Well it’s been a real long time team daddy but I’m coming back. My wife ended up having to have surgery and definitely put me out the blogging game for a couple of months. Now she’s back to work and daddy’s got a new load. Our daughter since then has now skipped a nap and she is pretty much mobile. Cooking dinner doing thingslike playing with my new iPhone are all impossible if she is awake and I am alone. It’s kind of crazy how fast everything has come together it really just seems like a long time ago an a galaxy far way when my wife was giant pregnant and I was getting ready to cook my first Thanksgiving turkey. jump to hyperspace,now I make number two with an audience of an 11 month old and have to play games through the whole thing. Yup it’s a whole new world. Speaking of a whole new world did you hear that George Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney! that news got me thinking after all star wars and it’s lessons shaped my values in life. Even though I never did become a Jedi I do sometimes feel like one when I’m on skis or in nature. I sometimes get concerned that I will have lost my clairvoyant abilities as they are so rusty they probably wouldn’t even move. Waote what would Yoda say? I know that fear leads to anger anger leads to suffering thanks Yoda. I will teach my daughter how to ski and yes she will be on skis this year at 15 months. There is no try there is only do.
My wife also got me an iPhone so we can FaceTime while she’s at work I really didn’t realize how great that was really going to be. It’s also help me understand why my wife won’t put the phone down when the baby is sleeping. Now that I understand how to use the camera and this thing called Instagram. I’m a complete insta junkie. Who knew that anyone could look so talented with such ease. truth be told I have been really enjoying my new phone so thanks Honey ! What does the next episode hold for me? I dont know but im sure it will be interesting. Just a quick post to try to use the force and get back into the practice of blogging.
Well we are at 8 months and our daughter is now growing out of most things that we have relied on for her whole life. Hehe whole life, things like the “Rock and Play” the “Bumbo” My wife stopped breast feeding so that $300 Medela travel pump could go. How about the 4Moms Momma Roo? It was totally awesome but wow that was fast. She got to use it for 6 months and it’s still like new. So now what?
My buddy just called and told me his family was growing by one and couldn’t help feeling really excited for him. “Congratulations’ Bro you’re an animal” So do we want to have another baby? Or can I sell this stuff on E-Bay and reclaim parts of my house that resemble a reality show called The Baby Clutter Freaks. Did I mentation that when the conversation begins to lean towards not having another baby I am faced with winning the booby prize of a vasectomy. Now I know everyone says it’s the equivalent of drive through surgery. But in the words of Tony Soprano “why do you want to mess with god’s creation down there”? To be honest God has nothing to do with it just a pure natural fear of knives cutting my balls that’s all. So as you can see there is a much larger question and why do all decisions now that we are parents seem so serious? I went from wanting to sell the Mamma Roo to spending the better part of my weekend sitting on frozen peas with no hopes of procreating again. So I guess it’s something to consider.
I have updated my E Bay account taken some sweet pics and now nothing… Why am I hanging on to this? Have any of you had the experience of turning into a blubbering fool while watching some commercial featuring a father and child. In the past I have written that having a daughter has softened me for sure. Frankly it was long over do so I am not complaining, but as my blog name suggests it is has been and still continues to be an “adjustment” I welcome any advice from those who have gone through this and are now on the other side. Please just keep mind when it comes to children I’ve become a six foot three two hundred and 40 lb. marshmallow. Thanks for stopping by and HAVE FUN!!
The time is finally upon us. Time to break out your pressure canner and make good wholesome magic for your family. One of the best things about this ritual is that all winter long you will to enjoy the fresh tastes of summer. Your dishes will pop believe me. A fun addition to feeling like your grandparents is a lower carbon footprint. With all the draught and heat we have had this season you know getting food to your table will cost more. Now more than ever is a wonderful time to take advantage of any local resources you may have in the way of tasty harvest.
Canning isn’t rocket science its really quite easy. However it will require you to have a great deal of patience if nothing else. Oh yeah a mind for paying attention to detail works to ones advantage while preserving food. I can recall not long ago when finding supplies for this lost art was a chore. Now it seems we are seeing more and more of these reappear in hardware and grocery stores. It could arguably be one of the more positive things about losing annual household income. In recent years as the economy tightens so have of our minds keen on getting the most for our family on what we can afford. Canning done right can be an investment in your winter season. I still marvel in the simplicity in pressure canning and how it takes no preservatives what so ever to preserve natures’ perfection
Here is what you will want to do. Sterilize 14-16 quart ball jars. In a separate pot boil water and drop in the lids. I canned corn this time which requires a pressure of 11 at 55 minutes. This applies to those at 2000 feet or lower. You will need to invest in a pressuer canner as hot water bath will only work on fruit and tomatoes. I have been using the same Presto one I bought at our local Hardware store. For the 90 bucks it pays off for sure.
