Saturday, March 31, 2018

#SOL 2018 Day 31 Thank you, slicers.

I am enriched by this year’s SOL writings.
I missed writing a few days because I was host to cousins for a week.
Reading the posts gave me so many great ideas for writing.
People shared books that I want to read.
I’ve learned about teaching strategies I’d like to apply.
I’ve enjoy reading about teaching from different perspectives.
I’m reminded how difficult it is to raise a family while working full time.
And how much that wonderful struggle really is what life is all about.
Thanks goes to all the creative slicers.
Thank you for thoughtful writing.
Thank you for the inspiration to write.
Thank you for comments.
I’ll try to participate weekly.
Because I enjoy the rewards of being a part of the writing community.

Friday, March 30, 2018

#SOL 2018 Day 30 Family reunion by the numbers

25 immediate Family members visited with
10 extended family members during 
7 Days in March

10 Meals were shared at my house
1 meal at a cousin's house
1 meal at a sister's house
1 meal eaten at Mel's Diner

250 miles traveled
Visited 2 schools, 6 cemeteries and 3 old home places

2 thirty-four inch diameter tree cookies collected from a red oak
10 ten inch diameter tree cookies collected from a poplar
2 eight ft. red oak logs collected, loaded and then 1 unloaded

0 slice of life posts during that week

Thursday, March 29, 2018

#SOL 2018 Day 29 Homework

Apple released several new educational products this week. My son (computer engineering degree) was so excited. He couldn't wait to tell me about the products. They were about managing student learning, ideas that he talked about when he was in 5th grade. We finally watched the release video together. The products were enticing me, I want to teach again. I want to work for Apple, promoting the educational products to educators in rural schools around me.

But I digress.

The end of the presentation included an advertisement Apple created to promote these new products. In the background a man is reading the poem, Homework. We have that very poem still taped to his old desk. He copied it during a 3rd grade handwriting lesson. It can't be just a coincidence. I believe my son really was a forward thinking child.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

#SOL 2018 Day 22 Borrowed idea from another slicer!

Thanks to this blogger for an excellent idea:
Stopping by an English class on a random day

My childhood tasted like
Corn, green beans and tomatoes fresh from the garden
Strawberries picked from the local strawberry farm
Cantaloup and watermelon from our truck patch
Chicken and dumplings or fried chicken on Sunday

My childhood sounded like
Pigs squealing, cows bawling, push mower cutting grass
Sisters singing in church, Grandma praying, Gramps telling stories 
On the road with Charles Curalt, sounds from the Vietnam War, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Marshall Dillon on Saturday nights at Grandpa's in the dark

My childhood smelled like
Fresh cut grass, cotton blooms, and milkweed pods
Mom's oatmeal cake baking, catfish bait, cow piles and hog troughs
Hollyhocks, peonies, zennias, milkweed pods, surprise lillies 
Bunny Bread baking as we drove past, grilled onions on hamburgers at Kirby's

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#SOL 2018 Day 21 Six word slice about hospital visits

Serious ailments require constant medical care

We've spent the past week going back and forth to the hospital to visit my 93 year old father-in-law.  He is not like most elderly people. He went to the hospital with all his documentation in hand. During the admitting interview, they ask who managed his health records. His children told the interviewer that he did. He knows every medication that is prescribed for him, the purpose and most interactions with them. Every time he speaks bluntly, telling them which ones he can forego and which ones he must have. They have their rules to guide their care. Their rules often clash with his common sense and the debate ensues. I witnessed one example last evening. They give evening pills at 9:00, he felt he needed a certain one earlier. He was getting agitated so we asked and they said they would comply. We bought a Sprite for him, which seemed to calm him somewhat, but it was still 9:00 before he got the pill he had requested.  As I mentioned, he is 93. Who wants to agitate a 93 year old man who does not feel well?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

#SOL 2018 Day 20 Random Thoughts

Finally spring but snow is in the forecast.
Cousins should arrive tomorrow.
Making dog biscuits while doing last minute cleaning.
Refrigerator cleaned yesterday.
Use the bananas before it’s too late, should have put them in the dog biscuits.
Finish the laundry, too cold to power wash winter dredges from the patio.
Pay bills before it’s too late.
Answer email to friend.
Lose 20 pounds soon!
Follow up on job application.
Buy groceries for dinner tomorrow.
Get my walk done.
Maybe temperatures will warm up enough to sit around the fire pit.
Lunch time, I need some protein.

Monday, March 19, 2018

#SOL 2018 Day 19 joining the Party at Leigh Anne's blog

I wanted to join the party! On the first day of SOL 2018 Leigh Anne invited all slicers to join in her virtual party. We could bring 5 specific items. You can read about it by visiting the link:

Leigh Anne Eck's blog, A Day in the Life of a teacher, a reader, a writer

Here is my list of things I'll bring:

Favorite book: for the kids -"I'm Bored" by Michael Ian Black, adults - the last book club book I read was "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter". Never would I have chosen that book, but I actually liked reading it. It was a great book to discuss.

Favorite person: I would bring my niece because she lights up every place she goes. Two years ago she was a young mother of two precious children, diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer! She became a champion for Christ and together they fought the battle. Now she recognizes each day as a precious gift.

Favorite food or beverage: If it is my fav, I would bring chicken & dumplings. I usually take the food I know others like.

Favorite song: I would share a song by a singer songwriter, Natalie Hemby. You can listen here:

Surprise: I would bring a nature journal for each of you to record your daily observations as you go on a nature walk.

#SOL 2018 Day 31 Thank you, slicers.