Friday, October 14, 2016

A Break Indeed

This fall break has just been lovely.  I've had the opportunity for long visits with good friends and family and my Handy Man. I've read and read. The weather has been glorious.  I think I've fed half of this county and a few other counties as well. I've lost track of the dinners and lunches and I'm not done.
Bean was off on his upteenth vacation this year. That child goes on more vacations than anyone I know.  He's ocean fishing.  
Since our little Wayside Rosie was returned to her family, I thought I'd plan an outing on Monday past, to give Rae a day to herself before another wee one arrived.  Not something she has much experience with- days to herself.  I was too late as last Friday another little Wayside Gramerling came to us.  It turned out that a family member had an outing planned for her for most of the day Monday, so it worked out.
On Saturday Pap brought them a load of sand for their coop. Our new little missy was sleeping. On Sunday they came out to transfer a few chickie girls and one rooster to their new digs and we met this little Posey. 
She is such a cutie and a talker, oh my.  

She is the same age as Mr. Smiley, so Rae is anticipating some interesting questions.

She loves Rae's hair.

The Captain dropped off Missy Bugg and we went to get Giddy-Up and Mr. Smiley and headed north to a great kid's museum.  It was such a beautiful day and the kids were so good.

Mr. Smiley was not fond of the idea of being flushed down the toilet.
He did love the bubbles.

 They had giant Orbeez. So squishy.

 My circus, my monkeys.

Missy Bugg and her daddy spend a lot of time rock climbing. She's quite the pro.  
This was Giddy-up's first time, but he climbed on up there and rang the cow bell.

 Time for a sundae as big as their head.
 Hmm, sauce you say, let me taste.
 Excuse me, I think I'll just drink it.

So grateful for this wonderful break before I hit the ground running from Monday through Christmas Crazy. Lord help!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tea Two

When I have to return to the classroom in July my heart is broken, but I do love this two weeks in October.
Since I had a lot of leftovers from Saturday's big tea I thought we'd have Tea Two with my littles.

Littles? These pictures make my eyes smart.  Look at Bean standing there like a man, and Ol' Henry right behind him.  It is sweet to me that in there bigness they still line up for the tea party.

My sweet Linee finds herself a littlest one to mother.  What a blessing now, how the big ones tend the wee ones.

This shot makes me chuckle every time I look at it.  Giddy-Up discovered coon tracks and shouted to the others, "Let's investigate this and see where he went." He turns to creep off after the mystery track maker and all his people get right behind him.
 Time for a little face painting.

 This girl, Antebellie, a child after my own heart.  Her creativity never stops flowing.  I was painted with creek rock paint and leaf paint.

 Who knew one tiny minnow could be the focus of such attention.
 This creek trip resulted in lots of caught leaves.
Such a beautiful Playdate. Finally it was cool enough to cook supper out.

Finally I had a chance to walk around my yard. My goodness, this beauty bush is putting on quite a show.

 Time to sort and wrap the books for the Advent boxes.

 One last book for the first box.  Yes, it is really early, but it quite time consuming and I am never sorry when December 1 rolls around and they are ready to go.

Looking forward to the rest of this break.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

An Endless Birthday

It seems the birthdays go  on and on this time of year.  After mine, Buttercup turned eight. Hmm, what? What you mean she turned eight?

Then Bugg turned ten!  Then Mom turned 88 and my friend, Gardner E. turned eighty.
Gardner E. has showed up in my class every week for twelve years to do art with my class.  My goodness the projects we've done.  We've had great fun and wanted to pull out our hair in equal measure sometimes.  Outside of school, we've shared many meals where she listens to all my concerns about education.  I wanted to do something special for her 80th birthday.  Her drink of choice is tea, so a birthday tea seemed an obvious choice.

 I've been planning for months and had such fun pulling it all together. I used hankies for napkins. I made the flower arrangements in tea tins.  Each guest received a tiny succulent with a fun quote.   I found charms and made napkin rings.  A friend loaned me all the china I didn't have.

