Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Welcome Spring

The continued rain is welcome, as are the Black Phoebes building a nest on our porch, the California Towhees back in the yard, the budding leaves, and gorgeous wildflowers spotted on a hike with my Mom.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Social Justice Expert Panel

Some really awesome presenters, including Father Ken Hamilton, Dr. Kimberley Garth-James, Timothy Gholson, and Margy Wilkinon.  Topics included union organizing as a force for social change (a local historic perspective), healthcare for the homeless, and (my favorite) Social Justice in Public Administration.  A great evening event...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating

My mom invited us to a private workshop with a friend of hers who has taught herself how to decorate really amazingly, impossibly fabulous Ukrainian Easter eggs. She gave us some history as well as a ton of techniques while sharing her specialized tools. We got about four steps into an eight step process and will try to rest on our own. I found the detail to be intimidating, but the actual process to be almost meditative and it reminded me of an exhibit on embroidery that we visited last year in which the docent explained that it is not about the completion of the work, but about the process...

A finished product (not one of ours)
Our host/instructor
Step two... first dye

The crew (missing Elizabeth, Cathy, and I)

Step four done...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Garden Beginnings

I came outside this morning to a reminder of an evening of gardening with G: planted carrots, tomatoes, beans, and mint... and a leftover carrot from last year that she had randomly stuck in a pot with the green peppers and is just now emerging.  Love this, our tiny garden in boxes to protect the plants from the deer!  Dreaming of a bigger garden someday...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morning Hike

The Ides of March! A beautiful morning, thanks to all the rain.  I was trying to get Puck out of the picture and focus on the flowers, but he wouldn't move so instead I asked him to pose.  He seemed to comply, sweet boy!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

History Class: Exploration

Reading parts in a short play about Columbus' voyage.

It's nice that these two consistently volunteer in their classes.  I suppose I was like that through elementary school, but certainly not beyond!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Web Site Design

Their current project: to create a web site for their now-flourishing cookie business.  They seem to be figuring it out together with no input from me... I may have to turn my adult class over to them on the nights when we work on web creation.

Final product soon to be released... they are also working on logos, business cards, and possibly t-shirts.

Go girls, go!  I think we have a new Plan B for funding college...