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:

Friday, July 17, 2015


Out with the old...
42. huge Angry Bird stuffed animal (G is for Goodwill)
43. spiral hair rollers that never would stay in my hair G
44. SpongeBob craft kit G
45. more books and magazines G
46. two old electrical cords, some other thing I have no idea what was (T is for trash)
47. four keys T
48. tiny Easter bunny pin T
49. gift box G
50. tissue-paper flower T
There! I made it to 50!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Pinky swear- I haven't looked at Part Two yet...Outside, looking around
     So glad to be home! We had 2 flight vouchers to use up, so we took a super fun, spur-of-the-moment Disney/beach trip. While we were gone, it rained and rained. Two funnel clouds touched down locally. Our little neighborhood is safe and sound though. Our pumpkins are growing rounder and my mallows are blooming! Purple/pink! My favorite! Puddles everywhere. My gravel bed needs weeding. But, so thankful to be home sweet home.

Off to peek at Part Two...
    Rewriting from different points of view. Lost six-year old child. Hopefully, would see our home as a safe place to knock on the door and ask for help. There are still several people missing from the flooding, so this seems a little too real this evening.
    Satisfied housecat. He would be thankful his family is finally home. Someone to visit with, not just a friend stopping by to feed him.
    Teenager found out his parents are divorcing. Nothing would feel real, everything upended. It's always a horrible time to hear this news, but the day you return from vacation. The rainy weather fits perfectly.

    Wow. What a great way to practice perspective.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Teacher's Write Day #2

     This summer, I've had new situations in which to people watch. My cruise (and airport layovers) provided tons of opportunity- tanning on the Lido deck, shore excursions, dinner in the dining room. So fun! I could describe people all day. But yesterday, tanning on my own deck, in my own neighborhood...

     When we moved to our subdivision, there were only twelve houses. It's grown rapidly, but our original neighbors still live around us. Always kind, generous with Trick-or-Treat candy. Pleasant. One quirky difference? Twenty-three cats. We counted. A few years back she mentioned that the mailman drives too fast down our cul-de-sac. She had a sign made that says, "Watch for Cats," to hang on her fence. When visiting friends asked I explained, and we smiled.
     Last spring, this lady's cousin and her husband moved in behind my house. The husband is very kind and gentle. Pays way too much for lemonade at Colton's yearly stand. His wife has never spoken, and will not wave at us, but to each her own. A few weeks ago I mentioned to my mom that she drives too fast and cuts the corner of her driveway and my yard. Again, to each her own. Well...
     Yesterday, I noticed yet another Watch for Cats sign added- directly at the end of the cousin's driveway. Apparently, I'm not the only one realizing just how fast this lady drives.

     I'm naming these characters Cat Lady and her Cousin, leaving off the customary adjective of Crazy. I do not plan to ever use them in a story, because who in their right mind would read it? I do wonder about their relationship though... are they close? Did they play together as children? Has Cousin taken note of the new sign? The world may never know.
   Happy Tuesday!  

Monday, July 6, 2015


So excited for the first official day of Teachers Write! 

     I'm not much of a wonderer so I pulled out my PiBoIdMo 2014 list to build on a few ideas. School starts on August 6, so it's a great time to start thinking of some mini-lesson/ class book ideas.

* choose your own adventure- loved these!
* good news/ very good news- used this last year, parents would enjoy reading them
* making words lift-the-flap, then illustrate
* I must have been hungry on days 8, 15 and 28- donuts, cookies, snacks. We've tried foodie journals several times.
* sewing/ quilt story with pattern
* cause/ effect story, to answer their why? questions 

     On day 19, my idea was I don't want to go. Wonder where? Which brings me to Lizzie, the teenager from Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail. I could totally relate. In seventh grade, my parents rented a camper for a two-week vacation out west- Grand Canyon, Vegas. But...I had a boyfriend going to church camp that very week. Was I whiny and annoying? Yes, especially the last few days. Imagine- that was just vacation, not moving away from everyone and everything into the unknown. The story needed Lizzie :)

Finally, my white page idea:
     I try to answer Yes instead of No as often as possible, especially with my son. (This explains our December overnight bus trip to NYC and why we're leaving for Disney day after tomorrow) He asks for some crazy things sometimes and I try to make them happen, (baked ziti for breakfast? Of course!) but sometimes there have to be some No answers. I'm thinking of a story listing all the questions in a day that a mom answers No, but at bedtime he asks for a drink of water and a hug, which gets a Yes.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


All finished!
Love this one! The free pattern is here.
Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Listening- to Gunsmoke. I love Festus!!

Loving- cleaning house and it staying that way for a while

Thinking- about vacation next week, what to pack?

Wanting- to make dinner the next few evenings

Needing- to call the eye doctor for an appointment

All Star- I challenged myself to read 1 Corinthians 13 everyday for three months, after finding the same challenge in Katharine's Yesterday, a book published in 1895 written by Grace Livingston Hill. Getting something different from it each day!

Go see what everyone else is doing at Oh Boy 4th Grade.

Monday, June 15, 2015


Last Monday- 
Sailing from Miami on the Lido Deck
Oh my! While waiting in line to board,
I kept thinking, "I could be back home in four hours."
with a panicky feeling
I had never traveled away from Colton
especially putting an ocean between us.
Still in my jammies, doing laundry.