21 November 2014 Ferments

November 21st, 2014

Sam’s “Cultured Cultures” class ended today at CHEC. It was essentially a cooking class, where the kids learned to make fermented vegetables such as cabbage, ginger, pickles, and beets. They also made a class cookbook and packaged samples that they’ll sell at the CHEC Winter Festival in a couple of weeks. Sam came home with lots of samples– we’re now set for Thanksgiving :-)

20 November 2014 Long Enough?

November 20th, 2014

Long Enough
Sam is having some second thoughts about cutting her hair for Locks of Love. I think it’s long enough but she does not agree…

19 November 2014 Parting Gift

November 19th, 2014

Parting PT gift
I “graduated” from Physical Therapy today and received this lovely hot/cold pack as a parting gift. The graduation is dubious, as I may need to return post-surgery. Plus, it occurs to me that I have pre-surgery homework to complete pre-operation (calf and foot exercises), so really it was no graduation at all, but a summer break.

Ah, summer. Hopefully by the time summer rolls around I’ll be running and jumping pain-free. Now that would be a great graduation gift.

18 November 2014 Flinch or Catch

November 18th, 2014

Flinch or catch
The Tadpole and Bullfrog classes at Green Adventure Project play a game of “Flinch or Catch” with teacher Ben from the UK.

17 November 2014 Nails and Knives

November 17th, 2014

Nails and Knives
AC and Sam have been doing physics projects and experiments at night. This evening they learned about incline planes and wedges. AC had Sam hammer three different nails: one standard, one blunt, and one chiseled. The idea was to see which one took the most work to drive in and pull out. As expected, the blunt nail came out easily. The chiseled nail was by far the easiest to drive in and the hardest to pull out. AC was quite pleased with the effectiveness of his chiseled nail; I wouldn’t be surprised if he started grinding the tips of all of his nails now :-)

As I write this, they’ve moved onto soldering. Uh oh.

16 November 2014 Capeharts at Rocketts Landing

November 16th, 2014

Rocketts Landing Capeharts

Sam, Grand-mère and I caught a ride with John and Jane to Richmond from our Newport New family gathering. AC had traveled separately the night before so he could play with his soccer team in the semi-finals this morning, and we left my car at Grand-mère’s condo overnight. Good news: AC’s team won and advances to the finals next weekend! Bad news: I couldn’t find my car keys. I suspect they dropped out of my coat pocket somewhere at the Jamestown Settlement. AC drove back to Richmond this afternoon with the spare car key, so I could drive the car home. Here’s hoping someone finds my keys and returns them to the Jamestown Lost and Found…

15 November 2014 Indian Village at Jamestown

November 16th, 2014

Making rope
A guide taught Sam how to make rope at the Indian Village at the Jamestown Settlement. We had a fabulous afternoon learning about the Powhatans and the Jamestown settlers, and touring replicas of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.

14 November 2014 Tea Shoppe

November 14th, 2014

tea shoppe
Sam and I turn to making our own teas. It’s not a shoppe, really, but if we did have one, I’m confident we would spell it with an “e” on the end.

13 November 2014 Barbarian Tag

November 13th, 2014

Barbarian Tag
As part of our unit on the fall of Rome and the division of the Roman empire into east and west, we played Barbarian tag. The Goths, the Visigoths, and the Ostrogoths eventually “turned” nearly everyone :-)

12 November 2014 November Sunlight

November 12th, 2014

November sunlight
Likely the last warm day of the month.

11 November 2014 My Latest Vice

November 11th, 2014

my latest vice
Oh, Trader Joe’s, you bake a mean croissant.

10 November 2014 Freeze Tag

November 10th, 2014

Freeze Tag
Backyard full of kids post-French Club playing freeze tag. Sam is in there somewhere– maybe in the tree?

9 November 2014 Bouldering

November 9th, 2014

David introduces Sam and AC to bouldering at Moorman’s Rock. I think this was as high as Sam went and that was high enough for her Mama.

8 November 2014 Raptors Pizza Party!

November 9th, 2014

Raptors Pizza Party
The Red Raptors celebrated a win for the final game of the season. They beat the Teal Tigers 9-3. Sam scored 5 goals.

7 November 2014 Cookie-Baking Snuggles

November 7th, 2014

Cookie Snuggles

6 November 2014 Acorn People

November 6th, 2014

Acorn people

5 November 2014 Leaving the Library

November 5th, 2014

Leaving the library
This is how Sam leaves the library. Can’t possibly put the book down!

4 November 2014 Flame in the Forest

November 4th, 2014

Flame in the forest

3 November 2014 Os Navicularis

November 3rd, 2014

Os Navicularis
There it is, in all its troublesome glory– the os navicularis, aka accessory navicular that has been causing problems since March. Today we consulted an orthopedic surgeon at UVA about it and they took this x-ray today to compare to the one I had in May. Even after months of rest and PT and custom orthotics, there is really very little change. I can’t walk or run without pain. Jumping is out of the question. The UVA doc says the extra bone needs to come out and that he thinks I’ll recover nicely. But it will be a long road to recovery. Six weeks non-weight bearing followed by six weeks in the air cast (again!). I should be back to jumping in five months.

We’re thinking it over, but are strongly considering parting ways with the os navicularis in early 2015.
(On the photo, it’s the superimposed, roughly oval shape on the right of the picture in the center. The doctor also thinks the os is fractured, which may also account for the pain. And if it hasn’t healed in eight months, it’s unlikely to.)

2 November 2014 Still Halloweeny

November 2nd, 2014

Halloween pancake