The baby birds on our porch have sprouted feathers. The mama thrush is very protective of them — guarding the nest even when we’re walking past.
One of my most vivid memories from childhood is my mother pushing me on the swing and reciting Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem. We had a “little pink house on the corner” in Waveland, Mississippi. The house was on about an acre with tall pines. I remember watching my mother mow the lawn. I remember the smell of the pine needles and grass. I remember my mother telling me that it was good that the pine trees would bend and sway with the strong winds that scared me — the trees that bent in the wind wouldn’t break.
The playground was about a block from our house. I have memories of walking there alone, and sometimes stopping at the Tiger Mart across the street for a slushy. I remember hearing sounds carry through the warm, humid nights–the crackling speakers from the baseball diamond at that park in the distance and the cicadas nearby.
But the best times were when my mother came with me, and pushed me on the swing. Rhythmic pushing. Rhythmic recitation. Oh, how I love (push) to go up in a swing (push), up in the sky so blue (push). . .
BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
I can’t believe Baby H is 7 mos already! And A is 3yo!
Some Facebook friends helped me identify that this mess is a result of hard water, and provided some strategies to deal with it in the kitchen.
Nassau is basically an island composed of limestone, so it makes sense lime and minerals leach into the water. I’ve lived places with semi-hard water before, but nothing like this.
Now I’m wondering…
- What about laundry? Do I need to add anything to my usual detergent to help get clothes clean? Will they discolor? Does the hard water make them wear out faster?
- What about keeping our bodies clean? My face does feel weird after I wash it… Does my skin need something to protect it? (Wearing daily sunscreen!) I’ve got long hair — what does hard water do to hair?
- What about out health? We have bottles water delivered and use that for our primary drinking water, but my understanding is the tap and water in restaurants is drinkable. I use it for cooking, and when getting low on bottled water, use it for coffee and tea.
Always something new to learn about normal, daily life when moving to a new country. I’d love to hear your practical strategies for living in hard water areas.