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Feeling Sick :-(

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Darn it! I started getting sick on Friday - a touch of laryngitis, and low energy. I thought I was going to get off easy, as I have had children out of class for several days with a fever. Not so lucky. Yesterday, my throat began to get really sore, and today I have been fighting a fever and feeling miserable. Ever the optimist, I thought I'd be feeling better right away, but I am finding that aspirin isn't keeping my fever at bay. I should have called for a sub tomorrow.

On the bright side, I waited until the end of my visit with my family to get sick instead of feeling this miserable at the beginning or middle of their stay.

The end of their visit was a saga in and of itself. My son was supposed to leave on Friday, but his company called him to let him know he was needed for a consultation in Maryland. Rather that fly back to California as scheduled, he was able to change his travel plans to stay here until Sunday, fly to Maryland, and then back to CA. So I got a few more days with him.

My sister, BIL, and niece drove the 1 1/2 hour drive to the airport on Saturday, only to find that their Chicago connection was canceled due to high winds, and their connection to Alaska would be missed. They were originally told that they couldn't make the AK connection until Wednesday, so they turned around and came back here. My poor niece thought that it was her fault because she was wishing she could stay longer. Sweet girl! In the end, they were able to get a flight out early the next day. Fortunately, I was checking my email and noticed that the time had changed, or they would have missed their flight.

As for this flu bug, I am drinking lots of fluids, using my neti pot, gargling a mixture of lemon juice and honey, taking aspirin, and TRYing to rest. Unfortunately, my sore throat keeps me up so I am not resting long or well. I will have to see if I can get a sub tomorrow. I hate to because we have our artist-in-residence there this week, but it may be the most prudent thing to do.

  
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PUDLECRAZY 3/15/2010 8:16PM

    Thanks for all of your kind words. I had forgotten to say I do take Zinc. I use s Zycam spray, but not the nasal swabs as they have created some problems with some people's sense of smell.

I added the Ricola to my toddy - had never heard of that before. It was very soothing. When I got to work, I found the the science teacher has the same flu bug, and recommended adding the Ricola to his hot honey lemon drink. Excellent suggestion - thank you!

Still feeing miserable. I tried to nap when I got home, but things were too hectic at home for that. Hopefully, I'll get some sleep tonight and feel better in the morning.

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RASTUS55 3/15/2010 7:28PM

    Sure hope your feeling better today...can't imagine going to school with a fever and try to deal with teaching! Your a brave woman!
Ruth


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STARLASUE 3/15/2010 4:48PM

    Sending more healing energy. God Bless you.

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HEALTHYDIANAMB 3/15/2010 4:13PM

    So sorry you are ill! Sounds like you do the right thing to take care of yourself! I really up the liquids when I get ill,tea with raw honey and watered down juices and I like to get fruit bars(popsicles) or shebert for the sore throat. Oh also I like to make low salt chicken boullion or chicken noodle soup and I put my face down towards the bowl and breath in the steam and the smell.At our local Fred Meyer I found these natural throat drops in the health food area and they worked for a sore throat. Well rest and focus on wellness! Hope you feel better soon! Your Friend,Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 3/15/2010 2:27PM

    Awww, here's a kleenex dear! Hanging around little runny nosed kids has it down falls I know. I am hoping you will crawl into the bed with your Poodle and rest as much as you can.

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Mary

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SILVERWITCH59 3/15/2010 1:55PM

    feel better :)

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HOPERISING 3/15/2010 11:41AM

    I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling well! I had that bug a couple of weeks ago, and it was miserable! Hope you get better quick!

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DOR2BFIT 3/14/2010 11:58PM

    Oh poor you! Feel better! emoticon emoticon

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SATYAGRAHA 3/14/2010 11:52PM

    Last year when I got bronchitis the week before my voice recital, my voice teacher told me to drink this and it made EVERYTHING go away like magic:

Boil some water and make a tea out of the juice of one lemon, honey, a ricolla at the bottom, and a splash of some sort of medicinal liquor (I used blackberry brandy and it worked fabulously).

Of course, you could leave out the liquor. That mostly helped with my cough. But the rest worked well and was pretty tasty too! And, of course, there's no better medicine than sleep! Hope you feel better! emoticon

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JSAMMYE 3/14/2010 10:48PM

    ZINC.....always helps the throat. Ginger tea with honey as well. Gives U the energy U need. sorry U are not feeling well.

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Gluing the Cracks

Saturday, March 13, 2010

My black australorp and barred rock eggs are incubating in the kindergarten. This past week, I took my students down to the kindergarten room to view the candling of the eggs by the kindergarten teacher. She used my overhead projector as the light source. The babies showed up very nicely, and the children were excited to see a little eye.




Well I knew the risks of having my chicken eggs incubating in the kindergarten. My teacher-self preempts my farmer self, so I take the risks emoticon



My niece, Hannah, and I have been turning the eggs when I come in to work in the morning, and before we leave in the afternoon, and the kindergarten children have been turning the eggs during the day, under the supervision of the kindergarten teacher.

