Tuesday, May 30, 2017

good things today . . .

More origami cranes today . . . this time with Mr. Ford's 4th graders.
I wish I could post a picture of all of the their faces . . . so instead I will go with some of their t-shirts.  I love all the t-shirts I see everyday at school.  I am thinking there may be a photo project there . . . I will have to give that some more thought. 
This group really caught on . . . and were finishing cranes in record time.  

1. Folding paper cranes with Room 11
2. Making smoothies with our Ninja (I love this thing)
3. Fresh zucchini from the garden
4. Someone doing me a big favor . . . going above and beyond
5. My work family - they really are amazing!
6. Coctel de Camarones . . . thank you Jessica!
7. Sleeping baby photo . . . our dear little Avery Rose
8. Coming home . . . 
9. Making some time to paint
10. Finding a boysenberry cobbler on my desk this morning . . . made by my boss

Let her sleep, for when she wakes up
she will move mountains.

Monday, May 29, 2017

finally finished . . .

 I started these blankets ages ago . . . and finally got them finished.  I would work on them for awhile - then get doing something else . . . then get them out again and work on them for while.  I guess some projects are like that.  I think it took my daughter-in-law bringing her t-shirts over to finally get me moving to finish all three of them.  I think Jake has all of his baseball t-shirts somewhere also . . . so I may have to make another one.  :)  
It feels good to have them finished!  
 It dawned on me while I was making Kasey's quilt . . . that I probably watched her cheer all those years ago - when Jake's team played against her high school.  
 Some of these t-shirts are sort of old . . . especially on Luke's blanket. 
I think some of those he wore in Jr. High.
Such a simple way to re-purpose old t-shirts.   

Saturday, May 27, 2017

4th graders make me happy . . .

Every year I fold origami cranes with the 4th graders at the school where I work.
Every year I enjoy it a little bit more.  I think 4th graders are wonderful!
You can see more of their paper cranes here.  I started my paper crane project a few years ago . . . not intending for it to take me so long - but I am still at it. I am pretty sure I have folded over 1000 cranes outside of the ones I have folded for my project . . . and usually after I do this with the 4th graders - some of the kids go "crane crazy" for awhile . . . so I will probably be sitting with some of them at lunch recess folding more.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

always reading . . .

"So many books, so little time."
~ Frank Zappa
I really need more hours in every day!  So I can read . . . and paint . . . and sew . . . and play . . . and take care of all the ideas whirling around in my head.  So I try to make the most of my time each day.  It is hard for me to sit and just do nothing - so there is always a book and journal in my purse to keep me occupied while I am in the car or waiting for an appointment.
I cannot a imagine my life without reading.
 I have had several people try to convince me to switch to reading on a Kindle.
I just can't seem to bring myself to do that.  There is something about the feel and smell of a book . . . turning the pages . . . taking pictures of your stack of books you want to read . . .  and bookshelves packed full of stories and magic.
What are you reading?

"Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach."  ~ Robert Bolano, 2666

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Today I choose JOY!

Challenges are what makes life interesting ~
Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.

I have been away from here for too long.
It hasn't been by choice . . . life keeps getting in the way.
But along with life getting in the way . . . . life is also giving me plenty to enjoy and celebrate.
I refuse to let life's challenges get the better of me.  I look at these beautiful children and know for sure that life is precious and wonderful . . . and meant to be lived with joy and passion.
Life doesn't always make that easy . . . but attitude makes that possible.
Today I choose JOY!

Monday, May 1, 2017

happy busy . . .

I am reading . . . and making things . . . and painting little girls nails . . . and painting . . . and planting flowers and a few vegetables . . . I am just not documenting any of it very well. 
I am hoping to be better about that . . . but for now I am just enjoying being "happy busy".

I am reading etta and otto and russell and james.  A friend recommended it to me and so far I am really enjoying it.  I bought six new books to read last week . . . I've been in that sort of mood - two down . . . four more to go.
I am also working on some t-shirt quilts that I started ages ago.  I decided that since I was in the mood to finish them that I would also make one for my daughter-in-law with some t-shirts she had kept.  So fun and easy to make . . . I am not sure why it has taken me so long to finish them.  It will feel good to get them done and start on something new.
Have a wonderful day . . . 
Find JOY in the small stuff! (like this wonderful tin full of pins)