Indio, California: This website may have been quiet, but I was plenty busy this week, volunteering as the "graphic designer" for Leo's school newspaper. Published only a few times a year, this is the second time I have organized the layout of the 16 page tabloid. Every story is written by elementary school kids, and the art work contributed is so amazing. It is a fun project, but includes an fairly intense few days in front of my laptop.
You probably may not know this newspaper-making-thing was my lively-hood before a certain gentleman married me and whisked me away to Asia, where I was unable to ever secure a working-visa, and chose a different career path instead: motherhood. As you can well imagine, newspaper production techniques have changed quite a bit since the 80s, but this old Bubbe had kept-up her skills enough - combined with amazing software - that I can still whip-up a newspaper... though still can't believe I worked for a newspaper in the 70s that published five days a week (M-F) and did a 12-24-page paper in one evening - well before software of any sort... for $450 per month salary.
The timing for this volunteer work couldn't have been better - it rained for two days straight in the Coachella Valley. A good soaking rain too. Rain is always appreciated in the desert. I put the school newspaper "to bed" (that term is still used today) Friday morning and had the weekend to relax, grocery shop, and catch-up.
Our project for the day was to fill the three pots on each brick column of our casita with herbs for cooking. We went around the corner to a local nursery, found what we needed and put them in with a fresh revival of soil. They look a little rough right now, but in a week or two...Cilantro, sage and basil Parsley, oregano and mint Rosemary and thyme
I made a mushroom risotto for dinner and we watched the Duck men's basketball team beat a school I had never heard of.I posted this photo on Instagram a few days ago. Lisa, age 4, at a ballet recital (left), and a photo of snapped of Lucy, age 4, last weekend after her ballet class. So different; so much the same. Do you follow me on Instagram? You could.
Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.
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