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Stella Meets Denty and the Henhouse Gang

Friday, March 26, 2010

Well, here it is - Spring Break! emoticon

The chicks have come home and have taken over my bedroom - the only place that is safe from cats and dogs. They are growing fast, you can see little wing feathers developing and they are stretching out a little.

Stella finally got to meet Denty and the other babies. She was very interested in them. emoticon

The chicks, having spent their formative weeks in the kindergarten, took it all in stride.

'As long as we have food, water and sock cozies, we don't care whose nose is poking around our house'

This last photo is Denty, the survivor of the kindergarten egg disaster. No Humpty Dumpty, this little birdy.

I am looking forward to big fun this spring break, having quality time with my family and friends, watching the chicks grow, gardening, yard work, and music. Did someone say 'Spring Break?'

Oh, it was ME!

I'm so happy!

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MOUSEWEILER 3/27/2010 6:16PM

    Your photos put a big, fat grin on my face. I am absolutely tickled pink to have seen them; thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your brood, and on your spring break! Enjoy! emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 3/27/2010 5:47PM

    I had to stop in and see what Stella is up to! Isn't this just too fun???? I took a moment and read back through your other blogs and I must say I agree. This is a journey about life...and putting food into its proper place in our lives. It needs not be the topic of every conversation. I loved the pictures...I can feel spring viewing these pictures. Thanks for the post.

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PENNYAN45 3/27/2010 12:45AM

    These are great pictures - especially of your dog and the chicks. Don't you just LOVE what teaching brings into your life!! I think it has to be one of the greatest professions in the world. And I have always felt that teachers were among the best people I knew. How many people do you know who would have these chicks hanging out at their house for a week? -- other than teachers, that is?

Thanks for sharing your classroom adventures with us.

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KBUCKMASH 3/27/2010 12:22AM

    Am so glad Denty made it. Am sure the child that cause the dent was relieved also.

Have a wonderful break enjoying the things you can't while working during the day.
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RUSTYSHAW1 3/26/2010 10:25PM

    Oh my golly. This was SO special I persuaded my DH to look at your pictures. He loves our Penny Dog so much, I just knew he would get a kick out of Stella. I showed him other pictures of Stella also. I said, "See, you CAN like other dogs...Stella! LOL. What a wonderful blog. Have a wonderful Spring Break!
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LMB-ESQ 3/26/2010 9:15PM

    They're so cute! And growing so fast! What do you do with them after they're all grown up?

Enjoy your spring break, you've earned it!

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DOR2BFIT 3/26/2010 9:08PM

    These pix are priceless! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLEVAGAL 3/26/2010 8:02PM

    Its so good to see you enjoying life darlin! I was so happy to see Stella was ok with the chicks! I wold love to see some pics of your garden, the trees were gorgeous in your blog.. Cleva xxx emoticon

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SILVERWITCH59 3/26/2010 7:51PM

    cute :) We got 24 chicks last night ..At the feed store LOL the lazy way ;)

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0309COOKIE 3/26/2010 6:40PM

    Aaaawww, they are so cuuuuuuttteee! And Stella is priceless! Oh, your house looks like so much fun!

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MEOWMAMA3 3/26/2010 6:26PM

    How adorable! I think Stella is the world's most photogenic dog! She's a real charmer! Sounds pretty busy at your house for Spring "Break"! (For some reason I hear W.C. Fields) wishing you a fabulous week....my little Chickadee!!!
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HOPERISING 3/26/2010 6:24PM

    Oooh, they look soooo cute. I just want to touch them! I used to have chickens... but I am living with my sister and her husband now, and chickens are definately banned. :( Well, ya can't have everything. I will enjoy them through your blogs :)

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GRNISHADE 3/26/2010 5:55PM

    Stella's being so sweet! My puppies would not be so nice... I have to keep dogs and chickens apart. Once the chickens get big enough, the cats are afraid of them! Chickens just love cat food and they will drive the kitties away! The babies hatched just in time, too. They are all so cute, I can't wait for my babies to arrive... 11 days and counting...

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VALERIEMAHA 3/26/2010 5:55PM

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Great photos! Love that Stella!!! Have BIG Spring Break FUN!!!!!!
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PINETREEGIRL 3/26/2010 5:43PM

    Ah, what fun! They look like hours of enjoyment in a box!
Enjoy your spring break...whoo-hoo!

