Here I am in the last week of school for 2021. It’s almost time to pack the getaway car and head north.
North to the mighty Pacific and a dose of solitude by the sea. My usual Christmas recipe for mental fitness.
The small amounts of rain we are receiving are very welcome and much needed. Today we got a steady flow of water from the sky. Tonight the low temperature will be 37!
Diamonds and crystal globes cover every surface.
My in-ground succulents look like a jewel box this time of year.
A few of my aeoniums are throwing off flower spikes.
I had big plans for a new door to be installed, but the guy never showed up. That’s how it seems to go in the city of angels. Same thing happened with the gate guy. The world is upside down. Everything starts out so promising, plans are drawn up, paint is purchased, emails are exchanged, meetings take place, dates and time are set and then…crickets.
I am biding my time until the right set of circumstances present themselves.
We make these ornaments every year in the classroom using the black paper, watercolors, and white pens many of you donated to our classroom. They always come out so pretty and the kids enjoy the process, especially adding the snowflakes & stars with the white pens.
My mantra this week as it relates to school:
I give up opinions on all matters
Is it right that I splash through puddles, hurl myself across slippery surfaces, open my wet umbrella in the classroom, and chase others in the rain?
I cannot say.
Instead let’s look at my winter garden. I have moved the pots to the sunniest part of the patio.
The pixie aloes are going to bloom soon!
Yes. Winter arrived in her grey hoody and wrap-around fog banks. The air is bracing and delicious.
Today in our unheated classroom I wore 3 undershirts, a fleece beanie, a hood over that, my mask, and a coat.
There was a big ugly recliner in a recent airbnb I stayed at. It was so comfortable and was such a good reading chair that I’m thinking of replacing the old orange vinyl chair I’ve had forever. It’s cute and it swivels, but it’s not terribly comfortable. I want something ultra cozy where I can sit by the window and put my feet up. I’ll keep you posted! Maybe I’ll find something good on Craig’s List…hmmm.
That’s all the news that’s fit to print. Take care. Stay warm. To Kentucky and all who were in the path of tornadoes this week I sent a zillion hearts from the built in bubble machine in my fingers. May you be safe and find comfort. We send you so much love. xo
ON MY BOOKSHELF
Cloud Cuckoo Land is a gorgeous lush story with plucky young human (and animal) characters you will want to adopt and love. Seymour, the Donkey, and Trustyfriend will live long in my heart. I read the first 80% then my Libby app cruelly returned it to the library so I had to listen to the audio version for the last 20% An absolute YES.
I just started The Guide. it’s working for me so far. I like Peter Heller and I loved The River.
The Tara Brach book is nearly 20 years old. I listened to it and liked it so much I bought the book book. I’m a big fan of her Youtube channel and find her meditations and talks soothing and wonderful. Exactly what my agitated inner self needs at times.