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I was still recovering from the allergic reaction into the middle of the first week of July. Not fun. But had energy to have a nice dinner for my parents on Sunday the third, which of course wiped me out for the next couple of days.
Then, on July 7 I had a chance to meet up with a friend from New Zealand — it was a very spontaneous visit, so we didn’t have as much time as I would have liked. But … so glad we were able to finally gives in-person hugs instead of virtual!
On July 8 we had a silk painting session at my house. LOVED it. My friends are such amazing artists. Planning another session next month.
But I pushed myself a little too hard… the following weekend was unproductive, and it wasn’t until Wednesday that I started to have some energy again. Managed to get cars swapped around so one of them could have service done. Then I figured out some ideas for school and dug in on Thursday and Friday with some thinking and planning. Not a lot of organizing going on in the physical world, but a good bit happening with setting up ideas and lessons. AND I pruned a few trees and shrubs…
And I still have a reasonable five weeks of vacation to look forward to. I am glad. I will need every minute to be ready for the upcoming school year.
I am slowly getting a few things in place, and I have only been “at home” for about 4 days since school let out. I have now officially been playing the drums for a year and a half, and decided since I definitely enjoy it that I might as well bite the bullet and spring for better equipment. Today, Tom and I were able to put up the pegboard we bought a few weeks ago and I arranged my new drum set (also new cymbals!) and accoutrements in the corner of our bedroom.
Next steps include figuring out a way to better muffle the sounds of practicing until I am good enough that people can enjoy listening…
Today is the 21st anniversary of the day our older son became a big brother.
He was so proud of his little brother!
Here is a pic of the birthday boy and his big brother the day after he was born…
When he was about 3 or 4, he LOVED that Snowman toy!
When they were about 6…
I am so proud of my sons.
And today, I am beyond-proud to be the parent of two full-fledged (in the eyes of the law) adults!
And one more, of a proud mama and her son, probably taken in 2002.
Happy Birthday, Grant.
I am working to show my students that you should perservere with difficult tasks. Practice more than once, take a break but return.
I am just learning the drums, but… Here is the most difficult piece I am playing tomorrow. I took a video of my practice session to show the kids how many mistakes a new learner makes, and that it is OK to be less than perfect!
Not certain who said it first, but both my sons exited the Griffin-Capital band tradition with this mantra: Practice Makes Better. (note: link will open in a new window, with a youtube video)
Hope it is true for me, too!
I have decided to change the wordpress theme for my site. This is called “Craving 4 Green” by Seven Jeans.
Here is what it looked like yesterday (the banner pic was one I took of the trillium in the back a few years ago). Click on the “dot” to load a view until I figure out how to make the tiff into a jpeg or something else that is readable by a browser.
The banner on this page is as it was created, but might switch it out later for one that is actually from home. For now, I like this look. What do you think?
Edit April 8: I found an image I liked yesterday, of the trailing blackberries that are now blooming along the paths and driveway. Took a while to crop it (almost) correctly, but here it is up.
Yesterday, I went with Mother and a couple of good friends to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. We had a very fine time!
I did not spend as much as I had available (a first for me!). I left the amazing dragonfly wind chime behind, bought 11 dahlia tubers from Dan to replace the 70 or so I have lost in the last three years (critters, rot, disease?). Bought some new tubers/corms/roots for myself when I was purchasing a couple lovely alstromerias for a friend who recently retired. And I talked with a man who builds furniture from used casks — AMAZING things. I can special order a bench for the shower, at the height I like, with a polyurethane finish that will stand up better to the wetter environment. Will do that soon…
Meantime, here are a few pictures, in no particular order, of things that caught my eye. Mother is in several (shows scale!), some are out of focus (lighting, distance, ipad!). I didn’t take as many as I might have with a more compact camera.
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Tonight, for the first time since the fire, I experienced over an hour of complete and total immersion — bliss — concentration — joy… I played a drum for our local community orchestra.
It was so much like dancing — or making dolls — or painting — or being in my garden.
And, for a while, there were three generations of our family in the room, making music together.
It was magical (for me at least) and I think I am going to do this for a long time.
This is my boy, and his girl. Dapper and Elegant. What a cute couple they have made for nearly 4 years.
So proud of these young adults!