Monday, June 30, 2008
Disney World was summer vacation- but the active part of the vacation. Now I am into my real summer mode- which is making a long, slow recovery from the rigors and difficulties of the school year.
I fell into teaching accidentally, then discovered I was good at it and LOVED it. Working again was a real transition for me after five years at home, 2 of them almost fulltime in bed. One of the only reasons I can teach is the schedule- the Christmas break gives me a little recovery time and the summer is the only reason I can continue to do this year after year.
I finally feel the adrenalin slowing down. Everything in my body is slowing down and going into repair mode. While still in high mode I made a lot of plans for the summer and now know that many of them will be attempted but not a lot of them completed.
Anyway, here I am past noon and so far today I have accomplished NOTHING! I did have breakfast, and read my emails, and checked out some favorite websites, but that's about it.
I brought the cross-stitch project and the quilt top to work on, but left the other quilting project- the one where the top is finished and I am partway through the quilting process- at home; I just didn't feel like hauling the hoop and the extra stuff. I also left all the scrapbooking stuff home.
I am looking at some interesting challenges with what I chose to bring for stamping and cardmaking. I *did* bring the Silhouette (electronic die cutter) because I recently ordered several CDs from Dover Publishing that I really want to try out. I brought about 30 stamp pads, about 100 stamps, some cardstock in various colors, some base cards, and almost all my coloring media- twinks, prisma pencils and alcohol markers, LePlumes watercolor markers, Derwent watercolor pencils. I want to learn a lot more this summer about water techniques. Almost all the stamps I chose will use or adapt to some kind of watercolor style.
What I didn't bring was my Cuttlebug, any nesties, any punches, any ribbon, any brads or eyelets, or the stuff to go with them- basically I brought NO embellishments.
I had made up my mind that I would participate in a lot of sketch and color challenges at SCS and on various blogs. When I opened the Sketch challenge for this week at SCS I realized that I could do it- but it would have been a LOT easier with some of the stuff I left at home. Oh, well. Looks like I am going to be doing challenges with some challenges of my own, lol!
It has been raining every afternnoon here, but the weekend days were taken up with DH and DS and various jobs around here to really BE settled. Today DH and DS are back in the city, working, and I am finally ALONE! Now, don't get me wrong- I love DS and ADORE DH and love spending time with them- but my real summer (and my very necessary recovery) is the time I spend alone here at the shore.
Right now the sun is still shining- showers and thunder storms to come later- and I am going to sit out back and just veg with my cross-stitch project until the rain arrives. Maybe tonight I will finally play with my stamping toys.
I seem to be rambling even more than usual-looks like my brain has decided to slow down as well!
The cross stitch project is a very old one that I decided to finally finish- called Watercolour Dragonflies. The chart is from Sekas & Co., and is from their Watercolours collection. Watercolours is a group of specialty threads from The Caron Collection, which are multi-colored variegated threads that give you really interesting patterns when you stitch with them. The project also uses Kreinik metallic braids which give it amazing texture and really POP!
Well, it is 1:15 and the sun is shining, so time for me to head out and relax with my stitching in the sun. I had 6 sets of dragonfly wings finished a long time ago, and I did another one yesterday before the rains came.Here is a picture of the chart cover, showing the final project, and a picture showing where I am with mine.
I'm off to stitch and sun!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I want to do a massive clean-out before trash day on Friday. Get rid of LOTS of junk. That part is easy.
However, the other job for tomorrow is packing for 6 weeks at the shore.
Clothes are easy- I can use the washer/dryer at my brother's house so I don't need much.
Books are also easy- I will only need to take a few. The library down there has a sale rack where they sell paperbacks for 25¢ and hardbacks for 50¢. I buy several, read them all, donate them back and get some more. It doesn't cost me much, the library makes a little money and everyone comes out ahead.
BUT................what about scrapping/quilting/stamping/needlework?????
Well, I am taking one small quilt top to try to finish, one small quilted wall hanging to work on the quilting, and one cross stitch project to try to finish. Those are pretty easy.
The stamping/scrapping is the issue!!!! I made decision #1 a little while ago- no scrapping this summer. It would just take TOO much to get everything down there. Whether I will stick to this decision is questionable at this point, but we'll see. (I *do* have that album with almost everything I need for it in one big roller bag......)
