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Moving Along ~ Slowly

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.

Set backs:

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. emoticon
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:

emoticonSummer vacation!

emoticonThe big trip I have planned with my sister.


emoticonTime play music.

emoticonTime 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!

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LORELAI19 5/27/2012 11:14PM

    I loved theater when I was young...still do! What a wonderful gift you have given to those kids and their families!! They will never forget you, or their time in the spotlight!

So sorry about your foot....here's hoping it gets better soon. You will shed those lbs. in no time now that you are on summer vacation and have a moment to stop and smell those beautiful roses.

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2012 6:19PM

    What a glorious rose! I can just about smell it!!

So sorry about the darn foot. I sometimes think our bodies have sneaky ways of telling us: YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN RIGHT NOW!!

Do you suppose??

Condolences on the four pounds . . . which will completely and totally vanish when your life is less stressed, really: gotta be cortisol.

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PONYFARMER 5/27/2012 1:41AM

    Roses are a gift that keeps on giving. And yes it is stupendous flower. Sorry to hear about your foot. I hate when life gets in the way of the journey we are on here at SP. I stopped losing for three months with my second shoulder surgery. But the good news is that this month I lost 5 pounds and not any of it with exercise. I cut my cals way back until I can get in the pool, which hopefully will happen before school ends but may end up being after.

Missed you, will keep your foot and stress in my prayers friend. Keep in mind this will end soon. My last day is June 16th.

Great news that you have so much to look forward to this summer.

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IUHRYTR 5/26/2012 9:07PM

    emoticon on another successful production. I hope your foot heals and that you have a lot of fun on your trip. -- Lou

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/26/2012 9:57AM

    Wow, what a beautifol rose! COngratulations on the successful Mary Poppins and emoticon that your foot got worse!

I also donīt understand why the lost weight seems to be hanging around just waiting to cling back on the second I stop eating/exercising right....

Anyway - happy to "ee" you!

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BILLTMAN 5/25/2012 6:58AM

    Great to hear from you again. I truly understand about the 4 pounds. Take care of those feet. Have a great vacation.

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    Pretty rose. I hope I haven't been bitten by a gardening bug but these bushes I got ay start soemthing.
We'll see how my garden grows this summer!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/24/2012 10:29PM

    Such a beautiful rose!!! Take care and rest as much as you can. and smell them!! Hope that foot/ankle heals more quickly now. You'll want to use it at the camping trip!! emoticon my friend! Be well!!

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0309COOKIE 5/24/2012 4:32PM

    Glad Mary Poppins turned out to be such a success! But then your productions always do.

Sorry to hear that you are having such problems with your foot. Hope with the proper rest and care that it improves.

That rose is beautiful. Roses remind me of my mother. That was her favorite flower. What a thoughtful gift that was from your sister. The gift that keeps on giving.

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KOMAL53 5/24/2012 3:36PM

    Fragrant Rose Bushes really was an awesome Gift---now you'll have them always!!!Such a lovely Flower---I love the fragrance of Roses--scents the Air so beautifully!!!Was really glad that the Play was a huge success---I've always loved "Mary Poppins"---specially the Music---it's truly a Fun Play!!
Sorry to read about your foot--please look after it well and don't put too much pressure on it--specially since your Podiatrist is on holiday too!!! A little care does go a long way!!Hope both you and your sister have a great time together---enjoy your Camping Trip!!Take Care and God Bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 5/24/2012 3:29PM

    I do't know what your foot problem is my dear, but it won't hurt to have it seen about and the ice acupuncture, etc., sounds like a good idea too. On feet, I have problems too and it never is a good idea to ignore anything on them.

I love the rose! This year I have ventured into the realm of roses; however, I have them in pots because I live in an apartment. They are doing fine too!

Have a great summer my friend. You so deserve it!!!!


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TRULYVISIBLE 5/24/2012 2:47PM

  I hope your foot problem has been diagnosed and a successful treatment plan is going on. The one time I had a foot problem I was diagnosed with planters. It took 6 weeks to heal (luckily I've never had it again) and I could not walk, hike or swim in those 6 weeks. I can relate how difficult that is when you like me are big on your walks. (not to mention the pain)

The theater production you do with the kids sounds wonderful. Of course the AMAZING teacher you are would not just do a regular school production. The hug from that kid says it all.

