The most requested thing for dinner around here? Noodles. With butter.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


The big word in education nowadays is "makerspaces".  What does it mean?  Well it means a room or space or class where kids can go to make things.

Sounds suspiciously like what we used to do in classes called "home ec" or "woodshop".

Everything old is new again.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ice Ice Baby

I love snow, but I feel the opposite about ice.

The thaw is in full swing, but will take some time to fully complete due to the freezing rainstorm we are currently experiencing. 

No school today.

In case you were wondering, water droplets are round.

I took this picture yesterday- took 5 in a row just in case I didn't time it right for the drip.  Then, my camera/phone informed me that it had made a video of my 5 pictures.  Um, what?  I hate it when the machines do stuff before they are asked to do stuff.  Creeps me out.  It was a cool video tho, but now I can't find it on my phone.  I guess it doesn't save stuff unless I get real bossy with it.  Machines.

Gotta go find something else to do...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A promise

Every morning I wake up and look outside and it looks the same as the day before- sparkly cold whiteness.  It's like being in Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.  (Ned?  Ned Ryerson?)

I don't know why I expected it to melt anytime soon- maybe because that is usually what happens around here.  But this time it is different, colder.  It's been around 12 degrees F at night and around 30 degrees F during the day.  The sun has caused some of the snow to sublimate, but mostly it is just sitting there on the trees or getting compacted to ice under someone's tires.  It's very light fluffy stuff- easy to shovel if you get to it on the first day.

Today it was finally above freezing.  Felt downright balmy.  The prediction is for warmer temps and lots of rain on Tuesday.  That will make for some nice slush.  

It's a good thing I am not in control of the weather.  I'd mess it up terribly.  God is in control and here is what He promises in Genesis 8:22:

“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

I find that very comforting.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow Daze

Did I say we were going to have to make up four days because of snow?  I meant seven.  SEVEN.  I've been teaching 30 years and I've never had to make up seven days in one school year.  Even when I was in high school and we had some snow days, there were never seven.

I guess this makes up for the last three wimpy winters we had. 

Went for a nice walk today to the mall.  Bought boots for kiddo, ate lunch, saw Rogue One.  A nice way to spend a day off, but tomorrow I should probably do some chores.  When I run out of those, I will invent some.

First the night shots- it snowed steadily for around 10 hours:

Then the daytime pics- it snowed on and off for much of the day yesterday:

9 inches and counting.

Today dawned clear and sparkly and cold.  I love the beauty and quiet that a deep snowfall brings.  I think heaven will be like this, only we won't be cold and wet.

Hooray for the UPS driver!
I used to ask kiddo to make a snow angel for me when it snowed.  But teenagers aren't really into that, so I made a mini one.

And here is my attempt to capture the cheeky backyard hummingbird on film- look for it in every pic because it often blends in with the tree:

That's it in the middle- shiny green chest on display.  I think it was posing for me...
 I love days like this where everything slows down- even the hummingbirds.

Stay warm and safe, friends!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Christmas Miracle

We found a new home for our dog.  When we downsized and moved, we didn't really know how the tiny yard would affect him.  Not only that, but we have been busier than ever and hardly home.  Poor guy was so lonely and sad all the time.  Seriously, all he ever wanted to do was sit on one of our laps and snuggle and stare at us as if staring would keep us from going to work or school or theater rehearsal or church or grocery shopping...  During the day, he would pace up and down the hall and in and out of the doggy door.  At our old house, he stayed outside all day- patrolling the yard, chasing the squirrels, monitoring the comings and goings of the neighbor's cat.  He was fulfilled because he had a job to do and he did it well.  Here, he couldn't even bark without someone calling the HOA and complaining.
We listed him with a local organization that helps place pets with people and although it took awhile, he finally caught the attention of a nice family that has been wanting a small-ish dog.  That's the miracle, that someone would want such a sad, lonely, needy 8 year old dog.  They took him for a few days just to see if it would work and when they texted me and said he was a keeper, I was very relieved and sort of sad.  Even though I did not get to spend much time with him the last few years, he was still such an integral part of our lives.  He slept on Ab's bed and kept her warm.  He barked when the doorbell rang.  He played with his food and was very cute.  Sigh.
I know they love him, and I know he is better off. Still...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Baby, it's COLD outside!

It was 24 degrees F this morning when I woke up.  That doesn't seem so cold when you live in places that are regularly this temp, like Winnipeg, but to us it's cold.

To start with, we had snow.   This is the second week that we have had snow, and the second time we missed school for two days in a row.  That's four days to make up in June.  FOUR.  And it is only December.  There's more snow predicted for next week. If we keep on this trajectory, we could be in school up to July 4th...

What does a schoolteacher do on a snow day?  Well, thankfully we still had power so I watched a little TV, shopped online, vacuumed the car, put in the new floor mats for the front seats, ran the dishwasher, did some laundry, decorated the house for the season, made Chex mix, and sent a couple of cards out. The second day was more focused on getting the next units ready for my geometry and algebra classes.

Oh, and I also take pictures...
Gunther our Gnome
Beginning of the thaw
Less than an inch, but it creates so many problems for drivers.

The first snowfall was accompanied by lots of wind, so there wasn't much accumulation in spots.  Then it was followed by freezing rain, so it really was hazardous to venture out.  The next snowfall was not as windy and we got more white stuff, but today the sun dared to show its face and started the melt...

I love this stuff.
I'm so glad I downsized to a smaller house that is easier to heat!

Friday, November 25, 2016

A rare sighting

It's been pouring out- pouring.  Just wetter than wet, which is saying something for our part of the world.

So why was I riding my bike in the rain this week?  The check engine light kept coming on in the car.  I had to take the car to the shop for them to keep for an indeterminate amount of time in order to diagnose the problem and the easiest (coldest, wettest...) way back was to just ride my bike.  It's under two miles, but in that short span I saw a rare sight.  I had to stop, park, grab my phone, and start taking pictures.

The thing that gave me pause?

look in the tree
deep into the tree
it moved deeper
it's making a break for it
it's going under the cars

and back out again
It's a bird, it's a plane... No.  It's the White Squirrel of Southwest Washington.