The weather.....is pleasant. After a light sprinkling of rain yesterday, it looks clear and comfortable today. In the 50s - which is balmy for Minnesota.
short video shows our pond in 2011 and the sound the frogs make. It sounds the same today.
One of the many frogs in the pond that the girls have found.
This one was from July 2012.
The ones now will hide and are silent when you approach the pond.
When they know they we are further away,
they begin singing again.
Thinking....about the wildlife I've been seeing and hearing on walks with the dogs: great blue heron, Sandhill Cranes, about six pheasants in a pond/reedy area, a bluebird, and low-flying red-tailed hawk.
Reading...I ordered about 50 books from the library on Saturday afternoon after going through a folder in file cabinet titled "Books."
I've been putting clippings, hand-written notes, and lists of books that I want to read or have the girls read as part of homeschooling. Figured it would be good to order them and start reading or browsing over them.
On my TV.....the last thing I watched on t.v. was Grey's Anatomy and Scandal on Thursday evening.
Instead of watching t.v., I've been:
=> going through files for the A to Z Challenge;
=> setting up a schedule for the upcoming year of when I want to do things (personally and for homeschooling);
=> going on walks with the dogs and by myself; and
=> working on a quilt I've wanted to finish.
A trail at a park on a walk I took last week.
Favorite blog post last week (mine or other)....Yesterday I posted Bears, Bread, Books, and Bodies as part of the A to Z Challenge. I'm going through all my homeschool files (which I've been creating since Sophia and Olivia were in preschool).
Now, as part of the Challenge, I'm going through each file - keeping what I want, recycling what I don't; and adding to my schedule the things I want to do. It's been a great way to get rid of what I no longer need or want; and create space in the process.
Something fun to share....in late-March or early-April, Dayton's (and then Macy's) would host a flower show. Each year it had a different theme. The store was recently sold and literally everything in it is gone. Although there will be no more flower shows, I am thankful for the ones I was able to see.
This is one of the displays from 2014. The dress and hat is covered with flowers.
Sophia, Olivia, and I took my mom that year. Although she was almost blind at that point, she could still see the vibrant colors and smell the wonderful scents of the varieties of flowers.
It was a wonderful day that we spent together. I'm grateful to have taken some photos to remember it by.
Blog hopping (newly discovered blog)....Through the A to Z Challenge, I came across Cheryl Lennox's blog. She's an art quilter who created a tactile barn quilt.
I was thinking she was referring to the barn quilts like my daughter and over 100 volunteers did for our community, but it was actually a quilt that had barns for the squares. She used items she had on hand to create each of the squares. It's a type of memory/tactile quilt using barns as the theme which is very interesting to me.
On the menu for this week....
Monday - Chicken in the crockpot.
Tuesday - Grilled cheese sandwiches using the bread I made on Sunday.
Wednesday - Blue Apron delivery. Spicy Pork with Korean Rice Cakes.
Thursday - Blue Apron's Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Creamy Fettuccine and Roasted Broccoli.
Friday - Leftovers.
Saturday - Something with hamburger.
Sunday - Pork roast in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots.
On my to do list....in addition to homeschooling:
Monday - Work with Sophia to pick and print photos for her Music Therapy display and presentation at the homeschool co-op. Take Sophia to the American Red Cross blood drive to donate blood. Olivia has her weekly gymnastics lesson also in the afternoon.
Tuesday - Homeschool co-op for both the girls and harp lessons (Sophia). Sophia has her allergy shots as well. Get supplies for the 4-H meeting on Thursday.
Wednesday - Mary B. here for several hours in the afternoon.
Thursday - 4-H Day starting at 10:00 and wrapping up around 4:30 or so. Starts with the Wildlife Project Bowl team practice; then the 4-H club meeting; and then the 4-H banner committee meeting.
The colors of felt and paint that
will be used on our 4-H club's banner.
Friday - Olivia has speech therapy. Travel and stay in St. Cloud for the state 4-H Project Bowl competition.
Saturday - Starting bright and early at 6:30 a.m.: travel to the state 4-H Project Bowl competition in Sauk Rapids so Olivia can compete in the wildlife division. Sophia is coaching the team. They already placed first at the regional level.
In the afternoon (depending on how long the competition is), attend a Pow Wow and then head home. There's a list of Pow Wows in Minnesota if we aren't able to attend this one.
Sunday - Crafting and cleaning.
In the craft basket....I'm finishing up on the Christmas table runner. Just have some blanket-stitching to do around the outside.
This is half the table runner.
The pattern repeats itself on the other half of the runner.
On Sunday, I sewed the quilt front, batting, and backing together for the northwoods-theme quilt. I bought the quilt top for a couple dollars at a quilt show a few years ago. There were UFOs (unfinished objects) that people were selling. All I had to do was invest in some flannel for the backing and batting to finish off this quilt.
Still need to hand-sew the opening (where the pins are); and
do the yarn ties.
Will be doing yarn ties on this quilt rather than a binding since it's a super soft, all-flannel quilt.
Also have been enjoying making some new blends with essential oils. Put together all the photocopies of recipe blends I have into a binder so they can be easily referenced.
Six essential oils were used to create "Love in a Mist."
Looking forward to this week....taking a short trip and seeing how the team does at the state level. Am hoping we are able to see the Pow Wow also. It's been a long time since I've seen one (the early 2000s in Grand Marais).
Looking around the house....Inside the house, I'm seeing lots of things that are in progress. It will be nice to have projects completed.
Outside the house, I'm seeing more signs of Spring: the tulips and lilies are coming up. Also seeing some new strawberry plants emerging. The barn swallows are looking for nests in the eaves of the barn.
From the camera....Sophia is working on a quilt for her room.
Her bedroom is painted in these colors, so she wanted to have a quilt that matched. This is a challenging pattern for her, yet she's doing an amazing job. This is what she completed so far on Sunday:
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