One little girl is very enchanted with the eggs and likes to love them a little before turning them over. One time she was a little too enthusiastic, and put one back too close to another egg. The second egg did not sustain damage, but one suffered the outcome.



My sister is an ornithologist, whose life work is researching endangered shore birds. When I told her about the crack, she told me that out in the field, if an egg is cracked they glue it to keep in the moisture, often with a positive outcome. Hannah and I coated the crack with glue, so this is an experiment to see if this baby can survive the damage. When I brought the photo home to my sister, she thought that possibly the damage is too extensive for the glue fix. We'll candle the egg on Monday to see if it is still viable.

The chicks are due to hatch around March 22. We are excited to meet them!

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DOR2BFIT 3/15/2010 12:03AM

    You are the 'awesomenest' teacher ever! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/14/2010 8:01PM

    Oh wow, I really am pulling for the baby chick! Keep us posted on how things turn out.

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HOPERISING 3/14/2010 9:37AM

    Wow! I am learning something new every day! I have never heard of gluing a cracked egg! I hope the chick pulls through!

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MARY1313 3/13/2010 8:05PM

    awww poor little girl, she wanted to squeeze a little bit just to give them some love. LOL

I love what you are doing with the children.

Mary

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STARLASUE 3/13/2010 4:57PM

    Aww poor chick, poor little girl. Pulling for the chick to be ok.

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/13/2010 4:36PM

    I remember when my eldest daughter's teacher allowed the little newborn baby ducks to run around the classroom and the teacher accidentally stepped on one. The entire class when into mourning. The teacher felt absolutely terrible but then decided better it was she than one of the students. That certainly was a lesson of life and death.
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PUDLECRAZY 3/13/2010 1:00PM

    We'll see what happens with this gluing. I had to put quite a bit of glue on because the eggs was pretty extensively cracked. Not the whole egg is covered, though, so as not to interfere with 'breathing' - mostly just to keep the moisture in.

We are candling on a regular basis to track their growth. It is FUN stuff indeed!

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RASTUS55 3/13/2010 12:45PM

    I didn't know gluing the eggs would allow them to hatch properly because I figured it w0uld interfere with the flora of the egg shell. You will have to keep us posted on whether the glued eggs actually will develop normally and hatch. Since I work at a hatchery I always find incubating a very exciting thing. Do you candle the eggs to watch the embryo development along the way?? FUN STUFF!!
Ruth
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ASTABETH 3/13/2010 12:09PM

    This is so cool! And the kids are learning so much!

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MUSYCLAU 3/13/2010 7:24AM

    Fantastic! What do you do with the chicks after they hatch?

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The Joy of Change

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It is easy to find the things that we are critical of and react negatively to them. We often focus on the negatives, and use those to propel us toward change. But focus on the things we don't like about the situations, people, or things in our lives can create a mental 'stiffness' that impedes creative solutions to our perceived obstacles.

To break loose from getting stuck in negative reactions, it is helpful to practice unconditional acceptance. Things are what they are, people are who they are, and the only person any of us can change is ourselves. We can enjoy the pure beauty of the process of being alive, of the pace of nature, and the changes that will happen regardless of what we believe we can control. Quiet reflection on love and acceptance can have a much greater impact on creative problem solving or personal change than trying to force change through frustration or rejection.

This includes love and acceptance of who we are, and where we are in our development; not just the love and acceptance of others. It is easy to be critical when we don't see the progress that we predetermined should occur at a certain date, or within a certain time frame. But that very critical thought can sabotage our efforts through reinforcing negative thinking.



As I was helping children learn to ride the 5' unicycle today, I was reflecting on what we can learn from children, who are still 'natural' learners. Challenges are faced with joy, not grim determination. A challenge may be scary, unstable, lofty, even risky, yet, at the same time approached with the joy of attaining each step toward reaching it. This is the part we lose track of - the joy of each step as it unfolds in its own time and in its own way, and without our forcing it.

I love this photo for the pure joy of reaching toward a goal. The child has let go of her stability, her fears, and any preconceived ideas of failure. The next step in her larger goal is to reach that post - she is not thinking beyond the present goal, just perfectly living in the present moment of the pleasure of her accomplishment so far. She is in that delicious moment of having not quite met her goal.

Our accomplishments can be met with just such loving acceptance and pleasure, if we don't place our emphasis on how much, how soon, or how good, rather than finding that perfect center where we are not forcing change, but happily living it as it unfolds.


  
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BUNNYSPAL 3/11/2010 10:53PM

    Great Blog. I am going through some big changes at work and the majority of the people don't like them. I am actually one of the few who think the changes are good (not always like me). Sometimes you just get into a rut and need some changes. We don't have a say in the changes. They are being implemented like it or not. So if more people thought like you, they wouldn't stress out over these changes but embrace them and try to make them work. Thanks for the inspiring words.

