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Eggs! Whoopee!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Well, a photo of eggs may not necessarily be exciting to everybody, but here are my babies. I will take them in to work tomorrow to incubate them in the kindergarten. They should hatch in about 3 weeks, so they will be ready to take home right before spring break.


Also, the brussels sprouts and tomatoes are beginning to sprout. Oh, spring, how I need you now!

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SILVERWITCH59 3/1/2010 7:56PM


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SIRIRADHA 2/28/2010 6:09PM

    Eggs are very exciting to me! Godde bless the little ones growing inside! May they have very happy lives!

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HOCKEYCREW 2/28/2010 5:26PM

    What do you do with the chicks once they are hatched? I need to find a local classroom who wants a home for the chicks once they are no longer cute :-P I guess I have to build a chicken house first too :)

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LUECL3 2/28/2010 5:04PM

    I, too am so ready for spring. Our spring break is in two weeks.

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Sea Turtles

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Several people have asked about the turtles in my profile image, so here is the story behind them. I have never actually held a sea turtle, although I would love to be a scientist who helps to protect them. They happen to be one of my many favorite animals.

When we were headed to China 9 years ago, my sister and I would use the imagery of sea turtles to calm ourselves when things got stressful. It turned out to be a very powerful meditation, and one that has calmed me in times of turmoil.

Did you visit my March Goal Collage blog? A theme that seems to be persistent with me is finding a calm center, being present, and extending kindness to others, people, animals, and plants included.

I have been so busy this past week, I really haven't had time to check in much with you, my Spark Friends. I have been enjoying reading your blogs, although haven't been able to respond to all of them. With my niece here for two weeks, I will even have less time; so know that I will be thinking of you, but not checking in as often.

I am very happy to have time with my niece. She lives so far away and I don't get as much time with her as I would like.

Enjoy this weekend!

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SILVERWITCH59 2/28/2010 9:42AM


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LV4TAY 2/27/2010 8:29PM

    Thank you for giving me a chance to see sea turtles differently.

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RUSTYSHAW1 2/27/2010 2:53PM

    I understand completely as I am sure everyone else appreciates you have family in town. Have a great time and maybe all of you can do some walking sight seeing or some kind of physical activity. Take care. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENNYAN45 2/27/2010 11:11AM

    A good idea to have an image for calming oneself. I'll have to come up with one too. Thanks!


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GOLDBERG73 2/27/2010 8:52AM

    That is very interesting...I can see how they calm you. They look so peaceful and stressfree - like Crush from "Finding Nemo" was...relaxed!

Nice Blog!


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CRANBYRRE 2/27/2010 8:50AM

    Very beautiful meditation idea, and sea turtles ARE calming. I like this!

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TIMKIM2010 2/27/2010 8:16AM


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March Goal Collage

Friday, February 26, 2010

I have been having technical difficulties getting this to load large enough to see the words on it. I will have to do more experimenting to figure out how to get my collages so they are in a downloadable, viewable format.

All suggestions welcome!

Print detail from collage:

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/6/2010 8:21PM

    Great collage! I think you did a really nice job! I love the image of the Dalai Lama on top of and next to images of nature. I also love the picture of the music room in there. Your collage shows all of the things that keep you grounded and going. Beautiful collage!! I love the phrases in there as well! emoticon emoticon emoticonit!


I posted mine with the other collages on the Vision Collage team. Here is the link http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
N+++++4tAkaD+++++++++ if you'd like to look at it.

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LHOLEWIN 2/28/2010 3:14PM

    Loved your collage. I was inspired by the quotes

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RUSTYSHAW1 2/27/2010 2:55PM

    I just got my magnifying glass out and enjoyed your March goals immensely. emoticon

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HOCKEYCREW 2/26/2010 11:38AM

    I like that you make a collage for different months

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CHELLESDOINGR8 2/26/2010 6:54AM

    Love it!!!

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Beating the Winter Blues

Friday, February 26, 2010

More snow's a'coming, but I'm thinking spring emoticon

Mike brought home the pellet trays, and the seeds I ordered from Seeds of Change arrived. It was fun to get my hands in even the tiny bit of peat in the peat pellets!

Mike planted his heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, and an array of hot peppers. I planted purple brussels sprouts, early brussels sprouts, red kale, kale mix, and dinosaur kale. Now we need to get some more starter kits emoticon

The eggs I ordered to hatch are being shipped today. The kids at school are perhaps as excited about their arrival as I am!

Robins have visited my yard, but looked none too happy out there in the snow.

Meanwhile, more snow accumulation in the forecast.

Thinking spring - it will be here soon.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/27/2010 12:19PM

    I loves me some Seeds of Change...such a high integrity company, with wonderful products!

And baby chickess!!! I wanna' play farmer Maha with you!

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MEOWMAMA3 2/26/2010 11:19PM

    How exciting! I reading through my Burpee catalogs tonight!
Happy planting!
p.s. are those your little turtle babies? they're so cute! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/26/2010 8:54AM

    I'm trying,I'm trying 29 degrees here in florida..last year at this time was at the strawberry festival sweating to death emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 2/26/2010 7:55AM

    Rusty, I will be raising chickens for eggs. I have an earlier blog with photos of my 'new' coop. It will house about 5 or 6 hens.

I do plan to sell some of my produce at the Farmer's Market.

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LMB-ESQ 2/26/2010 6:51AM

    Spring can't get here soon enough for me! Sounds like you'll have enough produce there to start your own farmers market!

Out of curiosity, what do you do with the chicks after they grow up to be chickens?

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BDENOON 2/26/2010 6:22AM

    Sounds like you have your garden planned.....good for you!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Not that we will get to lounge around on hammocks, but I am very excited that my sister and my niece will be coming to visit. My niece will stay with Mike and I for a week while my sister and her husband attend a convention, then my sister will stay with us for the following week as well.

They live in Alaska, so getting an extended visit with them is a real treasure!

My niece is the age of the younger children in my classroom and will be going to school with me for the next two weeks. The children in my class are happy to have her join the group. She had visited for a week when she was five, and some of the children remember her from then.

After tomorrow, I doubt that I will have much time to post blogs and visit with my beloved Spark friends over the next two weeks. I'll stop in and say hello when I can, but please don't think I'm ignoring you

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MEOWMAMA3 2/26/2010 11:22PM

    Nice hammock! Sounds like you'll be having a great visit! So neat that she's allowed to attend school with you!

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FLUFFYFLOWER 2/25/2010 10:56PM

    I wanted to know how you are doing and here is this blog! Hammocks are fun! emoticon

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LRRSNDRS 2/25/2010 10:54PM

    Enjoy your family and have a great time.

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STARLASUE 2/25/2010 8:20PM

    Have a super time. Thanks for letting us know you will be away for something fun so we aren't concerned.

See ya when you are back!

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PATTYSH 2/25/2010 7:46PM

    What fun you'll have!

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0309COOKIE 2/25/2010 5:56PM

    How great that you are having a family visit! Enjoy!

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