Archive for May, 2018

What I do for fun

Now that the big event of Syttende Mai is over with, I can relax. We made just over $500 with the 50-60 people who showed up. The speaker did a GREAT job of talking about Norway’s history and the significance of this event on May 17th.  What do I do for fun now?  I have been going to a neighboring field that was farmed by the Wastweet family. I asked my dad and also my 98 year old aunt to find out more about this family.  There is NOTHING left of the farm except metal pieces that I have been picking up.

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Also, I have picked up quite a few porcelain pieces as well as large chunks of crock pieces.  The other night I found two marbles and tonight I found a Vick’s drops cobalt blue bottle about an inch and a half big.  That’s the first whole bottle I have found after all these years of tractors driving over the earth with all this stuff still in it.

Tonight I also found a piece of metal about 10 inches by 10 inches that maybe someone purposefully left there. It was old and looked like a flap for something.  It was heavy so I paced it out 275 feet from the gravel road and 25 paces to the grassy turn around place.  I wonder if it will be there by the end of the harvest.  I’m sure it would get caught in the machinery, all this metal.

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The blue cylinders I will use as pedestals for planters.  I will use E6000 glue to stick down all the glass shards that make for a decorative piece.  I also have a barn red pedestal for a ceramic bird bath that I just purchased today.  This will be fun to figure out a design for these three things.

So, that is what I do for fun. On Thursday, I’ll go with a friend who is into this kind of hunt for the unknown to an old dump ground in our area which is close to the river, that has yielded some amazing things.  Anyway, just know this is my BEFORE photo of what I hope to turn into a work of art.

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All about the soil, gardening and shards

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Finished up on grades, was part of the graduation ceremony, planting vegetable gardens, mowed for first time last week (needs to be done again) and getting ready for our Syttenden Mai celebration on Saturday at the Carnegie.

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The latest find that makes me happy is going out to the nearby field and finding more glass shards from crocks and also fine dishes.  Last night I found an antique axehead, it was just laying right on the top of the ground.  Much other metal that I pick up.  Remnants of bricks where this farm used to be.  My Dad said that they would go by and pick up the neighbor kids to go to the country schoolhouse, so I KNEW there had been a place but now I know more where the location was. Their place was farther from the road and more into the field, like a football field away.

Anyway, I will start making some artsy things with the pretty glass I have uncovered, perhaps I have already maxed out on the other place I used to go to one mile from our house.  I should check for asparagus though.  The rhubarb is ready and I gave a whole bag to my Mom.  Life is good because I have good friends like Phyllis and a wonderful sister.  They listen to me when I am struggling and hurting.

The Chancellor the other day asked me about the reputations of universities in Almaty, Astana and Aktau, Kazakhstan.  I wrote a real quick, gut level reaction to her question about whether they were reputable.  I wonder what she thought of my analysis?  I mentioned what I knew while teaching at KIMEP in Almaty and NU in Astana. Reputation IS important.

 

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Bay Window Sun

This university spring semester is almost done, we have graduation this Saturday. I have to get my grades in before May 9th. I had my last class with my composition students last Thursday.  Since no more students will be on campus, the Greenhouse was selling plants that I need for my vegetable garden. I bought 32 tomato plants and then broccoli and cauliflower too.  I also bought many wave petunias, different colors, I must have gotten 36 of them and I have planted in pots half of that.

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I also have coleus that I snipped off the tallest sprig and put them in water so that they root.  Overall, I have a LOT of work to do to get the gardens prepared for these plants. I dare not put them in for another month because it could still freeze by end of May. Supposedly the first week of June is the time to REALLY plant.

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I went to an Arts Expo and I met the young woman who is Miss MN right now. She got her piano instruction from another woman who had another Miss MN get in about five years ago.  Talent on piano counts for something.  She asked people to find her in the crowds as she was the one wearing a sparkly hat.  Cute.  She is friends with my violin playing niece and knows my sister who is INTO creating music through technology.

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How great to see all the talent that came together from seven counties for this Arts Expo event. I am now inspired to do more creative things with the broken glass I have found. First I have to grade my students research papers and THEN I’ll have a bit more free time. Ha!

 

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