Sunday, September 30, 2012
This morning I got out before it hit 100 (isn't it supposed to be fall?) and took a 3.2 mile walk. I took one of my little dogs with me and she was panting something awful by the end. We both crashed in front of the fan to cool off and then I got a quilt done and lunch made.
I have a box of lab books and a set of tests waiting to be graded. I sure wish they had a grading machine. Now that would be something to spend money on :)
Alright, off this computer and to work I go!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I emailed my doctor and he says that gaining weight is one of the side effects. It wouldn't be so bad if I had pants that actually fit me. But, I bought a bunch of jeans this summer and now only a couple still fit.
I'm a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, but really don't want to go back to the meetings. While it helped me lose about 25 pounds after my youngest was born, I just don't have time for it right now. I still remember everything I learned ad with some new knowledge off the internet (what did we do before it was invented?) I start my weight loss journey.
Another side effect of the Depakote is severe hunger. Even after I've stuffed myself with twice as much food as I've eaten in the past, I am still hungry. So now I have to retrain my brain into recognizing those feelings of hunger and make them mean something else.
I'm also exercising more than I ever have. This summer my husband and I started walking together. Actually he started walking and then I felt guilty and went along with him. We go 2-3 miles. It is nice having that 'away from the kids' time to talk about work, the house, anything, and know you won't be interrupted by kids needing help with homework :)
Now that school is back, it is harder to get out every night. We try and go on the weekend nights and even that is hard sometimes because a day like today the temp is supposed to hit 100 degrees. Um, hello, this is fall!
I went this morning, before it got too hot and if it cools off enough, will go again tonight.
Too bad there isn't a magic pill you can take and 'poof' your pants fit again! But anything worth having is worth working for. Remind me of that tomorrow when I'm craving chocolate cake!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
When I look at my goal of 100 more quilts by the end of the year and see that every day I'm falling further and further behind, I have to remember that the job will get done one quilt at a time. Every day I can, I quilt, because there are so many kids out there needing hugs. I'm hoping to get some of the finished quilts out of here this weekend and get more to my binding buddies so I have more room to stack them :) They aren't doing any good sitting around my house.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
If you have an extra quilt or 10 sitting around and are wondering what to do with them, maybe you can send them to Gene's cause. They are hoping to collect enough quilts to pass out at Christmas. Last year they needed 16. That seems like such a small number to me.
When we collected quilts for Japan, we sent 1144. It seems so long ago, but only yesterday when my front living room was filled to the ceiling with boxes of quilts. It was so exciting every day coming home to boxes and boxes of quilts. I definitely had my mojo going back then because I was quilting 10 quilts a day. Now I'm happy to get one done every couple of days. Energy...where are you?
But, I will be sending along a couple of quilts. Gene is asking they be teenager size and colors. Neutrals if possible, but more boy than girl quilts will be needed. Wouldn't it be great if the kids got to pick out their favorite from a large selection? I'm sure no quilt will go to waste.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A mother/daughter team started this group after the grandmother was killed during a robbery. They make and collect quilts for kids who have a parent in prison. I can't tell you how much destruction on a child's self esteem there is when one parent is in prison. I teach high school and have seen first hand how the kids feel they are the ones who committed the crime.
If you have some time and extra fabric, they are collecting quilt blocks to be made into quilts. You can always send them a quilt top or finished quilt too.
Whenever I start to feel down and discouraged, making a quilt for this group really picks me up!
Yesterday a lady called and said she had cleaned out her mother's storage shed and would I like a whole bunch of fabric? I can never say no to fabric (one day it might bury me!) and so went out to fetch it. I came home with my van full of boxes, about half of them fabric. The other half are different craft items, books, notions, etc.
Now, I need to go through, pick out what I can use and share the wealth with a friend who always is willing to take my extras. She belongs to a crafting group and so they use lots of weird fabrics I have no use for and make dog beds for the animal shelters and lots of other projects.
I need to get quilting, but my sewing room is such a mess right now that I'm discouraged to go in there. Why do I let that happen? I think I will put on some upbeat music, spend some time cleaning and get myself out of this funk!
Friday, September 21, 2012
My friend sent a student to come get me around 9:35. We all ran outside and watched a tiny play very far away and thought that was the shuttle. The kids weren't half as excited as I was.
