Saturday, February 27, 2010
Several people have asked about the turtles in my profile image, so here is the story behind them. I have never actually held a sea turtle, although I would love to be a scientist who helps to protect them. They happen to be one of my many favorite animals.
When we were headed to China 9 years ago, my sister and I would use the imagery of sea turtles to calm ourselves when things got stressful. It turned out to be a very powerful meditation, and one that has calmed me in times of turmoil.
Did you visit my March Goal Collage blog? A theme that seems to be persistent with me is finding a calm center, being present, and extending kindness to others, people, animals, and plants included.
I have been so busy this past week, I really haven't had time to check in much with you, my Spark Friends. I have been enjoying reading your blogs, although haven't been able to respond to all of them. With my niece here for two weeks, I will even have less time; so know that I will be thinking of you, but not checking in as often.
I am very happy to have time with my niece. She lives so far away and I don't get as much time with her as I would like.
Enjoy this weekend!
Friday, February 26, 2010
I have been having technical difficulties getting this to load large enough to see the words on it. I will have to do more experimenting to figure out how to get my collages so they are in a downloadable, viewable format.
All suggestions welcome!
Print detail from collage:
Friday, February 26, 2010
More snow's a'coming, but I'm thinking spring
Mike brought home the pellet trays, and the seeds I ordered from Seeds of Change arrived. It was fun to get my hands in even the tiny bit of peat in the peat pellets!
Mike planted his heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, and an array of hot peppers. I planted purple brussels sprouts, early brussels sprouts, red kale, kale mix, and dinosaur kale. Now we need to get some more starter kits
The eggs I ordered to hatch are being shipped today. The kids at school are perhaps as excited about their arrival as I am!
Robins have visited my yard, but looked none too happy out there in the snow.
Meanwhile, more snow accumulation in the forecast.
Thinking spring - it will be here soon.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Not that we will get to lounge around on hammocks, but I am very excited that my sister and my niece will be coming to visit. My niece will stay with Mike and I for a week while my sister and her husband attend a convention, then my sister will stay with us for the following week as well.
They live in Alaska, so getting an extended visit with them is a real treasure!
My niece is the age of the younger children in my classroom and will be going to school with me for the next two weeks. The children in my class are happy to have her join the group. She had visited for a week when she was five, and some of the children remember her from then.
After tomorrow, I doubt that I will have much time to post blogs and visit with my beloved Spark friends over the next two weeks. I'll stop in and say hello when I can, but please don't think I'm ignoring you
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