Thursday, April 29, 2010

Not looking good....

for our Girl Scout camping trip. It is supposed to storm all weekend. I don't mind being muddy and wet, but windy and stormy is no fun. We won't be in a cabin, but permanent tents. I really hope the forecast is wrong. So many girls are looking forward to this! I would greatly appreciate some good weather energy sent our way!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Laughing at Myself: Part II

Yesterday, another Girl Scout leader and I were checking out camping supplies from one of the Girl Scout storage units. The storage unit is packed full of camping supplies that we could borrow for our trip this weekend. The actual unit was one of many at this facility. We had to drive around to the back and side to get to the unit. It was appropriately creepy. It seemed very abandoned and desolate. The Girl Scouts rented just one of the 900 are so units. While we were loading up our cars with gear, all of a sudden I hear this knocking... I jumped, and my first thought was that someone had abandoned a body in one of the sheds. Now this body was knocking for us to rescue him/her! I quickly asked the other leader if she had heard that. She could see the look on my face and immediately laughed. Evidently, unbeknownst to me, her daughter was in her car and was knocking to get the mom's attention. I am beginning to think I read too many mysteries and watch too much Law and Order.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Can It Be True?

My baby turned six today. How have six years gone by so fast? Didn't I just have him? I keep telling him to slow down. That it is hard for mamas to see their babies grow up. It is such a bittersweet experience. He, of course, is excited by every year that he gets older. Growing up is still a very exciting prospect. He now considers himself a "medium-sized" boy. I am no longer allowed to say "baby-boy" or "little boy." But how can I not? He is my baby. He is the youngest and, by default, will always be the baby. He still loves to snuggle and hold my hand. Yet, I see in ever more obvious ways his growing up. He reads, rides a bike without a training wheels, and asks me how my day was. He is cautiously independent and takes school very seriously. He wants to learn and keep up with his brother and sister. And, he is doing it! But that smile is all baby to me. I hope it never leaves his face. Happy Birthday, Lucky!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mother Nature Wins Again

I have been following with great interest the volcano eruption in Iceland. I love how us humans continually go about our busy lives without a thought to nature until it suddenly grounds us. I find this volcano situation rather fascinating. Fortunately, it has not been devastating like the horrible earthquakes that have plagued Haiti, Chile, and China. It has just been a huge inconvenience. That is what has made it so interesting to follow. We are used to catastrophic natural events occurring, but are taken off guard when a volcano eruption in distant Iceland could so throw off most of Europe and the US. Mother Nature has come to remind us that her reach is immense and comes in many forms. We are forced to admit that we do not have complete control of our lives. Like it or not, we are all connected and events an ocean away will still impact our lives. Big or small, Mother Nature will let herself be known.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I volunteer as the Librarian for my children's school. It is a fun and often overwhelming job. One of the benefits, though, is that I really get to know the kids at the school. Last Thursday, I had a conversation with one of the students that I hope, in some small way, makes a difference in his outlook. Griffin* was feeling extra chatty and struck up a conversation about helping his dad at work. His dad is a carpenter and Griffin got to help him with a porch he is building. Griffin obviously had a lot of fun and felt a sense of accomplishment. We were just talking about how cool it is to be able to build something like that. As often with boys, the conversation took a sudden turn to baseball. Griffin mentioned how Albert Pujols makes more money one-time at bat then his father makes in a whole year. Griffin then stated, "doesn't that just make you feel like a nobody?" My heart sank. While he jokingly stated it, I could see the underlying feeling of truth in his face. He repeated that thought several different ways throughout our conversation. I couldn't let it go. I said, I bet Albert Pujols couldn't make a porch nearly as well as your dad. He probably wouldn't even know where to begin. This statement made zero impact on Griffin. Somewhere it has been ingrained in him that money equates importance. Without a lot of it, then you are nothing. The sadness under his words was palatable. I said, "You know, Griffin, your value as a person is never dependent on how much money you make - it depends on the person you are." I doubt it made a lot of difference in his worldview, but hopefully it is a small step in a new direction.

*not his real name

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It Begins

Our asparagus is coming up beautifully. I can't wait to eat it tonight! Also returning is the rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, rosemary, chives and oregano. It is all very exciting. Now, I just need to get myself in gear and get the rest of the garden going. I have some sprouts started inside, but the main garden is in dire need of cleaning and care. Hopefully this weekend. Unfortunately we had just enough rain this past weekend, that the ground was too wet to really work with. We did manage, though, to get two Honey Crisp apple trees planted. Now, to find a walnut tree. As always, the plans remain large but life doesn't always cooperate. Who says gardening isn't an adventure?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Like It Or Not

At Easter services today, the Minister said something that really stuck with me. Whether you like it or not, Spring is here - a resurrection of sorts has begun. After the long dark winter, the Earth has come back. Many UUs cringe at the word resurrection. It is such a weighted term, with deep meanings, that we don't think of how it can apply to our lives. Sure, I don't believe in the resurrection of Christ. But all I have to do is look outside and see that a resurrection is happening all around me. The world is waking up after a long rest. It is hard not to feel the joy in the brightening of the world. I would say to my fellow non-Christians, go with it. Celebrate this reawakening. Resurrections come in many forms and honoring the one that speaks to you is one of life's great gifts.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Yeah, I'm that Cool

My cool factor just went up 1000%. I have officially joined the Deutschmeister Brass Band. I am totally excited about it. Many of you might wonder, "What, I didn't know she played a brass instrument". Well, I don't. But, every good German Polka band does need a few clarinets! I went to my first rehearsal last night, and it was a blast. We meet at the German Cultural Center in the city. It is a very eclectic (some may say eccentric) group of folks who love playing traditional German and Czech music. Although, they do sneak in some more modern polka/drinking music. I would say the age of the players range from 16 to 80, with some being in the band for thirty years. As an added draw, beer is provided. I was really nervous, but everyone was nice and I managed to hold my own, despite the crazy speed of some of the songs. I still play in the woodwind quintet, but it is fun to branch out into a whole new genre of music. This is a little know fact, but I got my very first speeding ticket because of Polka music. We have a long history together. The best part is that we will be playing in some of the local Maifest and Oktoberfest parties. Should be a lot of fun!