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Ding Dang Stupid Doctor

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I felt pretty sick yesterday; what seemed to be a mild cold went into my inner ear and hit me with a bad case of vertigo. I was able to make an appointment with a doctor for this morning.

Thing is, my wonderful DO quit her practice last month. It made me sad because she is gifted, a good listener, has a wonderful sense of humor, is straightforward... honestly, there was not a thing about her that I didn't like. She had recommended another DO to me, but that doctor did not have office hours on Wed. so I couldn't make an appointment. So I decided to try the doctor who took her office space.

Good grief!

My appointment was for 7:50 am which would give me plenty of time to have my appointment and get to work on time, if I skipped my plan period. I arrived at 6:45 and was in the office by 7:50. So far, so good. But then he didn't come and didn't come, and didn't come. After sitting there for a half an hour (no other patients this early in the morning, I'm the first) I stuck my head out of the office door to see if he was around. He was sitting in front of a computer; I waved to let him know I was there and went back in. 10 minutes later, still not there. I had to go to work so I packed up to leave.

He was just coming in as I was leaving. I told him that I had to leave to go to work. He said, "I'm sorry." I told him my appointment was at 7:50, and 40 minutes had gone by. He said, "i'm sorry." Sheesh! Not a very good first impression. Back to doctor shopping, I won't be trusting my health with someone who can't even bother being respectful enough to show up for the first appointment of the day. What if I needed more than to see if my sinus infection was bad enough I needed antibiotics?

I ended up taking over the counter antihistamines to get through the school day without keeling over. They did help to dry out my inner ear enough that I was less dizzy, but antihistamines make me drowsy, so I was yawning all day.

However, I needed to be at school for our Grandparent's Day activities. It is the first year we have tried this particular festivity. The all of the children in the school were divided into 4 groups of mixed ages, and each group (with the grandparents who could be there) rotated craft sessions in 4 different classrooms. The craft in my room was decorating cupcakes they could take to the Grandparent's Tea at the end of the school day. Yesterday, my class baked over 100 cupcakes including 24 vegan cupcakes. All of the icing was vegan. They had sprinkles, candy corn, jelly beans, and frosting to decorate with.... they were very cute cupcakes and everyone enjoyed decorating them, children and grandparents alike. It was a tiring day since I did not feel at all well, but it was fun, and very successful. I could tell that the grandparents were having a fabulous time going to all of the different crafts with their grandchildren, and were also enjoying each other's company.

Now I'm taking a nap so I can be reasonably sane and attentive at my guitar class tonight.

Tomorrow I have parent conferences in the morning, an acupuncture appointment at noon, then the afternoon to myself. Why did I forget I had the acupuncture appointment? I am certain she can do more to help my inner ear infection than that self absorbed MD.

Off to my nap to sleep off the residual antihistamines. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/9/2011 12:33AM

    Its so very important to have a doctor you like and trust. I,m sure the doctor your old doctor recommended will be more suitable. Hope to hear you are feeling much better soon.

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MARY1313 10/7/2011 5:49PM

    Sorry you got stuck with an arrogant "doctor" like that. Your time meant nothing to him. I would take some mucinex if the accupuntrure doesn't help. You need to drain that stuff.

I hate being sick. blech!

Hope you have a great weekend Teacher!!


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MCGS62 10/7/2011 10:18AM

    I love the typo with the times -- of course you waited over 40 min.
I also hope that you are feeling well enough to see the humor!
I had the same cold it helped swell my eye shut tuesday.
Hope every thing else goes well for you today

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DDOORN 10/7/2011 8:30AM

    Be well! Enjoy that guitar! Mine is gathering too much dust these days...but I never regret picking it up and playing...!


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LMB-ESQ 10/7/2011 7:43AM

    Hope you're feeling better today! Supposed "professionals" who think their time is more valuable than the people who keep them in business.... I will never understand that. (Oh and for the record, lawyers do that too)

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HANNAHV 10/7/2011 5:33AM

    I can't stand doctors and drugs!....rest, TLC, lemon& ginger tea, garlic...all free emoticon

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NANHBH 10/6/2011 11:50PM

    Good for you for walking out on that doctor! What an turkey. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/6/2011 11:14PM

    Verging on creepy...sooooooooo unprofessional! I'm with Ellen...YOU???

