Saturday, December 26, 2015


Finally! A little free time around the house to sew!
I'm using up tons of stash cutting five-inch strips
and piecing two tops at a time.
My goal is to have 24 different fabrics in each block.
Love this pattern!
Three straight seams + a little cutting
and you have two blocks!
Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 14, 2015


A throwback...
 My favorite picture of Colton
playing in piles of leaves.
and some newbies...
Jeanie and I on Halloween
aka Buzz and Woody
and the Pumpkin House!
Kenova, WV
We're having a wonderful Fall!

Saturday, October 10, 2015


A finish!
Still loving this pattern, this time in little boy blues,
greens, grays and yellows.
Even some of my hoarded Autism fabric.
Go check out what everybody's up to
Happy Saturday!

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Finally! A little orange sewing...
Not stash, bought it all brand new.
Needs a little orange tee and some black leggings.
Made especially for a sweet little girl in my class.
Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Listening- to the evening news

Loving- time to relax after a busy day at school. It's a good busy though. Wonderful class!

Thinking- of starting a new read-aloud after playtime

Wanting- to take a walk around our local track

Needing- to rest up for tomorrow evening's trip to Louisville for a live taping of NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. Should be fun!

Three goals- 1. Keep the house in some semblance of order. Clean a little each evening.
                      2. Take time to sew or make something crafty during the week.
                      3. Keep up with lessons learned during Financial Fast.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Disney Memories 2015
Stayed at Pop Century 70s style room
First stop? Magic Kingdom
My cousin, Arlene, Colton and I
Disneybounding as Disgust, Anger and Joy!
     Our goal is to try three new things each trip in addition to our old favorites. Colton braved the Haunted Mansion. I loved Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid. It's totally a sing-along for me. I'd heard wonderful things about Disney's popcorn, so we tried the Caramel Corn. Yummy, but not fun on a hot sticky day. 

     We all three ordered a Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle from Sleepy Hollow. Thankful we ordered the slaw on the side- it is not like Mom makes- kind of an orangey dressing. The sandwich was really good- super spicy.
     Spent the evening at Hollywood Studios. Enjoyed the Animation class so much. 
Day Two! Epcot
     We used a fastpass for Spaceship Earth, new for Colton, and his favorite Figment's Imagination. I tried Shrimp Fried Rice. Loved the walk around World Showcase as always.
     Around 2:00, headed for New Smyrna Beach for a couple of fun days. Our room was two flights up so we went from the beach, out to eat, to the pool, to the park without stopping 'til nighttime. 
     Can't stop thinking about this trip...loved it. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


     Happy New Year!
     School is going quite well!
     Remember my little Reading buddy? In April, her parents asked for a conference. They requested she repeat first-grade and asked if I could have her again. I debated for a few days, then decided that would be best. Well...eight days in, we completed our first one-minute timing. She read 13 wpm!! So proud!
First day writing and math journal prompts.
     I made a change in Writer's Workshop. We only write one sentence each day during Reading Unit 1. I draw a line halfway down the page so we fit two day's writings on each page. As we add a sentence during each unit, we'll start to use a whole page.
     I still love to make predictable charts (good old Four Blocks) but don't like how long it takes to write each child's sentence. Using my new-fangled chart, I write the question once, then the children write their answer. During Open House, parents wrote an encouraging note to their child:
     We also used it to list suggestions to name our classroom Spider plants:
I'm proud to introduce Peter Parker and Baby JoJo!
Hope your school year is also going well!
Linking up to Two Writing Teacher's Slice of Life

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Listening- to the quiet. The air conditioner isn't even running with these wonderful cool mornings we've been having.
Loving- this last day of summer. Trying to remember every ending is also a beginning- planning to have a great school year
Thinking- of breakfast- Sister Schubert sausage rolls
Wanting- a weedeater that's easy to start. Grass in my gravelbed has gotten away from me.
Needing- still nothing. I have way more than I need.
B2S RAK- a card for my friend. She requested to move from 3rd to Kindergarten, but is now feeling some anxiety about it. I want her to know what a perfect place it will be.
Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Last few days of Summer
Slice of Life

     Sat by my friend's new pool today in the beautiful hot sun. Caught up on the latest news. Laughed a lot. Watched two little sweetie-pies practice diving. 
     Worked in my classroom a little. Decluttered a bookshelf, put stuff in the hall for free giveaway.
     Made homemade pizza.
     Quick Cincinnati road-trip tomorrow for a little more fun...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

make, share

Trying to squeeze every last bit of fun from the almost last week of summer (for us, anyway) 
Spent Wednesday afternoon at Skyzone in Lexington, KY.
 Here is an action shot for you:
I'm the blurry one.
Worked in my classroom a little yesterday. Found a whole shelf I can declutter.
Sewing a little...
My favorite straight lines.
Still loving this pattern.
And a little gardening: