Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wrestling With Third-Graders

Well that's what substitute teaching feels like sometimes....   I am tired.

Here are a couple of old sketches.  Just so if anyone is still looking at this blog, they'll know it's still alive....

Thursday, February 16, 2012

100 Things --- #1

Ran across a book on Kindle called "Miss Minimalist" and that led me to a blog about minimalism.  I thought at first it was about an art style, but no, minimalism has to do with shedding possessions and living very simply.  Well, I am all for the simple life only not quite as simple as Miss Minimalist.  I don't think I'm a minimalist --- I don't want too much stuff, but neither do I want too little.  I like my comfort.  And I have a lot of things of sentimental value that I want to keep.  Still, it's interesting to think about.... and I liked an article on her blog called "100 Things" where she talks about the things she does keep in her life.

So I'm starting a "100 Things" on my blog, where, from time to time, I will talk about some of my favorite possessions.

My first Thing is my dragonfly lamp:

I love colored glass, and I love the way the light shines through the glass shade and glows like jewels.  This lamp is the perfect Thing to begin my list with, because of the way I acquired it.

Soon after N & I were married, I had a lot of STUFF to go through and get rid of.  There was his stuff and my stuff and the stuff that the people who had just moved out of the house had left behind --- it was a JOB to get rid of it.  I think that's probably why so many people have a lot of clutter in their houses:  it's a real pain to get rid of it.  (Speaking of which, if it turns out that I am allergic to dust mites, I will be doing some major excavations around here again.)

So I gave away a bunch of stuff and then I sold a bunch of stuff and what was left I donated or trashed.  And the money I made from several garage sales, etc., I used to buy my dragonfly lamp with.  So I got one beautiful AND useful thing in exchange for a gazillion things of no value --- a pretty good deal.

And that's the story of my dragonfly lamp.    :)

What are some of YOUR favorite Things, and why?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Yellow Rain Tree -- ???

Here is a pic of a tree which is in bloom right now around here --- this one is in the church parking lot, but there is a house down the road, which I pass when I go to the grocery store, which has 3 large trees like this in its front yard.  I'm not sure what the name of it is; someone told me it's an "African Tabuah" (at least that's what it sounded like) but when I googled that, I got nothing.  I've always called it a Yellow Rain Tree.  Anyway, it's absolutely gorgeous.  It's just covered with flowers of such a bright yellow it socks out your eye.  this photo does not do it justice.

And here is a pic of the sky this afternoon, it was so BLUE.  I notice a neighbor has his bush covered; I think I heard it's supposed to freeze tonight.  Blah.  The weather has been so beautiful all this week, and I'm finally starting to get over this cold or sinus infection or whatever it is....