Friday, September 30, 2016

September Randoms v. 2

 goose berries...student story...jousting show
edible jewelry...hot coffee...last melon
open sesame...handy work...no filter
window light...dinner making...flexible seating
wabi sabi...pomegranate macro...piano playing
treat baking...giant leaf...relaxing reading
picking apples...half bushel...tire seat
forked road...white pumpkins...action shot
fall flowers...glass beads...nutty squirrel


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Little Things: Apple Picking

Fall arrived this past weekend, which meant one thing...
Apple picking!!

Shifra, Ellie, and I went out to Harvard (not the university, but the town...) to Carlson Orchards. I've always gone to another farm, but heard they were picked over already.

This place was so sweet and perfect for picking.

We walked the rows of trees and I filled my bag with Macintosh, Macoun, Cortland, and some Gala apples. We had the perfect weather, too. Finally crisp and cool, a breeze wafting the smell of cider donuts and crisp towards the trees.

I've always picked apples after Rosh HaShanah, I'm so excited to be able to use these in my baking and honey dipping this year (plus figure out what to do with the rest of them!).

Happy fall!
   
   
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Renaissance Faire

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme 
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine...

Let us drink and be merry, all grief to refrain 
For we may and might never all meet here again


{Health to the Company - a Renaissance Faire Song}

Ariel and I headed down to Carve to check out the King Richard's Faire. I haven't been to a Renaissance Faire in 10 years and was so excited to finally get down to the local one!

It's so fun to take in the sights and sounds of a faire. There were so many people in costumes, blacksmiths making knives and swords, knife and ax throwing, and tons of great shoppes to pop in and out of. We also lucked out with amazing weather!

We saw a bunch of fun performances, including a great show with "Jacque" and his whip - oh he was a trip and a half!

But my favorite was for sure the jousting: so amazing to watch that live, right in front of you! They really played up the "duel to the death" and there is just something about a guy in chain mail...

A super fun fall weekend, for sure!

PS: If you'd like to - can you please "LIKE" my 52 Frames shot this week - I could be in the running for the audience award!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 39

The Good:
Last Monday was a grey and rainy day with loads of late summer mugginess. The clouds began to clear and as I went to wash my dishes I looked up and saw this stunner happening! Sometimes, Mother Nature adds her own filter!

The Random:
When in Fall....do as the pumpkins do? (I'm ashamed to admit there is a box of Pumpkin O's not pictured...)

The Fun:
Third, fourth, and fifth graders get to join a twice monthly activity period. Teachers lead one a year. I am leading a running period this term (hey, if I'm half training, I am using the kids to help me!). We've been running around the campus and local reservoir - so fun!


   

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Scav Hunt Sunday: Cotton and Chrystals

Unique:
Ran by this super cool tree this week- it's like a Truffula Tree!

Row:
Row of pretty crystals at the Ren Faire.

Cotton:

Q-tip anyone?

Quiet:
I went onto a new trail in a local park on my Thursday run and found these amazing stairs (ok, they were more amazing before going up them at mile 4 and 98% humidity). But I loved the quiet trail running rather than the busy sidewalk!

Sign:
I love having kids do exit tickets, a quick sign if they mastered what I taught!


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little Things: Wabi Sabi

Too often in our society we push or fix aside what isn't perfect. The wobbly chair. The slow electronic devise. The no longer shiny appliance. Last year's clothing styles. The squeaky floor board.

But what about those imperfections give the item character? Can imperfection be embraced? According to the Japanese belief of wabi sabi there is a beauty in such imperfections.
wabi stands for the imperfections, the loneliness, the asymmetry, or the simplicity in an object. Natural or human made, the object has a flaw, but the flaw provides a distinct and unique beauty to the object.
sabi refers to those imperfections that come from the passage of time. The object's beauty grows overtime as it's worn and torn and decays. Rust, rotting wood, discoloration, they all make for an object that has become more beautiful as time has passed. 
Living in an old city, there are so many examples of wabi sabi around. On the surface, at first look, one can think "another tired city" but I see stories and a history...if rust and old splintered wood could talk...what stories would they share?



   

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