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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Revisiting an Era

Child of the 1960's

Teen of the 1970's

1960's Folk Music station on Pandora seems to be my comfort zone in down time lately.

..but I still want to smack some people.

This last week I have been on a sugar detox and lost 9 pounds of toxins. Sometimes I really did want to smack someone, but it usually wasn't anyone that was in the same room. Along with the toxins in my body coming to the surface the toxins in my spirit and soul have been surfacing. 

This is a simple diet to follow.

(Here is my groceries list this week)
~ Quinoa, Scottish Oats (3 servings of whole grain -1/2 cup cooked )
Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
Whole Milk Mozzarella
Trader Joe's:
* Almonds
* Pickles
* Mayo
* Mustard
* Eggs
* Olive Oil spray
* Balsamic Vinegar
*Almond Butter
* Baking Cocoa powder
All kinds of crazy Sea Food🦀
...about a gallon of water a day🌸

Our first week of camp went well.
I never expect what the children will be like, other than needy.
Only 4 out of 20 are from our school. The rest are from all over the Greater Redding Area.
I have an average of 18 in my group which is mostly children going into 3rd and 4th grade with a couple of very mature 2nd graders.
Friday we made Paper Lanterns. This was the favorite craft from my group. The favorite activity was called: Wolf Pack. Getting them into a group that resembled how a wolf pack travels and going on a tour of the school. This was outside and that day it was spitting rain.🌦️

A bit of self care this weekend: visiting my friend Shelby who was giving Henna Tattoos in front of Trader Joe's. When she does a Henna Tattoo I let her do what she is feeling at the moment for me.

It's your turn ðŸŒ¹

So fun to spend time with young women of faith

I discovered S C Lourie quotes today.
These quotes spoke to my heart on many levels.

My layers are many
My heart has scares
I have layered flowers and fragrant herbs between the layers
The years appear sedimentary of flowers and memories
As I revisited the Era of the 60's and 70's this week I feel "home"
My apartment reflects this "home"
My style reflects that "home"
My music currently resonates "home"
I choose to be a light in my world
dmb 6/17

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Breathe, Rest, Create, Repeat.

Day 3 School Summer Break

 My goals for the summer.

First project: uncluttered the work space

Fairy Garden


Full view from my chair

Day 3 of Sugar detox and I've lost 7 pounds. Um..... I think I'm toxic. I don't add sugar to food, but my son got to take two very large bags of groceries from my apartment Sunday night that were processed with extra sugar. Even Trader Joe's catsup. May I just say,"What's up wit that?"
No alcoholic drinks for 21 days and no fruit. 
I'm working a little less than 30 hours a week, compared to 50 plus during school. 
No alarm clock, but I'm still waking at 6 a.m. I enjoy not being around people until after 9 a.m., but I am happy to be awake with the sun.
After June 25th I'll  add some fruit, as well as, enjoy a potato with sour cream and one glass of wine at night. (No starchy vegis until 21 days are up)

Authentic Feminine Life Facebook group has challenged us to a June Joy Challenge. I'm putting this under # 11 as my Thankful Journal reminds of what makes me joyful. However, St. Paul told us in the Epistle to the Philippians to Rejoice in the LORD always and be Thankful in all situations.
I will be using my meditation time this next few weeks to update my thoughts on the topics of: Inner Joy and Thankfulness. (I.M. me on Facebook if you want to be invited to the Authentic Feminine Life group.)

Day 3 of summer break and I feel pretty good about working on goals.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Meadow of Flowers for Me

The Fruit of our Lips Giving Praise

If I don't praise the rocks will!


Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that he might sanctify the people by his own blood. Let us then go to him outside the camp, bearing his disgrace. For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come. Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”- Hebrews 13:12-16

I needed to get outside the city, this morning. I awoke a 6 a.m. and was traveling East, up to the foothills, before eight o'clock. 
I live in the upper Sacramento Valley. Our elevation is near sea level and gets into 110 degrees off-times for a week in the summer. As my sister-in-law in Colorado has had snow blizzard this 3rd week of May~my highs went from 58 on Monday to 98 today.
    So, I headed for the hills in search of wildflowers before they all dry up!
Golden Aster
Wild  Hyacinth

Wild Hyacinth and Golden Aster

My surprise to crest the hill and find a replica of an old Chapel!🌻
This was made to go with a Vineyard, which has a venue for weddings and parties.
I had no idea the chapel was there, I just took a side road that had a "CLOSED" sign with a winery, which I did not remember knowing was in the area of Shingletown. (click title for vineyard details)

Oak Skyline

The sun was cutting through the trees as I held the camera over my head to see the skyline.
Our valley has over 20 different Oak trees and even sub species within each variety. Many do not loose their leaves and have a ghostly gray in the sun light. In the hills I saw many of the other evergreens and enjoyed the non-natives in the landscape of the vineyard.

Even the rocks are fenced in

Pig wire is a local ranching staple. It not only keeps the cattle off the road; it will keep the deer out of the vineyard. I only saw cows and squirrels today, however, I am sure the deer would be prevalent on cool mornings since there is water nearby for cattle.

More Asters and my foot
The last clump of Asters that I photographed will not be long for this world. This week may mark the last of the rainy season. As school winds down to the last NINE days, I wonder if we have had the last rainy day recess. Our 10 day forecast is flirting with the 100 degree mark every day with no clouds on the horizon.

Blooming in my own back yard
I wasn't expecting the hill country to seem so parched, as we have had rain periodically through the past weeks. We have experienced an unseasonably wet winter/spring. Unfortunately, I have needed to water my flower beds on the terrace. My white tea rose is done blooming and the yellow one has just started to bud out. The little cactus is starting to bloom and the chrysanthemum is covered in buds that I hope wont get too hot. 

The last two weeks of school are filled with makeup testing and readying our room for next years reading groups. I taught over 700 individual reading groups during the 2016-17 year. Each group had 4 to 5 children age grouped K-5th. So, much progress and growing of young minds.

Our Summer Day camps for YMCA begin on June 5th this year. For 8 weeks we will be learning and grow together each afternoon, as I lead a group of 20 who are going into 2nd and 3rd grade.  I could spend every spare moment planning in my head. However, I decided to block out an hour here, an hour there and try not to spend my entire weekend planning activities.

Going to the Foothills was a way to refuel my creativity on so many levels. Driving with the windows down, I could smell the mountain lilac and sweet peas along the road. Hearing the birds and animals as I popped my ears  over and over as I traveled up near 3,500 feet of elevation in 20 minutes. The feel between my toes of dried grass and dirt reminded me of the many trips I have taken only as far as the West base of Mt Lassen these past 30 years.

West Facing View of  Mt Lassen 

Now July 15th as I travel over to Susanville for my 40th Class reunion, I will again see My Childhood Side of the Mountain. #lastvisit1986

My Childhood side of the Mountain

Monarch butterfly and honey bee on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) by Kathy Keatley Garvey
This butterfly is headed home in less than 2 months

* Photo credits for Lassen and Monarch are in link of caption

Sunday, May 7, 2017

What Doesn't Kill Me Will Make Me Stronger

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More than once this week I turned on the radio and Mandisa was belting out this song to me:

"When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you

Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let Him hold your hand
Go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh, lift your head it's gonna end
God's right there
Even when you just can't feel Him
I promise you that He still cares"

 My New Weather app

Wednesday night 90 degrees and 87 in my apartment

Today down to 80 and I have a temp a/c unit

It was a very rough week for me. I have a "Kid Cold" and then the Cottonwood Fluff started blowing around. I have felt like I was drowning in pollen all week.
I have been drowning in pollen
My a/c in my apartment went on the fritz when it hit 90 degrees. For 3 nights my apartment was 87 degrees when I got home at almost dark. Each day the maintenance people had been trying something while waiting for the "Big Guns" to show up this week. Maybe Monday or Friday I will get the a/c fixed. Meanwhile, R2D2's cousin in hooked up to my kitchen window to blow cold air down my back if I sit in the living room. Thankful to get it all taken care of before the real heat (110 degrees plus) comes in the next three months. 

