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A Bit of a Disappointment

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I think the fundraiser event was a big success; the results are not in yet but it appears like we brought in quite a good amount of money and a great time was had by all. The live auction part had such items as a week's vacation in a cabin in the Pocanos, a week in a chic getaway in Monterrey, a week timeshare anywhere in the world, and the opportunity to make pledges.

Julia Sweeney was charming and very funny. I enjoyed her much more than I anticipated. She read several chapters from a book she is writing; a memoir that is both poignant and funny.

I decided to go for colorful. The last I wore my LBD was to the memorial for my friend a few weeks ago, and I decided that since things emotional have been so heavy recently, I would go for light and airy. It was good for my mood and morale. I found a very sweet banana fiber shawl that was warm, soft, airy, and went well with the dress.




Our town is probably one of the last vestiges of hippy culture; at any rate, anything goes at events. I had packed my LBD and black heels in the car in case I got there and found that I was way off in Lala Land in terms of wardrobe choice. Most people were dressed up, but colorfully. It was a good choice for me and the LBD stayed in the car where she belonged.

The disappointment for the evening was that the dollhouse I spent so many of my resources, time, creativity, and financial, only brought in half of what I hoped to bring in. The bright side is that it went to the parents of a child who I know is going to love it and who will have a wonderful time making furniture for it and playing with it. For that, it was worth it.

I won't be doing that again though. For one thing, even after I said what I wanted to be the starting bid, the starting bid was less than half of what I wanted them to put on it and less than a quarter of the fair market value. In the end, it went for what I had asked to be the starting bid.

Oh well, on to my next project which will be just for fun. I'll keep you posted.


  
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BILLTMAN 3/28/2012 7:54AM

    Love the look! Too bad about the doll house, I thought it was great looking and you put so much work into it. Well, it went for a good cause and someone else is now the happy owner. You helped to raise some funds and brought happiness at the same time. Good job! and you looked great doing it. Now take a rest.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/26/2012 10:15PM

    Pudle the dress looks so beautiful with that pretty shawl, it was a great match!
How very PRUDENT of you to bring plan B with you I would never have thought of that!
I bet you looked lovely.

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MARY1313 3/26/2012 10:18AM

    Wow I'm a little disappointed for you! I know how hard you worked on that little house and the love you put into it. but at least the child that got it will have years of make believe and love it too!

Mary

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OLDERDANDRT 3/25/2012 9:01PM

    The colorful dress looks better, I think, with the shall you put with it rather than the dark. Great choice! I'm really sorry they let all your hard work on the dollhouse go so inexpensively! Did they forget it was a fund "raiser"?! Not to mention all your work. Oh well, I know you are taking it al in stride. At least a little girl will be thrilled!!
Have a great evening!

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0309COOKIE 3/25/2012 2:07PM

    I was so looking forward to this blog today! I love the shawl with your new dress and am happy that you decided on which one to wear. I can see why you chose to go with the light and airy one. It looked very pretty. Glad you enjoyed your evening.

So sorry that you didn't get the price you felt was appropriate. That doesn't seem to be fair, really. I'm sure the little girl who it was bought for will be loving it and you will be happy for that.

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GRANDMAPATTYV 3/25/2012 11:40AM

    I don't know if people alway appreciate the "sweat equitty" that goes into your work - or the love! It is a beautiful doll house, and I'm sure the little girl will love it forever!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/25/2012 11:31AM

    Great choice Chris!
Sorry to hear that your beautiful dollhouse went for less than you anticipated, but, at the very least, it will be going to an appreciative little girl!

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SUNRIZING 3/25/2012 10:27AM

    I love reading your blogs. you bring a little gentle peace to it with your words. I'm going to subscribe to you! do you facebook? you seem busy so i understand if you dont, but if you do add me :) I want to be a better spark buddy for you b/c I know we are kindred spirits!

I agree that your dress is so pretty, light, femenine and fresh looking! I want one like that too!! Where did you buy it? where do you buy your clothes? I love your sense of style!!!

I havent been on the piano in a while... but just seeing YOU always inspires me to get on there! I will make time for it today!
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JLITT62 3/25/2012 9:56AM

    It's always sad to be so much time & effort into something & not feel it was valued, but you know it WILL actually be valued, you had a good time, so I guess it's all good in the end?

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JPONCIN 3/25/2012 9:54AM

    I love your dress!!! :D

No worries about the dollhouse. It was less about being a moneymaker, and more about doing something you love with your whole heart, and like you said, a special someone will really enjoy it! In my book, that's plenty. :)

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BD3269PM 3/25/2012 9:35AM

    A child will be so happy because of your time and talent. That is a great thing! Enjoy your day emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/25/2012 9:29AM

    Oh how wonderful to know your house will bring so much pleasure. The dress you wore is so pretty, yellow is my favorite color.

