Laurel’s thneed

My sister Maureen e-mailed Laurel an Amazon gift card for Laurel’s June birthday. Laurel bought yarn and needles and learned to knit by reading some online instructions. She intended to make a scarf but made it too wide, so she called it a “thneed” from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. She recently finished it and gave…

Kings Island

I hadn’t been to Kings Island (amusement park) since I was a teenager, and I think I had more fun today than I ever did then. There was no teenage-girl drama. (My friends and I used to get season passes, and usually one of us was being a pill.) We only waited in two short…

Cincinnati Zoo

We met Amy and her family at the zoo on August 17, Amy’s 43rd birthday. It’s a wonderful place, and they’re doing lots of environmentally-friendly things. They just opened the greenest restaurant in the US, and they have “one of the largest public urban solar displays in the country,” according to a USA Today article.…

Hocking Hills, Ohio

Laurel, Charlie, Mom, and I drove to Hocking Hills – kind of southeast Ohio – for a couple days. The forest there is lush and beautiful, and Charlie kept saying, “This is like Costa Rica!” We even saw moss growing on trees. I asked Laurel if we’d ever seen moss in Colorado. She said, “I…

Hello, Ohio!

We arrived at my mom’s house in Hamilton, Ohio on July 31. My sisters Amy & Jane and Amy’s family came over to Mom’s house today. I’ve been cleaning out my mom’s basement, thus the basement bench photo.