Shuck, Blanch, and then cut corn off cob into a bowl. Then ladle in corn leaving a solid 1-2 inches. Then pour water from the blanching into the jar a cup plus is good here. Be sure to use a knife or something to run the air bubbles out and ensure you have enough water in the jar. Be sure you have covered the goods with water. Not doing so will result in a real bummer come February trust me. No one likes corn the color and taste of dirt. When you tighten the bands on the lids go easy and let the pressure canner do it’s thing. So just a quick snug no need to be He-Man here.
Once you’ve hit you’re the 11 P.S.I. start to back the heat down. After about 45 minutes turn off the heat and watch the pressure drop when the tab drops be careful and lift lid AWAY from you. You need canning tongs (in Pic with cans)to remove jars so be sure to acquire these prior to attempting this. Let sit on a towel over night, they are done. I love the sound of the jars sealing Tknock! Times 7 so sweet a sound!
Next up Tomatoes! Hope you enjoyed the photos from our local farm. Buy local, save farms, eat well and as always Have Fun!
Just a quick photo post to share some awesome produce with you. We are in the time when the hot house veggies are fully ripe and the field veggies start coming in. My daughter and I took a walk to our local farm stand and I couldn’t help take a couple photos with my crumby phone. I hope they show the color and vibrancy of our local bounty. My taste buds wait all winter for this time of year and right now “its on”! Enjoy your day, celebrate your family’s life and eat well over the weekend. You deserve it! Thanks for stopping by and have FUN!
Your friend Daddy Adjustment
Greetings team Daddy! Hope things are adjusting well. For some time now I have wanted to share a poem written by one of my best friends and old ski partner. He sent this to me after a much needed coast to coast pal call. I have been carrying his words in my wallet for weeks now. Every time I read it I smile. Perhaps some of you will encounter similar conditions. Those were true times my friend filled with the honesty that only nature and outdoor friendship provide. I cannot wait to share winter sports with our daughter! So enjoy my Pals’ bad ass ski poem its Fun! Booter!!
Thanks for stopping by! The D.A.
I’m about to burst through a mogul of pow
Riding the wind screaming on a mountain high
Dropping a line of trees and turns
Steel edges slash and my left thigh burns
What is below becomes above
Light as a feather
As peaceful as dove
The power of my will
The precision of my intent
Through a forest of iron ice
I ride knowing how to be man
My head held above the clouds
Busting through barriers bum rushing the crowds
Cresting the light of saviors
One with the creators
Nothing else we find inside can define the power when we ride
Greetings Team Daddy, I hope the warmth of summer has filled your mind with innocent memories of the good old days when you were small the world was big and during this time in July summer seemed like it could last forever. Remember when the only thing you thought about at the end of the day was how to do it all over again only better? Or spending a few hours on a steamy summer morning picking wild black raspberries, then selling them on the side of the road. Or perhaps that feeling of wonder by investigating if one could actually get full by way of licking honey suckle in the golden afternoon light. I myself get taken back to my youth every morning I step outside and feel the humidity and smell the air. I always say the same thing in my mind. ”it’s going to be a scaucher!”
I guess it’s easy to be nostalgic when you’re a parent. We naturally want to provide a space where our children can experience the magic of life and wonder of nature. We long for a simple time. I am getting a little concerned that simplicity has been drowned out by the ever present wave of technology in most homes across America our home included. Let’s face it, I had all these adventures outside. During a time when TV consisted of 3 stations one of which came in fuzzy. A time when the only thing on TV in the day time was soap operas. Now at our home we have over 500 channels as well as movies galore. Trying to find something to watch can resemble looking for a gift at Wal-Mart. Half way through your exhausted and have found nothing. Back in the day when damning up steams to make a swimming hole with your friends at night somehow we ALL found something to watch or read at night.
