Please Chew the Jewelry

The cat's not included. He just wanted you to know how handsome he is.

The cat’s not included. He just wanted you to know how handsome he is.

You know how little ones love to do a trapeze act on your jewelry?

One of my most fortunate Nana discoveries has been these necklaces made from food grade silicone. The baby can chew on them without harm (in fact, it helps with teething), and if she tugs too hard, the break away catch releases the strand. And saves you from strangling. It’s an instant toy you can wear around your neck! I have mine on whenever I watch my grandson, and if I need to give him a distraction for a second, I just pop off my beads and dangle them in front of him.

You can purchase these in the baby box stores for around $30, but I got my lovely purple set on Etsy for around $17. Look hard enough, and you’ll probably find cheaper.

Spoiler alert: my daughter and her mother-in-law will find these in their stockings this Christmas!


Puppy Pads for Poopy Pants

Sometimes you find yourself overwhelmed at the changing table. How did allllll that poop came out of one little person? How do you keep it from going everywhere?

This tip comes from Grammie Deb, in Iowa

Put a puppy pad on your changing surface so all the mess can be collected for disposal. Also carry them in the diaper bag for a clean surface away from home.

Deb adds that during the potty training phase a puppy pad can be placed in the car seat “just in case.”

It’s Good To Be the Crone!



The image of the Maiden/Mother/Crone is ancient,

and its origins are unclear. Egyptian? Celtic? A reflection of the phases of the moon and the female cycle? Reportedly, the Celtic triskele was a pagan symbol representing the three-faced goddess: the young virgin, the fruitful mother, and the wise grandmother. Until Christian missionaries appropriated the symbol to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Ah, well.

Wicca, Neo-Paganism, and New Age practices still recognize the three-faced goddess in the triskele. I am of Celtic descent and a practicing Catholic, so I’m good with either story.¬†Please enjoy the elegant triskele at upper left and celebrate it as you will, if for no other reason than its lovely geometry. My intention is neither to justify nor debate religious symbols, but rather to apply the symbolic phases of a woman’s life to…well, real life.

In other words, what does it mean to be an old lady in America?

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