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Pleasant Saturday

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I had to work today. There was a work-bee at the school to clean up the playground, clearing the branches that had fallen, putting down mulch, etc, all things I cannot do right now while my hip is healing. However, I wanted to be there to show my support, and was able to put tree paint on a couple of trees that had to be pruned. Not much of an accomplishment, but at least I could do something.

I heard there was a great sale at Hobby Lobby and went there after the work-bee so I could pick up a couple of supplies I needed. I came home with some great finds.

I have been doing bits and pieces of my fairy house at school during project time and the children have been excited about it. I had been wanting to build a dollhouse for the scholarship fundraiser that we have each fall and found this darling dollhouse which came to only $12 once the coupon was applied. emoticon

I am thinking I may build this one at school and generate more excitement for it.

I was also pleased to be able to get this acrylic set for half price. I have been having so much fun with my artistic side, I am doing a happy dance to have new paints! I spent some of this afternoon painting and some of this afternoon making faux rocks for the chimney of the fairy house.

I think the cutest thing I found was this china tea set for the fairy house, it is so tiny, yet so detailed. emoticon

Now please understand, I am not a shopper. I dread shopping and can be a total Grinch about the entire process; but today's foray out into the world of shopping was a big success.

Not so successful was dinner out with Mike and some friends. I ate too much. Darn it! Tomorrow is another day; I'll have to get in some more exercise. Stella and I have been having fun playing Frisbee ~ I'll have to at least add in a long walk.

I am enjoying this giant full moon! Can you see it where you are?

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JABULONESTAR 3/24/2011 7:36PM

    I love your great finds :) I am sure Stella is having fun playing frisbee with you and helping you with your exercise! Enjoy your projects :)

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2011 11:02PM

    As others, I enjoy your projects so much. They are filled with creativity and imagination, along with a large dose of love. -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 3/20/2011 7:04PM

    The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon stormy seas . . .

Love your tea set: so pretty, so small!!

Hope your hip does not complain!!

And (when I was a teacher) felt the same way: but did not make me popular with my colleagues (although I kept quiet about it . . . ).

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BILLTMAN 3/20/2011 3:59PM

    Your house is a fairy, fairy fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you

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SUNNY332 3/20/2011 3:48PM

    You found some great bargins. I love Hobby Lobby.

Have a good week. I think the idea of doing the house at school is a good one.

Love the tea set.


We had clouds here so didn't get to see the moon. I was very disappointed. Glad you got a photo of it.

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MCGS62 3/20/2011 1:14PM

    Full moon!!! So that's what happened last night. emoticon
I thought I dreamed I ate a whole box of cookies then woke up in a pool of crumbs.

Teachers should teach what happened to the grounds crew?
Oh dear I think you are addicted to doll house kits.
that's ok

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Green Milk and Other Updates

Thursday, March 17, 2011

As always, the green milk was a big hit at school today. The older children look forward to it with excitement, and the younger children look at it suspiciously until they taste it. Yes, it does have sugar in it, but not a lot.

Shhh, don't let them in on this because I tell them the leprechauns emoticon bring it, but here is the recipe:

1 gallon 1% milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 C sugar
green food coloring


vanilla silk with food coloring

They think it tastes like vanilla ice cream.

I had a follow-up visit with my chiropractor this afternoon. My hip adjustment held really well and I have been feeling much better. But because I was compensating, I was a little out of alignment a bit farther up my back. Between the adjustments, the sun, and some warmer weather, I am feeling so much better emotionally ~ but I have developed a sore throat. I hope after a good night's sleep it will heal up.

I made 'stones' out of paper clay for the fairy house fireplace yesterday. Today it dried enough to glue into place on the fireplace/oven. Right now it is just propped in there.

Now I need to experiment on a sample to get the colors right for the stone before painting it. Once I get the colors right, I need to shave off the rough edges, paint the stones, then grout between them

The close-up shows the glowing embers on the back stones of the fireplace. I made those with a tiny bit of red glitter glue. The photo got a little faded when it shrank, so you have to look closely at the bottom of the main fireplace and in the top oven door to see it. It shows up better on the photo before loading it.

