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But It's All Good!

Monday, June 17, 2013


I feel like this woman! All week! 2 1/2 days left of kids. All the paperwork that needs to be done. Classroom ready for the cleaners at 3:30 on Friday. Keeping summer school supplies in a place I can find them quickly! Meeting with my mentee for one final meeting. Start packing and shopping for vacation which starts on Saturday! Getting the house and deck semi-clean because I am hosting a bridal shower for my niece 2 days after we get back. Whew! Makes me tired, but as my husband tells me, "You can always sleep on the plane." The thing that strikes me after reading the list is that they are all wonderful things to get ready for. How often do we get caught up in the "busyness" of life instead of enjoying the special moments? Now...I will take a breath or two! Have a fun-filled, enjoyable, and, probably a busy week. Start juggling!

  
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BLITZEN40 6/17/2013 11:09PM

    Sounds like all good stuff! Enjoy the busyness! As an elementary school teacher I'm sure you know that busy hands are happy hands! emoticon

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PURPLEDRAGONM 6/17/2013 3:52PM

    Remember to breathe while you are juggling! End of school year rush is always hectic, but finite. You seem very organized, and think how wonderful it will be to come home to a clean house! Even nicer would be to hire someone to come in and really clean while you are gone. Wouldn't that be heavenly to come home to? (ok, now I'm just day dreaming! emoticon )

I've always enjoyed the cyclical nature of working in education. Start the year, have closure when the year ends, rest a bit, start again. I hope you enjoy it all, especially your vacation and the bridal shower.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/17/2013 9:31AM

    Know it well. I spent 70 hours a week working for 30 years and commuting 3 hrs daily. I was juggling my life away. Now retired I have slowed down. But I needed a part time job for 8 years to help me slow down to retire. After 3 months of my first "retirement" Boredom set in. Now I am finally back to where I was a child. I "play" most of the day. I read, do hobbies, garden, visit friends and relatives when I want, I volunteer when I want and am finally able to get my sleep back. All of these things are now making me able to tackle my weight issue that has built up during those "rush" years.

Enjoy your trip and your life while you can. Read "Your Money or Your Life". I did and it had a profound impact.



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111BUTTERFLY111 6/17/2013 9:00AM

    emoticon I'm back in the office for my first day after vacation! THAT is me!!!

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KARENKANDO 6/17/2013 7:22AM

    How right you are! "Live in the moment" - otherwise we let life pass us by without taking time to enjoy it. Best of luck to you in juggling your busy schedule. Enjoy every single second of it!!! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 6/17/2013 7:09AM

  I have often said that my second job is at the circus, as I am constantly juggling balls in the air!

Have a great trip and try to get some good rest even if it is on the plane emoticon

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Beauty

Sunday, June 16, 2013

One of my favorite lines is from "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo - "To love another person is to see the face of God." I have been lucky enough to have had in my life for 40 years a person that epitomizes this quote. He has loved me no matter what. I recently found another quote by Victor Hugo and need to find out where it came from. (Smart man, Victor Hugo!)

I want to be on the lookout for beauty everyday and also to look for beauty in myself! If I can do this, there will be light in my life!

  
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BLITZEN40 6/17/2013 2:27AM

    All you need is love! Glad you married your soul mate and have had a long, happy marriage. emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 6/16/2013 3:11PM

  I love Victor Hugo and after reading the book in university in the 80s; I went to see the Broadway production 3 x's when it came out a couple years later in Toronto

The phrase you quote is one of the phrases that moves me as well. I too have been married to someone who always see the beauty and the goodness in me even when I feel ugly and miserable! (no pun intended there)

Have a good day with the kids at school tomorrow

Happy Father's Day

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/16/2013 8:48AM

    Yes, yes, yes!!

