Friday, February 22, 2019


Gratitude 365 Day # 53

So thankful for Fridays. Especially Fridays with no evening activities. For today, I’m ignoring the fact that my Saturday is pretty much full of school responsibilities. 

Enjoying my Friday. I hope you are, too.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Joy Doodle App

Gratitude 365 Day #52

Somebody loves color as much as I do. Joy Doodle is a phone coloring app for kids of all ages. Whenever a grand grabs my phone, I find beautiful pictures have been stored in my photos. They obviously have learned how to save their artwork.

Two reasons I’m thankful for this app:
1. Coloring can occupy them for several minutes. (They are 7, 5, and 3. Nothing distracts them for very long.)
2. If they didn’t save their artwork to my photos, I’d never get to see the work of my budding little artists.

Crazy that these little geniuses can figure out technology before I can! And somewhat scary, too!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Gratitude 365 Day #51

Today, I am celebrating the ultimate comfort food: toast. This happens to be my favorite breakfast food. An egg is ok, but I like it best with a piece of whole wheat toast. I also love toast and peanut butter. Add a bit of honey, and it is even better.

Toast really works at any meal. I turn toast into breadsticks with a bit of garlic powder and slicing the bread into strips. Grilled cheese? Toast. Tuna melt? Toast. You get the idea. 

As a kid when I was sick, mom would always bring me toast cut into party sandwich size. (Directions: cut one slice into two diagonal pieces, then cut each of those in half, making four triangle pieces.)  This was always the first thing my stomach could tolerate after I had been really sick.

So today I am grateful for toast and the comfort it brings. (My kind of “cooking” too!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Gratitude 365 Day#50

I am thankful for the school traditions that give kids a common bond. These are the moments that will bring them back for class reunions.

Students leading traditional cheer.

And tonight is the big rivalry game if we don’t get snowed out.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Professional Development Days

Gratitude 365 Day #49

I am thankful for our inservice or professional development days for several reasons.

1. We can wear jeans.
2. They are a break from Lesson Planning. 
3. I get to hang out with colleagues.
4. Sometimes we learn some great ideas to try in the classroom.
5. Did I mention that I get to wear jeans and hang out with colleagues?

Have I been to boring inservices? Absolutely. 
Have I been to inservices that exhausted rather than inspired? Oh, yes.
Have I ever left with a terrific headache? Unfortunately.
Have I ever left feeling overwhelmed? Yep.

On the flip side:
1. I have been able to keep up with technology and new educational trends.
2. I’ve had time to plan with my English tribe.
3. I’ve been able to make suggestions and/or vote on changes for our school.
4. Every now and then a game or activity has inspired my creativity.

Did I mention I get to wear jeans???

Sunday, February 17, 2019

You Version Bible App

Gratitude 365 Day #48

The You Version Bible app has become a favorite. Besides being able to access the Bible on my phone, there are also Bible study plans. Here are a couple of screenshots.

There is a daily Bible verse and photo posters of it. It will also help the reader to discover plans by looking at subject areas that might be relevant.

This is a current study plan, “No Limits,” that I’m enjoying.

I am thankful for this handy app. It sends me reminders when I forget to log on daily. And, I always have a Bible at my fingertips.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Snow Removal

Gratitude 365 Day #47

I love clearing the walks after a snowfall. Sometimes, I have to scoop or shovel. Sometimes, sweeping will take care of it.

I bundle up, and I’m cautious about overdoing it. If the snow is too heavy, I work carefully. 

Besides the fact that the snow is so pretty, I am grateful for the fresh air and the exercise. 

Yesterday’s snow. Expecting more today. 

Friday, February 15, 2019


Gratitude 365 Day #46

I have always loved calendars. They organize me. They give me a way to see how I fill my days. I have online calendars, lesson planning calendars, and a personal calendar that Little Sis makes for us out of her photography. I love them all, and I’m so thankful for the way they organize my life.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hearts and Flowers

Gratitude 365 Day #45

I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Well, not the adult version. I’ve watched too many broken hearted kids at the high school who feel left out.

I loved the kid Valentine’s Day when we made shoebox or paperback mailboxes, covered in construction paper hearts and lots of glue. We had perforated books of Valentines, where no two were alike. Careful selection was important, so I didn’t send a mushy one to the wrong person. There were conversation hearts that tasted a bit like toothpaste (still love them!) and red heart shaped suckers.

Hearts and flowers are good. Thoughtful cards and chocolate always make a day better.

I’m thankful for a husband who remembers, especially when I forget.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Down Time

Gratitude 365 Day #44

Today, I am grateful for “down” time. I don’t have Forensics this weekend. Then, the counselor will be in three of my classes today, talking to Sophomores about enrollment for next year. The combination of both of these things (or lack of things) on my schedule is amazing.

I might get my desk cleaned off and a few papers graded today. This weekend, I’m hoping for a belated Valentine’s Day trip to see the Big City kids and grands. Sneaking in a movie would be great, too. 

Down time is looking pretty great today!