Artistic Expression

Last week I made a new friend and she offered to draw a portrait to raise money for her tuition.
I had been wanting an 8x10 of Emelia, my Granddaughter, for my wall. Shelby came by on her bike today to deliver Em.
Em by Shelby Cook
I also figured out how to make my Gis Butterfly in 3D.

GIS Butterfly

Kinder Highlights for May

My Morning job the next three weeks will be "end of the year testing". We have finished reading intervention groups for the school year. In the afternoon I get to use my GIS training for the next 3 weeks and teach old fashion cartography. (Map making.) That will be a club 3 days a week for an hour with all ages. Normally I spend my 4 1/2 hours each afternoon with just Kindergardeners. They are mostly going to be 1st graders in three weeks, so we are working a lot on the "sit still and listen" stuff, but having a lot of fun.

I have a rolling cart for crayons, pencils, books and the like for our group. Each month we design a different picture for the front. I've had every season finger or foot print. Our last one was tulips made from foot prints in fuchsia paint.  This month the children wanted to have unicorns. My youngest is soon to be 5 years old and she told me that unicorns live on rainbows. They made the rainbow with their fingers and a bit of guidance to make the arch. Each took the unicorn color page and made their own unicorn design. The clouds are cotton-balls and the the entire thing is sealed with packing tape.

Shameless Advertising

My youngest daughter opened an Etsy Store for the Baby clothes she makes. Em did some modeling a few months ago of the Yoga pants. Too Cute!!
Just a Little Picky
(click for link)

Random Week Before Mother's Day

Last week, I could barely breath and the winds were 30 to 40 mph the past two days. The winds have died down and the heat is on for this week. I spent my weekend resting in my apartment to stay out of the pollen loaded wind gusts. After finishing a book and starting another. I cleaned my apartment for my sister from Reno to visit on Wednesday (May 10th). I started a new picture of a bicycle. I'm thinking it will be watercolor or needlepoint? After paying bills I played with a hair extension I had gotten a while back.

Yes it is purple, hehe

I have been exploring my creativity in so many way this past two years. I was talking to a friend this week and mentioned once sitting the SF airport in 1987 with my sketch pad and watching the people go by. I felt I was pretending to be someone I wasn't. Now I see I was slipping out of the box people had for me into the person I am now.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Summer of My Life

As I have mentioned before, in Redding, California we have two seasons; flood and fire.

Recently, I have gone through a season of mental/emotional/spiritual Spring Cleaning. Last Saturday I went so far as to have a 2 hour prayer session with a counselor to make sure I had not left any stone unturned, or bitterness unforgiven. A sweet friend had told me to give myself time to process. Surprisingly, what I needed to process was my value as a daughter of the King of King.

Notes from SOZO

The Holy Spirit is always with me. Even in the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for HE is with me. Psalm 23

I am beautiful, because HE is beautiful and I am made in HIS image.
Genesis 1, Psalm 27

I am golden. Gold refined by fire.
Rev. 3

Precious, a daughter of  the King of Kings
Psalm 45

My sacrifices have been a sweet aroma to HIM
II Corinthians 2:15

Every move I make, I make with HIM (He is my way, my truth, my life)
John 14:16

Summer  of My Life

Henna Tat by Shelby
Last night I went to an event were a student was raising her tuition for next year with Henna Tattoos and will be drawing a picture of my Granddaughter for me. This was an exercise in getting out of my comfort zone in more than one way. I was much older than most all who attended, however, I love being around young adults who have similar outlook to me. As Shelby was drawing the flower on my hand she confirmed the Summer analogy.  This is a time that I am beginning to bloom. My roots are strong from the rains and storms. The next 20 years of my life are my Summer years.

