Thursday, May 24, 2012
You've probably noticed I haven't been on Spark much. Life has had its ups and downs, and has been too busy, which is always the case at the end of the school year.
Mary Poppins was a huge hit! People are still talking about it. When I do theater with the children, I do theater... it is never just a 'kids' play' and Mary Poppins is a fun musical to start with.
I just graduated my 6th graders.
Our end of the school year camping plans are made, budget set, and menus planned. Camper is cleaned out and ready to go.
I have memorized 3 guitar pieces and am working on two new hard ones. Unfortunately, I have had NO practice time since the weekend. None.
Instead of getting better, my foot has continued to get worse. I decided to put my walking program on hold while I get chiropractic, acupuncture, and ice treatments and give my foot as much rest time as possible in hopes of having a chance to repair itself. My podiatrist is out on leave until July.
Between being overworked and not getting my walking in, I have gained 4 pounds.
Why is it that it takes only a week to gain 4 pounds, but a month of hard work to lose them? Yeesh!
Things to look forward to:
The big trip I have planned with my sister.
Time play music.
Time with family and friends.
My sister gave me two rose bushes for my birthday last year (or was it the year before last?) and they are really flourishing this year. Isn't it gorgeous? It is fragrant, too. Such a lovely gift!
Thursday, May 03, 2012
This is the lovely Clifton Opera house where we will perform Mary Poppins. The opera house is 119 years old, and the sweet town of Clifton, where the opera house is located has a population of around 650. And yes, that is the correct number of zeros.
We have been rehearsing at the opera house every day this week, and had our first dress rehearsal today with the kindergarten children as our audience. The children did a great job for our first full dress rehearsal. We have some glitches with set changes we need to iron out tomorrow; then I anticipate an awesome opening night.
A reporter for our local newspaper wrote a nice article about our play, and the photo is very sweet. She didn't mention that the third grad is also in the cast, though. The online version of the article is very truncated. They apparently want people to purchase the paper copy if they want the entire story.
This week has been very tiring for me. The steps I get running around the theater, walking the children to the park for lunch and play periods, and exercising Stella when I get home are all the exercise I've gotten this week. Oh, add to that being stage hand. My feet simply ache and burn too much to do any other walking past what I have to do directing the play and taking care of my students. Just with the walking I am doing at work though, I am still getting in 4 - 5 miles per day!
Tomorrow is opening night, then we have a Saturday matinee. It has been fun working on the play, but I'll also be glad to let other things occupy my life when it's over. It certainly consumes all of my time and energy the weeks before!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Things have been the same; I have been well and on target with my exercise and nutrition, my foot injury is still flared up, and I am far too busy. If I blogged about how life is going, it would be all the same and very boring. What keeps me sane are my walks and quiet time. So instead of progress or deep thoughts (of which I am too busy to have any) I will share with you the beauty of nature that keeps me strong and positive.
I used to have a lot of irises, but we had an attack of root borers for several years and in spite of diligent efforts, I lost most of my iris collection. These sweet yellow rebloomers survived. I am hoping that when I eventually get to retire, I can rebuild my iris collection.
The little forget-me-nots that I planted under my granddaughter's tree have taken hold and are spreading nicely. They are so sweet!
The wild ginger has a very discreet and earthy bloom that lies on the ground under cover of their leaves. But the leaves looks so soft and pretty, especially when they are wet from the rain. I planed the wild ginger in the woods when we first moved here, and now it has spread to be such a soft and pretty ground cover.
This is the yellow ragwort (not to be confused with rag weed) that grows wild in the meadow. It adds a bright splash of color in the spring and is a nice contrast with the purple violets.
There were a couple of jack-in-the-pulpits in the woods when we first moved here. Every fall I take their seeds and spread them. Now they are blooming in clumps everywhere. I really love their unique blooms.
I forget what this is! If you know, please let me know. I planted it several years ago, it is finally really taking hold but doesn't spread. I think it is some kind of allium, but I could be wrong about that.
I love white violets. They are another transplant I added to the woods. They have made a very pretty ground cover under the trees. They make the woods sparkle.
They May apples are in bloom everywhere. Their giant umbrella shaped foliage make a tall make the woods look so lush this time of year. Unfortunately, it dies back as the summer progresses. I have never made May apple jam. Have you? If you have, please share the recipe!
And last, but not least, the dame's rocket is going strong and looking lovely.
I hope you have enjoyed a little flower tour and that your Sunday is a great one.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Every year wrens nest in our garage. It is kind of like an Easter egg hunt; you never know where you will find them from year to year. One year, they nested in Mike's small change jar, one year in a watering can, another time they were in a broken old flower pot. My favorite nesting spot of all was in the front pocket of Mike's bib overalls, which he had hanging on a peg in the garage. This year, they have nested in a bit of insulation by the garage door.
Here they are in all of their naked charmingness! I think there are three babies, but I really can't tell. The only way I could see them was by standing on my tiptoes on a ladder and aiming my camera into their nest.
Sorry babies. Now I will leave you alone.
Monday, April 23, 2012
I really need a mental health day, heck, a mental health week! Unfortunately, I have to push through the next couple of weeks to get the musical production ready. Performance dates are May 4th and 5th. This is a very difficult cast to get organized; some are totally motivated and energized and others are being recreational obstructionists. At least this year I have an aide for working on the musical. Being the director, the musical director, the set designer, and the teacher was too many hats last year. This year I have a lovely young woman working with me in the afternoons. She has both a drama and music background so she has been great help.
This is always the time in the production that feels like it will never take hold. However, I have been directing the school spring musical for 23 years now, (How can that be??? YEESH!) and I have learned over those years that it somehow always pulls together by production and the children put on a charming performance. I can let go of the worry, but it is still a mammoth amount of work.
I am still managing to get my walks in. Stella helps see to that, plus it helps me unwind when I come home from work. I am missing my Monday afternoon walks with my class, but we won't have time for those again until after the musical.
I looked around in my camper over the weekend to see what I need to do to get it ready for my end-of-the-year camping trip with my class. I had forgotten that I had stored my spiffy little bike in there. I need to take it out, put it in my car, and take it to school with me so I can bike before work. It's been pretty cold and windy over the weekend and the beginning of this week, not the best biking weather, but that should change by the end of the week. I hope!
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