Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, August 10, 2012


I have been able to do a lot of reading this summer, to the detriment of my to-do list, but who cares? I've also read a lot of new-to-me blogs, which has led to lists of books to add to my list, which is a pretty nice state to find one's self in the summer. In my library pile right now are Let's Take The Long Way Home, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, and Wildflowers. All three books are nonfiction, which is a bit of a departure for me, and were recommendations from the Chinaberry catalog, a resource I used when my daughters were little. I also put six or seven other books on hold today, from various blog suggestions.

As usual, I am trying to cram in a lot in my last few two weeks of vacation. I know that I will be very busy this school year, trying to teach a different subject in a different school, so whatever I want to do for pleasure needs to be done in my remaining few two weeks. I also have several doctor and dentist appointments, and while they aren't categorized as pleasure by any means, they are necessary for maintenance. Speaking of maintenance, I got my hair done this week, and in addition to having red and blond highlights, I had a streak of blue put in, almost as a secret color. It's underneath and in the back, so it's not really visible unless I want it to be, but I like the idea of it. It's been a stressful summer, for one reason or another, and I think I wanted a little bit of fun in the form of hair color. Not the worst way to handle stress, is it?

I've also been keeping up with my wildlife area in the side yard; this is the new birdbath, being enjoyed by a few birds.


I also rigged up a corn feeder for the squirrels. This fella has stripped it clean.

Looks like dinner time here; I think it's so cute how many are perched around the rim. I replaced the corn cob, hoping to reduce the amount of feed the squirrel steals from the hanging bird feeders.

Have a great weekend!



  1. I think the blue is a great idea. Makes you feel like you still have a bit of a wild streak even though we are all trying to be respectable adults. You will be great teaching this year, I can tell by your posts how dedicated you are, your new kids will be lucky to have you.
    Enjoy your day,

    1. Thanks so much, I am so stressed about it, but I know I'll feel better as soon as the kids show up.

  2. Love that hidden blue streak! Like a wee bit of wildness stored for when you need it.

    It makes me laugh that you feed the squirrels. They are such pests here and we are constantly trying to keep the bird food out of their reach. Very determined, they are!

    1. The person I buy bird seed from said it is necessary to pay them off, haha, which I like. They will steal the bird seed, this just slows them down, hopefully. The blue streak is supposed to suggest a wild streak, to give me courage with my new teaching position, so I hope it works!