Sunday, April 29, 2007
Then last evening, with the music of Hat Trick permeating the gallery, Joe Davis's MFA thesis exhibition opened at Adleta Gallery just outside of Athens, OH. His work speaks for itself, and the reception it received speaks to the spirit of this incredible man who devotes his life to clay. From the moment Joe pulled his first cup in a studio at OSU, he knew clay was to be his life's work, and after many years as a studio potter, he took the gigantic leap into the MFA program at Ohio University three years ago. Last night's gathering was a very fitting tribute to a guy who obviously has captured the heart of his students, the admiration and respect of the graduate faculty, and the eyes of some of the nation's top artists. Go Joe!!!! I'm so, so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
in our garden, in our garden.
this is how we plant the seeds,
early in the morning...
The Raffi song that Samuel, Eliza, and I would sing every spring when they were little when planting time came resonated in my head yesterday afternoon while I planted spinach, kale, lettuce, collards, and onions in the upper beds down by the barn. (Always the over-eager beaver, I've already checked to see if anything is poking its way through the ground in the less than 24 hours that the seeds have been there!)
Earlier in the afternoon, Tom had the tiller in the lower garden and got about half of it tilled. Our ambitions may exceed our work capacity this summer, but if we keep up with the weeds, if the deer and other critters leave us alone, and if the weather's just right, we could potentially have a helluva huge garden. I can already taste the fresh tomatoes, onions, cukes, and beans. Not only will the garden provide tasty fare, but I have a hunch we'll work off several pounds by the time we hoe the last row!
I realize that for some, garden news must be a bit mundane, but for those of us who are earth signs (in my case, a DOUBLE Virgo), getting our hands in the dirt is about as good as it gets!
No doubt, future blog posts will have a multitude of photos of all that's growing around the farm as the time to start harvesting the "fruits of our labors" arrives. It's all about growing food, healthy organic food; it's all about collaborative working; it's all about being a part of a process where things grow and thrive. Stay tuned, and when the produce starts rolling in, stop by the Farm for some beans, taters, collards, and cornbread!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Feeling my power today is connected to clearing brush and clearing a fence line that was smothered in everything from honeysuckle to possum grapevines to poison ivy. Actually I didn't realize that poison ivy had invaded the thick brush I was tackling until it was too late, so I'm banking on my history of not reacting to it rather than panicking that I'll be covered in oozing and itchy breakouts later this week. Stay tuned.
Anyway, armed only with my clippers and rather dull saw, I took out probably 30' of jumbled up vines and briars. My only brush wounds consist of a long, ugly scratch on both legs My arms and back might remind me of today's work tomorrow, but for now, I feel strong!
There's nothing better than breaking a good sweat while working outdoors. I am tired, but the exhaustion feels good, much better than fatigue from things like work related issues. Needless to say, I'm ready for summer break...There's light at the end of the tunnel, thank goodness!!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
What an incredibly beautiful day here in the Mid-Ohio Valley! I spent most of it outside, mowing, raking up the clippings to put on the compost heap, and trimming some dead branches off a couple of trees. Eliza and I did go into town for a salad at lunch; little did she know that once we got in town, I had plans to take a look at weed whackers again. To her credit, she went along with little complaint.
I also took a look at chain saws. My initial thoughts have been to purchase a heavy duty weed whacker with a mammoth blade so I could attack random farm brush spots and fence line growth. Then I stopped to contemplate if my ambitions were bigger than I could physically handle. Additionally, a couple of my women friends have some horror stories about their attempts at big-time weed whacking with blades, so now, I'm thinking that I'll get a smaller model for trimming and a small chain saw for the other things I want to cut down. Anyway, talking to salespeople about power tools and other equipment makes me feel downright good, and I'm learning that I really do know quite a bit, at least until something breaks down! If WB-40 doesn't solve the problem, I'm sunk!
There's been a little farm drama this weekend as well....Eliza and her first real boyfriend have amicably split up. They want to remain friends, but at the moment there's alot of OUCH in it for E. I assured her that teenage love frequently leads to teen-age break-up with loads of drama all around. She did pull it together to go with me to hear the Columbus Symphonoy tonight, and I think she enjoyed it quite a bit; however, she did note that except for one or two young children, she was probably the youngest person there. ("Mom, everyone in this place has grey hair!")
OK, I'm off to watch Saturday Night Live...Hopefully, I'll make it to Weekend Update before zzzzzz-ing off....
Monday, April 16, 2007
As a mom with a son in college (only two hours away from Blacksburg), I cannot imagine being in the situation in which students and parents there find themselves now. As a college teacher who has actually contemplated how vulnerable my students and I are to such an unthinkable situation, I will confess to feeling some level of fear for what could happen on many other campuses.
For now, I want to snuggle in with Eliza, the corgis, and Loonis the Cat. I wish Samuel, Bobbi, and Isabella were here too. I want them in the bed with me, close to me, and safe in my arms.
Friday, April 13, 2007
It's Friday afternoon! YEAH!!!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Don't get me wrong..I LOVE teaching, and for the most part, I adore my students. I have the world's best office mates, and my colleagues are some of the most dedicated educators I've ever worked with over the span of my 30-yr. career. There's no need to mention those things that inspired my harangue the other night; it's really a waste of time.
