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Helping Tower #1

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When Eli and his Mom and Dad were living with us, we purchased a Learning Tower by Little Partners so that Eli could reach the counters and help with whatever his Mom or Grandma were doing. It was a wonderful, well-built contraption. After Eli and his Mom and Dad moved out, we didn’t see a need to keep the Learning Tower, so we sold it.

But then I got to thinking that it would be nice to have one around the house for when the kids visit. I also thought that it would be a good idea for Eli, Emerson and Kyson to have one at their homes. After all, Moms always need a good helper who can reach the counters!

But there are two drawbacks to the Little Partners’ Learning Tower: they’re expensive and they take up a lot of room when they’re not being used.

I did a search for a DIY version of the Learning Tower and found this site: ana-white.com. Ana White had plans for a “Helping Tower”, so I downloaded the plans and made the first of three Helping Towers. The platform that the child stands on can be set to any of four different heights.

This first one is for Kyson since he’s of the age (almost 2) where he needs a little help reaching up to help Mom. The next one will be for Eli and Emerson and then I’ll make one to have at our house.

Besides the lower cost, I like the fact that this version of the helping tower can be folded flat for easy storage. And since Kyson really likes the KU Jay Hawk, I purchased some Jay Hawk stickers and applied them to the front and back of the tower.

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A Walk To The Library

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I decided to go for a walk to the City Library. On the way to and from I saw these things; it was a good walk:

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The trees be dragons diving down through the grass.

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All ‘n all you’re just…

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The refreshing Bel Air

 

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It Only Happened Today

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I awoke 17 minutes earlier than usual. I walked to TRAX 16 minutes earlier than usual. I got off of TRAX one stop later than usual. I walked to work on a different path than usual. I got to work at the usual time. I love unusual days.

I saw these things while meandering through the streets of Salt Lake City on my way to work.

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Slow

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I had an interesting experience while flying to Northwestern Florida a few weeks ago. The plane I was on had TV monitors installed in the seats, so I decided to spend a little time meandering through the various entertainment options they provided. One of the options was a selection of TED talks. I browsed the various titles and one caught my attention. It was entitled, “Carl Honore: In praise of slowness”. The title was intriguing, so I watched it. And I loved it!

I have embedded it here for your own viewing pleasure:

Yes, I’ll be reading his book.

After watching that TED talk, I decided to switch gears and listen to music. So I navigated to the music section on the plane’s TV system and noticed that there was a new album by Leonard Cohen entitled, “Popular Problems”. I happen to be a fan of Leonard Cohen’s poetry and music, so I chose that album and started listening.

The first song on that album is called, “Slow”. How interesting to find that song after listening to Carl’s talk!

Here are the lyrics to “Slow” by Leonard Cohen:


I’m slowing down the tune
I never liked it fast
You want to get there soon
I want to get there last

It’s not because I’m old
It’s not the life I led
I always liked it slow
That’s what my momma said

I’m lacing up my shoe
But I don’t want to run
I’ll get there when I do
Don’t need no starting gun

It’s not because I’m old
And it’s not what dying does
I always liked it slow
Slow is in my blood

I always liked it slow:
I never liked it fast
With you it’s got to go:
With me it’s got to last

It’s not because I’m old
It’s not because I’m dead
I always liked it slow
That’s what my momma said

All your moves are swift
All your turns are tight
Let me catch my breath
I thought we had all night

I like to take my time
I like to linger as it flies
A weekend on your lips
A lifetime in your eyes

I always liked it slow:
I never liked it fast
With you it’s got to go:
With me it’s got to last

It’s not because I’m old
It’s not the life I led
I always liked it slow
That’s what my momma said

I’m slowing down the tune
I never liked it fast
You want to get there soon
I want to get there last

So baby let me go
You’re wanted back in town
In case they want to know
I’m just trying to slow it down


Yes, I rushed to buy the album after landing in Florida ;)

And here is a snippet from John Lennon’s song, “I’m Only Sleeping”:

“Everybody seems to think I’m lazy
I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy
Running everywhere at such a speed,
Till they find there’s no need”

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