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Summer finally begins for me

Posted by on 16 Jul 2016 | Tagged as: allergy, friends, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, health, seasons, Uncategorized

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.

On a lighter note…

Posted by on 25 Jun 2016 | Tagged as: fun, Gardens and Life, mid-life crisis, Uncategorized

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.

finally I can put my instruments at arms length

finally I can put my instruments at arms length

Next steps include figuring out a way to better muffle the sounds of practicing until I am good enough that people can enjoy listening…

Important Dates in our Lives

Posted by on 23 Feb 2016 | Tagged as: celebrations, children, Family Matters, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

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…

Feb 1995

Feb 1995

When he was about 3 or 4, he LOVED that Snowman toy!

Grant and his Snowman toy, off on an adventure in the back yard.

Grant and his Snowman toy, off on an adventure in the back yard.

When they were about 6…

Thurston County Fair, possibly 2001?

Thurston County Fair, possibly 2001?

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.

Walking at the Nisqually Delta, a favorite jaunt in those days.

Walking at the Nisqually Delta, a favorite jaunt in those days.

Happy Birthday, Grant.

Practice

Posted by on 02 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: education, Education Professional, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, percussion, Uncategorized

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!

Also worked in the garden, but…

Posted by on 01 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Family Matters, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, music, percussion, Uncategorized

here is the main event from the weekend.

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New Season, New Look

Posted by on 05 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: blogposts, fun, Uncategorized

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.

April 4 screenshot

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.

Today, not in the garden…

Posted by on 04 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: fun, good things, music, Uncategorized

Yep.

7" deep snare drum (used) with two different types of wooden sticks, a pair of wire brushes, two triangles with a striker.  Not shown:  two books with drum patterns to learn...

7″ deep snare drum (used) with two different types of wooden sticks, a pair of wire brushes, two triangles with a striker. Not shown: two books with drum patterns to learn…

Seattle Flower and Garden Show!

Posted by on 14 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: friends, fun, garden, good things, Uncategorized

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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Freedom

Posted by on 07 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: fun, Gardens and Life, good things, music, Uncategorized

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.

Senior Prom

Posted by on 31 May 2014 | Tagged as: celebrations, children, friends, fun, good things, Uncategorized

This is my boy, and his girl. Dapper and Elegant. What a cute couple they have made for nearly 4 years.

The picture was taken outside the State Capitol building.  It has a lovely rotunda, but the feature that always intrigued me were these amazing bronze doors with scenes from Washington State in bas relief...

The picture was taken outside the State Capitol building. It has a lovely rotunda, but the feature that always intrigued me were these amazing bronze doors with scenes from Washington State in bas relief…

So proud of these young adults!

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