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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Every well appointed Victorian home needs art work and lace curtains.



A window seat in a bay window is a wonderful place to curl up with a good book.




Flowers grace the window ledges.




Someone delivered some potted plants as a house warming gift.



And now for....... the yard!


  
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SAL2525 3/20/2012 12:57PM

    Amazing!

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FABBYMAY 3/20/2012 12:45PM

    Absolutely fabulous!!!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/15/2012 11:32AM

    Adorable.

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OLDERDANDRT 3/14/2012 8:42PM

    You are certainly the interior decorator to add to you many other talents! Sooooo cute!! I hope it brings in tons for the raffle (silent auction or such). Sorry, bad memory here. Anyway, it's just gorgeous! emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 3/14/2012 7:55PM

    How very neat!

And you are going to build a miniature travel trailer?

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MARY1313 3/14/2012 12:34PM

    I love this! Some little girl is going to have the best little friends living there and hours of fun making believe!

Mary

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/14/2012 10:59AM

    Love the window seat and all the lace! So amazing! You do wonderful detail work!
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ANJELIA1968 3/14/2012 8:38AM

    Incredible! Such beautiful detail in such a wonderful creation! I especially love the window seat area. If I was only a few inches tall, I'd definitely want to live there. I'm sure there will raise a lot of money for whatever charity you are funding.

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PUDLECRAZY 3/14/2012 5:54AM

    LOL! It IS addictive, Janet, I'm warning you! I already got my sister, Fabbymay, and niece addicted.

Thank you, everyone for your comments. The initial work of organizing, sanding, and priming all of the little pieces is tedious, but mostly it is fun to build. It's hard not to just keep adding more and more details. That, to me, is the hardest part about giving her up. There is always more I want to do.

But, I already have another build in the works. The travel trailer.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/14/2012 5:13AM

    Now I want to make one.

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GUITARWOMAN 3/13/2012 9:09PM

    This is fabulous!


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IUHRYTR 3/13/2012 8:15PM

    I am always impressed at the detail you put into these projects. Someone is going to be very happy when they become this home's owner. -- Lou

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BADASSBLONDIE 3/13/2012 7:48PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

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MAWRTIAN 3/13/2012 6:11PM

    Wow. Really. Wow! Can I bid on that thing remotely??

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ROCKMAN6797 3/13/2012 2:26PM

    Wow! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 3/13/2012 1:55PM

    Just so delicate and beautiful..........

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JLITT62 3/13/2012 1:36PM

    That is just amazing!

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MCGS62 3/13/2012 1:26PM

    It is a beautiful interior.

It makes me wish I was a --well, maybe not--
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It is a beautiful house though .
I don't know how you can give these up for charity auctions.


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Exterior Complete!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I finally completed the exterior of the house today and got some daylight photos so the color is much more true.













Lovely Lavender Cottage, the Painted Lady, is all dressed up and ready for the silent auction gala.

I only hope I can look as pretty.

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CHALLENGER15 3/14/2012 7:56PM

    What a lovely Painted Lady!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/14/2012 10:57AM

    Absolutely perfect! I love the stained glass windows and flower boxes!
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IUHRYTR 3/13/2012 8:17PM

    The stained glass is a nice touch. -- Lou

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DDOORN 3/13/2012 11:08AM

    Looking mighty fine! But I'll bet YOU will outshine it! :-)

Don

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/13/2012 4:42AM

    Looks like fun...even though we heard all the grumbles. emoticon

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MCGS62 3/12/2012 3:31PM

    Great job!! I could never do that after all of the work --auctioning it off--

Let us know how it goes!

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BADASSBLONDIE 3/12/2012 1:43PM

    WOW!!!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/12/2012 12:42PM

    Love the details and the color is spectacular!
This should bring a pretty penny!

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MARY1313 3/12/2012 10:29AM

    That is so gorgeous!!!!!

Lucky person who gets it!

Mary

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/12/2012 12:21AM

    Wah-LA! She's beautiful! What a work of ART! Congratulations, and I wish you the very best at the auction! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 3/11/2012 10:00PM

    Oh my!!! I knew she was going to be beautiful, but wow!!! Love the gingerbread and those precious window boxes!!!!! You really did a fabulous job on it! I hope some really special little girl gets to adore it!!! emoticon

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KOMAL53 3/11/2012 9:49PM

    Oh The Lavender Lady turned out beautifully!!!And I'm so glad i could see her progress from scratch!!!!As for the Lady who made her--she's definitely more beautiful--for if she wasn't the Lavender Lady wouldn't be what she is!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 3/11/2012 7:52PM

    Oh, the cottage turned out just beautiful.

