Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Few Things for Friday*

*because I couldn’t think of a better alliteration…

Missouri River Valley

Missouri River Valley

It’s still cold but I’m naming today the last day of winter. You can’t really tell in the above photo, but this field has recently been plowed. Love the undulating rows of freshly plowed dirt.

Baby is adjusting to her new school. And by “adjusting” I mean she got a violent cough, raging fever and missed school most of this week.

(She's feeling better now)

(She’s feeling better now)

Until around age five, kids’ Eustachian tubes (the tube that connects the ear to the throat) are not slanted downward (like an adult’s), so when kids are congested, fluid can easily collect in the tube. Stagnant fluid can easily become infected, hence why kids who get a cold or a virus often also get an ear infection. The principal of homeopathic ear drops are that they are anti-microbial, but this still doesn’t solve the issue of blocked tubes or necessarily decrease fluid accumulation. Plus, I am not too keen on using stinky garlic drops in Babyzilla’s ears all the time (garlic is one of the most common antimicrobial ingredients used in such drops). I was looking to try something different than simply treating every ear infection with antibiotics or “riding out” the more mild ones, and so baby and I took a trip to the chiropractor.

Logan College of Chiropractic is a great school in our area and they have doctors, interns and students that see patients. The Biofreeze Sports and Rehabilitation Center is very nice. I snapped a photo of these stadium seats there (from the old Card’s stadium) for the Spy:

A sight that reminds me of spring! Opening day is just around the corner!

A sight that reminds me of spring! Opening day is just around the corner!

Not sure what this thing is!

Not sure what this thing is!

And little…

congested Baby

congested Baby

…got to play with some balls while we waited.

The doctors showed me how to do some of the “moves” to clear the Eustachian tubes. I think they felt comfortable showing me how to do some of them because I am a nurse (who just passed boards last week! Woo! RN, BSN!) Always check with your doctor first if you have health care concerns/questions for yourself or your kids. Don’t trust random advice on the internet (hahhah)! I’m going to do them regularly on Babyzilla and also bring her in regularly for some easy, noninvasive, nonpharmacological prophylactic against the dreaded otitis media (ear infection).

In garden news, we’ve joined the Missouri Botanical Garden and are so excited for our membership, which includes free admission to the main (big!) garden, Shaw Nature Preserve and the Butterfly House.

The first bloom of Spy Garden has been spotted. It is in our living room, but it counts!

Meyer Lemon bloom with a window view

Meyer Lemon bloom with a window view

Our garden expansion is still underway and we’ve ordered some more fence posts and another roll of…

deer fencing material

deer fencing material

…and we look forward to the next warm day to move the east side of the fence. It may be cold and icy this weekend. So it may be more batting cages and seed starting (indoors) than digging outside in the dirt, but it’s still officially Spy Garden Spring tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

Winter Retrospective

It’s still winter in Spy Garden. I don’t really regard “official” first days of seasons and prefer to think of March, April and May as spring. So regardless of the temperature (not much higher than 30 predicted for next week) I’m naming March first as Spy Garden’s first day of spring. Officially. And so, a winter retrospective to say farewell to the season.

Best Spy Garden Snow Shot

Best Spy Garden Snow Shot

The above shot was taken the morning after the first big snow of the season (back in December). The entire section of the fence in the foreground of the photo is being moved (many posts have already been taken down), so this photograph may be the last time the whole garden fits into one photo. Unless I climb up on the roof for an aerial shot…

Winter is not really all white/gray in Missouri. The snow usually melts within a few days. But still, the palatte of our winter is quite limited.

Sky and Dormant Grass

Sky and Dormant Grass

Field, woods, hills, sky

Field, woods, hills, sky

I wonder if Mark Rothko would’ve enjoyed Microsoft Paint? hahah

Woods in the distance, field in the foreground and sky.

Woods in the distance, field in the foreground and sky.

And all that is on a clear day. Comme ca:

Shaw Nature Preserve

Shaw Nature Preserve

Shaw Nature Preserve

Shaw Nature Preserve

Shaw Nature Preserve...best of our winter outings.

Shaw Nature Preserve…best of our winter outings.

Vibrant colors beyond blue sky and

"Dormant Grass Gold"

“Dormant Grass Gold”

…are reserved for sunrise and sunset.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise (Missouri River)

Sunrise (Missouri River)

Sunrise

Sunrise

Spy Garden Sunset

Spy Garden Sunset

Sunset in the manner of...

Sunset in the manner of…

I’m looking forward to the drastic changes in the “palatte” that spring brings, but do fully appreciate winter. White is, in fact, my favorite color.

Favorite Spy Garden Winter Decoration

Favorite Spy Garden Winter Decoration

Spy Garden at Zero Degrees Farenheit (January)

Spy Garden at Zero Degrees Farenheit (January)

A blank canvas.

A blank canvas.

First Signs of Spring

Groundbreaking!

Groundbreaking!

I took the picture above at the groundbreaking ceremony at baby’s new school today. And when I say “ceremony” I mean, I ceremoniously shoved the shovel into the ground and started to dig the plots. Baby’s school is a Forest School (click here to read about one mom’s description of a Forest school in Denmark) and gardening is integral in the curriculum and for the chef’s lunch and snack offerings (yes, they have a chef!)

Baby's school's dining hall (with sweeping views of the FOREST, of course!)

Baby’s school’s dining hall (with sweeping views of the FOREST, of course!)

The students have named the garden…drumroll, please…

Squirrely Garden

I believe the name derives from one child’s affinity for a long-lost stuffed-animal squirrel. Though I prefer my squirrels OUT of the garden (i.e. doing yoga in the trees), I love the name for the double (it might be a triple) entendre. Squirrely, as in eccentric: and the garden is sure to be unique and unconventional. I am the CEO of Squirrely Garden (hahhaha best title ever), so I will be sharing more about it as it develops.

Back at Spy Garden…

I looked carefully for signs of spring.

I looked carefully for signs of spring.

And found lots of garlic popping up.

And found lots of garlic popping up.

This one looks like a tulip bulb and I think it may have got mixed in with the garlic bulbs!

This one looks like a tulip bulb and I think it may have got mixed in with the garlic bulbs!

Two garlic plants side by side.

Two garlic plants side by side.

This lavander plant has a lovely gray blue shade to it.

This lavender plant has a lovely gray-blue shade to it.

It was the first warm Saturday in a while and it was wonderful to be outside all day,

building a

building a

fire,

fire,

roasting marshmallows, swinging, playing catch,

and practicing...

and practicing…

pitching.

pitching.

Baseball in St. Louis is quintessential spring.

Baseball in St. Louis is quintessential spring.

The Spy loves baseball.

The Spy loves baseball.

It was nice to notice changes to the winter palatte, even if only tiny bits of green. One of my favorite spring sites is the big mounds of topsoil and compost at Fick’s:

Beautiful mountains of dirt!

Beautiful mountains of dirt!

What are your favorite first signs of spring?