Tomorrow, I will walk my class 1 1/2 miles to attend a residency of the La Catrina Quartet. I am really looking forward to that; both the walk there and back, and the experience with the members of La Catrina. In the afternoon, we have a swim trip planned. It will be a busy Friday, but fun.

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JABULONESTAR 3/24/2011 7:41PM

    I love hearing about all your adventures with your students :)

Your fairy house is beautiful!

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DASARMEHASEN 3/21/2011 4:07PM

    wow, your fairy house is enchanting! i love the sound of the green milk.

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    I am loving the fairy house project! I really look forward to your updates to see what new thing you have created. Cute, cute, cute!!!

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IUHRYTR 3/18/2011 10:07PM

    Looks like another career opportunity after teaching -- as a model builder. Think of the millions of young girls who would love one of these. Now to figure out how to get you to work faster. Go, go, go! -- Lou

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SIRIRADHA 3/18/2011 2:12PM

    Glad you've got those disks and things lining up like they're s'posed to. And hey, if--heaven forfend--something should happen and I get reincarnated any time soon, can I come live in your fairy house? You are so inventive and fun!

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PUBLIK0UTKRY 3/17/2011 10:03PM

    I think it's really cool that you made the green milk for your students! I wish one of my teachers had done something cool like that! lol

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/17/2011 9:46PM

    Those kids sure are lucky to have such a fun teacher! Fairy House looking good.

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MCGS62 3/17/2011 9:31PM

    OOOO green milk my kids would have probably loved it and then turned their noses up at a good dinner.
1 1/2 miles one way 3 miles round trip that's a lot of walking for some grade school kids but It will be worth it for the musical experience.
Good luck!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2011 8:46PM

    Your fairy house is coming along beautifully -- and your hip too! Now, if the walk to Catrina Quartet makes it possible for your throat to heal . . . you should be set up for a fine weekend.

Love the "leprechaun milk" story: at one of our children's birthday parties, on a rabbit theme, the children planted magic carrot seeds and came back 20 minutes later (after a treasure hunt, where each one found a baby rabbit) to discover -- full grown green top carrots! We never did tell them how we achieved this . . . !!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

My chiropractor was able to do a great adjustment of my misaligned hip today. The pain isn't completely gone, but the searing pain left immediately and I don't feel so jammed up. I hope the adjustment sticks.

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DASARMEHASEN 3/16/2011 1:53PM

    that's fantastic news!

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MEOWMAMA3 3/16/2011 7:32AM

    Yay! What a relief! btw, Stella looks quite festive and Irish on your profile pic! Happy St. Patty's Day! Any green doggie bones???? emoticon

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    I hope your adjustment holds!

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ALLEGROVIVO 3/15/2011 12:57PM

    emoticon so glad you got some relief. Even though you are "hip" I don't want your hip to hurt. Stay well! Nancy

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SUNNY332 3/15/2011 10:20AM

    I hope it does too, sweetie. Be good to yourself and if you exercise, be sure and stretch first.


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MCGS62 3/15/2011 9:26AM

    I swear by my chiropractor!

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JABULONESTAR 3/14/2011 10:24PM

    emoticon I am so happy to hear that you have some pain relief! Now hopefully you will be able to heal all the way! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/14/2011 8:43PM

    Great: I'm always happy with the effect of my chiro treatment too!!

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PONYFARMER 3/14/2011 8:21PM

    I am happy that you are feeling better, nothing worse that lots of pain to ruin a day!

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IUHRYTR 3/14/2011 8:13PM

    I appreciate chiropractors. Some people don't respect them as not being "real" doctors but they sure can help us get straightened out, can't they? Glad you have some relief. -- Lou

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VALERIEMAHA 3/14/2011 8:02PM

    That is absolutely emoticonnews, my friend!!!
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As Promised: Fairy House Saga Continues

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I was so happy to have made enough progress on my Fairy House project that I could put the roof on. The roof was tricky and a bit intimidating, but it came together very nicely.

The fairy family was getting antsy, so I added some furniture and invited them in to do some arranging.

The fireplace is only primed. It will be stone and mortar when I finish it.

