Friday, August 11, 2006
Check it out over here and let me know you visited. I feel like I am moving to a new city, and I hope I will like it.
Cathy Knits and More
Thursday, August 10, 2006
I am a part of the assistive technology team, but usually am not one that is up on this area - but I did have a box of materials to use with students who have a variety of learning problems. Inside this box was a large envelope of colored transparent overlays, along with some instructions and information on their use. I suggested the teacher look over them and get an idea of how they work ( I had only briefly had an opportunity to observe a workshop that addressed the use of overlays with children that have difficulty reading and writing). The teacher took the materials home and read up on the information and came back the next day to shadow the student and make some recommendations. So, she began with placing overlays of a red transparency and a few others for the student to read. Nothing changed until the teacher placed a yellow clear transparency over the page. The student said, "the letters have stopped moving" - now that is a strange comment to me since I have never seen letters "move" on the page. The teacher then took a handwriting page and asked her to copy it on to another sheet. This time, the teacher made a copy of the handwriting on to yellow paper. Here is the page:
Folks, I have not met this child. I would not know her if she walked in my room, but when the teacher showed this, I got chill bumps. I got excited. This student, who had transferred from a different school system, has struggled with this for quite some time. A simple change in the color of the page from which she was copying from made all the difference in the world.
When asked how she felt about this - did she feel as though it made her stand out and single her out with having to do this. She just said... "I'll just tell everyone yellow is my favorite color".
It would be my favorite color too.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
---- See this? Well, don't click on the image because I can't figure out how to link it to the page. However, it's image for you to download and link to RevGalBlogPals Trivia Challenge(click on that). If you haven't joined in on the fun, well, please join us. It's been going on for a week now and... did you know....
- that it has been one of the top 100 popular quizzes on funtrivia?
- that the RevGalBlogPals are doing mighty fine when it comes to average scores - we blew the other groups away when it came to average scores in comparison to tournament groups of the same size. (Go to Worldwide standings link to find out how we compare daily).
Topics can be changed to different subjects, and we will do that from time to time - we might try to tie it in with the meme of the week as the topic allows. And... at the end of the month? If you are the winner of the most games, the RGBPs are going to give your site meter a run... and ... you get to choose a topic to place in the trivia challenge. It could humble us.
One does not have to be an official member of RGBP to play, so join in on the fun. Speed and accuracy are the key to this 10 question quiz! (I have to announce to my home folks I am taking the quiz at my house, because I will for sure get interrupted in the middle of it if I don't say something - and the phone can just ring until I finish the quiz.)
So belly up to the trivia challenge and give it a spin. You'll be glad you did.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
The forgotten list included a kitchen timer, which I need to use while assessing students, paper plates, and coffee filters (for projects in the classroom). Preschool classrooms have all kinds of odds and ends in their room to use for art projects for little hands to create using fine motor skills and their imagination.
So, when I went to the checkout register, I separated those items from my personal purchases. I knew it would be over the balance of my card, but wanted to use up what was there. Well, it denied me - was it because I wanted to purchase items that might not be thought to use in the classroom?
I thought I was being a good steward of the money I was issued. Sure, I could have purchased more expensive items that are deemed school supplies and it would have gone through as a purchase (not that I had a lot of money left on the card).
It's the tip of the iceberg of what teachers spend in their classroom each year. I love the idea of a gift card - I think a better idea is to issue us the money we are allocated during the year, and allow us to purchase items as we need them and see them. There are many times I see a book or an item that can be used in the classroom throughout the year which have been reduced - Each and every month, teachers need supplies that come up that are not anticipated in long range planning. It may be because of an idea that arose during planning for next week's lesson. Well, can't really do a purchase order - that will take weeks before the item arrives, if it is approved and there is money in the budget.
It's not an election year next year, so it will be interesting to see if teachers get the 100 dollar allocation. Of course, it's interesting they call it a gift card. I bet their state allocated Visa is not labeled a "gift card".
Yes, we will have more money to operate our classroom - it varies from year to year. From now on, we will have to purchase the supplies and materials the more conventional way - through purchase order or out of our pockets. Much will come out of the pockets of teachers.
Teachers, how much do you spend of your own in the classroom?
Saturday, August 05, 2006
One book that changed your life
Hard question since many good books have had such an impact on me to change my life or my way of thinking. The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton comes to mind. The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris is another book. In terms of "changing my life", I think books have more of a way of shaping us along the journey.
One book that you’ve read more than once.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
One book you’d want on a desert island.
The Book of Common Prayer
However, I hope I never have to make a choice. There are so many good books to take to read.
One book that made you laugh.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - that's a laugh out loud book. It's one of the funniest books I have ever read. It's about two men's hike through the Apalachian Trail
One book that made you cry.
Marley and Me - I cried like a baby.
One book that you wish had been written
Find a Job you Love and You Never have to go to Work.
(Makes all the difference in the World!)
One book that you wish had never been written --
The latest book I wish had "never been written" is
Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza - certainly not because of the discovering God, because I wish the holocaust never happened, or any for that matter. It disappoints me so little was done for this poor country during this time. Seems as the world just sat back and watched and did nothing.
One book you’re currently reading
The World is Flat - it's a bestseller - history of the 21st Century and the impact of globalization in the world - fascinating!
