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Retirement craziness with our government

Tuesday, July 24, 2012      14 comments

Okay, mostly I need to vent. So this is going to be the place. Plus I need to get the story straight. About 20 years ago, the teachers' union (and the administrators' union, and some other unions) negotiated contracts with the local gov't... Read more

Sparkie lessons from gardening in the rain

Friday, July 20, 2012      5 comments

Uh huh - I'm serious. I decided that today would be the day I prune the lantana and bed of pentas and creeping lantanas. (Pretty flowering plants that the local butterflies like.) And when I started, it was cloudy but not raining. Th... Read more

The universe is flirting with me this week

Thursday, July 19, 2012      9 comments

Well, mostly Caribbean men have been flirting with me. But it seems to be all the time, this week. I drive down the road with my car window open, and men call in "Good morning, sweetheart" or "Hey there, baby, how ya doin'?" Totally out o... Read more

Rest in peace, Ms. Cleo

Monday, July 16, 2012      17 comments

DH and I made a few holiday cards with photos of our cats - the first is my car that became a convertible after Hurricane Marilyn, and I photoshopped Cleo and Callie into the car. The second is a Chanukah card, showing Cleo relaxing on a tallis... Read more

One more reason to drink wine

Wednesday, July 11, 2012      8 comments

My dr actually told me to drink more alcohol, because it raises the levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL) - and mine tend to be too low. Then I saw this article on SparkPeople: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/health_news_detail.... Read more

Mural photos

Tuesday, July 10, 2012      11 comments

I don't have any photos of the grouted murals, but I thought it would be good to have a recap. Mural #1, the Mission Statement, begun in the 2008-09 school year: Mur... Read more

DH was surprised by how STRONG I am!

Sunday, July 01, 2012      9 comments

Yesterday, we met a teacher friend at school - I gave her our old kiln, which was replaced by a new kiln in 2000 or so, when we moved into the new school. (Our old school was destroyed by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, and we were in portables for ... Read more

If you were a character from a novel, who would you be?

Saturday, June 30, 2012      4 comments

I just finished a mostly entertaining book, where the characters from "Pride & Prejudice" are alive and well in an alternate (parallel) universe - and someone from our world accidentally goes back in time. Made me wonder - if you were a cha... Read more

I look like I strangled a cactus

Friday, June 29, 2012      8 comments

I think it's from wiping down the tile with a wet sponge, to get the excess grout off. Holes in my fingers on one hand, and cuts on my palm of the other. Owie! I keep washing my hands to make sure these owies don't get infected, but the... Read more

Wow, I'm almost a celebrity, LOL!

Saturday, June 23, 2012      11 comments

People I barely know saw my photo in the newspaper on Tuesday, and I've had comments all over the place - the pizza shop owner last night; my manicurist; staff and customers at the place where we usually have breakfast on weekends; even the semi... Read more

So here I sit in my undies, in my office.........

Friday, June 22, 2012      8 comments

Yup - 10 AM, I've been at school since 6 AM, a friend met me and we grouted for about 3 hours. I'm hot, sweaty, and even my bra is damp. So I took off my filthy overalls, and I'm Sparking while wearing just a tank top and undies. What c... Read more

My last day of school AND on the cover of the paper!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012      14 comments

This photo, from last week, was on the cover of the newspaper today - what a nice note for my last official day of school!!!!! (Of course, I'll be back to grout later on.....) Read more

Carnival photos - Part 8 - the end!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012      8 comments

Last set of photos from Carnival 2012, the 60th anniversary of Carnival on St. Thomas! Read more

Why I'm thrilled to be messing up my nice clothes

Thursday, June 14, 2012      9 comments

I will admit, I like clothes. I like pretty clothes. I tend to focus on natural fibers, embroidery, ethnic styles. Kind of hippie-boho-traveller - that's my look for everyday wear. So when tiling, I change into old clothes - clothes that... Read more

Carnival photos - Part 7 - almost finished!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012      8 comments

Okay, I'll only do 8 sections of Carnival photos, so this is the penultimate set! Read more


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