I've been busy lately. It seems like those moments at the beginning of the school year when I actually felt "caught up" are long gone---never to return in the near future!! I've got a full load of kids and sites and many cases that require a lot of extra care and thought---that means that I just keep thinking about the kids most nights. Last weekend was a great get-away---a chance to take a deep breath and relax a bit. Now it's back to reality and the busyness of work.
When I drove into my driveway this afternoon, I saw that someone else at my house had been very busy today. This beautiful spider web was draped from the overhang of my house, just beyond my back yard gate. I love the way it sparkled in the afternoon sun.
Last night I returned from a quick trip over to Atlanta. No airline drama this time--just a really nice visit with both of my daughters and my brother and his family. Friday, while both of the girls were working, my SIL, Sally, and I went to the Botanical Garden. We had such a good time wandering through the paths and examining different plants, despite the stifling humidity. Of course, I took tons of photos--I couldn't with so many great subjects! The flowers were beautiful . . .These orchids look like their markings had been painted on . . . . . . while this orchid was a cross between a giraffe and a fairy with wings!This was one of the most interesting plants. Both the pink and the purple blooms came out of a single plant.The water lilies were just breathtaking---they were in every hue and so peaceful. . . . and there were even a few critters.Look at these birds taking a bath---isn't the one on the right the cutest thing?!?!I was fascinated by all the patterns and textures in the garden. There were so many wonderful things to see and take pictures of. I'll have to save the rest for another day. Stay tuned with a few photos of the family . . .
When I got back in town tonight, I found my mail neatly stacked on the counter, compliments of my good friends, Carol and Ron. I was most excited to unpack the package that arrived from Toms Shoes. I've wanted a pair from quite a while and finally placed my order a week or so ago. Toms provides a pair of shoes for a needy child with every purchase, so it's a great cause, too. I slipped them on and, oh my, they are so comfortable!!! I know what I'll be weThe only problem is that I received not one pair, but two pairs instead. I don't know what happened in the order process, but it looks like I'll be making a phone call in the morning.
Here's what I did this morning: I'd planned to walk with my co-worker, Gwenn, but we never found each other. Fortunately, I met up with some friends from church and hung out with them for the entire race.
When I read the topic for this Round Robin challenge, the first thing I thought of was not a bird, but my little dog, Emmi. Emmi is so scared of everything---she is too scared to jump down off a chair (I have to pick her up and put her down), she is scared of photos of other dogs and is even afraid of boxes. Here she is with a recent package---this was as close as she would get.And then there are real chickens. I don't see chickens very often around here, but on my first mission trip to Mexico, I discovered there are chickens everywhere there. At first I thought it was for the eggs. I later discovered that most of them are there for cock-fighting--which is considered a "sport" there. Be sure to check out any of the other chickens capture by other Robins--
This year, in addition to my usual school locations, I have been assigned a Head Start located in the extreme northern part of our parish. That means that I'll be putting lots of extra miles on my car during the next few months. After filling up with gas and programming my GPS (thanks again, Jana and Rob), I set out. The weather was definitely less than desirable this morning, but it was still a nice drive. I've only been to this particular center once and that was about 10 years ago. Back then, I remember getting directions from a co-worker. They went something like this: "turn right at the oil rig and go down until you see a couch on the side of the road (there will be a dog sitting on the couch). Turn at the first road to the right after the couch. "This morning, I discovered that you still turn right at the oil rig, but Nancy Navigator (a name Dan dubbed my GPS system recently) actually gave me street names, too. The roads were completely paved this time and the center had grown to include 4 classrooms and nice playground.
After meeting the teachers and kids and doing a little testing, it was soon time to head back. I stopped at Wal-Mart to get a cold Diet Coke (it's been a long time since I've been in one that wasn't a Super Wal-Mart) and stopped at the Caddo Lake Park to eat my peanut butter cracker lunch. A big storm was blowing in, but it was so nice to sit for a few minutes with the windows down, overlooking the lake. As a teenager, I used to swim at this same location (it was kind of creepy to swim in even back then).And just FYI: Caddo Lake was the site of the first off-shore oil well ever to be drilled
Today, I helped Debbie with a ladies retreat for the VOA Lighthouse parents and workers. When we woke up to rain this morning, we had a pretty good idea that our numbers would be low, and we were right. But, although the group was small, I'm confident that those that needed to be there, were. It was a very informal day where people could share as we ate lunch and crafted.
I was in charge of the craft and it was a learning experience for all of us--including me. Debbie had someone cut wooden crosses and our project was to cover them with mosaic from tiles, etc.After a couple of cell phone tutorials from someone who'd done it before, I gathered the supplies and we set to work. The first step is to select tiles, beads, charms and lay out a tentative pattern. Breaking the tiles proved a great way to work out a few frustrations and stress.Then, we covered the crosses with mastic---a sticky adhesive used in laying tile . . .. . . and set about pressing the bits of tiles and marbles into the mastic.Each cross was so unique and pretty. Here's mine---I used a charm with tiny bird eggs pictured for the center and then arranged and re-arranged until I was satisfied. It will be a couple of days before everything is completely dry, but now I can't wait to hang my cross and begin another project---I've always wanted to tile the top of that little wood table out in the carport.