* Got an attitude?

How fun!  Another week of Cee’s Share Your World, one of my favorite blogging challenges.  I don’t know how she does it, but Cee not only blogs multiple times every day, sharing terrific photos, she also comes up with some cool questions.  Here are the latest.  I hope my snake-like attitude tonight doesn’t pop up in every answer!

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?  I have erased many topics on this one, mostly because I don’t want to offend someone who adores whatever.  I DO get the point of them but simply don’t care much about celebrity culture and current fashion trends.  I don’t spend much time on social media, either, because it’s not a priority.  If I have any time that isn’t scheduled, I’d prefer to read.

What quirky things do people do where you are from?  I guess I’m from North Carolina now, so bickering about basketball and football allegiances is huge in this area.  The Tar Heels and Blue Devils are major rivals; be careful what kind of bumper sticker you have when driving through Chapel Hill or Durham!

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?  There are some social non-graces I’d like to undo or simply relearn.  I’m not a good listener unless I work at it.  My “filter” is often compromised and I say the first thing that comes to mind.  Ouch.  I work hard at not being critical, but I was raised with such harshness and cruelty that my deep-inside default is often negative.  Like tonight.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?  No one comes to mind.  My dearest teaching widower (aka psychologist) says I have an attachment disorder.  I’m OK with that because I’d rather read.  Yep, I’m a bit grouchy this evening.  This critter and I got into it today.  I mean, seriously?  Get off the BIRD feeder, you rascal.

 

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* TToT

How little time I take to be thankful!  I’m better than I used to be, but this Ten Things of Thankful blogging challenge is good for my soul and spirit.  Here we go:

  1.  The kiddos are here, 8 of them tonight, playing on various devices and eating endlessly.  I’m grateful for their humor (“I’m just teasing, Aunt Katharine”), their enjoyment of one another, and all the Beatles’ songs we’ve heard tonight.  One niece has perfect pitch, which is truly amazing to a tone-deaf person like myself.
  2.  We are far over the year’s average of rainfall, which keeps all the plants growing so deer can snack on the yard.
  3.  The rain also brings mold, so we are FINALLY getting our house pressure washed.   The mold must be worse than I thought, because my dearest teaching widower suggested the washing.  That leads me to #4:
  4.  I call it The Dead Man Theory, as my dearest widower could step over a dead man on the kitchen floor and not notice.  The good news is that he has never once been critical of my multiple stacks of paperwork.  I have not been as generous towards his debris.
  5.  I’ve been given some awesome chocolate this week.  Ooh, pure pleasure.
  6.  We had a fabulous women’s event last night at church.  Designer desserts, candles flickering, a jazz trio humming.  Wow.
  7.  I still have more chocolate to eat!!
  8.  My foot is healing well.  It could have gone south, but that compression boot and tons of prayer did the trick.
  9.   I’ve run out of things so…
  10.  I saved the best for last.  Tomorrow is Father’s Day and I am married to the best father I’ve ever met.  He is gentle, patient, wise, and unselfish.  Wait!  Another one!
  11.  Speaking of patient, my dearest widower stopped the car so I could take a photo of a most beautiful sunset.  Sadly, my iPhone doesn’t capture the gorgeous colors, but who gets tired of admiring sunsets?                                                                                                           sunset.JPG

* Welcome to Six Sentence Stories

Here is the “original” six sentences blogging challenge for this week. Give it a try!

Recording Life Under the radar

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This week’s cue is SHAKE!

Six  sentences, no more, no less,  any genre, link up thursday a.m., hop around, bask in the accolades!

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* Another winner from Josie Two Shoes

If you appreciate wisdom with brevity, check out Josie Two Shoes‘ latest post: Shake It Off.  Josie is following Zoe at Uncharted for the Six Sentence Stories‘ blogging challenge.   I might try my hand at those sentences, but I can hear my dearest blogging widower saying, “Katharine, have you finished that other online course?”

Be adventurous and click those two little links.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Anne Frank:  “I can shake off everything as I write, my worries disappear, my courage is reborn.”  You can purchase this treasure from the Literary Fox on Etsy.

What a life quote from such a brave young woman.  G-d help us remember what happened to millions during those years.

* A-Z Challenge: Z!!!!

I do not have a zaar or a zither or a zea

My zaglossus is at the cleaners and my zebibit can’t be seen.

If my camera had a zabaglion, I’d capture a zurvan,

But it doesn’t and I can’t so here’s my last zaman.

 

 

Zaman

 

* A-Z Challenge: Y

Y is for all the Yard work waiting, waiting, waiting.  Is it my fault we got five inches of rain last week?  The downpour was the only reason the Yard work was deferred.  I would do some Yard work right now if the National Weather Service had not just issued a severe thunderstorm warning.  Seriously, I would.

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* A-Z Challenge: X

This image is the original icon for most alphabet charts until the last 5 to 10 years, apart from Xylophone.  Some folks have realized that very few kindergarten and first grade words start with X.  Many alphabet charts today depict an X at the end of a word, with foX and boX competing for first place.  And yes, this is my foot, which now glows in the dark from so many X-rays!

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* A-Z Challenge: W

W is for Weekend Wildness!  We had a birthday party, two movies, a shopping spree, and overall Wackiness with the kiddos (our nephews and nieces, if you’re new to the blog).  If you haven’t yet concluded that I enjoy decorating cakes but have absolutely no finesse or control of icing tubes, well, are you blind?  The young relatives, however, were impressed with SpongeBob’s friend, Sandy.  The oldest nephew and his friend thought one particular aspect of this cake was especially intriguing.  As I asked my niece was piece of Sandy she wanted, I heard them whispering and giggling, “I know what I would choose!”

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The funniest part of the birthday celebration was my niece’s determined effort to place the candles upside down in the cake.  Totally WIld!

* A-Z Challenge: V is for video

I was just introduced to GoAnimate, an online site that allows both teachers and students to create and share videos safely and relatively easily.  In my online class, a couple of GoAnimate videos have been used as examples of how teachers might use technology to teach math.  The videos model excellent “teacher” questioning, along with a variety of “student” responses to complex math tasks.  Not only did I learn from the videos, I realized that I can use them, too!

GoAnimate provides a cool number avatars, props, backgrounds, and sounds for video creation.  They also lead novices like me through the video-creation process.  Teachers using GoAnimate for Schools can moderate all student-produced videos, assist students in sharing their work, and of course, use them to foster higher level thinking.  There are several features that make me drool: automatic lip syncs by characters, even if you record the voice yourself, and the ease of creating fascinating whiteboard videos.  Here’s a snippet of my first video (yes, I am a pirate teacher).

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GoAnimate could not only promote higher level thinking in core academic areas, but would be a fantastic tool for teaching social skills.  Teachers could share scenarios for students to problem solve.  It would also provide opportunities for students to create videos reflecting their perspectives, how to deal with bullying, and other social struggles.

So glad I found this online video-maker!

* A-Z Challenge: T and U

I was in a precious one’s house where a delicious Indian meal was being prepared.  It was no problem for her to find me foods and spices for the letters T and U.  I wish you could smell the photos!

You might be wondering about that little white blob next to the Tamarind.  It’s my nephew Christopher’s Tooth.  As we worked through our tutoring session, Christopher nibbled on a granola bar and unexpectedly spit a glob onto the table.  I cried, “What is that?” and he4 answered causally, “My tooth!”  He was unperturbed and I grabbed a baggie.

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Have you eaten Ume-Shisho or Umeboshi?  And how much does one household need???   Thankfully, enough for me to photograph.

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