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PUDLECRAZY 3/25/2012 9:28AM

    Thank you, Maha. I tried valiantly to not have an expectation attached, but I had sincerely hoped to bring in more scholarship money. I had too many expectations attached, methinks. I'm okay with it. I enjoyed the build and I am very happy with where she ended up.

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VALERIEMAHA 3/25/2012 9:15AM

    WOW! WOW! WOW! That was exactly my vision of the shawl color that would *finish* your look. Beautiful!!!

Perhaps one of my gratitudes this morning will speak to you re: the dollhouse:

~ seeing that not being attached to the "fruits" of my actions is the only way to have peace...as the Bhagavad Gita says, "Those whose consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do."



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What to Wear, What to Wear???

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tonight is the big scholarship-fundraiser-gala-dinner-comedy-
show-silent-auction. Julia Sweeney (Pat from Saturday Night Live) will be performing. My pretty Victorian cottage will hopefully be adopted by some parent or grandparent for one happy little girl for exorbitant amounts of money.

I don't dress up often, there is a rare need to around here. Usually, I wear my elegant LBD; with some kind of simple jewelry. It's my standard Go-To wardrobe item.



A couple of days ago, I dipped into the new little boutique in town. I tried a couple of dresses on and did not like the way they fit across my hips. Since everything else looked great about them, I was pretty disappointed. The owner said she had just the thing for me and pulled this skimpy little dress off the hanger and handed it to me. I took one look at the cut of the dress and how colorful it was and said, "No way!" It simply looked too skimpy. She insisted I try it on and ran to get the right undergarments, a brooch to match, and a little shawl to wear with it. When I tried it on, it actually looked cute on me. I was quite surprised to find myself buying it because it is nothing like what I usually wear. Which is actually WHY I bought it.

Putting it on today, I began to second guess myself and wonder it I should go back to my old standby, my Little Black Dress.



I know I will make my own choice by this evening, but how do you weigh in on this? Fun or Formal?

  
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CD2AD1 3/31/2012 10:48PM

    I think you look more professional in the black dress. The black dress makes me think of an adult, evening event. The colorful dress makes me think of a family-oriented, day event. I'm not sure what your fundraiser will be like, but I hope this helps.

I think you look great in both of them! :o)

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MARY1313 3/26/2012 10:12AM

    Wow look at you stepping out of your comfort zone! I love it and you are beautiful in anything you wear!!

Mary

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MAWRTIAN 3/25/2012 2:36AM

    Love them both but I for sure am crazy about the new one! You can always wear a LBD, go for the fun!!!

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GUITARWOMAN 3/24/2012 8:34PM

    For the fundraiser, the LBD is the ticket!

But the new one is cute! I would definitely keep it!


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DARA52 3/24/2012 7:12PM

    The shawl would look great with your LBD, if it is a more formal event. I love both though and love the stepping out of your comfort zone idea.

Either you will have fun! Your smile will be what people look at!

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JLITT62 3/24/2012 3:51PM

    Fun says beach vacation to me . . . it's really cute on you, but not fundraiser material IMHO. I actually think it doesn't do enough to really emphasize your shape, either.

You really can't go wrong with the LBD - my one thought about this one is that it's a big rectangle, again not showing off your shape (which is really nice). The solution there is to belt it . . . and a power necklace wouldn't hurt, either.

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DOR2BFIT 3/24/2012 3:43PM

    I vote for a breath of fresh air but you look smashing in both!

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0309COOKIE 3/24/2012 3:38PM

    While you look great in both outfits, I prefer the LBD look for the occasion.

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GOTTHATFIRE 3/24/2012 3:16PM

    emoticonHi PUDDLE. If I may...both dresses are very nice. I'm thinking that the event may be less formal since you could wear either dress. In that case, if you go with the LBD, you could accessorize it with a fun colorful necklace that falls below the neckline and/or a bangle. A pair of fun slingbacks instead of closed in shoes would go nice with that look too. If you wear the colorful dress, that already gives you the fun carefree look. I think a wide bangle (so you won't dangle with every move) that's a single color in the dress would be nice, and of course, a fun pair of sandals. Hope this helps. Have lots of fun and please post pics of what you decide.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/24/2012 3:00PM

    Pudle, you look great in both these frocks. I just bought a colorful frock and I wear a lot of black. Wearing my new frock involves stepping out of my comfort zone every time. I think your fun frock is so pretty on you, and it matches your pretty little cottage. You'll be getting a lot of attention tonight, I bet. Will you be putting your hair up?

