We gathered on Saturday, a community determined to garden.
Rows of green spades waiting their turn, to be grasp and thrust into the ground. Hard earth, not yet moist and soft with Spring rains, challenged us.
Barrels of water were available for thirsty plants and fertilizer to nourish them.
Small lingering snow drifts in garden bed corners and a chilly breeze overhead did not deter us.
Narcissus, daffodils, tulips, and seeds from last year’s marigolds were mingled with others.
Some of us dug holes, others planted flowers and seeds or added water and fertilizer.
Children were delighted by the colorful plants and eager to help.
Soon, their tiny hands and faces would be muddied with dirt in their gardening effort.
In no time, our planting was completed.
We collected our tools, smiling in anticipation of the summer perennials and the annuals we would enjoy later that year.
A happy thought after a long New England winter. I folded this Narcissus flower the next day.
The North East coast was hit by a “snow bomb” which dropped more than two feet of snow in my backyard.
Boston Icy Waters 1.8.2018
The Boston Harbor and surrounding water channels were uneven sheets of ice.
Then, a rapid warming over a few days melted everything.
Yesterday, the temperature rose to a balmy 50 degrees at 10am but by noon, it had dropped to 20 degrees.
To cheer myself up, I folded a blue Origami Dinosasur. Thank goodness it was an easy model.
Blue Origami Dino 1.15.2018
My fingers and hands were stiff and clumsy.
Each Origami model I tried to fold resulted in a disaster.
Perhaps I can blame it on these crazy winter weather fluctuations.
Celebrate the New Year with this Origami Fireworks!
Origami Fireworks 12.31.2017d
Origami Fireworks 12.31.2017b
Origami Fireworks 12.31.2017c
Origami Fireworks 12.31.2017a
The hardest part of this design is linking the final modular pieces together.
It was great when the twelve folded pieces of paper were attached to each other and could be turned inside-out to reveal another design.
I opted for only red and yellow colored papers, as in the YouTube video, for greater contrast.
Best wishes to all for the New Year!
Here is a simple, cute Origami Mouse design.
It is a very easy model to fold following the YouTube video here.
Pink Origami Mouse 12.29.2017
I like how the mouse’s ears puff out towards the back of the head.
The nose points upward as if to sniff some cheese or a tasty crumbs.
If you squint, the shape of the mouse really seems quite alive.
Kids would love to fold this design!
Jo Nakashima, an Origami artist, posted a new design of a Snowman on YouTube.
Origami Snowman 12.10.2017
The design uses three pieces of paper; one for the body, another for the scarf and one for the hat.
It was quite a lot of work folding the snowman – almost as much as making one in the snow!
I chose this model because five inches of snow fell last night.
This is the first snowfall this Winter in Cambridge.
The fluffy white stuff covers tree branches, roof tops and the ground. It looks so pretty.
Plows worked all through the night to clear the roads and sidewalks.
I could hear the scraping sound of the vehicles removing snow from the street as I dosed off to sleep.
Snow Outside My Window 12.10.2017
Yes, you too can build a NASA Space Shuttle for under $1!
Space Shuttle 12.3.2017
Rocket, Huntsville, AL 10.12.2017
Space Shuttle, Huntsville, AL 10.12.2017
OK, so you can build it with paper: print the design, fold it into shape then release the paper Space Shuttle with your hand to keep the cost affordable.
Print the Space Shuttle pattern here then follow the YouTube instructions.
I searched the Internet for this design of the Space Shuttle after an eye-opening trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL a couple of months ago.
A colleague from Alabama had invited a group of us to see the Center after our business trip.
Never before had I seen a rocket up close and was awed by the immense size of the NASA Space rockets and history of the Space program.
How brave astronauts are to fly into the vastness of space millions of miles from our tiny planet Earth.
MIT’s Scratch is great fun! It is a free online project designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Log into this URL and create an account: https://scratch.mit.edu
The Red Crane – MIT Scratch Project 11.25.2017
The Scratch program helps young people “learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.”
One can create stories, animation, games and share these with the Scratch online community.
After practicing with an initial test program “Getting Started,” I created my own 30 second animation called “The Red Crane” which was set to a free downloaded ringtone.
In this project, I folded an Origami Crane and took a photo with my cellphone at each fold then created an animation using the photos and the ringtone.
Check out my project and “Like” it please!