Glad you and your sister are going to be having a fun adventure. Please post when you are back so we can all share with you.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/24/2012 2:02PM

    Great to hear from you again and congratulations on the success of Mary Poppins.
What a shame about your foot problem, I am going through a bit of difficulty with mine, too at the moment. I can do Zumba toning but there is too much lateral movement and tip toe work in the other classes I might go to. So it is water jogging for me, I run in the chest deep pool, and I will start some aqua aerobics classes when I get back from my holiday. And pick up on swimming lengths. And the dreaded ST which I keep promising myself I will incorporate but for some unknown reason have been avoiding.
Pudle perhaps you might try another podiatrist while yours is not available? Foot recovery does seem to be a long game, so why make it longer? And who knows, a different person might take a different approach. Just a thought, and I am hoping you will get better faster than you can imagine.
Happy camping!
PS Those opportunistic 4lbs will quickly depart, they don't have a proper home with you any more.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/24/2012 11:04AM

    That is a beautiful photo!
I love watching my son's school plays, the joy on his classmates' faces as they play their part is immensely rewarding!
Sorry to read about your foot problem. I agree, you need to let your foot properly heal. This can be such a difficult thing to do but, trust me, it is the best thing to do.

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MCGS62 5/24/2012 9:33AM

    Glad to hear from you again. I knew the play would be a sucess --could tell by the planning you were doing-Good job!!
hope the foot gets better soon.
You are so right about the pounds wow they come back fast .
We'll get them off this summer .

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DOR2BFIT 5/24/2012 9:20AM

    Glad your play was a raving success! Sorry about your foot- hope it feels better soon. I love roses too- I got another rosebush for Mother's day. We've been getting so much rain, and had such an early Spring that everything is blooming at once! Roses, Iris, Peonies, Gladioli, Clematis, and more! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 5/24/2012 7:57AM

    Hi Chris! Sounds like you've had an overall good year, even if very busy!

Sorry to hear about the foot, what happened? I hear you on the weight gain. I gained 20 lbs over the last year due to stress and not paying proper attention to my own health. Now I'm paying the piper trying to get it back off.

Beautiful roses! Enjoy that annual camping trip and your trip with your sister. Where are you going?

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GUITARWOMAN 5/24/2012 7:08AM

    Hi Chris,

Oh feet, I can empathize, hope yours is better soon.

Isn't it something though about the weight gain? I'm the same way. I figure my gazillions of fat cells are starved and waiting to be filled up, and when they get the chance, they go for it!

That is a lovely flower!

Enjoy your camping trip.


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SCOOTER4263 5/24/2012 6:55AM

    I haven't been around much recently, so I don't know what happened with your foot, but as someone with all kinds of foot problems (nowhere else - just feet) I can certainly sympathize. And it's so difficult to help your feet - easy to say "Stay off them", but so hard to do!

The one thing I have learned over the years *not* to do is tough it out, keep up the routine and hope it gets better. It likely will only get worse. The only time ignoring it ever worked for me was with a stress fracture, and it too over a year to heal.

And your rose is beautiful! I envy people who can grow roses - I don't have the patience for any but the shrubby ones (and one of my rugosas is easily as large as a minivan...maybe a regular van. should probably prune it this year...) emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/24/2012 6:49AM

  Those 4 pounds will come off, I'm sure! Enjoy your time off! emoticon

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BD3269PM 5/24/2012 6:42AM

    What a beautiful flower. A gift that keeps on giving. I love that. Enjoy your day and dont let some setbacks get to you. You can do this emoticon

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A Week at the Theater With 25 Children Update

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!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/6/2012 6:59PM

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ROCKMAN6797 5/6/2012 5:05AM

    You are an awesome teacher!

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WATERMELLEN 5/5/2012 7:17PM

    Loved the picture . . . your students are building skills and memories for a lifetime. But: at HUGE cost to their dedicated teacher!!

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MARY1313 5/4/2012 11:14AM

    wow that's a lot of walking! It won't be long till your life will be your own again!


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MCGS62 5/4/2012 8:43AM

    as tradition holds-- Break a leg!
I didn't realize the spring play would be so elaborate and in a historic building
What a great opportunity to combine history, music, theater arts and logistics(math)
The kids will learn and retain a lot from your efforts---good job!!
this might be a pittsburgh thing but all of the performers I know use this phrase .

I hope you "crush the place" or "crush them"

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BILLTMAN 5/4/2012 8:23AM

    Break a leg... No, seriously, when this is over take a vacation.

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W5VEOTX 5/4/2012 8:19AM

    Neat - would like to be there !

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    Break a leg. I love seeing the shows my DD classes put on as well. Same age group.