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IUHRYTR 10/6/2011 9:42PM

    Good for you, Chris, for standing up to that doctor. Think of how much money his practice lost from what could have been years of service to you. I wish more people would be assertive with so-called professionals. -- Lou

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SHARONSPARKLE 10/6/2011 9:32PM

    I agree - not a good first impression for that doctor. I'd be finding me another one too!

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WATERMELLEN 10/6/2011 8:42PM

    Yup, I would absolutely agree: a different medical professional is gonna be needed!

How could he not care about YOU???

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/6/2011 8:27PM

    Oh oh.... he sounds like a gem (NOT)! Grandparents who come to these things are really going the mile for the family. So often the GP's don't show up.

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/6/2011 7:06PM

    Blargh I cannot stand health professionals who are like that. *insert explicatives* *hugs* I hoep you feel better soon!!!

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    Oh, my GOODNESS! I hope you did not have to PAY for that appointment! I'm glad you didn't let his negligence and inconsiderate behavior make you late for work! emoticon

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It's Happening Already - Work Taking Over - Arghhhh!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

This is one of those weeks where I do not have time to catch my breath. Yesterday was an 11 hour work day for me, arriving at school at 7:00 am and leaving after teaching, faculty meeting, and parent conferences at 6:00 pm. A friend arrived in from NY; we had dinner and visited after that.

Today is another 11 hour work day, teach the regular school day,a break for dinner, then a board meeting tonight. This afternoon, my class and I need to bake 100 cupcakes for Grandparent's Day celebrations tomorrow. I love cooking with my class, but it can get a bit hectic. I need to make vegan cupcakes and icing.

Tomorrow will include the Grandparent's Day activities at school, so the afternoon will be extraordinarily busy. Grandparents will arrive at 12:30. The (4) rooms will be set up for a different craft in each room and the children will circulate to all of the different rooms with their grandparents to participate in making nature art, etc. In my room, we will be decorating cupcakes that they can take to the Grandparent's Tea at the end of the school day. It will be an on-your-feet-and fast-paced-busy kind of afternoon. I plan to keep the decorating ideas pretty simple since this activity will be for nursery school through 6th grade, plus grandparents. At this point, I have no idea how many grandparents will be there, so the logistics are feeling a little stressful to me.

I will have time to go home, put my feet up for a few minutes, eat dinner, then off to my guitar lesson with Fernando. No matter how busy I am, I will not miss that part of my week.

On Friday, the children do not come to school; it is parent conference day.

Saturday morning will be my Body Pump class. Sadly, I have to miss my Wed. evening Body Pump class for the board meeting, and I had to miss Zumba yesterday for parent conferences. This is where work really interferes with my wellness plans. No matter how hard I try to preserve my fitness program and 'me' time, work encroaches in a big way once the school year gets underway.

Our illustrious governor believes that teachers, firemen, and policemen are leeches on society and should not have pay raises built into their salaries. I am here to tell you that in no way does he work this hard and he makes at least quadruple the money. Okay - I'm done being political, but it pisses me off royally.

Since we are celebrating Grandparent's Day, I thought I would share this photo with you. It is one of the great photo finds where my sister and I were going through the old photos left by my parents.

This is my great great grandfather, Jacob (pronounced Yacob) Heiserman and his brother Melchior. They were pioneers who emigrated here from Germany in 1829. My relatives as far back as I could trace were hard working and stubborn; that quality seems to have bee preserved through the generations (gee).

My gratitude for the day:

I am grateful to work with people I love. Work takes over more of my life than I wish it would, but I get to work with teachers who I love and admire, children who are squirrelly as all get out, but who are really sweet, and (mostly) parents who are supportive of their children and the school.

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LMB-ESQ 10/7/2011 7:48AM

    I hear you about work getting in the way. I'm in the same boat. I haven't worked out in a week, and I haven't been swimming in a month. I miss it, but I can't seem to get back on track.

My favorite eyebrow raising comment about raises for teachers: "Why do you need more money? You have the whole summer off!" Leaves me speechless every time I hear it.

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DDOORN 10/5/2011 10:48PM

    From one civil servant to another, I am SO WITH you re: the awful current political climate hammering us dedicated folks...just CRIMINAL!

I like to slice my workout times right off first thing in the morning, before my day runs away with itself.