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VALERIEMAHA 3/24/2012 1:21PM

    FUN (though I personally wouldn't use the dark shawl with the lively colors)!!! 'Course you look smashing in both a'dem!!!
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SUSANFREE54 3/24/2012 1:05PM

    Definitely the fun!! How cute! The black dress is "safe" for most of us and doesn't draw any attention to ourselves as a general rule--unless you dress it up with some color. How daring are you feeling? The colorful dress looks great! It exudes a sense of confidence and bravery, i.e., willingness to take a risk. It also says "I like myself." Which way do you want the people at the fundraiser to see you?

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Spring Blooms - Photos

Monday, March 19, 2012

It was a glorious day for me to get my fitness minutes in hiking the nature trails. I took my students for our nature hike, and what a difference a week makes! Last Wednesday, there were no wild flowers out yet aside from the skunk cabbage. This week, the woods were bursting with blooms. If you have a chance to hit the trails and take in a dose of nature at its best, this is a great time to do that.

Dutch Man's Breeches



Blood Root



The trillium that is out in the early spring is not the showy trillium. There is the dark red trillium and the little snow trillium. Giant trillium are not far behind, though.


Red Trillium



Snow Trillium



Marsh Marigold



I am especially fond of the hepatica. It quite small and it has a very short blooming season, but it comes in such sweet shades of colors.












I also found this fantastic spider; it must have had a span of about 4 inches. I am not fond of spiders touching me, but this one is admirable perching masterfully on its rocky ledge. I am not certain what kind of spider it is; it isn't the right color for a garden spider. The colors are too muted.








This is the kind of day when you can just soak in the sights and sounds of spring. Delicious!












  
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CLAIREINPARIS 4/3/2012 4:22PM

    Gorgeous! I loved also that I didn't know most of the flowers you showed us. I have never seen any of these in the countryside around Paris, apart from the marigold. The hepaticas were my favorite too, especially the first and the last ones! Thank you!

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DELAPIS 3/27/2012 11:15PM

    These are very beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 3/24/2012 1:24PM

    Love Komal's comment that this exquisite beauty is a balm for the aching (or HAPPY!) heart!!!
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MILLISMA 3/23/2012 1:43PM

    I do love spring when everything comes back to life. Thanks for sharing your photos. emoticon emoticon

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MCGS62 3/23/2012 1:35PM

    Love the flower picks but stay away from that spider (shivers)
the only thing that is for sure is that it is poisonous!!

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KOMAL53 3/23/2012 10:11AM

    Thank You for these beautiful Pictures--these sure are a balm for my aching heart!!!Though these days I pass by beautiful Spring Flowers in the tiny handkerchief sized Gardens daily and there is plenty of Greenery around--nothing can compare with the wide open spaces and the beauty of the Woods!!!Loved these immensely!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 3/22/2012 11:04AM

    A lovely hike!! Love your pics! Esp. the spider! Couldn't tell how close you were to it to try to imagine how big it actually was, but quite lovely, I thought. (I don't want it walking around on me, either, tho) hehe Maybe a relative to the golden orb? Those legs were definitely impressive!!!
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GUITARWOMAN 3/20/2012 6:01PM

    Lovely.....except for the spider.....


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MARY1313 3/20/2012 2:21PM

    Loved these pics! The spider is huge!!!!

Mary

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DDOORN 3/20/2012 9:37AM

    What an "eye" you have for nature!

Thx for sharing!

Don

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BILLTMAN 3/20/2012 8:26AM

    Beautiful. What kind of camera are you shooting with?

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/20/2012 7:45AM

    So lucky to have wildflowers. We have very few native flowers in New Zealand and it is wonderful to see your beautiful woodland.

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PHEBESS 3/20/2012 5:41AM

    Your students are lucky to have you as their teacher, showing them all those flowers as well as keeping them active!!!!!

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2012 2:08AM

    Such interesting pictures of a relaxing area. Your students, and you, must look forward to these enjoyable walks. -- Lou

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/20/2012 1:12AM

    We are not there yet where I live, loved your pictures!

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WATERMELLEN 3/19/2012 9:24PM

    It will be a couple weeks before I see these flowers in my own wildflower woods: thanks for the preview!!

Your students are so lucky to have you introducing them to these glorious signs of spring!

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/19/2012 8:38PM

  Beautiful pics! That beautiful body of water is a perfect place for the students to do some reading.