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Post-Flag Day

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Great lesson yesterday in trying not to stress the things you can't control and fix as quickly as possible the things you can! We got bumped out of the aud. for our last rehearsal in the morning, which we found out after we went down and set it up in the morning before school. Then our boom box and CD went missing. Apparently another grade level took it for their talent show practice. We had put the microphones up on stage and taped down the cords with duct tape as per safety rules. Microphones were down on the floor with the tape pulled up. Assigned tech person MIA and PowerPoints of each class wouldn't work? These are only the ones that I can think of! Through it all, however, our kids were troupers and were so cute! Not one of those things fazed them. So, even though things do not go perfectly, or even come close, there is success at the end. Once again my kids teach me as much as I teach them!

  
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BLITZEN40 6/16/2013 12:49AM

    I think with a fun event like that the positive air of excitement amongst the kids will keep things happy no matter what details go amiss. For kids, it's all about the fun. Somehow we lose that when we become adults and the responsibility of making everything right falls squarely upon our shoulders. Glad you had success in the end!

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BLUENOSE63 6/15/2013 8:27PM

  You know I think you are a great teacher but thought I would say it one more time! I miss those early elementary days with my son singing in concerts for school....time flies so fast

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/15/2013 11:59AM

    Ignorance can be bliss. LOL They only knew what they needed to do and came through just fine!

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/15/2013 10:37AM

    What a blessing children are!!

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LOPEYP 6/15/2013 8:39AM

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/15/2013 8:21AM

  A great ending!! Thanks for sharing!

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Happy Flag Day!

Friday, June 14, 2013


For most people, Flag Day probably isn't on their top 5 list of holidays. For 18 years of my life, Flag Day is extremely important. Why? This is a big day for all our first graders. They present a program for their families filled with patriotic songs and facts about American symbols. It is an incredibly stressful week for the teachers, as you might imagine. This afternoon, it will all be worth it! You cannot beat 100 first graders singing songs like "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." Now if my kids will manage to get up on stage in the right order!
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LOPEYP 6/14/2013 12:02PM

    I think it's great that your first graders have this program. So many of the schools have removed all reference to our flag that it's sad. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/14/2013 11:31AM

    Love this!!! FLAG day is alive and well thanks to teachers like you!!!

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KIMPY225 6/14/2013 10:50AM

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/14/2013 10:45AM

    Flag Day was always celebrated in our house since it was also my father's birthday. He would have been 89 this year. He passed 21 years ago but I still think of him on this day.

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/14/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon How awesome!

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MAGGIEMAGGIE5 6/14/2013 8:38AM

    Bless you for fostering this much-needed spirit in tomorrow's citizens! emoticon emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/14/2013 6:31AM

  Thank you for continuing to place importance on this special day! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 6/14/2013 6:29AM

  Hope it all goes really well. emoticon

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My Gardens - Work or Pleasure?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I will admit it. I love my gardens, but I am not one of those who can't wait to get out there everyday. It is a chore to me, most of the time. I don't mind weeding that much (since I don't have as many as I used to) and trimming my hydrangeas is not that bad. I love checking out all the catalogues that arrive and like planting, as long as it is nice weather. What I do love is the result! Yesterday I came home from work and the landscape guys were there edging and mulching everywhere and they are coming back today to finish! Nope, told you I wasn't a real gardener. I save up my money in the winter so I can do this and I pay to now have these things done! Truth is, I am really not good at it and I needed help and suggestions, plus the grunt work. I now reap the benefits of that and will be particularly joyous when I drive in the driveway and see it!

And what I have learned is to do what I am good at and enjoy, then seek out help and/or don't stress out about it!

  
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BLUENOSE63 6/13/2013 6:25PM

  I really love to landscape as a hobby! My family is very happy about that but my Mom is the gardener in our clan!

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/13/2013 10:32AM

    Excellent!! This is the point in life we each strive for ... rather we know it or not!

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LOPEYP 6/13/2013 8:09AM

    You are a smart lady! emoticon

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ROX525 6/13/2013 6:23AM

    I often think of having someone more in for free room and board to do my yard work but that is wishful thinking! Good for you.

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