I’ve been erratically posting to the Ten Things of Thankful blog for a while now, thankful that no one is keeping score! And here is my current countdown:
1. A restful Christmas vacation, much needed and much appreciated.
2. Plans to repaint and redecorate our family room. Since my dear teaching widower got to turn our living room into a home theater, I decided on a bear theme for this room. Martin Minkling and Rufus will have a new home.
3. Some snow this winter!
4. A new puppet friend for social studies (and yes, you may ask about that).
5. The first of a few new bear prints. No pun intended.
6. Relief that my dearest teaching widower and I both agreed to nix the bear eyes print below. Caution: Extended viewing may lead to paranoia.
7. Time to blog. This will likely come to an end next Monday.
8. No flu.
9. A new REAL camera, with special thanks to Cee for her inspiration and help. I’m gonna be Cee one day!
10. Good Karma, which is a delicious flaxseed “milk” with no added sugar and lots of protein.
Hurricane Michael took us by surprise. It was “only” a tropical storm by the time it whooshed through North Carolina, but it packed quite a punch. When I left school on Thursday, I was shocked to discover that the road was blocked by a fallen tree.
I reversed and nearly crashed when I saw this on the side of the road.
I guess it was originally in someone’s yard, a Halloween decoration. Not as playful as it was intended, but I’m adding it to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! (We are also more playful now that our power has been restored!)
I love Cee’s weekly challenges and enjoy reading her responses, too! Did you know she’s been trained by her cats? Check out her post to see how clever those rascals are. Another special treat on her blog: Cee has posted “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” because they’ve had a drought for TWO months but it just rained! Whoa. I think we got all their rain and someone else’s too. So here we go:
Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts? I am a nuttyperson. Nuts used to upset my tummy but now I enjoy them all the time. Even as a “milk.” As I have dropped dairy and gluten, nuts have moved up my food chain. In fact, it seems that nuts are everywhere. On the road, at work, in stores- and yeah, in the mirror.
Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Anyone who has had nightmares about monsters or nutty stuff knows you must keep the closet doors shut. If I wake up, I don’t want to see a shadow over there. I’d go nuttier if I didn’t secure those closet doors.
Are you usually late, early, or right on time? Yikes. I am going to be late for school because I am blogging! I am often late because I haven’t planned my exit carefully enough, so I’m running up and down looking for my phone or car keys or sweater or lunch or something! I do plan my exits somewhat but nutty things happen. Must be my diet.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I appreciate my dearest teaching widower for putting up with me at my worst, like when I lost it after my car blew up, our house keys were stolen, our kitchen floor was wrecked, a hole remained where a dishwasher should go, our insurance company sent a letter denying our claim, and the stacks of laminate in the hallway almost reach the ceiling. So glad we went to the beach!
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!
My dearest teaching widower, who gets cuddlier and funnier every day
Worshipping with Christian rock and new fave, Francesca Battistelli
Chocolate, now in the form of almond & cashew, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free “milk”
Teaching, teaching, and more teaching
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 grandinroadcatalog. I want this dog!! And I wouldn’t mind the house that goes with it.
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.
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!
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 aghost word that made it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary for a surprisingly long period of time. What do you think it means?
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!
Today is my sister’s birthday and I am so thankful for her! She’s got a heart of gold! I love her!
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!
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.
I think there will be another post! Yes!
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!)
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.
What would the world of writing be like without exclamation points?!? I am hopeful (and grateful) that you can hear my enthusiasm!
I am grateful that my energy levels and wildness fall just short of ADHD and mania!
What would this blog be without my faithful followers? Thank you for reading and waiting and waiting and waiting!
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.
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!
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.