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MAWRTIAN 3/11/2012 6:06PM

    You amaze me!! So much talent, and your beauty is already reflected in the cottages!!!

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BILLTMAN 3/11/2012 5:37PM

    Are you kidding? The cottage is beautiful but it pales in comparison to you..... emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/11/2012 5:12PM

    This is so very pretty; love the colours! And all the meticulous detailing.

So: what are you going to wear to "colour co-ordinate"? (It's a given that you will look just as lovely!!)

May I suggest: lavender fragrance?

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/11/2012 4:52PM

    That is a gorgeous little house. It is a playhouse? Cause if it is, some little girl is going to be so happy to get a perfect place like that to play in! Nice Work!

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BECCABOO127 3/11/2012 4:51PM

    I wish I was participating in that silent auction--it is beautiful!

And yes, you will look as beautiful, too.

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ARLENE_MOVES 3/11/2012 4:48PM

    That is so pretty!

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FABBYMAY 3/11/2012 4:11PM

    Beautiful! Both the Lovely Lavender Lady and the woman who made it are beautiful inside and out!

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On Home Stretch for the Dollhouse - Latest Pics

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I made quite a bit of progress on the dollhouse today. I shingled the front and side roofs, made the door, put in its stained glass, and managed to get the door hinged. THAT was a trial, the door hinge nails are almost microscopic. I had to put them in using tweezers.



Side view, bay window



Front door



And yes, the door hinges, door knobs, and door knocker really work.



Here it is lit from behind so you can see how the stained glass looks with light through it.

I didn't wire the dollhouse, but when sun comes through the windows they really glow.



This is a detail from inside the house. The vase is made from a glass bead.

Now I need to roof the other side of the house, finish the base boards, make the bay window seat cushion, build the window boxes, finish the gingerbread trim, and make a simple base for the house. It just won't do to keep it forever on my green bath mat!


  
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EVWINGS 3/17/2012 1:37PM

    You are so creative! How wonderful it is looking!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/15/2012 11:28AM

    The dear little vase! You are so creative.
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BADASSBLONDIE 3/12/2012 1:42PM

    This is absolutely stunning.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 3/12/2012 11:54AM

    Wow, that is beyond awesome! You are so talented!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/11/2012 11:46AM

    Wow, this looks beautiful! Nice work!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/11/2012 6:34AM

    So much detail!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/11/2012 6:11AM

    So beautiful - love all the detailed design! emoticon

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BECCABOO127 3/11/2012 6:05AM

    I love this! There is some great detail work here. WTG!

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PONYFARMER 3/11/2012 1:59AM

    That is so amazing and beautiful. Will you come do my house next? I love the color. I would move in there for sure, but I have to lose more weight before I will fit. LOL!

You are so good at this doll house making business.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/10/2012 11:11PM

    Wow, that's BEAUTIFUL! I am so impressed! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 3/10/2012 9:03PM

    Absolutely beautiful. I just love the intricate details.

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DOR2BFIT 3/10/2012 8:44PM

    I love it! Can we bid electronically? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 3/10/2012 8:31PM

    Beautiful!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/10/2012 8:31PM

    Wow!!! She's really looking good!!! Love the stained glass windows!! Just beautiful!! Somebody is going to be a really lucky person to win this beautiful dollhouse!!!

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Hectic Week and Dollhouse Progress

Saturday, March 03, 2012

It's been one of those weeks where I have worked much too hard and too many hours. I put in 3 extra hours on Monday and four extra hours on Tuesday on a committee to hire a development director for our school, and had parent conferences after school on Friday.

I have spent the last several weeks helping my class with a project they took on to have a children's silent auction to raise scholarship money for the school. They were upset that children were pretty much priced out of this year's fundraising auction, so they decided to have one of their own. They organized bid donations, made bid sheets, fliers, and posters, and spent the past week making bid sheets for each donated item. Today they had their auction. We got set up at 8:00 am at the school, and had the auction from 10 - 11:30 am concurrently with the Annual Pancake Breakfast. At the end of the auction, several of my students were cashiers and collected bid sheets and payments. A parent took the money they raised home to count, so I don't know how much they raised. It was a great project. They learned a lot about organizing a big fundraiser, followed through with their plans, had fun, and had a fun and successful event.