 Sadly, I can no longer manage all my big ideas, so I involve all my people.  Aunt Tish and Rae came to help on the eve of the big day.  After two day of conferences, I was about spent and was so happy for their help and company. Ms. Glitzy and Sydly were the lead decorators and food setters, then served the tea.  I love the time I get to spend, even when we're working our fannies off. Handy Man was handy indeed.  I would not even attempt such an endeavor without him. Ceece snapped pictures and captured the event.  It takes a village.

 Missy Bugg was late because wee homecoming princesses have to be in the town parade.  As soon as she came, she kept all the guests in tea, mints and candy corn crunch.  That girl loves a party.

  Rae came with her family a bit later and Bugg was so sweet to show Giddy-Up the serving ropes. He went around and asked if anyone wanted more Apple Spritzer. Who can say, "No," to a cutest boy? Between he and Bugg, I imagine the guests floated home.

It was a lovely afternoon and Gardner E. seemed to throughly enjoy herself.

Remember my lovely tomatoes for my birthday. Well, at the end of the week I had two remaining.  I baked them in this pie and it was heavenly.

Our Wayside Rosie returned to her family on Friday.  Whew, such things are just hard.  I pray she's well taken care of.  I will miss that tiny ball of joy.

Yay for the arrival of fall and fall break.  I was so very ready.

Monday, September 19, 2016

You Say Tomato, I Say Heaven

Wow, the way to my birthday heart- heirloom tomatoes. When Aunt Tish presented me with this giant gift, that weighed a ton, I could not even imagine what was in it.  I was so surprised by a box of heirloom tomatoes. It has been a happy tomato fest in these parts as I eat them for breakfast, lunch and supper and hold to hope that before the box is gone, I'll be good and full of tomatoes and happy to wait until July for my next one.  That has never happened, so we'll see.

 Bean and Bugg visited for the weekend.  We went to see a movie, an animated flick based on Robinson Curuso.  The animation was terrific, but the story was lame.  Next we tried the new little pizza joint, Toppt's. I was not much impressed with it either, but enjoyed the time with the kidlets.

Say fish, and you'll see this big smile on Bean's face.  After church, he and Pap spent the afternoon at the pond.
 Missy Bugg had a game.
 She was  up for a free throw and I had the camera poised to capture the moment if the ball went in.  You know, I'm not small and I was on the first row, the aisle seat with this black box pressed to face in the middle of a game, for which I assume all the small audience was there to see.  Right when the ball goes in, a kid, probably fourteen or so, steps right in front of the camera. I mean inches from my face,  and I missed the whoosh.  I think that is the thing that generally just makes me crazy.  Simply going along with whatever is on your mind, and not worrying the least about how your actions affect someone else.
After the game, we headed out to visit Mom.  She was some better from last week, but still struggling with easy breathing.
It was a busy weekend. Hope it was a good one for you.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Big Birth Week

Happy Birthday on this Labor Day to Aunt Tish, Aunt SuZQ and Jakester. Tomorrow- Happy, Happy to Laurie Lou!
A rather low key weekend for me.  Since we've gotten chickens and lots of gramerlings, my front yard has looked like a place where feral children and animals play.  With no sun, and chickens who eat nine of every ten grass seeds you throw out, it was just a mess.  Since my littles enjoy chasing chickens and riding jeeps and go-karts better than grass and flowers, I've let it go.
The recent tree removal, however has allowed some sun in my front yard for perhaps the first time ever.  In addition, I've a notion to have a couple of soirees this fall and I'd rather not have my guests be wide eyed and ask if I have feral children and animals about.  So I hauled myself to the nursery for the big holiday 75% off sale to put in a little front garden.   I should've taken the pictures this morning. When the sun shines through the pine on this little space it is all red gold and glowing and makes me smile.  My hope is there are enough plants disliked by deer to keep them eating stuff further from the house. If not, well then I can answer honestly, yes, this is where feral animals have dinner.
This past week Gardner E. and I made weed pockets with my students.  I made them at home with the kidlets that showed up for Playdate.  Well, we made Wayside Rosie's for her posies.
 My little missy had been all smiles and sweetness through dinner prep and supper, but when Pap finished eating, she was ready for a snooze and so was he.

