Newts

“N is for Newt” I read to Jack, out of our animal letter book. 

“Remember the newt you saw today hiking?”

“Newt” he says. 

“Newts metamorphose through three distinct developmental life stages: aquatic larva, terrestrial juvenile (called an eft), and adult. Adult newts have lizard-like bodies and may be either fully aquatic, living permanently in the water, or semiaquatic, living terrestrially, but returning to the water every year to breed.” Wikipedia

We had a great hike, the streams flowed, the woodpeckers sang and pecked, the newts slithered across our path. Bright green moss covered the trees. Jack went and investigated, I told him it was moss,lichen, that I love it and think it is so beautiful. 

 Magical really, the way it dissapears through the drought, then after one rain comes alive instantly. It’s truly amazing. 

Our visitors came on the hike with us, they enjoyed it very much and Robbie, Alans lifelong friend from Ireland helped carry Fiona!  I am so glad they came to visit, not just because they were super nice, Jack and Fiona loved them, but I think Alan really enjoyed having a friend over. 

  

I woke up really early this morning, 4:00am, cramps. I took a pamprin and went back to sleep until 7:30. The babies were already awake so I stopped in before my morning coffee. Changed poo poo, and we all came up together. After a pit stop in the garage that is. I made my coffee, bottles of milk, (I know, we gave those up) and toast. 

Jack and Fiona drank their milk, ate their toast and bannana, while I drank my coffee,  ate my toast and began to write. 

The sky is light, steele grey. A single robin sits on the tree top outside my window and I just poured my second cup of joe. It’s 8:30 now, Jack and Fiona are playing nice with their toys. It’s remarkable, it’s like they’ve changed over night. I did go another route last night, because Jack was so tired, he didn’t take his nap yesterday. I made their beds really cozy and comfy. Jack fell asleep right away. 

It’s 8:40am now,  I have twenty minutes to clean up before Linda gets here. 

I’ve been reading alot about women’s influence in the DaDa movement, it’s given me alot of inspiration for the project I’m working on for the SFIAF show. 

Today Carl and I are working on curatorial details of our GAP retrospective show at Room Gallery. I’m excited about that, I love putting together shows. 

I wish I could write more now, but I better get my apron on!  
  


 

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About Jenny Hynes

I am a painter, housewife, and mother of twins