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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Well, I guess one gets what one deserves. I knew that I shouldn't have been walking around in flip flops all summer, but I did it anyway. I've felt the difference (no support) in my knees. Took Mr. Puppy (an 85 lb., 11 yr. old black lab who still thinks with a puppy's brain) for his walk and when another pooch came out to check him over, he got all excited and managed to slam into the front of my (GOOD) knee and hyper-extend it. Today, I'm forced into having to basically sit with my leg up, icing the swelling and doing just simple things from my chair. NOT the way I like to spend a Sunday, but at least I'm getting a lot of other mundane stuff done like sorting, laundry folding, required reading for school and lesson planning. Am hoping that behaving myself today will get me back to something closer to normaiity tomorrow! And yes, I put the flip flops away and put on some walking athletic shoes.

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FURBALLDTH 8/15/2010 11:27PM

    Ouch! My daughter has a black lab and they are big goofballs. Hope you feel better real soon. emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 8/15/2010 7:05PM

    Now if one of our children did that. emoticonhope you're knee get's better soon!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

I have to say that I love fresh beginnings. Whether it's a new day to get in sufficient exercise, eat healthier, do what you are passionate about doing, starting a new school year with the kids, it excites me. I am so deeply grateful for every opportunity to be better at something than you were yesterday or last month or last year.

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FURBALLDTH 8/15/2010 7:34AM

    you have an amazing outlook! I don't like change but I am working on it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Why God created teachers,
In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

I have to say that I hate it when people find out that I'm a teacher and they say, "You are so lucky to have the summer off! And still get paid!" Reality is that we do NOT get paid for summer work unless we take on something extra. We CHOOSE to have our pay spread out over the summer rather than receive it each payday. This helps the town/city/state collect interest and stay afloat over the course of the year.

I began my summer break on June 28. 4 weeks and 4 days later, I'm in the midst of school work beginning again. I savor this time to be able to research new topics and learn new exciting things to share with my students. I'm learning new music, researching cultures beyond our own, and spending lots of time and money planning great and exciting adventures for learning for the coming year.

Summer is a time for renewal. Renewal is far from sitting around and doing nothing. I love what I do for a career and I love sharing my life and learning with my students. A real teacher spends real time and real money and real effort to forge ahead for the sake of his/her students. It is all good. It is all exciting. The only part that hurts and is frustrating are the comments from those who have never "been there" or "done that." They don't know what it is to teach and to believe so deeply in education that one is willing to spend a piece of many many paychecks to purchase things for students whose parents either can't afford it or for a classroom of kids because the town/city/state is broke.

I love my job, my career, my KIDS! I KNOW I have touched lives of young children and that those children have grown to be incredible adults with incredible careers of their own. They contact me and thank me as adults looking back upon their childhood education and experiences. It is all good and it's all beautiful and it's all important. I could not ever hope for more than the day when a student comes back to talk to you and thank you for your work or openly credits you online or in public for your influence in their lives. That's what it is all about....touching lives and shaping children who grow to be very special and very unique adults who create such goodness for humankind.

And that is why I do what I do. I recently had 3 students openly credit their time with me as paramount in shaping their careers in music and film. Life is good. Very very good.

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QUILTINGB52 8/27/2010 1:53AM

    emoticon feeling....isn't it?

When I moved into my house-I became the "pied piper" to the neighbor kids, mostly under 5 yr old. I worked nights & was home days until about 6pm everyday.

I loved having each of them share in many of my activities: gardening, cutting the grass, coloring under the trees, planting flowers, playing with the dog, reading stories or just goofing off.

Years later, I was working outside when a car pulled into my driveway & a young man got out. He asked if I remembered who he was....he just stopped to let me know "what a difference I had made in his life". He hugged me...then soon he was gone.

Each one of those kids were special in their own ways & I am happy that I was able to add to some of the positiveness in their young lives!

Keep up your awesome work ~ as you will touch the lives of many.

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FURBALLDTH 8/2/2010 9:29AM

    Well, first let me say.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I was always active in our parent groups when my girls were in school. It always amazes me how you can keep control and get the job done! I think teacher's pay is absolutely ridiculous compared with what you accomplish. Here you are responsible for our future and yet they constantly layoff, fight contract improvements, stomp on budgets for supplies. My grand kids have art from a roller cart. They didn't have an extra room for art so the art teacher rolls her cart to each class room. My daughter's BF just got rehired after worrying for weeks. It's just not right. Oops! I went on and on. It's just a subject that gets to me. Thank you for being there for our young minds! Ginger

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LIBBYFITZ 8/1/2010 10:09PM

    emoticonI can relate to what you are saying. Nothing is for nothing! emoticon

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Well, actually, it's much more real depression than simply being "blue." It has been a very difficult late autumn and winter. Even early spring was still so hard. I lost 5 people in my life, 3 of whom were far too young. I began to just absorb a sinking feeling until I began to feel almost paralyzed. It was hard to see the reason for much of anything. I had lost my ability to feel happy.

