Monday, March 31, 2014

spring break

it's mud season here in ohio, and
i'm sending this blog on spring break for the month of april.

we'll be back, with fresh flowers, in may.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

spring in a hat

during a sunny recess last week, three little girls brought me their first crocus, together with rocks and other green plants, in a fake-fur hat.

we are back to weather well below freezing this week, but
there they were!  

it was a lovely, long winter, wasn't it?
snowy here.
the children are very ready to shed their coats and enjoy the sunshine.

joy to you, whatever the weather.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

temporary art

in a paper cup, about to be covered with whipped cream, the barista made this.
like the smoke rings my father used to make with his cigar, for the art of it?  

artist at work.
may beauty find you today.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


 eight miles in 34 degrees with a 
 cold wind.
noticing the green just beginning.

reality check:  it's an invasive species.

beautiful regardless.
peace to you.

Monday, March 24, 2014

first day of spring, top 5

last week's top 5 - 
5.  i got the days mixed up, thought thursday was the 21st, and the first day of spring.
4.  although i had the date wrong, thursday WAS the equinox.
3.  warm weather = recess with no coats!
2.  bringing my honey these tulips to celebrate the season.
1.  open windows in our sunny classroom.

reality check:  lows in the 20s and snow possible tuesday.

here's wishing you a beautiful week.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

half marathon

 no foliage yet to hide the pastures from the trail.
 cold, gray, and windy, but happy music
made sunshine.

peace to you this week.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

field trip - California Woods, Cincinnati

a cold and rainy day outside made learning in the nature center
a roaring fire and excellent instructors helped.
maple syrup learning.
a peaceful thursday to you.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


classroom art from the xavier university lab school children.
peace to you.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014


my honey's birthday.
blueberry pie and girl scout cookies. 
the snow is melting, but you still only find colorful plants in the conservatory.

the beauty of finding the right person.
joy to you!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

summer break

 monday on the news, they had a big banner,
endless winter it said.  
we love winter here - sitting in front of the fire, reading or working,
 it feels time for a summer break.  
 a little vitamin d from the sun,
warm fresh air,
and the kids swimming in the pool.

beautiful memories.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


for president's day, i read the gettysburg address to our third levels.
besides honoring president lincoln, we used it as a vocabulary exercise.
what is liberty after all?

watching world events now brings our freedom to mind.

the beauty of america.
joy to you.
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