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It has been a CRAZY couple of days

Saturday, August 18, 2012      7 comments

You know how sometimes weird and crazy things just happen? This has been the week: Wed.: The guy who moved our furniture came by to move the king-size bed and the huge entertainment center for the lady who bought them. While he was strugg... Read more

Clothes and luggage, part 2

Tuesday, August 14, 2012      8 comments

I realized that after Peace Corps, I managed to travel for three months and diametrically opposed climates with only a large backpack. Not even a giant hiking backpack - no, this was maybe 18" x 24", if that big. I left Liberia, West Afr... Read more

I have too much clothing for my luggage!

Sunday, August 12, 2012      16 comments

I tried putting everything for the trip into my biggest rolling duffel - which I was hoping NOT to take on the trip. And everything fit, except toiletries, which could go in my day pack. I'm going to have to weed out clothing. And I can't... Read more

What IS it with men and dirt??????

Saturday, August 11, 2012      10 comments

Are they all little boys? Or am I just married to a slob? I swear, he just doesn't even SEE the dirt! Today we had the big furniture moved out - it will be on consignment at the synagogue's auction, and we hope to get some money next Marc... Read more

"You aren't as big as you think you are"

Friday, August 10, 2012      7 comments

I know what size I wear if I buy clothes from specific designers. My clothes range from size 14 to 18, or XL to M, even some petites, depending on brand and fit. And I have a bunch of clothes that I'm NOT taking for travelling, or saving... Read more

DH laughed at my improvisation

Sunday, August 05, 2012      10 comments

Sometimes, we have to improvise. Make do with what we have, but be creative so that we can achieve the results we want. Anyone who is a public school teacher has learned to improvise!!! Examples: I didn't want to spend money on a gym. ... Read more

To the people coming to look at/buy our furniture

Wednesday, August 01, 2012      7 comments

Dear people - I'm trying to be fair on pricing. Yes, some items will be inexpensive and priced to move. No, I will not split up a set of dishes and sell you only the bowls. Yes, the prices on the antiques are firm - an antique only incr... Read more

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


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