| days in the life |

February 7th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

| r e c a p |

Fires, reading, painting-sometimes nekkid- lots of baths, movies, cooking. That’s how we’ve been spending our days.

| r e a d |

The Great Work Of Your Life | Stephen Cope
excerpt : part one, page 9
We can see why the yoga tradition has called doubt “the invisible affliction.” It is slippery. Hidden. Sneaky. Indeed, it is this very hidden quality that gives doubt its power. I know people who have been stuck in doubt their entire lifetime. Each of these unfortunate individuals – some of them my very own friends and family- came at some point to a crossroads. They came to this crossroads and found themselves rooted there, with one foot firmly planted on each side of the intersection. Alas, they never moved a dime. They procrastinated. Dithered. Finally, they put a folding chair smack in the center of the crossroads and lived there for the rest of their lives. After a while, they forgot entirely that there even was a crossroads-forgot that there was a choice.  

The Essential Rumi | Translated by Coleman Barks
excerpt :  page 175-177
Borrow the beloved’s eyes.
Look through them and you’ll see the beloved’s face
everywhere. No tiredness, no jaded boredom.
“I shall be your eye and your hand and your loving.”
Let that happen, and things
you have hated will become helpers.

A certain preacher always prays long and with enthusiasm
for thieves and muggers that attack people
on the street. “Let your mercy, O Lord,
cover their insolence.”
He doesn’t pray for the good,
but only for the blatantly cruel.
Why is this? his congregation lasts.

“Because they have done me such generous favors.
Every time I turn back toward the things they want,
I run into them, they beat me, and leave me nearly dead
in the road, and I understand, again, that what they want
is not what I want. They keep me on the spiritual path.
That’s why I honor them and pray for them.”  

Flour Water Salt Yeast | Ken Forkish
excerpt : page 26
Patience is indeed a virtue when it comes to making good bread. Consider time to be a powerful instrument in a baker’s toolkit. Recognizing time as a discrete and crucial element in a recipe is the first detail that sets the best bakers apart. If you manipulate time in proper balance with dough temperature, ambient temperature, and the amount of leavening in the dough, you give yourself a chance to make something special. You need enough time, but not much effort-a little over seven hours to achieve a really good loaf.

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Last week I cooked up one of our favorite staples, tonight we’re having pork ragu. Don’t let those ingredient lists fool you if you haven’t attempted either, they’re pretty easy. Note: I sub coconut cream for the Rigatoni, Pancetta, and Green Onions, it works nicely.

Singer and Silas scuffle over who gets to lick the sourdough starter stir stick. To be fair to small children I’ve started stirring it with two sticks, one for each of them. Recipe hopefully on the way next week.

| g o |

I have not left the house since LAST wednesday’s date night. That’s 9 days. When the kids wake up we’re headed to a birthday party. I can’t wait. Let them eat cake! You might be wondering why we haven’t left this tiny space. Plans have been canceled. Stomach aches and runny noses ensued. Friends and family have fortunately visited us. Oh, and we are deep in winter hibernation, which I really enjoy and have practiced all of my life. However, I’m in cleaning mode- getting ready for spring. Because cleaning in the spring is a waste of a good spring.

| l i s t e n |

Damien Jurado | Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
Dave Rawlings Machine | A Friend Of A Friend : Most of my friends know about Rawlings, but if you haven’t given this album a listen yet, I beg you to.

| l o v e |

team play, sharing, understanding, patience, trying, manners, gratitude.

| w a t c h |

Pete Seeger | American Masters | The Power of the Song
If ever there was ever a greater american songwriter, he’s got to be amongst the greatest and most caring human beings who have ever walked this earth. Available through the link, or via Apple TV’s PBS App.

| l i n k s |

 Mean Girls Director Mark Waters Spills 10 Juicy Stories, 10 Years Later
Why You Should Never, Ever Put Two Spaces After A Period

 

one line a day: january 2014

January 31st, 2014 at 9:39 am

Years ago I journaled. I absolutely hate using a writing device of any kind. Maybe it’s because a popular punishment in my day was writing things over and over again, a la Bart Simpson and I haven’t enjoyed pencils and pens since. When I read back over my journals I was never fond of my handwriting either, it’s manic. All over the place. Never the same. High, low. My mother once asked me who wrote my assignment that she checked over as the writing wasn’t familiar, it did not look like I was the author. She was right. My handwriting was rarely the same or coherent, even on the same page. That’s why I have this little space here, the striking of a keyboard is comfortable to me, writing is not. Typing came naturally to me in third grade, I’ve always enjoyed it more even though I sometimes wish that wasn’t the case. When I set out to write one line a day, potentially for the rest of my life, I knew I wanted to use a computer instead of writing in the popular book. I was sure that I would be more likely to stick with it this way.