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IUHRYTR 10/5/2011 5:38PM

    Whew, no wonder you're tired. Such a hectic time. I agree about the pay raises. When I was in law enforcement, it was sad to see starting salaries of $20,000, for a job where danger could be around the corner or in the car on the next traffic stop. All the occupations you mentioned need more respect and appropriate salaries. Loved the picture. I always enjoy seeing old photos and wondering about the people in them. Enjoy your music lesson. -- Lou

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IUHRYTR 10/5/2011 5:38PM

    Whew, no wonder you're tired. Such a hectic time. I agree about the pay raises. When I was in law enforcement, it was sad to see starting salaries of $20,000, for a job where danger could be around the corner or in the car on the next traffic stop. All the occupations you mentioned need more respect and appropriate salaries. Loved the picture. I always enjoy seeing old photos and wondering about the people in them. Enjoy your music lesson. -- Lou

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NANHBH 10/5/2011 12:53PM

    WOW, sounds likes running non-stop and being on your feet for 11 hours 4 days in a row is exercise in and of itself! This, too, shall pass. Breathe deep.
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BADASSBLONDIE 10/5/2011 12:17PM

    *hugssuperhard* It's amazing the things you guys do for your kids. Absolutely entralls me! I am so thankful there are teachers like you out there.

I hope that once the year gets under way, there will be fewer parent/teacher shennanigans. Sure you'll still have board meetings, but perhaps they can be planned around?

In the meantime, keep your chin up and take it one week (or day or hour) at a time.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/5/2011 10:50AM

    Gee you have a lot on. You seem to be tackling it with such spirit. Here's hoping you can get some rest on Friday. Any chance of 10 minute exercise breaks in between the parents, or would someone catch you at it and think you are too wierd to teach their squirrely kid?
Fair enough to make your political remark, I thought it was rather moderate and it's your blog gosh darn it and you can say what you like. I appreciate that sometimes you just gotta let off steam. Well done for your patience dealing with that issue, but using your energy to keep calm all adds to the pressure, doesn't it.

I am sorry you missed Zumba, maybe you can sneak in a CHA CHA CHA with the kids once they have decorated their cupcakes?


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OLDERDANDRT 10/5/2011 10:41AM

    My friend, work does get in the way sometimes, but your great love of your students and the job, well........really you wouldn't have it any other way, unless a couple of extra hours could be added to each day to accomodate! hehe Your schedule is very full, but mostly rewarding, right? Your Body Pump and Zumba aren't being left behind ALL the time. You're in great shape and missing a few here and there won't hurt too bad.
Great pic of your GGGF!! Don't know anybody with pictoral family trace that far back!! That's amazing! Good for you! (Stubborn runs in my family, too, but doesn't serve me so well as yours! hehe)
Yeah, I get sick of these politicians who like to vote themselves raises while taking them away from our educators and service people (that we REALLY NEED)!!!!
Take care, my dear! This is a very busy time of year and wiull remain so till ????January????
You'll find a way and I KNOW you won't be getting out of shape! Stella won't allow that!!!
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PUDLECRAZY 10/5/2011 10:25AM

    Mary, I have to be on the board. We have 5 teachers and 4 must be on the board. I took last year off; the perfect year for it actually as last year was a much more stressful year.

Ellen, I cannot afford to work half time,but do plan to do that after I officially retire.

Jim, I love you and yes, we will disagree on this issue. That doesn't in any way lessen my appreciation of you. I usually don't bother making political statements, but this issue irritates me when government officials simply give themselves raises and disregard the economic needs of the civil servants. 'Nuff said. I know you disagree. emoticon

Yes, Grandparent's Day is being celebrated this week at school because that is when we could schedule it in. School camp, room meetings, etc. put a delay on it.

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MARY1313 10/5/2011 9:42AM

    Maybe you could get off the board and have some time for YOU. I know how much you care about your school and your students, but there is YOU too. You are important as all get out! Plus, even if you stayed late and didn't get to exercise, you also didn't get to REST which is imperative for your health.

I hate that you have a governor like that. I think that most states do. It may not be that they think their state's teachers and public servants are leeches on society, but they don't care about them and they don't compensate them for the most important jobs there are, in my opinion! They are too busy feeding pork issues.

Hugs to you !!