Hepatica is checking to see of the milk man arrived yet. The little piano in the bay window is there in honor of my mother-in-law, Glenna, who passed away in June. It was from her piano collection. She would have loved helping me with this project.

The Lovely Lavender Loft

Oh, look! The milk man DID arrive!

The exterior of the house will be stuccoed and have timber framing when it is complete, and the roof will be thatched. The bay window has a thatched roof, too, as does the as yet-unassembled Dutch door. The bay window is the only fully assembled window so far.

Columbine is enjoying the view from the front step.

The back of the fireplace and the chimney (which still needs to be built) will also be stone and mortar, as will the foundation.

I hope you have been having as much fun today as I have.


Bye for now!

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PONYFARMER 12/27/2011 10:16PM

    How cool! Is this a kit or did you design it and build it from scratch. I doubt that I could do this, even if it is a kit. But I would love to build some cat house that would fit a kitty or two. Nice work so far!

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HANNAHV 3/16/2011 2:37AM

    emoticonLove what you are doing! You are very talented and thank you for sharing with us, it is very inspiring......my fingers are itching, lol!

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ANASINGS 3/15/2011 9:56PM

    WOW! This is amazing! Nice job! Thanks for commenting on my blog. It's so nice to be able to communicate with other people on here. By the way, Stella is adorable. It's good that you have her by your side. I have a mini poodle and a mini dachshund. LOVE THEM! I hope your hip feels much better after the adjustment. emoticon

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    emoticon I love watching your progress on this labor of love! It is truly beginning to look magical!

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PONYTROT 3/15/2011 6:43AM

    How impressive. You have such patience and talent. Beautiful work.

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JABULONESTAR 3/14/2011 10:27PM

    emoticon Oh I just love it :) How fun! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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MCGS62 3/14/2011 6:52PM

    It Looks Good. I can see the fairy house inspiring hours of fantasy for the kids.

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CAROLIAN 3/14/2011 4:49PM

    Coming along great just love it lol carol emoticon

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DASARMEHASEN 3/14/2011 2:22PM

    wow, these are amazing!

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    Makes me want to play too!

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HOPERISING 3/14/2011 1:05AM

    Wow Chris! You are fantastically creative! I want to come live in your fairy house! I LOVE it!

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KANSASROSE67 3/14/2011 12:58AM

    Just came across this blog and I absolutely LOVE the fairy house and all your creative ideas! What a wonderful project to share!! I have been thinking for a while of creating a fairy (miniature) garden but haven't done anything about it yet. If only there were many more hours in each day!

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DOR2BFIT 3/14/2011 12:27AM

    Absolutely precious. emoticon I want a lavender loft!

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MARY1313 3/13/2011 11:40PM

    I just love this to PIECES!!!!


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VALERIEMAHA 3/13/2011 6:59PM

    I'm astounded.

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IUHRYTR 3/13/2011 6:43PM

    This is so cute and creative. I didn't realize how large it would be. A terrific gift to pass down. emoticon -- Lou

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PUDLECRAZY 3/13/2011 5:53PM

    Yes, there will be leather bound books, herbs hanging from the rafters, bottles of fairy dust, tooth canisters, rolls baking in the side oven, little area rugs, welcome mats, etc. They will have a colorful little fireman's pole to go from the loft to the first floor. I am trying to figure out how to make a porch light that will operate off of a small battery. The porch light would be their pet firefly in its cage, hanging by the door. I have a little well started. The plan for the project is for it to be more or less endless so my niece and grandchildren can add on to the details inside and outside of the house, depending on their imagination, and of course, what the fairies need.

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SIRIRADHA 3/13/2011 5:37PM

    Oh this is wonderful! Will you hang little pictures and put down tiny rugs? A mailbox? Little tiny letters? I could go on and on!

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CRAZYSTEPPER 3/13/2011 4:25PM

    How very creative! I too enjoyed the tour!

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SUNNY332 3/13/2011 3:59PM

    Thanks for the tour. You are doing an awesome job and so glad you enjoy working on it.


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0309COOKIE 3/13/2011 3:51PM

    Thank you for the virtual tour of your lovely fairy house. You are so creative and your blogs are such fun!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/13/2011 3:31PM

    Dd you know when you started the fairy house that you would have so many spark friends following the project? We are all into the fairy house!!! Looking Very Cool by the way. Victoria
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JENN03275 3/13/2011 3:30PM

    That is amazing! You are so talented!!

