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Company Times Two

My sister and her daughter arrived safely!  I took a road trip to Bentonville, AR to pick them up on Sunday.  Closer than driving to KC or STL for sure!  Not a bad drive.  She had free air miles, so they were both able to fly from Florida for $50!  Of course, we’ve been exhausted ever since and we need to get some serious energy!  The craft fair in Ozark is this coming weekend and we have LOTS to do!

Today is pick up things we need to finish and make more things.  I have a sub for my class tonight, the only one I’m not teaching during the two weeks they are here.  On top of the craft fair, I have my annual check up this week, Lauren has open house at school, and Jordan goes to OK on Friday (sometime) to stay over night for a cross country meet!  Oh, and there’s no school on Friday either!  We will have to take both girls with us to the craft fair.  Since my sister lost her job, her husband is pulling the load and was unable to vacation with them.  I seriously am wondering how we’re going to pull this off.  But ya know what?  We will and we will be laughing and having a great time all the while. 

On a different note, our parents are closing their video store this week.  It’s their last store, soon to be zero.  Our mom seemed distraught when she called last night.  You would think that their life is going to be over with tomorrow!  And to them, it probably feels like it.  They’ve been in the video business since 1984.  It’s all they’ve done (since then) and they’ve been super successful.  I know they are having a hard time letting go.  But I hope they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  What they will gain, will long overcome the joys and sorrows that they’ve experienced with that business.  No more free movies for us!!

We’re off.  Wish us much luck, we’re gonna need it!

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Dumped, from a Canoe

Today, my daughter has orchestra first thing.  After that, they load up and head to a lake for canoe and kayak safety.  She wore her bathing suit, quick dry shorts, sweatpants a T-shirt and sunscreen!  We packed a lunch, filled a water bottle and made sure the hat was in the backpack.

I guess they’re going to dump them out of the boats!  The morning is cool today, so I’m sure the water won’t be much better!  On Tuesday, they spent the day at a creek, snorkeling and studying fish.  They’re also learning hunting safety in the classroom, which she thinks is kind of boring.

My son, just rolls his eyes at all of this.  He’s a big outdoorsman.  He was a junior zoo keeper at our local zoo for two years.  He also volunteered at Wonder’s of Wildlife museum, until they decided to completely renovate it, so it’s closed for like a year!  Wish they would’ve had this awesome school when he was in 5th grade, it’s truly been an amazing experience for Lauren so far!


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Into the Night

I’m a light sleeper.  Always have been and it’s looking like, I always will be.  I hear e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.  If my son gets up to get a drink of water, I always ask him about it the next day.  He laughs and thinks I definitely have some sort of medical problem that makes me sleep so light.  Maybe I do, who knows.  I can’t remember the last night, I slept uninterrupted, and it’s wearing on me.

I was really beat yesterday.  Mala sunk in.  I rode my bike to instruct two yoga classes and was finished by 1:00 p.m.  After that, it was straighten up around here time, hit the grocery store, pick one kid up, then wait for the other kid to call and pick him up.  Make dinner, laundry, etc.  Last night at 10:15 p.m. – I fell asleep watching the news.  Unheard of.  I don’t just fall asleep, maybe because I don’t let myself.  I have things to do.  And, sleeping in the front room?  No way.  I’ve never slept on a sofa and I don’t believe I’ve ever even reclined on ours!  So, I got up and went to bed.  My husband has to watch TV in the bedroom, which I despise.  But I guess he can’t sleep without it.  He’s constantly bombarded with external stimulation at his job, and honestly, I don’t think he can function without a bunch of noise.  I’m the other way.  I need total darkness and quiet to sleep.  Which might explain my insomnia problem.  I rarely have total darkness and quiet to sleep!

