Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I do not yet have a picture of yesterday's school awards program with my grandson. I did attend that one, since it was local. Not only was it local, but I was sitting in the same seats, looking at the same stage that I have looked at for most of my life. The auditorium was built in 1951 or 52, and it has been the site of every large community gathering since then. Every musical program, every fashion show, every traveling magician, every school assembly, and at least one funeral was held there until 1966, when the new high school got its own auditorium. Since then, smaller events, up to 400 or so, tend to be at the high school, but the old auditorium is still the site of everything younger or bigger.
There's something very reflective about watching your grandchild standing on the front of the stage looking out at the same seats that you looked at yourself for every school program, both high school and junior high graduations, two years of high school plays, and most other community events. Walking home from some community event in that auditorium down a dark, tree-sheltered sidewalk to our nearby home is a cherished, slightly scary memory of childhood. I could always sympathize with Scout Finch in that ham costume. I even remember being snatched as a preschooler from the audience to backstage in the days before the Heimlich maneuver when I had a piece of hard candy lodged in my airway. A couple of men in the play grabbed me and held me upside down and shook me and pounded me until it came out.
I also noticed that yesterday I had time to reflect. The truth is that reflection comes more easily to grandmothers. Both of our children played every band concert, crossed the stage for every elementary award, and graduated from high school and junior high on this same stage, but moms are much too nervous to feel reflective. Yesterday, though, it did not take much effort to populate the stage in my mind with my children's five-year-old faces and those of some of their friends.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Today was the finale. When students entered the gymnasium, they saw this:
The music was LOUD, and it was music popular with the students. A student DJ provided an assortment that went from C & W and rock to hip-hop.
As the principal called the names of eligible students in each class, they received high fives from the faculty and a T-shirt:
After going through the shirt line, they could slide.
In between calling classes of students down for shirts, the principal announced the names of eligible students for door prizes ranging from gift cards and cash to an I-Pod and a minicomputer.
There was also a big inflated pit with inflatable robot costumes in which students battled each other. I didn't get good pictures because I've never used this camera for anything but knitting, and I didn't know how to set my shutter speed for such fast vibrating action.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
And yes, I do usually plan better than this. If it were winter, I would have had homemade chili or stew, but many of those crockpotty things are not appealing when the temperature is in the eighties. We used our good salad greens the day before. And, see above, plans are disrupted and disorganized until school is out.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
This is a Mason-Dixon Modular Log Cabin reading blanket for my grandson. His birthday is this next week, so I've been madly knitting garter stitch for a month. This is my third garter stitch project in a row, so I'm ready for something with some pattern! The yarn is a mixture. This is a toss around blanket for a 6-year-old, so washability is essential. I used a combo of Plymouth Encore, Wool-Ease, and Schachenmayer Nomatta from my stash, and Vanna's Choice in a lovely Sapphire color. I'm very pleased with the color combination. I could feel a big difference in the yarns as I knitted them, but after washing the blanket to block it, I can't feel much difference. I also completed a dishcloth, my in-the-car knitting project, but I didn't make a picture. I think the pattern won't show up well because the yarn is a very light mixture.
What else have I been doing? Well, I've been finishing up odds and ends for school. I've also read the first two books of the Twilight series--reviews in the sidebar--and rearranged my bathroom cabinet for towel storage since the carpenters are through in there. Today I hope to do a little bit of work toward getting my sewing/knitting room in order and some planning for the February Lady Sweater which is my next project for myself. I have also completed the first segment of one of four on-line computer classes that I'm taking as staff development for next year. And, ugh, I have to finish some bookkeeping for our business.
In October of 2008--I'm a little slow--I visited a spinning and weaving demonstration at a museum. I'm not sure that I want to be tied down to the stationary nature of a big floor loom or anything. I looked at the little Cricket and the Ashford Knitters Loom, but then I remembered the demo I had watched on the triangle loom. So I have ordered a kit on Etsy from Hideaway Homestead for a 30" plywood version. I'll have to fasten the ends together after I put in my own nails, but if there's anything a hardware store owner has, it's nails. This small purchase should let me find out if I would be interested in making or buying one of the big looms to do shawls on. All I need is a new fiber interest!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I have also posted a couple of new book reviews.
In the bathroom at the testing center: "Please do not put ANYTHING in the toilet. It does not flush well." The sign was computer-produced in a fancy font, with the ANYTHING in bright rainbow colors.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Oh, and the people who are doing some remodeling for us last June--not a grammatical error--are coming tomorrow. After months of trying to be "ready" for them to show, I gave up, and now things are in the way. They'll have to live with it because I can only get done what I can get done! The good news is that this includes the windows for my "studio" area. Now I can get to work on that--last summer's project!