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Here in Missouri

The weather here in 100_34561Missouri is ever changing.  For instance on Saturday, February 28th, we had this!  I took this from our deck out back.  That walnut tree belongs to my in-laws and it’s really big!  I love the red barn.  It belongs to a little old lady two doors North of us.  She’s almost 90 and was born in the house that goes with the barn.  There’s still a water pump in her backyard, the hand pumping kind!  She parks her car (that she no longer drives) in the lower level of that barn.  I love looking at it when it snows, or when the huge red bud trees are in bloom against it!

 

 

 Fast forward to yesterday, Sunday, March 8th.  We woke up to this before a little rain storm.100_3460

 

 

 

 

 

 Now that’s what I call a cloud with a silver lining!  It was around 8:00 in the morning, facing East, from our front steps.  I have a couple of others with birds flying through the photo, it actually looks pretty cool.  Ok.  I’ll share.  What a beautiful sky!  I’m really glad my husband yelled at me to get the camera. 100_3461 

 

 

 

 

 

Today wasn’t a particular beautiful day in the sky, but it was in the 60’s.  I only had to teach one class this morning and then chose to take a huge hike at the Nature Center.  I saw a total of 6 deer, 3 big, wild turkeys and some chipmunks.  I love the nature here in Missouri and I can’t say that the weather is all that bad either!


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What’s the Difference Between 0 and 9?

I say the wind, that’s what!  It was 9 degrees this morning.  It’s supposed to be 0 tomorrow morning.  I wonder if 30 below feels different than 0?  It probably does, especially if the wind is blowing!  Luckily enough for us, there is no wind today.  I arrived at the studio extra early this morning in order to crank up the 4 space heaters we use as supplemental heat.  It tends to get a bit drafty this time of year as we’re located in the lower level (ok, the basement) of the building.  It seems, a lot of other places offer yoga in their basements as well.  At the YMCA, I’m in the basement.  When I was at the City, we were in the basement.  Our basement has no windows, it’s nice because it gets good and dark for relaxation.  But windows can be nice in basements, if they’re in the form of glass blocks.  Anyways, people actually showed for class at 9 this morning!  Nice to move, get warm and rest with loads of blankets!

Our daughter, is on a field trip today with her school.  They headed out to Springfield Lake for Eagle Days.  Let the eagle watching begin!  I wonder how they’re doing?  The high is supposed to be 15.  She wore long underwear, fleece lined wind pants, wool socks and a pair of my old Ugg boots.  On top, she had on three shirts, a hoodie, a coat, a hat, and gloves.  I’m hoping she was able to turn her head if the eagles weren’t sited dead on!  She had her camera and binoculars.  Do eagles really fly in this type of weather?  I don’t know.  I’d be staying hunkered down in my nest!

Our son will have track practice, as he does, 3-days a week after school today indoors of course during this kind of weather!  We’re heading out to an indoor track meet this weekend in Joplin.  It’s his first indoor meet.  These meets require an entry fee and are not school sponsored, so you have to get yourself there.  There are no discus events (his main thing) because the place isn’t large enough but he’s going to run in two events instead.  There will be lots of coaches there from different places, so I suppose scouting will be in order.  He’s excited on trying for an athletic scholarship and frankly, so are we!  He just purchased his first vehicle last weekend, I can’t believe it.  He had saved almost $1,500 and spent $900 of it on an older model Dodge Dakota pick up, long bed, with a camper shell.  He did pretty good, it needs some seat covers and minimal carbeurator work (hello Frank) and that’s about it.  It will be nice that he will be able to drive home from practice.  Right now, I have to wait until he calls and could be anywhere from 4-5:30.  He has a driving permit now and will be able to get his license in April.  You now have to hold your permit for 6 months first.  Not like it used to be.  I tried for my license on my 16th birthday, like every one else did!  He’s been busy splitting wood to sell as he can’t really squeeze a job in with sports.  Hopefully though, this summer will bring work at a clock in type of location. 

I’m thinking it’s a pot roast in the dutch oven kind of day!


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Stormy Yoga

It’s been a weird week weather wise.  The weatherman called for sunny skies, 90 degrees, like all week.  Woke up this morning, to the biggest storm ever!  Thunder, lightning, sideways rain!  Nice, as my husband is on vacation and will want to piddle with all of his um, stuff, outdoors.  So far, we’ve had strange storms.  They just blow in from the east, not the west like usual and they really BLOW in!  They haven’t lasted long, but it did put a damper on our swim get together yesterday. 

Somehow, I volunteered to teach 5 extra yoga classes this week for a friend who is out of town.   I geeked and forgot my husband was on vacation, so we are sticking around the house.  They are all classes at the Y and they are quite large classes with a fun crowd.  I’m looking forward to it. 

Project update:  My mosaic table – haven’t touched it, still not grouted.  Our kitchen – haven’t touched it, but I did order my glass tile!  My husband decided to put a new chain and back tire on his motorcycle.  That’s important, we are saving gas as he rides it every single day to work.  He also decided to take an old windjammer windshield off of an old police motorcycle in our yard and put it on his Honda CB750-K.   OK.  This thing is huge, it’s old, it’s also white and his bike is red.  My thoughts were “he’s crazy”.  But, I’m not the one riding the bike with bugs in my teeth.  He started with this on Sunday.  It’s now pretty much finished and today is Wednesday.  He had to not only create his own bracket to put this thing on, but completely build one and weld it on.  He worked on it from sun up to sun down, it was 94 degrees.  Amazing.  He really can do anything that he sets his mind to.  But, he’s easily sidetracked.  Today, he will rebuild a computer for a friend, he stays busy!

We will finish the kitchen, the goal is October 1, my sister will be here then.  We are entering all of our funny little craft wares in a craft fair in Ozark.  We have cool hair barrettes, sculpey clay, these pods from a tree that we’ve scented and they smell really good, some little meditation drawings I’ve done and some jewelry!

Off to yoga, it’s a 4 class day!