Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday was a pretty big disappointment. The weather had been predicted to be in the mid 60s, but the day started out cold, windy, and rainy. My plans for working outside were dashed completely. However, I spent a chunk of the day working on building and painting the stone work for the fairy house, so I had fun inside with a project, Stella, and Luna. Not a bad outcome at all.
I had to work Saturday night. The school was having a Rock 'N Roll Hop for a fundraiser. Very few parent volunteers signed up to assist, so I went over early to help decorate and see what other things needed to get done. I ended up staying the entire evening, decorating, then serving root beer floats at the refreshment table, and finally helping dismantle the decorations and cleaning up. I had a great time. The band was excellent, and a lot of parents from years past were there to have fun. I enjoyed catching up on what their children, now young adults, are doing.
Since it was a 50's/60's theme, I dressed as I did in the 60's... kind of hippie / cowgirl, in jeans, a jeans jacket, beads, cowboy boots, and hair in a pony tail. I ending up wishing I brought my roller skates; it would have been fun to serve the root beer floats on skates. Cow boy boots are better for dancing, especially red and black peppy ones. Gettin' old though - by the end of the evening my feet were talking to me, and not very politely.
Today was the day I hoped yesterday would be. Sunny and hot. I sang with my friend, then we walked to an open house of an exquisitely remodeled home down the road from her. It was breath taking. Had I known that we were going to see it, I would have brought my camera because I have been watching the project from the outside for a year.
When I got home, I took Stella for a through the woods and meadow to watch for birds and see what flowers are blooming. Come and join us on our walk.
Violets are such sweet ambassadors of spring!
The trout lily has budded. Hopefully the deer give it a chance to bloom. Trout lily buds are a gourmet treat for the deer.
I love the color of scilla. It is popping up all through the woods.
Daffodils are in their prime.
The May apples are looking like little folded sun umbrellas right now.
I love it when they do this.
Finally! The kind of day when you can go for a walk, flop down in a bed of violets, and enjoy the warmth of the sun. How healing is that?!!!
I hope you had a renewing spring day, too.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
I had planned to wait until I retired to buy my 'retirement' car, and have been saving ahead so I wouldn't have to make car payments after I retire. I find that I am changing my mind about waiting until I retire. I have always driven a standard transmission car, I love the pep, and being a bit hyperactive, I love having things to do with my hands and feet. However, with the injury I have where my bones in my hip are separating, I find operating the clutch extremely painful and I also worry that the leg extension will actually exacerbate the problem. You might want to suggest that I pull my seat up closer. Uh, uh! I am smaller than many of my 6th graders who are not allowed to sit where there is a front seat airbag. I try to stay as far back from the airbag as I can and still reach the clutch, brake, and accelerator. I think it is time to get real about my condition and get my first automatic car.
My promise to myself and Mother Earth was that I would get a hybrid when I retired, so toay I am off to test drive a Prius and a Ford Fusion. I love my Honda Accord, but Honda seems to only be making Civic and Insight hybrids in the car classification, and I do not feel as safe in a smaller car. It was, after all, a car accident (in a bug) that got me into this situation. I want more car around me.
Reading hybrid reviews, the Prius and the Fusion seem to get consistently good reviews.
Do you have any experience with either?
Thursday, April 07, 2011
My entire exercise program has been blown entirely out of the water these last couple of months with my hip and back issues. Because of the nature of the problem, even my chiropractor, who believes in healthy movement, wants my movements restricted. No bending, twisting, lifting, or long sessions walking. It has been too cold for biking and I have to drive to go swimming. With a standard transmission car, even driving is painful.
Soooo, I am doing my best with gentle exercise at home and trying to stay on target with my diet.
With visits to my chiropractor 2 - 3 times a week, manganese/B12 supplements, and being more ginger with my hip and back than I'd like, I am finally, after 3 months, beginning to feel some progress. My chiropractor is positive I will eventually be back to normal. I have been despairing of that, but trying to maintain an upbeat and positive outlook in spite of my frustration.
