Sunday, November 16, 2014

2014 Week 46: Love of Theatre

I just have to begin this post with a photo of Rebecca wearing the hoodie I knit for her. It is still a little big for her, but as her Mama said, "She just had to wear it." (Was it a weather or fashion-related choice? Her own idea or her mother's?) It is snowing after all!

Matt was away this week on an out-of-state job, so Kayla joined us at Monday meal and Rebecca made the rounds admired by all and had a special bonding time with Aunt Karen and Uncle Stephan. (I think they've decided to dispense with the Great qualifier.)

Tuesday, a day to remember our veterans. . . and friend Trisha's birthday with a Mexican dinner at Mi Pueblo.

For Wednesday Mike had planned a special outing for the two of us--dinner and theatre at Beef & Boards, where we saw Fiddler on the Roof  one of our favorites. We saw it first in German  and I remember listening to the sound track over and over.
Mike also arranged for us to spend the night in Indy so we wouldn't have to drive home so late.
Look at who welcomed us at the hotel?

That same day was The Amazing Taste event at Ball State University. Stephan outdid himself again with yet another ice creation for the occasion. Hmmm. . . I wonder how many years he's been hired to do this? You may remember last year's ice sculpture. One big difference this year is that it was carved in his new shop on his own land. Stephan has worked very hard  moving his entire operation, building a large freezer, and on and on. A couple weeks ago he gladly turned in the keys to the studio he leased for over six years!

This week the window of milder temps was rapidly closing so we hasted to complete any outdoor chores. I trimmed the rose bush and brought in the last roses of summer.

I just had to include this #tbt photo that surfaced on Facebook--Kristie's kindergarten graduation. What is significant is that the little boy in the background to her left, is Sam! We are so grateful that in God's sovereign plan and in His own time and way He brought them together for a beautiful lifetime partnership.

Friday we attended yet another theatre performance--Tartuffe at Taylor University.

Only six more weeks left in 2014 and time to reflect over the year, write a year-end letter, and decide whether to continue Meemaw Moments in 2015 or change my focus to Meemaw Memories, looking back over the many years that lay untouched, archived. What do you think?

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Week 45: Baby pics and more

Pleasant week weather-wise and otherwise. Went for a walk one day and sat for a bit by Taylor Lake.

Michael spent hours rewiring and installing the new heat control unit. The old one burned out and we waited  a few days for the new one but the house remained comfortable enough.

After that was fixed, Mike went back to working very diligently on repairing damaged parts of his sculpture and finally was able to pour, hopefully the final time.

Ready to go!                                                               Pour!

Our voting place is only a few blocks from where Kayla and Matt live, so I just had to stop by and hold our sweet great grandbaby!

Thursday was Sam's birthday, and we had found the perfect picture for #tbt (throw back Thursday), his first passport.

Saturday we were at the Matthews Marketplace, annual craft fair.

It is very close to Kayla's house so she and Rebecca came for a visit.

Sunday we got together for Sam's birthday.

But it's possible that Rebecca got more attention than he did!

Karen hinted that most photos are of Rebecca now. So I turned around and took one of her!
I also wanted to show off the pictures we finally hung after  months, maybe years!

Enough baby pics for this week, don't you think?

Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 Week 44

Fall beauty lingers, lovely weather for walks. However, wintry chill is creeping in. We had our first hard frost this week.

On one of those walks I came on the fallen giant from different sides.

Can you see a corner of the house?

Tuesday was Open House for the robotics team, another of many weekly robotics meetings, until build season begins in January.

When my older student walked into my Spanish class, we realized both of us wore Kohl's specials.

Mike has been busy glazing the many new functional pieces getting ready for the craft fair Saturday.

When that was over he went back to repairing the damaged parts of his latest sculpture.
Always watching something of interest on TV. Here he looks up to savor the end of the World Series.

For Thursday's cultural focus on Mexico, I wore the beautiful Mayan terno or huipil, a most generous hand-made gift, cross-stitched by a lovely lady I met
The students also enjoyed the photo album of my travels in Yucat√°n with student groups.

Being Halloween week, I didn't feel as conspicuous walking around in costume.

Friday, October 31st

Our Halloween baby

Both Friday and Saturday, I attended a writer's conference--had a good time with fellow writers, learned a lot, was inspired, and came away with a growing sense of direction. However, I confess I felt like a "radish among redwoods," to quote a friend.

