It’s Spring! Time to Garden.

April 23, 2014

Well, my photos are a whole year backed up in my drop box setting. Ok, so some of them are over a year old. So, I struggled and downloaded to get these pics. I’ve never used the gallery before so let us see how it works. My family has been having fun digging in the dirt and relaxing in the backyard.

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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: Mother Warrior

August 8, 2012

“The way of a warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited. ~The Art of Peace p59

I think this pic goes great along side my poem Warrior Queen. I might try and expand or revise it some. I wrote some poetry as a gratitude exercise yesterday. The Literacy Through Photography class last week really has me wanting to write more poetry.

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Links I Like

Mindful Self-Compassion for Kids

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (Book Listing)

Antidotes to Anxiety-manage anxiety with humor


Photography and Flubber

August 6, 2012

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These dharma cats are lovely.

Active Happiness

 

 

 

I just finished a Literacy Through Photography workshop this Friday and Saturday. The one spectacular thing I learned through the workshop is that I don’t need to buy a really fancy camera. I am feeling very artsy usually that would mean spending some money on something artsy but I think I will go  back through some images I’ve uploaded but never used here. They have reminded me of my love of wabi sabi.
Right now I am wishing I could be an artistic hermit which makes it interesting that I found this page describing wabi sabi.

I wish I could organize these photos better but here you have our flubber over time series….This could be Math and Science Through Photography! Sophia helped me mix the solutions and observed the chemical reaction before we played with it over time.

 


Chaotic Happenings

May 11, 2012

What have I been up to? Well it’s been so long I forgot I even started a post but for your general enjoyment (or not) here is the post I wrote about the holidays……

The Holidays

I’ve noticed the wall of yuck has descended upon me. I felt kind of like this blob but without the pink, yeah my blob was definitely all black.

This is where I have so many negative thoughts it could render me unable to move if I am not careful. So, to fight it I’ve been doing fine motor activities. Scattermom says they activate a different part of your brain. And a different part of my brain needs to be activated. I’ve been sewing and crocheting. Also, kiddo and I are loving to play with clay. Recognizing and using the power I have is profoundly more difficult than complaining about the power I don’t have.

After the holidays I made myself a cozy spot and am still getting ready to transform, just like ‘Big Guy’!

Kiddo and I are housing and feeding several caterpillars because we like them and we hope to watch Big Guy’s chrysalis making and emergence as a butterfly. I was talking about after he/she emerged we would need to let the butterfly go and I went on (and on) explaining about when she grew up…..as a beautiful butterfly, she would want to leave. It’s the kind thing to do to let them go and make their own life. She promptly stated emphatically “That’s not REAL mommy.”

I’ve discovered that my chrysalis includes meditation, karate, and women centered activisim. MomsrisingNC and World Karate Do helped me put together a wonderful program that was held last month. I’m planning on doing some more activisim with MomsRisingNC and doing a little of my own educational activisim here soon.

This summer I will take Literacy for Photography and I think it will rock my world as a writer! Looking forward to some great things. I’m continuing on my mindfulness journey with karate and hope that a Green Belt is on my horizon. Really I am loving the Blue Belt katas and self-defenses!

I’m trying to keep this post in the positive but there are some disturbing things happening out there……the continuation of the Mommy Wars (shame on you Time Magazine), just makes me sick. And the debacle of Amendment One here in NC. Really, I hope it sparks some great networking and projects in NC’s future. I plan to keep pursuing connections with some great activists in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Taking this quote from my pastor’s facebook feed

“Do not depend on the hope of results…you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself…You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people…In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” ~quotation from Thomas Merton


FTY: Happy Birthday to Me!

September 22, 2011

Some projects I’ve been contemplating and/or working on in FTY: Warrior Spirit that I have finished…(I am celebrating ME today!)

I got my red stripe!

This means I am getting ready to test for my Gold belt!

And I finally made a simple dress for the kiddo! I decided to buy a pattern instead of doing the wrap dress because it was a bit too small. This pattern only cost $2.99. And I have plans to make it out of a $2.99 purple sheet I bought at Goodwill. In the picture, the ruffle came from a sheet I found at a rave over ten years ago and the rest of the dress fabric I bought at Joanne’s.

kiddo's kitteh dress

Quick add/edit: Check out these signs the police took from the protesters occupying wallstreet


FTY: Lilly Ledbetter

March 4, 2011

Does anyone use the word “Broad” in the South, as in “she’s one tough broad”? As a member of “Bawdy Broad Records 07“.  I have to say that Lilly Ledbetter is one tough broad. Broad being used as a synonym for ‘kick ass lady’. Hearing her speak this Tues. at NCWU’s reception was truly inspiring. I feel like kicking my own ass into a more permanent part-time job.

I had Lilly sign Kiddo’s first baby shoes.

My friend Jackie accompanied me to hear Lilly Ledbetter speak. She is taking a leadership course and it was great to see her work the room! I forget the questions she was asking people to get to know them better. Jackie made a comment to Lilly about how teacher pay is remarkably lower compared to other professions despite degree, test, continuing education requirements, and costs. One reason for this pay difference is that there is a belief that women are not the head of household or the main breadwinners.

The facts are we are the heads of our own families. We live longer than men in general and therefore need the same if not more compensation for our contributions to society. We take more time off to care for family on both ends of life, after the birth of children and during the illnesses of those elders we love. Therefore we end up in poverty more than men. Women who do care-work should not be punished economically, yet this is what is happening continually.

More information on Lilly Ledbetter’s Story:

Story and (scroll down for video) video from WRAL’s interview from this past week.


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