Friday, October 26, 2007

PhotoHunt Theme: Pink

These very pink balloons cheered us on along the shore during the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk last month. The Olympic Mountains are in the background. I will soon register to walk again next year.

Friday, October 19, 2007

PhotoHunters Theme: Practical

So why do two cows going down the road fit into the theme of practical? You have to hear the tale of a
A Spring Break Adventure
to understand.
One day during Spring Break this April, I was at home doing not much of anything when two young neighbors knocked at my door.
"Our ball went into your yard. May we go into your yard to get it?"
"Of course. Use the gate over there."
"But he went in over here."
Well, the fact of the matter was that it was not a "ball" but a "bull" (with a slight accent on the boys' part) which I then discovered wandering in my back yard.
"Oh, OK..."
The boys kept an eye on the bull, making sure he stayed in the yard and did not wander further. Other neighbors watched over the fence. There had not been that much excitement in my backyard since my eldest son accidentally set fire to the field with a Fourth of July firework while we were off purchasing a weedeater to knock down the dry grass so that we wouldn't set fire to the field with our fireworks on the Fourth of July. That particular son has children almost as old as these neighbor boys now.
I rather wondered what the plan was, and they did not explain it very well. Perhaps there was more of a language barrier than the pronunciation of ball and bull.
Pretty soon their Dad shows up with a cow on a rope.
Huh? I have a bull in my backyard and you bring me a cow?
Aaaaah, but that is where the theme of practical comes in. Rather than struggle to force a half a ton of stubborn bull who does not want to go anywhere but where he wants to to go home when that is not where he wants to go, introduce a lady cow to the mix. When the bull is interested, lead the gentle cow down the road toward home.
Now that is practical!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day for the Environment

I learned from Sister Susan Rose that today is Blog Action Day. The idea is that everyone, in their own way, blog to raise awareness about the environment.

Since I seem to do more photoblogging than writing, here is my contribution to environmental awareness. From Alaska to Arizona, these are sights I want to continue to share with my grandchildren.

From the top:
Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau
Tracy Arm, Alaska
Yakima River, Washington
Prince Rupert, B. C.
Wenatchee Valley, Washington
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Zion National Park , Utah
Kotsuck Creek, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
Kayaking near Ketchikan, Alaska
Near Juneau, Alaska
Mt. Rainier, Washington
Lake Powell, Arizona
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (3)

'Nuff said!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Authors Are Fascinating

Probably the best part of the Washington Library Media Association Conference was getting to hear these three children's authors speak. Every author I have ever been able to listen to or visit with has a story to tell. Well, obviously they do or they would not be authors!
T. A. Barron is an avid hiker and started out writing nature books. (His children are all named after mountains. and they have visited each of their mountains--including the one in Antarctica. See, I told you they have a story!) His Lost Years of Merlin series is very intriguing and popular among our middle schoolers. I am intrigued to learn about his other series, as well.
Patrick Carman's Land of Elyon series also really moves in the library. He gave a presentation about how he builds the worlds of his fantasy novels from a sketch to a model before he inhabits them with his characters. (He's showing us how big his first model of Atherton was.) His places really are another character in his books, so it obviously works!
Do you see that little animal on the cover of Judy Schachner's book? That is Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat who thinks he is a chihuahua. Judy led us through her colorful home, introduced us to her pets--including Skippyjon, a real Siamese whose ears did seem to be that big. Sadly, Skippyjon died just two weeks ago, so talking about him was difficult for Judy today. Judy also told us about the Viking ship her daughters pooled their piggy bank money to buy. Did I mention that authors are fascinating and have interesting stories to tell?
The Skippyjon Jones books also sail off the shelves.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Pink for October

I've just gone Pink for October. It's an online way of bringing awareness to breast cancer issues. Here is where to learn more about the campaign:

PhotoHunters: Curvy

I wasn't sure if I would be able to post an entry this week, as we are off wandering again, something that seems to happen quite frequently on weekends these days. Maybe I need to settle down and stay home more often.

This morning started out with all the Catholic school teachers of our diocese meeting for an inservice. I looked on my way for something curvy. Perhaps someone would have a curly willow in their yard. No such luck. I didn't want to copy someone's idea of a curved path which I had already seen. Then I arrived at St. Joseph Church, Wenatchee, where we started our day, and there was my "curvy".