rolled the pine cones in bird seed. Here's a close-up:

I hope the squirrels don't knock it down!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Racing Ribbon

Four down, one (butterfly) to go.

Oxtail Soup

Perfect for a winter day. Or July in San Francisco.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

tablet and book

Sunflower: Day 113

Getting tall!

36 inches... 17 inches equals 53 inches, or 4 feet 5 inches!