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MCGS62 10/5/2011 9:41AM

    vegan cupcakes the only thing I see a problem with is the missing emulsifier from the egg yolk
use extra sugar
No one thinks they (the people) are leeches, the issue is with the unions their structure and yes raises based on things other than performance.
You know I have a slight difference of opinion on your political issue
we can have a conversation some time but we will probably have to agree to disagree

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    I thought Grandparents Day was Sept. 11... Not that anyone I know celebrated it! emoticonI just looked it up! emoticonMaybe you were just CELEBRATING it on your own day!

I loved the photo! Don't you wish they could talk!? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2011 7:35AM

    Oh, my: this is a persistent problem and it's pulling you under very early in your school year. Will the demands lessen once the "start up" activities are done, or is there going to be more of the same escalating until June?

You certainly have my sympathy: it just doesn't seem doable. And although the work you do is ultimately worthwhile, it's the "you" doing it that makes it so worthwhile, and the "you replenishing" time which is eroded in the doing of it.

Would teaching half time be a possibility? Probably not, or you would have thought of it . . .

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Muscle vs Fat - Perplexing Question

Monday, October 03, 2011

I know that muscle weighs more than fat, but how much more?

After a year and a half, I finally achieved my target weight. Over the last month, I have put 4-5 pounds back on. Here are the variables:

1. School is back in session, so stress is back on. It has been a pleasant year so far, but it is in my nature to work hard at what I do; plus I have many responsibilities at work beyond teaching, including being on the board and on committees. Even though I am being very conscientious about keeping stress levels low, they are there regardless.

2. Sleep has been an issue... nothing new. I am not a good sleeper and it doesn't take much for me to get off track with falling asleep and staying asleep.

3. I have been consistent with exercise all summer and so far, carried it into the fall. Part of this exercise has been to attend Body Pump twice a week since July. It is a barbell workout, with some mat work for abs, that targets all large muscle groups. I have worked my way up to doing most of the workout with 20 pounds on my barbell. I have been very pleased with how my muscles have responded. The marshmallowy consistency that was my arms and legs has mostly been replaced by firmer muscle mass.

4. I have been snacking a bit at work when I give the children a snack. While it is not an unhealthy snack, it tends to be something like graham crackers. I need to replace that with an apple and peanut butter maybe.

5. It is cooler weather, and I do crave more carbs when the temperatures drop. I still am eating a healthy diet, but probably should go back to tracking my food for a reality check.

Looking at the weight gain, I know I am more muscular... I can see it and feel it. But, there is the return of the muffin top and those lovely new jeans I got this summer are a bit tight in the middle. I can't fool myself there, those are fat cells at work.

The question is, if I AM putting on more muscle and reducing fat, and my weight is settling a little hight than my initial target weight, should I adjust my target weight to a bit more than I had originally planned? I am wondering if perhaps a more useful measure of healthy weight after reaching our weight goals should rely less on the scale and more on if things become snug around the tummy. What are your thoughts?

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/5/2011 11:10AM

    Oh to have this problem. Somehow I think I would sleep better if I did, LOL.
Hmmm, I think you need to be careful until you have done a lengthy plateau at your target weight and your bod has really stabilized there and reset its new weight. If you were going over and UNDER by 4 pounds I'd say forget the scale and relax.

But til then I'd go for setting the target zone a little higher and watching carefully. Sneaky old body wants to creep back to the previous set weight for a long time. How long were your plateaus? At least that long! Body takes that time to reset and be sure you really mean this new weight.

Oh and did I mention congratulations on your weight loss?
Once you are successfully stabilized in your target range, move to clothes fit. Not stretchy clothes though!
Also, definitely doing away with the Graham crackers. Over a few school years of snacking on them you will end up with more than a muffin! So I would replace that snack with a fruit or vegetable snack.

And what about an exercise snack during snack time? It would kill two birds with one stone, cos I see that your school time impinges on your exercise time. Two minutes a day is ten minutes a week and every ten minutes counts...
Maybe some of the kids would like to join you? I know space would be a problem,and noise, but you are a creative person, I'm sure you could find a way to make this idea fly. Even if it's just doing brain gym, do you use this with your classes?

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NANHBH 10/4/2011 4:43PM

    While the number on the scale can make me crazy, I'm more interested in how my clothes fit.

