Monday, June 27, 2016

A SENSE OF WONDER AND THE PARK

New Weekly Journal Prompt...explore your sense of wonder.   You know, many of us older folks kind of forget our sense of wonder.   Try to reach back and remember how you marveled at discoveries made when you were a child.  

Remember that worm that wiggled when you picked it up?   How about the lightening bugs that sparkled in the evening?   Or the waves that crashed on shore the first time you saw the ocean?

Did you ever try to catch lighting bugs in a quart jar?   I remember poking holes in the lid and placing grass at the bottom of the jar.   Then I would catch one and quickly put the lid on.   I never kept it for very long.   That's one thing that my folks taught me...I could catch one if I was careful not to hurt it. But after a few minutes I had to let it go again.  

But those moments when I had one in the jar and watched it light up were full of wonder.   How could they make light?   Did they communicate with other lightening bugs?  Where did they live?  Etc. Etc., Etc.

What did you wonder about when you were young?   I bet if you began a list, it would go on forever and ever.   Now what did you wonder about when you were a child that still makes you wonder?  

I wondered, and still wonder, about a lot of things like rainbows, and gardens, and lightening bugs. How can I incorporate those things of wonder into my activities.   Well, maybe by planting a garden? No space in an apartment?   How about a small pot of herbs, or waterless plants?  

Rainbows?  How about incorporating the colors in an artistic adventure with fabric or paints or colored pencils?

Lightening bugs?  How about sharing the experience with a small child?   Catching and letting go a lightening bug?

See, there are lots of ways to explore your sense of wonder!   You just have to take the time to do it. And, if you're like me, you will enjoy doing it even if only in your mind!!!

Went to Central Park for a walk this weekend.   My son and grandchild walked ten miles and climbed 25 flights of stairs (There are lots of stairs in Central Park!).   Me?  I walked five miles and climbed seven flights of stairs.   The weather was nice even if a bit humid.   And today, my grandchild and I walked 2 and a half miles and climbed six flights of stairs.

Getting back into the grove of walking after taking a few weeks off!!!

I did take some pictures in the park...





That's all for today.   My grandchild and I are going to be doing some origami, begin a puzzle and read for 30 minutes.   (We missed our 15 minutes yesterday, so today we have to double our reading time.)

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

A TRIP TO UNION SQUARE


This is the canopy that we were under in Union Park while having an impromptu picnic via Whole Foods.  The weather was nice.   Not too hot but the humidity was fairly high.

Walking to the subway I found some wonderful roses that both looked beautiful and had an exquisite sweet smell.   More like the old fashioned roses that I remember from the yard in my grandmother's home in a tiny town in Minnesota...Ogilvie.


And these flowers that I always think are smiling at folks passing by (Don't ask me why, I have always felt that way about them!)...

We're getting our act together, my grandchild and I,  finding out what works and what doesn't.   We had fun with origami yesterday...
A horse, a sumo wrestler and a crane.

This is the first time that I feel like I have really understood how to create a crane.   I want to make a ton of them and hang them up in the living room.

The last time I remember feeling this good about origami is when I finally successfully created the Moravian Star.  I made a ton of them, different sizes, strung them together, then dipped them in melted wax.

Well, that's all for tonight.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

HOME FROM MARYLAND WITH GRANDCHILD IN TOW...

Well, I'm back.   The trip to Maryland was a bit longer due to road work, but the trip back home (NYC) was really fast.  Yesterday was a day to relax, put away clothes, set up the computer and craft area for my grandchild and just basically veg out.

Today was talk day for me so we really didn't do much until early afternoon.   But then my grandchild made brunch...
A potato, mushroom, onion, bacon omelet.   It was delicious.

Supper, again made by my grandchild, was also excellent...
Fresh green beans steamed in the microwave, a chicken breast cut into small pieces and sauted, tossed with Asian noodles (in the same pan with all the drippings) and topped with a savory sauce.   Let me tell you, my grandchild can cook.   I could easily get used to this!!!

We have set up a sort of schedule...reading every day, brush up on academic studies in preparation for next year.   Mostly algebra, French and English.   Plus some time for art work.   Today we did some cute origami as well as drawing.

And we watched a couple movies, something I don't do very often but enjoy when I do.   It was warm so no outside exercise.   Tomorrow will be much cooler and that means a good long walk.

This is a short post, but I will get back in the groove tomorrow...

There's a new weekly journal prompt posted.  Explore your sense of adventure.   I will be doing that this summer, through the eyes of my grandchild.   Fantastic...

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