Now, I *ONLY* have to decide which stamping stuff to take. There's stamps, pencils, watercolors, twinks, markers, stamp pads, paper, cardstock, watercolor paper, cuttlebug, stencils, embosing folders, dies, brads, eyelets, the crop-o-dile, the silent setter, paper cutters, scor-pal, silhouette, brushes, acrylic blocks, ribbons, and that's just the things that popped into my head faster than I could type them! And, we do not even want to THINK about how many items I have in some of the above categories!
Let me be clear here. We are renting a LITTLE house!!!! (The "Little house on the prarie" is huge by comparison!) It is a converted garage for a summer cottage. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this little house. It is perfect for me for summer. But it is LITTLE!!!!! I can only take a small portion of my stash. So, how do I choose?????????????
I'll let you know later what I decided. Any advice is surely welcome!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
We're having a marvelous time- and also being very sensible. The only times I get out of the wheelchair are for the occasional ride that requires it. We are also taking a break each day in the afternoon to go back to the condo, get out of the mid-day sun (not being either mad dogs or Englishmen), take a rest and generally chill! And, believe me, "chilling" in Florida in June takes thought, planning and effort.
As always, everything Disney is first class and we are really enjoying it.
More later- time for my nap!
PS- the shirt I am wearing in the picture has been on every trip to WDW since it was purchased during our first trip - in 1989!!! I'll post more on the Disney fashion parade later.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I spent a silly day just reading and playing on the computer- and keeping my leg up. It's been really hurting and yesterday after PT it was swollen and warm- which is NOT good. So I took it totally easy today.
I discovered that I was very wise when I chose which childhood dolls (Shirley Temple and a Saucy Walker) not to allow my mother to throw/give away. Drifting around ebay and the 'net I learned that both of them are VERY valuable. Now, if I have kept them this long, I'm not about to give them up now, but it's still nice to know that they are worth a lot.
Some of my other activities today included cutting out the Family is Forever stamp set from The Angel Company (TAC). It is a great collection of sentiments that will really boost the pages in my heritage album. I didthis while watching some of the US Open with DH.
I also cleaned out my jewelry box. Picked about 4 things to give to my niece and put a bunch more things in a box to go to charity. I know I won't wear any of these again. I also polished up a bunch of my silver, especially some for the trip to WDW next week.
Now it is time to watch Dr. Who, and then, if I am still awake, go on safari! It has been a LONG time since I've been able to see a game drive- hope I can make it tonight.
Yes, vacation! I've earned it this year, for SURE!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Our old house (built around 1922) has radiators and no ducts. We looked into putting in central air about 15 years ago, but they told us they would have to tear out all the oak parquet floors, and it would cost about $12K, so we said "forget it". There really are not enough really hot days to warrant that kind of money and destruction. So, we live with window units in the bedrooms and survive mostly fine.
Today was really bad. But, my darling aunt called and said "come to the airconditioning, go swimming in the pool and I'll cook dinner"- the proverbial offer we could not refuse.
So,we sat for the worst hours of the day in the AC, we had a nice dinner and a lot of good conversation, and for an hour I was in the pool. THAT was the wonderful part.
For an hour today it was as if my legs were FINE! I just noodled around in the pool, doing all kinds of things and none of it hurt! My legs even still feel better tonight from the good, safe exercise. It was GREAT!!!!!
I cannot wait to get to the shore in July for a few weeks. I'm going be in that water SOOOO much!
Tomorrow the forecast is for 101°! I am giving my final for my freshmen at 8AM. The weather channel says that at 8AM when the test starts it will feel like 89°, and 95° by the time it is over 80 minutes later. That's BAD!!!
So, I think I may have to give my exam in the cafeteria. It is below ground and should be MUCH cooler. Also, not in use at that time of day. Hopefully, the admin will give permission.
From an old (13th century!) English song/poem: "Sumer is icumen in" or SUMMER HAS ARRIVED!!!
10 days until Disney World!!!!!!!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy. I remember like it was yesterday the shock, the horror and the pain. I remember standing for hours by the tracks near Erie Avenue waiting for the funeral train to pass. Mostly, I still remember, and still feel, the terrible sense of loss and the awful questions of why and what if?
"Some men see things as they are and say why - I dream things that never were and say why not."