Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Neale Woods

Last weekend we met up with some friends to hike around Neale Woods.

I haven't been there since I was a kid. It's too bad that they just aren't getting the funds. The house that someone used to live in that was their nature center is under construction. It's been under construction for 2 years. It looks as though no one has touched it. 

I found this information here:

Neale Woods was begun with a donation of 120 acres of land by Edith Neale in 1971. Neale's father had homesteaded the land in the mid-1800s. An additional 60 acres of contiguous land was given by Carl Jonas, whose father had been one of the founding members of Fontenelle Forest. After his death, a bequest from Jonas' estate made possible the purchase of 112 acres of additional land. Of that amount, 25 acres were cleared and designated as prairies, planted in a way thought to be representative of the land in the mid-1800s. Jonas' former home now serves as the Neale Woods Nature Center.

Part of the Omaha sky line.

I think all their funds go into Fontenelle Forest, and not into Neale Woods. 

We still had fun hiking around. We hiked down Jonas Trail and more.

I get fascinated by the simple things like moss growing on an old log.

This tree was interesting.

This isn't the house of Edith Neale thank goodness. It is an old barn that was left uncared-for.

It's neat to walk around with hardly anyone in site. The place is pretty. I hope one day it's restored.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Who Would Play You in a Movie of Your Life?

A Life Examined asks a question a month. 

This month the question is: Who would play you in a movie of your life?

This is a tough one. For one I'm not very good with actor's names. I don't read up on their personal lives too much either.

First off here I am:

I'll do my best. I was once told that I look a lot like Mindy (Pam Dawber) from the old show Mork and Mindy. It's hard for me to see it. She has a long skinny face, so do I. Her hair is brown, mine is brown brownish grey.

How interesting it would have been to work along side Robin Williams!

My husband thinks I have Liv Tyler lips. That's all I have that Liv Tyler has.

If I could pick someone based on looks, and their acting I'd pick someone that doesn't look like me at all. I have a girl crush on Mary-Louise Parker. I've liked her since she was in Fried Green Tomatoes. She can play a southern, classy, conservative girl to a bad drug dealer. 

I know Mary-Louise Parker had some plastic surgery, but not too much. She looks great for being 51. 
Who would play you in a movie?


RELAX: Deep Relaxing Mandala Coloring Patterns and Calming Designs Review

I always loved to color when I was a kid. Oh who am I kidding? I like to color now.

I got RELAX: Deep Relaxing Mandala Coloring Patterns and Calming Designs (Adult Coloring Book Book 1 to review. It's made by Craft Haven. 

I think that even a non artist would love this coloring book! It's purpose is to help adults take their mind of of everyday tasks. 

Ideas on Where to Use it:
  • Take it to the doctor, or dentist office to use in the waiting area.
  • Take it to the kid's swimming lessons, or other sporting event. 
  • Color while watch a movie at home.
  • Take it on vacation to have something to do in the car if you are a passenger.
I colored along side of Isaak when we watched the musical Oliver. Isaak loved that I was coloring along side of him.

A Few Other Pages:

Things I Like About RELAX: Deep Relaxing Mandala Coloring Patterns and Calming Designs:
  •  Each design is different. You'll never find yourself coloring the same image over and over again.
  • Craft Haven has additional pages that you can download for free off their site! 
  • The cost is reasonable.
  • It's a great gift for artists or non artists. I could see my sister that's into health and wellness liking this!
Things I Wish This Book Had:
  • I wish it had perforated edges. Then if you like your design you could take it out easily to hang up. If someone else wanted to try coloring, you could easily rip a page out for them to color.
  • Making the paper thicker to again last longer, and make it more permanent to hang up.
  • I think it would be great if a small set of colored pencils, or gel pens went with it. They could up their cost just a little bit to accommodate the coloring utensils.
How to Pick Out Colors:

I'm a teacher for Color and Design Theory. I can see where it may be hard for some people to pick out colors. I picked out a triadic color scheme, which are 3 colors equally spaced on the color wheel that form a triangle: Red-Violet, Yellow-Orange, and Blue-Green. I veered a little, but pretty much stayed within those colors.

I tell my students to pick out ads they like in magazines/online to use in their projects. 
There's also an online adobe resource called Adobe Color that's free online to use. It gives you colors that work well together.

Cost of RELAX: Deep Relaxing Mandala Coloring Patterns and Calming Designs:
  • $9.11 on Amazon
Overall I love this coloring book. I haven't had a coloring book of my own for years. This is just a great way to relax. I just kind of shut my brain off, and colored. 
Do you like to color? Did you like to color when you were a kid?

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Dental Tartar Scraper and Remover Set Review

I have a food trap in the back of my mouth. Sometimes I'll floss and floss, and I still can't get certain foods out of there. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's annoying when it does.

Recently I got a 3 piece stainless steel Dental Tartar Scraper and Remover Set to review. I know these tools will help get food out of my back teeth!

This set includes: 
  • 1 Dental Pick
  • 1 Scaling instrument
  • 1 Dental Mouth Mirror 
It's sold by Majestic Bombay. This set is a professional dental set made up of different heads. It's ideal for dental hygiene. A great kit, made from surgical grade stainless steel. Very well balanced. The quality of these surgical grade instruments means they will last a long time.

  • The set isn't expensive. It's $35.
  •  The set is marked down to $14.99. I think it's worth the cost. 
I can scrape away at my teeth in the comfort of my own home. I'll do this when I get food caught, between dental visits, and before going to the dentist. There's something about someone else scraping away at my teeth that I just don't care for. I'd rather do it on my own time. 

