Spring in March/April.
That doesn't happen here. We usually don't get much of a spring, and it doesn't come until May/June.
This year, after an unusually mild winter, we had spring weather come in March, and not just for a week or two. And, what came with it is flowering trees with more blooms than I've ever seen. Everything is just bursting forth with beauty. The tulips and dafodils and all the spring flowers are full and there are so many of them!
I've never seen a spring like this one, and I thank God for the treat we've received this year. Absolutely gorgeous!
I sometimes get my mind set on something, and it becomes an obsession, at least for awhile.
The latest one involves doing some pre-school activities with Leela. Some of her friends at church are starting pre-school, but she's not able to go. So, I told her I would be her pre-school teacher.
Then I started on a quest to find out about a program that they used when I was student teaching Kindergarten (many moons ago). It was called Alpha-Time, and each letter was a character. The consonants were boys and the vowels were girls. There was a blow-up character for each one, and the kids loved it. I remember it all these years later.
In my search, I found that they are now called the Letter People, and have been updated to be "politically correct". The boys and girls get equal representation and the junk food references in the names have been removed (example, Mr Cotton Candy is now Mr Crazy Cap, or something like that).
The new version is VERY expensive, but lucky for me, I'm partial to the original version. Since that is not copyrighted anymore, some people have put together some inexpensive materials centered around the original letter people. There were songs to go with each one, and also videos, so I've received some of that. The only thing I haven't been able to find is the blow-up characters, so I decided to make them myself out of flannel and felt.
The first one is Mr. Munchy Mouth M, and even though he is my first attempt, and a little rough around the edges, I think he's kind of cute. The big question now is whether I will stay interested long enough to complete all 26...
Things are moving right along here. I'm still working on shedding some of my co-dependent behaviors. :)
At Christmas, we went off of our healthy, anti-inflammatory diet, and haven't been able to get back on yet. It is definitely time though, we're feeling pretty crummy, bloated, lack of energy, etc. And have put on more than a few pounds. We know how it feels to feel good, we just have to get into the routine again... and give up ice cream - boo.
Have a nice week everyone.
I hear alot of complaining about winter - snow, cold weather, etc. And that's fine, its certainly not for everyone. I really love having all four seasons. And, lately I've been noticing all the reasons I really like winter best.
I"m a home body - prefer to be snuggly in my house rather than outside. In the winter that's perfectly acceptable.
I love the comfort foods of winter - stews, soups, chili, cookies and pies baking in the oven
I prefer winter clothes over summer clothes - turtle necks, sweaters, dressing in layers.
I love coats and shoes - don't like shorts and sandels so much
I prefer snow sports over water sports. Public pools, beaches are not on our list of places to go. Don't care for swimming. But LOVE sledding and ice skating. I even love shoveling snow and cleaning off snow covered cars, especially when a beautiful snow is falling.
I find it easier to warm up than to cool off, and much more enjoyable.
Then, just when the cold is getting annoying and the snow is dirty, spring comes. Those beautiful tiny little buds on the trees and bushes are so CUTE! The flowers are beautiful and hearing the birds singing is such a treat.
And, summer, with its green grass, beautiful flowers and trees is wonderful. And just short enough to be bearable, to lead into...
God has given us such beauty - wherever we are. Well, I guess I don't have a favorite - its ALL wonderful!
Normally, I would stay away from a word like that. Sounds a little, extreme. But, a friend on facebook shared a deal on Minimalist eBooks, along with his comment saying "if you're looking to simplify your life, check these out".
Simplify my life - yes! So I checked out the deal, bought the eBooks, and liked the idea.
I started throwing out the word "Minimalist" to Don, who would very much love to simplify his life, but would run from a word like Minimalist.
I then cleaned out my dresser and nightstand and ended up with a large garbage bag full of garbage and a large garbage bag full of donations. I also cleaned out under Don's side of the bed and had similar results.
Got a call from Don asking me if there is anything I would like to have. I asked why, and he said he wanted to buy me something special as a thank you for all the organizing I've been doing. That was very sweet, and a little shocking. Not because he wanted to buy me something nice, but because he was reacting positively to my organizing. It usually makes him very nervous.
Saturday I cleaned out our closet - 2 large garbage bags of garbage, 5 of donations.
Well, there's A LOT more to go, but I'm pretty happy with the results of the minimizing of STUFF so far.
In other news, we've replaced the roof on our house, had a lot of landscaping done, had carpets cleaned, Don painted trim/porch, finally got Leela's new bed.
I just spent about an hour catching up on the 40 posts I had missed. Hi to all my friends!
Things are very busy at work - our company is growing fast, and with it we're going through some growing pains, but its nice to be busy. I'll be traveling again soon - blah.
OK - so back to my Minimalist eBooks - I'm supposed to write down my dreams. Dreams are big - far reaching. (The last time Don and I did something like this was at least 25 years ago, and it came creeping back into our conciousness that one of Don's dreams was to see the pyramids - and he actually did that in February). Anyway, I've got a big dream, one that I can't really fatham, but something I really want... Do you think it will happen?