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IUHRYTR 10/3/2011 7:01PM

    My two cents worth say watch the scale and BMI but rely on how energetic you feel, how your clothes fit and how you look. If belly size is a problem, maybe your target weight needs to be lower. Regardless, how you feel about yourself is probably of paramount importance. From your pictures, I'd say you look terrific but it is how we feel about ourselves that counts. emoticon -- Lou

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MARY1313 10/3/2011 5:42PM

    PS I have always used the way my clothes fit for a go by on my goals.


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MARY1313 10/3/2011 5:32PM

    a pound is a pound no matter if it's fat or muscle. type: does muscle weigh more than fat? into your google browser and you will see about a million hits debunking that myth!!!

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MCGS62 10/3/2011 3:22PM

    My thought are now on grahm crackes thank you emoticon
I found old easter candy in B's room saturday--yes I did oops!

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/3/2011 12:57PM

    It's not that fat weights more than muscle, as that muscle is more dense. So, if you have the same volume of the two, fat weighs more. That means two people can have the same measurements but weigh very different amoutns (the person with a higher muscle percentage weighing less than the person with the higher fat percentage).

I say choose what feels right to you and what you can manage. There's no reason to oversly stress yourself out, demanding that you fit into a particular weight. However, do what you WANT to do and CAN do with the school season. :D

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OLDERDANDRT 10/3/2011 11:25AM

    Ok, my friend, I'm going to tell you my thoughts and they will look very familiar, b/c they are what you said! Part of your gain IS muscle!! WooHoo!! The muffin top, however, is not. Tracking for the reality check is a great idea! We all need one sometimes! You'll lose that muffin top quickly substituting the kids' snack for a better one for you!! emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 10/3/2011 9:50AM

    I'm hoping a friend will stop by to offer some feedback and expertise. You're doing So.Much.Right...and you're "right there!"

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Officially Whipped and a Few More Nature Pics

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Okay, after a week of 24/7 camping with my class, staying up late for an excellent concert, waking up early and going to Body Pump, followed by singing and playing for two hours with my best friend and singing partner, I am certifiably whipped.

The Tommy Emmanuel concert was amazing. I have heard him before on CD, but not in person. I have always liked the way flamenco guitarists use their guitars as percussion as well as stringed instruments. Tommy Emmanuel is not a flamenco player, more like an Australian Leo Kotke. But he plays some incredible percussion on this guitar.

He has a couple of newer guitars that aren't as beat up, but the ones he plays percussion on display their wear proudly.

As often happens when I listen to amazing guitar players, I am both inspired and discouraged. I wanted to toss my guitar in the dumpster, then realized I love my guitar so much so I'd better throw myself in the dumpster instead. Well, of course I'm not REALLY going to do that. I have to remember that most of these artists have been playing since they were children, and I have been playing for 4 years. It does make me a wistful that I waited to long to learn.

I was happy to run into my first guitar teacher at the concert. I haven't seen him for several years, only a couple of times since he advanced me on to a different teacher. It was very nice to see him and I was surprised what a tight and warm hug he gave me. After these years have gone by, I didn't know if he would even recognize me. He was very pleased that I have continued playing.

I did not include the flower pictures from my walks at ecocamp in my previous blogs, but thought you might enjoy them.

Now to put my feet up for the evening.

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MCGS62 10/3/2011 3:29PM

    don't throw your guitar in a dumpster you will just get slimy getting it back out 5 min later.

I have experience in these matters.
also don't get overly enthusiastic and rush home to practice you will wreck your dads dodge dart.

I have experience in this matter also

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MAWRTIAN 10/2/2011 7:47PM

    Good music is so good for you. Now I'm craving Spanish guitar...

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IUHRYTR 10/1/2011 7:31PM

    Always enjoy your pictures. Glad you enjoyed the concert. -- Lou

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NANHBH 10/1/2011 6:38PM

    I took piano lessons 1st - 7th grade, then quit because I didn't enjoy practicing. I took lessons up again as an adult and wish that I had never quit. I also could be so much further along. Let's choose to look at how far we've come, rather than how far we could be! Gorgeous photos!

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MARY1313 10/1/2011 6:32PM

    Oh I'm so glad that you enjoyed the concert! Guitar music is the most beautiful to me, probably only because I play. But I love all music, with the exception of rap.

the flowers are beautiful as are you!!


