Thursday, September 22, 2016

Eventful September

*First, there was the annual Labor Day Barbecue.



**Then it was my 50th class reunion.






***Next was the wedding of Lauren and Justin in Austin, Texas. On Friday evening a relaxing rehearsal dinner was provided at Torchy's, and on Saturday a unique and beautiful outdoor ceremony was held at Zilker Clubhouse. A party followed with food, drinks, live music, and dancing.






Justin and Lauren

my brother with me

Corkey and me

 
Ryan flew in from California to be at his sister's wedding. 



Many candid and professional photos were taken. Some of the most beautiful were taken at night to show the strands of lights, the Austin skyline, and the harvest moon behind the state capital.
Lauren dancing with Kiera


****One more event to go which will be Corkey's 54th class reunion this weekend.




Today is the first day of autumn, and I am ready for my favorite season.
What about you? Are you ready for the colorful beauty of fall?



Friday, September 9, 2016

It flew by!

I'm talking about how fast my little girl grew up. Today is her birthday, and she has been on my mind. Where did all the years go?

  

Pictures help me to recall the different stages of her growing up. Lauren is now a grown woman with a professional business. She has accomplished so much in her thirty-five years. Best of all she's a loving daughter. I love today because I get to remember the day she was born and all the joys she has given me.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Oh, September!

Because this month's calendar is full of activities, I thought I had better get a head start on a little bit of fall decorating. Nothing major...just a few touches here and there with the usual decorations.








The ferns have done well this year. Can't say the same about other flowers.
I neglected my flowerbeds during the summer heat. 


The colors of nature can't be beat.


I'm really glad the ninth month is here.


Welcome, September!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Time to Dream


Happy Birthday, Nicolas












May all your dreams (or most of them) come true.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rainy Week

No travels or adventures this week, but home is a lovely place to be. The terrible flooding in Louisiana and raging fires in California remind me that I am so fortunate to have a home. 



The brass pine cone and quail pair I once tried to sell at the store booth. So glad I decided to bring them home.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jackson Jaunt

Great that the weather was fine, traffic was light, and the scenery was pleasing.  Made a drive to Jackson yesterday to have lunch with two friends. I wanted to take pictures of a lovely green barn, a deserted store, unusual houses, etc. But I only managed one picture while stopped on a bridge that's being repaired.

After eating at Carriage House Cafe we stayed to browse the booths.  I liked the name of this one.






One vendor specialized in children's clothes.

Of course, this caught my eye.


Friends, food, conversation, and treasure hunting...what a great combination! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Back to School


This is the first week of school for the children in our area. Gunner has his freshman year ahead of him, and Nicolas is now a fourth grader. Lucas starts up kindergarten this Wednesday and Friday. Of course, at this time of the year I think of my teaching days and recall students, experiences, and responsibilities. I'm very thankful for my 33 years as a teacher but certainly appreciate retirement. 



The utility room is where I keep some of my school mementos. The antique school bell was a gift one Christmas from T. K., and the stitched school scene was done by my mother.





The jar holds game pieces and magnetic letters from my classroom days.  The stack beside it shows a small collection of children's books. 

This set shows dearly beloved books. I read them many times to my different classes, especially Ellen Tebbits and Caddie Woodlawn.




When I first started collecting old things, this primitive basket was supposed to be for a child's lunch. Whether it truly was or not, I couldn't say, but I do know I have cherished it for a long time. The worn books beside it were offered to me by a former student. They are very old and coming apart.

I will always be a fan of Crayola products.There's nothing like the smell of a new box of crayons.


The poem below is one I would write on the blackboard and have my students copy in their best handwriting on the first day.


                         First Day of School

I wonder  
if my drawing 
will be as good as theirs.

I wonder 
if they'll like me 
or just be full 
of stares. 

I wonder 
if my teacher 
will look like Mom or Gram.

I wonder 
if my puppy
will wonder 
where I am. 

                        -Aileen Fisher 


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