Saturday, January 31, 2009

What we are up to...

Josh & I got up bright and early this morning to pull weeds at Rio Salado Habitat. It was a lot of work, but at the end we could see the fruits of our labor. I tackled one very big weed. I think I might have said something like, "I've never stepped away from a challenge before, why stop now." Unfortunately, my arms are a little battered and scratched. Ahhh well. These weeds overrun the plants, steal all of their water and slowly kill them off. It is important that they are removed as often as possible.

All afternoon was spent printing, folding, organizing, packing etc. A week in Tucson is always a hard pack for me. I think it might be that I can take an unlimited amount of stuff. I drive to Tucson and I always seem to feel like I need far more than I will actually use.

This evening we met Erin & her boyfriend for a movie, "Slumdog Millionaire". I now see what all of the hype was about. It was a wonderful movie. I won't say any more because I prefer to not ruin it for you. See it! Thank me later.

Friday, January 30, 2009

RIF

I participated in a program called "Reading is Fundamental" (aka - RIF) this morning. It was so much fun! I read several books to kids at Washington Elementary right here in the heart of Phoenix, Az and then got to help them choose a book to take home. They were a captive audience and warmed my heart.

This book was my fave:

Eat your veggies.....or else! Very cute!

Tomorrow, Josh & I are going to Rio Salado to help with an invasive weed pull. Sound exciting? Probably not - however, I'm happy to do my part to keep my community nice and tidy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Phoenix Heard Museum


The Heard Museum developed from the passion that pioneer settlers Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard felt for the Southwest, its inhabitants and its history. The Heard’s dream of sharing the beauty of their private collection with the public was realized in 1929 when the Heard Museum first opened its doors.
Today, the Heard's collections include approximately 39,000 works of cultural and fine art. The collections remain at the core of the museum’s mission and serve as an internationally known resource for learning about the rich cultural heritage of Native peoples. While maintaining an emphasis on the cultures of the greater Southwest, the Heard collections also include American Indian fine art from throughout North America including drawings, paintings and sculpture.
Key collections areas feature textiles, katsina dolls, pottery, jewelry, baskets, cradleboards, paintings, sculpture and World Cultures materials.

I really enjoyed our adventure to the museum yesterday. Here are some other neat items that I saw.
Right in the front door, there was a nice glass exhibit....we all know that I love glass.


The doll native doll collection was immense. The detail on each doll was stunning.

There was a modern collection in the main hall. I really loved these large pieces of art by Navajo painter Tony Abeyta.


In the "Mothers & daughters: Stories in Clay" exhibit, I fell in love with the sculptures. Each one showed so much feeling and emotion.
We learned about the "clowns" in Native American history. Very interesting....Here is one rising from the ground to create mischief, no doubt...






Anyway, it was wonderful day at the museum. After the museum we walked to Denise's house and commenced cooking. We made tamales & enchiladas for dinner under Denise's watchful eye. Lunch was fantastic.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

IKEA


Who doesn't love IKEA? Josh & I can spend hours there solving our day-to-day space, shelving and convenience issues. Here is how IKEA products have made a bead store assist their customers in learning & designing.

Our latest space saver is a shelving unit for the dining area. I was able to get our china, serving dishes and fancy glasses out of the kitchen and therefore have more space for everything else. This was a Christmas present from my mom - Thanks Mom! If you look on the very top shelf, you will find 2 of Josh's Grammy's tea cups. These were a gift from Josh's Mom - Thanks Jeanne!

Anyway, regardless your problem... IKEA might have a quick, easy and affordable solution. Check them out!

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