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And the answer is…

April 16, 2014

 

Last Wednesday I asked you what this might be…

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Many of you guessed it was some sort of reptile, and in a way you might be correct.

It is thought that this critter might be related to the dinosaurs.

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And here is the photograph from which I cropped the first image:

The exquisitely formed foot of a swan is the answer to my question.

The exquisitely formed foot of a swan is the answer to my question.

 

Childhood revisited

April 11, 2014
Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

My grandfather told the story of visiting Yosemite National Park as a child, how he and his brothers had to get off the wagon so the horses could continue uphill on those dirt roads that led up the mountain and then down into the beautiful valley.  His own father and uncle took him to this incredible place, and he carried that experience forward by taking his own children to Yosemite. My mother was equally struck by the beauty and took my brothers, sister, and me there when we were children.

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As I walked past these rocks, I was suddenly jarred by the memory of playing in this very spot with my siblings.

This past week, my husband and I took our two youngest children to experience the beauty of Yosemite.  None of them had been there before, so it was with joy that I watched the wonder in their faces.

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park

 

Our campsite on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park

Our campsite on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park

 

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

I think they liked it, too.

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Hmmm… What is it?

April 9, 2014

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Can you guess what I was photographing?  Leave your guesses in the comment section.

Hint: It’s not easy to figure out!

Answer revealed next Wednesday.

Y is for…

April 3, 2014

Count your blessings, name them one by one…

DSCN0245 SIGNIt’s back — and almost at the end! After a hiatus of several months, I’m following through on my promise to use Thursday posts to focus on thankfulness — and instead of counting blessings, I’ve challenged myself to come up with them alphabetically.  (You can find the rest of the posts in this series here.)

Welcome to Y week.

 

Y is for Yellow, the color of pollen for this happy bee. Note the full pollen sac

Y is for Yellow, the color of pollen for this happy bee. Note the full pollen sac

 

It isn't the Yellow Rose of Texas, but a yellow cactus bloom in the Arizona springtime is a close second.

It isn’t the Yellow Rose of Texas, but a yellow cactus bloom in the Arizona springtime is a close second.

 

September 1992: MusicMan holding 2-day old Encyclopedia Blue for the very first time

September 1992: MusicMan holding 2-day old Encyclopedia Blue for the very first time

Y is also for yell.  Most of the time, we don’t wish for children to be yelling but when it comes to a newborn, a lusty yell is a happy sign of health.   (Sneaking in a Time Warp Tuesday / Throwback Thursday pic here, too!)
Bonus: EB has yellow trim on his “going home outfit.” 

 

 Y is for yardage…

Me, peeking over the quilt top

Me, peeking over the quilt top

I have plenty of hobbies — definitely more than I have time to do on a weekly basis — but nevertheless, I was bit by the quilting bug a few years ago.  I can’t tell you how much yardage is in this quilt that I made after MM & Rapunzel were married. (Answer: a lot!)

2013 May 001 Always look on the bright side of life

Now it’s your turn:

Please share some things for which you are thankful…

Spring hath Sproing

April 2, 2014

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My Town Monday: Little Free Libraries

March 31, 2014

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This one was a Mother’s Day gift last year from the homeowner’s husband and children. I am in love with it for many reasons — including the glass door knob and the decorations on top, which from a distance look like real books.

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SnakeMaster takes piano lessons on this street, so I have the pleasure of seeing this particular LFL on a regular basis.

 

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There is also a Little Free Library mere blocks from my own home. I’ve been blessed to pick up books while out on a stroll around the neighborhood. Right now there is quite a good selection from which to choose.

Do you see anything you'd like to read?

Do you see anything you’d like to read?

 

 

Senior Spring

March 29, 2014

It’s that time of the month… the season of highs and lows, when high school seniors anxiously check their e-mail for messages from various universities.  At my house, there is an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of things because H-J applied to ten different universities, and that’s how he rolls. As of 3pm yesterday, he had heard back from 8 out of 10 schools. He’s received acceptances from two of them, and has been wait-listed at four universities. Two schools sent a letter of non-acceptance (you can call it denial — H-J did). Clearly, some of these universities were a huge stretch. Of the two acceptance letters, one comes from his desired “safety” school and there is certainly no shame in choosing to attend there.

He’s been a rather big fish in a small pond at his high school here, where he’s been enrolled in a fantastic program headed by Cambridge University (yes, that Cambridge). It’s a blessing that it’s never gone to his head. Of the remaining two schools he has yet to hear from, one was chosen to be included due to its promise of full coverage of all fees if  he was accepted and if he put it as his first choice on the National Merit Scholarship list.  (Yes, H-J is NMS-level smart.) We are assuming that one will come through but we don’t know if he’s going to choose it in the end.

UW-Seattle
Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champagne
Princeton
MIT
Carnegie-Mellon
Cornell
Stanford
Cal-Tech 

Cal-Berkley
Arizona State

H-J doesn’t seem bothered at all by the unknown.  Sure, he would have really enjoyed heading off to his #1 choice in September, but that’s not going to happen. His #2 choice might happen… or it might not (he’s been wait-listed). No matter what, he’s been accepted at a good school with the program he desires. Life is good.

This particular teenager has learned to stretch beyond his comfort zone: from building sets for the school play to actually trying out for a part; from being an academic in the classroom to participating on the track team (where he never advanced beyond JV but continued to try to improve even after the season officially ended); from being a self-focused introvert to paying attention to other people and caring about them.
Yes, I am a proud mama.

Today’s Reader Questions:

When faced with choices, do you reach for the stars, out of your comfort zone or do you choose to work with the familiar and known?
Do you go with the “safe” choice or do you wait on what might be a better option?

 

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