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Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Lord Will Turn Mourning to Joy

Thank you friends and family...

...for your prayers and thoughts for my son and me, as well as the Haedrick family.

July 4th a beautiful creature left our lives and went to God's garden to grace them with her wonderful spirit. Taylor, my son's girlfriend, was the sunflower and the butterfly all in one amazing package. The beauty of  the sun's reflection on a sunflower and the grace and joy of the butterfly. She passed away in my son's arms loosing a battle with illness that left us all speechless.
My Taylor Elephant
I have been buying Christmas presents in July as I have more money this time of year. This little elephant will remind me of our shared love of the Indian  Elephant Moteff. In Indian culture, elephants are a symbol of mental strength, earthiness and responsibility. I feel that is a great way to describe what Taylor and I share, along with a bit of this Free Spirit Child.

This summer I have spent time embracing my my God-given uniqueness. Taylor has been one of the people who excepted me on face value. The love she shared with my son was something I could not understand. I was blessed to see them enjoy something I have never experienced. Perhaps that was, because it would be such a short time they had to enjoy eachother. God gave her an extra measure of grace for my son.

S.C Lourie at Butterfly and Pebble described what I have
learned this summer about me.

This summer I learned most of the lessons about myself through the interactions I had with others.
My co-workers, friends, and even the fellow shoppers at Trader Joe's. I know I am a bookworm who would rather spend my free time in the summer ~ curled up in a cool place with a book. I have done that enough to get my prize at the library reading program for summer. BUT...I have made myself get out and I have invited people into my nest. This summer I reach out of my bubble of comfort.
I have also been going to counseling. This week I am to begin a program called "Brain Spotting". I still don't know what that is, but the internet and my therapist assure me that it will help with anxiety and PTSD.

"...  For I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.'

Ian and Taylor (the happiest couple)

Grief will have it's unpleasant cycle, but our strength is in the Lord of the Butterfly and the Sunflower.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

5 Jelly Beans and "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"

Yes, I said, "Jelly Beans." Just 5 little jelly beans 
can put me over the edge, but I did not go there.
Every one has those triggers in their life, mine this week was "5 Jelly Beans" at 4:30 pm 
on Friday afternoon in a room with 16 soon-to-be 3rd and 4th graders.
Not ever one has the amazing summer job I do, so I will explain.
I am a group leader for 20 or so soon-to-be 3rd and 4th grader from all over Shasta County.
They are with me for 8 weeks, some only come every other week, some come only one week and some will be here the entire 8 weeks as their parents work and cant take off summer break.
We have a lot of fun! There are 2 field trip options for each week, 4 different activities available during each day....6 different choices three in the morning and three in the afternoon.
Yesterday was the half way point; four weeks down and four to go. July 28th at 6:00 pm will find me wanting to be done, but I'm going to miss the high energy, fast passed schedule.
So, what's with the "5 Jelly Beans", Mrs Deena? 
I have been on a Sugar Detox for 4 weeks. No refined or added sugar of any kind. Until this last week I hadn't even had fruit. This is a lifestyle change that I hope to keep on forever.
This last school year there was a point ever day around 3:30 to 4:30 pm when I would open the cupboard and give the kiddos a jelly bean, M&M or some kind of treat for being good. Since I was being "very good" I would give myself "5 Jelly Beans".
Some days that was the only added sugar in my life, but it added up. A granola bar can have 12 grams of sugar and there are 4 grams of sugar in a sugar cube.
Jelly Beans have about 37 grams of sugar to a 120 calorie serving, where as, I would have to eat 4 Nature Valley Crunch bars for 120 calories and that would be 24 grams of sugar. 
Wine is harder to figure, in US we don't have the nutritional info on the bottle, like "food".
Dry wine can have only 4 grams of sugar per litter and sweet wine can have, as much as 46 grams per 6 oz. I quit sugar has all kinds of info on the topic of alcohol and sugar detox.

I did not eat the jelly beans yesterday or any of the other days the past 4 weeks when the trigger came. Friday was one of those day where we had spent time and money to give the kiddos a good time and expected them to be respectful and thankful. My group seems to have a hard time with that concept. It seems to be an age specific thing with these kiddos. I can get the attention of any of the other groups with little effort, however, it is shared at camp that my group is the hardest to rein in. 
I was ready to grab the treat for the good ones...but I did not treat them with the sweet or get into it myself. The four ring leaders were put in "four corners" with a book while I addressed the other 12 and gave them an art project to chill with after our trip to the lake. Then the "four" got to sit at the table with me and write an apology to the director with a plan of action for future. I was pretty proud for a Friday afternoon to work through my "5 jelly bean" moment and include a lesson for the entire group. The 12 who didn't have to write were watching every move I made with the other four kiddos. It seemed to be a milestone moment for me. I had a clear head, I acknowledged my trigger and I didn't treat the kids with food either.

On to July

Grammie's little Petunia is ready for the 4th of July in her Auntie Mary's old dress
 Auntie Mary in November 1991 in the same dress. I bought the dress for her with my birthday money. Aug. 1991. Now August 2017 I get to spend my birthday week with Petunia as we prepare for her 1st birthday. Meanwhile, July is another month of busy camp afternoons and preparing mind/spirit/body for a new school year that will begin the 2nd week of August. (I have no countdown either way.)

Image may contain: one or more people, ring and closeupHappy 4th of July. My henna tattoo is celebrating my Independence Day Motto. "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."  I am thankful for a country where we celebrate everyone's difference and the right to be different. There is no perfect and there is a lot of bad stuff in this world, but I choose Joy.

John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (NIV)

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.

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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!!
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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.