Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Slice of Life: Sometimes My Notes Need More Context!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

It was a mystery! This piece of printer paper pulled from my scrap paper drawer, folded in half with three lines written on it (definitely in my own handwriting) was meaningless. 

The first line was clearly a first and last name. It was a male first name. I read it over and over with no connection to it, except that the surname was the same as a family who had lived in our congregation several years ago. 

The next line was two first names linked with an ampersand. One male name and one female name, this line was probably the name of a married couple. Once again, I drew a total blank.

The final line, just like the first line, was a first and last name, but this time with a female first name. Once again, no connection except that the first name was the same as one of my paternal aunts, but the last name didn't fit. Why had I written these three lines of names down? I couldn't bring myself to toss the note. Periodically, I would pick it up, read the names again, and wonder why I had written them down. It was a mystery waiting to be solved. 

Sunday morning, as I walked down the hall of our church building, I found the missing link. I saw the name of our current missionaries serving in our congregation on a whiteboard. And the last name of one of them matched the last name of the first line on my mysterious paper. And suddenly all those names made sense.

We provide dinner for the elders serving in our area once a month. When they came to our home on the 11th, we chatted a bit about where they were from and their families. They are both new to our congregation.When I learned that one of them was from Twin Falls, I asked if he ever went to Burley. The other elder (who was from Salt Lake) immediately piped up that he was born in Burley. And so I asked him if he had ever heard of the Grahams, our good friends who live there. He replied that Dr. Graham had delivered him.

Mystery solved! The first and last name on the page was the name of this young elder. The married couple? His parent's first names. The last name on the list - his grandmother's name who still lives in the area. The missing link was the word Elder. You see, we rarely know the first names of our missionaries since they are addressed as Elder or Sister followed by their last name. And because he was relatively new to our congregation, I didn't remember his last name. Or if I had just included the name of our friends, the Grahams, I would have known why I had written down those three names. 

And now it's time to call my friends, the Grahams, to see if they remember this young man's family or know his grandmother. The next time I write myself a note, I'll remember that sometimes I may need more context in order to remember why I wrote the note. And while brevity is "... the soul of wit," (Shakespeare) and "...the sister of talent," (Chekhov), brevity (at least for this old gal) is not always the key to remembrance. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Celebrate This Week: Hamilton Joy & Valentine Pics

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

Sorry to be late to this week's celebration:

My celebrations for this week are overshadowed by the sadness of another school shooting and another funeral for a member of our small congregation. A friend's husband died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. I'm grateful for the friends who pitched in to help with the funeral luncheon (even though it seemed that most of our congregation was out of town for mid-winter break).

Our family was fortunate to have much coveted tickets to Hamilton on Saturday. I was blown away by this musical, even though I'd done little to prepare for the event. There were people all around me who knew all the lyrics.

As usual, I have to celebrate the grand boys!
This pic of Teddy & Mama was taken awhile back, 
but my son shared it on Valentine's Day.
Teddy on Valentine's Day
Jack & Mama on Valentine's Day
Grandma requested this pic
of Jack & Dad beside the seed pods of the magnolia.
I can see these bright red seed pods from my kitchen sink.
I love that splash of red against the green in the winter.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Slice of Life: ALA Youth Media Awards by the Numbers

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

1
# of appointments rescheduled so I could listen to the live webcast 
of the ALA Youth Media Awards

1
# of award winning books that I own


2
# of award winning books currently checked out from the library
(prior to the award announcements)
I love Big Cat, Little Cat!
Hello, Universe, this year's Newbery winner, 
 just moved to the top of my WTR(want to read) pile.

2
# of books I picked up today after requesting them yesterday
I keep the library site open while I listen to the webcast 
so I can put books on hold as they are announced.

3
#of titles not ready yet (too many holds on them already)

4
# of award winning titles I've already read
Out of Wonder
Big Cat, Little Cat
A Different Pond
When a Wolf is Hungry

# of titles I've heard about and wanted to read
(prior to the award announcements)
The 57 Bus
Eyes of the World
Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
The First Rule of Punk
La Princesa and the Pea

# of award winning titles I've previously 
checked out, caressed, and hoped to read
(but returned to the library unread)
Vincent and Theo
The Hate U Give
Grand Canyon
Lucky Broken Girl
Piecing Me Together
Hello, Universe

9
# of award winning books in transit
I'm not as greedy as it seems, our book club meets on the 27th of this month and I plan to share as many of the award winning books as possible with our middle schoolers. And no, I won't get all of them read before they have to be returned.

