In The Middle

Life, Family, Yoga, Stuff


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Fu Man Chu Spider

I love playing with my camera and I love it even more, when something cool presents itself for me to play with.  This afternoon, I noticed this Bold Jumping Spider on our deck.  He was nestled under the top railing board and was munching on something.  Maybe a termite, a queen ant or a grasshopper, I’m not sure.  I grabbed my camera quick like and got a series of amazing shots.  I loved this one the very best, even if it is sort of gruesome.  This little guy was sporting the coolest flat top a spider could have, but he wouldn’t come out from under the railing so I could really show it to the rest of the world.  Click on the photo to view this large.  Even if you don’t like spiders, you’ve got to admit, this guy’s got personality.  Cool spider all and all, don’t ya think?

 

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Musical Memorial Day Weekend

We don’t usually do much for Memorial Day weekend and this one has been no different from the rest.  I had to teach a class Saturday and Sunday.  I also had to get the girls to and from their last sewing class on Saturday before they break for summer.  Frank headed to Jefferson City on Saturday, where our son was participating in the State Track Meet.  Out of 16 discus throwers, he placed 5th and we are mighty proud of him!  He didn’t make the top four, but he did receive a medal for his efforts and he was really excited about that.

This evening we decided to have a little barbeque and invite our in-laws from next door to the north of us and our neighbor Tim, to the south of us.  We grilled pork steaks and I made mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus sauteed in lemon infused olive oil sprinkled with sea salt.  That’s my favorite way to prepare it.  For dessert we enjoyed a lemon cake with lemon frosting along with a side of ice cream and strawberries that I picked from the garden this morning.  We’ve got a nice patch of strawberries this year, I only wish I hadn’t planted two different kinds.  I’m finding one kind is way better than the other, but who knew?

After dinner we ventured out onto the deck in the dark.  The fireflies were lighting up the back yard big time and it was quite the show.  Frank and Tim decided to entertain us as they do sometimes, but not often enough if you ask me.  Frank played his guitar and Tim was on his dobro.  What a beautiful instrument.  Not only in the way it looks, but in the way it sounds and how he plays it.  Together I think they sounded great and had a pretty good time.  It’s the little things like live music on the deck until 10:30 p.m. that make me appreciate the life that I have even more.

Tim and Frank, thanks for a relaxing and entertaining evening!


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Our Son Rocks

Our son, Jordan, is amazing.  He’s taught himself quite the technique on working the discus for track and field.  He even bowed out of most running events to concentrate on his passion, throwing discus.  He placed first in the Sectional meet yesterday in Lebanon.  I couldn’t be there, I had to teach a yoga class, but his father was there and so were a ton of other relatives to cheer him on.  The Springfield News-Leader interviewed him and took his photo after the event.  He didn’t land his photo in the newspaper, but he gave a decent interview and got his name in the headline.  We are super proud of how hard he’s worked and how dedicated he remains.  Good job Jordan!

Our daughter, Lauren, is becoming quite the seamstress.  She’s on her 7th sewing lesson, she has one more next weekend, then I think she wants to break for the summer.  So far she’s made a pillowcase, a pair of bermuda shorts and yesterday she made the cutest little skirt.  She’s taking a class with her good friend Madeline as they both received sewing machines for Christmas.  Talented girls they are.  I cannot use a machine to save my life, but I can sew by hand.

My car.  Another story.  It will be repaired but who knows when.  They have to get parts from a few different states, since the car is ten years old.  So far the repairs are up to $3,052 and that’s OK.  The insurance company already issued me a check with a letter that says they will pay for anything over that amount.  Then why not just wait until the car is finished and cut the body shop one check?  Who knows?  What I do know is this.  I deposited that check and I’ll put the repairs on my Discover card, pay it off immediately and enjoy my 5% cash back bonus.  Thank you insurance company.  The accident got into my front wheel drive, so though the Volvo doesn’t need much in the way of body work, it needs under carriage crap.  Hopefully it will drive just as good, if not better when I get it back.  And oh, am I missing it!  They gave me a 2010 Pontiac G6 to drive.  It’s a brand new car, I guess I should love it, but I don’t.  It’s nothing like my Volvo.  Nothing at all.  I like my 10 year old car and I will have myself a serious little party when I get it back!

Off to work some more in the garden.  We finally have a day without rain (so far) but it’s pretty hot and humid out there!  I weeded half of the garden already and have decided to blow the other half off.  I didn’t plant much this year, so we’ll be moving the fence to make the garden smaller here in a little while.  That is, if I can get Frank to help me.  Enjoy the day.


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Meditate on This

Some days, we were just meant to stay home and today was one of those days.  It was a cool morning and the sun was gorgeous.  I was on my way to a meditation class and took a detour since I’d left the house a bit too early.  Bad idea. 

I totally clipped this lady as she pulled out of her drive way into my path.  No one was injured.  Just my car, her car and my feelings.  I never even saw her.  I never even braked until it was over.  No skid marks.  It was THAT fast.  She got a ticket.  Anyways, I will need new rack and pinion steering, a new wheel, a tire and probably a fender and a bumper, unless they decide to sand and fix.  Who knows.  Until a business day, I shall wait. 

Every day when I leave the house I always say how much I love this car!  Maybe that’s a really bad thing to say.

And nope I wasn’t about to pee my pants, though I look like I’m about to.  I was just freezing to death, my hair was still wet.  Don’t you just dig those Merrell clogs with white socks?  I’m thinking about all the times I took the kids to school in my pajamas and didn’t have an accident.  That would’ve been worse than clogs with white socks.  Drive defensively.

Happy Mother’s Day!