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    Ohhhh what a lovely opera house! In itself, it looks like out of a play to me! And thank you so much for giving us the link to the article. The photo is so cute! Actually, your little actors look wonderful! And the smile of 'Mary Poppins' is lovely.
I will think of you for the opening tonight (I can imagine the stress!!!) and the matinee. Enjoy every minute of it, I know it will be fantastic!
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TRULYVISIBLE 5/4/2012 12:22AM

  Loved the movie but don't think I saw a theater production of it. It's so special to have the production in a play house that old. So much wonderful history. Good luck with it!

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FLAMENM 5/3/2012 11:11PM

    I love old opera houses. Hay you have full houses every performance!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/3/2012 9:47PM

    Those children are so lucky to have you.
Take care of your feet, I like to soak mine in Epsom salts when they are feeling a bit overused.
In fact I might do that this weekend.

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    I think you're getting PLENTY of walking in! Good for you with this wonderful program! I hope it is a magnificent show, and people talk about it for ages and ages! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (that's Mary Poppins' umbrella!)

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MAWRTIAN 5/3/2012 7:25PM

    Break a leg darling! You continue to amaze me!!!

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KOMAL53 5/3/2012 6:46PM

    Wishing "All the Best" for both Friday AND Saturday!!!I'm sure that you'll have a Success on your hands by the time you're done!!!Take Care and God Bless!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 5/3/2012 6:00PM

    Good luck tomorrow and Saturday! I'm sure it will be a great success!

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Les Fleurs du Jour

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.

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2012 8:48PM

    I always enjoy and learn from your nature pictures, Chris. Thank you. -- Lou

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DDOORN 5/3/2012 2:58PM

    Deep thoughts...eluding me lately too...afraid keeping myself busy keeps me from having them...lol!

What great doses of Mother Nature you share! Thx so much! There isn't anything that mends the soul as well!


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    I can almost smell the soil!

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MARY1313 4/30/2012 3:07PM

    very beautiful!!!!


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MCGS62 4/30/2012 9:15AM

    Beautiful pictures!!!
noticing the beauty of nature is ,in it's own way, a deep thought.

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BILLTMAN 4/30/2012 8:43AM

    Always enjoy the nature walks with you. Thanks

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OLDERDANDRT 4/30/2012 8:30AM

    Lovely flowers. I don't know what your mystery flower is, but the bloom almost looks like a clematis! Last day of April! The end of school is almost here (for this year!) hehe Be well!! emoticon

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KOMAL53 4/30/2012 12:56AM

    Thank You for the Eye Candy!!!Made my day to see these--nothing like a breath of Fresh Air and Nature to put a spring in one's step!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 4/29/2012 4:43PM

    Loved all the flowers. One is prettier than the next. Thanks for sharing that.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/29/2012 2:22PM

    Merci pour ces belles fleurs du jour !!! This was another lovely blog, I love it when you share your garden's flowers with us.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/29/2012 1:28PM

    Tres belle, Pudle, Merck! I love the smell of irises, such a surprise to have the lovely flowers then the lush caramelly scent.

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    I loved it! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 4/29/2012 11:13AM

    Spring is definitely here!

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JAZZMINE 4/29/2012 9:12AM

    My iris are blooming now also. Thanks to a warm winter and spring. They usually do not bloom until May!


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BD3269PM 4/29/2012 8:36AM

    Loved the flower show! emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 4/29/2012 8:34AM

    **beautiful** flowers - don't you just love this time of the year???

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Baby Wrens

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.

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2012 8:49PM

    Such a blessing of nature. -- Lou

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GUITARWOMAN 5/3/2012 8:02PM

    So cute!

Nature always finds a way.


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MARY1313 4/30/2012 2:54PM

    Awww too cute!


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ROCKMAN6797 4/29/2012 11:11AM

    Life is truly beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!

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IDLETYME 4/29/2012 7:35AM

    One of the blessed signs of spring! emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/29/2012 5:01AM

  Would love to have those house (garage) guests each year.

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KASEYCOFF 4/29/2012 3:32AM

    I have the darnedest time finding nests here, tho I see eggshells from time to time. We had Baltimore orioles (I know, 'Northern orioles' or some such these days) who came back year after year when I lived in central Maryland - I loved seeing their little 'hanging nests.'
(Close as I could get to 'baby bird emoticon' lol...)

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OLDERDANDRT 4/28/2012 10:32PM

    How sweet they are! As all babies of any species!! Thanks for risking your neck getting this great pic! (Be careful, though!) emoticon

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W5VEOTX 4/28/2012 10:09PM

    Why do they love Garages? Out garage has been used now for several years.

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ARLENE_MOVES 4/28/2012 8:04PM

    Too cute. We had robins last year. They nested on top of a brush broom that is hanging brush up in a storage area off our garden. Really cute, but oh so nasty sometimes. Can't blame them -- it's their babies!

