But, because I was just a vendor all week at a dance school's rehearsals and recital... I can honestly say that I am dead tired AND I had completely forgotten how time consuming and intense recitals are for all involved.
I am not saying this is a bad thing. My daughter was in a dance company for a few years and loved it.
But, it was all dance all of the time.
Recital is the culmination of all that.
You have dancers and moms that love it and are obsessed.
You just hope that those type moms and those type dancers are in the same family!
I have witnessed a happy dancer in five numbers happily at rehearsal for hours on end and her mother looking like a detainee at a prison camp.
I have also seen the typical stage mom coaxing and bribing her daughter to just stay a little long as the daughter threatens to leave "if it doesn't end soon!"
So, recital is over now and on to Lacrosse tournaments.
Baseball coach gifts or baseball gifts are a big topic of of conversation in the bleachers at this time of year.
What to get the coach or team?
I have some suggestions, First off, need a baseball coach gift card big enough for the team to sign? HERE it is. Baseball coach gift wrap that is unique, bold, and graphic? HERE Cell phone charms for the team moms... Sterling charm to add to any proud fan's collection...
Baseball desk clock for the coach that has everything!
Some people compare the little town I live in to the fictional town of Mayberry.
I prefer to compare it to any Norman Rockwell illustration. There isn't anytime where this is more evident than on Memorial Day.
The Vets are front and center to listen to the speeches. They are the guests of honor. The man in the yellow shirt is someone that I have known since I was a child. The saboteur was too busy marching and playing the trumpet to mug for the camera! The parade was small, but the bands were mighty!
Everyone wears their colors. I think the first bike looks a lot easier to ride than this old fashioned one...
After the parade, speeches, and essays -the entire town gathers for hot dogs,beer, and...
Our transition from college dorm life to back in the family fold.
The reason I say, our, is that this transition period is toughest on those of us that live here, year round.
Here are the reasons:
1. When people come stumbling in at 2 or 3 in the morning, speaking loudly as if it is the middle of the day...I wake up and have found it hard to get back to sleep. My husband suggested ear plugs. I suggest changing locks.
2. The never ending meal. We make breakfast, then clean up. Certain people then get up,make breakfast, barely cleanup...as we are now making lunch. We then clean up and an hour later, people are making lunch and so on. ( see past post on the myth of Sisyphus.)
3. Laundry- Do I have to paint THAT picture?
4. Wet towels on carpet. Some ( certain people) may say I am irrational about it, but I do not want mildew or mold in my house! Do NOT leave your wet towels on my floors for days on end!!!!! ( end of rant)
5. Back to food, I think I have all the accoutrement for a glorious weekend lunch, go to make it and come to find out... that... it was used for A DELICIOUS MIDNIGHT (2 am) SNACK!!!!
6. Here is the final coup de grace- Last night, I came home from driving Becky to a sweet sixteen, My husband and Kevin were at the movies, people were out...
I have the entire, quiet house to myself.
I picture an evening with my computer, wine, and slippers, ahhhh.
So, I get in my jammies, go into the kitchen to pour a glass of my favorite Merlot and?
SOMEONE, certain people had left a quarter inch of wine in the bottle!
Who knew that Padel or padel tennis is the fastest growing sport in Spain?
It is similar to my favorite sport, platform tennis, in that we use the same paddles and we play off the walls. Other than that it is different. You serve under handed, use tennis balls, and can play doubles or singles.
The reason I now know this?
I was just approached by a company interested in the paddle covers I sell HERE
At first I thought it was a joke. The customer was so persistent that I did some research and found out that over 4 million people play Padel in Spain!
I think it was arrogant of me to think that only people in the Northeast of the United States play paddle.
Living in the New York area, our community felt personal loss after 9/11.
I could go on and on...
But, I won't.
With Memorial day upon us, I have been thinking about the sacrifice of all whom have served and I have also given thought to those who have died innocently. The victims of 9/11 and their families suffered so much.
Let us not forget them.
Interestingly, the famous photo above was taken by a friend and past photography professor of mine, Tom Franklin. Most people do not know this, but he has never made a penny off of that photo as the photo rights are owned by the newspaper he works for, The Bergen Record.
When there were seven of us living under one roof, I was always grocery shopping.
The more I bought, the more they ate.
When my sons hit their growth spurt, my grocery bill doubled. I would buy lunch meat meant to last the week and they would come home and eat it as a snack. I was buying two to three gallons of milk a week.
So, after awhile I would shop four times a week so that the groceries would last longer.
Makes no sense,
Intellectually I know this, emotionally I find myself plotting my grocery buying strategies as I get ready for two of the "food eaters" to move back home.
I know that spending my time and $$ on gas to shop four times a week so that it appears that the cupboards are full makes no sense. I should just do a big shop and that's the end of it...
I have been inspired byMOTR whose blog celebrated the graduation AND job of her oldest daughter.
My Ryan, (pictured with his long time, lovely girlfriend Jill,) is leaving and coming home for the last time- a graduate of Loyola University!
We are so proud and relieved that he is FINALLY done. Hurricane Katrina didn't help and changing a major makes it an instant five year plan. But, he is done and because for now he is involved in film production- He has a project for the entire month of June. ( not sure if it is a commercial, video, or movie.) I think he will end up being a gun for hire for awhile.
This weekend starts my selling season. The set-up shown above was from the Garden State Horse Show.
Not my normal set-up.
Usually I have a hot pink tent and more organization. At the show they put us in one large tent and due to rain we had to be ready to move items in deeper to the tent. I felt like everything looked mish mosh.
I will take photos tomorrow of my tent so you can see how I work...
This time of year is so beautiful. The lilacs are blooming, the azaleas are too... and the rhododendrons are near.
My favorite yard flowers are wisteria, lilacs, clematis and Hydrangea. As of now I have a scraggly lilac bush. My plan is to introduce some wisteria and clematis, once we have a fence and to plant some hydrangea once we have our new front porch.
My favorite cut flowers, besides cut from my yard, see above, would be tulip...
Love them. Remember, always put a penny in the vase and you will prevent tulip droop. Gardenias have special meaning for me. Not only do I love the smell, but the color of the white flower with deep green leaves is so bold and beautiful to me. I used this flower for my senior prom and in my wedding flowers. Not easy as it turns brown quickly. As for carnations, although they are not my favorite in regard to look, they are meaningful to me as they were the first flower I ever received. My Dad use to tell me it was my Mom's favorite flower.