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Laugh of the day

Wednesday, June 02, 2010      6 comments

This is a true story from our pizza party in class yesterday - One boy was eating his fourth slice of pizza, taking huge bites and chewing with his mouth open. I leaned over and said quietly, "Sweetheart, try to chew with your mouth close... Read more

The Elements Are Conspiring Against Us

Tuesday, June 01, 2010      1 comments

This has been the rainiest month of May Iíve ever seen. It has rained every single day, at least briefly. Some days, it has rained all day long. There have been strong winds, drizzle, fog, flood watches, torrential rain, thunderstorms. A... Read more

Healthy muffins full of fruit

Monday, May 31, 2010      7 comments

I made my breakfast muffins - last set for this school year. Usually, I use no-sugar applesauce, an orange or two, and two cups of cranberries (for 24 muffins). Today, I added an apple (peel and all) in the blender when I pureed the orange... Read more

You have GOT to see this youtube

Sunday, May 30, 2010      8 comments

I was going to blog about my morning walk on the beach. It was nice. It was between rain last night and expected rain this afternoon. But then a friend send this link. And you have got to watch this. Really. It will make you think, it ... Read more

Vicissitudes of life

Saturday, May 29, 2010      3 comments

I always liked that word - vicissitudes. Ups and downs of life. Alternations, changes. Life as a roller coaster. And vicissitudes rarely come in the singular form - because they are the ups and downs, they come in sets. Vicissitudes jus... Read more

What do you do when medicine fails us?

Friday, May 28, 2010      8 comments

Unfortunately, life isn't like medical drama tv shows. We don't have Dr. House who eventually gets his diagnosis right. We don't have an ER or Seattle Grace hospital who will find out our problem and deal with it within an hour. We have d... Read more

Rained out

Thursday, May 27, 2010      4 comments

I wish I could figure out how to save the image from the Doppler weather map - it's quite impressive today. There's a band of heavy rain (yellow-orange-red) stretching from Central America across the Caribbean and over the Virgin Islands. We s... Read more

Thank goodness for BFFs!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010      7 comments

emoticon I've taught next door to the same teacher for about 23 years now - and we've been friends for that lo... Read more

Another power outage last night

Tuesday, May 25, 2010      4 comments

This is getting monotonous! I was just ready to blog, when the power went down. Not island-wide, we could see that town had lights. But our neighborhood, and the top of the hill across the valley, were both dark. Same feeder line. It se... Read more

DH is sleeping through the Yankees

Sunday, May 23, 2010      9 comments

The man is a couch sports fanatic. He has his favorite teams - such as the Yankees. We can't go out when the University of Virginia has a game (anything) that is televised. At times our life together revolves around sports. (And yes, there a... Read more

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


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