Monday, December 29, 2008
Year in Review....
These snapshots of the year seem paltry compared to so many other blogs. They've refinised rooms, furniture... decorated for parties, made fine jewelry... I've set the table. But that has been the most fun of the year... inviting guests into mother's home and making merry with dear family and friends.... So, draw up a chair to our table and enjoy some good old comfort food and hot tea.... or sweet iced tea... Soup's on. Come in from the cold.
The year... generally it starts in January, but for teachers... it's September or late August... I prepared for my 34th year in teaching....
New shoes.... to replace my eight year old friends.....
My cousin visited from California... She was a special treat because I didn't realize I had her until only very recently... It was so much fun to get acquainted...
Have fun on your tour.... Talk soon....
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Holiday Cheer at our Home
Thursday, December 18, 2008
"Our Little Pookalini"
Once at school you see kids selecting seats by the chilly metal windows, scanning every few minutes for current conditions. High tech times have brought us better ways to do our recognizance. We have Weatherchannel.com, which has the feature of hour by hour forecasting. Someone is always online at the local television station, which updates all the local schools. Ours is usually slower than nearly any other school. We wait; we watch; and finally.... we go. Of course, we listen for the buzz of teacher cell phones which are equipped with text casting. Sometimes we hear the intercom crackle, and our principal beams out the message. Then we learn the news. We dismiss at 12:17. The hours from the announcement to the actual dismissal seem long, impotent of all learning, devoid of attention. Try getting kids to work during this time... VERY difficult. It can be done with threats, deadlines, or screaming... I usually try option two. But really... what's the point? I think today is simultaneously saved and ruined with the pronouncement... And then we hit the streets to slippery slide home...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tags and Tassles
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ho Ho Who?
Have a great week... Hugs!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Christmas... in our town
My change-counting ability (not to mention the tiny tax table) really threw me for a loop with one eye for distance and one for zero! haha.. I had severe trouble with one little woman who laid out something extra and wanted big coins and bills or something... (you know how the teenagers look at you when you lay out 29 cents for a 1.29 soda, and you want four ones? That was me.... minus the cute youth baggage!). Anyway, we muddled through and then later I discovered my son had overheard her at the big turkey dinner in the Catholic Church basement: "That woman in the candle shop couldn't even count change!" Well, never let it be said that my son isn't the defender of his MAMA.... He promptly went over to her and said, "Excuse me. That's my mother, and she just had eye surgery on Wednesday!" haha... What a sweetheart. I think I'd have let it pass, but nope... not my baby!
My dear friend who owns My cup of Tea raced away a little before five to sing with the Baptist Church choir at Vespers.. She arrived to find them already filling the church with song... After a few little waves, she decided they wanted her to come on up... You have to know her to appreciate the amount of layers that woman can wear in the winter... Boots, hats, mufflers, fluffy coat, so many sweatshirts she looks like Ralphie's little brother Randy on THE CRISTMAS STORY>.... so she bustled up to the alcove, flew to a spot on the right row... huffed and puffed a bit to catch her breath... and Voila... the choir had finished their performance... What a hoot it was for her to tell me this, along with the added information that the whole thing was filmed by our local tv cablenet for their Christmas lineup... She said she got a lot of teasing about how great her "note" was...
I came home with a turkey dinner to share with Mom (delicious! They served 267 homemade turkey dinners...)... and then it took the whole night layered in afghans, sipping hot tea, and finally a wool coverlet to get me warm again... Nanook indeed! Have a great Sunday..
Ooey Gooey Bars...
This is the traditional Paula Deen bar plus the brickle addition.
Bottom layer: 1 yellow cake mix, two eggs, one stick butter melted. Spread in 9 x 13 pan.
Middle layer: 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1 package Heath Bits o' Brickle chips.
Top Layer: 1 pkg. 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 1 stick oleo, 2 c. powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 t. vanilla... (I melt the cheese and butter for 1 min. in microwave.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until brown. Serve cooled with NAPKINS...