Which brings me to another point. I read a great piece Sunday in our local paper on the recent passing of actors like Andy Griffith. Then the other day Ernest Borgnine passed. The writer made a case that I have been thinking about for days now. When we grow up having 3 stations meant everyone who was up watched Johnny Carson. Didn’t matter what side of the isle or which side of town we all watched Johnny late night. It gave us all a place of common ground the next day. I guess you could say TV brought us together back then as a family and a community. Now with all the choices everyone has their own show to watch. These shows express the opinion you want to hear. So in my mind now TV has pulled us apart. We no longer have to watch-listen to anyone who doesn’t share our-your opinion. As a result we are less empathic to others and less connected as a global village.
So why not turn off the glowing orb or at least one of them today and enjoy some simple pleasures with your family. You will be thankful you did. I wish I did but I turned on VH1 the other day and saw Totally 80s. There was Kenny Loggins perferming “I’m all right “. He was in a bold outfit complete with red pleated no ass pants a white belt and white shoes. As he kicked speakers with his Capizio’s I couldn’t help but think…Thank goodness I survived the 80’s. Lucky I was outside having FUN! Thanks for stopping by.
The Daddy Adjustment
Be safe and HAVE FUN
Greetings Team Daddy,
Thanks for stopping by. It has been a really busy since Fathers’ Day. I have been settling into my new vocation quite well or so I though. I am a doer. Many times people have made fun of my “to do” list. Look I like to have “accomplishments’” every day it works for me. To tell you the truth there is a pure gratification that comes with crossing a chore you’ve done off a list. Ah simple pleasures.
This year due to Baby and the fact that our income has been cut in half, we are Staycationing this summer. Hooray after over a year of pretty much staying home we get to stay home for vacation. An added bonus, we get to do all the yard word and organizing during that time. Man this is going to be great! Ok I’ll stop with the sarcasm, those of you not from New England may not find that at all funny but it was meant as a joke none the less. Having a way with sarcasm around here is something of a common ground. Often comments are considered funny that in other parts of the country you get your face punched in for uttering such an insult. It is an aliquant art form, one that takes a life time to master. But only a moment to relish. Since I am no taking off this year I thought I would share some shots from a trip my wife and I did a few summers ago. We toured the BVI for a couple weeks and can’t wait to bring our daughter there, just beautiful.
I digress, sorry Team Daddy. The summer solstice is finally here and it is bringing on the heat in a major way. It also marks 6 months for our daughter. I can’t believe it has already been 6 months. I am finally starting to realize what everyone has been saying with the ever present sentiment of “enjoy it, it goes by fast” You know what? They were totally right.
It was in that sweltering heat that my daughters’ constant whines and cry’s from a nap missed that I had a personal breakdown. It was strange because it lasted for about 5 seconds and only did minor damage. Not unlike the extremely rare earthquake we had last summer. She had missed her nap because daddy had to go somewhere and was figgin pissed off and no I am not being sarcastic. It was about 3 hours of nonstop whinning when while cleaning the toilet extremely unfavorable toilet water splashed down on my new Nike Airmax sneakers. A brief brilliant flash of bright white light. AAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! Our entire home shook. It was there and then alone with my own immaturity, or perhaps it was that last bit of the old selfish me. Still holding on waiting for me to reconnect. Like an anxious pal waiting by the lift on a powder day, that spirit only holds so long. I thought ”I can’t ever let this happen again”. What about myself do I have to learn to ensure this?
The answer, yet another adjustment for Daddy. I was forever focused on the chores and accomplishments I was unable to achieve in a day. My wife would come home to childish complaints from Daddy about stuff he didn’t get to do. Not the best way to attract attention from the one who is out there working all day. Now since that moment I have had nothing but delight and gratitude. I focus on all of the positive I created for our world each day. Sometimes that list is short. Something like taking our daughter for a walk to our “meditation spot”, or cooking dinner even cleaning the toilet. All done in the name of appreciation and gratitude.
Raising our children is important work it should to be taken with respect and understanding. I often wonder if teachers made as much as doctors would we have more children reaching for higher goals? Perhaps a result could be there would be more doctors. More value could be given our teachers and anyone who actively enriches his or her community by way of sharing their common wealth of knowledge.