One book you’ve been meaning to read
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Now tag five people -
Nike's Psyche, Emily, Mary Beth, LutheranChik, and Norma
Friday, August 04, 2006
1. Describe the last play or musical you saw. (At least provide the what, when, where, and why). What was your opinion of it?
"Anything Goes" by Cole Porter. Our local little theatre put it on and it is always a joy to watch people from your community have fun and do a good job at it to boot!
2. All time favorite play? Musical?
WEll, it's not fair to ask a musician to have to choose ONE musical. Several stick in mind. I never ever tire of the Sound of Music and Oklahoma is another fine one.
3. “The Producers,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Hairspray,” “The Wedding Singer”…all were movies before they were musicals (okay “The Philadelphia Story” was a play and then a movie, and they changed its name when it became a musical, but whatever). What non-musical movie do you think should next get the musical treatment?
I don't have any idea!
4. Favorite song from a musical? Why?
Another unfair question... for a musician to answer.
I've always liked "Out of my Dreams" from Oklahoma.
Out of my dreams and into your arms I long to fly
I will come as evening comes to woo a waiting sky.
Out of my dreams and into the hush of falling shadows,
When the mist is low and stars are breaking through
Then out of my dreams I'll go Into a dream with you.
Won't have to make up anymore stories
You'll be there! Think of the bright midsummer night
Glories we can share.
Won't have to go on kissing a daydream
I'll have you
You'll be real Real as the white moon lighting the blue.
Out of my dreams and into your arms I long to fly
I will come as evening comes to woo a waiting sky.
Out of my dreams and into the hush of falling shadows,
When the mist is low and stars are breaking through
Then out of my dreams I'll go
Into a dream with you.
5. The most recent trend in Broadway musical revues is to construct a show around the oeuvre of a particular super-group or composer, where existing songs are woven together with some kind of through story. The most successful of these (“Jersey Boys” (The Four Seasons), “Mamma Mia” (ABBA), “Movin’ Out” (Billy Joel)) have made a mint, but many (“All Shook Up” (Elvis), “Hot Feet” (Earth, Wind and Fire)) have bombed. What great pop/rock singer/composer or super-group should be the next to be featured, and what might the story-line be for such a show?
Bonus question for singer/actors. Favorite part you’ve ever played/sung.
As always, let us know in the comments if you play! And standing ovations (as well as more visits, no doubt) for those who link directly to their posts.
I had a heck of a fun time being one of the nuns in "The Sound of Music" - I was one of the ones that got to sing "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" (I wonder who of the matriarchs of the RevGalBlogPals is Maria? :))
But I think I really enjoyed being Mrs. Paroo in "The Music Man" as I got to have an Irish accent in the play in high school and those that did not know me thought I was from Ireland (please just remember that in high school you can have nailed the accent just a little bit at they would have been impressed.
I think REVGALBLOGPALS trivia tournament MIGHT just tie in this weekend with this theme! Go to the tournament to find out (Saturday and Sunday for the change in topic!)
Have I given up knitting? No, but I haven't taken any pictures of my work lately. One project is in its infancy, so don't want to take a picture of circular needles with a couple of rows completed, nor do you want to see it! I will try to post a couple of pictures this weekend of some little projects completed.
Now... off to school!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I'll get over it.
So take a shot at it - don't be shy - go here and have fun.
Now just for funsies - Saturday and Sunday I will change the subject matter general knowledge, religion (imagine that) sports, literature, and I think I can even get more specific - anyway, we can give it a try.
Place your recommendations in the comments - and your selection just might be it!
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Do you like trivia? Would you like to play trivia challenge with the RevGalBlogPals? Well, we have set up a Trivia Challenge just for RGBP and their friends. Here’s how it works.
Go to here - go ahead and blogroll it!
If you do not have a created a user name and password, that will be your first step.
After that you are set to go to play in the challenge. The challenge involves:
1. 10 questions – right now it is set to “Mixed Bag”, but that is subject to change.
2. Go to “Play Now” and begin the game.
3. Getting the answers correct and length of time determine your ranking.
4. Playing daily increases your chances of winning the monthly tournament.
5. Monthly winner(s) will be recognized – we’ll give your site meter a workout along with YOU getting to choose a topic for the day during the month!
6. You can monitor your ranking at the “standings” link at the top of the page of the quiz.
7. You do NOT have to be an official RevGalBlogPal ring member -
8. Say hello in the "Shout box" - that's a fun part of the trivia challenge.
9. A new tournament begins every month.
ON your mark, get set, GO!!!!!
Here is a button to place on your web site if you choose.
Let me know if you played!
And.... I love my job. Why the feelings of dread?? ??
Well, I think it is the reason of time - I have plenty to keep me busy, and about the time I get adjusted to being off, the time to go back to work begins.
The first couple of weeks after school starts - there is an adjustment period. I feel a bit lost of what to do with the 40 hours a week of time that is now "free" - then the summer begins. Youngest daughter spends 4 weeks with us in the summer, children come and go, and this year was THE MOVE - 2 whole blocks away.
The first four days of school is planning - filled with meetings, getting the room ready, and open house. I am fortunate to have 2 paraprofessionals who are WONDERFUL - they are truly a gift to have in my room and for 3 women in one room to get along is a blessing - we work as a team and no one gets ruffled.