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    Wow, that's so cool! Thanks for sharing them! God's creation always amazes me! emoticon

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PONYFARMER 4/28/2012 4:18PM

    I get them too, plus blackbirds and a few others. Last set, blackbirds in my attic. One baby fell into my heater closet and I had to rescue him. He was not happy either. The good news is that he was old enough that I could release him to safe row of bushes. Then after resting and a few practice flys off he went.

Silly birds.

Thanks for sharing your really cool picture!

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JAZZMINE 4/28/2012 3:53PM

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing.


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KOMAL53 4/28/2012 3:42PM

    Oh!!!!!That's sooooooo cute!!!!Lucky you to get this each year-------at least they stay out of the way!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/28/2012 3:36PM

    It is truly spring. emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/28/2012 2:41PM

    Awwwww how cute!!! I love that they nested in a pocket one year!!!

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GWTRIKER 4/28/2012 2:41PM

    Awe how sweet. Thanks for sharing your bit of nature!

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Just a Note

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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    Yea, bike! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 4/25/2012 12:24PM

    I know everything will turn out great for the play. so glad you got some help this year and I remember how hard it was last year!

Love you little bike!!!


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OLDERDANDRT 4/25/2012 10:30AM

    Weather. Nothing you can depend on anymore! hehe (Like you ever could before, right?) Do you meditate at all? I don't yet, but might give it a go one day. I have heard it can take you to your "happy place" in a short period of time, and esp. if you've been doing it for awhile. Just thought it might help you clear your head and feel more relaxed at this stressful time getting the musical together! So glad you have a helper with experience in the field!!! Also, if you feel a migraine coming on, try humming! 3-5 minutes. There's something about the resonances it sets up in your head that can stave off a migraine ( and sinus discomfort, as well)!
Monday afternoon walks will be back on the schedule soon and your musical will be a grand success!!! I know you and the children are looking forward to that end of year camping trip!! (Love that cute little bike of yours!)
Woof and hugs to Stella!!!

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AQUAJANE 4/25/2012 9:52AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon The closest I can come to a mental health day emoticon Love the bike too, but Stella's way cuter. emoticon

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BILLTMAN 4/25/2012 8:17AM

    First off, love the bike! I just wish Becky and I lived close we would help. we've been in music and drama all our lives. Trust me I know what you're going through. You get close to the performance date and you begin to think..."I've done it this time... we'll never pull this off... I can't get the children motivated..." But then a miracle of God comes and the musical comes off in grand fashion and all the worry was for naught. Hang in there babe, you'll make it and it will be wonderful.


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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2012 8:33PM

    You could prescribe yourself a mental health day . .. . . and spend it with your bike!! So cute!! And Stella, of course!

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    Love your spiffy little bike!

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ROCKMAN6797 4/24/2012 5:27PM

    It sounds like this is "old hat" for you! Glad to read that you have help as this should hopefully lighten the load just a bit. Love that you have an end of the year camp-out with your class, this sounds like fun!


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DDOORN 4/24/2012 2:06PM

    Hang in there and soon you'll be enjoying that nifty looking handy bike you have there! :-)


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GUITARWOMAN 4/24/2012 7:23AM

    My thoughts are with you Chris.

You will pull it off, we always pull stuff like this off, but oh the worry and work!

I love the term "recreational obstructionists." fits some folks I know too....


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JLITT62 4/24/2012 5:26AM

    Hang in there! Soon there will only be fond memories.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/24/2012 3:27AM

    I hope you don't get stressed too much... Enjoy the results of all your hard work on the musical!
What a pretty bike!!!

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NERDYTUBACHICK 4/23/2012 11:27PM

    What production are you doing this year?

Isn't it amazing how even the week before we directors can be pulling our hair out because it isn't coming together yet...but somehow...it magically happens on that day!

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    That is an ADORABLE BIKE! emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/23/2012 10:51PM

  Really cute bike. Glad you get to use if on campus.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/23/2012 10:35PM

    What a gorgeous wee bike!
And yes, you really do need a mental health day. Is there some way you could take a couple of Friday afternoons off with the children in the care of your assistant? Asking because I am writing from my staycation, which seems to have a magical power to soothe and relax, even though it is just a few days tacked onto my usual weekend.

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IUHRYTR 4/23/2012 10:28PM

    Twenty-three years, mostly without help, is an unbelievable accomplishment. emoticon I look forward to again reading of your hikes and seeing the emoticon pictures you take. -- Lou

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