Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Faves

This sweet-faced girl is one of my second graders this year. 

* Because I'm a Word Nerd: A Response to Grammar Nazis by Steven Fry

* Something to Buy: I adore my new life planner.  If you are interested, let me know and I will send you a coupon.

* Song of the Week: Coming Home from Country Strong

* Something to Read: "You Should Date a Girl Who Reads" by Rosemarie Urquio

* Great Moment This Week: Finding out that my photos will be on the back cover and all through Linda Dorn's newest book.   

* PINspiration: In the Stacks, curated by Evergreen

  * In Case You Missed It: Barn Living

* Some Things I Love: the yearly tie-dye party I throw for my class, charm bracelets, articles with iPhone tips, original art, weekend get-aways, crystal, a view of the moon through trees, the smell of books, the way my kids keep wearing out Bark, George!, Rodin sculptures

Happy weekend, friends.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Faves

* Quote of the Week: "My mother had a great deal of trouble with me but I think she enjoyed it."  ~ Mark Twain

* Several Songs: The Water is Wide by Eva Cassidy

* Images of the Week: Dreamer by Lissy Laricchia

* To Make You Laugh: Snorts & Giggles

* Anticipating: autumn

* PINspiration: sailing ships, curated by Kimberly Sherrod

  * In Case You Missed It: She Makes Me Laugh

* Some Things I Love: being back here, the first cool weather of the season, that my birthday and the first day of fall are the same day, this shop, anything black and white, mercury glass, time at a book store, spheres, white candles, burlap, foot massages, laughing, my students, chandeliers, silver glitter, old playgrounds, cemeteries, donkeys, gift cards as presents, handmade art

Happy weekend, friends.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Break 16

beautiful Sloane on the first day of Jr. High
Today's prompt: love

The last day of August is here already.  I love that our last prompt is love.  I love blogging.  I love my camera.  I love capturing little bits of life here in this space with both my camera and my words.  But, most of all, I love my life, my Jeffrey, and my Sloane.  God has been so very good to me.  Here's a picture I love of Sloane.  Oh, how I cherish that sweet, smart, funny, kind girl!  Happy September, friends.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Faves and August Break 15

 Oh, I do love spider webs!
Today's prompt: nature

* Quote of the Week: "Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."  ~ Cesar Chavez

* I Can Relate: bookish thoughts
* To Make You Think: "Is Your Lifestyle Detracting From Your Lifestyle?" by Joshua Becker

* To Make You Laugh: click here

* Anticipating: Jeffrey's knee surgery is next Thursday, and I am eager for him to begin to heal and feel good again. 
  * In Case You Missed It: I Remember
* Some Things I Love: talking about teaching, mint chocolate chip ice cream bars, working hard and getting caught up at work and at home, family time, take out Chinese, when Sloane asks me to take her shopping, the way Sloane always writes a message on my white board for my class, a big pile of books and a long weekend ahead

Happy weekend, friends.  What do you have planned?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August Break 14

a kid created mask that is full of lines
Today's prompt: lines

Don't you just love kid created art?  I always find it so inspiring!  I love the way my students always create a better project than the example I create for them.  Picasso was right, "Every child is an artist.  The problem is staying an artist when you grow up."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Break 13

Sloane and Tink
Today's prompt: memory

The idea behind today's prompt was to photograph something that brings back memories.  Because I went to work just after church today and only just got home, (it's 10:10)I didn't take any pictures.  But, I loved the prompt and thought I would share this one.  It's one of my favorite pictures ever.  

We took a family trip to Disney the Christmas after Sloane turned 6.  We had a marvelous time every single day and truly made memories to last a life time.  Disney has photographers stationed at all the most picturesque spots and they will gladly take your picture for you.  The photographer asked if they could take a picture of just Sloane.  It wasn't until we got the disc home from our trip that I saw this little piece of Disney magic.  

It still makes me smile.  And remember. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Break 12

Treasures and Tallulah
Today's prompt: treasures

Susannah's prompt today was interesting and thought-provoking.  She said, "Today's prompt is relatively simple and definitely illuminating: what inanimate objects do you treasure? Think about the items that mean the most to you. The objects that hold significance. "  I learned so much about myself from participating today.  

For one thing, I am not very sentimental or attached to things.  Yes, I love my books and have a TON of them.  I also have a thing for paper and have amassed a small art collection.  No, I'm not a minimalist.  I have more sets of dishes than I am willing to admit to. It's just that I have things for the purpose of using and enjoying them.  I choose them for their beauty and functionality.  I have very few things simply because someone I love owned or gave them. 

I knew this to be true.  At least until I went to my jewelry box to get my Dad's signet ring to photograph.  I hereby admit it.  I am sentimental.  I do keep and cherish things because someone I love owned or gave it to me.  And, nearly every bit of it lives in my jewelry box.  

My jewelry treasures are chronologically numbered. Number one is the oldest.
  1. My mom has the most wonderful charm bracelet that she began as a teenager.  By the time I was ten, playing with hers just wasn't enough.  I had to collect charms and create one, too.  I love it.  It's the story of my life, and I can wear it on my wrist.  Sloane has quite a few charms on hers already.  But you knew that, didn't you? 
  2. I used every bit of my spending money to purchase this Egyptian cartouche when I was in Cairo at 19.  It's solid gold, handmade, and is my phonetic name in hieroglyphics.  I spent the next week and a half and the plane ride home nearly penniless, but it was worth every cent.
  3. I have worn this ring nearly every day since I purchased it my sophomore year in college.  The seven interlocking rings was pretty expensive.  Seventy five dollars back in 1989.  I ate a lot of mac 'n cheese to pay for it, and it still took three months on lay-a-way.  I'm glad that I did every time I wear at it. 
  4. My second year of teaching I had a student whose mom made beautiful jewelry.  She told her son how much I liked a similar necklace when I saw it at her jewelry show.  Ryan told her he wanted to give it to me for my birthday the next week.  Only, not the one she made.  He wanted to make one for me with his own hands.  It's the only jewelry he ever made, and it's still one of my  favorite gifts.  Ever.
  5. When my Papaw lost his beloved wife, he gave me her string of pearls.  I had it strung into a triple strand bracelet.  I've always loved it, but kind of wished I hadn't restrung it.  I wanted a pearl necklace, but knew I would never spend the money on a quality one.  Still, I adore this bracelet. 
  6. I never told him, but my Dad knew how much I loved my bracelet.  I never told him I wanted a necklace either, but one Christmas my Dad surprised me with this perfect strand.  He choose them from me himself when he was in Japan.  
  7. My Mom and Dad brought this bangle back for me from one of their trips to Africa.  The black you see is actually giraffe hair.  My favorite souvenir?  Jewelry, especially silver bangle bracelets.  My favorite color?  Black.  My favorite animal?  Giraffe.  
  8. This fabulous ring is amber.  My Mom brought it back from Russia for me.  Oh, she really knows me. 
  9. This jade bracelet traveled in my Dad's briefcase all the way from China.  My mom and sister-in-law each have one, too.
  10. This signet ring and one unphotographed bracelet are two of my most treasured possessions.  Those are my Dad's initials.  He wore this ring every day of my childhood and young adult life.  He purchased it on a trip that he and mom took before I was born.  I asked Dad if I could have the ring and his sermon Bible some day.  I received them both as Christmas gifts a few years ago.  
  11. When I sold my first photograph, I wanted to use the money to buy something lasting.  If you look closely you'll see that my silver bangle is inscribed euchristeo and the dangles say give thanks.  Those words are a steady reminder to live out my beliefs and be grateful.
What about you?  What objects are your treasures? 

Oldies, but Goodies