Then, during my next class around 10:00 another student came in and said, no, this is the real shuttle! We all ran outside and this time actually saw the shuttle. Of course, my phone camera can't take a picture that far away, but I know it was in the picture, top, right. Yeah, that speck :)
I could even see the chaser plane following along. This group of kids said, 'what's the big deal? I live on an air force base, I see planes flying every day!' Oh, how old I felt. They didn't even know what the shuttle was! So, we went in and I played a video of the Challenger explosion and we talked about how important the shuttle was to me and my growing up years. Kids these days take everything for granted. Of course we can go into space, no big deal!
My dad worked on things that worked on space stuff so it was even more special and made me feel that connection to my dad :)
It was so cool! I asked my little guy if he saw it and he said his whole school came out to watch it go over. He thought it was pretty cool too.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
And my post from 2010. He isn't a little kid anymore!
Friday, September 14, 2012
I chose not to have a TA this year to help me grade papers and I don't have a student teacher either. I'm hoping that soon I will be able to come home and not collapse on the couch. The beginning of the year is the hardest time. I'm hoping to get my energy back soon.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
That morning I turned the news on and the first plane had just hit the first tower. I watched, stunned, as the second plane hit. I called my principal and asked what I should do. I work right next to a military base. She said, 'Come to work." I asked again and her voice became very stern. "Come to work. The students will need you.
That day, my kids couldn't go to school because the base was shut down, so I had to take them home again. Only about half the students came to school (the ones that live on base couldn't get off and also wanted to spend time with a parent who was going to be headed off to war because of the terrorist actions).
Most teachers had the news going all day, but I chose to do some science experiment and many kids said they appreciated not having to listen to the news in my class. They were worried about parents, friends and family who were serving in the military and wanted a break from thinking about the future.
I will never forget.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
- Size and shape do not matter, only that they be home made. Make them bright, full of love, patriotic are the best, as are any holiday themes ( i.e. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentines Day, Easter, Flag Day, 4th of July). Seasonal are great too!
- A message of support and encouragement is a must. Lots of love and support is truly the best. Message must be appropriate to send in troop boxes or to deliver to our wounded and our veterans.
- Use only first name when signing cards. Please do not use last names, addresses, phone number or put student pictures in the cards.
My friend Kelli visits the returning Wounded Soldiers who come through Travis AFB on the way home for treatment. She spends all day Saturday making treats for these guys to say 'thank you'. I've given her several quilts to pass along for me. She is a tireless hero in my book!
Can you help?
Pop on over and read what The Mercy Project is doing to help children and families in Ghana.
these children are as young as 5 and 6 years old. All of these children are slaves.
Is Mercy Project a 501c3 non-profit organization?
Yes! We are recognized by
the IRS as a non-profit organization, and all donations made to Mercy Project
are tax-deductible as per allowed by the law. We send year end tax statements
to each donor every January.
Is Mercy Project affiliated with a religious organization?
In short, no. But we were
founded because we believe that this is the kind of thing that God wants his
people to be doing. We are passionate about connecting people with this
incredible chance to help the kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven.
That being said, we are proud of the fact that many, many of our supporters do
not share our religious motivation but believe in us and our passion enough to
want to be a part of it. That means a lot to us, and we work very hard to make
sure anyone who wants to be involved can find a place.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
-- Carol Bellamy
Sunday, September 2, 2012
I tried putting drain cleaner down, the plumber said not to put it in the garbage disposal side, so I put it on the other side of the sink and let it sit for an hour or so. Nothing.
I opened the drain from outside and tons of water poured out. Then, I used the snake and pushed it as far as it would go, which was about 3 feet before it hit the clog. I had put way too much stuff down the garbage disposal on Friday and knew it might clog up, but thought since I had run a ton of water and there wasn't a problem on Friday I would be ok. Nope :)
Then, after unclogging a bit and running the hose as far as it would go with water blasting, closed things up and tried again, nope, not fixed. I let the hose run for about 30 minutes, thinking it might just loosen the clog. Nothing doing.
Then, I ran the snake again, this time I was able to get it all 25 feet into the drain and was sure I had fixed things, but sure enough as soon as I put the plug in from outside the house, the drain clogged again. I remembered that when the plumber was here, gunk came up out of the downstairs shower so thought I'd see if the clog was before or after that drain. I ran the shower and sure enough, it clogged up. I pried off the drain (ew, gross hair there) and then ran the snake in the shower and after a few good plunges, got the drain to go! So exciting that my hard work paid off. And I learned to scrape plates into the trash, not the sink :) Just hope the dogs leave the trash alone, or we will have to take the trash out every night. A much quicker fix than dealing with the drain again!
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Oh, and I got these three quilts done today too :) Just the quilting you know, but three more towards my goal of 100 by the end of the year.