Friday, July 24, 2015

Flippin' Friday

A few handsprings here.  (Well, in my head!)

*Tomatoes are finally ready to harvest.  Yum!  BLTs! 

*L has been cleared to work in her room at school.  Sometime next week, I will go to Big City to help her. She is one relieved 1st Grade Teacher!

*The English Curriculum work is done. We spent two days mapping out our curriculum and the standards each unit will cover. I'm feeling much more prepared for those classes. 

*My room is pretty much done. Or, it will be when they finally find and/or fix the leak in my ceiling, replace the ceiling tiles, drive the scissor lift out, and reattach my door.  (Yes, I have been a full access classroom all summer!)

*The Mr. is headed to a baseball game tonight. He is taking CB, CT, and CT's Dad. It has been several years since he has seen this team play. Guy's night out.

*We bought stain for our deck/steps. Now, if it would quit raining so we could apply it, that would be wonderful. The big news: the Mr. and I agreed on a color!

*My tech center at school is hooked up, and I learned how to work it. The Tech Guy gave me a quick lesson and made a couple of adjustments that I needed. (Kind of like our own Tiny Town High Geek Squad. They are the best!)

We've had a good week. The next two weeks are my last weeks of this summer vacation. Time is flying!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy Birthday, Judge

LBB is having a birthday today.  He is a jack of all trades.
 Judge/Wedding Officiant

Great Uncle

Happy Day!  Happy Year!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Clean Up Monday

Tonight, the end of the basement furniture we had already sold was picked up.  Now, it is time to start ripping out the carpet and sheet rock from our latest water leak. I know this will be a slow remodel, but at least it will be a start.

I also need to find the trim paint for the exterior. We had to have a little work done on a basement window and the garage trim. It is already primed, but I need to paint the trim now.

Finally, I would like to revamp the utility room.  Of course, I don't want to spend any money, so that always makes it more of a challenge.

There are three weeks left of this summer.  I have two workdays this week. Hopefully, I will be helping L with her classroom next week; and then, I have a couple of appointments and a mentor teacher meeting day in the last week of my summer.

The end of this summer will go fast, but it has been a good summer.  I'd like to end it by accomplishing a few more things at home and at school. If this blog is quiet, at least you'll know why!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Favorites and Randoms

*Water aerobics. Sometimes it kicks my buns, but it is a great workout in refreshing cool water.  I love swimming pools.

*An English Unconference.  Teachers in our state met and discussed a variety of issues.  I came away with quite a few ideas for this fall.  I am "almost" excited for school to start.  (I am really glad for a few more weeks of summer!)

*L's focus has suddenly shifted a bit.  There is a **sinkhole at her school, and she and other Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers are not to be in the building until further notice.  She is a bit panicked.  "Welcome to your new school.  Oh, and here's your *sinkhole."  *Calling it a land shift

*Big Brother has sucked me in again.  Pathetic.  On a good note, it is the only TV show I watch regularly in the summer.

*Golden Honeydew Melon. I have never loved honeydew.  Usually, it is just okay. The Golden Honeydew was absolutely delicious!! I could eat an entire melon everyday by myself.  YUM! (And we only bought one. Darn!)

*Stamps.  They are the Bug's latest interest. (The stamps with the ink pads.) I gave/loaned her the wooden box Mom used for her classroom stamps. It was a gift from one of her students. Now, the Bug has a place to store her stamps and ink pads.  I told her she will have to share with Cousin E and her little sister one of these days.

*A morning hike on a U Town trail.  As hot as it is, we walked a shorter trail...and then hit a favorite doughnut shop.  I'm hoping the hiking counteracted the calories!

*Cocoanut Oil, Lemonhead candy, Barn Quilts, Twitter, Blogs, walking, and reading-- these have made up the Easy Street summer.

There aren't many weeks left, so I have a few things to cram in yet: lunch with my newly retired friend, a visit to the Mr.'s cousins, trips to Big City, and a visit to the farm. Oh, and a couple of hikes to complete the summer of walking interesting trails.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Two Great Books

I have read two books this summer that I really love. I have a hunch that I will remember both of them.

The first was The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. It was written almost like a transcript of a granddaughter's interview with her grandmother. The grandmother tells her life story beginning in 1900 and ending with an 85th birthday party in 1985. This book reminded me of the Twain quote, "There was never yet an uninteresting life. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy." The Boston girl's life had all of these. I couldn't put this book down.

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore was the second book I loved. This story is of two Wes Moore's who grew up just blocks apart, yet never met each other until the writing of this book. The author Wes Moore becomes a college graduate, Rhodes Scholar, and decorated soldier.  The other Wes Moore is in prison, serving a life sentence. The author wanted to know how two young black men could share the same name, have such similar beginnings and yet their lives had such different outcomes. He interviewed people who were instrumental in both of their lives, describes their homes and friendships, and includes the problems each meet along the way. Fascinating why people make the decisions that they do.

