* A-Z Challenge: S is for Surprise!

If you’ve been following this blog, you might have read my Share Your World post for the week.  A very special student and family greeted me today with this treat, after reading that I am picky about chocolate!  What a Surprise!  Thank you Soooo much, dear ones!  You know who you are!  Hugs!  And more hugs!

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(So people are actually reading, huh?  I guess I’d better Shape up!)

* A-Z Challenge: R is for Radish and Radha

In this last week of the A-Z Challenge, I am trying to do at least 2 letters a day.  Today it was so easy, thanks to some special folks.  My sister had a (slightly) Rotting Daikon Radish, which looks like a beluga whale to me.

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And another special person had figures of Krishna and Radha.  Radha is on the the right, a Hindu goddess.  I love the intricate and colorful work that went into these figures.

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* A-Z Challenge: Q is for Queasy

Do heights make you feel Queasy?  Before I went through cognitive behavior therapy, heights were one of my phobias.  I was still aware of how Queasy I used to feel when I drove past these 2 brave dudes assembling a cell tower on a stormy day.  If I had a decent camera, perhaps you could see them.  I’ve added a snippet to help you out!

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* A-Z and Cee Again: P

This is my entry for both the A-Z Challenge and Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge.  I’m thinking it could be called “Power Clocks.”  Or maybe someone can think of a better name, starting with P, of course.

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* A-Z Challenge and Cee’s oddball challenge: O

I took a photo of this Odd and creepy figure today.  I’d passed it numerous times as it stood in the corner of an art room, but I had to take a closer look.  For the first time, I noticed the knife in its hand.  OOh!  I am thinking this will fit with Cee’s Oddball Challenge and move me along in the A-Z world as well!  Shivers.

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* Sharing my world

Thanks, Cee, for your weekly Share Your World challenge.  It’s always fun to stop and consider her questions!  Why don’t you join the fun?

Here we go:

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?  Water, plain seltzer, and plain English Breakfast tea top my list.  Plain, room temperature water with no lemon.  When I order that at a restaurant, the server immediately asks everyone else if they want ice and lemon.  I always think that’s a bit funny.  I mean, if I order a salad, servers never ask everyone else if they want the same item.  But if I ask for my drink first, all the others have to clarify that they want ICE and/or LEMON.  Can’t figure that out.glass of water

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. been aware of time.  It’s a fluid construct for me.  I do make an effort to mark kids’ papers with the correct date and keep up with holidays, but for myself?  Dates and times have always run together or disappeared altogether.

If you could be given any gift what would it be?  I’d like chocolate, but I’d have to specify what kind of chocolate, because I’m picky.  I’d also love a REAL camera but that is far down our list of “things to purchase.”  And my iPhone does very well, considering.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?  I pray.  I figure I’m always behind the curve on prayers, plus the enemy may try to help me sleep.  A win-win situation?

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?   I am grateful for all the work I accomplished over the weekend.  Whew!  Also, I abandoned my compression boot over the weekend and the PT said that was fine.  I told her I went rogue from the “weaning schedule” and she was so gracious.  I thought I would get my hand slapped for that, but apparently I’m a big girl!

I am looking forward to swimming tomorrow for the first time in months.  The pool finally reopened last week (after closing on January 17!) but I needed to get an OK from the PT before doing the flutter kick.  I LOVE to swim and I hope it works out.  No thunderstorms, no more pool leaks, no nothing.

What about you?  Anything you are looking forward to?

* TToT again!

It’s bad news, good news this week.

#1.  Bad news: After a loooong week, I have been working on paperwork most of the day and my eyes are swimming.  Good news:  I finished a lot of it!

#2.  Bad news:  I lost October 2016.  I mean I lost my lesson plans for a student.  I have the digital version but no notes.  Good news:  I found October!  It was just incorrectly stapled.  More good news:  I threw away some clutter in the hunting process.

#3.  Bad news:  I have not been able to wean my foot from the compression boot.  Good news:  I said, “Whatever!” and tossed the heavy thing aside.  More good news: My foot has been fine all day.

#4.  Bad news:  I did waste a little time playing Mahjong today.   Good news:  I beat an expert level that had defied me for weeks.  Yes, the game was taunting me.

#5.  Bad news:  I did not get much accomplished with my online classes today.  Good news:  Tomorrow is another day.

#6.  Bad news:  My dearest teaching widower had to work all day, too.  Good news:  I was able to help him on a project without getting snappy.  Oh, right, I never get snappy.

#7.  Bad news:  I lied in #6.  Good news:  I only lied about never getting snappy.  I really did help him without getting snappy TODAY.  And I am running out of news, folks.

#8.  Bad news:  There is no sequel to the sequel of The Dying and the Dead.  Good news:  Sequel #1 was great and featured a brave young boy.

#9.  Bad news:  I may not finish the Color Your World blogging challenge.  Good news:  I can try again next year.  More good news:  I have a whole year to take more colorful photos!

#10:  Bad news:  I have nothing else to add.  Good news:  I did not gripe about the clutter in the house, the laundry that needs to be washed, or the pile of mulch in our driveway that needs to be spread somewhere, anywhere.  More good news:  I am reading a cool detective thriller called The Murderer’s Son by Joy Ellis.  A terrific read about a guy who thinks he is a serial killer.  Is he?  I don’t know yet but it will be fun to find out.  Mama was the Blonde Butcher.  Oh dear, what a legacy.

Have a great week, dear readers!

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* Finding Josie Two Shoes

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Who is Josie Two Shoes?  I first crossed paths with her a couple of weeks ago as she hosts the Ten Things of Thankful (TToT) blog.  TToT introduced me to a sweet group of bloggers who share their stories and encourage me to focus on the positives in my life.  I wondered about this Two Shoes who inspired other kind folks to respond so thoughtfully to my own meager TToT contributions.

My search for Josie Two Shoes was on!  Her blogger profile explains that a new chapter of her life started in 2007, when she declared that she was now standing on her own two feet.  That led me to her blog, where I discovered that she is also a writress.  A really good writress.  Wow.  Josie completed the A-Z blogging challenge by writing, and I quote: “a serial story in six-sentence segments involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women’s Circle of the town’s protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.”  Talk about clever and intriguing!

By following Josie’s footprints, I discovered her Facebook page.  I was struck by Josie’s focus on being kind to yourself and others, not letting those stumbles and bumps define who you are.  I could have clicked “LIKE” on each post!

Josie’s shoes then led me to her Twitter account and from there, back to her blog, where I savored some of her writings on faith and the miraculous.

If you are looking for a place of encouragement and inspiration AND a safe spot to share your writing with others, follow Josie’s Two Shoes.  You’ll end up with a smile on your face and a polished pair of two shoes!

* A-Z Challenge: N is for Naughty

I guess this photo could also be called “Fire in the Hole!”  NAUGHTY Mrs. Everson almost set the school room on fire!  Who knew the fan behind me would be such a NUISANCE?  Or that my clothing was perilously close to the flame?  NOT me!  The NURSE who filmed this did try to warn me.

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