As I shifted my thoughts away from the "vent" I was on, I began to think about what it is that I enjoy. Really, my interests are numerous and quite varied.
Among the many things I undertake, I really, really like to knit--not necessarily huge, intricate projects but rather simple, practical ones. As you see from the photo, I'm on a roll making dishcloths at the moment. My plan is to sell them and donate the proceeds to the Relay for Life fundraising efforts at school. I can knit one an evening if I have time, and I can find yarn in a variety of cool colors. My goal is to make $100 worth, however, I think a part of that will have to come out of pocket since I give away as many of my completions as I keep for the project. Anyway, I like to knit a lot, and I am very, very thankful my mom taught me when I was young. She is one of the world's best knitters ever, and her legacy lives on as I continue to pump out my scarves, dishcloths, and toboggans. (I'm going to attempt some socks soon now that I've remember how to pick up stitches I drop!)
Another high thought for me (which I'm sure qualifies me for Nerd of the Year award) is that I really like to play Scrabble online. Not only have I learned a heck of a lot of new words, but I've steadily improved my score and strategy skills. On days when I feel isolated here in southeastern Ohio, I can almost always find someone to play who's far away, and who, like me, likes to chat while we play. I've played against people in England, Australia, Malaysia, Mexico, France, Greece, and Canada, as well as folks all over the country. My most recent Scrabble friend, Hiro, is originally from Bombay and currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. His daughter, like Samuel, lives in Boone! On a few occasions, my cyber-opponents get really serious about the game, but 99% of the time, it's all about getting to know people and having fun. I'm here to tell you that those people I've met on Scrabble have a lot more going for them than the goobers I met on Match.com or the Yahoo personals when I signed up for the 7-day free trial offers!! Give me a Scrabble board over a ride on a Harley any day!
Wow..I've just had a profound revelation-- it occurs to me that I could knit and play Scrabble simultaneously. I can knit while I wait for my opponent to play and while I'm figuring out my next best move....I'll have to see if it works!
Peace and love to all....
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Hippity-hoppity, Easter's on it's way!
Bringin' lots of girls and boys
baskets full of Easter toys.
He's here to make their
Easter bright and gay!
(I can't remember the rest of the words....Can anyone keep going?)
As I sit at the computer this Good Friday evening, it's snowing! All signs of spring seem to be on hold for the moment, and I understand we won't be seeing any fascimile of the season until after the weekend.
There's no dismay, however. I'm looking forward to cooking Easter lunch for Dr. Tom, Tom J., Chintu, and anyone else who wants to join us. The menu will probably consist of free-range lamb, organic wild rice, my special champagne collards, a salad, homemade organic bread, and Tom's pickled eggs and tiramisu--not to be served together, of course. I hope Chintu adds an Indian dish to round it out.
And, I'm going to dye eggs and make a couple of Easter baskets to put around the house... And, I'm going to probably have a little chocolate along the way. YEAH !!!
In celebration of the times and in anticipation of a huge garden this summer, Tom and I bought our seeds this afternoon at Seaman's Store in Barlow, OH. The store's been around for 150 years, and it's the classic country store with any gadget, farm necessity, or animal food one would ever need. I love to go there, and oh, I'm excited to have the seeds for the garden already!!! Soooo, the next task is to get the garden plowed and all the seeds planted. (I think we bought enough seeds to plant 10 acres. Oops! Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach, so to speak, when it comes to getting ahead of myself with garden enthusiasm.)
In other Easter-related Farm news, this year's bunny crop does not rate as the sharpest tack in the sack, so to speak. In fact, I would describe this year's lot as the "dumb bunny clan." Either they're short-sighted or really vacant between the ears because they don't seem to catch on to the fact that moving vehicles pose a bit of danger if they don't hop out of the way, nor do they move when one sounds the car horn. Just this morning, one ran TOWARD the car rather than away as I drove out the lane to go to work. HMMMM... Wonder what he was thinking?
Anyway, ¡Felices Pascuas! Happy Easter! Celebrate Spring! Bring on the warm weather (again)!
Indulge in Easter basket goodies and look in every nook and cranny for those brightly colored eggs!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
When I went to work this morning, it was 60 degrees. When I left work this afternoon, it was 42 degrees with a brisk, cold wind blowing. At present, it's 10:00 PM, and the temperature has fallen another 10 degrees. Yes, we're at freezing temps now. Bummer!
I cut all the daffodils that were in bloom, minus a few that were on their way out anyway,to bring in, and I snipped several small branches off the crabapple tree in the hopes that I can force them to bloom inside. They're so, so delicate and pretty. I do so hope they'll open up. I also brought in a lot of forsythia, some grape hyacinths, and some miniature daffodils. I'm afraid it's "adiós" to anything that remains outside, including the tulips whose buds were not up far enough for me to clip off and rescue. EERGH!
My mom always reminds me that "we can't control the elements" when I begin to whine about the cold weather. She's totally right, but damn, I hate to see my spring flowers freeze.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
As I mowed for two hours and then hiked around the back field today in my sports bra and shorts, I found it hard to believe that tomorrow's walk might require a jacket, scarf, and hat. YUK! I'm not into that idea at all, so I'll check out before I really start whining...¡Hasta luego!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Man, am I grateful to these magnificent birds for calling me outside. The time I spent with them will be a lifelong memory for me. I coasted and soared along with them.