This quote from The Other Wes Moore stayed with me. "When it is time for you to leave this school, leave your job, or even leave this earth, you make sure you have worked hard to make sure it mattered that you were ever here." This was advice author Wes Moore heard from Colonel Billy Murphy. I might have to frame that quote.

These were two great reads. I highly recommend them.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Catch Up #1 Short Vacation

The Mr. and I took a quick trip to the Land of Lincoln.  I had been there as a little girl. I don't remember much about that trip, just the tomb and a gold nose. Since this is the 150th anniversary year of Lincoln's assassination, it seemed like a perfect time for a return trip. 

The Lincoln Museum is so interesting and informative. The displays are wonderful, and there are two short movies with special effects that make everything come to life.
The Lincolns at the White House
In the background on the left: John Wilkes Booth
The Lincoln Douglas Debate
Ford Theater
 Besides the movies, the other thing that "got" me in the museum was touching the brass casts of Lincoln's hands.  I can't really explain it, but it was quite moving.
The Lincoln Tomb
The gold nose-- touched for luck.
 I don't think they let people take pictures inside the tomb when I was little.  Now it is permitted. 
"Now he belongs to the ages."

Besides the museum and tomb, we visited Union Station which houses memorabilia from the recent Lincoln movie.  The Mr. would have skipped that.  

I enjoyed the Lincoln house--and neighborhood tour.  It is free--and well worth the time.
Lincoln Home
Springfield, Illinois

Springfield isn't far from Hannibal, Missouri, and the Mark Twain museum, so that was another day on our short vacation.  
Besides taking in the museum and homes, I climbed the stairs to the lighthouse.  The Mr. was about as interested in this as he was the Laura Ingalls Wilder museums, but he was a good sport.  I enjoyed it.  I especially loved all the Twain quotes.

We had a great trip. Well, besides the driver never listening to the navigator! (AND the driver was always in the wrong lane. ALWAYS!)
The Mr. needed the time away, and I needed all the new books to add to my reading list. (Not really. I'm not sure I will live long enough to read everything on my list right now!) 

So now the Mr. is back at work with someone to nag him besides his navigator.  And all is right with the world!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Over A Week

A short vacation, jury duty, a small family gathering to see Crazy Cousin Ree from Virginia, day care for the Little Miss, and L and E popping in for a visit-- throw in a wedding on Sunday, and there is no time for blogging!

I'll get caught up one of these days!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Hike #6

This morning's hike was not too far from the childhood farm. Three Tiny Town ladies and I enjoyed a beautiful, sometimes foggy and damp, hike. 

There are so many trails left to hike at this location--so much I haven't seen.  They give bus tours and guided tours, so I might be able to talk the Mr. into a day trip. Of course, sweet SIL and LuLu might be willing to hike this area, too.  We postponed, but I hope we reschedule.

Oh, did I mention we had lunch at a wonderful restaurant in the area?  Amazing.  Also discovered Ciderboys Pineapple Hula, a drink I plan to find locally!

So far this summer's hikes have included:
Favorite Nature Trail-- twice (once the two mile loop, the other the four mile version)
Favorite River Trail
J town hill trail   (J town trails hiked on the same day)
J town pond trail
Favorite hometown lake hike

Today's hike?  Beautiful prairie hike--6.4 miles

This sure has made my summer enjoyable.  We are researching a few more trails to hike in the weeks to come.

A great start to my holiday weekend!  Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Hit!

Nana's new classroom is a hit! (Not sure Cousin LuLu who was babysitting thought so, but she kept busy finding new things for the Bug to  dress in!)
Little Miss spends quite a few days in my room, but yesterday was a first for the Bug.  Missy watched for awhile, but quickly became bored with the Bug's shows!

Amazingly, I am still getting a few things done. Working around chaos is a gift I have been blessed with--as has every teacher I have ever met.

Today, I am on my own.  I'm not sure I will know what to do!

Monday, June 29, 2015

A New Do

A couple of weeks ago, the Mr. and I babysat for the Bug and Little Miss so that Mommy and Daddy could enjoy a night out. 

When it was bedtime, I read a couple of books to the Bug. One talked about what we see when we look in the mirror--and reminded us that no matter what we see, God still delights in us, as He made us. I asked the Bug, "You always like what you see in the mirror don't you?"  She thought for a second and said, "Well, I don't like my hair style much." That shocked me. She's three!

I'm convinced that it had more to do with not liking to have the tangles in her wet hair combed out. Her mommy said she had been asking her daddy's haircut, which is a buzz cut!  Yikes!

And so that brings us to today...

A lot better solution than a buzz cut, and she loved her new hair style.

Ever watch a three year old get a haircut?  I am exhausted!!