Saturday, February 12, 2011
Yesterday was fun, but exhausting! For our Year of the Rabbit feast, my class made egg rolls and Vietnamese spring rolls - from scratch with vegetables and other ingredients I bought at the Asian grocery store the night before. Making egg rolls and Vietnamese spring rolls for the entire school with 19 children can be challenging - but they do love to cook, and I love teaching them how to use fresh ingredients. They did a great job!
The younger children made stir fry, almond cookies, and jasmine tea, and the kindergarten performed a dragon dance down the hall and through the classrooms to bring everyone to lunch.
After school I took some of the yummy leftover's to my ex-mother-in-law's house so she could enjoy some fresh cooked food. At 91 and living alone, she appreciates the visit and loves to get home cooked food.
Then on to dinner with a friend before heading to a classical guitar concert in Cincinnati. I have been looking forward to this concert because my former flamenco teacher was performing. He moved to Illinois several years ago, and I really miss his excellent music instruction. Here is a little You Tube video of Dave playing one of the pieces he performed (not a clip from the concert however - this one looks like he made it in his music room):
My heart sank when I arrived back home though. I found all of the chickens but one, Lucy the Red Head, tucked in their coop. It was dark out and searching with a flashlight netted no results. We have foxes, coyotes, and raccoons living here, so I was very worried when I went to bed. This morning, I followed chicken footprints around looking for either Lucy or at least some feathers - nothing. I let the other girls out, soaked some bread in warm water for their morning treat and called them. Much to my relief, Lucy showed up from somewhere. I still can't figure out where she was. But all is well with the force, fur and feather kids all present and healthy.
Plans for today include working on the fairy house, cleaning the house, practicing my flamenco guitar.
I am REALLY looking forward to this ice melting so I can get back to my walking routine!
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Argh! I have really been absent from SP since December. Mostly it is good, I've been busy at work and busy at home and have spent a lot less time on computer. Maybe a little too much time of Facebook, though.
What with the relentless freezing rain and Ice, I really haven't gotten to the gym or gone out walking much. This has been a long, hard winter. Not a day without snow on the ground since early December. I have to say, in Ohio I prefer a snow cover - otherwise it is so gray and gloomy I get depressed. Nonetheless, it has not been conducive to my walking routine. My home practice has been very erratic ~ while I've been eating well, exercise has been my downfall this winter.
My granddaughter just had her third birthday this week!
She is very proud of herself because now she is using the big-girl potty.
I wish she lived closer so I could see her more often.
My various projects have been keeping me busy in a good way, and have been the kind of projects that I can't mindlessly eat while working on them. A cup of tea handy, and I am totally absorbed.
Luna likes to keep me company while I'm working. These ice days when we have had no school have really helped her build her trust and be more a part of the family. Here she is hanging with my two most recent fairies. I have to watch her around the fairies though; she likes to bite their heads off and run around with them. Little predator!
I have been making slow progress on the fairy house. I have spent a lot of time sanding, painting the trim, and trying to figure out the directions. Yesterday I dry-fitted the walls and fireplace/oven to see how they would fit together, then painted the interior walls in preparation of glueing together today. The walls will eventually be stuccoed, but I need to fit everything together first.
Wishing everyone well,
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
It's been a pretty constant freezing rain event all day today. The windows are looking like textured glass, giving the world a special impressionistic effect.
The ground is covered with snow with a shiny coating of ice on it, if the sun had been out, it would have looked stunning. We are expecting more freezing rain tonight, then a layer of snow over that, which will make that ice covered snow even more treacherous.
The end result is that we had a day off of school today, and in all likelihood will have another day off tomorrow. That gave me more time to launch back into the fairy house I'm building. I managed to get all of the timber framing stained and a patina to show age and lichen growth on top of that. Then I got to put the windows in the window and door frames. That was big excitement for me - finally felt like I was getting somewhere with it. If I get another day off tomorrow, I can begin the actual building construction.
Doors and windows with the 'glass' in them. The green is the exterior and the brown is the interior.
I finally decided to order a Kindle. I have been conflicted about this. I love books. I love to read them, to hold them, to see them, and I know I will not give books up. On the other hand, the Kindle sounds like a great way to always have a book with me and not have to try to jam one in my purse, or lose one somewhere when I put it down. And it seems like a wonderful convenience for travel. Since they have significantly lowered the price, I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet. I found a bunch of free e-books that I would like to read, so I ordered those for when my Kindle gets here. Here's the rub: on the Track-my-Package page, it shows that it is in transit. Very close really. The thing is, there is no possible way the delivery truck is going to be able to get up my long and solidly iced driveway. I am wondering what they are going to do.
I made a delicious vegetable barley soup for dinner, served with a lightly toasted cheese bread. Yum!
Well, I'm off to noodle around with my bass. Oh, how I love a day off in the middle of the week!
Monday, January 31, 2011
I have actually gotten a LOT of things done over the weekend, and had a lot of fun. I spent time practicing my bass guitar, but also had fun singing and playing my acoustic with my good friend. And the uke - I got a little ukelele time in, too.
My niece wanted me to make fairy dolls that look like her and her mom, so I finished these on Saturday. I'll pop them in the mail this afternoon.
I don't have pictures yet, but I FINALLY finished sanding all of the timber framing, window and door framing, and interior beams for the fairy house. Which meant that I could get to the fun part - staining them. I had specific ideas for stains, so I mixed my own using oil paint and turpentine. I am pleased with the results, but don't have photos yet because I used black plastic bags as a drop cloth on the kitchen table and the pieces get visually lost on it; they just wouldn't show up in a picture.
Went to a fantastic concert last night - The Poulenc Trio, a trio of piano, bassoon, and oboe. They played a few pieces that were written for them; really nice.
My students finished their Gingerbread Town on Thursday. They worked together in groups designing, baking, decorating, and constructing the houses, then as a group to complete the village. It looks very sweet sitting in the hall in front of my classroom. But the aroma! It still lingers and the hall smells like gingerbread. They want to eat their houses when we take down the display, LOL! I am trying to convince them that they will be hard and stale and germy. I'll have to have them bake some fresh gingerbread cookies instead.
The abandoned shack
The ski lodge
We are expecting a huge ice storm to move in tonight, so I think we might have another snow day tomorrow and maybe Wednesday as well. It would be nice to have another day to spend with Stella and Luna, and to make more progress on the fairy house and the bass guitar. On the other hand, we have so many things going on at school, it's hard to miss a day, especially in a week already shortened by a parent conference day.
Have a great Monday!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
As many of you know, my brother has been battling cancer. Tuesday was a big day for him because he completed his long round of radiation sessions. I had lost my tiny little cell phone right after that and when I found it on Friday, I had several messages from him asking me to call him. I was worried and called him right back and further worried when he asked if I was sitting down because he had some important news for me. Well, his news was - he got married! It was all very sudden, and certainly unexpected, even for him. I am so happy for him! This is the first time he has been married and he is in his 60s. It is so wonderful to hear him talk about his future with hope and joy, and even giddiness. He had been so down.
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