Here is my first month of one line a day. I have added a one line a day page at the top of the navigation bar. These lines are for my family to reminisce, the children to learn from, for my lacking memory, and to share some sweet quotes and ideas with others. Next year the 2014 will stay and 2015 will slowly fill up. I will be able to look back over I wrote the proceeding years, comparing the years days. The idea of looking back on all of the days of the year compiled together is of value to me.

january1

2014|ben franklin’s daily rituals.

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january2

2014|i hope they never stop drawing, i did.

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january3

2014|hot stove + hot coals.

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january4

2014|her curls mesmerize me.

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january5

2014|thinking of our homeless friends and helpers today and always.

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january6

2014|i love it when i get to play laura ingalls wilder.

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january7

2014|tomorrow is our first date night, the front of the line in a year of dates which was our christmas present to one another….

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january8

2014| do not measure your marriage by how much love you feel today, measure it by how much love you’ve offered today.

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january9

2014|i wish women would stop posing like chickens in photographs because they are beautiful.

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january10

2014|i wonder if i will do non profit work again, there is so much i want to do, but i am exactly where i want to be…

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january11

2014|man, that was some good sleeping weather, drifting in and out of consciousness smiling in my sleep because there’s not much better than heavy rain and thunder at 3am.

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january12

2014|i do so solemnly swear that on january 12, 2014 my husband said i could get chickens again THIS year, and he meant it.

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january13

2014|i wish we could do yesterday again today, i love it when he’s home.

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january14

2014|i’m wearing a tool belt today.

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january15

2014|reservations and babysitter secured for cinco y diez opening night.

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january16

2014| {dancing in the kitchen with the babies to the weight} “this is a good song! what’s coming up next?” dear singer

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january17

2014|one day without facebook | sixteen days without an iphone | one hundred and thirty eight days without instagram | like.

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january18

2014|today we packed a lunch and headed two hours north to visit amicalola falls and watch a program about owls and other raptors.

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january19

2014|the glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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january20

2014|today we celebrate singer’s best friend, jack. 

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january21

2014|children are the sponges of a household, act and speak accordingly. 

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january22

2014|my two favorite unprompted words from our heavy talker: thank | you (+so | much)

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january23

2014|sometimes, even when you don’t know you need it, there’s nothing better than a dish session with a good girlfriend. thanks mv. 

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january24

2014|there are few (if any) gestures, other than thirds/fourths, that can make a cook feel more proud. chicken noodle night. 

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january25

2014|this morning i reached sourdough perfection. let’s just hope i can stay there. there will be one other test, my bread snob will be home in five hours… 

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january26

2014|when we ask ourselves what our lives are about, or what they should be about, the question that we should pose is this: am i a healing presence or am i a hurting presence. marilyn sewell (raw faith

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january27

2014|today we are outside enjoying 60 and sunny, tomorrow we hope for snow to play in, and will be grateful for a warm fire and hot food to put in our bellies. 

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january28

2014|i am available. 

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january29

2014|love after love: rumi |the time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome and say, sit here. Eat.

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january30

2014|setting aside time and money for a weekly date is the best thing my husband and I have done for each other since we had kids.

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january31

2014|i prefer spring cleaning before it’s actually spring, so you can enjoy every last minute of a perfect season. 

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snow day

January 28th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

georgia is on the verge of a complete meltdown due to a little snow and we can’t help but join in. a little girl’s first snow, or perhaps anyone’s first snow is a joyous occasion. silas says the jury is still out. cabin fever gave way to some photography practice. tom kha on the stove for supper, s’mores for dessert, cocoa for the kids and a couple of adult beverages for the parents. snow seems to bring a celebration of sorts with it for many.

it’s just a lil snow, why is everyone on the internet freaking out?

it is sorta pretty, and tasty too!

 

but it’s cold and WET!

very few photographs of Silas, he thinks snow is the pits. perhaps papa will help him change his mind….

snow is a spectator sport for me…

sourdough starter bread is almost perfected, recipe guide by march 1.

 

 

 

Hand Soap Recipe

January 27th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I don’t know if I’ll be able to top the ease, savings, and bulk of this recipe. I buy goats milk soap in bulk from Amazon for $6.09/4 pack. That includes my 15% discount because I buy at least five items (not including each individual item in packs) at a time through their subscribe and save program. That works out to be 1.52 a bar for soap that can be turned into 1 1/2 gallons of hand soap. That is A LOT of soap. Next month our delivery will not include the soap I used for this recipe, I have researched further and changed our brand to Out of Africa, which has a much higher rating on the skin deep cosmetic database.