Sunday I represented Mike at the awards ceremony of the Grant County Art Association, and picked up his first place winning sculpture entitled "Abandon" (lower left).

Other good news for Michael is that his pain is lessening and endurance is increasing.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Week 43: Fall festivities

This was area schools fall break. Daughter and granddaughter planned an early Halloween party for Saturday, so for them the week was filled with preparations.
For us it was life as usual: teaching; exercise; robotics; monthly meetings of our respective committees (for me one at church and for Mike the Upland Greenway Association); my weekly writer's group; and throw in a couple other special outings--visits to or from friends, shopping trip with SIL Diane for me, and Elijah's soccer game for Mike. The week filled up nicely and there were several Rebecca sightings!

Kayla stopped by on Tuesday and we both got to hold our little gordita preciosa but could not get her to wake up.

I have enjoyed this fall immensely--great weather, beautiful colors. One afternoon I sat outside to read and fell asleep. I woke up to the sun shining through the trees.

Kayla and Skye were here throughout the week to gather twigs and branches for the woodsy decor.

Photos do not do justice to the indoor haunted woods atmosphere they created at Leah's place over several days of mother and daughter working together.

I loved this display by the mirror.

So what did Rebecca do in the midst of all this excitement? Slept, looked around, and ate at the appointed times. She is thriving with such good mamma and Nanna-care.

I dug out one of the masks I've had for maybe twenty years (come to think of it, they survived the house fire!) and put together an appropriate outfit for the occasion. After my photo session, I became the photographer of the evening.

Hostess-daughter and costume-judge, Leah, voted mine #1. She looked pretty cute herself!

But, wouldn't you know, the grand prize went to the beautiful witch and her smiling little lamb!
Although second prize went to Matt for even being willing to dress up ;-).

The evening ended with a private fireside concert by a visiting neighbor-friend we hadn't seen in over 20 years!

Troy Adams entertaining us with songs from Jimmy Buffet, John Johnson, Merle Haggard and more
So that was our week. How was yours?

Oh, I should add that Mike has been cycling a few miles each day and notices improvement in how far he can go before feeling pain, and the pain is not as intense as before nor does it last as long. There is progress!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Week 42: Art, process and progress

Initially I intended to post all the photos taken during our visit to Grand Rapids, but soon realized that I had not taken any of the 3D Art Prize submissions, the category that most interested us. 

We chose to spend most of our time at the Frederik Meijer's Art Prize venue and then visit the Sculpture Park.
Mike was able to do this because we rode the tram. The tour guide commentary was excellent making up for not being able to see a few of the pieces hidden from view. You can find most online and their photography is much better than mine. 
Here is a sample picture, the first installation we saw on the tour. The guide named the five emotions represented by these figures. I could not match them up as we rode by, nor do I remember. Any ideas?


To wrap up last week's entries and summarize our experience, here is the new green turtle (from Meijer's gardens gift shop) to join my collection on the window sill. 
Always a reminder that creating is a process that requires steady plodding to the end. 
Progress may be slow, but the result will be well worth the effort.

Mike is living out that lesson. He did not give up on the destroyed wax sculpture. 
Here is the reassembled and coated member-tree.

Last Sunday afternoon, with the help of one of his former Red Barn faithfuls, he poured the bronze.

The set up                                                      The moment of truth

Alas, it was not successful!
Did he give up?

Monday, this time mostly on his own and with only a little help from me, he refired some parts.
He works steadily, and we wait patiently, for the end result.

                          Waiting                                                                        Equipped, protective gear                                In Action                                    
 The changing hues of the season reveal the Creator's love for beauty.
Monday dinner--view from Stephan and Karen's back porch. 

This week we could watch the leaves fall like gold rain. 
I decided to capture the different views of our woods before it was too late. 

North                                                        North-East                                                   East

Saturday was a very full day. Mike was off to a robotics competition with Team 1720.

Stephan and I ran the Taylor Homecoming 5k rather successfully each at our own pace, 
just fun to share the same event and chat a bit. 
My selfies were rather unbalanced, however, so here is a composite.

Soon after I got home the little grandsons were dropped off for a few hours so Mom could prepare for the birthday party.

Zion, proud of his 'dump truck'                                             Jude learning the names and uses of his new 'big boy tools'

Happy birthday, Jude!
The week would not be complete without a photo of baby Rebecca who was two months old on Tuesday. 
Again, sadly, it had to be one borrowed from Facebook.

Sleeping Beauty