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Sunday, August 14, 2016

School Starts this Week

Why would I sit in the sand in a sundress when it is 60 degrees and raining?

...because where I live it is 108 degrees with no breeze.

I spent the last week of Summer break in San Francisco.

Japanese Garden 

Golden Gate Park

Jasmine Tea and cookies

Ferry Ride from Pier 1 Ferry Building to Sausalito 
Kufu Ya Restaurant
Ranger Bear ate food from around the world

Ghirardelli Square

"There are so many fabulous faraway places to see! 
Such as Mexico, Sweden, Hawaii, Japan and Capri! 
There are so many exciting & wonderful places!"

I think they are all represented in San Francisco.

Gull supervising the crowd at Pier 39
Bull Sea Lion pretending to be an otter after he was pushed off the raft
Ranger Bear in the Flower Conservatory

Ranger Bear became real guy in the Magic of Golden Gate Park
Smiling for the street artist
The street artist had a lot of imagination 

Thanks to my Dad and sister, Elaine, who made this the most amazing vacation in my life.
Also a special thanks to my niece, Kate, for letting us stay in her 4th floor walk up. Elaine and I walked all over San Francisco (averaged 6 miles a day), rode buses, drove in the car and took a Ferry. We ate: Chinese, Japanese, Russian, a great Napa buger and Italian . I got my shoes fixed by a cute little old man in a Russian Shoe Repair and we had our picture drawn by a Street Artist. We bought etched glass from a local California man and chop stick holders made in Japan. I tasted: Mochi, Yam Candy, Irish Coffee and Miso soup for the first time.
We saw Sea Lions on Pier 39 and rode a Ferry from Pier 1 to Sausalito and back. The last full day we spent in Golden Gate Park walking from the Japanese Garden to the Flower Conservatory. They had the final days of the Dalai exhibit. Ranger Bear turned into a real guy for a few minutes in the magic of Golden Gate Park.

After a week of filling my "Pamper Deena" shelf to the top...
we came back to Sacramento to see this lovely lady...
who is making me a grandma in the next week.
Tomorrow begins the new school year with two days of meetings and our kiddos with their bright shiny faces show up on Wednesday morning. I will be starting my day with the Stop Sign by the upper cross walk at 7:45 am and end after the last kiddo gets picked up at the YMCA at 6 pm. 

I was reminded today of Matthew 19:14 The Kingdom of God is only 4 feet off the ground. I am living my life with the Children of God around me and I ask for your prayers as God uses me in the public school system.

My place to meditate in the morning


Sunday, July 24, 2016

One Week until Summer Vacation

Count Down to Summer Vacation

6 days until my vacation begins and 3 weeks
until I'm a grandma (more or less)

I got this wonderful vintage phone at a yard sale last weekend. It only can except calls, I can't dial out, but it has amazing sound. I got the land line for my kids and family to call me when I forget to charge my cell phone. Since I got the new phone, I've been getting more calls at home.

Beautiful Abbie and My Granddaughter
Amazing yard sale finds last weekend

2 adorable toddler dresses

Vintage 1950's

Last Sunday I made the final of this painting to remind myself...

Summer day-camp has been a growing experience for me. I learned I could do camp
without Mary Rice Hopkin's songs. I had some great helpers and I have fallen
in love with some super little people. Most I wont see again unless they are in 
our other camps. Some will be at my school in Three Weeks when we start the Fall Semester.

Some weeks just keeping my 20 odd little T-shirts washed for field trips
and keeping my nails polished was the only extra curricular activities I could muster.

Coffee, Worship Music and Yoga have kept me from 

coming unglued this summer.

Highlight of the summer besides seeing all my girls and my sister, Elaine, 
at Abbie's shower
was that I got a new coffee pot. The old $10 Walmart Mr Coffee was starting to short out. I went to TJMaxx and got a pretty new coffee maker for 1/2 prize. They also had coffee for a discount.

In two weeks I will be taking a real vacation to San Francisco with my sister. Our weather has hit critical hot! Over 105 for the next week. S.F. is sounding pretty sweet. I plan to walk a lot, drink wine and coffee on my niece's patio and do a little yoga to my worship music out there too.

I have embraced my sensitive self this summer. I have been abused in many ways for my sensitive self. People have talked down to me and held me back for being sensitive. I am a butterfly with delicate wings and a strong core. I love deeply and find it hard to let go. 
My sensitivity is not a negative personality trait. I care deeply and want everyone to play nice and get along. Maybe that is idealistic and naive, but I will still continue for that goal.

My Roommate

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

The past two weeks have been the hardest of the summer.
I am looking forward to a July with less work hours 
and more rest hours.
Working a 40 hour work week takes on a new meaning
when you have 23 children in your group and...
...work a split shift. Seemed more like a 50 hour week.
So, now July is here and we only have 19 days left of 
YMCA Day Camp.
In August I will be spending my birthday at the studio
and the anniversary of moving into my apartment with
a week in San Francisco with my sister.
It has been a lonely road this year...changing location
of my home, changing churches, changing afternoon jobs,
changing my tax status,
and moving on in my steps to health.

Healthy living is so much more than exercising and eating.
This year I discovered "Self Care".
The storms of my life had left me bruised and beaten.
I had few friends that I could trust in my new world.
But the hope in my heart was that there would be a new
beginning with joy for the mourning.
My landlady promised me that I had the best
view for the fireworks from my patio.

 So, I say to all who may stumble upon my blog:
"Happy 4th of July".

Christ has set me free.

 Preview of next week.

The hedge hog watermelon I am carving for 
Abbie's baby shower.
Diaper cake is still intact
Baby blanket for "Petunia"
Mary is driving me down to the shower in her little green VW Bug. :)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Farwell to June 2016

My New Chapter of parenting adult children is going well. A bit odd most
of the time. There is no manual.

 We finally got some wedding pictures online from the
 March 12 wedding of Johanna and Steven.

Love my girls!!!

Mary and Jr (Corgi) came to the wedding

I'm learning to follow my heart.

I am glad to say,"Good Bye" to June this week.

 I worked 40 hours at our summer day camp for YMCA this week.
My job share partner had a week vacation, so I worked 
opening and closing with a 2 hour lunch all week.
After a field trip with 23 "soon to be 1st graders",
I brought home their camp shirts to wash.
Mom always said, "Eat a good breakfast and don't talk to me until I finish my coffee."
This last week was the 30 year anniversary of my
Mom going home to be with the Lord.

 How I cope with summer camp

created an adult snow-cone

bought a retro fan to cool behind my knees when I set in my rocker

Learning "The Zin of a Hand hummingbird feeder"

Fresh organic

yogurt, gluten free waffle,strawberries and chocolate chips

My son amusing me with his reinvention
(RC Helicopter)

Creating a diaper cake for the baby shower
of my first grand~baby

won a $20 Amazon gift card a the library

finally got to move my rock garden outside after the painters finished
painting the outside of my building.