For the little ones, it takes several weeks for the class to "gel" - for the group to get some form of togetherness. Separation anxiety can be a part of the issues we address during the first weeks of school - let's hope that they will be brief.
Once we "get on the train" there's no stopping! Trying to get psyched up for the big week. Wheeeeeeee!!!!!!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I ran to the house and told Mom - that it didn't look good, to prepare her for the loss. Dear son gently lifted her from the pavement and brought her to the side of the road. "Mom, it was instantaneous...her neck is broken." He brought her to the house in case Mom wanted to see her one more time.
We got the shovel and looked for the right place to bury her. Before we began, son and eight year old had two big containers of water. I wasn't sure what it was for, and when they came back I asked. "To cleanse the road to make it less painful" - he is so thoughtful......
We find an oval basket just the right size, and found the shady spot. Gently placed, Annie goes to a place where there are no cars, and where she can romp and play to her heart's content. She loved frogs and would hold a point with them, so I am sure she would want a few of those there with her too.
A small cross made from polished rocks was placed on her grave as dear 8 year old wanted something special there.
Dear son stayed a couple of more hours to make sure all was taken care of and to allow us to grieve during the initial shock. I'm proud of my son for having such a gentle compassion during such a traumatic time - times like these that though I was not a perfect parent, that I have a wonderfully compassionate son who can offer comfort and hugs at the right times and knows the right things to say.
There is an empty space in our hearts tonight. Tears have fallen and will fall for a dog that was so loved her short life and gave so much love to us all.
8 year old. She is part of the Saturday sky team in this area. Pretty nice shot if you ask me!
Well, that isn't the only thing she is good at. We had bubble time - WM had a clearance section for outside play. Some items were 25 cents, some were 1.00 and some were 2.00. So we picked up a couple of different fun things to do. One was making HUGE bubbles. Here is what fun she had.
Notice the whole process required a
Friday, July 28, 2006
RevGalBlogPals Friday five!
1. What's the high temperature today where you are?
According to weather.com - about 97 degrees - that's a lie - it will get hotter. Heat index has been over 110 most days here.
Update: 6 pm - this afternoon - I saw a thermometer register 105. Heat Stroke weather.... where's the relief? Oh yeah, that will be December.
2. Favorite way(s) to beat the heat.
Well, being in A/C is a good way, but a BETTER way is a cranberry slushie from Sonic - which I did the other day. Oh a nice swim is pretty good too, but the swimming pools are over 90 degrees right now. Anyone have a HuGE ice cube?
3. "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." Evaluate this statement.
Ever cut room temperature butter with a knife?
Better yet, ever walk on pavement so hot that it is starting to soften?
Physically the humidity can be so oppressive that when you take a breath, you think, OH MY GOODNESS, get me in some air conditioning!!!!!
4. Discuss one or more of the following: sauna, hot tub, sweat lodge, warm-stone massage.
Sauna - well just go outside
hot tub - any swimming pool right now in "these here parts"
sweat lodge? WHAT? IS? THAT?
Warm stone massage - well that feels mighty fine.... in COLD WEATHER - hmmmm that happens 3-4 days a year around that
5. Hottest you've ever been in your life
I got so hot one time I threw up. It was on the square in town during the Prom's promenade - all the town shows up - I walked up town to see the festivities - started getting sick - and I knew it was the heat. Walked home..drank a ton of water.... threw up.
Ok revgals, you asked.. you got it.
Non-temperature related bonus: In your opinion... who's hot?
My husband - see? that's my right answer! :)
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
(This is a little different than what was said on the meditation as it is more in depth):
St. Ignatius and his first companions, in the spiritual experience of the Exercises, were moved to a searching consideration of the world of their own time in order to discover its needs. They contemplated "how the Three Divine Persons look down upon the whole expanse or circuit of all the earth, filled with human beings" and decide "that the Second Person should become man to save the human race." Then they turned their eyes to where God’s gaze was fixed, and saw for themselves the men and women of their time, one after another, "with such great diversity in dress and in manners of acting. Some are white, some black; some at peace, and some at war; some weeping, some laughing; some well, some sick; some coming into the world, some dying, etc." That was how they learned to respond to the call of Christ and to work for the establishment of His Kingdom.
Ignatius invites us to look at the world both in seeing the world, and hearing the world, in how we treat others in our words.
The basis of Pray-as-you-go meditations are based on the St. Ignatian style, hence the novena honoring him. The Episcopal Church observes his feast on July 31, as do the Roman Catholics.
You can listen to these meditations through Itunes or download it to your MP3 player or IPOD.
What continues to attract me to this daily 10 minute meditation? Several things that I can think of:
1. Its beautiful variety of music from every century, from most every part of the world, from plainsong, to sacred music from Africa, to praise music of today.
2. I cannot help to be attracted to the beautiful Irish accents during the meditations.
3. Scripture is read twice - each with a different voice, reading the same text so one can hear it with voices that may touch us in a different manner.
4. Last, but not least - the last part. This week they are using a portion Richard of Chichester's well known prayer:
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly,
Day by day.