10
# of books I read in 2017 that I wish had received some award love
(While they didn't receive ALA YMA award love, I did discover some award love for some of my titles after I posted. Updates are in red.)
Train I Am
Beyond the Bright Sea
Refugee
(Just saw that Refugee made the
2018 Notable Books for a Global Society list.)
The War I Finally Won
Forever, or a Long, Long Time
Midnight Without a Moon
Wishtree
(Wishtree did receive some love -
Just saw Grace Enriquez's post at SLJ.
It's a Charlotte Huck Recommended Book & was included
as a 2018 Notable Book for a Global Society.)
Orphan Island
Georgia Rules
Can I Touch Your Hair? 
(Linda Baie pointed out that this book is a 2018 publication.)
So I'm adding one more book to keep my list to ten titles.
Dreamland Burning

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Celebrate This Week: Snips of Joy and Pics of Boys!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.


Tea and treats and talk with good friends!

Loved reading this book that I won by commenting
on the winter issue of Talking Story!
This issue focused on The Cold War.
Spring issue focus will be prejudice.

Finding my favorite cozy sock!
It was in the rubber gasket
around the door of the washing machine.

Signs of spring and blue skies!
 
 
Service project for our church women's conference on Saturday!
We tied 66 fleece blankets for the Linus project.
Jack plays with Grandpa's talking birds!
 
Jack and Grandma at Island Books story time!
Teddy at gymnastics with Mom!
Teddy enjoys Saturday morning donuts with Dad
while Mom relaxes!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Poetry Friday: Moon Verse

Head over to Sally Murphy's blog,
for this week's round-up of poetic goodness. 
She's sharing terse verse from her dentist list. 
Thanks, Sally, for hosting this week!

When I wrote my Spiritual Journey First Thursday post, I got all wrapped up in moon shine. This week The Man in the Moon As He Sails the Sky and Other Moon Verse, a book I requested from the library arrived. Our system only had one copy of this book, published in 1979, in its Central Storage location. It's a sweet collection of twenty-one moon poems, collected and illustrated by Ann Schweninger. I'll share the first and the last poem in the book along with Ann's delightful illustrations.

The Man in the Moon as he sails the sky
Is a very remarkable skipper,
But he made a mistake when he tried to take 
A drink of milk from the Dipper

He dipped right out of the Milky Way
And slowly and carefully filled it;
The Big Bear growled, and the Little Bear howled
And frightened him so that he spilled it!
                                 -Anonymous
















I see the moon
  And the moon sees me;
God bless the moon
  And God bless me.
       - Mother Goose

When I googled Ann Schweninger, I recognized many of the books that she has illustrated, especially the Oliver and Amanda Pig books. This book of moon verse is one that I want to own and share with my grandsons.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Slice of Life: Hooping it Up with the Huskies!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

After living in the Seattle area for twenty years, my husband decided this past year that we needed to go to a Husky football game and basketball game. I passed on the November football game by volunteering to watch Jack. However, basketball is one of my favorite sports to watch, so I joined the group for this past Saturday's game. My family warned me not to expect much from the Huskies who were playing 9th ranked Arizona. 

And were they ever wrong! I was thrilled to see that our seats were above the student section and the band since both of my kids played in the band in high school. "Animal Band" was the designation for the band at basketball games. Just hearing the band brought back so many memories of my kids' high school years. 

If you're wondering about the game, you can read all the details in this article from the Seattle Times, "Washington stuns No. 9 Arizona 78-75 with Dominic Green's buzzer beater." My husband certainly knows how to pick an exciting game!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Celebrate This Week: Jack's First Birthday!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.

When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 

   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

We celebrated Jack's first birthday on Wednesday! Come stroll with me through a few of the pics from the day's celebrations.
Beginning the day 
with a birthday balloon!
Making some music 
while Grandma makes . . .
birthday waffles for a
lunchtime treat.

Reading my birthday books!

Playing with my recycling truck!


Check out that candle, Mom!
 Mom, is this little cake all for me?
First tastes of chocolate!
 Snuggling with Grandma and 
 new stuffed toy - Stan, the Octopus!
 Showing off my new
walking skills.