It's been really hot here (not HOT like the rest of the United States, but hot for Long Beach), so I haven't been out digging on my side yard. Which is too bad, because I got some really cool plants this morning that I'd like to plant out there, but they're going to have to hang out for a few days until I get that area ready.
What I have been doing instead is beating the heat and getting ready for the upcoming semester. One of the classes I teach is a seminar for student teachers, and part of that course includes having them keep a reflective journal with entry assignments each week. This can be a bit of a chore for them because they're busy with so much, but reflecting is a vital practice in teaching.
So to get them a little excited, maybe, about this part of their teaching, I've been making them some hand-bound books. I love making books, and it was one of the things I wanted to do this summer, but I had so many ideas and I don't need that many books myself. So instead of having them buy a composition book, which I've done in the past, I'm making a variety of fun blank journals.
Here's another picture of that book, opened out:
This second set has some fun stuff, too:
So far I've made 18 books this week - some of them are duplicates of what I have above, and I have a few more parts cut out - one for a book made from an old Monopoly game, some more old records and I found some more old junk in the garage that I'm going through to see what else I can use. I haven't spent anything, all this is found stuff from the house, and the paper I've already got on hand. I need about ten more, maybe a few extras. I want to be sure everyone has a choice and someone's not 'stuck' with one they didn't want. I think I'll have them draw names to see who gets to pick first.
So this week has been fun for me. I did go out this morning and dig up some gorgeous agaves, my arms look like pincushions, but they're worth the ouchies and scabs (and I got them free on craigslist). Hopefully I get that side yard dug up and the planting beds ready this week, I have some plants to move!