As they begin the end, they begin with one voice, and then another is added, and it continues until a community of voices end the prayer. It's a beautiful way to end the meditation. And a beautiful way to begin or end your day.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Another blog I participate in is a group of mostly women, but there are some men on there, that are involved in the church life - many ordained, but some not - but all have the common thread of being believers and having church being an important part of their lives.
However, I do not know if this is my particular direction or if this is where others are also doing, but I am finding that blogging and reading others thoughts, or seeing what others have to say about a certain topic, especially knitting, church, and education, which are the blogs I tend to gravitate towards is replacing email lists. (whew that was a long sentence and probably needs revising) - I am finding that I am participating in fewer email lists, and using blogs more to get the pertinent information I am most interested. Is it because it replaces some of the drivel that you get on email lists (how many "me too's" and "I agree" does one have to read to get to some meat?)? Is it because of the ownership of the blog that folks reveal more about themselves than they would on a list (I don't think so). Is it because the blog takes on a flavor of its own and it is somewhat predictable and you know what you are going to get?
I find blogs fascinating most of the time and I almost always learn something. I also find those that I hope I never happen upon again (ever hit the "next blog" on the top of Blogger? Whew! Sometimes that'll wake you up!)
After reading a chapter in "The World is Flat" about the history of the Internet, which is fascinating, I got to thinking, what would happen if all of a sudden, we went back to no email, no digital images and attachments, no Internet, no blogs, no online purchases. The thought of it almost gives me a panic attack. Our world would hit crisis mode for sure! However, we survived years upon years without it.
I am thankful that I am a part of this digital age - think I will end my blog posting on that note.
Notice the hopscotch was created for people who have tinier feet than she does, but she didn't take that into account when creating it. It's all in the process - right?
Saturday, July 22, 2006
What does it take to get it to rain? Well, I think I found the solution. I picked up the furniture my Mom had purchased. Go ahead and tempt the clouds to do WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO! - So.... move over Saturday Sky, we are making room for Saturday RAIN. I went outside to take pictures. I even took a picture of the drain to show we got REAL RAIN. Of course the furniture was in the truck (table and chairs, no upholstery, thank goodness, so wasn't quite as frantic).
How many rain drains make it into a blog? (or whatever you call them) The beauty of the rain flowing out of that drain - I all but put my feet in it. (oh - and the plant to the right of the drain is Dutchman's Pipe, larval food for pipevine swallowtails as well as some others. It has a bloom on it, but it looks a little ragged - it's also known as the Calico plant because of the unusual bloom.
Last, but not least, a hummingbird at the feeder.
Friday, July 21, 2006
1) What is your first memory of the RevGalBlogPals?
I think I stumbled upon Hazelnut Reflections' blog - perhaps saw a link to the ring, and saw RevGalPals blog - how I got invited, I think I would have to look at the comments on my blog to see who was
2) Have you met any of the other ring members in real life?
No, I don't think I have met anyone - I don't know everyone who is on here yet - since some are anonymous - however, I am pretty sure I have not!
3) Of those you haven't met, name a few you would love to know in person.
I can think of a few -- Mary Beth - we have emailed and found we know some folks in common and have crossed paths, but at different times (how do you explain that?) We have been to common places but in different years that are near and dear to our heart.
Others I would like to meet:
Songbird, Hazelnut Reflections (I am still enamored by her blog title since I am a fan of Julian of Norwich), LutheranChik, and St. Casserole (Still lover her blog name too)
I am going to leave a comment to these folks so they know!
4) What has Ring Membership added to your life?
I know I have "met" some neat folks and it has broadened my concept of the larger church - not just of my church tradition, but of those that go beyond that. There are some blogs, by just reading their blogs, I would feel right at home in their church homes just by reading what they have to say.
5) Describe a hope for the future of the WebRing.
Do we go out searching for others to join us? Or do others find us through the links on our page? (sort of like real life evangelizing isn't it?.. well sort of..) and then...when does a web ring become too big? Will we become a mega
Ooooh, wouldn't a trivia tournament be fun? :)
Is there a birthday calendar? We can hit their blog on their special day! Site meter would love that!
Happy Blogiversary RevGalPals!
Sunday, July 16, 2006
So.... we go to lunch and have a GREAT meal with great company. I look outside by the pool and I thought the sky was looking rather ominous, which I should think that because any rain cloud we might see today should not be descripted like that because we should embrace it. As we were departing, a huge clap of thunder boomed and so I thought I better get a move on to the van so I can pull it up to the door so not all of us would get wet. I run to the car through the rain (though I really wanted to get soaking wet from the rain - to remember what it is like). I get to the car and go to the covered walkway where all of the golfers and their carts had pulled under to protect them from the elements. As Mom and Naomi come into the van, Mom says... "do you see that hail?" - I said no... I didn't feel or see any. She said, look - there it is.. all over the ground. Then she said..you know it looks like snow..it's floating (mind you it is 100 degrees outside) and I see the floating white specks as the wind is blowing from the storm. I look in my rear view mirror and see it all over the ground.. and then I see the culprit. There, standing beside the parking lot, pretty as you please, was a white crape myrtle, whose flowers had experienced no wind nor rain for who knows how long. So this little bit of weather we experienced got us so excited we had blown it to epic proportions of hail and snow. To see crape myrtle snow, go here
Oh yes, the suspect snake church attender - we believe it is now a cord that connects the fan to electricity. Whew, thought we were really going to get a reputation in town.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
The Saturday sky was particularly pretty at noon today and I caught a glimpse of it today while getting in the car.