 Gee, I'll have to try this picture another time of the day.  You can see that some green stuff is actually starting to fill in the dirt patch.
 That highlighted butterfly bush in the corner is a new plant. As soon as I sat it down, critters were all over it. I just love it.
I wasn't able to get Mom bathed on Thursday as she was too short of breath, so I returned on Saturday.  She is absolutely not herself, which usually means another UTI.  Bless her heart.  She gets a week or two off before we're right back on antibiotics that make her sick.
I hope you found something lovely in this holiday.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mid Summer All Summer Long

Whew, weather wise, it has been August since April this year- hot, hot, hot.
I've loved having an i-Mac because it made storing and sharing my pictures so easy. Just pop the little card in, and there they were.  When I went to browse, in order to add pictures here, just go to the last import and ta-dah, done.  Well, it got to where I couldn't do anything and was required to download the new, ummm, something or other that is not Safari.  Now, it won't read the card at all unless I turn off the computer and turn it all on again.  It doesn't give me an option of my latest import. I find nothing about it easier to manage than before.  Consequently, I'm way behind on posting here, so this is going to be a long one! Well, maybe, if I can ever find the pictures.
Ol' Mother Hubbard was in need of a sitter for just the boys, so Bean and Giddy-Up came and we had our boy's night and morning.  They always want a fire, so it was hot dogs and ravioli on the fire. Ugh, so hot, but not so they noticed.  We had science experiments. Here they are making their own lemonade.
Pap pitched a tent and growled at me for taking his picture.  He and the older boys were supposed to sleep outside. Pap did, the boys caved.  When he came in for breakfast he teasingly said, 
"Good morning girls."

 We created rattlers with seashells and had blessing gems and lots of sausage for breakfast.  The amount of food these children can consume is astounding.
On the day Rae, Rosie and I shopped, Pap had a date with Giddy-Up and Mr. Smiley.  After shopping at our house and thrift stores for metal items, they created a sound board to hang outside and  play whenever the spirit moves them.

When I cleaned out my room this summer, I found a science kit I bought for the classroom. I had used most everything that there was enough of for a classroom.  This past Tuesday, I turned it over to the boys to enjoy what was left of it.  It was our one late afternoon of milder temperatures and drier weather.  So we all enjoyed the outdoor time.
Our sweetest little Rosie so enjoyed being outside and watching all the action.  She is the dearest littles bit.  Sometimes your kiddo makes you so proud your buttons about pop off.  I really had no idea how this fostering would be.  Well, at this point, we just have another baby we love. No one on the outside looking in would have one clue that we didn't welcome her into the world as our newborn.

 Let me tell you, this interest and these smiles are the best there is and set the world all aright for me.
 I also had left over ice cream from a classroom treat and toppings were on sale this week, so banana splits were dessert.  Yummy. Swimming has started, so Bean and Bugg couldn't be with us.

And, at last, what my sweet girls have been pining for all year- The Fairy Ball.  Since the boys spent the night, the girls needed their turn.  I also needed them to spend the night because they had so much planned, there was no way to do it in an afternoon.
So we began on Friday evening with fairy houses and fairy lanterns.
 Saturday morning, we headed to the Farmer's Market for a bouquet of flowers to make tiny flower baskets.
 And the food, oh my. We served our guests Lichen Sandwiches, Wood Chips, Butterfly Crunch, Berry and Twig Delight, Fruit Logs, Cheery Berry Punch, Acorns,  and Birdseed Salad.  The girls worked long and hard on a fitting fairy description of each dish and presented them one at a time
 Finally, dresses, hair and make-up. My little girls were transformed into woodland beauties.

 Autumn, the Fall Fairy
 Winter Eve
 Midsummer Night
 Preparation Perfection
 Ready to serve.
 The guests were simply delighted with this favored invitation to the very best of the woodland realm.

Me, I smile at how darn cute they are, I feel grateful for a Sidly-girl who shows up,  helps and plays her part, I cry because I know this time is fleeting, I love how, right now, this magic is so very real to them.
Whew, I am worn out!