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WILDHONEYPIE1 3/19/2012 7:41PM

    Absolutely lovely. A big emoticon for sharing. emoticon

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0309COOKIE 3/19/2012 6:52PM

    The pictures were all beautiful. I can live without the spider though, lol. Ugh. Lol.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/19/2012 6:43PM

    Great pictures, I love the picture of what I believe is a brook? It looks so peaceful!
Thank you for sharing!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2012 5:06PM

    Oh, I LOVED this blog! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it! Thank you for the photos! In Michigan, where I am from, the trillion is a protected flower--maybe the state flower, I forget--but I have always loved them! My mother would never let me pick them because she said it was against the law to do so. Thanks for such beauty! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESCATS 3/19/2012 5:02PM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing. I live in southern Vermont & it is amazing how the flowers have popped up in just a few days & I noticed buds on my lilac tree. Love this weather. emoticon

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CITYZOZO 3/19/2012 4:44PM

    wonderful..thanks!

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SUNSHINE99999 3/19/2012 4:39PM

  Nice pictures. My family is waiting for spring. We just had some more snow yesterday and this morning which is unusual for the NW. Blessings!

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Done - WOOT!

Friday, March 16, 2012

I finished the yard this morning! The children want me to bring it in this morning so they can see it, so I put the finishing touches on.





Off to the store to get the ingredients to make green milk to celebrate St. Patty's Day a day early.

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KOMAL53 3/23/2012 10:15AM

    Beautiful Lavender Lady--it's been a great privilege to see you take shape---and you sure are a beautifully crafted piece of Art!!!Thank You for letting me share in your project!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/20/2012 7:46AM

    What a delight it has been to see this dear little house come in to being. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2012 11:03AM

    Oh, how LOVELY! What a work of art! Thank you for posting it along the way so we could enjoy seeing your gift come to fruition! Green milk? I'd rather have green beer! emoticon emoticon

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BILLTMAN 3/19/2012 7:14AM

    The dollhouse is quite lovely. I think I'll stay away from green milk though.

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TRULYVISIBLE 3/18/2012 2:32PM

  This is so beautiful! You have so many talents and I so enjoy your blogs just to see what creative thing is going on in your life.
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IUHRYTR 3/17/2012 8:55PM

    So creative. emoticon -- Lou

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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/17/2012 11:37AM

    Wonderful!
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MEDDYPEDDY 3/17/2012 3:05AM

    Yes beautiful! An a fun project I think!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/16/2012 3:02PM

    She has become quite a grand, lovely painted lady of a Victorian!!!! Didn't know you were going to poise her on a sweet little lawn with a white picket fence!!! What a great finishing touch! Hold on while I pack my bags !! I'm ready to move in!! emoticon

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MARY1313 3/16/2012 1:50PM

    Soooo beautiful! green milk! ACK!!! LOL

Mary

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QUIKSYLVER 3/16/2012 1:12PM

    Wow! What amazing detail!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/16/2012 11:55AM

    How adorable Chris!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/16/2012 11:49AM

    Again, WOW!
You ought to be proud of the great work you did in building this dollhouse. Hopefully it will be bring a pretty penny in your upcoming silent auction!
BTW, if I may ask, what grade do you teach?

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0309COOKIE 3/16/2012 9:15AM

    Your dollhouse turned out really beautiful!

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AJB121299 3/16/2012 7:54AM

    awesome

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Happy Pi Day and Other Stuff

Wednesday, March 14, 2012



Well, it's 3/14 or 3.14 - Pi Day today. Of course we had to celebrate with chocolate cream pies. The decimal point is made by a Rice Dream Pie I bought for my student with milk allergies.

Somehow, we managed to fit Pi Day in today. We started the day with a trip to the symphony. It was a wonderful concert which was called American Kaleidoscope. All of the pieces were from American composers and based on different American folk music. The children and the chaperones all enjoyed it.

When we got back at lunch time, I left the children with the science teacher and made a quick run to the store to get the ingredients to make the pies, as I had been so focused on finding drivers for our field trip that I had forgotten to pick up the pie necessities. We whipped up a few pies, and enjoyed a math celebration before taking off on our afternoon hike.

It was a hot day today.... really - 75 degrees. I know 75 will feel great after it's been 90 and humid, but we got hot and sticky this afternoon. The children really enjoyed playing in the river and cooling off.

We saw our first snake of the season, a lovely little garter snake. She stopped to pose for us.



