mamalode; in my basket, on the page

Something happened.  I published a little essay called Sisters, Daughters on Mamalode.
an excerpt:

My eldest daughters compliment each other like a happily married couple celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary.  When one can no longer walk, be they too tired or weary from growing pains, the other swoops up to offer piggyback’s ride or wagon’s pull. When one can not sleep, be they too restless or scared from nightmare, the other cuddles in to offer a bed-time lullaby or story from nearest picture book…[click HERE to continue]

Mamalode is such an amazing community of writers with a mission for all the pieces that make us uniquely whole to come together and inspire.  In the long while that I’ve been reading Mamalode I’ve felt connected, inspired and supported.
I’m really excited.  Now here’s the part where you can picture me in a crazy outfit waving a giant sign while you wait in your car at a ten-lane intersection.  The sign says, Click, Please.
Mamalode is a site where I get paid based on the number of unique clicks my essay receives.  Anyway, check out Oh, Sisters, share it with your friends and, above all, be well.
It’s true.  I need a bumper sticker that reads, I’d rather be making a granny square.  For reals.  I know my knitting needles must miss my fingers, but this is some kind of beautiful new skill.  My life is a bit full, my fingers these days busy with little girl braids, story time, gardening, laundry – you know how it goes.  I’m unable to do this as much as I want.  I’ve made about 25, but needing over 400 for a queen-sized blanket, it sounds much better for me to say I’ve crocheted a score.  I’ve been smitten with Seattle’s Wise Craft for some time and in need of a little mix up with a strong desire to learn more about crochet, I’ve decided to latch on to this beautiful project [here].  I’m really having a lot of fun, and our girls are making promises to not take too many to convert to Barbie home rugs, teddy bear table place mats and the list continues.
I found this book in the New section and totally picked it because a bff has the same shirt as the author on the cover.  Turns out, it’s about a girl who leaves everything behind to learn how to hunt with the best of the best.  Silly, I know, to be this age and a mama and pick a book by its cover in front of my little ladies.  It was like diving in with two forks, one for each hand, into a warm out-of-the-oven apple pie.  I am not a hunter, but I have shot many guns.  It was something we’d do for fun in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, at the foothills of the ski area hill, just bunches of us gathered around sagebrush and glacial views.  My husband hunts and it’s something I find super sexy, super useful for our lifestyle.  Around here, it’s the next season equivalent of crab, shrimp and salmon season.  
Georgia is the crisp, clever writer of [this] blog who was a classically trained chef who left her NYC career to find not only where her food comes from, but just how elk and turkey and quail are hunted.  She travels with the good ol’ boys of the South and really gains both their respect and friendship.  I’m not finished with the book yet, but I’m enjoying its nature: part cookbook, part memoir, part adventure story.  So glad I picked this book because I thought her shirt was cool.  
joining Ginny for yarn along.


  • Loving your granny squares. And there is no reason to not judge a book by it's well designed cover (coming from a designer!). Here's to hoping the contents are as enticing!

  • PKJ says:

    Yay, congrats on your article. So cool.

  • Tracey says:

    The granny squares remind me so much of my grandmother and mom, both of who crocheted beautifully.
    I will be reading that book, it is perfect for my home. I have been a vegetarian for years, but I have hunted and my guys still do, it's just how we roll here!

  • my yarn for granny squares has arrived but i need to wind it all. gah. always something.

    and the book…i pick books by the cover and/or title 98% of the time. cannot help myself. so if i ever write a book, you know that cover will be some kinda awesome *fingers crossed*

  • Erin says:

    I love granny squares, but I almost never crochet… Maybe it's something I should take up more often!

  • Just went to marmalode and read your piece – really love your writing and Sisters, daughters is a truly beautiful essay. Making stuff with your hands really rocks but oh for more hours in my day – happy hooking to you.

  • The granny squares look great!! off to read the post!

  • Lori ann says:

    your granny squares are really pretty, hee hee, doll blankets and rugs, i remember those days…

    love to choose books by the cover, there are no end to amazing ones these days.

  • Corinne says:

    Congratulations!!! That's so exciting 🙂

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  • ang says:

    Congratulations! Your writing is beautiful! I absolutely adore your granny squares-the colors you chose are wonderful.
    ang (peach coglo)

  • Maggie says:

    I love the Mamalode piece! You have a wonderful way of expressing your heart's language into written word. And those granny squares? I'm lusting, big time.

  • Beautifully written article. You are a great “Mom” example that your children will hopefully emulate when they eventually grow up and have children of their own.

  • Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing!

  • I love this piece….as a mom to daughters it resonates how important it is to recognize and appreciate each child’s own personalities and abilities. Look forward to reading more of your writing!

  • congrats on your article. I'm liking what I read and need to click on and finish! SOunds like a cool site, too!
    Getting paid for clicks to read your words!

    You NEED to make that bumper sticker. You could sell it to every yarn store. You would be rich.

  • congrats on your article. I'm liking what I read and need to click on and finish! SOunds like a cool site, too!
    Getting paid for clicks to read your words!

    You NEED to make that bumper sticker. You could sell it to every yarn store. You would be rich.

  • I hope my son meets one of your daughters while searching for skipping rocks and chewing salmon jerky; when an orca exhales at sunset. Nice piece Jenn. Cheers!

  • Jennifer says:

    loved it. i have girls like that too. a great piece, linked it over to FB as well 🙂

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