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Fun Guy in Ohio and Other Stories (with pics)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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It is a beautiful autumn day in the nature preserve. The children are out on an all day hike with their naturalists, so this gorgeous day is MINE! I took a long meditative walk this morning and brought my camera along to capture some of the fall beauty.

There are some giant puffballs right outside the dining hall. Actually, when they are fresh and white through and through, puffballs are delicious! These are past their prime, and in the nature preserve. Not to mention, even if they were perfectly ready for eating, I would never pick and eat mushrooms when the children are around.

These shelf mushrooms make me think of sweet, departed Eleanor. The striations, ruffles, and coloring are not unlike those of a barred rock chicken.

These are a really pretty color shelf mushroom.

And these are so tiny! I kept the pine cone in the photo for scale. They look like tine parasols for fairies.

This amanita is exquisite, but highly poisonous. I was very happy to find it on my walk today.

The foliage is just beginning to turn, the pale yellows are the first colors to make their appearance. There is a golden glow to the woods.

The aroma is earthy and sensual. Fall is my favorite season for its overload on the senses. The colors are amazing, the aroma is intoxicating, and there is a slight chill to the air that feels perfect when the breeze caresses skin.

"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. " ~e.e. cummings

This is the venerable old osage orange tree, now long dead, but still the favorite climbing tree for children and adults alike. My children loved to climb this tree 30 years ago when we went for hikes in the nature preserve. It is a testament to its strength and endurance that even though it is no longer alive, it still brings pure joy to children with its perfect climbing branches.

Close up of the climbing tree's bark.

"The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,

Our nature preserve had a glorious, lush, and magical pine forest. It was a place where I used to love to go to lie down on a soft bed of pine needles and gaze up at the tops of the pines, gracefully swaying on the lightest of breezes, and drink in the rich aroma of pine that permeated the air.

4 years ago, Hurricane Ike blew through and wreaked chaos in the pine forest. So many of the lovely old pines were toppled.

Where once great pines stood, it is now open enough to encourage the growth of understory that could never have survived in the old standing pine forest.

It was a bittersweet visit to the old pine forest... like the loss of an old friend, yet still a ghost of its old life yet left.

This was a peaceful and pleasant day. With the children out on the trail with their naturalist all day, I had time to revel in this fall day, and visit my old friends of the forest.

My favorite kid quote of the day:

I LOVE ego-camp!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/3/2011 1:04AM

    Just lovely. Where I live we don't have many deciduous trees, so you need to be very alert for signs of spring and autumn. It is lovely to get a sense of the chill coming on.

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LMB-ESQ 10/2/2011 5:07PM

    Beautiful pics! We have some of those giant puffballs in our backyard. I don't dare eat them though! Too scared! LOL

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VALERIEMAHA 9/30/2011 5:33PM

    Simply amazing...nature in her exquisite finery and captured by the eye of an artist.

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CHALLENGER15 9/30/2011 3:14PM

    How delightful it was to see your pictures and read this blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

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SKEETOR 9/30/2011 3:06PM

    Very pretty, indeed. emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/30/2011 11:51AM

    Makes me want to go out and enjoy nature! Mission accomplished. Thanks for a delightful blog.

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NANHBH 9/30/2011 11:51AM

    Gosh, I feel like I'm one of your students! Thanks for educating us. Beautiful photos!

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MARY1313 9/30/2011 11:41AM

    Your blogs ar a delight to the eyes and the mind! thanks so much Chris!


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IDLETYME 9/30/2011 9:17AM

    What a lovely blog! I enjoyed the pictures so much. (I still remember Eleanor and how much she meant to you).
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MCGS62 9/30/2011 9:05AM

    it is a beautiful blog and is making my eyes water at work. sp-mail

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IUHRYTR 9/30/2011 6:17AM

    Truly enjoyed your travelogue and photos. It looks so serene, makes me want to be there, too. -- Lou

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    Oh, I really enjoyed this blog! Thanks for posting the photos and giving an interesting dialog with them! I loved the quote, too! emoticon emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 9/29/2011 7:48PM

    Loooove this!!! Looks absolutely beautiful! :D

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WATERMELLEN 9/29/2011 6:47PM

    This is glorious . . . what super photos AND text! You do look peaceful and relaxed!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/29/2011 5:44PM

    Nice pics. What a great placef to have some peaceful alone time. So serene. emoticon

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KA_JUN 9/29/2011 5:34PM

    Really cool pics!

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