Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jousting Peeps and Castle Games

My grandchildren stayed over last night.   My grandson informs me that we are at the beginning of a(nother) epic Castle Battle, building soldiers and traps that will fill his imagination for weeks to come. 
 My granddaughter wanted me to play the twin roles of Good Student ('Feathers") and Bad Student ("Fifi"), with a definite preference for Fifi's antics, which caused her endless laughter.  

We made Magic Slushies (not a huge success), watched Robots (cute), and camped out in sleeping bags.   I tried introducing the new game of Jousting Peeps, which they mostly saw as an excuse to eat both the victors and the losers at the end of each game.   We learned that the pink peeps consistently puffed up more than the yellow peeps, but we don't know why, perhaps a reminder that life is full of sweet mysteries.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Walk In My City

I live in a city neighborhood.   True, it is not very different from my former suburban home, but it is within the city limits.    So I am frequently surprised to discover how 'country' it still is.   Today, just a couple of doors from my house, I encountered an opossum.   I am not sure which of us was more surprised.   If I had not been so surprised, I could have had a great photo because he would have gladly posed for me.  Actually, he didn't seem to know I was there, but I made the mistake of asking about his health and my voice alerted him to my presence and frightened him into the neighbor's bushes.  
I also noticed that my 'weed tree,' which is flowering for the first time since I've lived here, is still in flower.   Does anyone know what it is?   I'm glad my repeated attempts to kill it were unsuccessful.  
And I found a cold, abandoned robin's egg on my front lawn.   I imagine it blew out of its nest during our recent storms, but I couldn't locate the nest it came from.    The only nearby nests that I could see were sparrow and some medium-sized dark brown bird, no robins in sight.   

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Anniversary To Me!

I am not married, so I have missed out on a lot of anniversary celebrations -- but today I am celebrating 5 years of blogging, a relationship with all of you that has brought me a lot of pleasure.    The truth is, of course, that in some respects, I blog mostly for myself.    It is one of my methods of journaling, a way of sorting out my thoughts.    I keep other journal entries, but  those I destroy every so often, so that no one needs to see my negative thoughts or angry outbursts.   But you, my readers, help keep me civil, and I value your comments and insights.

I used a random number generator ( to choose my winner and it picked Karen ShamalamaMama!  Congratulations, Karen.   Your package will be in the mail as soon as we make contact and I get your address.

Thank you all.    I wish all of us an increase of peace, joy and wisdom as the next five years unfold.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Last Day of Giveaway!

Today is the last day to comment to have an entry in my 5-year blogging giveaway!    Because wood is the traditional gift for a 5-year anniversary, I chose as the prize a small wooden case of artist supplies (the photo should be horizontal but in 5 years of blogging, I haven't figured out how to post photos correctly!).   Just the right start to discovering your own artistic abilities, or encouraging them in someone else.    The prize also includes the little Princess Mickey key fob that I picked up at DisneyWorld.  

Good luck, and I hope you'll stick with me for the next five years!  :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Home Again And Back To Normal

I'm back home and at work after a week at Disney World - now I can finally rest!   Having fun is a lot of work, and I walked more (and stood more) than I have in years-- standing and walking doesn't sound like much but was surprisingly exhausting.   But nothing is more fun than seeing Disney through the eyes of children, and after a lifetime of phobia about carnival-type rides, I grinned my way through whatever the kids wanted to do, telling myself that if a 5- or 7-year old could do it, so could I.   We looked for hidden Mickeys, with limited success, and ate way too much (desserts are practically required on the meal plan).  We saw gorgeous scenery, and I treasured the time together.   But I still felt cheated to have gained a pound and a half after enough walking to make my feet look like hamburger.

Coming home offered a few unexpected perks.   A little tree that I thought was a "weed tree" and tried hard to kill last year was in bloom -- in BLOOM!    I never saw it flower last year and I don't know what it is, but anything with flowers is welcome to stay in my yard.
And I got a phone call about a $10 raffle ticket I bought to support a group that works with our hospital -- I won $300!   I think I had walked through the door to pick up the check before the man from the agency was able to hang up the phone!     It's not a life changing amount, obviously -- but it's just about what I need to pay off my fly fishing lessons, or to pay for half a share of produce from our local organic CSA (community supported agriculture) farm.  Either way, it's one less expense to feel guilty or stressed about!    In case you don't know, winning money is NICE!

Coming back to work after a break is always interesting.   I did not think about work while I was gone, I didn't miss it, and I am not eager to get back into the swing of things.   If it were up to me, I'd go on another trip.   I'm not sure what that means, but the word "lazy" comes to mind . . . 

Tomorrow is the drawing for my 5-year anniversary blog prize.   A comment earns you an entry.    I'm up against the deadline, so I need to start building my prize, better late than never!