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DARKORANGE 3/11/2010 8:44PM

    Very positive. I like to think I think that way daily - I wish though that I could have that which is closest to me also live thru that same lense. It is difficult when one lives as a caregiver of a partner with constant pain. I think your reflections are how I sometimes get through. thx.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/11/2010 2:40PM

    I loved your analogy with how children learn. Wise and joyful!
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MSDESERTRODENT 3/11/2010 11:26AM

    Ever since having my son I find that I tend to remind myself of the very sentiments you have here. Once we're adults it's so easy to forget how to just forge ahead and to take each day like it's an adventure.

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SIRIRADHA 3/11/2010 10:05AM

    What a gift you are to this world! Thank you for sharing your wisdom!


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SILVERWITCH59 3/11/2010 9:25AM

    emoticonThanks for the invite emoticon

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AQUAJANE 3/11/2010 8:02AM

    Great picture. emoticon

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DEBMORSE1 3/11/2010 3:53AM

    Loved your blog! Thank you for sharing!

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MARY1313 3/11/2010 12:29AM

    Great blog! love that picture!

Mary

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/10/2010 11:45PM

    Yes, those preconceived ideas get me in to so much trouble. It is better to be patient, watch, observe...even of oneself...be patient, watch, observe. Excellent sharing. Thank you so much.
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HOPERISING 3/10/2010 11:04PM

    Great thoughts today!

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RASTUS55 3/10/2010 9:38PM

    Awesome blog!! Everyone needs to practice this way of living and thinking! The world would be a much better place!
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AQUA61 3/10/2010 9:33PM

    You are very wise. What a wonderful way you have with words , beautiful. I enjoyed reading it very much. emoticon

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Stella and Her Babies

Tuesday, March 09, 2010



I don't have time to blog tonight, as I am still enjoying happy hours with my sister, niece, and my two sons. So, I thought I'd at least post a cute photo of Stella with some of her babies. I should have taken a photo of her overflowing toy bin as well. Darn! A missed opportunity.

I hope everyone is enjoying the gradual departure of snow and the increase of sunlight. Spring is just around the corner!

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 3/14/2010 8:02PM

    LOL My FIL Shih Tzu is the same way except that he piles all of them up into one pile. emoticon

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ROOBYBEGONIA 3/10/2010 9:52PM

    That is SO CUTE! My poods loved stuff animals, too. Parker is still being trained not to shred them. The girls never have. Something about male dogs, I swear. My girls' brothers used to visit, and they always destroyed the girls' toys. Kind of like brothers pulling heads off Barbies. Darned boys!

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SILVERWITCH59 3/10/2010 10:22AM

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Our Dobie X is like that emoticon

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STARLASUE 3/10/2010 8:30AM

    awwwwwww

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LRRSNDRS 3/10/2010 6:35AM

    How cute. Thanks for making me smile.

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MARY1313 3/10/2010 12:22AM

    Awwww! I especially love the pink poodle! April has one too only it is about a quarter of the size of that one LOL

Mary

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WANDAC2013 3/9/2010 10:24PM

    She is beautiful...thanks for making me smile!!!

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0309COOKIE 3/9/2010 9:36PM

    I will always take a picture of Stella. I love her. I am still coming off the high of her playing in the snow to that great music.

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LN7777 3/9/2010 9:22PM

    Stella is absolutely beautiful!! Reminds me of Rigby. I need to post pictures of Rigby. She will be 9 months old this month and she just loves her toys too.

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HOCKEYCREW 3/9/2010 9:11PM

    Looks like Cooper. Especially after I've just put all his toys away and he's chosen to pull them all back out. Especially the squeeky pink poodle toy.

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DOGLOVER22 3/9/2010 9:01PM

    What a hoot. Stella looks like she has so much personality. Good for you for doing Happy Hour. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Cheers!

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RASTUS55 3/9/2010 8:59PM

    I absolutely love Stella!! She is such a doll! Thanks for sharing!

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3-D Visualization

Monday, March 08, 2010

We have an artist-in-residence at our school for the next two weeks. Today was her first day. Amy is a sculptor, who works with cloth and found objects. One of the things she makes is cloth sculptured people, using clay from her yard to sculpt the faces, branches to make supports for their bodies, and old sweaters and clothes for their bodies. Each one she makes represents an emotion.




This one is Confidence. She is brave enough to be very bold and outlandish in a way that her quiet artist is not.




This one is Comfort. She is made of soft wool, representing warmth and softness. She has extra large hands to embrace with.

Amy has others, representing many other emotions. What they made me think of was our vision collages. This is another powerful way to visualize, building a concrete image of what we want; or perhaps to represent what we wish to leave behind. I may decide to do this on a smaller scale during the course of the residency- a 3-D vision model.

I am looking forward to seeing where the children will go with their visions.

  
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SIRIRADHA 3/11/2010 10:08AM

    Oh man! I want some art therapy! What a great resident teacher to have come and visit!

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RASTUS55 3/9/2010 10:31AM

    What an awesome idea!! Keep us posted to how the kids perceive this! Very interesting!

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