Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Day 7: I'm thankful for a school "workday" during which we caught up with friends and laughed a lot. We live in a small town with much silliness going on. Best quote of the day? "You can't make this stuff up."

Day 8: I'm super thankful for a day off! Made breakfast and lunch, voted, shopped/ packed shoeboxes for OCC and sewed. Relaxing, selfish and fun.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Day 6: I'm thankful for my church, an extra hour to fix lunch before we left, a beautiful day and a cozy evening by the fire.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


November Gratitude

Day 5: I took a wrong turn on the way home from Colton's bowling tournament and found a discount bakery! Bought a few yummy things, then did a little Christmas shopping with my parents. and had lunch.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 4, 2016


Day 4: I'm thankful for surprise dates. My boyfriend :) stopped by this evening for what I thought was a quick visit, but we ended up going out to dinner. I'm also thankful for Friday evening before a four-day weekend. The possibilities for fun seem endless!

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Day 3: I'm thankful for Special Olympics and other parents of special needs children that get it. It's nice having a place to go where we're all in the same boat and nobody stands out as being different.

2014 Gratitude (includes 2013, too)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Day 2: I'm thankful for late Fall warm weather when you can still wear shorts and sandals. I took a personal day with my best buddy. Made baked apple pancake, took a drive and snuggled.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


November Gratitude

Day 1: I'm thankful for my job. Most days it's routine, happy and peaceful, some days it's totally not. My kiddos make me smile.

2014 Gratitude (includes 2013 Gratitude)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Happy Halloweensie!

Here's my entry for Susanna Hill's Sixth Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest...

A Busy Week

Sweetsie Spider and Grateful Ghost gazed out the attic window at the moon.

"Remember when Trick-or-Treaters visited us on Halloween night?" asked Sweetsie.

"Nobody comes to our neighborhood anymore," replied Grateful, "We could fix that. Here's my idea!"

On Monday, they raked leaves.

Tuesday, they washed windows.

Wednesday, they swept the porch.

Thursday, they made cinnamon donuts.

Friday, they carved pumpkins.

Saturday, they made treat bags.

Sunday, they heated apple cider.

On Halloween night, some sweet first-graders noticed Sweetsie's brightly lit home. "We've never stopped here before," said Colton. The friends filled their buckets with fun treats.

Sweetsie and Grateful smiled, thankful for another Happy Halloween.

The Pumpkin House 2016
Kenova, West Virginia

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Working my way straight through this book:
Quilts from one of my favorite picture books.
Here's the beautiful, peaceful example from the story:
Blue and green with black in the corner.
And now, here's my version:
Every color with black in the corner!
and a wackadoo bubble print in between!
Love it!
Edited Oct 8: Fall Break plans change...needed a new car battery. Enjoying a loooong weekend at home.
Sneak peek at my next quilt:
These are taking a lot more thinking and planning than my usuals. 
Proud to say I've only had to pick out one seam!

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Shew! Another week flew by.
Where do I begin? 
1. Bus duty adds an extra hour to the school day. In the gym.

2. Our district has grade levels meet for Teacher Academy, a whirlwind (using a timer- 2 minutes for this, 90 seconds for that) of new things to add to an already overwhelming schedule.

3. Planning for a sub because of Jury Duty. My class is especially challenging this year, but they are learning how things roll in our room.
Me: I didn't get Grand Jury.
Retired Kindergarten teacher sub: Good! She had quite a morning.

4. Sneak peek!
Thought the background would be too busy but I'm loving it! Two blocks down, ten to go.

5. Last night, we stood at our post to direct runners and walkers during our Midnight Glow Run 5K to benefit Special Olympics. Hawaiian shirts and all. Colton threw caution to the wind and held a light-up balloon despite his Latex allergy :)
The big question: 
Why do four day Holiday weeks seem so much longer than regular five day weeks?