Saturday, June 15, 2013

Beautiful Spring

I have been having such fun planting and watching things grow. We have had a wet Spring; which the plants all seem to be loving. I decided to return to pot gardens this year. The garden ground was too hard this year. Maybe [probably] it was because I was too lazy to chop away at it - and this system seems to be working well and I love the look of it. My friend, Judy, suggested I use magazines and newspapers to cover the ground and then cover with mulch. It looks great, and so far, only the spearmint is working its way through. Spearmint smells so beautiful - and it clearly can live through a chilly winter. The most exciting part of the garden thus far is that I have Roma tomatoes growing ... many of them. Roma tomatoes are my fav and I have yet to reap too many over the years. Trusting this year will be different. Can't wait to enjoy and share.
Another cool thing that is sprouting is lavender ... I have not been great in the past with lavender ... the seeds are growing beautifully - along with the other herbs on the herb wall.
I am so excited to have a rain barrel ... one of my Mother's Day gifts ... thank you, Taylor. It is all 'hooked up' now - Caleb put up the gutter and set it all up - we've had so much rain, the barrel has remained full. Love it, Love it.
Another 'new' in the gardening realm - pallet garden. Last year Alison had some beautiful ones, so I decided to give it a try this year. The pic below is after just 1 week ... it is looking better now - will add more pics. It has to lay flat for a few weeks - then I have the perfect spot in which to stand it up. It has flowers, yellow squash, zucchini, and I recently added radishes to the bottom row. We shall see ...
It was wonderful to spend a week with Taylor. She was home for Amy's and Adam's wedding last Saturday. My first time at officiating a wedding. What a gift - 'firsts' are often uncomfortable - this 'first' was amazing. To be able to be a part of such a beautiful day, with people I so love ... so grateful.
Amy and Adam
Here are some more of today's garden pics ... 
cucumber - and a cup of beer for the slugs

green peppers and asparagus
I'm loving this time of the year ... anxious to get back to school on Monday - missing the kiddos - much.

I'll get back to the quote of the day thing soon - today I saw this - and thought it was 'food for thought' ...

Until tomorrow xo

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Another Perfect Monday

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.  - unknown

I still love Mondays. New week – new ideas - new energy … hopefully this week will bring warmer temperatures and much sunshine.
Wow! It has been quite a long time since I have written. I’ve missed it much, though have been in a quiet, mostly intake place for the past several months. Following the spirits of ‘little guys’ every day is a quiet [observing] job; although, the noise that fills the building would never lend one to think so. For anyone who has a passion for teaching … we realize, over and over again, who the true teachers are … the students.
Not really sure if I have many thoughts ready to share – trying- I’ll get there – I hope. In the interim, please bear with me …

A thought worth repeating: After working with younger children during the past year and a half, 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 pups
The newest member of our fam – DJ – he is my body guard - we rescued him from Miami, with the assistance of a beautiful person whom I taught [and/or learned from], many years ago.

Here is Lewis, sporting his Obama collar … 

And, Dodge … being her huge puppy self.

One of my favs:

I hope everyone is having a beautiful start to a wonderful week.
Until tomorrow xo
"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."
-G.K. Chesterton