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Friends in Japan

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I am glad to have heard from most of my friends in Japan. My friendship with my Japanese friends has been through a connection with Kyoto-Seiko University, so most of my friends are from Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo, well south of the major disaster. Their stories of surviving the quake in high rise Tokyo office buildings are incredible. Of course there are no elevators that can be in use, and they report the experience of trying to get down 9 or more stories to get outside the buildings, then having to return to work after aftershocks. They had to return back up the stairs into scary damaged offices.

At the same time, there is no news they can get from home to find out about their families, and without the trains working and with the highways congested, their trips home took up to 8 hours. One friend was in a car accident on her way home.

My son's girl friend's family was able to return home after being stranded out of town. They were able to contact her to let her know they are safe.

I am very relieved to hear that my friends are shaken, but safe.

The news from Japan is still terrible. Between the aftershocks, more tsunami damage, potential of disease from the disaster area and deaths, and the nuclear reactor explosion, they are still in danger. My heart goes out to all of the people in Northern Japan who were not so lucky as my friends.

For those of us who want to find a way to help, it is best to donate to well known organizations who use their donations well. Red Cross of Japan and Save the Children already are present there so donations to them would give the most rapid relief. While we may wish to be able to send material comfort like food and clothes, this is not the best way to support the relief effort as there is no real way to get those things to the areas most in need.

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JABULONESTAR 3/14/2011 10:32PM

    Happy to hear your friends are safe! My prayers go out to Japan and to everyone that was affected!

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DASARMEHASEN 3/14/2011 2:25PM

    I have already made a donation to red cross. This whole thing has been tragic.

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MARY1313 3/13/2011 12:01AM

    Thanks for the update Chris. You are right about those two organizations. I always turn to the red cross.

Glad your friends are ok given the circumstances. Going back to work is what this industrious nation would turn to I believe.


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THISYEARSMODEL 3/12/2011 10:04PM

    Glad to hear your friends are safe. Thank you for the information. I have a friend in Tokyo and am hoping he and his family are safe. (I blogged about him the other day.) Sending warm thoughts and positive energy to Japan.

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CITYZOZO 3/12/2011 2:45PM

    that was a long time ago that I lived in Japan.. I know the areas

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MCGS62 3/12/2011 1:41PM

    Glad to hear that most of your friends are safe for now and hope you hear from the remaining ones soon. We will keep praying for the people in northern areas.
Thank you for the sheet music page I have to wait to hear from them before investing in specific sheet music. If I get a position I will let you be the first to know.

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IUHRYTR 3/12/2011 10:57AM

    One news report said because of how much closer to land this earthquake was than the one that hit Haiti and because of the increased severity from Haiti's 7.0 to Japan's 8.9, that the actual force of Japan's was 1,000 times greater than the one that hit Haiti. Add in all the high-rises and compact and increased population and it becomes hard to conceive of the damage. Glad your friends are safe. Thanks for the suggestion about donations. -- Lou

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SUNNY332 3/12/2011 8:59AM

    Good news about your friends. Crazy that they had to go back to work.


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MRE1956 3/12/2011 8:58AM

    "Having to return to work" in those conditions, eh? Are you KIDDING? Sheesh! In the face of such an incredible disaster, returning to work is even on peoples' minds? Now I'm recovering from yet another bout of temporary unemployment and am anxious to get back into the game, but still.....where's the sense of perspective here? Not to sound harsh or anything like that, but "just sayin'".....


You bring up an excellent point about how best to contribute...I only hope that the charlatan and quack organizations don't jump on this, though I fear they will....


I'm very glad to hear that your friends are safe so far.....

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VALERIEMAHA 3/12/2011 8:44AM

    I'm sending metta out.

So glad you've heard from friends. I have friends in Hawaii and the CA coast, where no injuries (other than the sad one in Crescent City) have been reported.

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CITYZOZO 3/12/2011 8:20AM

    I lived in Japan and this is so frightening... I'm so happy your friends are safe.. ... take care.

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