Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Friday


Now that we're back in our school-year routines, I thought it was time for a new photo diary post. I took some photos of our doings on Friday, September 1, which was a "private Friday" for me and the Bear. Nothing terribly exciting happened, but that's not really the point. Just another regular day in the life.


8:15 - after taking the small Bears to school, we go to the Range Cafe for breakfast. I had a buttermilk biscuit and coffee. The Bear had an omelet. We read the paper, people-watch and talk about anything but politics.


9:30 - we usually spend the morning out doing things together, but the Bear has some work to do, so we go home for a change. This is fine with me; I spend a couple of hours crocheting and watching Escape to the Country, which is so good! Thanks, blogging pals, for the suggestion.


12:30 - we eat lunch and then go to pick up the children at school. We sometimes go to the park across the street to play on Fridays after school, but it's very hot and nobody feels like playing, so we head home.



1:00 - when we get home, I get the idea that I might do some pruning, but seriously, it's way too hot. I go back to crocheting instead.



Midafternoon - we're all doing something. I crocheted, cleaned a little, did some laundry and read a magazine. The GB, with help from Daddy, made some squashes and pumpkins with Sculpey clay.


The (very sweaty) LB stayed outside in the backyard, working on the computer. He recently became interested in something called Software Defined Radio (you can read about it here). He has some help from the Bear, but he's mostly teaching himself how to do all of it. In basic terms - by using various software components, he can receive signals from passing satellites and translate them to visual images. His software lets him generate a schedule for satellites passing over the area. Then he captures images from the satellites on his computer and processes them to make them easier to see. This boy is amazing.


5:30 - I take Miss GB (far right) to her first ballet class of the new school year. She is now in her sixth year of ballet. Her new teacher is very strict. I think she'll learn a lot. She was happy to see her dance friends again; everyone goes to different schools. I was glad to see their moms too.


6:45 - the GB and I arrive home for dinner, prepared by the Bear and LB while we were at ballet. They made lasagna and salad. It was really good and so nice to come home to dinner. Friday evening ballet class is a new thing for us, so dinner will be later than usual, but she's moving along in ballet and we'll make it work. After dinner, it was time to start the evening routines and they were in bed by 8:30. The Bear and I watched Midsomer Murders and ate our stove popcorn. It was a good day!


I'll leave you with this satellite photo the LB received on Saturday with his software radio system. This photo was taken by one of three satellites that passed over the area, transmitting this image from space as it went by. He processed the image and added color (it transmits in gray-scale and pretty low quality), using a tool on the computer. You can see our location marked with the yellow + sign. The white area is Tropical Storm Lidia passing over Baja California in Mexico. How cool is that? I completely adore having stuff like this in my life.

19 comments:

  1. Are those cows? The cow jumped over the moon...

    Ordinary days are best!



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  2. Sounds like a great day, I love that the little bears finish school at lunchtime and then do homeschool as well, it always seems such a good balance. The ballet studio looks lovely, what a nice place to go. Pretty good to come home to dinner on the table as well. It's back to school for two of mine tomorrow. Have a good week Jennifer. CJ xx

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  3. That's such an amazing image of the satellite view. How clever LB is! Miss Bear's pumpkins look fabulous! :o)

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  4. I loved reading about your normal day, and especially seeing photos of your neighbourhood and other parts of your city. It's completely fascinating to me. Your LB is one clever kid. I for one would not know where to start with that kind of thing. I'd be inside crocheting in the cool. :-)

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  5. That is very clever - LB with the satellite radio, thank you for showing the image, pretty impressive. I guess the reality in blog-land, we all live miles away from each other. Lovely photos of your families activities. How nice coming home to a cooked meal, looks tasty. Have a good week, Cathy x

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  6. Clever LB with his satellite radio and well done GB for continuing with her ballet. I was at a concert yesterday evening as my DD1 was performing with our county's youth wind orchestra. The music included a James Bond suite and a selection of music from Lord of the Rings. The performances make the time and expense involved worthwhile. I watched two old (John Nettles as Tom Barnaby) episodes of Midsomer Murders this evening. I love them, along with Agatha Christie's Poirot adaptations (David Suchet as M. Poirot) and the adaptations of her Miss Marple with Joan Hickson as Miss M.

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  7. Sounds like a lovely day. The image you posted was amazing... thank you for sharing. Have a great week!

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  8. What a lovely post. It looks and sounds like a perfect day to me. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  9. What a nice day! I can't believe LB is doing that satellite thing - sounds way too confusing for me!
    We just started watching Midsomer Murders and are really enjoying it!

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  10. This sounds like a lovely day you've all had! I enjoy reading about your days. I would love to have a private Friday but I doubt I'll get my wish anytime soon. Ah well. Have a lovely week. x

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  11. Lovely day. The satellite on the computer is fascinating, I am always amazed by the skills the youth of today have with technology.

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  12. It is always lovely to hear about your day Jennifer, all of you busy and doing interesting things. It has suddenly turned hot here, and today I was also out with the camera trying to catch bees in the lavender. Twins! The GB looks like a ballet professional there in her class. I predict a great future. And I love the map - right there with your location.

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  13. The satellite recevier projct is fantastic. An electrical engineer in the making ?
    Lovely lasagne! Wish my hubs cooked like that! he is more of a takeaway pizza man LOL
    Have a great week,
    Jillxo

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  14. That sounds like a lovely Friday, Jennifer!
    I love ballet. Take lots of pictures because she'll want to remember her ballerina days forever! Have you read Ballet Shoes?

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  15. Love your day. I wish we could part school and follow our interests but that is not possible here. The girls don't do ballet anymore which is such a shame because they were so good at it but it ate into our weekends what with school full time. Thanks for popping by my blog. Perry is hard to get too but the place we were in was a pear and apple growing region of the UK so it was everywhere. Jo x

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  16. Your day sounds brilliant, just and ordinary day but full of lovely things to be grateful for. Your son is quite amazing with his computer genius. Of course your darling daughter is, too.

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  17. Wow, that satellite stuff is amazing! How clever. Your Friday sounds like a good day - I particularly love going out for coffee with my husband as it's such a rare occurrence (he works away from home and we're always busy when he's here). And how lovely to come home from ballet to dinner all ready to eat! What a treat. Hope you're having a good week. Sam x

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  18. Such a wonderful day. Ordinary stuff, but lots of good memories being made. Love the ballet class and the computer graphic. It sounds much like our children and their differences when they were younger. Thanks for this sweet glimpse into your life.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  19. I am beyond impressed by your son's software program. Young people today are so awesome. Your day sounded very nice and unhurried.
    Hugs, Sharon

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