Showing posts from May, 2013

Incoming Mail--Dana

Envelope containing a letter, postcards, and short story from Dana in North Carolina of Save Snail Mail.
Postcard from Dana's visit to London and Cafe Bella Maria.

Postcard of a couple that needs no introduction.  Maya already
claimed this one for her bedroom wall.

Peacock--March 2013

Peacock at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. Photos taken by my mom during Maya's spring break zoo camp.


I'm trying to cut down my postcard collection.  Hard!  I get too attached to material items that I like.
Anyone want a postcard from Israel or Jordan?  Please specify if you don't want a church or religious one, and I'll be sure to send just a scenic one.
I also may be putting together packets of cards and writing paper to give away soon.

Little Earth Red Bears

I want to share with you a GoFundMe site, LOVE TRINI, created in memory of my close friend's young cousin, Trinidad Flores, who died recently following a heart transplant.  The fund is to raise money for the Little Earth Red Bears baseball and basketball teams.  You can learn more about Little Earth United Tribes at their site.

You can learn more about Trini from this article in the Minneapolis StarTribune.  Although I never had the opportunity to meet Trini, I very much enjoyed hearing about him through my friend and from reading Trini's own Facebook page over the past couple of years.  He's a good young man, gone way too soon, and my heart goes out to the family and friends he left behind.

This and That

Kind of a bizarre weekend, one where everything felt a little bit "off."

I went to Omaha on Friday to meet with a group of five for a job interview.  This is the position I mentioned earlier being really excited about.  Not so much now.  The interview raised some serious red flags, and my gut instinct is that this isn't the right change for me.  I'll see if I even get to the next round of interviewing, anyway.  I have a feeling they might also think the fit just isn't there, so I won't be surprised if they don't call again.

Herb drove to the interview with me, and we planned to try this Italian place in Omaha that has excellent reviews.  Of course, they didn't open for dinner until about 90 minutes after my interview ended, so we settled for a visit to Olive Garden instead.  Still nice to have a "date" and some alone time.

Maya and I decided we probably need to find a new usual spot for our Saturday girls' lunch.  Our current place chang…

Nature Center at Pioneers Park--May 19, 2013

Maya by the bison bench in front of the Nature Center.

View of the Nature Center from the parking lot.
View of the land in the park and beyond on a rainy day. 
Maya went to the Nature Center today for a Girl Scouts' event. Even though the staff there had the event listed as canceled, they were kind enough to still have an abbreviated program on recycling and a nature hike for the five girls who came. Although a little rain fell on the group, they came back just before the quarter-sized hail fell.
Fun, educational afternoon in a beautiful setting!

Recent Reads

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (2011).  Recommended.  As promised to fellow blogger Anny with a Why, I read Warm Bodies over the weekend.  Maya and I saw the movie version back in February.  I think anyone who enjoys the movie will enjoy the book and vice versa.  Light, entertaining read with humor and romance that just happens to be set in a world with zombies.

The Shadows by Jacqueline West (2011).  The Books of Elsewhere series, volume 1.  Highly Recommended by Maya.  Maya and I are reading this series together because there are paintings with a life of their own, witches, and cats that can talk in the house where Olive and her oblivious parents live.  Olive is engaging, quirky, and a bit of a misfit.  The scariest part of this first book in the series for Maya?  Olive, at eleven-and-three-quarters, is left home alone overnight by her parents, and Maya's parents had better not ever, ever do that to her!!

Reawakening by Charlotte Stein (2011).  Forever Dead series, book 1.  Highly R…

Happy Mother's Day!

Pretty roses from Herb and Maya to brighten my day.

Incoming Mail

Card from Wanda in Canada.

Card from Claudia in California of Moncy3.
Postcard from my sister in New Mexico bought during their trip to Utah.
Card from SherriKay in Wisconsin.

Incoming Mail

Brilliant postcard from the very talented artist Limner in Texas of Oh, Write Me.
Postcrossing postcard from Minnesota.  I enjoy the retro look postcards.
 Postcrossing postcard from Finland of Michael Sowa's Flugsamen.  She sent me not one, but two, postcards.  Bonus!
The second postcard, the Cathedral of the Saviour, is from her trip to Moscow.

Random Recent Photos

Sleeping angel.

"Why does Maya think I want to wear her clothes?" --Muffin
Ducks at the pond in front of the restaurant Granite City.
"Seriously, Mom, no photos."

A Lazy Allie

"This is your hallucination. I did not get into bed and sneak under the covers when you went to get ready for work."

Some of My Favorite Quotes

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question."  ~~Harun Yahya

"People inspire or they drain you--pick wisely."  ~~Hans F. Hansen

"Some books are so familiar to me that reading them is like being home again."  ~~Louisa May Alcott

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."  ~~Henry David Thoreau

"I want life to be like a movie. I think sometimes that's why I get disappointed with it, because it isn't."  ~~Nathan Evana

"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."  ~~Simone Weil

"We all need to speak up in favor of mutual respect and understanding of the values and beliefs of others."  ~~Ban Ki-moon

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway."  ~~Eleanor Roosevelt

"Abundance is, in large part, an attitude."  ~~Sue Paton Thoele

"I distrust those pe…