Beyond Deweyville

Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

Somebody’s 10 weeks old today! July 31, 2009

Filed under: General,Kids — mothersandothers @ 6:24 am

It’s my little Fudgy-Foo. Man this newborn phase is flying by. It gets faster with each child.

Slow down little one and let me kiss behind your ears a little longer

Thank you for making it to the smiling stage. It’s so rewarding.

I love that you are completely oblivious to the fact that there are four other people here (and a dog) that also have needs

Thank you for patiently taking a pacifier while you wait for me to get there with the real deal

I love giving you the real deal

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Sorbet Floats July 26, 2009

Filed under: Food — mothersandothers @ 12:45 pm

Sometimes it sucks to have an addictive personality. Luckily, the newest object of my (and everyone else living here’s) affection is relatively guilt-free.

Buy these ingredients and work it like you would a rootbeer float.


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Bedroom Update July 13, 2009

Filed under: Are home renovations fun? — mothersandothers @ 5:18 pm

So you remember the goal right?


Here’s what I’ve done so far. Notice anything missing? Right, just the focal point of the room, that stinking yellow bed. It’s a $200 Ikea bed (sitting on a $4000 rug, don’t you love when designers do that?). The biggest it comes is a queen, which we considered and then decided against since all the kiddos must at least be able to fit in there with us. So…we’re going to make it. I’m also keeping my eyes peeled for a lovely furry trunk. I haven’t changed the bedding either or bought that faux fox throw, I think I’m waiting for the bed. But it’s coming along.





No wonder she doesn’t sleep at night! July 12, 2009

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 6:53 am

She’s too busy doing this all day..

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Sophia had a really fun boutique at her house yesterday so I drug Auntie V. there kicking and screaming. Leave it to us to buy coats in the middle of summer. But hey, we know cute coats when we see them. Okay, and we also know cute rings and wallets when we see them too.

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Michael and Shalimar sittin’ in a tree…. July 7, 2009

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 9:49 pm

Thank you to my husband who dug some special mementos of mine out this week


My 9-13 year-old self reflects

I missed the Beatles, Woodstock, I missed Elvis, I missed Kennedy and MLK, I missed Nam and Watergate

but I caught Michael Jackson

I caught that performance

I didn’t realize until last week that I had been a part of something so big. I just thought that that had been my introduction to something brilliantly new. It was the world’s as well as mine it turns out.

Watch it here.

NPR’s Linda Holmes says, “…This is where everyone I knew first saw the moonwalk, and if you weren’t there or didn’t watch it or maybe weren’t a kid at the time, you cannot imagine what a big deal it was…You can hear the crowd scream when he does it hereā€”it’s not a scream of recognition, like it would be when he did it later. It’s a scream of shock.”

I don’t think we need to take any surveys to find out that in 1983 I was the only girl in Deweyville with a Michael Jackson poster over her bed.

He never knew it, but when I was seven he stole my heart.

Remember your first crush? Your first heart-aching crush.

Some of my memories

Pre-MTV, trying to stay up on Friday nights until 12:30 when Friday Night Videos came on just in case they played one of his

Calling 411 and asking for Mr. Michael Jackson in Encino, California please. Then calling the number and freaking out when the woman who answered told me that Michael does not come to the front. I’ll never know who I really called, but when I was eight I believed it was him.

Watching The Making of Thriller and at the end rewinding it (which took the VCR about 20 minutes) and immediately pushing play again.

Being introduced to the concepts of racism and homophobia for the first time

Seeing him in concert

I just can’t believe I’ve lived long enough now to experience an event that will cause me to say to my children,”It’s hard to explain because you just had to be living then.”









Mary, Mary quite contrary… July 3, 2009

Filed under: Modern Homemaking,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 9:39 am

Time for me to regain my meal sanity by getting back to the monthly menu planning.

I almost have a whole year’s worth now so this month I mostly cut and pasted from the plans of past months. Easy right?

First, we finished the garden! Our watering strategy took some doing and doing again, but I think we figured out a nifty little drip system. We turn it on and show it to all who come over. Then we added the pavers and stones (all from Home Depot).

Here’s what’s growing. I have a feeling we’re going to be out there a lot:

Eight varieties of lettuce (most of which I’ve never heard of)

Mrs. Burns’s Lemon Basil

Night Phlox (smells like cake supposedly)


Lemon Mint

Pineapple Mint

Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries



Long Red Onions

Golden Sweet Peas

Maule’s Red Hot Peppers

Greek Oregano

Mini Chocolate Bell Peppers

Heirloom Tomatoes (a couple varieties)


Amaiah drew pictures on the markers for me


Can’t wait to show you how it grows!

July 2009 Menu


Six weeks! July 2, 2009

Filed under: General,Kids — mothersandothers @ 8:38 am

The girl can nurse!!

She’s six weeks, so you know what that means….I have the all clear to workout again.

Anyone know how I do that with three little kiddos???

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