A quarter of the year is gone! Rather shocking.
Here are some of our activities:
Women's Conference and supper with two of my girls! We watched conference with Grandma at her house. I loved it. It was so much more relaxing and fun...though we may visit more without the 'public' to restrain us. The girls chose a fancy restaurant in Gilbert...or Chandler...anyway it was busy but we enjoyed the wait because we got to visit a lot more. We tasted unusual and fun crostini, sandwiches and salad. The company was the best part!
Nephew Jesse came to visit. Such a treat....although I forgot to go pick him up at the airport and he had to wait for me....argh. I hate that my memory is so bad. (I hear echoes of my Dad when I say that because he complained of the same thing, but I think my memory problem has been a lot longer term than his was) We enjoyed catching up with this great kid...and were all surprised it had been over 4 years since we had seen him.
Rod and I stripped the citrus off our trees early in the month and I hauled it down to Sara and Todd's yard sale which was to benefit a little friend diagnosed with leukemia...I got there a bit late to help much with the sale, but I did help clean their house afterward which was fun.
We are in AZ's spring and I just had to do my canning. Cucumbers were on sale so the bread and butter pickles and relish are done. (people might still want my potato salad this next year and other relishes just aren't the same and the last bottle is open in the fridge!) I also made some grapefruit marmalade. I love that stuff.
For Christmas, Geneva gave us an "experience". We finally got it on the schedule and went to our glass blowing class with them...
so much fun! They almost have to do things assembly style with a crowd of beginners and only an hour or two, so the teachers did most of the work but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is my flower in my house plant.
My garden is growing beautifully! I got some great heads of broccoli, but it is now too warm for it so I pulled half of the plants...that accounts for the bare spot. I planted cantaloupe in the space...I even planned that ahead of time!
There are flowers too...this canna lily is especially lovely!
These observations connected with something I heard on NPR the other day....a study to see if spending more money on failing schools increased student achievement....It Didn't!!! Almost twice as much money was spent trying to educate kids in a 'failing' school and it made almost no difference in the drop out rate and other measures of achievement. What did correlate was the poverty level. As I thought about that, I felt that "Poverty" is less about how much people earn, and more about the behaviors that decrease ability to earn....Gross generalization of course... but things like a lack of work ethic, parental devaluing of education/learning to read, expectation that somebody 'owes' one their living rather than that one ought to have to work for what one gets, and of course alcohol, drugs and other addictions exacerbate the problems. There is, of course a large percentage of people that have just suffered from hard life circumstances....but when I think of my husband's childhood...he had every excuse to end up in poverty. What seems to have made the most difference is his commitment to living the Gospel...it truly improves the lives of it's people. Just keep sharing! (It is clear from our interesting election this year that we can't expect government to solve many of our problems) We are sooooo Blessed!