Shopping Saturday

Today I went looking for end tables to go with my couch. It wasn't meant to be. I kept  being drawn to wooden crates and baskets. I found some fabric, a box type hassock at a yard sale and some scarfs for sweatbands at work. (Shelby asked how I kept my skin so nice, "I sweat".) 
It will be near 90 degrees by the end of the week after highs in the 50s this last week. I will be sweating a lot!!!

crate and basket I had in my closet, re-purposed, again.

Exercise ball can live behind the couch

Flowers arrived this week Amazon Smiles
Pink rose garland

Like real Tulips and quilt rack came out of bedroom
So, now my nest is ready for company. Everything seems to be in the correct symmetry.

 I offered to hold a Henna Party at my apartment for Shelby.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Showers bring May flowers

Rain may keep me inside, but doesn't take my joy

 ☔I don't care 
☕My cup is full
💖My heart is happy
👣My feet are resting

As a child the saying,"April Showers Make May Flowers" was very true in my home town. We even had snow sometimes on Easter Break. Redding on the other hand is to a city of two seasons, "Flood" and "Fire". However, this year the Flood season has been very long. We even had frost on car windows just a week ago after a very wet week.

The weather app on my Table broke and  I installed a new weather app that is sponsored by weather underground.

Cute kitten makes the weather better

The little red triangle warned of breezy weather and flooding. I have lost count of how many times I have dumped out my 5 inch gauge, but our total for the year is over 45 inches.


My son moved out about a month ago and I have been getting use to being alone. Last weekend he even took his drafting table and bike. 

Carpet and Chimney Cleaned

A day without reading is like... Just Kidding, I have no idea.

Just one bike behind the couch

Irish coffee and sun on my toes one day of Easter Break

Em is a Baby Yogi

My baby girl is 8 months old and Grammie could not be prouder of all her yoga moves

Big Blue Eyes

Butterfly with Blocks

Nice toe curl on the splits

Happy Baby Pose

Easter Week I only worked 6 hours in afternoon.

Each day I had an activities in the morning to keep me out of trouble. Carpet cleaner, Coffee two different mornings and car repairs two other mornings. My apartment got a spruce and extra touches of pink.

1963 Me, JennyLynn and Bunnies

Easter Shoes 2017 for YMCA

My Easter basket didn't want me to leave home
go back to school after only 3 day weekend.

April is Month of the Young Child

Child abuse in Shasta county is very high. April there are a lot of child care awareness programs.

Stayed up until 9pm Friday to make this poster for Healthy Kids Day
Our local Y had a great celebration on April 29th to support families in Healthy habits and to raise money for camp scholarships. There were spin classes all day. You paid for the bike for a hour and the money went to camp. Someone had sponsored bikes and I got to ride one for free and get the swag. I say free, but my tail bone is telling me that I am paying. (That is why my cruiser has a wide padded seat)

Next week is Unicorn Week in Kindergarten

One of my Unicorns last week

I just made that up. My co-worker in Afterschool care got sick last week and I flew by the seat of my pants when a big cloud burst and thunderstorm kept us inside. I love that they think I am a magician and will sit so still to watch me draw or make something. That day we had cats, bears, and unicorns. The next day one wore her unicorn horn all day. So, Thursday we were all Unicorns and Friday I was an unicorn until we finished the rainbow of fingerprints. I gave my horn to our smallest unicorn as she left (she hadn't been there the Day of the Unicorn)
hard to get Unicorn Kiddos to turn their back to a camera

They were so excited to go to Unicorn School. Where the school Mistress told them that they would learn: Kindness, Gentleness, Wisdom and Prancing. It was so fun to see them Prancing around the playground. Tomorrow we will continue with them coloring themselves as a unicorn for our May cart design.

Today is a great day to enjoy my flowers,music, books, hummingbirds and terrace. 

Rain again tomorrow, but my little unicorns and I will be making rainbows.

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