Saturday, March 19, 2011
I had to work today. There was a work-bee at the school to clean up the playground, clearing the branches that had fallen, putting down mulch, etc, all things I cannot do right now while my hip is healing. However, I wanted to be there to show my support, and was able to put tree paint on a couple of trees that had to be pruned. Not much of an accomplishment, but at least I could do something.
I heard there was a great sale at Hobby Lobby and went there after the work-bee so I could pick up a couple of supplies I needed. I came home with some great finds.
I have been doing bits and pieces of my fairy house at school during project time and the children have been excited about it. I had been wanting to build a dollhouse for the scholarship fundraiser that we have each fall and found this darling dollhouse which came to only $12 once the coupon was applied.
I am thinking I may build this one at school and generate more excitement for it.
I was also pleased to be able to get this acrylic set for half price. I have been having so much fun with my artistic side, I am doing a happy dance to have new paints! I spent some of this afternoon painting and some of this afternoon making faux rocks for the chimney of the fairy house.
I think the cutest thing I found was this china tea set for the fairy house, it is so tiny, yet so detailed.
Now please understand, I am not a shopper. I dread shopping and can be a total Grinch about the entire process; but today's foray out into the world of shopping was a big success.
Not so successful was dinner out with Mike and some friends. I ate too much. Darn it! Tomorrow is another day; I'll have to get in some more exercise. Stella and I have been having fun playing Frisbee ~ I'll have to at least add in a long walk.
I am enjoying this giant full moon! Can you see it where you are?
Thursday, March 17, 2011
As always, the green milk was a big hit at school today. The older children look forward to it with excitement, and the younger children look at it suspiciously until they taste it. Yes, it does have sugar in it, but not a lot.
Shhh, don't let them in on this because I tell them the leprechauns bring it, but here is the recipe:
1 gallon 1% milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 C sugar
green food coloring
vanilla silk with food coloring
They think it tastes like vanilla ice cream.
I had a follow-up visit with my chiropractor this afternoon. My hip adjustment held really well and I have been feeling much better. But because I was compensating, I was a little out of alignment a bit farther up my back. Between the adjustments, the sun, and some warmer weather, I am feeling so much better emotionally ~ but I have developed a sore throat. I hope after a good night's sleep it will heal up.
I made 'stones' out of paper clay for the fairy house fireplace yesterday. Today it dried enough to glue into place on the fireplace/oven. Right now it is just propped in there.
Now I need to experiment on a sample to get the colors right for the stone before painting it. Once I get the colors right, I need to shave off the rough edges, paint the stones, then grout between them
The close-up shows the glowing embers on the back stones of the fireplace. I made those with a tiny bit of red glitter glue. The photo got a little faded when it shrank, so you have to look closely at the bottom of the main fireplace and in the top oven door to see it. It shows up better on the photo before loading it.
Tomorrow, I will walk my class 1 1/2 miles to attend a residency of the La Catrina Quartet. I am really looking forward to that; both the walk there and back, and the experience with the members of La Catrina. In the afternoon, we have a swim trip planned. It will be a busy Friday, but fun.
Monday, March 14, 2011
My chiropractor was able to do a great adjustment of my misaligned hip today. The pain isn't completely gone, but the searing pain left immediately and I don't feel so jammed up. I hope the adjustment sticks.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I was so happy to have made enough progress on my Fairy House project that I could put the roof on. The roof was tricky and a bit intimidating, but it came together very nicely.
The fairy family was getting antsy, so I added some furniture and invited them in to do some arranging.
The fireplace is only primed. It will be stone and mortar when I finish it.
Hepatica is checking to see of the milk man arrived yet. The little piano in the bay window is there in honor of my mother-in-law, Glenna, who passed away in June. It was from her piano collection. She would have loved helping me with this project.
The Lovely Lavender Loft
Oh, look! The milk man DID arrive!
The exterior of the house will be stuccoed and have timber framing when it is complete, and the roof will be thatched. The bay window has a thatched roof, too, as does the as yet-unassembled Dutch door. The bay window is the only fully assembled window so far.
Columbine is enjoying the view from the front step.
The back of the fireplace and the chimney (which still needs to be built) will also be stone and mortar, as will the foundation.
I hope you have been having as much fun today as I have.
Bye for now!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I am glad to have heard from most of my friends in Japan. My friendship with my Japanese friends has been through a connection with Kyoto-Seiko University, so most of my friends are from Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo, well south of the major disaster. Their stories of surviving the quake in high rise Tokyo office buildings are incredible. Of course there are no elevators that can be in use, and they report the experience of trying to get down 9 or more stories to get outside the buildings, then having to return to work after aftershocks. They had to return back up the stairs into scary damaged offices.
At the same time, there is no news they can get from home to find out about their families, and without the trains working and with the highways congested, their trips home took up to 8 hours. One friend was in a car accident on her way home.
My son's girl friend's family was able to return home after being stranded out of town. They were able to contact her to let her know they are safe.
I am very relieved to hear that my friends are shaken, but safe.
The news from Japan is still terrible. Between the aftershocks, more tsunami damage, potential of disease from the disaster area and deaths, and the nuclear reactor explosion, they are still in danger. My heart goes out to all of the people in Northern Japan who were not so lucky as my friends.
For those of us who want to find a way to help, it is best to donate to well known organizations who use their donations well. Red Cross of Japan and Save the Children already are present there so donations to them would give the most rapid relief. While we may wish to be able to send material comfort like food and clothes, this is not the best way to support the relief effort as there is no real way to get those things to the areas most in need.
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