This teacher is T-I-R-E-D though!!!

I have been too busy all week to make any progress on the dollhouse I am making for the adult silent auction. I took a short nap after the children's auction, then took some time to work on the dollhouse. I finished all of the stained glass windows, got the windows put in, and one of the roofs on.







The color is a little off because the lighting is not so good once it gets dark out, but you can get the idea. The trim right under the shingles is actually a pale pink.

I did manage to get practice time in this week, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. Hopefully, I'll get a little extra time in tomorrow.

In spite of my hectic schedule, I was able to walk between 4 1/2 to 7 miles each day, logging up 40 miles since Sunday. One of my other fitness goals is to learn a few exercise band routines. I have found a few videos on the Spark Fitness pages and am trying some out. I think they would be good to have for summer travel, as an exercise band can fit easily into a suitcase.

  
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IUHRYTR 3/13/2012 8:19PM

    Your contributions to the school are unselfish and impressive creations I'm sure others appreciate. Hoping the auction is a great success. -- Lou

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ANJELIA1968 3/8/2012 8:53AM

    Congratulations on your class's successful silent auction. Sounds like you all did a great thing for the school.
Our church is having a silent auction next weekend and donations will support our local Senior Services group as well as our school choir [who is providing entertainment -- featuring my son!!! MOMMA IS PROUD!!!] Hope ours goes as well as yours did!
NOW TRY AND GET SOME REST!!!!

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IDLETYME 3/6/2012 8:35AM

    You have such an interesting life. It's amazing how much you can get done. Your dollhouse is beautiful. I hope you get time for some rest! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/5/2012 3:18PM

    Oh, I love the SparkFitness videos! They are short, can be pulled up quickly, and thrust into your busy day! Your doll house is coming along so well! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 3/5/2012 1:55PM

    I'm amazed at how you balance everything!!! And man that house is looking absolutely stunning!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/5/2012 1:00PM

    You always give 1,000% so it's no wonder you are tired!!! I really admire that with your hectic schedule, you got so much walking in, too!! I guess I am just lazy b/c time is rarely a factor for me!
The doll house is looking great! I really like the colors you picked! She's going to be a true painted lady!!
Hugs to Stella!
Jayne

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DDOORN 3/5/2012 10:27AM

    That's a lotta miles! Getting outdoors must feel so TERRIFIC though! Can't wait...warm weather is going to break in on our scene with 50s on Weds, 60s on Thurs...woo hoo!

Don

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MCGS62 3/5/2012 8:52AM

    Hope you got some much needed rest sunday!!
The doll house looks good.


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GUITARWOMAN 3/4/2012 2:30PM

    Whoa, be kind to yourself, you are doing just fine!

Dollhouse looks lovely.


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FABBYMAY 3/4/2012 11:07AM

    I love how the dollhouse is coming along - it looks like you have the shingling down!

Hopefully you have a chance to make today a true day off to rest and recuperate from last week.

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BILLTMAN 3/4/2012 7:25AM

    It's making me tired just hearing about it. I've had some of those weeks myself lately.

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CHALLENGER15 3/4/2012 6:07AM

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/4/2012 1:12AM

  The dollhouse is beautiful! Nice amount of miles you get in each day. Your tiered but is sounds like a good tiered. Love to read what the students and school is up to.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/4/2012 12:41AM

    Such motivated students! Awesome to read!
Dollhouse is looking nice and congrats on reaching your steps goal for the week!

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BSEANACAIN 3/3/2012 10:36PM

    nice

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Frustrated Walk Whine

Monday, February 27, 2012

I have been looking forward to my Monday afternoon hike all weekend. The weekend started out pretty cold and blustery; I got my walks in anyway, but today was a totally gorgeous day and I could barely wait for my walk with my class.



We got as far as the river when one of my students, who apparently did not heed my instructions to use the rest room before we left, had an 'accident.' To spare him the discomfort of continuing the walk in wet pants, not to mention the embarrassment, I left the rest of the class with the science teacher and hiked him back to school. It was all I could do to keep positive and not resentful about missing my walk due to his bad planning. To make matters worse, he refused to walk with me; he dawdled about 10 feet behind me the entire way back, in spite of my being patient and cheerful. So, I missed my hike and ended up staying at school with him while he worked on his report, inside instead of out in the sun.

