Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sick and A Cemetery

Our little guy had a fever and sniffles two weeks ago. He seemed better but then in the last 24 hours he got this cough and I began to feel ill. I did not send him to school today. Instead we went to the pediatrician who proceeded to tell me our son just has a cold and from now until May this is cold and flu season for all kids in daycare and preschool. Apparently the runny nose is normal for about two weeks and I was little early on the cough as they are not concerned with coughs in toddlers unless they run over a week or more. He also told me that the hubby and I will be getting sick more often now too since our son is in preschool. Aces. Petri dishes unite! LOL

I feel bad he missed class today but hey it is preschool and another day of just chilling, this means trains and iPad and reading, should help us both.


Last week as he was in school I decided to walk around town and visited an old cemetery. New Jersey has lots of history thanks to George Washington and his troops coming through as well as early settlers.

I love cemeteries. There is beauty and sadness there. The tombstones themselves amazing records of history and some of them are pretty amazing design wise. I felt fortunate to come across some very old graves. For those who live in Europe, these will seem relatively new considering.

I love mausoleums and this one had lovely stained glass.



I am only using my phone for photos and the sun was making it hard to get a good shot. This one was from 1762 and I love the angel carved at the top.

A marker for those who died of smallpox on the site. 


The following crypts were fascinating as one had what seemed like a long piece of Scripture carved into the stone and the other told of what killed the young man. 




 
Close up of cause of death.


To some this would seem incredibly creepy and morbid but not me. Cemeteries can be the best places to reflect and meditate as well as show respect to people who have probably not been visited in a century.

Well I am off to rest a little. At least the best I can with a two and a half year old.

Cheers!
MisFifi


Monday, September 29, 2014

Small Rant on Lawns

Domestic lawns bother me. Not the little patch of grass type lawn. No. I mean the huge swaths of green that is manicured and sprayed within an inch of its life. Sure it looks nice, but I do not care for them in any way, shape or form. I sound like I have a vendetta against grass, but that is not the case. Yes, I prefer flowers, ground covers and hardscaping and I prefer lawns to just be and not have them mimic a football field.

My ire of lawns has come about due to the care they require. Most people near me use lawn services like Tru Green and that is where my rant starts.

Last week I was sitting in my son's playroom with the windows wide open when a foul chemical smell hit me. I raced to close the windows and headed out onto my porch to see the little TruGreen truck down the street.

Shit.

All this talk about pesticides and the damage it does to people and animals, hello, bee colony collapses, somehow has evaded being cared about among the "I need a perfect lawn" community.

I do not understand the desire to have a perfect lawn that will never be used. No one lays out there, no one picnics, no one runs through their lawn, except little kids. I must be mindful as to where my kid decides to run because the companies put signs up that say do not allow kids or pets on/near these just sprayed lawns for 72 hours. Aces. Is the perfect lawn all about curb appeal? Probably and if that is your thing, who am I to say anything, but there are other ways to make your property look nice and not need serious poisons.
I am not completely insane, if you have an estate, large house or McMansion, lawns are part of the deal, but there have to be better things to use to maintain that lushness one so desires.

As for my own lawn, it would most likely be considered a crappy lawn. Filled with violets, clover and random grasses, it is not a lush green nor is it weed free and that is fine by me. Bees feed off my clover, but when that pesticide is taken into the air and brought five houses down to my abode, well shit, you are messing with my small piece of pesticide free land man. I want to yell out the comical "Get Off My Lawn!" at the pesticides not people. :)

I seriously feel like The Lorax about this.




Of course I doubt anyone will give a rat's butt what I think, but can't we embrace a little clover in our lawns and a little less pesticides?


Cheers!
MissFifi




Thursday, September 18, 2014

Binge? What Binge?

While a lot has been going on here, the usual housewife-y, I am a repressed novel writer, get kid to preschool stuff. I have somehow found a way to watch episodes of a show called "Supernatural". I am incredibly late to this party, but how have I not seen this before?!?!? Can I say I love it even though I am still in season 1? Yes, yes I can.


Demons, Urban legends, mystery, all sorts of awesome!! These two brothers, Sam and Dean, are "Hunters" of all things supernatural. Their mother was murdered when they were young by some unknown being and since I am a Wikipedia cheater, I know exactly by how and what as well as everything that is happening up to Season 9. I can do that and still be excited to watch it all unfold.
Normally I am hooked into some BBC brilliance, currently The Aristocrats miniseries is on my plate and very good as well, but "Supernatural" is a nice change of pace content wise.

Now here is the best part. I am going to share why I started watching "Supernatural". Pinterest. Yes Pinterest. Somehow I ended up on a page where there were nothing but pictures of the two actors who play the leads, Sam and Dean. Of course there were various comments under certain pictures and memes made in regards to certain things about the show. It piques my interest and I decided I would give it a shot. Netflix had also recommended it to me and at this point I figure,d "Why not?"  So there it is. The power of Pinterest ladies and gentlemen, it can get you. ;-)

Cheers!
MissFifi