In 2009, I was encouraged by my friends to give the 365 photo project a try. I love taking photos, and was excited about participating. The daily posts paint a brief picture of my year and open my eyes to the beauty around me. It is challenging to post a photo daily. I was successful in 2009 and 2010, but fell a few short in 2011. I'll be continuing my quest for daily photos in 2012 and look forward to sharing them here.
As the days are getting cooler, it is definitely beginning to feel like Fall. So, it was time to put away the summer decorations inside & out. I put up a few fall decorations outside today, including this fall banner.
This is a tree in the parkway in front of our house. It is the first tree to display its fall colors this year. The leaves are already falling and it will be nothing but bare branches soon. Fall seems to have arrived early and progressing quickly this year.
Today I was asked to substitute in the LMC in one of the schools in the district I retired from. Two of the classes that came to the computer lab were kindergarten classes who were working on nursery rhymes. The planned activity was to draw Humpty Dumpty using Pixie software. The students had a wonderful time, as did I. The computer labs did not have projectors 2 years ago when I retired. What a wonderful addition!
I had dinner out with a group of school friends tonight. At one time, all 10 of us were at the same school, but over the years most have gone in new directions to other buildings, other districts, or into retirement. It is always fun when we get together to Eat, Drink, Laugh, and TALK!
Today was a good day for Lucy to have a bath. With fall arriving, it may be the last time it is warm enough for an outside bath. She is not very fond of being in the tub, but she will tolerate it long enough for a good scrub & rinse before she jumps out to SHAKE. She is so soft & smells so good when she is clean.
As I was subbing for my good friend in her 5th grade class today, I snapped a photo of this poster. This was always my philosophy when I taught 3rd grade. I would always give my students time daily for independent reading in books of their choice. Students who read and read and read, do become better readers!
I'm in the process of digitizing old family photos. In fact, this will most likely be a long ongoing project. This photo is of my dad (on the left) and my uncle. My dad passed away in 1974 at the young age of 44. I'm very happy to have old family photos!
Today I was subbing in a primary special education classroom. The 6-8 year old students have severe communication disorders. They've only been in school for 3 weeks, but they are already doing a very good job using their picture schedules.
One of my projects this week has been to transfer all my digital photos to iPhoto on my iMac. This has been a bigger project than I planned on since I have not been very organized with where I've been storing downloaded photos for the past couple of years, so I have photos in various folder on both my iMac and my MacBook. After I get them all into iPhoto I'll have more organizing to do as I put them into albums. It looks like I'll be continuing this task over the next few weeks!
Here is another sign that Fall is here. I picked up this leaf while out walking the dog this afternoon. It seems like the leaves are falling earlier this year. I guess it doesn't feel like it should be Fall yet because we have had such a mild Summer this year.
I've been watching the squirrels out our kitchen window. For the past week or so, they've been carrying buckeyes around in their mouths, and looking for good hiding places to bury them. I don't think the squirrel that hid this one did a very good job!
When I arrived home from subbing this afternoon, my husband was in the garage 'cleaning'. Hmmm....I took this photo when he was done. I guess he doesn't need the electric outlet or edger that is covered in a huge spider web!
When Scott and I were walking Lucy tonight, we cut through the park in our neighborhood. The park has several baseball diamonds. We found this baseball hidden in the grass. When we got home, Lucy decided it was HER ball and is carefully guarding it!
I'm subbing here at Patton School for three days. My friend Betsy's daughter is getting married this weekend, so she is taking 3 days off. I'm subbing in a special education classroom. I love working with these kids. I go home tired, but with a smile in my heart!
One of the really nice things about Coreopsis is that they continue to bloom all summer long. I only put three plants in this year. Since they are perennials, they should come up again next year. If they do, I may put in a few more of these happy yellow flowering plants.
Today I'm proud to be an American! I watched President Obama speak to the students of our country today. His speech was from the heart, inspiring, and a wonderful opportunity for the young people in America to feel proud. I watched the speech at home and wished I had been in a classroom to share the excitement of the students as they listened to our President speak to them. I know he motivated them to be the best that they can be!
Today is Labor Day, but not much hoopla going on here today. Instead we relaxed and spent time reading and watching TV while waiting for daughter Kristin to come home from the wedding she was in last night. We had to drive her to the airport so she could get back to Denver. All that remains here now is the bouquet she carried as a bridesmaid in the wedding yesterday.
Our dog was out running in the yard this afternoon and got her leash tangled around the Joe Pye Weed in the garden. About 4-5 stems broke off. I've never brought them in as cut flowers before, but they do make a pretty vase of flowers.
While I was out doing errands this afternoon, I saw this pretty garden in one of the shopping centers. I love the mix of red, white, and blue flowers as well as the addition of the native prairie grass in the center. I would love to have a garden like this in our yard!
This is the jelly dish on our oriole feeder. The man at the bird store told me to put the feeder back out in mid-August in hopes that we would attract some orioles passing through our area this fall. So far, the only critters enjoying the grape jelly are the bees!
We had the piano tuner in for our annual tuning. He's been tuning our piano for many years and always chats with us while tuning and then treats us to a mini concert when he finishes. Since our daughters don't live here any longer, the piano doesn't get played very often, but we keep it tuned so it is ready when someone does decide to sit down and play!