Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Been organizing my supplies in preparation to start working on a beveled glass candle holder design I've been thinking about. When/if I finish the project I'll post a picture to share. I'm excited to use my new soldering gun. Love those gadgets and tools. I should eventually build a little workshop somewhere in my house, but for now my dining room table is the hub of the creative action here. My friend Lori has a great workshop in her basement! (My workshop-envy is showing.)
I've also been developing some ideas for jewelry development. (Another outlet I dabble in occasionally.) That's what I do - I dabble. (Fun word - dabble.) And making jewelry gives me more opportunity to play with tools.
I can't believe that it's Memorial Day weekend and I still have planting to do in my garden. Mostly vegetables left to plant. My flowers are looking fantastic so far. And I tried some new plants this year; cranberries, coffee trees, and a daisy tree. I'm giving one last attempt to grow lavender. This is the 4th year for me and lavender, and if it doesn't work out this time it'll be my last year. The garden shop lady told me to mulch the heck out of it this fall, so that's what I'll be doing. Any tips on growing lavender would be welcome.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here's what I've read recently:
- Maya Angelou's series of her self-biographies,
- Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series
- Jodi Picoult - Several of her books
- Lisa See's "Red Princess" books
- Ursula K. LeGuin - "Earthsea" series, as well as several others
- Sharon Kay Penman's medieval mysteries
- Sharan Newman's "Catherine LeVendeur Mystery" series
- The Secret Life of Bees
- Marley & me
- many, many historical fictions
- many historical biographies
Reading focuses my brain, gives me an opportunity to escape the 'real world', as well as an opportunity to learn.
I love to learn and to teach. The classroom environment is the perfect place to discuss and debate, to be open to new ideas and to express your own ideas.
Gee... just listen to me waxing philosophically!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As an Aquarius and child of the 60's I'm still trying to heal the world. I'd really like to take a 'volunteer vacation' but have overwhelmed myself with information (this is SO typical of me),
that it renders me at a point of no decision at all. They all sound so worthy to me, but I have to admit my own limitations (call me a baby if you want to, I prefer to call it "realistic"). I can't see myself living in a tent in the rain forest... not crazy about sharing my sleeping bag with other living creatures. I like to teach, and think I'm pretty good at it, so would lean more toward something to do with teaching. I'd really like to visit and teach in Africa. The children there seem so hungry for education, and it's an area of the world that will really have a global impact in our future.
Monday, May 18, 2009
My interests are eclectic (I like that word, it's a nice one), scattered and unfocused. Please, no psychological interpretation; my son is in that field and has already given me the full analysis. Actually, I've taken credit many times for being the reason he chose to study and practice psychology. And if he ever writes a book or publishes a thesis, I expect to be the case study he references.
At this time my attention is focused on getting my flowers and veggies planted, decluttering my house (which bugs the devil out of a person very special to me), sewing (I'm making a "Bob the Builder" pillow for my precious grandson), preparing my beveled glass pieces so I can start making the candle holders I'm interested in... well, ok see how I mis-use the word "focused"?
And of course I read every night too. Sometimes I have 2-3 books going at one time.
Pictures that I post will be those that represent factors of my life; things that impact my life, my day and my moments.
I hope that I can provide stories about my adventures that will entertain you, thoughts and opinions that interest you, and reflections that touch you.