I can get tarter off my teeth, so no cavities occur. Thankfully I've only had 3 cavities in my whole life. That was all in one visit! I waited a few years to go to the dentist when I was in grad school. Since I've been clean of cavities. YAY These tools will help to! Preventative care is a must.

Ways I take care of my teeth:
  • Brush
  • Floss
  • Mouth Wash
  • Scrape
What's something you do to take care of your teeth?

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Out of the Box Saturday

It's all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. I'll cover something sing | songy one week, and artsy | fartsy the next.

I was sent an email by Liquitex. They are an art supply company if you are unfamiliar with the name.

They were featuring an artist Will Barras. He is an London based artist. Will loves to travel. He exhibits and does live paintings. He works on street scene art. His work is interesting. It went right along with what I was talking about in class. I kept trying to explain to the students that you have to let yourself go, have fun, and be free to experiment. Then in the end you have to take the control back again to create what's in your mind.

I think after showing them his video the students now get what I'm talking about. The background is unified with the foreground as well.

All the artwork shown belongs to Will Barras

Check out more of Will Barras' work on his website.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Random Tid Bits

  1. I've been hearing the student's complain about a teacher. I'd rather this information came out in his evaluations, or the students could complain to the higher ups, then I say anything. I haven't seen him sleeping in class. Supposedly he gets his two classes confused, and falls asleep in class.

    I was sitting in the break room, and the sleeping, confused teacher drifted off. I got up to get ready for class, and later was walking back towards the break room. The teacher woke up and said, "Oh why didn't you wake me up?" I said, "I would have. I'm not out of here yet." I was thinking, How is it my responsibility to wake your ass up? I really wouldn't of been so cruel to let him keep sleeping through his own class.

  2. Picture day was last week. I let the boys pick out a few shirts, then we picked between them.

    Mica wanted to put his hair in a ponytail. We told him, "No!" It wasn't long enough. Mica said, "What should I wear for my pants?" I said, "It doesn't matter. All the photographer will photograph is your torso." Mica said, "But I want to look good for the ladies."

    Isaak said, "Can I wear a tie with my shirt for pictures?" I said, "I don't care." He comes out of his room with a snowman tie wrapped around his neck and said, "How about this one?" Travis and I both said, "No!" Mica said, "Isaak come on don't be tacky!"

  3. Mica was selected to go to the zoo to study Lemurs. I guess only 2 people per class were selected in 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Of course the girl that Mica likes was selected as well. Mica asked last night, "Can S come over to study Lemurs with me?" I said, "Why? Do you have to write a report? Do you have a quiz? What are you studying for?" He didn't know. I said, "Figure out what's expected of you first. I'll get books at the library on lemurs, I'll look up websites for you on them as well, and you can study them yourself. S can study them on her own." 

  4. Source

  5. Travis and I were talking about how we like a lot of Mica and Isaak's friend's parents, but we'd never choose to hang out with them if given a choice. Mica stopped our conversation and said, "Dad if you feel so strong about this I can give you Mrs. Axetell's name and number. She can spend some time talking with you." She's their school's councilor. 

  6. Mica said, "Mom can I speak to you in private?" I said, "Ya what's up Mica?" Mica said, "Um I have candy in my pocket from my teacher. I don't want Isaak to know." I said, "Ok. Take the garbage out, and eat your candy outside afterwards." Mica said, "That sounds like a great plan Mom."

    When I heard, "Can I speak to you in private..." I thought it was going to be something a little more intense. I thought possibly he kissed the girl he likes.
What's something random that has happened to you this week, or last?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WW: Vala's Pumpkin Patch {Linky}

This weekend we decided to go to Vala's Pumpkin Patch. It's been a few years since we've gone, so it was really fun for us. We walk everywhere, and did most things.

They love to sell extras at the pumpkin patch. We caved and bought goat food. The goats weren't hungry at all. Everyone else caved to. 

Isaak loved it when I found a hat in his favorite color: Sparkly Gold. He even has the lip thing down.

Both boys were testy in the morning. So much so that we thought about turning around, skipping the patch all together, and going home. We were already on our way. The parents wanted some fun to. Most photos we got of the boys were awkward. In one Mica's body is tilted away from Isaak, in the other Mica looks like he has to pee (hands crossed, and legs together) and Isaak looks like he's thinking, Whatever let's get this photo over with already!

Travis and I were cracking up over his expression in this one. Can you tell he was fed up with the boys? 

Mica thought he was too old for the jump thing that is so much fun. The crazy thing is that they have a jump thing for adults, middle aged kids, and young kids. Anyway I ended up jumping with Isaak. The second time around I got on 2 punk kids that were trying to cut in line. I told them twice where the back of the line was. I wasn't putting up with anything that day!

Go Karts were super fun. Isaak can finally ride one himself. Mica moved up to the 10 + ones that ride faster. They both got stuck a few times, but it was fun!

Mica took a hold of the map, and insisted that he knew where he was leading us. Instead of getting to the corn maze...we walked almost all the way around it. 

Inside the maze our newbie navigators got us lost right away.

No worries we got out of the maze. 

Then the boys did an obstacle course. Isaak touched the ground, so he had to start over again. Dad did it with them.

This topped my day. They were all getting done with the obstacle course. The kids were lined up to do the zip line. Travis was in the line to. No other parents were in line. It was only for kids. He got down and said, "I almost went on that thing. Then I realized it was for kids only. How come you didn't stop me?" I said, "Well there was a time when I stopped you from getting an ice cream bar at the kid's school. You got mad at me because I embarrassed you. I figured I'd let you embarrass yourself this time." 

Could you imagine a full grown adult male on this thing?

Do you have a Pumpkin Patch where you live?


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