May the New Year Be Filled With Love, Courage, and Kindness
"Beannacht: A Blessing for the New Year" ~ John O'donahue
On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the... Read more
Tracking Again and Recipe Review
My scale broke. I don't use one much, but my clothes were too tight, so I got a scale to keep better track of the trimming down I need to do. I put on even more weight than I had guessed, so I decided to get back to my Spark program of tracking ... Read more
I Did It ~ It's Official!
Dear Spark Friends,
This was my big evening. After 35 years of teaching, I have turned in my retirement letter to my school board. At the end o... Read more
Getting My Summer On
Yay! The school year is over and I finally have time/energy to do the things I love to do instead of just the things I have to do. I have a list of daily goals, mostly so I don't get into an ADD frenzy and forget what I want to do with my days. ... Read more
Cooking, Maple Sugaring, and Growing Food at School
Along with traditional academic subjects, we like to teach about food and nutrition, including growing and cooking our own food. We have a school garden and have seeds started for spring planted. Chickens, which we hatched from eggs, provide the... Read more
I was able to get in to my doctor this morning. I developed incredible mouth pain in my soft palate where my dentist gave me a novocaine shot in preparation for a crown ... Read more
Signs of Spring
It was a lovely sunny Sunday today, and the warmest day we have had so far. It was delightful for both Stella and I to take two walks today and breathe in fresh air. When we went for our morning walk, there was still quite a bit of snow cover, b... Read more
Busy Day Today
It's another six day work week, second one in a row. Tonight is our Auction Gala and Comedy Show Fundraiser for our school. Mostly, this should be fun. Leighann Lord, who was voted the top African American female comedian of the year, will be pe... Read more
Hi Again, Sweet Spark Friends!
Hello Dear Friends,
I have been a stranger to Spark for quite a while. Aside from just now recovering from a bad bout of pneumonia, which developed as a complication to the flu, I have been well. But, between work and a bitter cold winter, ... Read more
Madly Approaching the End of the School Year
The school year is always busy, but by this time of the year I'm going warp speed.
We are working on our spring musical; this year it's The Jungle Book. So, in addition to keeping up with academics. we are rehearsing, building sets, and mak... Read more
New Family Member, Leo = Cuteness Overload
Two kittens showed up under our deck. Since we live out in the country, it is a place where irresponsible people dump their unwanted pets. There was a little gray kitten and a little orange kitten, but very frightened and hard to catch. The gray... Read more
New Family Member, Tovi
Since last I was on Spark, two new feather and fur kids have joined our household.
The sad news is that my sweet parrotlet Emmitt died while I was in San Francisco this summer. I was heartbroken; he was such a wonderful little bird.
... Read more
Frustrated and confused
I decided it was time to get serious about losing my winter weight, which has been stubbornly staying happily in place around my belly all winter. This is not because I have been sedentary. With the exception of when I had the flu, I have been g... Read more
Spring Wild Flowers
Winter was long and harsh this year, and spring late in coming. I usually find wildflowers blooming toward the end of March, so this is pretty late. I really love the first blooms of spring. Perhaps because they were so long coming, it feels lik... Read more
A Squirrel's Tale
On the second day of school this year, the children came running to me saying, "Come quick! The kindergarteners found a baby squirrel by the sandbox!" I went to the sandbox to find a little circle of children looking at a baby red squirrel, who... Read more