Saturday, October 4, 2014

Neighbors, Friends, 6th Grade Lunch & Poetry!

Join us each Saturday for Celebrate this week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  Neighbors and Friends
I participated in a Neighbor-to-Neighbor food drive this past week.  I celebrate old (those I've known for some time) neighbors and newly-met neighbors who helped to stock the shelves of our local food bank.  Friends reached out to us when e-coli in was discovered in our water last Saturday.  One called to be sure we had heard (we hadn't), and another dropped a case of bottled water by our house.  

2.  6th Grade Lunch on Thursday
One of my friends encouraged me to come to lunch (they say they miss me).  I timed my visit so I could pop into 8th grade and 7th grade lunches to see former students.  Imagine my surprise when I entered an empty lunchroom.  Oops! Must be one of those messed-up assembly schedule days.  Then I heard our co-principal on the speaker explaining  two combined lunches instead of three.   It turns out that e-coli was present in our water again.  They had to give the lunchroom personnel time to discard any fresh produce/food that had been cleaned/prepared with water that day.  A bonus for me was seeing 8th grade teachers who joined 6th grade lunch that day and hearing hilarious stories about students' responses to the morning's announcement to not drink their water bottles filled from our school fountains or from home (prior to the announced boil water order).   Last week's ban was Saturday through Monday.  This ban has yet to be lifted.  I celebrate how easy it is to boil water and refill gallon water bottles.   

3.  An Evening with Fred Kooser and Friends
I know I already talked about it on Poetry Friday, but I'm still floating on Thursday evening's high.  I started The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser and immediately decided it's a book I must own so I can annotate and highlight.  From the inside book flap:  "Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the comforts and merits of a long and enlightening conversation with a wise and patient old friend - a friend who is willing to share everything he's learned about the art he's spent a lifetime learning to execute so well."

4.  Nighttime Pictures at The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
Seattle Space Needle from inside the Glasshouse
 Space Needle reflection in black glass!


  1. Stunning Chihuly glass, Ramona! Funny story about the water situation in your school - whatever did we do back in the day without those plastic water bottles?!

  2. Beautiful celebrations all around but I am particularly inspired by the community spirit of your neighbourhood.

  3. My spirit soars whenever I see a Chihuly installation. It is great that you found celebrations in a tainted water supply. What a lovely neighborhood project. It looks like I have a book to buy! So glad you shared all this!

  4. I think I'd celebrate Ted Kooser two or more times, too, Ramona! Hope the water is back okay & glad you had a visit to school, & it sounds like a good one too!

  5. How scary about the water! It makes me think about what I take for granted. What fun to go back to school - I am sure they do miss you!

  6. Wonderful celebrations. Wonderful community.