Best Day

Work today was great.

I went in today, and was assigned to a self-contained classroom. If you are out of the loop, a self-contained classroom has students with Aspberger’s syndrome and Autism.

Today was a class of fourth graders. They were really good students. Two of the students had to go to a different classroom for social studies, My fellow teacher was a buddy: we used to sub together. He was teaching the Revolutionary War and development of New Jersey. Jesse started, and I normally would work the back of the classroom. I’d walk to make sure children are on the right page and paying attention.

I started chiming in, and Jesse knew that I used to be a National Park Ranger, and I was stationed at Independence National Historical Park. In short, I know my revolutionary war history. Jesse motioned for me to take it, and so I taught fourth graders American History. The class was attentive, and peppered me with questions.

God, it felt good.

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He’s Back….

You can run but you can’t hide if you have been a reader of the posts for a while.

You followed the trials and tribulations of Jim as “Shingleman.” Then, I followed it with “Compostman” to follow his gardening life.

Now, he has decided to go completely cold-turkey off of wheat to see if it’ll relieve some of his arthritic pain….Enter, “Quinoa Man.”

I admire him for this, but as I said to a neighbor last night, I need to put a big toe in the waters before converting. The picture immediately above is the bowl of quinoa he made for himself for breakfast yesterday morning. He decided he wanted to add blueberries (organic, of course) to jazz it up.Gotta love him.

I’ll keep you posted!

Total Recall

I am the first to admit: I have been trying to wean myself off of Facebook and only view it sporadically. Here is one of the reasons why I still check in.

My buddies tell me there’s websites to check, but I usually catch dog food and dog treat recalls on Facebook. The fact that they exist break my heart. I love both my girls forever and try to be careful with whatever they ate.

Normally I’d make breakfast, because usually I’d choose that meal to fold any needed medication into: quite simply, it was the easiest to work with. Any treats or other meals of the day were closely scrutinized. I really know people can’t all do what I do, but maybe dog owners can do one thing- COMPLAIN!

For the price of a postcard; or even an email, you can contact the conglomerates that put this so-called dog food on the market, and let them know they need to do better: our pets, our four-legged families deserve better.

Class Times

Working this week had me in my usual school of late, but with a twist. I have been taking a lot of third grade, but today for the first time, I worked the fourth grade.

It has been sad due to the shootings in Florida.They have been having lock down practice for a few years, but yesterday, I participated in a lock down practice and in the darkness and quiet of the classroom, it was sad to see the students with their hands in their faces. I don’t know if the shootings were covered in the classroom, but the drill was taken with a lot more of intensity.

Sure, there were other moments too: I worked with students one on one and that was quite rewarding.As the classes were third and fourth grade, I had a few chuckles with the classes also, but to help a few of the class that were struggling always leaves me with a good feeling.

It is quite good to be back in action.

Back Up

I had been down for a little bit, but now that I am a little better, and take daily Zircam, guess who’s going to work tomorrow? You’ve got it: me!

I have to admit that I enjoyed being around while the weather has been spring-like.Tomorrow, of
course, the front is due to come through and I’ll be with the kids.I have to admit I miss when I am not in on a regular basis, but on the other hand, working during the Titanic of Flu seasons, well, sometimes I was happy to hide out here.

Remember your umbrellas, gang, and stay dry!

Summer in the City

Kasia spent a good part of the day relaxing, or should I say on bed rest.

She aggravated her back paw again, so I have unfortunately realized that we walked a little too much last week.

We took advantage of the summer -like temperatures we had here today. She spent a good bit of the afternoon in the sun on our back deck.

When we had gone out this morning, I looked by our gate and saw that my spring bulbs are coming up. No wonder why the two of us weren’t up for a long” hot” walk. We saw a lot of folks out in their shirtsleeves today. I didn’t want to take a chance got a quick drop in temperatures if they are coming down the pike. Kasia just agreed with me to take a pass today.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Simpler Days

It’s the Presidential Weekend holiday coming up this weekend here in America.

In the old days, about 50 years ago, there were two holidays: one in commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and one for George Washington’s Birthday. As the years went on, the government decided to consolidate the days into one federal holiday. Thus, the President’s day holiday came into being.

Part of me still thinks of a simpler time.

I remember shopping with my parents and stopping at F.W.Woolworth and in the store,they had a candy counter. Jars on top of the counters had jelly beans and the like in big glass jars. What we always got this time of the year?

These, technically, are now marketed as cherry lolly pops. When my Mom would buy them, they were Washington’s cherries. The real job was breaking the stems apart. The green stem was made of plastic. I remember having to twist them around and around until finally the stems would wear out and you would have two separate cherries on two stems.

As F.W.Woolworth’s store is out of business and has been for a while, you can imagine how shocked I was to actually find these candies still around. I have to remember- everything is on line.

Have a great weekend if you are here in the states. If you are reading this outside of America, well, have a good weekend, too!