September 2nd, 2014

All By Myself…

geocacheAh, the joys of a new school year!  We moved Boy #1 back to college in Salisbury the same day Boy #2 started his junior year of high school classes.  As my baby sister with two elementary school age kids so eloquently put it, it feels like I now have more than two brain cells to devote to something other than the kids.  I do love the routine that comes from having a schedule; and even though I know it isn’t true, I feel like I have more time for myself now that my boys are back in school.  What to do, what to do?
I got really interested in geocaching while on summer vacation, which can sometimes involve a lot of hiking.  I’ve done enough now to know that I want better equipment than my cell phone’s GPS and “cute” shoes, so I need to do some research for that.  The Zinio digital magazine app on my iPad shows me we have magazine titles like Backpacker, Bird Watching, Canoe & Kayak, Field & Stream, and Outdoor Life just to name a few that will probably help me find the answers to my questions.

There are also lots of great cooking magazines that have yielded some tasty “keeper” recipes for me.  I do a screen shot and save them to my Evernote app for easy access from any of my devices.  The same holds true for crafting magazines and jewelry I’d like to try to make.  Can you tell I’m a real fan of downloadables?

There’s also Learn4Life – which recently had a name change to Gale Courses – but is the same great  product! Learn4Life/Gale Courses has personal development classes – several concerning digital photography, a couple on losing weight and low-fat quick meal cooking that interest me, and a natural health and healing class I’d like to investigate.  Those are free things I can do at home or wherever I can access the internet, and at whatever time suits my schedule.  That’s great for the time spent waiting in a doctor, dentist, or orthodontist’s office, waiting to pick up Boy #2 from school, or even on lunch break.

What plans do you have for taking time for yourself?

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March 31st, 2014

New Spring Programs


This winter was so cold, snowy and long that it’s hard to believe spring is really here.  Yet bit by bit, the days are getting longer, crocuses are peaking through, and on the warmer days, you can hear the lovely sound of peeper frogs in the distance.

To give the new season a thoroughly hospitable welcome, we’ve planned an array of programs – from planting to canning to beekeeping and more – that will get you thinking spring.  Click the links below to sign up.

Beekeeping 101
Rising Sun Branch, Thursday, April 10 at 6 PM

Terrarium Ornaments
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, April 22 at 6 PM

Edible Landscaping
North East Branch, Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM
Cecilton Branch, Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 PM

Welcome, Spring! Tea
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, May 6 at 6 PM

Recipe Swap: Salads
North East Branch, Monday, May 12 at 6:30 PM

Canning Chronicles: Exploring Cecil County’s Historic Canning Industry
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 PM

2nd Annual Plant Swap
Elkton Central Library, Saturday, May 17 at 10 AM

Outdoor Cooking
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, May 20 at 6 PM

To see a complete listing of upcoming programs, click here to see our newsletter.  What do you love most about spring?

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