Now Abby is the Saturday baby -- do you notice that Abby and baby have the same letters in it? I think that is pretty cool - she came with her Meme and my Mom and me to the local bakery while we ate sandwiches. She stole the show as she sat and watched us while we ate - if you look very very closely (maybe even click on the picture) you might notice she has toe nail polish on her little toes. Her first, I am sure, of many "pedicures" in her life. Everyone say hello to Abby!
Friday, July 14, 2006
1. Grammatical pet peeve - oh I have a few -
- she don't, he don't
- placing apostrophe's (sic) just because it ends in an "s" - in town there is a sign - "lot's for sale"
- I have more, but it is not necessary for me to come across as the grammar police - for I know I have my own errors in grammar.
2. Household pet peeve - leaving a gob of toothpaste in the sink...bleh
3. Arts & Entertainment pet peeve (movie theaters, restaurants, concerts) - well, there are a few - however wearing too much perfume can get on my nerves.. In a concert, rattling the program during the performance and talking can make me get pretty testy.
4. Liturgical pet peeve - I have a few pet peeves here, however my biggest one is when the layreader is reading the Scripture and people are following the insert and they are reading the Scripture instead of listening to the reader - I mean, what is the point of READING the scripture while people are reading it in the order of worship? And, when you are reading the scripture and you look at the congregation, all you can do is see the top of people's heads - only a token few are looking and listening (hopefully) to the reader.
Also another pet peeve is folks leaving before church is over - it's like leaving a friend's house before the visit is over.
Addition: Prayers that request that God/Jesus/Holy Spirit to "be with us" - is there a time they are not??? Would it not be better to ask "let me/us be aware of your presence"???
5. Wild card--pet peeve that doesn't fit any of the above categories- you know, I had one to put here, while I was doing #1, I said I would put that down as the wild card - but my memory is so poor, I can't remember it now... will post later if I remember it.
Bonus: Because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God: What do YOU do that others might consider a pet peeve?
Now.... would I do anything that would drive someone crazy or be a pet peeve of someone? Well, actually yes, I can think of one - "K" my dear dear friend yelled at me when I called a book a "chick lit" book - she said that that was a derogatory remark - fluffy with no substance. So let me clarify what I consider "chick lit" -
I think chick lit literature is literature that women tend to enjoy - and that it is of a lighter nature - one that we might read for pure enjoyment.
So I will not use that in front of "K" and try to be careful not to use it, though I do not mean it in a derogatory manner. She has approved of "brain candy" as an acceptable replacement.
I do not like it when my friend "K" yells at me...
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Mason Dixon Knitting has a KAL blog and it has taken off like wildfire. After looking at the completed works one cannot help but get bitten by the knitting bug. The book, Mason-Dixon Knitting : The Curious Knitters' Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures, has wonderful simple knitting patterns as you can see on the Knit Along. In looking at this, it looks like it could be a purse, but it is a baby bib. I like the way the tri color yarn self patterns itself - it's a cast on of 40 using size 6 needles - that is how I got the pattern. Cotton yarn on a cone from Elmore Pisgah . Watch out these babies (no pun intended) are addicting.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Today, after church, the afternoon was spent over at the other house moving more stuff - I really should join the minimalist movement - we have TOO MUCH STUFF - ridiculous. When will I learn?? Now I am walking like I am "stoved up".
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Would love to take a skyful of raindrops.... rain come on and stay and play a while!
Friday, July 07, 2006
- Short People -A few of my favorite short people - My Mom and Davis (who is featured here with his antics - the latest with his own haircut when he was an aspiring barber) - Davis, I need more of your antics - your mother tried to outdo you by killing a rattlesnake.
- Short Hops - My Hops get shorter as I get older
- Short Stories - My favorite short story to tell - Three Billy Goats Gruff since the kids in school love it so
- Short Lists - Why make a list when you lose them?
- Short Stops - Are we talking about stops on the organ or baseball? oh - maybe a short stop is when you leave the air conditioning running in your car so the folks in there don't roast.
Oh yes, here's a short rattlesnake that Davis's mother killed by the pool in the country - don't worry Davis - you will come up with more ideas to get into the blog.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Well, in looking at our local paper, I saw an ad for a produce stand (ok, I admit, the softserve ice cream was a selling item to make the trip) - but they also had shelled peas and "lopes" and "maters". So friend Kit and I trekked over to the produce store (which was like a old country store and was air conditioned - yay). And there it was..... a industrial refrigerator full of shelled peas of all kinds. Now in these here parts, cream peas, or white acres, or cream 40s, 8s, or 12s, are the creme de la creme of peas.
We came home with yellow squash, butternut squash, Vidalia onions, and REAL tomatoes... maters. Oh yes, the lopes (I never heard of them called that - but saw it on a sign) - these put the store bought ones to shame ( I realize I bought this in a "store", but you know what I mean).
