Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lately, 5.28.16

So much going on around here, lately:

Making: Lots of nesting going on. Having lots of busy days in a row puts me in a sort of "hibernation mode" where I just want to stay home and clean, rearrange and basically just "piddle". Love days like that. Here are the end products of my piddling days:

Extending the life of my mother's day bouquet- keeping all of the still-fresh blooms, cutting the stems much shorter and placing them in a few handmade pottery pieces I have in my kitchen. I think I enjoy this stage of a bouquet the most. Also, (middle pic) I had these soaps sitting on the bathroom counter, along with a necklace with beads in the same color blue and was so inspired by the color...

 ... that I  painted all of our exterior doors that same color blue. This specific paint color is called Voyage by Behr :)  LOVE it!

And, finishing the tray I started a few weeks ago with some metallic gold touches and the quote,"The ordinary arts we practice, everyday, at home, are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest"- Thomas Moore.

Drinking: iced tea, 6th Sense Syrah (very good!), and expanding my summer horizons at Starbucks with Coffee Light Frappuccino instead of my regular rotation of Americanos and Flat Whites.

Eating: this healthier recipe for Buffalo Chicken Wings is so good.  A couple of tips from the reviews that were helpful: dry the wings thoroughly with paper towels before coating with the flour and bake them a little longer and at a higher temperature if you like your wings a little crispier (we do!). I baked them at 425 degrees for about 40 minutes. 

Watching: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon- Yay! for summer, when I get to stay up late and watch this :). I also watched an interesting movie about Mother Theresa called 'The Letters' (check it out on Netflix).

Reading: I signed up for a summer reading challenge at school as a way to motivate me to read more. I have to read at least six from the following list:  a book that has a color in the title, a book that is or will soon be a movie, a memoir or autobiography, a book recommended by a friend, a book set in a different country, an article in a newspaper or magazine, a dystopian novel, a historical fiction novel, a children's book, a book with an unappealing or ugly cover, a book based on  a fairy tale, a graphic novel
So, the first two that I knocked out here- the children's book and a magazine article. Of course! But, now I have to get serious. Any suggestions?

Listening to:  Spirit and Flight by Pia Jane Bijkerk, found here.

Thinking about: How glad I am to have a break from teaching, but how lucky I am to be a teacher. Graduation always reminds me of this.

Laughing at: The cutest videos that my niece sends me of her Baby G, laughing hysterically. So funny!

Loving:   Spending lots of time with family- Mother's Day, Peanut's 5th birthday party, an unexpected shopping day with Little Man and his girl and more time with them when we took an impromptu day trip to Columbia, MO

Spreading joy: With our Blue Jays! Proceeds are given as a legacy gift to a former student's little boy :)
Students paint each Blue Jay in the style of a famous artist. Do you recognize any??!

With what I have: I had two small flowers left over after planting and no container for them. Instead of going to the store to buy more containers, I made do with what I could find in our basement: a decorative tin and a small terra cotta pot that Little Man made for Halloween one year in elementary school. Both of these things were just collecting dust in our storage room and they are now brightening up our deck :)

Well, that is my "lately".  I'll be posting more often for the next couple of months, as I will obviously have more free time. Yay! I have many blog posts already in draft form and am considering a blog challenge. Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!   Juli

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