After school I had an appointment with my podiatrist. She had been thinking that I had a neuroma and had made some pads for my insole, which seemed to help somewhat. What was fortunate is that I had my appointment after walking 5 miles so she could see how the base of my toes swell up after I have been walking. After seeing that, she is changing tactics and treating my foot for capsulitis instead. She thinks I have an injury to my toe joint that I keep re-injuring. Now I have a little toe brace to try out to see if that stabilizes my toe joint and helps it heal. I hope it does the trick. She said it could take up to a couple of months. One thing I am glad of (I think) is that she is an athlete and doesn't suggest cutting back on my walking; rather she is more focused on making my walking less likely to aggravate the injury.

Daffodils are blooming and chipmunks are flirting.... spring feels fully sprung today!



  
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MEOWMAMA3 3/18/2012 5:11PM

    Hi Chris, doing some quick Sparking to my fave friends' pages. I see you've been busy as ever, and doing such fun and creative things! Love Pi Day! Your school is really special...and so are you! hope the foot is ok. You'll soon be in your homestretch to summer break, you get out a lot earlier than we do. For us, June 21st. And I WON'T be staying around to clean out closets. I'm taking my stuff, cleaning up what I used, and I'm O-U-T! Teacher before me was in that room for 23 years and left heaps of stuff on all shelves and in all cabinets. How rude! I've got my things in bins under tables. Getting away to Atlantic City and Cape May for Spring Break with a teacher friend from Los Angeles. I need the break. Hope every other little thing in your world is terrific! Hugs, Kim

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DDOORN 3/16/2012 9:41AM

    Love to see shots of your outdoor ventures...so great for you and the kids!

My clients and I had a great time yesterday out on our Rail-Trail taking note of all the various aspects of nature around us as well.

Don

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/16/2012 5:14AM

    I had a momentary smirk thinking of your dollhouse miniatures and a "little toe brace".
Next think you know the wee people will be at your door tomorrow!
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MARY1313 3/15/2012 1:00PM

    haha that's great!

Glad you have a good foot doctor!!! Our feet are so important!

Have a great spring day today!!!

MAry

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ROCKMAN6797 3/15/2012 12:45PM

    Happy Pi Day to you!
I, too, love spring!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/15/2012 11:37AM

    I've never heard of Pi day, I love it! Pudle it is a joy to think of spring happening in your part of the world as we are tasting winter over here.

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W5VEOTX 3/15/2012 9:00AM

    How neat and nice!

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BILLTMAN 3/15/2012 8:20AM

    Thanks for reminding us that it was π day it is one of my favorite functions. Actually about 3.14 % of the time Iím running around in circles anyway so Iíve come to appreciate piÖOh, and actually cornbread R square, Pie R round.... shall I quit now while Iím still ahead? Lovely blog, I really enjoy reading your blogs Chris, thanks for sharing. Also, I always enjoy the photos you include. Thanks again.
Bill


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GUITARWOMAN 3/15/2012 7:19AM

    Lovely blog!


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MINANCY 3/15/2012 5:56AM

    So glad to see someone else celebrates Pi Day! In celebration of the day, I bought an apple pie at the grocery store. Maybe not the brightest idea, but hey, today is a new day!
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TERRI289 3/14/2012 11:06PM

    Happy Pi Day to you!! It was one of my favorite days when I was teaching at the high school!! Great day to celebrate Albert Einstein and the lovely circle!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/14/2012 10:28PM

    Love the math pi approach . . . and I'm sure your students do too!!

And: the snake pic!! Posing indeed!!

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EVWINGS 3/14/2012 9:20PM

    Sounds like you had a brilliant day!! I love a lot of American composers and have a CD by the Wheeling Symphony with all of them. I wish I could have been at the concert!!
Glad you had good news at the podiatrist. As for the snake - you may keep that. When I was a Girl Scout leader I took my girls to the Alligator Farm in St Augustine. The snake handler took one thru the audience and let it give kisses to several. I was one and it took all I had not to let the girls know how disgusting that was to me!!


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OLDERDANDRT 3/14/2012 8:46PM

    Sure hoping this will make your toe happy! Can't stop walking, for sure!!! Nice little snake! And yeah, isn't this weather glorious?! It mad 80F here today! I bit much too soon, but I'll take it as opposed to winter weather any day. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 3/14/2012 8:38PM

    It has been so long since my last math class that it took me a couple of looks at your first picture to get it -- pi = 3.14. Clever and another creative effort by your students. Glad you are finding relief for your swollen foot. -- Lou

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CHALLENGER15 3/14/2012 8:01PM

    What a great Pi Day!

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ARLENE_MOVES 3/14/2012 7:36PM

    My, what a nice day you had. Everything squeezed into one day. Your students are very lucky to have you as a teacher!

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