Around 12:30 a.m. I heard people talking, as I often do.  Our street is a thoroughfare and it’s in business all hours of the night.  More so now, since the college kids are back.  But sometimes, you score stuff; a couple full cans of beer on your driveway, an inner tube to use at the lake, etc.!  My husband was already in the kitchen, having a snack (something he does late night, I don’t do that, I’ve brushed my teeth for heaven’s sake!) and he was watching the “talkers”.  There were three.  One guy in a small, white pick up truck and two guys on the sidewalk on either side of the street.  Looks fishy to me.  The walking guys, ran, jumped into the back of the truck, laid down and sped off.  OK.  What in the world did they just steal was the question.  I go back to bed.  I mean, what can we do?  Nothing’s missing.  My husband stays up and watches……and watches.  Then, he can’t stand it.  He takes off in his truck looking for them, into the night.

About three years ago, on a Saturday in October at about 11:00 a.m., I was in the backyard picking up walnuts.  It was a gorgeous day.  I left for five minutes to pick up my daughter.  When I got in my van, I noticed someone had been in it.  Uh oh.  Had to run, get my kid.  I’ll deal with this when I get back home, right?  We dealt with it all right.  Back at home in the backyard, we found my sunglasses, my phone charger, a bunch of CDs, stuff strewn everyplace.  The shed was left open (as it often was back then) so they hit that too.  Our mini motorcycle was gone (we’d just painted it bright yellow, it was like a 1978, not a mini bike, but a little motorcycle, it was cool) the metal detector, a TON of tools.  I was HOME geez and we have a yapping dog!  How could this have happened in five minutes while I ran up the street?  Did they do it while I was way down back gathering walnuts?  We’ll never know.  All that stuff’s still missing, so if you see any of it, call me.

Above explains his paranoia.  It’s the same time of year and though most everything is locked down, locked up or chained to trees, you can’t help but think if someone really wants something, they’ll find a way to get it!  He didn’t find them.  He thinks they’ll be back.  That they were just checking stuff out, stalking, seeing how easy or hard it would be.  Maybe our house, the one next door, the ones across the street?  He’s probably right.  It’s his intuition and this is what he does at his job after all.

That’s it.  We’re putting up a big sign that says, Beware! This place is protected by giant Orb Weavers, their shadows and their webs!


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Global Yoga Mala Musings

The Global Yoga Mala was awesome!  It’s part of International Peace Weekend and studios all over the world participate in some sort of, well, peaceful activity.  Meditation, yoga or something, for charity.  We held our event in an old Firehouse with the windows wide open.  The building backs up to the railroad tracks and now and then, a train would chug by.  It added a nice effect to the event.  The weather was really nice and the light filtered in softly.  The morning time slot was also a hit with everybody!  We had a decent turnout, probably close to 50 and raised a tad over $500 (before our event expenses) which weren’t that much.  Our collections went to Trees for the Future and SAAF – Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation, no kill, animal rescue and shelter here in the burg.

I actually hung out and laid low.  I didn’t lead any sun salutes this time.  I didn’t talk on the microphone thru the warm up or the cool down!  What I did do was this; a bunch of sun salutations and shot a gazillion photos and some video!  Beth and Abbe did some harmony together for the last two rounds and it changed the energy.  It was really, really nice.  You can check them out below if you want.

I had positive energy the entire rest of the day.  I spent it out back, picking up walnuts.  It’s my sideline this time of year.  I’ve been known to haul in 1,100 pounds, we’ll see what happens this year!  The best thing you can do after the mala, is move!  I tidied up the deck, repotted plants, filled birdfeeders, stuff like that.  All good stuff!  I was not excited about the mala event yesterday, if you checked out my post.  That changed of course.  I love the Mala and look forward to it, as we try to do it four times a year.  I’ve never missed one and I probably never will (unless I’m sick, or dead). 

There is a lot of work for me to do after the event which is as follows:  I have to add a new Mala page to the website.  Then I have to edit, and drag the photos, one at a time, onto that new mala page.  Then I upload the video to youtube and insert their links on our site.  After that, I make up an e-newsletter to let everyone know how much $$ we raised, that the pictures are up on the site, and that the videos can be viewed. 

