* Sharing my world

I adore Cee’s challenges- and her photography is incredible!  I’m hoping to be back on the blogging track for good and this week’s Share Your World challenge is another  restart!

In regards to puzzles, what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing?  I like all of those but have probably done more jigsaw puzzles than anything else.  I’d most likely have one set up all the time, but with the kiddos visiting this summer and our small groups every week, there’s no good place to keep a puzzle waiting.  Getting older has crimped my style, too.  With my wretched knees, I can’t kneel or squat comfortably.

List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.   Yum!  This will be fun!

  1. My dearest teaching widower, who gets cuddlier and funnier every day
  2. Worshipping with Christian rock and new fave, Francesca Battistelli
  3. Chocolate, now in the form of almond & cashew, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free “milk”
  4. Teaching, teaching, and more teaching
  5. Reading and reading

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)  OK, I saw this Australian Shepherd (I think that’s what s/he is) in a grandinroad catalog.  I want this dog!!  And I wouldn’t mind the house that goes with it.

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  The grace of God for peace and forgiveness and life and love.  Answered and unanswered prayers.  Hope.  That I am a child of God.

* Dord and sharing my world

Oh, what a joy to rejoin Cee and her Share Your World blogging challenge!  Check out the adorable Miss Mackenzie in Cee’s photo!

A piece of clothing from my childhood that I still remember:  This one is easy because I remember lots of my clothes, probably from photographs.  I do recall that my sister and I were often dressed as twins and my mother would even sew herself a matching dress.  For this photo, my curly hair had been pasted into place, giving me temporary bangs and braids that were hanging almost vertically.  I probably remember more about the agonies of getting my hair braided than any clothing!

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Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.  I have long pursued my desire to do a cartwheel.  I could run and jump but never managed a cartwheel.  When I took a gymnastic class at college, my instructor was thrilled with my passion and told me she would make it happen.  I was a bit anxious, having had a number of falls in previous attempts (seriously, how do you fall while doing a cartwheel?).  She lined up all the participants on both sides of me, placed a lane of mats in between, and said she would also spot me.  After watching my first attempt, she encouraged me to start with more “spring.”  I sprang and flew over the line of spotters, landing with a crash on the hard gym floor.  On my ambulance ride to the ER, I decided I would never attempt another cartwheel.  Maybe in heaven….

In a car, would you rather drive or be a passenger?  Having “conquered” my driving phobia (thanks to the Lord), it is hard for my dearest teaching widower to wrest the steering wheel away from me.  It’s a sign of how far I’ve come that I do let him drive us occasionally, no longer needing to practice and practice.

And dord?  This is a ghost word that made it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary for a surprisingly long period of time.  What do you think it means?

 

* Ten things of thankful

Thank you so much, sweet Josie, for hosting this weekly reminder to share thankfulness.  In my case, it’s more annually, but perhaps I shall get back on track with blogging again!

  1. Today is my sister’s birthday and I am so thankful for her!  She’s got a heart of gold!  I love her!Feb 1954 Karen in Alaska
  2.  Speaking of her heart of gold, the kiddos return this week for a summer in North Carolina!  We will have a special movie night on Tuesday!  Woohoo!
  3.  I finished all my online classes, despite the flu and eardrum and sinuses and everything.  Now I am on to my microcredentials.  More on that in my next post.
  4.  I think there will be another post!  Yes!
  5.  I was SO sick and SO weak for almost 3 months that all I could do was waste away and drag myself to a couple of schools.  But once I got there, I was absolutely energized by my students.  (And yes, then I dragged myself home and fell on the couch, but those days are OVER!)
  6.  The parents of my kiddos are THE best.  Patient, loving, encouraging, funny, dedicated to their kids to the nth degree!  I am GRATEFUL for their never-ending support.
  7.  What would the world of writing be like without exclamation points?!?  I am hopeful (and grateful) that you can hear my enthusiasm!
  8.  I am grateful that my energy levels and wildness fall just short of ADHD and mania!
  9.  What would this blog be without my faithful followers?  Thank you for reading and waiting and waiting and waiting!
  10.  I got a new bible this week, reverting to paper again so I can search and scribble and highlight and weep for joy.  I do all my other reading in digital form, but I could never find my spiritual home online.
  11.  This one is for clarkscottroger, a clever man with one of the most unique ways of seeing himself and the world.  If you like ingenious and funny, his blog, the Wakefield Doctrine, is for you!

* Color Your World catch-up 3

Color Your World: Purple Mountains’ Majesty, Blush, Sea Green, Cerulean, Green Yellow, Vivid Tangerine

Whew!  Caught up through the end of February.  Don’t miss out on this digital delight: Search the photograph for the colors!  You could be a winner!*

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*Winners may not be notified.  Most likely not.*

* Color Your World catch-up 2

Color Your World: Jazzberry Jam, Forest Green, Pacific Blue, Yellow, Outrageous Orange, Red Violet

Another cool puzzle to solve!  Can you match the colors to the correct picture?  Big prizes for winners!*

 

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Pacific blue 3

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* Prizes are subject to availability, which is nil.*

 

* Color Your World catch-up 1

Color Your World: Fern, Blue Green, Goldenrod, Melon, Orchid, Royal Purple

Yeah, I am behind on this blogging challenge but now you get to search out those colors in these photos!  A terrific FREE online puzzle.  Win a prize!  Amaze your friends!

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* Read to Teddy

Color Your World: Piggy Pink

Having students read to piggies or teddies or Pikachu can be a valuable way to provide an audience for hesitant readers.  Make sure they whisper read, so just their own critter can hear (and the room is not full of booming voices).  Many struggling readers find this a powerful way to read books at their level without a sense of shame (“I should be reading chapter books!”).  It also starts a habit which they can use at home, if no adults or sibs are available or willing.  Hearing themselves read out loud is a confidence booster, perhaps jump-starting opportunities to read to younger kids.  For some of my groups, I had their books placed inside folders so only their special listener knew what book was being read.  This helped ease them through those early days of reading well below grade level.  Some kids need that boost, others don’t.

I noticed that for many of my kids on the autism spectrum, this activity provided a chilling out experience.  They usually read silently, clutching a dinosaur or Pokemon character.  After the stress of the larger classroom, these kids needed comfort in a socially acceptable form.  Before bean bags were banned due to fire regulations, they could also get a lot of form-fitting sensory input while reading to Kirby.

Personally, I read to Teddy.  Piggy pink.

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* Pansy purple

Color your World: Purple Heart

Pansies have long been one of my favorite flowers.  Of course, we can’t have any within deer snacking range, which includes our porch.  But I love their little purple heart-shaped faces and usually take the time to chat when we meet.  They are excellent listeners and once they’re comfortable with you, pansies will tell you amazing secrets.  I’m not going to violate their confidence about that; suffice to say they have a keen eye on the world around them.

 

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* A rose by any other name

Color Your World: Razzle Dazzle Rose

These razzle-dazzle “roses” caught my eye as they shone amidst the weeds and debris.  I have no idea what kind of flower they are, but these fallen petals brightened an otherwise drab patch.  I hope to do the same.

a rose by any other name