March 2010 Archives

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Some fun with my Sailor brush pen and ink in the first few days of the month turned into a mini-challenge: could I keep drawing with those materials and in that format (box on the page) for the entire month? I've enjoyed seeing what happened, and I will also enjoy picking up different materials tomorrow.

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Bought mangoes to make us think of the tropics as the days get warmer through this week. 40s today, possibly 80 by Friday.
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One raisin left after my snack.
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By the time it occurred to me to have some coffee ice cream, the quart had three spoonfuls left. (And they were very good.)
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From 8:30 to 9:30 tonight we joined people all over the world in observing Earth Hour. We lit candles, turned off lights, radio, and electronics, and then took turns reading aloud from a favorite book.
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After a day of errands, strawberries make me think of early summer.  These were from California, not-quite-ripe, and even so, I slow down for a moment and enjoy the taste of them.
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Today youngest child and I finished painting her room.
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"We may say most aptly that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves. . . ." - so wrote Ada, Countess of Lovelace, in 1840. She invented some of the earliest computer programming concepts. You can read more about her here.

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, and bloggers are writing about women they admire in technology and science. I drew a sketch of Lovelace, based on a painting of her I found online. Today is also my mother's birthday - you can see some of her recent work here. Her first career was as a scientist, and since I admire her more than words can say, Sarah Hollis Perry is the woman I celebrate today. Happy Birthday, and may you continue to inspire and encourage us.
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The horizon for me this morning.
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Almost done.

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And still they bloom...
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I am having fun drawing these daffodils - so many different ways to look at them.

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Like a sunrise.

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Across the way, the trees have not yet leafed out, and they create a tangled silhouette between the houses at dusk.

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Not home-grown - but those will come along soon enough.

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First of the year, blooming in a neighbor's yard. Oldest child home for spring break, so all of us are under one roof for the first time in a couple of months.

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What's left of the bunch.

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Semi-neatly coiled, until someone grabs the wrong end of it.

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Beside the coffee table, because the coffee table still has the giant jigsaw puzzle on it.

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Just appearing or disappearing. On Saturday we change the clocks, we "spring forward" and lose an hour of sleep. We also get an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day, so I won't mind the extra dark in the morning.

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One of the delights of proctoring an exam is the time I can spend daydreaming, making small notes to myself, thinking of things I'd like to do. Today, I made sketch notes on the edge of some paper. In the park across the street from school, a woman and her dog were running on the hillside, snow had melted to show more grass, and the sky was blue. Spring is on the way.

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So far, March = thaw.

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Mis-dated, as it's not the 10th yet. (Late enough that I'm sleepy.)

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Every lamp downstairs is slightly askew.

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Just a few more pages to read...

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Yes, we are still working on this puzzle.

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The pattern of winter branches makes me think of bar codes. What message is encoded in the spaces, though...

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toy

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Present-day copy of an old wooden ball and cup-on-a-stick toy. I still can't catch the ball in the cup myself, but I've seen it done.

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Crunch. So good to eat anytime.

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More citrus. I'm not worried about scurvy at our house, though I wouldn't mind seeing the sun more often.

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The smell of lemons makes me think of summer...

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