On Saturday, we awoke to rain pouring down. Jeff took Fern to the East Bay to pick up Leonithas, and I spent the time getting together some indoor activities.
The simplest of things are always big hits, especially food, and I was well prepared for making kettle corn and had licorice root stick treats (they are sweet without sugar and fun to chew). The summer edition of Rhythm of the Home had just come out the day before and I realized I also had all the fixins to make Will-o-the-Wisp lanterns.
Glue + tissue paper = sticky catastrophe or great fun.
Luckily, both kids were way into it, and I am tickled to realize that Fern is now old enough to do crafts.
Will o the Wisps are flickering lights that appear over water in the summer time. They seem to float and recede if you try to approach. There is a scientific explanation, but you and I both know that’s just the faerie’s disguise. After lighting the candle, these lanterns are hung in trees and bring a bit of the fae to your home.
It rained all weekend and we didn’t venture too far….
On Sunday, after visiting the pink bunnies, we headed out to Lake Park in the Richmond, where I hoped to find some cattails. There were none, but we still found beauty:
After the park, we kept Fern awake by plying her with corn chips and silliness until we made it to Mission Pie.
I had a piece of strawberry rhubarb pie, plus potato gratin tart. Jeff had a chicken pot pie and a slice of mixed berry. A. May. Zing.
Mission Pie sources all their ingredients locally, and much of it from Pie Ranch. Combining social justice with sustainable agriculture and green business, they are exemplary examples of a positive future. Plus, the environment of the cafe was like the warmest farm kitchen. There was a kiddy corner, a book shelf of good reads, with the lowest shelf dedicated to children and no-one gave us the stink eye when Fern decided the middle of the floor was a good place to lie down. We will be back, oh yes we will…
I don’t know why people give us attitude when we go out to eat. I mean, sure our kid licks the top of the salt shaker, but she’s totally not contagious anymore. Geez.
I am super inspired by Mission Pie and Pie Ranch, and we are going to the ranch’s barn dance on the 18th. Check out this video they did about their youth program. I’m getting some pretty clear hints about where I may be headed with ecopsychology in the future:[vimeo http://vimeo.com/24176600]