Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Recently Rwanda for justice had a restoration day. All of the girls who sought justice, compassion and healing were at the center for a ceremony.
As part of the moving forward process they were each giving a new dress and a quilt . A new start.
Each sewn lovingly by you and the binky group. You and your friends making a difference around the world.
Sorry there are no pictures. They don't allow them near the victims .
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Want to come over and help us sew?
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Almost all of them showed up. Some don't know how to limit what they take and they really piled up on the food. There wasn't any stuff left at the end for making sandwiches, but there sure was a lot of desserts left over. I fed my 6th and 7th period classes and still had leftovers.
The funniest definition was this:
Word used by ghetto people to address their significant other because they have found themselves too lazy to pronounce the entire word "babe".
Monday, May 19, 2014
Or, so I understand the rules anyways. I've watched a tiny bit of the game played when my daughter went to the World Cup a few weeks ago. It is Co Ed and the boys don't take it easy on the girls. They will knock them down and hit the ball out of their hands and the girls are just as rough. My daughter has the bruises to prove it. And she loves every minute of it.
She was a tennis player in high school, but has really found her sport here. Hey, as long as she's having fun and making friends and getting exercise I say way to go! Just wish I could watch her. I bet it is hilarious!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Well, I slowed down the machine and sped up the machine and tightened the thread tension and loosened the tension, of course because I'm a science teacher only doing one thing at a time because if you change everything at once, you will never know what fixed the problem. Finally at the end of the quilt, I loosened the tension on the quilt. After trying 97 other things, loosening the tension on the quilt finally fixed the skipped stitches problem. Giving the machine room to breathe was the solution it needed. I usually run my quilt sandwich pretty tight to keep any wrinkles out, but giving it some much needed room to suck the fabric down into the bed of the machine allowed it to do it's thing and no more skipped stitches. Luckily I didn't get any wrinkles either!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Here's a link to a how to:
It's easy to do and looks great with one color or can be made with leftover bits and made into a striped one. This one is going to my friend who is adopting her grand daughter soon.
Yesterday one of the THREE vice principals at my school came in to give me my Teacher Appreciation Gifts from the district. The district that voted to give him a $200 a month raise in his medical insurance the night before. The district that says it has no money for anything. Where did it get the money to buy a teacher appreciation gift? What was the gift you ask? A flashlight. Not only a flashlight, but a flashlight in a plastic bag with a bunch of crinkly paper strings. I'd like to know which secretary got paid a whole day's pay to sit and put all of these flashlights in these bags with paper and then tie them with a string with a little tag that said to 'let my light shine on the students' or something like that.
Now, here's the humor.
They couldn't afford to give everyone the raise, so they gave it to the people who earn the most money already because they want to attract the best people at the top of the pay scale. The people who have the least interaction with the students and have the least impact on what goes on in the classroom.
So, they give us flashlights because when we can no longer afford to pay our electricity bills, we can still grade papers at night.
At least it was a practical gift. I'm just not sure what I'm going to do with the plastic bag and crinkly paper strips. Maybe join with all the other teachers who feel so appreciated and make a bonfire to keep warm. Oh, wait, it is 100 degrees and I really don't need to keep warm.
I love my job. I really do. I just don't like some of the people I work with. They really don'[t think some times. I would rather not have gotten anything. They could have given me the $1 it cost for the flashlight and a personal hand shake and I would have felt more appreciated. Now I feel like they are wasting my money.
I did get one teacher appreciation gift from one student this year. He came up to me at the end of the period, looking down at his feet and shoved something in my hand. It was a little packet of M&M's. It said I was Marvelous and Magnificent. Now, that made me feel really good. :) He said his mom made him do it. Too cute!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
18 days of school left and then I get more time to play. If you are in the Vacaville, Ca area on Sunday, stop by A Quilted Heart and join us for some quilting fun. I'd love to meet you.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
What a great day we had. Not too many people, not too much waiting in lines.
I can barely walk today and my nose is sunburned, but I'd do it again next year!