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Making Good Out of the Horrific

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yesterday was the anniversary of a horrific train/school bus accident in my home town. Four students were killed outright, many were seriously injured - paralyzed, amputated, etc. Many of the survivors carry permanent emotional scars, and a couple have committed suicide since the accident.

The accident was caused by a moonlighting fireman not stopping the school bus he was driving, trying to beat the train so he could get to work on time. He survived the accident. I can't even imagine what it must be like to be him.

The event is forever in our minds even after all these years. I believe it was after this accident that the law was passed requiring school busses to stop at railroad crossings.


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HOPERISING 3/26/2010 6:28PM

    Stories of this just make me cry. Actually, I cry for the bus driver the most... because I can only imagine the weight of the guilt he must live with, and how he must beat himself up every day for one stupid, careless decision. God give him peace.

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SUNNY332 3/26/2010 9:25AM

    Oh my goodness, that certainly was horrific. I can not imagine how the driver can have any kind of peace knowing his actions that day took so many lives.
I thought all school buses were suppose to stop at RR crossings.

That is so sad but glad some good came out of it.


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LAGREBE 3/26/2010 6:50AM

    A stupid decision in a split second, incomprehensible consequences...

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PENNYAN45 3/25/2010 11:24PM

    So, so sad ....

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PUDLECRAZY 3/25/2010 7:49PM

    The accident happened in 1972. The good that came out of it was that ever after that, school bus drivers have to stop at railroad crossings and open the door.

"Except for a stop sign, at which the bus driver failed to stop, and a standard railroad-crossing sign, the crossing was not specially protected. A student on board the bus reported first seeing the approaching train at about 600 feet west of the crossing; the train crew said they first saw the eastbound school bus when they were about 500 feet south of the crossing. At about 220 feet from the crossing the school bus momentarily declerated, but then resumed its initial speed. Meanwhile, the train crew applied emergency brakes at about 150 feet south of the crossing, way to late to bring the 4,230 ton freight train to a halt before impact. After the accident tiremarks were found at the grade crossing. Right tire marks started about 13 feet 5 inches west of the rail.
After impact the school bus was pushed 1,116 feet down the track by the train, and the body structure of the bus disintegrated. The rear section of the bus was torn loose, fell beside the track and overturned with a number of students underneath. Two of the several students who were ejected from the remaining portion of the bus passed through separated floor sections and fell between the rails into the path of the train.
As a result of the accident five students died. The bus driver and all 44 remaining students were injured. None of the train crew was injured. The driver, a 37-year-old male, was subsequently charged and convicted of five counts of criminal negligence as a result of this accident."
-from the Journal News

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    How horrific! The bus was a mangled mess.I hope they use this for a training tool for future bus drivers.Has this been some time ago? When our middle daughter was going to pre-school and rode a bus(Justine is 13 now),I rode the bus with her one day and we came up to some RR tracks and the bus driver told eveyone silence and opened the doors and looked both ways and proceded on the route. Needless to say I was pleased for the saftey savvy Steve the bus driver! We trust the safety to these drivers,what a tough responsible job,that I would not want.What a horrible reminder this bus driver has to live with,it's almost like his punishment for making a wrong decision. Anyone that messes with the speed and weight of a train is asking for trouble if not death. I think we all can learn something from this.Prayers to all this effected. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 3/25/2010 7:11PM

    Oh how sad! this world is always in a hurry. and if I see someone texting and driving I immediately call the police and tell them that they are driving fast and erratically and they are texting and I give them their tag number and I stay on the line with them until they are pulled over. I am tired of seeing people risk the lives of the innocent drivers that are smart enough NOT to text and drive. how stupid can you be?


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GRNISHADE 3/25/2010 6:13PM

    O M G!!! What that fireman must live with! It makes my life seem pretty tame and gentle right now... I saw a woman texting like crazy while driving down the four lane I took to the dentist's this morning. She made me afraid to even be on the same road with her!

It only takes a few seconds to alter a life/lives forever and some things just cannot be undone.

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Making a Comeback

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I finally got all 10,000 steps in today. Yay! The last time I was able to do that between the rain and the flu was a week ago and that was a big mistake because the next day I was so sick I had to go to Urgent Care for antibiotics, went home, then slept for almost 2 days.

Today, however was warmish and sunny. Stella and I took a walk before school and then another after I got home, logging about 2 miles each walk. I think I put in another mile just going back and forth between my classroom and the kindergarten room to visit the chicks.

