Family Meals

We don’t always eat as a family around the kitchen table but when we do, we really enjoy it. Everything else is set aside. There is only the sound of people talking to each other or enjoying the meal. When I was growing up, we ate at the table as a family whenever it was possible but my dad was a farmer. There were many nights when he didn’t get home until 9 pm or later. Large family meals were fun, too, and we got to enjoy those on the holidays. I missed the last family gathering and I’m sorry that I did. I miss the good times, visiting with family we don’t see often and laughing together about old family stories…

My dad his side of the family are fabulous story-tellers. It saddens me that this is a dying art. It seems to me that story-telling gets pushed aside for less worthy activities. We can gain so much by sharing stories of our family history with our own family members. I know a lot of younger people who would sneer at this but, even as a teen, I ate those stories up! I couldn’t get enough of them. To this day, I wish I’d written some of them down, though I think some of the magic would be lost without the vitality of the story-tellers themselves. Through these stories, I have seen what my family went through and how they thought as younger people and how they have changed as they aged. It’s like a spoken tome of wisdom and knowledge that showed me how my family progressed through many years in those spoken stories shared during holiday gatherings. Maybe you don’t have a wealth of family history. It’s never too late to start a new tradition with your own family members.¬† With that in mind, I think it’s time for me to close this and get on with another family meal. I hope you enjoy your next family meal!

“Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.” ~ Anthony Bourdain


Autumn Quotes

It’s Saturday again! Time surely does fly by quickly when you have many things to do each day. Every Saturday, I’ll post quotes and a piece of music since I do quite a lot of my planning and printing for the next week of school on Saturday. My Saturdays are pretty full and I rarely get time off, even though I’m technically a stay-at-home mom.

I love autumn! Without a doubt, it is my favorite season, with spring coming in second. The summers here in Louisiana are hot and humid. I usually joke about needing scuba gear just so I can breathe outside. The winters are most often wet and cold. If we have any kind of winter precipitation, it’s most often ice. We rarely have snow here. When those autumn temperatures finally get around to us, it’s so refreshing and invigorating! Autumn and early spring serve the same purpose for me, waking up my spirit and getting me back on track. So without rambling on too much longer, let’s continue to today’s quotes! All quotes from today’s post will be from Quote Garden (unless they are highlighted as separate links) and all on the topic of autumn.

Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze…
Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind,
Thy windy will to bear!”
~Emily Dickinson, “November”

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~Jim Bishop

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.”
~Humbert Wolfe, P.L.M.: Peoples, Landfalls, Mountains, 1936

Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.” ~Hal Borland

The song I chose today is a bit of a twist, I think, from our usual postings. Hope you enjoy “Autumn Leaves” by Cannonball Adderley featuring Miles Davis.


Fabulous Friday 8

I’m going to start handing over the Fabulous Friday postings to each of us in turn. It’ll give the kids a more active role in the business and the promoting of it and I think you’ll get to know them a little bit better. It’s Nojo’s turn, since the song choice was going to be up to him in this week’s post.

The first place is the Tractor Supply Company located near you. They have tools, small farm equipment, ranching supplies, and more for a reasonable price.

The second place is the main sight for a game I play called World of Tanks. This is a fun, free, MMO game that draws on the history of WW2. They use WW2 tanks that were used by countries such as the United States, the USSR, Britain, France, and China. They plan on adding a Japanese line soon.

The third place is a YouTube channel called DerTebbers. He plays different games such as Minecraft, Farming simulator 2013, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Flight Simulator X just to name a few. He usually puts up a video or two every day showing mods (additions you can put into your games, downloadable content) and “let’s plays” (shows him playing through a game).

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There was never a good war or bad peace.”-Benjamin Franklin

“The further you get into technology, The further you go into gaming. that’s the general rule.”-Nick Johnson

The song I chose for today is “The Haven of Rest” by the Haven of Rest Quartet.

The further you get into technology, the further you go into gaming. That’s the general rule
The further you get into technology, the further you go into gaming. That’s the general rule

Sketchy Internet And Space Art

Our internet has been sketchy over the last couple of weeks. The IT folks came out earlier this week and tried to fix the problem but I’m thinking it’s bigger than a ‘faulty radio’. *shrugs* Well, I’ll work with what I have. If I miss a day of posting, or post something extremely short, you’ll know why.

The girls worked on art projects today. These were guided projects for school, though. Starshine was not pleased with having a topic she needed to stick to. Magiba was eager and excited. All in all, the project went well. When we lived in Texas, the art museum used to host a project called “Art to Music” in which the students listened to a piece of classical music and then painted a picture of what they heard. So we did a little twist on that. We’ve been studying astronomy this year so I chose an ambient album for them to listen to while they painted. I’ll share the paintings and music with you.

Starshine's Space Painting

Starshine’s Space Painting

Magiba's Space Painting

Magiba’s Space Painting

We worked with watercolors, Starshine’s favorite medium. She prefers to use the powder-type watercolors that come in a plastic flip-top container. (I know that’s not the technical term. If it is, then…wow.) She’s got some talent with them and a definite eye for color. She works best when using her imagination freely but, as seen above, she can work from a topic or general idea, too. The paintings that she sells through her Starshine Product Line are all watercolor paintings. This painting will not be for sale. I’m going to frame it and hang it up here!

Magiba prefers acrylics, so I suggested she use my liquid watercolors. I’ve determined that she does so much better with liquid paints than powdered ones. She’s also learning to use different brushes to achieve different effects. Her favorite part was adding the salt for texture. She thought that was pretty nifty. Yes, there is an alien in her painting, as well as a retro-70s-cartoonish space ship and a screaming moon with arms. She really had fun with her space painting. She’s a barrel of laughs! This one’s getting framed and hung up here, too.

I chose this piece of music titled ‘Forgotten Station’, mostly because it lasted for more than an hour. I’ll be honest. I didn’t want to have to play the same piece of music¬† over and over again. It was difficult to find a piece of ‘space music’ that was just right. I’m glad I found an ambient album, though. It made a nice, peaceful background soundtrack for our painting time. And they discussed it off and on while they were painting, talking about how different sounds made them think of different space objects. We liked it so much, we’ll be following the link on the video to see if the free download is still available.

One quote for today: “For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.” ~ Lao Tzu