Alaska Rosalie
Coming into the home stretch here.  Lordy but it is hot.  (Photo by my Mom)

Coming into the home stretch here.  Lordy but it is hot.  (Photo by my Mom)

Slip and Slide -  Alas, not recommended for the 9 months pregnant. (This is a video).

Learning to swim without her water-wings.  She is swimming with my uncle.  I can remember him teaching me to swim.  She is much braver and more confident than I was.

AlaskaRosalie on Maternity Leave - We are staying with my family and waiting for this baby to make her appearance.  I am happily reliving the sultry summers of my own childhood.  Here we are, catching frogs in the pond.  I am certain that I caught the great-great-many-time-great grandparent of this handsome fellow myself when I was their age.  

The Girls And The Machine - We had a little dirt work done around the timber frame.

The Girls And The Machine - We had a little dirt work done around the timber frame.

Rainy day craft: cereal box masks…

Rainy day craft: cereal box masks…

Big sister encouraging little sister on the first day of soccer camp.

Big sister encouraging little sister on the first day of soccer camp.

World’s cutest shrimp model

World’s cutest shrimp model

World’s cutest crab model.

World’s cutest crab model.

The Anatomy of a Jelly - I pick rose petals early on a sunny morning.  As the dew dries, the fragrance rises up around me along with the hum of the bees.  I try to avoid picking blossoms with bees in them.  I simmer and steep the petals overnight and my whole house smells like a Persian palace.  The next morning, I wake before the girls to cook the jelly, adding a little lemon juice, pectin and sugar.  The making of rose petal jelly has one of my favorite alchemy moments of all my recipes: when you add lemon juice to the rose water the color blooms a sudden pink.  Each batch comes out a different shade and the color will fade throughout the year; but they all smell like a warm summer day when you open the jar and they taste as good as they smell.  The photos are from yesterday and today. 

I am not sure if the driver is properly licensed, but they all look as though they are headed somewhere fun.

I am not sure if the driver is properly licensed, but they all look as though they are headed somewhere fun.

Doesn’t everyone fish in a their party dress?  If not, why not? (photo RML)

Doesn’t everyone fish in a their party dress?  If not, why not? (photo RML)

Beautiful flowers in Nana’s garden.  (Photo RML)

Beautiful flowers in Nana’s garden.  (Photo RML)

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

Firewood is no joke in Alaska  (photo RML).

Firewood is no joke in Alaska  (photo RML).