It was a long and demanding day, though. I arrived at work, as usual, at 7:00 am, taught all day, then had faculty meeting, followed by parent conferences. It was 6:00 pm before I got back home. So I was very glad for my early morning walk. It may sound counterintuitive, but my long walks before work give me more energy throughout the day even though I am out walking at the crack of dawn.

Stella was very happy for her morning walk, as well, since we ran into her bf, Chester, a white standard poodle. Those two have so much fun together! We let them run in an empty field - they were so pretty in the early morning sun, frisking on the frosty grass.

I am not 100% back to 'normal' but it feels so much better to have the energy to go for walks and teach without feeling like I got hit by a mack truck by the end of the day.

Well, the Diva is curled up next to me getting her beauty sleep, and I had better follow suit if I am to be functional tomorrow after my long day today.

Have a wonderful Thursday, my friends!

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    emoticonare in order for you! You are a very dedicated person and a great Spark role model. I look forward to the day when I can walk a half mile or more!I know slow and steady gets to the finish line? How does that saying go? It's so weird,we all live pretty far away and some of us are or have had a virus,our son is ill and has alot of gunk in his sinuses.He hasn't had this for 10 days yet,so I don't think the doctor will give him antibiotics yet.Well, let's all think positively and send Spark wellness energy to everyone! Mr.Curly says Hi Stella! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 3/25/2010 7:14PM

    Oh I'm still recovering from all this coughing and sneezing and chest stuff, but I am longing for the day when I am better. for now, I'm not exercising because of the awful coughing fits. ack!

Glad you are feeling better! what a nice picture you put into my mind of two beautiful Poodles romping in the morning sun! We are truly blessed!


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OLDERDANDRT 3/25/2010 2:45PM

    Glad you're feeling better. I can just picture in my mind your Stella and her bf romping this morning. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! lol! Hope you're having a great day! Love your blogs.

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STARLASUE 3/25/2010 7:57AM

    Yes, it is good to hear you are feeling better. Have a super day.

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0309COOKIE 3/25/2010 12:50AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better.

That is a nice picture you painted of Stella and Chester.

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PENNYAN45 3/24/2010 11:37PM

    You put in a very long day for someone who is still recovering. I know what you mean, though, about the early morning walk giving you more energy throughout the day. Glad you are on the mend.

I love the mind's image I got from your description of the two dogs frolicking together!


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Pure Joy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

One of my favorite stories of chick hatching day was this. Yesterday morning, the kindergarten children gathered around the incubator to see if there was any progress. They discovered that some of the eggs had little holes where their beaks had pecked through, and they could hear the chicks peeping from inside the eggs.

One little girl just beamed saying, "I am just so proud of them!"

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The babies were moved to their crate today.

It didn't take them long to discover their food!

The children in the kindergarten made up their rules for chick watching, the teacher wrote them down, and they posted their rules.

One kindergarten girl wrote a book to share with me. I have to post it in its entirety - it's fabulous.

Such sweet sentiments!

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Sorry to any purists who want to read only about weight loss goals. For me, the journey is about the spiritual/emotional health that promote well being. This post is about joy, spring, the love of nature, and new life.

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/27/2010 10:49PM

    I feel like I was right there in the classroom with you. Thank you for such a sweet, sweet story. emoticon

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BIRDBRAIN222 3/25/2010 11:36PM

    How cute!! I saw a very small (adult) black chicken at a fair, any idea what it might be? My baby Zebras are fledging, three out of four have come out of the nest. I posted a picture of one of them on my SparkPage.

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KBUCKMASH 3/24/2010 10:11PM

    As I listen to the excitement of the children in wonder of the new life of the chicks am thinking I hope it is catching. They have even written down how to care for that new life. Could use some of that kind of excitement in my life right now. They are an inspiration. Am hoping a spark comes flying my way.

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CLEVAGAL 3/24/2010 7:41PM

    Chris......You cant always write about weight loss....there needs to be balance. How cute are the chicks hey! Alright cobber, I will catch you later. Cleva xxx emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/24/2010 10:27AM

    I am proud of them too. What a wonderful thing for you to do and for the students to experience. They will remember this for a long long time to come.

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PENNYAN45 3/24/2010 12:06AM

    This was beautiful to see. The little chicks ...and the children's reactions... are so adorable. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the stories.


