Backyard Exploration

April 9, 2014

Kiddo relaxed and played her way through spring break. It was good not to have the pressures of school. Grandma came to visit and also had a relaxing time. Today we are all back to regularly scheduled programming. After taking my mom to the airport and saying a heartfelt goodbye, I was feeling a bit down and I remember I wanted to peruse the garden department at Lowe’s.

I strolled the aisles of springy plants, sniffing the flowers and dreaming of sprucing up our nest. I priced plants and other materials to make a Rain Gutter Sub-Irrigated Planter System.

Kiddo and I thought she forgot her homework at school so we had a backyard gardening kitty playdate. Marble also got to chase bugs. We also got to see him climb a few steps up the trunk of a tree.

Yes, that is a cat on a leash.

Marble relaxing outside.

During our exploration of the backyard I joyfully noticed tiny baby buds popping from brown tree branches. Wayward baby trees plant themselves in my garden. Last year  instead of killing the baby tree I thought I’d replant it. A week ago I thought it was dead.

 

 


Warrior Wednesday: Septima Clark

March 26, 2014

A while back I posted about reading Freedom’s Teacher and writing about it. Yes, I know empty promises (so far). I picked up that book again today and started outlining and rereading. The first reading of a book for me only gives an introduction. I get really caught up in the story and need to know how it all turns out. A 2nd reading will give me more depth. And so my 2nd reading begins. In a search for Septima I found this gem of a blog post over at self-rescuing princess society and quote that I happen to LOVE, you’ll see why (emphasis mine):

I have a great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.

-Septima Poinsette Clark

 

From pg2. Introduction

Four decades of teaching and civic organizing shaped how she percieved the fundamental problems confronting the southern black community, including the need for better schools, better health care, better job opportunities and wages, and increased voter participation–particularly among black women–in local, state, and federal affairs.

It seems like someone could have written this today. Communities face different problems in scope but they remain at the core.

The book goes on to say that she developed the foundation for the civil rights movement, her teachers trained more than twenty five thousand people, who were often active participants in SLCS’s campaigns.

If you didn’t have time to sign up for Melissa Harris Perry’s Nerland Scholar Challenge you can see links to all the articles of interest.

Just reading the articles and what MHP has posted made me aware of just how white the suffragists were.


DIY Laundry Detergent and a Peep show

March 19, 2014

Last week kiddo and I made laundry detergent and washing soda together. DH accused me of trying to kill them because the smell from heating baking soda was quite strong. I probably needed to turn the fans on in the house. I did have the windows open. Here is the recipe I used from Sweeter Lemon.

Mix together in a large container. Use approximately 1 tablespoon per load. You may need to experiment if your water is hard/soft.

I might try liquid detergent next. Here is one recipe I found on budget101.com. I believe you can use just about any bar of soap you like in either of these recipes. Here’s a video on how you make your own washing soda.

And finally something else to make you say hmmmmm…..slow tv via Norway

http://www.nrk.no/piipshow/ —–Live slow tv and the page is translated into English


Poise, Paws, Pause: Blogging Again!

March 18, 2014

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In the last while a few moments have been full of WIN:

  • making my own soap

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  • starting blogging again :)
  •  going out with some activist friends for some good eats and drinks
  • a kitten named Marble (My Son)

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In an attempt to combine the last few things (except the cat) I turned a word vomit post into a more refined blog post for momsrising.org, which I am nervous about.  It’s personal and about education, where I use my personal experiences with my daughter to criticize our addiction to standards.  Please let us not also standardize preschool. I’m not sure if I should include the ADHD/ Sensory Processing issues I think run in my family. Enough of that.

I need to get back on the meditation wagon. Ten minutes seems like forever, yet I used to be able to do 30.

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chaotic note

3 Keys to Being Happy, No Matter What Happens


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Skulls always look happy

March 12, 2014

This poster is from Sherlock. I love it. WANT IT. There’s something about bones and skulls that I love. How they move together and are attached. (I’ll get back to this in my next post) I need to increase the skulls that adorn my wardrobe. I like them because they remind me that people are mostly the same and that I have limited time here. Which means I have to use that time wisely. I like to think I use my time wisely but truth be told I’ve really gotten off track since this having a kid thing started. It was wise for me to get to experience my child’s language development with a magnifying glass. Yeah, I made a list of words she knew at one point and have it in her baby book.

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The Blue Skull from Sherlock

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Color Coded Feelings Wheel

During my last attempt at the GRE I was going through sets of words I should know that have similar meanings. I kept looking through the sets of words innocent, greedy, argumentative, biting, and criticizim. That got me thinking about my own vocabulary and how I know less words for happy than for other feelings. And according to my handy feelings wheel it should be about even. I used visuwords to expand my vocabulary today! See/ click below if you are also in need of some positive words.

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Goldfish

March 11, 2014

I’m feeling like a goldfish these days. I think it took me 20 minutes just to get the goldfish pic in this post. It has been forever since I wrote here and I’ve been missing it. I have been doing lots of writing for other projects. I was in the middle of writing two admissions essays <INSERT: Nails on CHalkBoarD> when ThaT school decided to not accept prerequisites if they were more than 10 years old (even if they were part of a degree). So, I decided to apply to a school that didn’t require a GRE score. It took some time for me to recover from the realization of how much it would cost– in both time and money– to take those credits over. Mostly the money freaked me out but my dh is not so happy about the time. Off I go starting a prep course next week–to reopen my school options.  Perhaps it is for the best. I haven’t had a challenge like this in a while. I used the goldfish as an illustration because I’ve become a rabid geek-fan of the BBC’s Sherlock. And everyone except the Holmes Boys are goldfish. Oh, but aren’t we so endearing and sentimental. And of course the Holmes boys would both get a perfect score on the GRE.

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So, back to Sherlock. I would really love to have a ‘mind palace’ accessible to me during my high stakes standardized test. I took some pictures of my house and am going to try and overlay some of my study material on them. We shall see how that goes. I keep forgetting to write/ type on the pictures. I’ve really been squeeing over the props and decor on Sherlock, specifically the black and white wallpapered/ spraypainted wall. That wall gets shot at in one of the episodes because Sherlock is bored. That is one of my favorite scenes.

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