I did get my sunset walk in with Stella, though. I have to say, I am really enjoying having it stay light long enough to be able to take a walk after dinner and enjoy watching the light change.



I did get 6 miles in today, in spite of not getting in my nature hike.

If the weather continues with its current trend, I may have my bike out by this weekend.

  
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PAPERCLIPSUE 3/3/2012 1:10PM

    Stella is gorgeous! (You look great, too.) Definitely to be framed.

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SM-ARTGIRL 3/2/2012 5:13PM

    I love that photo of you and Stella!


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MAWRTIAN 3/1/2012 3:31PM

    Sometimes doing the right thing is such a bummer! I'm glad you got some good time in with Stella! Come visit, we have GREAT hikes, most of which I have not checked out, I need a hiking buddy!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/1/2012 11:47AM

    I'm so glad you got your walk in, and Stella's probably thrilled that it was with her! That photo of you and Stella really needs to be framed and hung! It's beautiful!

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IUHRYTR 2/29/2012 11:47PM

    It was considerate of you not to embarrass the student. Beautiful picture of you and Stella. -- Lou

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TRULYVISIBLE 2/29/2012 10:25PM

  A great pic of you and Stella.

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PENNYAN45 2/28/2012 11:02PM

    It's too bad you missed out on the daytime hike.
As usual, you were a kind teacher with your student.

It is SO nice that darkness is coming later now - so you could enjoy the walk with Stella.

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MILLISMA 2/28/2012 4:25PM

    Glad you got you're walk in with Stella. What a beauty!

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MARY1313 2/28/2012 1:22PM

    Awwww poor kid, no wonder he was walking behind you, he was totally embarrassed. Even though it messed up your hike, what a nice lady you are to not make him feel bad.

Glad you got in your walk later with beautiful Stella!!!

Mary

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BADASSBLONDIE 2/28/2012 12:12PM

    Wow I would be beyond p1ssed. It's amazing that you can maintain such a positive attitude. And yay for sunset walks!

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MCGS62 2/28/2012 8:43AM

    The kid needs to go camping a few times to learn the other side of trees are for!!

what are you going to do***just laugh this one off!!
at least the kid got some academic work done today..

The cover blew off of my bike sometime during winter , it is going to take a lot of WD-40 to get me going again,, and I want a much wider more comfortable seat now that it is "all down hill from here".


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DDOORN 2/28/2012 8:41AM

    These longer days are AWESOME! Glad you were able to soak it up later!

Don

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ROCKMAN6797 2/28/2012 7:53AM

    That is why you are a teacher! Good for you for being patient and kind and saving your rant for those of us who understand. I, too, hate when my plans are disrupted but you adjust and make the best of it, and, you, quite obviously, did!

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JLITT62 2/28/2012 5:20AM

    The boy was probably soooo embarrassed, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating! Lovely photo of you & Stella.

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KOMAL53 2/27/2012 11:11PM

    Trust Kids to be unpredictable and to mess up best laid plans---but I really appreciate your fortitude in forgoing your Nature Hike!!However I'm glad you got your Walk with Stella later in the evening---the Pictures are beautiful!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 2/27/2012 10:39PM

    You have the patience of a saint, lol.

I love the picture of you and Stella.

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/27/2012 10:17PM

    You are an angel... I would have somped that poor kid in the ground ;-)

I had my bike out this weekend, a little cold because we had a northern wind but still wonderfully promising for days to come. Monday came with a lot of wet snow... sigh, but I won´t let it get me down because I know that things are going in the right direction. And I love the longer days too!

I miss my poodle! Although Merlin is the sweetest dog.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/27/2012 9:47PM

    Love the photos. Kids are like that aren't they?

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/27/2012 9:22PM

    Stella looks so bashful to be photographed, sweet!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/27/2012 9:02PM

    Ah, kids.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/27/2012 7:45PM

    What a stupendous photo of you, Stella, and the sunset!

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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2012 7:44PM

    What incredible and sensitive kindness you showed that student.

Bless you, Chris. I'm glad you got your walk in later with Stella . . . love the evening light as the days lengthen!

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