Saturday, December 3, 2016

Where Was I

Crazy holidays means I don't always get pictures and am always late to post the ones I do catch.   Thanksgiving has come and gone, and today already the Gingerbread Party.

I always try to have a craft handy for kids on Thanksgiving. These "no sew" diy fleece scarves popped up on fb and I thought that it was doable, cute, and something the kids could actually use.

They were happy with them, but they were just too big. Next time I'll try a smaller circle.  I love this picture with them all lined up.

 The food was yummy. The weather mild enough for Rae to use her breezeway and for the kids to play outside.
 Michael's parents were able to join us before they fly over the pond to Amsterdam to see their girl and four grands they are missing.  I pray they have a safe a lovely trip.

This child and my glasses.

In between, one thing and another,  I took Mr. Smiley and our new little Wayside Posey, Giddy-Up and Bugg to see Moana. It was a first for the little ones.  We went out to eat before Pap had to go to work, then Bugg and I braved a new world with them.  They were very nearly perfect.  They loved the movie and I did too.  You might know any movie with an influential ol' granny is good with me.  Then Ceece's sister delivered our latest baby. A whopping ten pound girl, with a head of black hair, looking like baby Moana.  I can't wait to give her a squeeze.
Missy Bugg is such a great holiday help all the way around. She helped me sort and stuff the Advent Calendars, then she and Bean came back to help me get the tree decorated before today's party.

I'm directing the Christmas play at school.

 I needed some wooden critters and I looked and looked, but couldn't find any I was willing to pay so much for, so I traced some on paper and Handy Man cut them out and Uncle Jimi wood burned some features at a recent Playdate and they are perfect.

 Giddy-Up was interested in trying his hand at wood burning too.

Mr. Smiley is too wee for wood burning, but old enough to toot his own horn.

They just grow and grow and grow. Each one bright and beautiful and I thank the Lord for them!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fast and Furious

Fast and furious this fall is flying by.  Already the middle of November?  Gee.
I've been busy.  Friday was Veteran's Day which always takes a good bit of my time and all my energy.  For several years I've wondered before hand why I'm still doing this.  I guess I believe in giving honor where it is due.  I want my students to have a face to put with this education I'm trying to give them.  A lady who had never been to the program said she'd been to a lot of programs in her day, raising six children, but never one as beautiful and moving as Friday's.  Okay, well, maybe I have one more year in me.

Adam always visits my classroom and shares an inspirational war story that my  kids love. He always comes every year and I am always proud to have him there.  Such a presence is he in those dress blues.
Just before our big Veteran's Day celebration I had finished up a mock election campaign with my students. They had to balance a budget, register voters, make advertisements and posters and write speeches and debate. 
Our church held a prayer vigil and an Evensong service the night before elections. I will just say that helped me to feel more peaceful about things.  It is so very sad to see the direction some folks have taken with this election. I just have to wonder how we came to be in such a place.
 One Saturday Bean and Bugg and I ran away to my favorite hiking spot. We took turns  taking pictures.  It was such an amazingly beautiful day.  I loved being able to share it with them.

 I just love me some fungi now.

 It amazes me how any little spot where the sun shines through grows a little something green.
 I was able to fit in a run to my favorite monastery as well.

 Got in another hike with my church group this past Saturday.

Playdates continue and I spent Sunday with much of my People seeing my Sydly smile and shine in The Sound of Music.  Last Saturday I watched Bean and Bugg swim.  That Bean can do a mean backstroke now, broke his records and is headed to state.  They are all going growing up so fast.
I seem to have some unusual wild allergies this fall. I've walked around for three weeks just wanting to lay my head down.  It hasn't helped that the time changed and Handy Man's work changed and I am just getting very little uninterrupted sleep.  Consequently, I've fallen asleep in some unusual situations.  Perhaps I'll get used to all these changes sometime soon.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October Social Butterfly

I tell ya, I've had more company this month than all together the past year (well, if you don't count Playdate).  It started on the first with a tea, then had some folks for supper, some folks for lunch, some more folks for supper.  A happy, yummy time!
In between, the wee folk were out to paint scarecrows and make cakes.

 Taking every opportunity to love up our little Wayside Sassy Pants.  As soon as she came in last week, she asked for Pap. I told her he was at work. She wasn't too happy with that answer and told me that she was going to put him in the washing machine when he got here Then when he got here, she told him the same thing.
Littlest bit- I wonder if she will remember us at all.  I don't know. I just hope she remembers some fun experiences, being fed, safe, loved.

Well, in the last batch of chicks I got a couple of rare ones.  I feel like, if I'm going do this, might as well keep the gene pool stirred up.  Any who, this rare Cream Leg Bar was said to lay a blue egg and not always in the next box. I wasn't worried because I only got one of her and chickens are such followers and there is already someone above Missy Loretta Hen in the pecking order. Well, what do I know? Everyday is an Easter Egg hunt around these parts.  It took me a week to finally stumble on this nest. Not only does that heifer not lay in the nest, she is convincing her girlfriends to check out her spot.  When I finally found the first nest, I marked two eggs and put them back. Yeah, well they are still there.  Just in case, I left two marked in this last one I found as well.  Apparently they aren't happy with the blue and white of their eggs and have to roll and roll them in brown leaves until they are dyed brown. Brat chickens.
 For sometime I've followed a blog of the author, Margaret Bloom. I so love her cutest peg dolls and I love, when I have time, ahem, to give her patterns a try.  I don't know a lot of folks personally who get as big a kick out of peg dolls, fairies and the like as I do.  Her adorable little dolls just make me smile.  She recently had a give-a-way of a couple of fall dolls made by her own talented hand, and I won!  How excited was I to get this tiny package in the mail from far away.
 And more excited still to find these two wee characters inside.  Perfect time for them to visit my fairy fort.  I put them back in box and left them on the table.  My little ones miss nothing new and were so excited to look inside.
 Wow, also of month of good gifts.  It is still so warm and garden produce is still coming for some. Aunt Tish received tomatoes, beans, and peppers and garlic.  I sliced and fried up the green tomatoes.  Oh my, so delicious.
 Salsa that we have eaten and eaten.
 Another friend gave me corn for the freezer. Now it is a blessing for true to get any produce, but to get it already ready for the freezer. Wow, what a gift.  I got it out and made creamed corn.
 Then green beans.  A feast for kings.
This was a full weekend of warm sunshine. Yesterday, I took Bean and Bugg on an adventure. They took lots of pictures, so I'll save that for a later date.  It was fun.
Today, I messed in the yard and chicken coop and hunted eggs.  
Ahh, school and Halloween- a wild time awaits me.

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!