I began to drag myself to the Y for workouts and lap swimming. It seems that following those sessions of good physical exercise, my spirits lifted for a bit. Slowly, but surely, things are beginning to feel OK again - even though a dear childhood friend was buried last week following a brief, but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Talking to her sisters and brother helped.

In an effort to have something physical and creative to do for the summer ahead, I am planning raised garden beds so that I can grow our own organic veggies. I've always wanted to do that, but the soil here is horrific. It's pretty much ledge under us so we have what feels like a quarter inch of soil. Well, if you can't dig down, build up! It's a lot like life. There are ways of reaching your dreams if you really want to and some times, you have to improvise and build up rather than dig down.

So there you have it. Depression is lifting, spring is here, and I am taking the little steps I need to take to have what I want in the near future. My next blog will likely be all about the raised garden beds and that whole journey. I wonder if there might be others who do raised gardens who might be able to offer advice. We shall see!

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DESERT_BIRD 5/15/2010 3:21PM

    Chrys, I am so sorry to hear that you have been feeling blue. There is not much that can ease the pain of losing five people. Exercise does help, and I am so proud of you for fighting through it with exercise...even if you didn't feel like doing it.

I am sorry I didn't see this earlier. It seems if I don't click on the email one time, it never alerts me again.


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LIBBYFITZ 4/29/2010 9:16PM

    Thank you for dropping by my sparkpage.
hope you are feeling better.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/16/2010 6:03AM

    How sad for you. I have just finished reading you're past blogs. I was pleased to hear about you looking at gardening. There is a gardening expert called Peter Cundell. He used to run the gardening show on the ABC in Australia. He had raised garden beds in the botanical gardens in Hobart, where he grew vegetables. I am sure if you google his name you would get heaps of info on raised garden beds.

I find gardening quite therapeutic. Thinking of you during this time of grieving and look forward to reading how the garden develops. Happy gardening.


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FURBALLDTH 4/13/2010 9:07AM

    I'm so sorry for your losses. I'm glad to hear your depression is starting to lift. Gardening is great therapy. I love growing veggies, herbs and flowers. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AGAWRITER 4/13/2010 6:55AM

    Thinking of you. We need to do another cup of coffee soon.

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BEVPRESLEY 4/12/2010 10:46PM

    Keep up the small steps, they can really add up. Exercise can release endorphins which can lift your mood. That would be a twofer.

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HARROWJET 4/12/2010 9:17PM

    Take lots of pictures of your garden. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I really enjoy working in the dirt. :) It can be very satisfying.

Judy emoticon

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

There's something so cathartic and healthy about spring cleaning (once I get past the sneezing and sniffling from dust allergens!) I began with the sewing room. I love sewing, quilting, and paper crafting, but come on! I had pieces of material (sizable pieces of felt, for example) left over from sewing Halloween costumes for my kids who are now ages 29 and 25! Did I need to hang on to it? Or could I use some breathing room in there? It took up considerable physical space (picture a footlocker sized and shaped plastic trunk!)

I began there and gathered up materials of all kinds that I donated to school for use in the after school program. There are always little children who love making doll clothes from felt or creating something imaginative and wonderful.

Continuing along sorting, organizing, donating and with every bag that landed by the door and into the hallway, I was lighter - lighter in spirit and lighter in "stuff" that was just no longer part of me. My sewing room is coming along so nicely and I'm having a wonderful time reliving memories as I toss and package things up to donate.

Now, I'm doing a good bit of physical work, too, mind you! There's a lot of bend and stretch, tug and lug going on. My body is happy and my spirits are as well. Top it off with healthy meals, nutritional snacks, and the occasional 15 minute break and it makes for a great weekend inside while we are experiencing wind swept heavy rain with hurricane force winds all weekend outside!

So try it! You'll like it!

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CHAS1949 3/29/2010 2:29AM

    Wow!! You did a lot! I hope the weather has improved!

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LAPORTE2006 3/15/2010 11:13AM

    Spring cleaning works on the house and is good for the soul. Kind of like making room for the good things to come. You are a busy beaver, my friend. Go for it! You are doing awesome Chrys. Sorry that you left the 55+females. We miss you. I miss you too. Have a great week . Pam

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AGAWRITER 3/15/2010 1:00AM

    You inspired me so much I found the closet floor. (It's been missing for months.)

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FURBALLDTH 3/14/2010 3:12PM

    Great memories! emoticon

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HAPPY0408 3/14/2010 1:09PM

    I love organizing. I have been decluttering my home for a few weeks now. I feel lighter too. It makes my home feel more spacious and not so crowded and cluttered. emoticon

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CRYSTALLULLABY 3/14/2010 11:56AM

  I love doing cleaning and organizing too - it gets me motivated for everything else in life. Enjoy your new sewing room!

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AGAWRITER 3/14/2010 11:34AM

    I'm trying to tackle a closet today. Little worried about what might be in there.

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