I just wanted to share a few more of the wonderful treasures my mom brought me from her attic clean out. She gave me this box of Joan Walsh Anglund samplers. She is a wonderful children’s illustrator and author, and wrote her first book, A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You in 1958. Apparently, she had numerous requests for prints of illustrations from her books, and so she chose twelve of her favorites and compiled them into this sampler. The illustrations are so sweet and innocent. I can’t wait to get some of them framed and up in the girls’ rooms.
Here are two of my favorites both from her ‘Friend’ book.
I especially love the illustration of the two girls–looks like Mary and Emma. Not that they stand that way very often….but sometimes.
And a little reality to this sweet little post. I have a major ant problem. They are everywhere in our house. My children at first went all ‘tharn’ when they saw them, but now they are such a regular occurence that Emma says in a sing-songy voice, "not another one!" and Mary greets them as if they were our newest pet.
Did I tell you that when I turned on my iron the other day to press some seams on a project they came frantically swarming out of the little water well? Swarming. Like ten of them. Then of course they are madly crawling all over the iron board. And still through the water line window, I can see one little corpse floating back and forth. I guess he didn’t make it out. Or maybe the others knocked him back down into the water.
I’ve done the ant traps, which seem to make them increase, not decrease. And two days ago, I broke down and bought some spray. But when I really sat and read the label, I couldn’t bare to spray it around my home. They are advertising the spray’s residual effect and ability to still kill ants twelve(!) days after you’ve sprayed. Not in my house.
So does anyone have a more natural yet effective way to deal with my nasty little problem? A few days ago, three of them fell from the ceiling on to my shoulder and arm. And then there was one on the toilet seat which has made me madly paranoid every time I sit down. So I’ll spare you the rest of the details…but I’m open for suggestions. Obviously.