So, yesterday, I put up some peas, and since the dear husband was driving by there today, I asked him to pick up more peas. Yes, I was feeling a bit domestic - WHAT HAS COME OVER ME??? And I put up some more. Now if we had a big freezer, I would fill up with these peas. Nothing better than these peas and the "pot liquor" -- any one heard of that? Anyway, here is a samplin' of what I did. Notice the okra in there, it adds a little something to the peas - they need to be small and tender and just one or two per package will take care of it.
Update on missing items: digital cable cord has been found as well as charger, so things are good...
Missing bag of Socks that Rock yarn has also been found - three skeins of that yarn was in there along with a pair of socks already knitted. I feel better now.
Knitting items will soon be posted. Nothing too much exciting, but knitting is taking place.
Rain would be much appreciated too - we have had less than 2 inches in 4 months. That's unheard of here.
Monday, July 03, 2006
I can't even post a picture of a dog sleeping.... or a Saturday sky...
Back in search of missing items in the move. I should have known better and moved those in my hot little hands with nothing else....
Friday, June 30, 2006
Friday 5 from Rev Gal Pals
1) Do you celebrate 4th of July (or some other holiday representing independence?)
Yes, in the past we have cooked out and had hamburgers and hot dogs. However, this year will be different - with husband's job as golf professional, this is one of his busy days. Not sure what we will be doing, but I do believe that I will be watching the Boston Pops in the evening!
2) When was the first time you felt independent, if ever? Hmmmm, that's an interesting question since my feeling of independence has come in stages - driving as a teenager is certainly one, going to college, getting married. However, after my divorce, I felt like I had finally grown up and could truly be independent - and it allowed me to feel the gift of receiving from others, while still feeling independent.
3) If you're hosting a cookout, what's on the grill? We usually host a cookout, but probably won't this year. We'll gladly accept any invitations that are offered, however, anyone that shows up, we'll try to do something fun!
4) Strawberry Shortcake -- biscuit or sponge cake? Discuss. I like it with biscuit, but just recently had it like that - it was sort of strange, but I like the texture better than a sponge cake or those little cake shells.
5) Fireworks -- best and worst experience - Stone Mountain has an awesome laser show with fireworks. Worst..... I went to a fireworks show at a lake when I was a child and a bug got in my ear....gross.....
1776 - have not seen it so won't get to do the bonus!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Joyce arranges her trips to what YOU want to see. We were lucky that day as we were the only ones on the tour, as she sometimes takes more than one family. Since it was only my husband and me, we were able to cater the island trip to what we wanted to see. Of course I wanted to see the Anglican Church, (which she happens to attend right now - she is Methodist, but somehow she has a women's group in which she is a part and it prevents her from attending the Methodist Church, so she is attending the Anglican Church). On a tiny street in Phillipsburg, was the Anglican Church, which looked as though some construction was going on.
The streets were narrow and parking was pretty packed, so I only got a picture from the car. I am sure that Joyce would have bent over backwards to find a spot, but we had places to go and see.
Joyce took us to the Guavaberry Emporium, where they make Guavaberry Liqueur and Rum (and jelly, and honey, etc) - Guavaberry grows prolifically on the island so they have marketed these items and made a niche for themselves for this unique flavored fruit - tasty and unique! Husband has the idea of making a guavaberry cheesecake - that sounds yummy! Oh yes, we were graced with the presence of Sint Martin himself, right in the store. (Ok, I tried to upload the image of Sint Martin, but somehow Blogger won't let me).
We saw where the rich and famous lived, as well as the housing projects. Schools were also on the tour where children were still in school, both on the French and Dutch sides. Children wore uniforms. Noticeably, many had their jalousie windows open and clothes hanging on the line. When I asked about this to Joyce, she said, this was their way of living - their island provided the breezes and few people had the luxury of airconditioning and a dryer, some by choice, others because of the cost.
The economy and politics were discussed, especially in light of two countries on a very small island. I know why two countries claim it - its beauty is breathtaking!
So, if you ever find yourselves at St. Maarten, look Joyce up whether it is for a guided tour (in which you will NOT be disappointed) or to rent a car, or even need a babysitter.
We got much more that day than the tour, we felt as though we had a new found friend - she places her customer's happiness and satisfaction above everything else, however, she has room in her heart to be a friend.
I can't wait to go to see
Monday, June 26, 2006
Get your swiffer out and start knitting!
Sunday, June 25, 2006
- I know where my digital camera is - that is a good thing. I know where my laptop is - another good thing. However, the cord that connects the two is out of pocket through the move. I KNOW it will show up, just when is the question.
- Church today had two hymns with descants I knew. However, it has been several weeks since my voice has hit a HIGH A - and I should have known better....
- Knitting - I am still working on pink basketweave baby blanket, but for the past several days, while knitting, my hand is going to sleep after several rows. Any suggestions as to what might be causing it?
Friday, June 23, 2006
Seems like I just did last week's Friday five (I did) - suitcase found, house moving still in progress, but I couldn't resist the ice cream meme.
1. Ice cream: for warm weather only or a year-round food?
Ice cream is year round food - it's comfort food. mmmm
2. Favorite flavor(s)
Baskin Robbins Chocolate Mint (note specifically the brand name, though Breyers does a pretty good job.
Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia
Raspberry Truffle from Working Cow Ice Cream (I want to know how they put the raspberry goody inside that chocolate chip).
Edy's French Silk
3. Cake cone, sugar cone, waffle cone, cup?
All of those sound pretty good to me, but I do like a waffle cone :)
4. Childhood ice-cream memory
Well, this is sort of an off shoot of ice cream, but I remember learning this song in school - does anyone else remember it and remember the rest of the words?
If you have a nickel,
You can buy a popsicle,
You can buy it from the popsicle man.
You can have any flavor,
that you wish or you favor,
You can buy it from the popsicle man.
It seems that there was more to this song than this. Please let me know if you know this song, remember it, and even if you don't remember any of the lyrics, let me know. Mrs. Wooten was the music teacher at Kate Sullivan school and we sang on long benches in the music room.
5. Banana splits: discuss.
I like Banana split blizzards better than regular banana splits.... discussion over.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
1. In what kind of environment do you sleep best? (e.g. amount of light and noise, temperature, number of pillows, breathe-right strip, sleeping in the buff, etc.)
I like low light and the radio on NPR - usually 2 pillow, and I wear a gown. If I fall asleep in the recliner - do NOT wake me up to tell me to go to bed. (I HOPE my husband might read this).
2. How much sleep do you need to feel consistently well-rested?
7-8 hours - with a catnap in the after noon
How much can you get by on?
What are the consequences when you don't get enough?
I start crashing in the late afternoon and I get quite testy.
3. Night owl or morning person?
Morning person - but you would have never guessed that on the cruise.
4. Favorite cure for insomnia
5. To snooze or not to snooze? Why or why not?
Snooze just a little, it's like getting a little extra wake up time and an opportunity to think about the day as I slowly wake up. When I "snooze" I never really go back to sleep, just lie there and anticipate the day in my thoughts.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Last seen on cruise ship.
Nowhere to be found on terminal - someone who thought it was their red suitcase must have gotten it.
Hope they take care of the dirty laundry in there, and turn in my overdue library book. If they were looking for anything more valuable, they picked up the wrong suitcase!
If you have seen my luggage, it's red, with a super big ziploc bag with dirty clothes in it and the Debbie Macomber book A Good Yarn in it. Will greatly appreciate it.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Will give more information when we are on terra firma and have an unlimited amount of time to spend online.
Finished a pair of socks, but not needle to graft at the end. It's in the truck at the cruise terminal.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
I believe if you click on this image you will get a more impressive picture of the thousands of this daylily garden. Over in Whigham, Georgia, Farmhouse Daylily Gardens has acres of daylilies which offers a feast for the eyes. My visit over there was my end of the school year visit to pick up some daylilies to special folks that work with me.
Fraternal socks, these are - these blue striped socks were knit for Laura - but I am not sure they are going to fit - they are knit from Regia socks on size 2 needles. This yarn doesn't have the substance that Socks that rock do, but I guess that is comparing apples to oranges, since one is 100% superwash merino (STR) and Regia is a superwash wool/nylon blend.
Wasn't too successful in making them identical, but in producing two of the same, just like twins, sometimes you get identical, sometimes fraternal.
Went to get my haircut today and in a whimsical moment while getting my hair done, my beautician, who I have been using for almost 20 years, said, "Want to get your eyebrows waxed for that cruise you are going on?" I said "Sure", so I got my first waxin' - well, I won't say what I said when she peeled the wax off the first eyebrow - because I will keep this blog G rated. Anyway, all I can say is "that was an experience" - Actually I haven't plucked a single eyebrow since high school and have been perfectly content. I don't see much difference myself and my husband couldn't see a difference with it either.
I believe my hairdresser holds some spell over me, since I have been going so long to her, that once when she couldn't do my hair, I felt like I was betraying her. She even knew I was going to someone else... I wrung my hands in anxiety like I was violating some code of ethics that was written in stone somewhere. How long have any of you readers been going to the same hairdresser?
Oh, cruise information - Royal Caribbean, Mariner of the Seas travelling to the Eastern Caribbean.
Tomorrow, we close on our new house. Stay tuned for more information.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Though you now live a good bit further away from me, I still keep up with you. I do miss your visits and our chance to get to see caterpillars grow into butterflies. Your mom tells me that you like birds too and have binoculars to watch them. Maybe one day you will grow up to be an ornithologist.
However, Davis, I don't think your calling is going to be as a barber. Your Mom sent me a picture of your self given haircut, and I think it is a good idea to leave your haircuts to Mr. Kim, the "Super Barber" - he seems to know more about haircuts than you do. I think it best to keep on honing those birdwatching and caterpillar catching skills than getting scissor happy.
Here is a picture of Mary G. - rumor has it she is exploring the possibility of her profession as being a soil sampler. Beautiful picture!
Mr. Squirrel wants to ask you something...
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
We teachers have much to be thankful for in comparison to others in less fortunate places. I do not want to make light of the many troubles that DO plague our schools, for there are many, but in light of others, we should consider ourselves lucky. I am thankful for:
- the fact that our students don't have to go hungry while at school
- the air conditioning, heating and electricity
- the technology that we have available
- the support we get from social workers, nurses, and counselors
- the supplies and resources that are available at our schools.