So onward we go where many daddies’ have gone before. A world where small accomplishments make measurable differences in a long life. Letting go to that which now holds me back. Embracing the challenges faced by a new man. One who does for many and is proud of it. This post is dedicated to those few that have and still are sharing their truth with me and allowing me to do the same. Also my grandmother Nonnie who I miss every day. Happy Birthday We love you! Thank you for all your gifts shared.
As always have Fun!
Your Friend Daddy Adjustment.
Hi Team Daddy, it’s only a day away from Father’s Day and I am super excited. However as many of you already know this “adjustment” hasn’t all been entirely easy. Our daughter is just about 6 months old which means I now operate well on 5 hours sleep. If you are just entering fatherhood, don’t worry Bro you will stop hallucinating soon. Just remember you paid pretty good money in your less mature days to feel like that.
So today I want to talk about some of Daddy’s favorite things. Yes an adult post is definitely needed for me. Frankly some good adult time sounds kind of nice. I am NOT talking about the conversations my wife and I have after our girl goes down for the night. They always seem to drift back to the Baby. Look I am not complaining, I love all of this but I am an outdoor action sport enthusiast. The past year has sucked for me in that category. The closest thing I did in the past year is golf. Now I love the sport and yes the adrenaline can pump as your ball gets close to the pin, but really it’s a pretty far cry from throwing myself off a small’ rock cliffs on my skis. Ripping hard through fresh nar and disappearing into the white room. If you haven’t skied lots of Pow you won’t get that last part. In the summer months here we have great white water kayaking after the damn release. Motocross and 4×4 riding is also a wonderful way to get your heart pump fix on.
Unfortunately I no longer have a dirt bike. I didn’t get to ski at all this year. I can feel lost without my centered sense of catharticism that for me is only attainable by risking my life for self-glory. Who I am as an athlete is fading fast. This above all else is what fears me about this new Daddy Adjustment.
I have begun to look for adrenaline in all the wrong places. Taking unnecessary risks when I am by myself in the car. I found myself trying to instigate some road ragging ass into a confrontation. “Whoa daddy you got to get a hold on yourself” So I take solace in my photos and videos from my past. In what few friends I have left, and in cool ass movies such as “Dust to Glory” Straight up the best documentary on the incredible story that is the race the Baja 1000. If you’re a guy and you still have your man hood you will love this movie. If you are a man and you watch it and you feel nothing? Things are worse than I thought. Better watch that sucker again. This time go get a beer and turn up the volume on the TV.
Ok that’s better I think I just herd some Daddy screams of joy. That’s right yell and holler so your old self can hear you. He is lost, beat up and bruised but not broken. Your hollowing’s help him up and back to you safely nestled back in your over inflated ego where he belongs. All of this testosterone talk makes me think of my favorite place on earth LAKE TAHAOE! I don’t care if it’s to the north at Squaw or on the South shore this place is made for people who like life. Everyone you meet who lives there are in love with their surroundings and it is easy to see why. They all possess the spirit I love, the adventure spirit. It’s not just for vacations’ it’s for life.
When someone asks you “what do you want for Father’s day? Think hard about an adrenalin trip to Tahoe or to the Baja in November. I know I will be day dreaming all I can till I feel my heart pump again. Please send me what makes your heart pump.
Thanks for stopping by and HAVE FUN!! Your friend Daddy Adjustment
Hey Team Daddy! Hope you are getting super excited for your BIG weekend. I have never before thought about being a dad on Father’s day. Here is a very simple summer recipe that I have adapted from a few different old Italian standards. I thought to post it as I made it in 30 minutes today after my Nephew came over to help me move old couches out of the basement so I can wash the walls and steam clean the carpets. Man do I know how to celebrate my first Father’s day or what. I’m not complaining, I am actually excited to get this stuff done. So make something good and fast so you can keep going…Lots more fun to come very soon, please stay tuned and HAVE FUN!!
Just skin 4 turkey sausages and brown. Put cooked sausage in bowl save to the side. Then drop in one red pepper, a piece crumpled cooked turkey bacon, half red onion, and two cloves garlic chopped. Run clear and deglaze with a bit of white dry wine like a Pino G. Then add a lb. or so of halved cherry tomatoes. (I used yellows ones here) sprinkle with salt sauté 10 minutes until a nice sauce develops. Drop in a can of rinsed white beans a little hot pepper flakes and some cooked andante pasta and finish with a quick drizzle of extra virgin and fresh grated pecorino cheese and garnish with parsley. Manga Papa!