Sunday, May 29, 2016

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 29, 2016

I have almost wrapped up grading for the school year.  I have two--count 'em, two!--assignments still to grade, a last look at the gradebook to be sure all is up-to-date to accomplish, and a (very brief) farewell message to write to a class, and then I'm finished!  Let the R&R begin! (Ha!)


Last weekend I took my granddaughters to nearby Rockbridge State Park to play in the creek and go under the rock bridge (hence the name of the park, obviously).  Kids are fascinated by water of any sort!  We had over an hour of throwing rocks, poking around in the water, and generally exploring.


Verity spent at least half her time bent over like this~

Sweet girl~

This picture makes me happy.  It also makes me think of Poohsticks. . .

Another sweet girl~


When she wasn't bent over playing in the water, Verity spent the rest of her time trying to keep up with her big sister Arane. :)


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 15, 2016

It's time for {phfr}!


I love watching the wildflowers emerge in the woods that surround our house.  There's always something new.  Right now, daisies and the darling blue but-unknown-to me flowers you see below are blooming.  Though I left most of them where they were so they can re-seed themselves, I picked a few for the kitchen windowsill.

Right now, allium are stealing the show in my flower garden.  They are beautiful, aren't they?  The blooms last and last and last.  I had some for the first time in our Illinois house, and I had to plant some here too because I love them so much.  These are bigger than softballs!

The bees love them too!


Since Elizabeth and her family moved nearby, I've been going to their house once a week to do a craft and/or fun activity with Arane and Verity.  They both look forward to it and so do I!  I used to be a preschool teacher, and it's fun to plan for that age once again, but it's even better when it's for my own grandkids.  Here they are painting "binoculars"~

~and playing balloon tennis.  That was a big hit!


One day last week, I began to notice a most unpleasant smell wafting in the windows at the back of the house.  I recognized it as the odor of something dead and decaying, and when it didn't go away, Dave heroically went out to look for the source.  Look what he found!

Poor thing!

Right up against our back porch!  Dave determined it was a coyote, which is completely plausible because we can hear them howling at night sometimes and the woods are right outside our back door.  He fearlessly dragged it into the woods far, far away from the house where it is free to stink as much as it wants.  I do feel a little bit sorry for the coyote, though!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 8, 2016

Chiming in with Like Mother, Like Daughter again this week . . .

My two delightful and thoughtful daughters got me an awesome gift for Mother's Day.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition. Have you seen it?  It's wonderful!  I've looked at the first five chapters thoroughly and thumbed through the rest.  Jim Kay, the illustrator, has done an incredible job realizing the characters and places.  I'm interested in illustrators and their work, and I've often told my husband that if I were an artist, I'd be an illustrator.  Something about it fascinates me.  Here's an sample:

The Hut-on-the-Rock

The Sorting Hat

Platform 9 and 3/4

Two of my very favorites are this Renaissance inspired portrait of Prof. McGonagall

and this charming illustration of Hagrid's hut.  This makes me want to live there!

Reminds you of Hobbiton, eh?

These are all full-page or double-page illustrations, but there are also dozens of smaller ones inserted into the text.  I hope this edition is followed by illustrated editions of the rest of the series.  They are not cheap but so worth the money!  Thank you, Elizabeth and Hannah, for this wonderful gift!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 1, 2016

I'm joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr}.  

We've been engaged in lots of hospitality the past week, which is always rewarding.  Among other things, Elizabeth and her family were here yesterday for a bar-b-que.  Arane found my camera and started snapping pictures.  All the pictures this week are hers.


Arane did very well on this one!  Nice composition and angle.  These pansies, which she helped me plant in April, should last another month or so.


Oh, these pictures make me smile!  Those sweet little, pudgy little feet.  Absolutely adorable!


Then Arane walked around pointing the camera and saying, "Cheese!"  She had a little trouble keeping her fingers off the lens. . .


. . .and keeping things in focus.

There were also the inevitable headless shots.

But for a three-year-old, I think she did a great job!

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