I think many of our problems that plague our schools come from the fact that we are a society of plenty - plenty of too much, and not enough of "not enough" so we don't have to be resourceful.
Then I read the following, and give thanks, and pray for those in less fortunate places. Read on....
Teachers living in miseryBy Thabile Masuku
THEY live in one-roomed stick and mud houses, wake up everyday to face over 200 pupils on an empty stomach (literally) and toil hard for five days a week, all for nothing in return.
This is the story of four Etjebovu Primary School teachers who have not received their salaries since the beginning of the year. Two of them are on contract, the rest are temporary teachers.
What’s worse, there seems to be no end in sight in their fate. Several trips to the Ministry of Education have yielded no fruits, as they have been given endless excuses and promises. Sometimes they are promised that they would be paid the following month, on other occasions told there are no post numbers and at times that their names do not appear in the registration list.
As a last resort, they have turned to the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) to ask it to approach the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) on their behalf, hopefully with the view of coming up with a tangible solution. “We met SNAT last week and are still awaiting a response,” said one of the aggrieved teachers.
The head teacher of the school, Cyril Motsa, perhaps tells a better version of his staff’s plight. After all, he is the one who feels the pinch of heading a highly demoralised staff and faces the challenge of motivating them with the little resources generated through the school’s limited enrolment. There are eight teachers in the school, which means only four are able to concentrate fully on their job.
“The situation is bad. I can’t imagine how those teachers feel. Just this morning (yesterday) they came to me about their issue. I have reached a point where I don’t know what to say to them. It really is a sad situation and one wonders why they are being punished like this,” said Motsa.
He added that the situation highly affected the teachers’ performance, thus having a major impact on the pupils.
“The sad thing is that no one claims responsibility when we produce a high number of failures. Government won’t admit that she is at fault. This is a serious concern,” he stated.
He further indicated that his school further had a problem of infrastructure; hence they did not have staff quarters. This is the reason they have to find alternative accommodation for the teachers, despite that there are no resources.
“The rooms we live in are so small and unfit for human occupation. As a result of their size, we have no choice but to forsake our families and live on our own. But thanks to our head teacher, who is trying everything he can to make living a bit bearable for us,” said the aggrieved teacher.
She said they now banked their hopes on SNAT, which would hopefully negotiate on their behalf, successfully.
“Meanwhile, we only have to wait and see. It’s like praying for a miracle,” the teacher said.
Education Principal Secretary Goodman Kunene promised to look into the issue and find out what may be delaying payment of the teachers.
Image from http://www.trinitybeth.org/swaziland/day6.htm
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
I believe I have posted about this previously, but I want to share with you a little bit more about Pray as you go. It started of as a project for Lent - by the Jesuits. Little did they know of the response they would get - so much so that they are continuing this ministry. Each weekday, for 10-12 minutes they offer to their listeners a meditation on Scripture that follows the liturgical year. However, there are several components that I find of comfort and inspiration to me.
- Their music selections are diverse - sometimes it is Gregorian Chant, other times it is traditional sacred Choral music, while other times there is music that is contemporary, but always beautiful (and they don't keep you guessing - you can go to the web site and find out what you are listening to and if you like it enough you can find the resource there to find where to purchase it.)
- Scripture readings are read by both men and women - and with a lovely British accent, read slowly and meditatively, with a meditation to listen and ponder about. Questions are asked for you to reflect upon as you listen, with some quiet time to listen to your inner voice.
- Scripture readings are read twice - to offer more reflection
- and... it concludes with many voices... "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be. Amen." You can't help but say it with them
You don't have to have an IPOD to listen to it. You can download ITUNEs and listen to it on your computer, just as I am now. It's a free download.
If you notice the picture of the girl that I posted with this, she is listening to it with her eyes closed. It's the feeling you get when you listen to it.... it sends you to a different world, different from the hustle and bustle many of us feel in our lives.
They have asked their listeners to spread the word so others may enjoy and listen. They have already had a huge response of a quarter of a million listeners around the world - more than they ever expected. When you listen to it you will understand its popularity.
Let me know if you have listened to it - are there any of you out there listening to this? It soothes this frazzled being beyond understanding.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
I have finally completed your blanket - I know it took longer than the others, but there is a reason for that. I finished your blanket one time before. It was ALMOST identical to the one here. However, when I finished, I tried to put a crochet edge on it and I was not happy. I tried to reason with myself, that taking it out completely was irrational and would delay the delivery to you. But heart in my heart, I could not give the blanket created previously. So, it vanished... into... balls.... of... yarn..... never to be seen again by man, woman, or child.
The process began again... this time with a border built into the blanket. A simple garter stitch will
So... the blanket is a little longer... to make up for the fact you didn't get to use it in the first 3 months of your life. And.... considering the weather we are having, it may be November before you can use it to keep you warm. However, it sure will look pretty in the lavender room of your Meme's house.
So, Abby, just remember, it's been knitted twice, so double the love in each and every stitch.
For you knitters, the blanket is from Knit Along with Debbie Macomber - The Shop on Blossom Street (Leisure Arts #4132) - the pattern is "A lesson on Color" I used size 7 circulars using Babysoft yarn by Lion Brand.
Blooming this morning in my yard was this...
Didn't check the name of the daylily.......