Monday, April 23, 2012

another perfect monday



Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin

Another beautiful Monday.

As you know, I love Mondays. New week – new ideas - new energy.
I can't believe it has been a week since I posted here ... so busy lately - all good busy, but busy just the same. 
 I am feeling quite accomplished here lately … though am really ready for a vacation. After the person comes from the state education department to accredit the school on the 26th, I will relax more. We have working hard to create our newly joining of schools. It is always stressful when government agencies come [like it or not, they are in charge], even though I know [or think] everything is in order. You would think after doing this for so many years, it would get easier – still makes me very nervous. Health Department came last week – we got an A rating. Should ease my anxiousness – but, until it is all said and done … send good energy, please … 

Here is a rug I am making for the classroom – loving it so far – about ½ way finished.



On the homefront, things are looking great. Plants are all in the ground [planning for no more serious frosts] and seeming to like their new spaces … looking forward to veggies galore soon.  Here are a few photos – can’t really see too much [except all of the spearmint running wild]. I am leaving the spearmint – think it may help with bugs – and if not, it smells so nice.




A thought: After working with younger children during this school year, for the first time in many years, I find myself often shaking my head [that is a real understatement]. Little children are sponges – they learn most of what they learn from what they see and hear. I’d like to see people stop and pay more attention to that. They copy us … the way we speak, the way we respect others, the way we take care of ourselves and the planet. We are all teachers – and little ones follow our lead.

My little guys


I hope everyone is having a beautiful start to a wonderful week.
Until tomorrow xo

In learning to know other things, and other minds,                    we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.
Philip Gilbert Hamilton

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday ... My favorite day



Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.  ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful day … I so am.

Taxes complete – one day early – that has never happened. And probably wouldn’t have had I realized we had two extra days this year.  

It was a busy, busy weekend around the homefront. Much garden/yard work, Spring scarf creations, hours of curriculum building, time with my lovely friends … and Saturday, we had a great yard sale at school. It was a fun day of many sales, meeting new people, and having an opportunity to share all that we are at The Lake Norman Learning Center/Academic Illumination Day School. The excitement is building as we join together to offer a unique, nurturing school environment for children ages 2 through 11. 

Many new blooms to share … the yard and gardens are looking better with each warm day. We are in need to rain here … I hope we get a good rain soon. I water the gardens, though the bushes/trees are looking very thirsty.

strawberry
first yellow rose


It is time for Spring scarves and new jewelry … please check out my shop

Until tomorrow xo

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.  ~Ruth Stout

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sparkling Sunday




Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap 
but by the seeds you plant - Robert Louis Stevenson.

Brrrrrrr – it’s a very cold morning. Covered with frost and I am grateful that all of the seedlings seem to have stood up to the cold. I am glad I hadn’t yet put them into the ground. 


Remember these newly planted tomato seeds? Well, it seems Dodge prefers them before they become tomatoes … she [played with and] ate all of them. Planting new tomato seeds today.

The pups seem to enjoy the cold mornings much better than I.



It is quite lovely [even when chilly] here on the hill in the woods. When I first moved here I couldn’t imagine how people slept without the sounds of traffic in the background. Funny, really. Now I can’t imagine how I did. I’d always thought of myself as a city person, and now that I have been here in the peace and quiet, surrounded by nature, I guess I am not. I love the city … though think living in it won’t be for me again. 

I have begun creating wreaths … if you would like to order a Peace Wreath, message me in my etsy shop and I’ll get started on it for you.
 

I hope everyone has a lovely day …
Until tomorrow xo

Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.
 -
Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, April 5, 2012




When you want something,
all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

It has been a busy couple of weeks here … gardening and school readiness has [enjoyably] taken up about 16 hours a day. All of the seeds are planted [with many displaying beauteous sprouts] and the garden is ready for them when they are ready for larger ground. The new ‘herb wall’ is growing beautifully.


And most of the flower pots are beginning to sprout as well. 


Last year I planted asparagus – which I understand takes two seasons [I had not grown asparagus before] to produce the yummy veggie. When I weeded the garden, removing all of the crazy winter growth, three 2 foot asparagus plants popped up.  

I am very excited … love growing stuff.  Early Spring is quite lovely here in the woods. Doors and windows open – the creek waterfall sounds so nice. 
cucs and spearmint

yellow squash

strawberry



School plans for summer and fall are going very well … classroom spaces almost finished … photos to share soon.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day …
Until tomorrow xo

People are stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.    ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


When you want something,
all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

It has been a busy couple of weeks here … gardening and school readiness has [enjoyably] taken up about 16 hours a day. All of the seeds are planted [with many displaying beauteous sprouts] and the garden is ready for them when they are ready for larger ground. The new ‘herb wall’ is growing beautifully.

And most of the flower pots are beginning to sprout as well.
Photo of flowers
Last year I planted asparagus – which I understand takes two seasons [I had not grown asparagus before] to produce the yummy veggie. When I weeded the garden, removing all of the crazy winter growth, three 2 foot asparagus plants popped up.  
Photo of asparagus
I am very excited … love growing stuff.  Early Spring is quite lovely here in the woods. Doors and windows open – the creek waterfall sounds so nice.
School plans for summer and fall are going very well … classroom spaces almost finished … photos to share soon.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day …
Until tomorrow xo

People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.    ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross



When you want something,
all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

It has been a busy couple of weeks here … gardening and school readiness has [enjoyably] taken up about 16 hours a day. All of the seeds are planted [with many displaying beauteous sprouts] and the garden is ready for them when they are ready for larger ground. The new ‘herb wall’ is growing beautifully.
And most of the flower pots are beginning to sprout as well.
Photo of flowers
Last year I planted asparagus – which I understand takes two seasons [I had not grown asparagus before] to produce the yummy veggie. When I weeded the garden, removing all of the crazy winter growth, three 2 foot asparagus plants popped up.  
Photo of asparagus
I am very excited … love growing stuff.  Early Spring is quite lovely here in the woods. Doors and windows open – the creek waterfall sounds so nice.
School plans for summer and fall are going very well … classroom spaces almost finished … photos to share soon.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day …
Until tomorrow xo

People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.    ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross