Daffodills bloomed on Leap Day in 2012. First bloom... after a night of heavy rain, tornado watches, and a very frightened Frisbee whom Aza took into her room for his comfort.

Bowing its head under the weight of the rain, I had a busy day of meetings at school, then some grocery shopping, dinner preparation, and an evening of answering emails. I am SO glad spring is right around the corner.


Today I worked on lots of things... got a lot accomplished... and then took a break at 4pm to work in the garden for an hour and a half. Meanwhile, Dan finished refinishing the 20 year old patio furniture. He re-painted it all with a color called Oil Rubbed Bronze and it's just beautiful. Looks brand new!


We had a warm day for once, and I got to spend an hour in the yard weeding. My lily garden is almost weed free. I do hope I can keep it under control this year. It has a horseshoe shaped path of limestone pavers, as you can see and during the summer is usually gets so overgrown I can't even walk through it.

We have crocuses and a yellow flowering tree, can't think of what it's called.


Video production this morning, a nice walk in the arboretum this afternoon with Dan. Curry stir fry for dinner!


Today is my writing day but I'm waiting on a few projects to get approved before I can start writing. Soooo I worked on creating a video for the summit next week in DC where our new NSF funded grant project is presented. Also, I worked on copying a design I saw on Pinterest... and did a pretty good job of imitating the design. I think I'll turn some of these squares into a pillow. Not enough wool for a blanket.


My neighbor is having a baby soon, so I decided to make some booties and a bonnet. I like the braided ties on each- and the little pull tabs on the back of the booties.

Tonight it stormed really hard during my class I was teaching online and our connection was a bit bad. After a long day I enjoyed crocheting and watching TV with Aza and Dan.


Today is my mom's birthday. Happy birthday Mom! I met with my grad student and worked on taking some photos for the solar car curriculum. Also loaned a teaching kit to a student. Aza was home today with the Presidents' Day holiday


I worked in the garden for about 5-6 hours today pulling weeds, moving plants from one location to another, and clearing out dead foliage. This is my lily garden, devoid of any lillies... and still containing weeds on the right hand side.


Friday evening, Dan and I went to the local downtown art open houses. We went from one location to another looking at art on display and snacking on provided food and beverages.


I think one of my problems is that I really miss teaching my methods classes this semester. A course release is really nice for research but I miss teaching undergrads! Crazy, hu?


My crafty handy husband just turned our white outdated ceiling fan in the sunroom into this! One down, four to go!
Beef stew for dinner, just the four of us. Right now my son is playing Pachabel's Canon on the piano, my daughter is writing lesson plans in her room, my husband is scheming his next fixit up project and I am crocheting and thinking about the research I will be conducting on Friday.
It feels magical.


Happy Birthday Squirt! We celebrated your 21st birthday with a steak dinner, a gingerbread cake, and gifts from the heart.


We had Dr. and Mrs. Phred over for dinner this evening. Aza and Squirt played Monopoly and Scattergories on the couch afterwards by the fire. I love those kids! But why is Aza holding a big spoon, and why is Squirt holding a cooking pot?


Still working on my second afghan. I've made about 16 squares (9" each) and would like to have a total of 24 before I stitch it all together.


My office door messages. Makes me happy.


It snowed! Just a bit, but it was beautiful. Today was my "reading day" during which I had to review a bunch of submissions for workshops, conference proceedings, and awards. It was a good day to stay home and read.

And take pictures.

Of snow bells in the snow.


Bulbs are coming up all over the yard. I really need a warm day and a good mood to go out there and clean up some of the dead foliage from last fall. These will be naked lilies late in the summer well after the greenery comes up, soaks up energy from the sun, dies back, and produces beautiful pink flowers.


Someone is doing an egg experiment in my house and it's not me. It's the OTHER science teacher who lives here. Aza! She is student teaching in 7th grade science and preparing to do some of the same inquiry activities I used to do with middle school kids. See here and here.


Today was the symposium that our department sponsored. I took photos all morning but really can't post them here becuase it just doesn't seem right. However, I know that my colleague Mags won't mind if I post this lovely picture of her with baby Lex at the symposium!

And these folks... carefully examining the posters at the poster session... you can't tell who they are. My presentation was in the last session so I had to hang around all day- which wouldn't be so bad except I got a migraine around lunchtime and had to endure the side effects of the medicine.


Groundhog day, 2012. Maybe we'll have winter after all... Today I finished the afghan I'd been working on for a month. It turned out lovely. My first afghan!