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Countdown to summer - one month

Saturday, May 22, 2010      10 comments

As my friends know, I'm heading to Italy this summer to attend a class - Italian language, and medieval and Renaissance art. I'm an art teacher, and I need to earn 15 quarter hours every 5 years to maintain my teaching certificate. This class,... Read more

Iguana Intermezzo

Friday, May 21, 2010      2 comments

I suppose this could be a mosaic mishap, except it really was just a lizard delay. Reptilian recess. Whatever you want to call it. We saved an iguana, but spent so much time doing so that we didnít have time to work on the wall. NOTE: N... Read more

Mama Smurf today!

Thursday, May 20, 2010      2 comments

I need to go pick up another bag or two of thin-set. But, being an art teacher who has learned to be thrifty, Iíve been saving leftover thin-set each day Ė I just add more water and blue bond, so itís a thin mixture, put it in a plastic bucket ... Read more

Life lessons from our cat

Wednesday, May 19, 2010      8 comments

Our cat, Cleo, is going on 15 years old. We've had her 14 years, and she has gone from a wild and crazy youth to an active, loving and mellow old age. In people years, she's about 75 or so. Yet, as her doctor says, she has managed to hold on ... Read more

Burning cals painting the wall

Tuesday, May 18, 2010      1 comments

We've started on the mural wall - our drawing is up, and we painted the Blue Bond on it. This is bright blue goopy stuff that helps the cement and tile stick to the wall - we also mix some into the thin-set cement for added elasticity. (This w... Read more

"Walk Against Gun Violence" - Part 2

Monday, May 17, 2010      3 comments

The walk was good - nice breeze, especially nice on the walk back since it was blowing in our faces and cooled us down. I would get the cups of water and splash my face - though I guess I ended up washing off my sunscreen, I now have very rosy ... Read more

Annual "Walk Against Gun Violence" walk/run today

Sunday, May 16, 2010      5 comments

We have a local walk each year, sponsored by a husband and wife who lost a son to a random shooting - the man was an attorney and is now a judge, so DH knows him; and the woman works at a store I frequent, so we've gotten friendly. So DH an... Read more

When appliances and electric companies don't cooperate

Saturday, May 15, 2010      9 comments

I direct an after school art program - so I need to complete and turn in our non-profit tax paperwork every May 15. But the power has gone off every day this week except Thursday. For at least an hour, every day at work, usually at lunch... Read more

When appliances and electric companies don't cooperate

Saturday, May 15, 2010      1 comments

I direct an after school art program - so I need to complete and turn in our non-profit tax paperwork every May 15. But the power has gone off every day this week except Thursday. For at least an hour, every day at work, usually at lunch... Read more

Rigor, Relevance, Relationships

Friday, May 14, 2010      3 comments

The new buzz phrase in our Dept of Ed is Rigor, Relevance, Relationships - basic concept is that you can teach students more rigorous information if you make it relevant to their lives, something they can relate other learning with this new info... Read more

Building muscle for life

Thursday, May 13, 2010      5 comments

I'm 55, and my goal is to get healthy, stay healthy, stay active. I'm less worried about fitting into a bikini than I am about being able to walk up to 10 miles in a day for the next 30 or 40 years. So I've graduated from my orthopedic dr ... Read more

We're on the wall!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010      3 comments

YAY! Yippeeeeee!!!!! WOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Our wonderful maintenance man cleared the rest of the paint off the wall yesterday after school - so I arrived to a clean clean wall this morning. My morning classes were finishing a variety ... Read more

School - why can't I get rid of students???

Tuesday, May 11, 2010      10 comments

Okay, I know my class is more fun than most - art just is more fun than, say, algebra or social studies. (Well, I enjoyed algebra, but you know what I mean.) But it is 10 minutes after the bell rang, 12 minutes after I said it was time to ... Read more

Saving the trees

Monday, May 10, 2010      7 comments

My Spark friend Watermellen wrote beautifully today about snow, chestnut blossoms, and Yeats - and it triggered a memory of spring in North America, the lovely flowers, the uncertain weather - which led to my response - which is today's blog. ... Read more

So much to do, and I feel blah

Sunday, May 09, 2010      4 comments

I have tons of things to do - plus it's finally a gorgeous day, I could go to the beach - and instead, I'm here with an iffy stomach and feeling tired. I don't know if this is the stomach virus that's been making the rounds at school, or if it'... Read more


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