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Too Busy!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Here it comes ~ the too busy to breathe schedule.

emoticon Finish the dollhouse for the fundraiser in the next two weeks. Why, oh why do I have to be such a perfectionist?

emoticon Help the class organize the Children's Auction scheduled for March 9.

emoticon Write my article for our annual professional journal in the next two weeks.

emoticon Prepare the class for their March concert.

emoticon Begin work on our spring musical ~ The Lion King. Costumes, props, sets, rehearsals.....

emoticon One of our faculty is leaving after this year and I am on personnel. Life just got more complicated.

emoticon Oh, did I say teach class every day as well?

emoticon tick, tick, tick

I need to do as my favorite quote says:

" Meditate for at least 15 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy; then meditate for an hour a day."

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DONANDMARY77 2/28/2013 6:34AM

Wow...I am tired just reading your list.

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IUHRYTR 2/27/2013 9:06PM

    What's the saying? "If you want something done, have a busy person do it," or something similar? We have faith in your ability to multi-task, Chris, and know you'll come through with flying colors, though you may look like this emoticon when all is done. Hang in there. -- Lou

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MCGS62 2/27/2013 10:12AM

    An hour a day on each point and meditats for an hour you will have just enough time to sleep then start again !!


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ROCKMAN6797 2/27/2013 8:34AM

(but you know what... emoticon !

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TORTISE110 2/27/2013 6:26AM

    You are a go-getter! Wow. Hope you post a dollhouse pic!

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    It's good for you! emoticon

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On Our Messages to Children

Monday, February 25, 2013

I have always loved Pablo Casals and am honored to have had the opportunity to hear him play while he was still here. He was very old; his music was vibrant and exquisite. Pablo Casals was a brilliant musician and a brilliant man, he graced the earth with his wisdom as well as his music.

I love this quote:

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”

~ Pablo Casals

Where might we all be if we had been hearing this message as children?

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LMB-ESQ 2/26/2013 9:02AM

    Such a great message! And so hard to remember, especially when they enter those unspeakable teen years! Thanks for sharing it emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/26/2013 12:03AM

    I have told my child that she is a marvel and that I love her from the first day she was born. I don´t do it as much these days, but I feel good about having done it. I think I´ll text her.

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EVWINGS 2/25/2013 10:51PM

    Many parents assume that their children know they love them when they need to hear it once in a while. These kinds of words express a lot of love. Thank you for sharing.

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IUHRYTR 2/25/2013 10:45PM

    I know my confidence would have been sky-high if this message had been repeated to me as I grew up. It is soaring now after just one reading. What a marvelous, positive person he was. Thank you for an uplifting message. -- Lou

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MERRYMARY42 2/25/2013 4:58PM

    very nice, Thanks for sharing

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MCGS62 2/25/2013 9:23AM

    Good message .. Thank you for sharing.
Reflecting messages like this proves why you are so well received by your students.

I wish you were my teacher-- maybe I would get the basic
i before e EXCEPT after C thing right at least one time without spell check.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/25/2013 7:37AM

    What a wonderful positive message! Thank you for sharing!


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BUSYGRANNY5 2/25/2013 7:23AM

    Awesome! I love the quote! Very inspiring!

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Working on the Dollhouse

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Several of my friends have been wondering when I would blog about my current dollhouse build.

I have been making the kind of progress on the dollhouse I can photograph. Up until now, it has been preparing and painting the large surfaces and trim pieces, nothing really worth taking photos of. This weekend, I finally got the wallpaper up, which makes it feel so much closer to completed.

I still need to make the flooring for the 2nd and 3rd floors, make the staircase, finish the trim work, paint the roof, make the window boxes, and glue everything in place. This afternoon, I put t together with tape to see if there were any details I goofed up on (amazingly not) and which details I still need to tend to. I would like to have it completed by this coming weekend.

This is what it looks like with the wallpaper in, but not constructed.

Taped together with all of the rooms, doors, and windows in place. Not done yet are the stairs, floors, and trim work, but it gives the idea of where I'm going with it. All together, there are 7 rooms, here are a couple of them

Baby's Room

The Living Room without the staircase.

The Attic Rooms ~ I could move in up there.

The house ~ the front view

This picture is a bit more accurate in terms of color.

Now I just need to finish it! In a few weeks it will be in the Scholarship Fundraiser Auction for our school. This time it will be in the live auction. Yikes! I may have to leave the room.

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ZZTATIZZ 2/28/2013 1:13PM

    That looks fantastic. :)

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TORTISE110 2/27/2013 6:40AM

    So beautiful! Fresh and lovely. Love seeing it, thank you!

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MARY1313 2/25/2013 9:09PM

    I love it!!!

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NEEDBU66 2/25/2013 10:33AM

    Absolutely wonderful.

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BARBALVA 2/25/2013 10:08AM

    They are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them!

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MCGS62 2/25/2013 9:15AM

    I knew you couldn't resist another doll house -- Go for it!! I love watching them come together.

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JSTETSER 2/25/2013 5:25AM

    What a beautiful creation!
I'm adding you as my SparkFriend to gain more inspiration! Check out my blog "Face your Fear!"

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LORIAPO 2/24/2013 9:24PM

    Love it... you do great work!!

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PHEBESS 2/24/2013 9:03PM

    OMG, I love it!!!!!! What a beautiful job you are doing - absolutely wonderful!!!!! Someone is going to be thrilled to win that bidding war!!!!

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0309COOKIE 2/24/2013 7:50PM

    It's so cool to watch the dollhouse as it is being constructed. Beautiful, detailed work.

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MILLISMA 2/24/2013 7:46PM

    This is beautiful!!!

