Sunday, October 26, 2014

this is how i spend my downtime

up with the morning moon
and the morning hummingbirds
and the thirsty linnets
and the sneaky jays
there is a hummingbird turf war in the garden
spying on our new visitors
spotting the one gold crown
breathing to the beat of the woodpecker
smiling at the bathing birdies
greeting the sun with returning friends

Sunday, October 19, 2014

we went to a shindig

mr. a-go-go and i do not know many people up here. being ever-so-slightly introverted, childless, old, and dorky makes it a leetle bit difficult but we make do. it helps that we enjoy each others company. that said, the few people i have met and and utterly adore just happen to be folks who connected with me through my blog and flickr. flickr! remember flickr? one of my local flickr friends got hitched so mr. a-go-go and i did our best to clean up and be social. it was a lot of fun and the happy couple throw a mean shindig...just saying. yay for parties! i did not bring my rebel but i did bring an old iphone that i use purely as a mini jukebox and a camera to capture some of the happy little details.
 can you tell there was a little bit of scrumdilly involved? it was super windy but still, everything was simple and pretty.
 i may have mixed up a number of arnold palmers. i used to think they were over-the-top smarmy lemonades but now that i am an old fogey i quite like them. p.s. everyone knows that drinks served from enormous mason jars are better anyway.
we were seated at the flickr table and met some super cool people who gamely chatted with us about our fondness of L.A. eats. made us miss L.A.
it was super windy and the weather waffled between shivering and warm. cold drinks were downed and then i may have parked myself at the coffee table when the coffee came out. our hosts chose cupcakes for the cake portion of the ceremony and good lord i need to learn how to make a salted chocolate caramel cupcake, yum!
so we did it. us dorky a-go-gos stepped out of our comfort zones to gussy up as best we could to honor a favorite person's big day and we survived. we even had fun and yes, we danced a little too!

Monday, October 06, 2014

oh me, oh my

I'm still kicking around. Work has kept be super duper busy. My best blogging thoughts happen as I fall asleep and I am far too sleepy to wake up enough to write it all down. I'll be back sometime this week with some eye candy.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

let's check out the 'do!

Howdy friends...I'm blogging from the land of ick as I work on getting better from this something that is more than a cold but less than a flu. Either way it is a bad virus...bad and phooey. I've never been good at evading sick icks. I have also not been very good at this thing we call blogging and so before another week or two passes without any bit of scrumdilly I thought I would share this lovely little kiddo gift I made for a wee friend of mine. Hope on over to the 'do! to see/read the details.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

i'm still here...

I am. It's been busy and then not so busy. Same old same old except I've been on a book binge and have been reading so much that my sad middle-aged eyeballs are a bit on the tired side. Add a dash of back injury from picking up a run-a-way kiddo and a dose of wheeze from wind and know...same old same old. Except this morning I bit it gloriously by tripping over the cuff of one of my pajama legs (in order to not trip over the laptop cord). It was one of those slow motion falls where you bounce off of everything around you a bit like Homer Simpson when he fell off the cliff...I may even have uttered a d'oh with each whack but then again it might have been a very loud profanity. It's been slow going as I am old. But the days have been warm and pretty with birds chittering in the garden (today there was a pair of woodpeckers) and a scrumptious boysenberry haul daily. Save for sore muscles, a little wheeze and scraped knees I can't complain.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

playing blog catch up

I've been stupid busy prepping my class for the new school year (which began this week)! So here is a smidge of a recap to remind me that I indeed did something more than nothing...Mister and I celebrated twelve years of knowing each other with the traditional rootbeer float.
 I tried to spend my mornings eating breakfast in the garden (pollen be damned). There is a lot growing and now we have tiny pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, and butternut squash. I am soooo looking forward to Fall!
 This is what the pink room still looks like. Each container is for a picture book or theme for my classroom. Inside you will find felt board stuff or fine motor bits. I still have about a dozen boxes to go through. Can you guess how I will be spending my holiday weekend?
The classroom has undergone a major overhaul. I think I spent well over 40 hours just in the room, cleaning, organizing and moving things around. Add all the time spent by my co-teacher and parents who helped out and many many hours went into making it grand. I now have a nifty collection of baskets and wood bowls to hold my collections of random bits like rocks and decorative balls.
The organization of our paint shelf at school has me stupid happy. The way we have it all set up now everything has a place. If only I can harness this for the pink room. Someday....right?
The first day of school came and went and I am over the moon with my collection of kiddos. This group is going to keep me on my toes...I can tell. Happy August, it's almost over and I still have to take a picture of the bed. I've been too lazy to make it pretty. All the colors and linens are in place, I'm just too pooped to photograph it. This weekend I will, I promise! I already know what the September bed is going to look like....mostly.