Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pictures, Doors, a Date, & a Post!

 So excited to join Saturday Celebrations with Ruth Ayres! 
  It is fun to live my week thinking about what I will celebrate on Saturday.
Discover. Play. Build.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  I received this picture from my daughter, one of my favorite murals for the Family Reading Partnership (for more photos see my post Talk.Sing.Read.Play).  I saw this mural while visiting my daughter in Ithaca, but we didn't have time to stop for a photo.  She promised me she'd capture this Rosemary Wells illustration, and fullfilled the promise!
2.  I closed one door and opened another door.  On one of my trips to my former school, I spotted this sign in the hall near my old room Melissa's room.  I failed to take it down when I packed up in July.

Coleen, my friend who loves to throw parties, asked me last spring when I wanted my retirement party.  I suggested we do it on the first day of school.  People have asked all summer if I was enjoying retirement, but it didn't begin for me until August when I didn't head back to the classroom and the first day of school when Coleen hosted friends at Ramona's Retirement Revelry.

Guests completed a pop quiz,  
matched food items to book titles, 

and each friend was required to write an assignment for me on a chalkboard.  
Jennifer took photos of each guest with her assignment for retirement.
I haven't seen these yet, but I'm anxious to get started on my homework.    

4.  I joined hubby for a Friday afternoon date at the art museum.  He took off a bit early, and I met him downtown.  Here are pics of two favorites from the exhibit, Modernism in the Pacific Northwest. 
The Seventh Day - Kenneth Callahan
Woodpeckers - Morris Graves
5.  I discovered Heather's blog and this post Taking in the Good while meandering the blogosphere. According to her post and the book Hardwiring Happiness, "once you start looking for things that make you feel positive, you’ll find them everywhere."  And that's what we do on Celebrate This Week every Saturday.  Thanks, Ruth, for helping us find the celebrations every week!


  1. This is so wonderful! What a great idea to have your retirement party on the first day of school! It must've felt strange to not head back to the classroom, but I'm sure retirement will be bring its own set of celebrations!

  2. I wondered early in the summer if you had a party, & now you have! It sounds marvelous, Ramona. I hope you share those assignments! Love all your pictures, and that you had a special time at the art museum, Sounds like you're doing great. My friend & former colleague who left us last year is still in my writing group, & we met last week. She says although she misses the general idea, she's feeling relief too, & enjoying her time at home & being able to 'do' what she wants any time she wants! So glad you're having a good time!

  3. What a fun party that must have been! I'm thinking that the answers to some of those questions would make a great blog post. The loneliest year makes me sad, and makes me wonder why? So glad your daughter fulfilled her promise. Art museums are a treat, especially when you can share them with a date.

  4. What a fun retirement party! Wahoo retirement!

  5. I love your celebrations. The quiz and assignments are a great way to celebrate you!

  6. You are very lucky to have a friend who cares so much - the party sounds amazing. I hope you will have fun completing the homework assignments.

  7. Congrats on your retirement and celebration. I love museums too.

    Mary-andering Creatively

  8. Loved throwing that celebration for such a good friend! And now I better do my homework and get your 'assignments' to you so you can get to work on your retirement. :)