Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day & Miscellany

I took my mom out to brunch at the Oceanfront today, just like we did last year, so she could enjoy the monster truck show. Yes. My 76 year old mother loves monster trucks.

I had my hair colored back to the original, with a little auburn thrown in. I've been putting highlights in for so long, I had forgotten how dark my hair really is. It was a bit of a shock the first week, but I'm enjoying the look now.

My stepdaughter, Stephanie, has been in Southeast Asia for the past month, and this is one of the pictures she shared. I love her smile! She started in South Korea, then went to Vietnam, Cambodia, and is now in Myanmar. She's keeping a blog of her travels and both her photos and her writing are wonderful.

Last weekend, Steve and I went to the Jefferson Lab Open House. I wasn't particularly interested, since I don't teach science anymore, but it was a great way to get in 10,000 steps. I knit some too. Steve, on the other hand, was entranced. Or enthralled. As you can see.

The majority of what I saw looked like this. There was a surprising amount of aluminum foil to be seen, along with thousands of pounds of magnets.

And a few buildings like this. Please don't ask for any more details.

The high school prom was last night and I went to help out for the first time in my four year tenure there. I loved seeing so many of my students looking so glamorous. I don't feel comfortable posting any of their pictures, but this is one of me and the Latin teacher, a young friend of mine. The venue was great too. I will definitely go again next year.

I've been doing a bit of charity knitting for our knitting group; they are supporting Newborns in Need, and it's fun to do some quick baby knits. Consequently I've been doing some binge watching, and this series was great, despite a little difficulty with the accent and dialect. Lots of knitwear to be seen too!

Despite having some baby yarn in my stash, I bought these three bright beauties today.

Isn't this hat adorable?

I think Gracie is becoming a camera lover, don't you agree?

This is my latest favorite; posing with her hand knit catnip toy. Because a cat this gorgeous deserves the very best.



  1. Happy Mother's Day! I agree, Gracie is a wonderful model. I can't seem to pass up any orange yarn these days either. They will knit up into very cute hats. Happy knitting!

    1. I'm hoping the colors will make nice boy baby gifts; trying to make little kimono style sweaters.

  2. Happy Mother's Day Rose, you are the best!

  3. Gracie is indeed gorgeous and deserves many treats! She has such a pretty face.
    I love that your mom loves monster trucks. That is just so cute.
    I can't imagine my current 8th-graders ever being dressed up and calm enough for a prom!

    1. That's the best part of high school: seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

  4. Gracie is the best!

    I love Shetland - but I made my husband download subtitles so I knew what was going on ... ;-)

    1. My husband was the one who needed the subtitles; my ear is pretty good, mostly due to decoding teenaged mumbles and r adding lots of British lit!

  5. I wish you had gone into much more Detail about the museum and its exhibits.

    (Said no one reading this blog. LOL.)

    I used to chaperone Prom often; at our high school it was a very plum assignment, one by invitation only, and voted on by the graduating seniors. I always felt very honored. You're right--it's fun seeing them very decked out, albeit briefly, since the girls kick off their shoes immediately upon arrival.

    Not many more days! You can do it!

    1. My school offers it to all but this was my first year. I will definitely go again, so very sweet. I'm actually enjoying my classes most days, although I'm a little quick to snap at behavior I'm sick of (head down, saggy pants) than I was earlier in the semester. Mainly because I'm incorporating more art into my classes which means the kids are engaged and I can keep caught up more easily. Still can't wait for summer!