Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Nature doing it's thing while we watch!

Awesome time we had! I really enjoy the older children's field trips versus the first graders with no attention span.
On a fifth grade field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium the guide was talking to us and we were half listening while watching over her shoulder this otter and seagull eating.
Did the seagull steal his meal?Because she definitely has something -
And later he looks like he doesn't have much - though he was still on his back maybe clutching something.
Too bad I didn't have an extra long zoom lens!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Walking in the Sun with a Friend

Walking today with a dog and my friend was very nice. I get to hear so many great stories of people and happenings and enjoy the beautiful day, new flowers and the exercise. But when I got back I was reminded how fortunate I am because another friend is fighting a daily battle with cancer. She is so small and fragile and shuffles around her house. I wonder when the last time was that she walked around the block and felt the warm sun on her face. She has two young beautiful children and I wonder if she'll get to see them graduate from High School. Back in the day she could make anyone smile and had a bubbly generous personality. I see smiles once in awhile but the pain is etched into her face now. Her dog is walked by others, and sometimes getting out of bed is a huge struggle. So now I'm just watching my cat hiss at the dog out the window and knowing that I can walk around the block tomorrow watching the birds fly north and the new blossoms bud.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Knowing and actual doing

When Rebekah was young she found too much sun would give her a bad reaction - almost an allergic reaction. So she deals with it. Nathan found he couldn't always keep warm. After having some tests done filming his circulatory system he found he is 'wired' differently than most. So he deals with it. Interesting that Rebekah spent 18 months in the Philippines and Nathan lived 2 years in Romania. They knew how to deal with their bodies. Having chocolate candy in the house for me just isn't possible.
"Half the battle to health is knowing our weaknesses," Lanette Hopkins
I really want to be healthy again with energy and the ability to walk, run and have fun. I guess that means dealing by buying no chocolate, etc. I am so very thankful Laura wanted to go walking.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Band Area Festival at Concord High School

The Band at Concord High School sponsors a Festival every year and invites all the schools that feed into it to come and play with all the other schools. The last number is traditionally "America the Beautiful". This is the 2009 version.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I missed walking with Laura today as she had a meeting and had to get some things accomplished. The sweetheart came over to the school to tell me because my phone had died and she didn't want me just waiting there. So I strode around the block with Sheila before I went to the fluency center at the elementary school where we teach kids to read better. It is absolutely beautiful this spring and there is color everywhere! For some reason the kids on the playground were having a good time without the anger that is there sometimes. I had such a good day I gave all the fifth graders a Mustang buck. This idea our principal Mrs. DeMott has of giving out bucks to good kids instead of just telling the trouble makers to knock it off is a great one. I'm being less and less of a witch and looking at the cute, funny, sometimes more quiet children that come to play at recess.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dinner Rolls

1 cube margarine or butter
1 cup milk
1/2 cup orange juice
2 eggs
1 pkg or TBSP yeast
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
6-8 cups flour

Heat milk and margarine in microwave until butter is melted and milk is very warm. In a large bowl mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Add hot milk and margarine to dry ingredients. Mix well. Add orange juice and eggs. Beat until it forms gluten (2-3 minutes). Add flour a cup at a time until thick enough to knead. Add only enough flour to be able to knead wit out sticking. place in a greased bowl, greasing all areas of bread dough. Let double in size. Cut in half. Roll each half into a circle and brush with butter. Cut in half, then into quarters. Cut each quarter into thirds. Starting with largest end, roll to form a crescent. Place on baking sheet. Let rise again till double in size. Bake 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. Brush with butter.
Note: Same dough can be use for scones or cinnamon rolls!

It's Laura's Birthday!

It's Laura's birthday and she is making about 126 rolls for a dinner at church, then she'll be finishing the last touches of helping the High School for the Senior Banquet. She has made dozens of bar cookies, chocolate mousse and lemon water. Her husband is off work today and volunteered to take her out for dinner but she won't be back until late after setting up. I came over to help her out and left wondering if I was more company than help. Her rolls are wonderful but as I buttered, cut, and rolled my didn't look like hers.

This is how hers look, nice orderly and about the same size you'll note.

On the other hand this is what mine looked like:
Short or long fat or thin, we call it the LALC, or Linda Ann's learning curve.

She used left over dough to make some cinnamon rolls for Lindsay her daughter.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dog and Cat

This is the infamous Chica, a stray that the Nausin's adopted who can find trouble anywhere. Here we were all surprised because she just stayed under the table for the whole shower. (What's wrong?)- found out she had a fungus in her ear which was inhibiting her balance.
They have kept Vets in business for years. One bad episode was a bar of chocolate. It is hilarious when we go swimming in their pool because she loves to bite any water that moves. Whether it's from hoses, feet and hands splashing, or just a good jump, Chica is there to bite the water.
We see cats in various places, windowsills, gates, benches, trees, running across the street - But this is the first on a house vent. Maybe it was a warm spot destined to get the sun first.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sarabi loves looking outside. We have one window without a screen and she'll jump out onto the roof, explore and jump back in. This is actually rare to see her on the floor. She also loves ice-cream, if you dish up a bowl she wants to know what flavor it is - and maybe just a wee sample.
This dove must be deaf because she made her nest just above the kindergarten door. There are a few periods when the kids go inside or to lunch, but mostly she just ignores everybody. No sign of the little ones yet.

Today was only a short Day

Laura is my walking partner and friend. Last August she asked if I wanted to walk with her and it really has been fun. You never really get to know someone until you walk (or live) with them. I have known her for a few years and worked with her in church but I've discovered what a really nice person she is. I mean this lady is always busy helping someone out. Making rolls for the teachers, catering a wedding, bringing lunch to nieces and nephews, her children, running errands for friends and neighbors, feeding the cat-dog-watering-pick up mail, this lady does it all.
Unless you are outside you just cannot feel what a great day it is. Laura's mother-in-law wanted some pictures of her tulips because she was going to be gone. There are really beautiful.

We started out watching Summer die, but this Spring as been spectacular.