I know.  You’re thinking, big deal eh?  It takes time.  I get in a groove and can do it somewhat quickly.  Once I get started, I don’t want to stop.  So, last night, I stopped at midnight.  Today, I finished the site details and published them.  Then I made the e-newsletter and clicked to send.  All of this before I left to teach a class that started at 9:30 this morning (I got up at 5:45 a.m.) it’s all good.  I love doing it and now tomorrow, I can chill and work on my craft stuff, knowing I do not teach until 6:00 p.m.  Mala photos below, enjoy!


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Spontaneous Entertaining

I’m exhausted.  Maybe it’s from riding my bike to work four days in a row.  Maybe it’s from trying to dig a hole out of this clutter.  Maybe it’s from cleaning non-stop yesterday due to last minute company showing up!  I think number three did me in.  Our house is not large.  In fact, I think it’s the smallest home I’ve ever lived in.  Not a lot of closets, only one bathroom, one living space and a one car garage!  I like to be crafty, and my husband likes to “fix” things (electronics of all sorts, mowers, you name it).  This stuff takes space and sometimes, it really stresses me out.  More so, when I have last minute notice of “by the way, we’re having company for a cookout tonight!”

So, I cleaned and I cleaned.  Some things, just don’t look clean.  The hardwood in our front room has yet to be refinished, so it’s dull and pretty much lifeless.  We tore out our kitchen linoleum so we are down to the original flooring from 1954.  It’s the color of diarrhea decorated with paint and spackling.  One person actually thought it was stained concrete!  Bless…..that…..person!  We live in our house, and I do not mean that lightly!  It was a chore.  I got it clean.  It needed to be done.  Today I’m looking around here, actually glad we had company (as much as I wasn’t looking forward to it).

The visitors were friends of my husband, from KC.  They have a new baby, a little over a month old.  I was thankful, even though the house was clean that the baby wasn’t crawling.  I can’t picture a toddler in this place!  Danger, danger lurking everywhere.  We grilled pork chops and I wilted some baby spinach.  They’d never had it, and I could tell, they were hesitant to try it.  But they did, and they liked it.  I wilted it in a little bit of ghee, with some Indian spices and cummin seeds.  It went well with the pork. 

Today was more entertaining.  We (the girls) did lunch and hit a flea market where I scored a cute little wine rack that will hold three bottles.  I have a super cool one that my dad made me out of horse shoes, but it’s large.  I really need to find a place for it, as it’s special to me!  After I got home, I was exhausted and couldn’t get motivated.  Slight problem when you’re entering a craft fair in Ozark the first weekend in October!  I just couldn’t focus and all I ended up doing, was carding some of my hair barrettes.  My sister, on the other hand is blazing.  She’s having to ship all her stuff here ahead of time.  There’s a West Elm store in her town.  They sell these bags of pods, unscented mind you, for $20.  Happens to be, she has a tree loaded with these in her backyard.  Score on the pods.  Bagged and ready to go, don’t they look good?

Tonight is Saturday night, and a beautiful one at that.  My husband will be at his workplace until closing or later.  The freaks come out on days like this.  Someone actually tried to run him over with their scooter today.  That’s just one incident.  I don’t know how he does it.  He’s into helping people and keeping them safe.  I guess I should be thankful that someone does that job, as I sit here blogging away!

Tomorrow is the Global Yoga Mala at 10:00 a.m.  This is the first time I’ve felt like skipping out.  I always bring the flowers for the event and today I hit Wal-Mart for cheap flowers.  I made a neat arrangement of white Mums, light yellow Carnations and orange Gerbera Daisies.  Lovely and therapeutic if I might add.  As of now, leading 27 sun salutes sounds absolutely atrocious.   I’m sure when I walk in the door of the Firehouse, my mood will lift.  The drums will be beating, people will be hugging and the vibe will be all around be good.  Nothing like a mala for renewal.  After all, tomorrow’s a brand new day!