The June 11th's social distancing meeting was hosted by Jennifer. The theme was Luau. We all came dressed for a beach party, played word scramble and Tiki drawing games, and had a good hula dancing work-out. We all contributed to the virtual bouquet of flowers. And of course, had some shop talk mixed in with the fun.
(Board games, card games, video games, etc.)
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In a bit of interesting timing [re: Still Life in the Time of COVID], I got an email from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston sharing a family-friendly collage project based on Patrick Henry Bruce’s Peinture/Nature Morte (Painting/Still Life) – it’s an abstract still life, and the project consists of a video and written directions on making your own abstract still life collage. Maybe it would be less intimidating for people? Or just a fun share for those with kiddos at home (though adults could totally do the project solo). I thought it was interesting since we’re doing our still life gallery! Visit the MFAH website for instructions.
Then, while checking out that page, I saw a link to another project called “Make Your Own Tree” – which, for obvious reasons, caught my attention. :) It’s also a collage-type, family-friendly activity, though I think adults could get as fancy as they wanted with it and frame it as inexpensive wall art.
Now that it's gotten way too hot to walk the neighborhood, my new form of exercise is water aerobics. We're in a patio home and have a small 6-foot-deep pool, and we've been exercising each evening before dinner. No sweating, but I'm a bit sore from using all these different muscles!
I've enjoyed the bounty of my vegetable garden. I have shared cucumbers and green beans with family and friends and even made some bread and butter pickles with some of my cucumbers. I have vacuum-sealed packs of green beans and may have to explore canning in the future. Our upcoming crop, as they are just now beginning to flower, is purple hull peas. The other activity I've enjoyed lately is cooking with my daughter. She does not like to cook, but she has shown a bit of interest lately so I have taken advantage of it. This week we made a yummy lasagna together.
Hanging out with the family. My 1 yr old nephew thinks he's 5 and the boss LOL. He takes charge and is stubborn.... he even gave me the stink eye once!
My daughter is starting up her own Etsy store sure and recently hosted an online convention "Down Home", together with a group of her freelance artist friends. They had over 7000 viewers and participants from all over the world including Denmark and Chile. It has been great fun riding the journey with her. She is actually a very entertaining radio host!
Days are slowly blending together. We are anxious to go to the pool now that it's open!! Took the kids to Lake Houston Park in New Caney the other day. It's a good substitute for the beach when you don't feel like going for the whole day! Lots of crafting projects and a whole lot of cleaning....every minute there's a new mess thanks to my six-year-old
I am busy creating a Circulation Training Course in D2L. In the process, I am learning many new skills. On a personal note, my husband is retiring early from United Airlines as a result of the Pandemic. As John Lennon quoted in one of his songs, "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans!"
Studying for the MCAT and putting my application together for osteopathic medical school!
Back to playing tennis, while sanitizing my hands after touching tennis balls and setting my equipment apart from other players.
I am not a fan of lawns. When I bought and moved into my house four years ago, I sprinkled wildflower seeds all around my house. Every spring they pop-up all over the place, even in random spots on my front lawn. I keep saying that I want to get rid of the lawn and replace it with a pollinator-friendly garden. This year, I've been dodging the wildflowers in my front lawn with the mower and weed eater. I guess the HOA inspectors came out right before I did some lawn maintenance the other week and I received a notice about my unkept yard. That was enough to spur me on to actually start pulling up turf and replacing it with plants. It's making me so happy as I sit in my home office, looking out onto the street and watching birds and bees flying around the front garden. I still have a ways to go.