Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday--museum visits

Ward and I have different styles in many things we do. This includes reading the signs with the exhibits we visit. He reads every word and I do more skimming because there is usually so much to see in so little time. Somehow, we have learned to work this out and enjoy going to museums and other places together. Wally and Theo have their own styles as well so visiting a museum as a family is an interesting trip, but it usually works.

However, there was one trip when Theo slowed all us down, even his read-every-word father. We were visiting the exhibits at the Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston. He was just learning to read and attempted to read every sign. I mean every word on every sign he could see. And there was a lot to see in the Astrodome. Did I mention that he was just learning to read? Meaning there was a lot of sounding out going on. We didn't want to discourage this new skill that he was so excited about, so there was a lot of trading off and doing other things with Wally while one of us stayed with the reader. It was a long day, but in hindsight it was a sign of things to come. Soon thereafter, Theo became an avid reader.

Below is a post about a visit to a museum where I first noticed the different styles of visitors in my family.

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Visiting a Museum

Yesterday, we visited the Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania. It is a small museum that focuses on key people in the history of the Appalachian Trail. Even in this small, limited-topic museum, the different viewing styles of my family were evident loud and clear.

Ward is a reader. He reads and studies each and every item thoroughly. Wally is a talker. He looks at the exhibits until he can find someone to talk to. Theodore is a waiter. He skims the exhibits and then waits until the others finish. What I style am I? I'd like to say that I'm the perfect blend of all three, but you'll have to ask my family to be sure.

What is your style?

A Second Look--March 2, 2016

Here are a few things I saw this week
during a Second Look.

Look what I found! I found one crocus pushing its way up through the ubiquitous oak leaves around our house. It's the only one so far, but I have seen other green leaves poking up elsewhere.

The snowdrops are full of blooms this week.

I hadn't had a chance to survey damage from a severe storm we had last week. Luckily, we didn't lose any big trees, but we did have several branches down as well as some broken fence sections. 

But the storm didn't bring down many balls from the sweet gum trees. It would be nice if the all of them dropped in a short period of time because now they require almost year round raking.  It's better to keep them raked because the balls are about the size of a ping-pong ball and can be hazardous to walk on.

White-breasted Nuthatch. If you look carefully, you can see the rusty patch under its tail.

Female bluebird. The numbers of bluebirds around the feeder and nest box are increasing. At one point this week, I saw at least of six of them at once. They appeared to be in pairs.