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PJBONARRIGO 2/24/2013 7:42PM

    What a beautiful dollhouse! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/24/2013 7:42PM

    What a lot you give to your job . . . really your vocation! This is going to be beautiful, and your care is so evident.

I DO live in an attic . . . the third floor retreat I share with my DH!

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A Winter Walk in Pictures

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I am not one to shy away from winter walks. I love winter and snow; although just like summer, I tire of it toward the end and crave spring.

Ohio weather is all over the place. Below zero one day, in the 40's the next. On Monday when I got out for this walk, the temperature had risen to the mid forties so there was a beautiful mist over the valley as the snow melted. The walk was slushy so I was glad for my Boggs which kept my feet warm and dry so I could get a long hike in.

The river looks so serene in the mist, with a light ice cover. The cascades were rushing though. The ice made everything much more dramatic.

I feel so fortunate to have such a gorgeous place to hike.

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KATYDID412 2/17/2013 4:54PM

    Gorgeous, and a gorgeous dog too!

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CLAIREINPARIS 2/17/2013 3:56PM

    So beautiful with the snow melting!!! But my favorite pictures is the last one... Just wonderful!

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BARBARAJ73 2/4/2013 3:43PM

    Loved your photos - and most especially the happy Stella pic! Thanks for sharing her happiness emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/2/2013 6:39PM

    Makes me wish I were there. -- Lou

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    Gosh, a happy dog can make me smile!

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MARY1313 2/1/2013 1:36PM

    I love this! the beauty of nature just can't be beat, unless it's a picture of beautiful Poodle right in the middle of it!

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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 1/31/2013 7:54PM

    First, thank you for the goodie today .... I loved my star. Made me smile.

Second, thank you so much for sharing your hike in pictures. It is absolutely beautiful!! Your Stella looks so happy to play in the snow too. My Lydia would love it. She's a Siberian Husky. The one time that we've gotten snow here in Mississippi since I've had her, she refused to come back inside LOL She loved it! She is the only reason I'd love some snow here ;) Otherwise, I love my Mississippi. Our winters are just mild springs LOL

All in all, I loved your pictures. Looking at the water....I could just imagine the sounds and the crisp air as you stand near there. Just beautiful! Thank you again!!

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MERRYMARY42 1/31/2013 4:13PM

    great pictures, and such a great place for walking, me, I just go around the block 3 or 4 times, stick to the sidewalks, and my neighborhood. pretty boring

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0309COOKIE 1/30/2013 3:40PM

    Stella is such a beautiful girl!

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TERRYT55 1/30/2013 11:22AM

    Just beautiful! It looks so cold.........

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/30/2013 11:15AM

    You are indeed fortunate. And Stella looks so elegant in the snow.

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JET150 1/30/2013 10:58AM

    Great photos! My older son and his wife live outside of Dayton. We've only visited twice, but were really impressed with the really nice hiking not too far from them. My profile picture is actually from a park there. Are you near Dayton, or are good hiking parks all over Ohio?
Oh, and if you want some snow, head on over here to Wisconsin - we're looking at about six inches before the day ends. You can help me shovel!

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JAHINTZY 1/30/2013 9:49AM

    lovely! and what a happy pup! now I'm thinking I should go for a nice hike this weekend (if it's not actively precipitating)

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KIMBERLY19732 1/30/2013 9:24AM

    Beautiful! Your companion looks happy too! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 1/30/2013 8:47AM

    It looks so serene!

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MCGS62 1/30/2013 8:43AM

    That is a nice area. Keep enjoying !!

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LMB-ESQ 1/30/2013 7:18AM

    Chris, that is beautiful! What river is that?

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CAT609 1/30/2013 7:10AM

    Wonderful photos!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The children insisted on celebrating Stella's birthday at school today. I made her a cupcake by freezing canned dog food in a cupcake wrapper and sticking a candle in it. The children made angel food cupcakes for the human participants.

The children helped her blow out the candle. And of course, no one would take a bite until after she took her first bite. Everyone sang Happy Birthday.

One spoiled rotten poodle!


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MARY1313 2/1/2013 1:33PM

    Awww she rocks that hat!!

Happy Birthday Stella Poodle!!!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/30/2013 8:47AM

    What a wonderful group of kids you teach!

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MCGS62 1/30/2013 8:36AM

    cute!! unfortunately the video wont play on my work station I will watch it later from the lap top.

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    I just want to squeeze her!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/30/2013 2:16AM

    I'll have to wait to get to work to view the video, but the pictures tell a charming story, especially Stella focusing on her cupcake, a true classic!

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PHEBESS 1/29/2013 10:57PM

    Love it!!!

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ROCKYCPA 1/29/2013 9:31PM

    What a wonderful way for Stella to celebrate her birthday!

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IUHRYTR 1/29/2013 8:59PM

    Stella loves the attention, doesn't she? And so many people are happy to give it to her. emoticon -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 1/29/2013 8:09PM

    Love the pics (couldn't get the video to play); but Stella is not "spoiled", she's a star! Different rules apply! And what a sweet face she has!

Our Charlie will be 9 this spring: we cherish every minute we have with him.

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/29/2013 7:56PM

    Wonderful idea!

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DEE1221 1/29/2013 7:50PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday! What a fun time.

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SCOOTER4263 1/29/2013 7:34PM

    Too cute. She is indeed a spoiled doggie - the best kind!

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JAZZMINE 1/29/2013 7:18PM

    Wow! It looks like everyone, canine and human, had a great time!


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LMB-ESQ 1/29/2013 7:12PM

    Haha! How cute! Happy Birthday Stella!

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