Spring has sprung! – 2015

One of my very favorite readers has requested that I start doing weekly themes again. This makes me so happy!  I am thrilled to oblige.


Monday- Order your books from the library. Download Grieg’s To The Spring, Vivaldi’s “Spring”, The Four Seasons, Strauss’s Voices of Spring and Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song”, Songs Without Words.  Make “A Tree in Spring” : glue spring colored tissue paper cut or torn in very small pieces to a picture of a tree.

Tuesday: Tuesday Treats-make Spring Chick cake pops or “dirt cups”.

Wednesday: Go to the library and pick up your books. Take a nature walk. What signs of spring are visible in your area?

Thursday:  Make a rain gauge to go in your garden, measuring and marking an old peanut butter jar. Decorate with paint and stickers as you see fit. Do a “Drip Drop Splash” art project. This is done by drawing a spring themed picture on paper with markers and using an eyedropper or medicine syringe to drop water on your picture. Do this outside or in the kitchen.

Friday: Family Movie Night! Bambi is an appropriate choice. There’s a cute Bambi themed dinner here.  Pasta primavera and a salad would also work.

Saturday is Family Fun Day. We’ve got a birthday party during the day. Obviously, if the weather is nice, enjoy the outdoors. I think it’s supposed to be rainy and dreary here. I think we’ll do this:

Alabama Spring Skies Planetarium Show:

Presented by Samford University Howard College of Arts and Sciences

March 26 – March 28, 2015


Free public show in Samford University’s revitalized Christenberry Planetarium! Great for scouts, school groups, clubs and everyone interested in astronomy, physics or science in general. The “Astronomy 101″ show will be specially designed to acquaint new veiwers with our view of the skies.

The March 26 show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

The March 28 show will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Seating is limited, so plan to arrive a bit early.

Have fun this week!

Thursday Thanks- when it’s really, really cold

not my first plant, but a beautiful bloom in long chain of beauty

not my first plant, but a beautiful bloom in long chain of beauty

I find it easier to be thankful when it’s really cold outside. The cold (in moderate doses) makes me feel more alive and alert. Plus it’s always nice to warm up after being cold. So today, I am thankful for:

1. a warm cozy house

2. warm cozy bed

3. sweet little footie pajamas on sweet little feet

4. the means to buy adequate and appropriate clothing

5.  books to read

6. the look of pride on baby’s face as he stands on his own for the first time- priceless!!!

7.being in a position to help families stay together

8. meeting the sisterhood that makes it possible and connects us

9.  hope for the future

10.  that I don’t have to deal with really cold temperatures on a long term basis.


Candlemas for the unprepared.

images42HA9O3KCandlemas, Groundhog’s Day, Presentation of the Lord- all on the same day.  It’s been six weeks since Christmas, and something in the human psyche must need a little mini celebration around this time.  This year has caught me unprepared. What would normally be half-assed attempts for me are this year’s full-assed attempts.  Whatever, it makes me feel a bit better to try and honestly I don’t think anyone in my house is expecting perfection. That said, here’s what we are doing: 1. lazy girl decorating.  meaning a yellow tablecloth, white napkins and gathering up most of the candles in the house and putting them on the table.  2. baking brownies.  A cute idea I saw was to either put snowy sprinkles or springtime sprinkles on top based on the prediction for your area.  We will do flower sprinkles and a cheerful yellow sprinkle. I have no idea what Birmingham Bill said yet, but based on how it looks out my window, I’ll go with a spring prediction.  How did I arrive at this prediction, you ask?

If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight; If Candlemas bring clouds and rain, Go, Winter, and come not again. —-Traditional Catholic song

Honestly,  I think that’s easier than trying to remember if the groundhog see it’s shadow or not and what it means. Although, Groundhog Day at the Birmingham Zoo is really fun. Just didn’t feel like taking the baby out in 20 degree weather, it’s not normally so cold here in February. In fact, I was wandering around outside looking for some flowers to bring in and couldn’t find any- usually the forsythia is starting to bloom and a few daffodils have begun to peek out. 3. We’ll have pancakes for dinner. Apparently this is traditional too, although I can’t find anything to back this up. Maybe something to do with eating up the fat before Lent? Whatever, it’s easy and quick and everyone will eat it. 4. I ‘ll have the kids draw what their burrow would look like, if they were groundhogs, similar to this.   Happy Candlemas!