A friend just gave me the number of someone who is reputed to be an extraordinarily good acupuntcurist. I have not tried acupuncture yet, but I know of people who have had a great deal of success with it.
So enough with the whining already! The weather has finally started to warm up and we have had some blue skies and sunshine; a real treat after a long, gray winter. The daffodils, crocuses, and scilla are up and blooming in the yard, and the grass is turning green. This weekend, it is supposed to warm into the upper 70's / lower 80's. I am hoping to take a short walk in the wild life preserve to see what wildflowers are blooming. I believe the Dutchman's breeches will be out, and hopefully some trillium.
Things are gathering momentum like a snowball at work as we prepare for our 'Cooking Show', spring musical, and end of the year camping trip. The children selected Japan, Mexico, Italy, and the Middle East for their teams to represent. The 'mystery ingredient' they drew from my hat was beans, so each team has to prepare a main dish representative of their country using a recipe with beans in it. With such a diverse group of ethnicities, it was hard coming up with 4 mystery ingredients to draw from. I chose rice, beans, fruit, and pasta to draw from. I was glad they drew the ingredient 'beans' because I don't think they usually think of beans as an important part of their diet.
Now they have to research their countries for a main dish with beans, gather a list of ingredients, and prepare their meal. They will make an international restaurant and feed the rest of the school. The children are pumped about it!
I hope you are enjoying spring, too!
Sunday, April 03, 2011
The votes were overwhelmingly about play, play, play! I really love you guys ~ you know I'm such a little workaholic most of the time and you knew that the right thing for me to do was to spend my final day of spring break playing.
Well, it was an absolutely gorgeous day today; the only gorgeous warm day of my entire break; heck, it even snowed once this past week. So Stella and I went for a nice long walk in the meadow and then sat outside with Mike just enjoying the sun and the breeze. The windows are open and a breeze is blowing fresh spring air through the house. I am so happy to have one day like this, and not to be scrambling around doing the laundry and scrubbing the floors.
Craft-wise, I applied the stonework to the exterior fireplace and to about half of the foundation, then ran out of clay. Once it dries, I can paint it.
I want to know ~ does all of that masonry work count as exercise???
And I built a little pumpkin-y couch.
And ~ I started putting together my next build.
Tomorrow I am taking my class to see Freedom Train; the Harriet Tubman Story. It should be a great way to launch the week and the final quarter of school. Things will be incredibly busy as we prepare for the spring musical, have our international cooking project, and get ready for our end of the year camping trip. I simply must remember to take my vitamins each morning!
Thank you all for being so perceptive and unanimously saying PLAY!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
First of all, thank you to my friends who were so supportive after reading the blog about my brother. It helped to just spill that out and to hear back from you.
I had a good time with one of my teacher friends yesterday. She had to get fingerprinted to renew her teaching certificate, but get this: she is my age and has been teaching art long enough, that her fingertips are wrinkled and the local machine couldn't pick up her prints. So she had to go 35 miles to get printed at the Criminal Bureau of Investigation, across the street from one of our state's high security prisons. That was an experience! I went along to keep it light and fun, and we combined the trip with a visit to art galleries and lunch out in Columbus. We did a little antiquing on our way home and had a pleasant day together in spite of having to go to the CBI to get printed.
Today I crafted a little bed for the fairy house. If your eyes are rolling and you are starting to twitch at the mention of it, exit now.
I have been incorporating little things from my family members who are no longer here, but who would love to be part of this project for the grandchildren (their great grandchildren.) So the sheets are made from one of my father's soft, soft handkerchiefs, and the little coverlet with the violets is made from one of my mother's handkerchiefs. I still need to hem the sheets, bedspread, and coverlet. That will be this evening's project.
Hepatica and Columbine like to work together to make the bed.
While I am having a ball thinking of ways to make the fairy house delightful for little girls, my dark side is itching. I have already figured out how to make the ring wraiths for my darker Lord of the Rings build.
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