I considered The Year of the Bird, The Year of the Owl, and The Year of the Ironing Board (just kidding about that one!) but I have concluded that this (brace yourself to be a tiny bit disappointed) is the Year of the 4 by 6 inch Notecard. Here's why: the 4 by 6 inch notecard can later fit into a photo book, can hold all the day's ideas and records, and can be saved for future viewing. Every day, I will complete my usual journal work in a notebook and then all the extra plans and dreams, lists and documentations will go on that day's cards. Every card will hold the date and at the end of the day, the cards will be paper clipped together and stashed in the envelope of the month. What's on the cards? Book notes. Lists of projects and writing ideas. Picture prints and annotations. Records of foods eaten and appreciated. Exercise endeavors. Bible verses. Observations. ANYTHING that begs to be written down and saved. I'll keep you posted.
Look at this lovely book! It is a feast for the eyes!
This is my favorite chapter. Mole's house: Mole End.
I LOVE Mr. Badger and I want to kiss that striped face.
Bill bought me Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. It's a beautiful book full of good food and simple recipes. Isn't this a pretty "wallpaper-y" page?
This is my third Sara Midda book. I think her use of washed color is beautiful. The little details and the words that match each picture are more than delightful.
Here's another good food book. Simple foods prepared with wisdom and philosophical passion.
Most of the kids at school like to mess around with art supplies. Many of the students who don't enjoy "the basics of reading and writing" DO enjoy using different materials to express their thinking, so I'm working on tweaking things.
Doesn't this look fun? I love the green bird.
Another book about schools and kids and parents and communities. SO interesting!
The book below is about organizing the workshop model for both reading and writing. I've met this writer. She's spunky!
Now, before we view book stacks from the Pom Pom office, let's look at some beautiful food. Have you really examined a sweet potato lately? They are GORGEOUS and so warm and tasty. Have you smelled a cut lemon this holiday season? I think Heaven is going to smell like lemons. Avocados are the BEST little hunk of good fat. My great granny put them on her morning toast.
The bread machine and I have become friends. Her name is Shirley. She produced a nice crusty loaf of French bread.
The polka dot bows from the Christmas tree are making me happy. Ribbons. Good material things, right?
I DO like Julia Cameron. Some of her thinking doesn't sit with me, but a lot of her thoughts on creativity DO. I read about this book long ago in Writer's Digest. I bought it. I like it. I'm reading it again and I'm taking notes using the 4 by 6 inch cards of the day.
I had to show you the three little lambs that Jeff brought back from Costa Rica a year ago. I adore lambs and sheep and I can't wait for lambing season which is coming up soon over at Gumbo Lily's.
Since I'm home for my winter break, I have spent more time in my office/ironing room/book storage room. I have been feeling pleased with the stacks. I thought you might like to snoop around.
I see that A Separate Peace is in two places. I taught it to 10th graders when I did my student teaching ten years ago. I had so much fun with it and I ALWAYS enjoy books set at school.
Look at our cute kids when they were little Halloweeners! A bunny, a pirate, a princess and a tough guy. I think they belong right by the Peter Rabbit stacks.
Last, a little Secret Garden and Raggedy Ann.
I have a few more really fun posts up my sleeve. Now it's time to take a walk with my walking buddy, the treadmill. After that I am heading over to Kelli's to sit with the girls while she goes to the dentist. Birdie and Bug are coming home with me for a sleep over. We'll eat at the bakery for dinner and then go to the library and run around in the children's corner. Then, home for snacks, books, and bed.
I love being home. When I'm at school all day, I don't get the same good feeling when I return to the house. It's always been hard for me to transition from one place to another. Bill says I think about things longer than the average person. When he says "think about things" he means thinking about things before actually doing them. I'm not sure why that is but it's true. I am going to use the 4 by 6 inch cards to help me transition from school to home every day. I'll tell you more about that later.
Thank you for coming by today and looking at this HUGE picture roll and all my ramblings!
Today is a gift, don't you think?