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PUDLECRAZY 3/23/2010 10:06PM

    The dark chicks are Black Australorps and Plymouth Barred Rocks. They are the ones we just hatched in the incubator, and the ones that I will have as layers. Two of the yellow chicks are Faverolles, and one is a New Hampshire Red. Those are the day old chicks that the kindergarten teacher ordered to arrive when the hatchlings were a day old.

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RASTUS55 3/23/2010 9:58PM

    This is all just so precious!! Don't you love the reaction of these children?? Loved all of this blog...a breath of fresh air!! Chicks are just beautiful.....what kind are they?

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MARY1313 3/23/2010 7:57PM

    Ph! I love love that chicken book! that is just the best! I have been enjoying the innocence and wonder of your children. this is good for us to experience such awe and wonder of life, especially here at Easter. Please don't stop sharing!!!!

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GRNISHADE 3/23/2010 7:56PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your hatchlings! The videos and pictures are awesome. I, for one, get kind of burned out on the constant weight loss blogs and it is such a joy to share other aspects of our lives! We are, after all, so much more than 'pounds'. 9 out of 11 is a fabulous hatch rate! I'm on pins and needles thinking about my little blue and green eggs getting ready to hatch! I wish I could share in that but I'll be happy if they just arrive safe and healthy!

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STARLASUE 3/23/2010 6:35PM

    I love it! I love blogs on all kind of things, not just weight loss. I have really enjoyed following your class project.

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LMB-ESQ 3/23/2010 5:56PM

    How cute! Any idea which one is Denty? That's the one I'm most impressed with!

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MUFFINK9 3/23/2010 5:37PM

    I truly enjoyed your blog and the book was fabulous, too sweet! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 3/23/2010 5:16PM

    Blogs like these are what make life interesting! Keep up the good work. I love your blogs. (My favorite of favorites was Stella being rowdy in the snow, lol. LOVED that one!)

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ETWOLIE 3/23/2010 5:10PM

    The chicks are beautiful, thank you for sharing.

You must have so much fun with your class. Keep up the great teaching!

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TERFREE 3/23/2010 5:10PM

    Who knew! I think I can become a Chick watcher too, they're so cute!

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MARIPOSA55 3/23/2010 5:08PM

  Great job!

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Chicks at a Day - For My Chick Loving Friends

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This morning there were 9 babies (out of 11 eggs) in the incubator. They have been moved to a crate equipped with a lamp for heat, water, and food, plus little socks to cozy up on. The yellow chicks are day old chicks that the kindergarten teacher ordered. They just arrived today, and are in with my Australorp and barred rock babies.

The children are all thrilled and have been wonderful with the babies, and I have been like a mother hen since they started hatching.

The two eggs that haven't hatched do not show signs of pipping, so they may not have survived embryo-hood. However, there can be a few days between hatching for a clutch, so they are still being warmed in the incubator.

Such a wonderful way to bring in spring!

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SUNNY332 3/24/2010 10:25AM

    What fun and I loved hearing the kids talk on the video.


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TERRA49 3/23/2010 11:55PM

  Love it!

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MARY1313 3/23/2010 8:00PM

    oh I love them all! I would be hard put not to love them too hard! LOL


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STARLASUE 3/23/2010 6:23PM

    How cute are they! Oh my goodness. I bet the kids are thrilled. Wonderful!

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BIRDBRAIN222 3/23/2010 6:07PM

    How cute! You know you can "candle" the last two eggs with a flashlight to see if they developed. If it is dark when you shine a light through it there is something in it, if it appears translucent, it never developed. My zebra finches' first clutch had one that didn't hatch.

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KELRAJ 3/23/2010 4:24PM

    How adorable!!! Thanks for sharing! I bet the kids are just ecstatic to have the chicks finally hatch! :) emoticon

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0309COOKIE 3/23/2010 4:18PM

    Oh, they are all so adorable. Such fun to watch. Love their little peeps. Thanks so much for sharing.

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W82GOWHEE 3/23/2010 4:16PM

    They're so cute!! I raised some chickens from babies a couple of years ago and I'd love to do it again but I have 11 chickens and that's enough. This year it's baby bunnies (they were an accident) and they're very cute too!


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VONTAN 3/23/2010 4:09PM

    awwww how precious, baby chicks are the cutest! Congrats!

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  Oh my gosh babies! I love them! I have 3 three week old Buff Orpingtons, 3 three week old easter eggers, 6 two week old Black Copper Marans, and 3 ducklings brooding away in my extra bathroom right now. I miss the cute little fluffiness of the first couple days! Your babies are adorable. :)

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