I have enjoyed using the goats milk soap in the bath and shower. It’s gentle on the kids skin, as well as ours, and it smells nice. I do plan on reworking this recipe next time, with the new soap, and researching how I could possibly make more bubbles after you pump for hand washing. Laureth sulfate is one the most popular foaming agents and I weeded that out of our shopping list years ago, so our family has become accustomed to low foaming action. No suds is not a deal breaker, but a few bubbles make hand washing, at least psychologically, feel more powerful. Aren’t bubbles so nice and soothing anyhow? I’ve been known to calm a ‘tude with a sink full of dirty dishy and some warm soapy water.

What you need:

22 cups, 6 quarts, or 1.5 gallons of tap water
1 bar of grated soap (grated or chopped with a knife)
funnel
large spoon or fork for stirring
large sauce pan, I prefer to use the pot that I simmer mulling spices in but a regular saucepan will do the trick too

I heavily recommend halving the recipe if you are short on space. This recipe is easy enough to make a quick batch if you run out, and most people have a bar of soap for backup.

Hand Soap Recipe

Grate soap with cheese grater or chop into small pieces with knife.

Boil 1.5 gallons of water and slowly stir soap in. Keep stirring until the soap turns to liquid, at first you may see tiny chunks, keep stirring and they will soon melt.

Set concoction aside and allow to cool completely until mixture turns to gel. Insert soap pump to check desired consistency. If your soap is too thick, boil more water and add to mixture in intervals until you are happy with the ease of pumping and feel of soap.

Warm soap again to liquify in order to funnel it into dispensers as well as storage containers for later use.

I started with my soap on the stove, but next time I will consider having a separate container to mix with water boiled via a tea kettle, for easy pouring, or a much larger saucepan. I had no idea while creating this recipe that it would make so much darn soap!

At first your soap will look like this, keep stirring and you’ll soon have a liquid.

Once the mixture cools completely it will solidify, check your pump to make sure the soap will dispense easily.

Then reheat for refills. I reheated my batch by adding more boiling water to achieve the liquidity I was looking for. You could also reheat via stovetop, microwave, oven.

You can leave any questions in the comment section below, or email me at brinsonfolks at gmail dot com.

| days in the life |

January 24th, 2014 at 10:53 am

| r e c a p |

This post is photo heavy, skipping a week proved to leave me with too many photos in hand. In the long run this is not a bad thing. Some evenings after we put the children to bed David and I sit back and look at where we’ve been together over the past ten years. We enjoy watching the memories roll back.

We’ve been baking together and the children love to eat dough, and flour. Yes you read that correctly.

Meet Silas, who we lovingly refer to as the One Sock Bandit. The kid always has one sock off, and he’s usually stealing something, most likely a bite from every apple in the fruit bowl.

Always with one sock on, one sock off.

Joy. I love it when people make this face in our backyard.

We’ve been shut in some due to the cold weather, near the fire and by the window. But mostly we’ve been bundling up and making our way out back.

| r e a d |

| g r o w |

We grew a foot in our home by knocking down a partition wall a few weeks ago. Silas was mesmerized, Singer was concerned.

| e a t |

Athenians if you haven’t made it to Cinco y Diez yet make the reservations as soon as you can. We went opening night and experienced no kinks, everything was incredible, as to be expected. The highlights were the huarache and the pozole.

| g o |

Last weekend we packed up the car and headed to Amicalola Falls to catch a raptors show and have lunch. We didn’t hike up to the falls, only a little half way. Next time we’ll plan accordingly and leave earlier. Amicalola was an old courting grounds for us, it was good to take our children there years later.

the rest of my life with this man! 

| h o m e m a d e |

Bath time for the kids, or me. A napkin tied up with butchers twine. The contents: lavender and oatmeal. I sprinkle my bath with Epsom salt too.

My quiet time usually involves a winter salad. I rarely skip the egg, but I’ve found that brussels make up for its absence or add to its presence. Either, or.

Sourdough starter and learning to make a nice loaf has been a process, but I’m getting there. I often think of Ira Glass and his words on creating when I mess up.

| a d m i r e |

Singer’s great grandmother gave her this puzzle, and two others that are similar. She can put them all together, by herself. Proud, proud, proud.

They demand art three, or four, times a day.

Singer’s art. The two on your left are months old, the right side is more recent. A few days ago she drew my favorite work of hers to date. I’ll share it next week, because I can’t help but boast her art skills. She’s so abstract, isn’t she?

Silas’ first work of art. He has recently stopped eating the markers and crayons and is more actively participating in creating.

| l i s t e n |

Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right.

so many photos this go ’round, check them out here. Also, I’m testing a new blog idea here, a diy knock off of One Line A Day.

note: I’ve left facebook for a test, a challenge, a change, and not because I don’t like Facebook. I love it. I love reading about your joys and want to keep up. It’s ME when it comes to facebook that I don’t like. So friends please email me at jakqlin at gmail.com for my phone number or just to chat via letters. If you have an iphone you can text me at that email address, it will go directly to my ipad.