Posts tagged sunrise

Today’s Concert at the Carnegie

There’s still much to do and it is nearly 5:00 a.m. and I have some things that I can do BEFORE I go back to the Carnegie.  Yesterday after the second coat of primer, I put on some paint and today I’ll take off the blue tape that protected the woodwork. I hope no paint seeped through.  You can see the difference that the primer made from what I pictured in the post before this. That’s only after the first coat.  I found eggshell white to paint over that.  Remarkable difference that I should take a photo of today to post tomorrow.

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My Dad will be singing in the men’s chorus and he is really enjoying the practices.  At 87 years of age, he still can read the music and sing.  That is so good that he has that as an outlet since he is not working any more.  My mom used to say about him, “He works hard at working hard.”  I guess he grew up that way on the farm where all three of his older sisters worked in order to save the farm.  He had an older brother who was about 16-17 years older than him.  I have had some negatives of him digitized and here is one sampling of that.

Alta and Glen @ 1933

I’ll end with a sunrise shot that I got about a week ago. If anything is the same about living in the house that my grandparents built up, it is the beauty of the horizon in the morning or evening with glorious colors. They would have seen the same things I witness with our expansive flat lands.  I caught this one from our second story window.  I’ll have photos of our concert tonight in tomorrow’s post.

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Sunrise to Sunset

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday I could have taken photos of the winter sunset after a gloomy and cloudy day. I had already taken quite a few photos of the amazing sunrise.  Bookends of glory within between of somber moods of cold.  My sister and brother came up to see about working at the shop, helping my dad de-clutter his massive inventory.  They both stayed over night at our place last night.  What was remarkable after they ate a late night meal, was that my sister was trying to help me make the bed for my brother. What happened next started a series of things that wasn’t meant to be!

She reached to the one far corner to tuck in the sheet and boom, the big double bed caved in.  Inexplicably Ken slept through that noise.  My brother was finishing his meal downstairs and he heard the crash just above him. Soon he came up to see what our dilemma was.  We finally took the mattress off, the bed frame apart except one of the pieces because it was stuck.  My brother tried to bang it apart without being too loud, that didn’t work.  Finally the three of us (50% of us siblings in one room) decided that the mattress could go on the floor and my brother could sleep that way.  He did.

Today, my husband who had slept through ALL of the commotion was able to bang out the frame and we put the bed back together. To make extra sure that this over 100 year old bed would NOT fall apart again, he torque screwed the horizontal planks in with four screws.  This old bed and dresser has been in our family for over a century. I hope that others now can sleep in it without any more drama.

So, back to the sunrise. It was a glorious beginning of a day. Today it all ended well.  Sadly our football team we were rooting for in the 30 degree F. temp lost again. 62 – 20.  That is the end of their season where they have lost all ten games, it has to be a real downer for the team players, some of them are my former students.

Anyway, the sun will come up…tomorrow.

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Series of Sunrise photos

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday morning I could see that there was going to be a beautiful sunrise.  If this were a time lapse sequence it would have taken about 10-15 minutes from the start of when I got my first picture to the last.  After that, it was a gloomy day while it rained almost two inches. We do NOT need the rain because it makes our gravel roads very sloppy.

I stayed home all day and got some things accomplished on my articles that I need to write, I’m actually getting paid for this.  I find many other things to distract me so that is why I am glad I didn’t go into town.  I need to get things organized before I go overseas for ten days starting next week.  Maybe during down time, in airports or on the planes while traveling, I can write what has been on my “to-do” list since last September. The deadline is this upcoming September but I want these six articles that are 700 words each to be done by May.

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So, kind of like a sunrise that takes time to happen, my writing is taking the same kind of time to evolve.  Mine isn’t like clockwork and it isn’t pretty like these shots are.  Also, I need to add something from the Expat Arrivals website…I hope this turns out after my last photo. Check out what I wrote about my time spent in Kazakhstan.  I’m far removed from that country now as of five years ago but I keep up with my Kazakh friends on Facebook.

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Amazing November, Semester soon ending!

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Sunrise on the plains, this was a murky morning. We are down to Week 12 out of 16 weeks and essentially, after our Thanksgiving in the end of November, then it is a downhill slide to the end of the semester. I’ll have my 35 composition students give their powerpoint presentations on their last research paper and then it is grading time and we are out of here!  The weather yesterday was 75 degrees which is unusual for November but it goes along with our remarkable summer and fall we experienced.  Technically we could be getting snow at any time and it would stay until March or April.  For now the grass is green and the sunsets have been magnificent.

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The above is a sunset that I caught about 3-4 days ago. I got a LOT of responses on it from my FB friends. I guess I don’t realize how fortunate I am to capture these scenes in the sky that last almost a half hour. This one did and when I thought I was done taking pictures, I turned around and there were MORE photos to take.  The comments that I get from others is that they wish they could see these sunsets like I do or other “magnificent” or “spectacular” kinds of comments.  One would think people would get tired of these colorful sky photos but that is NOT the case, people seem to soak it up.

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So, one thing I learned today was that the heavenlies are looking down to see what we do with the talents that we have been given.  I’m hoping that I can encourage my students tomorrow and let them know they are making great progress in learning how to format APA type research papers.  I just graded 17 of these papers and they are all over the board, not conforming to the rules of APA but I will get them there in about four weeks.

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October about to End

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI realize I should post something before November approaches in two days. Above you can see the horizon’s sunrise last week. Very tranquil  I have been busy this month with canning vegetables, going to Florida for three days, teaching two composition classes and whatever else is on my plate.  Oh, I have been working at the Carnegie lately because I have to write about 5-6 articles with this grant that I was awarded, along with two other researchers for a total of 15 articles.  My brother came up to visit us last weekend which was fun to sit and talk to him late into the night.  Late for me is 10:30 p.m. for him that is just the start of the evening…he is a night ow.

Tomorrow is Halloween and I am not doing anything in honor of that day. My husband and I plan to hunker down and not celebrate in any way. We don’t have young children coming around in their costumes to beg for trick or TREATS!  Good thing, we would only have apples or pumpkin pie to serve them.  I have been selling 2017 calendars in this past week and they have been going like hotcakes.  You have to get those calendars out to people before they get them for free or they buy them.  Our two calendars are with the Carnegie and also the museum.  They seem to be even as to what people want to buy, not one is winning over the other. Both are different in what they emphasize, the Carnegie is colorful with people shots and the interior of the Carnegie.  The other is from 12 different towns in our county, old vintage photos.

Today after church I did something I wouldn’t normally do.  I made Killer Cleaning paste with 1 cup of baking soda, 4 T. hydrogen peroxide and 20 drops of lemon Essential oil.  The other is Natural Laundry detergent with 1 bar of grated soap, 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax (or additional washing soda) and 20 drops of Essential oil.  You are supposed to store that in an airtight glass jar.  Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load of laundry.

Finally we made Fizzy Bath Bombs with 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 c. corn starch, 1/4 cup olive oil, 4-5 drops of my favorite Essential oil. This all makes 1 1/2 cups.  You are supposed to let this sit for at least 24 hours in a Easter egg shell but putting it in a ball in a plastic works just as well.

Anyway, that is the latest I have to report of what I’ve been doing lately.  I should be preparing for tomorrow’s class but I’d rather write here instead.

 

 

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