Saturday, August 25, 2012

Our day in Indiana, PA

Today was the day we moved Abby to college.  It is amazing how colleges schedule these things down to a science - nothing like when I went to school in 1980.

Only a few tears.... and a few pictures.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ch - Ch - Ch- changes............

Ok so much for channeling David Bowie, but changes are happening in this house and while they say change is good, for me, well, I have some mixed feelings to deal with.

First on the list?  Summer is over and school is starting.  My mind has switched gears now and my sewing room has been lonely for about a week.  My classroom, on the other hand, has been quite well visited.  I think I have everything ready but I will, knowing me, want to go in on Sunday just to make sure.  The kids will arrive at 7:15 am Monday morning, and I don't want to leave anything to chance.

Second?  Our oldest, Erin, is moving from Martinsburg, WV to Philadelphia.  She is a lawyer, currently working as a clerk for a federal magistrate judge.  The appointment was only for one year so beginning in September she will be starting a new two-year appointment as a staff attorney for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  We found out this week that all of her friends she had lined up to help her move decided to back out.  So Labor Day weekend will be spent moving her.

Finally... it is time to face the fact that my babies, Abby and Beth, need to leave the nest and head to college.  Today is being spent with laundry, packing, baking chocolate chip cookies - all to get ready to take Abby to Indiana University of PA tomorrow morning.  I know she will be ok, I know she will have wonderful experiences... but they are my babies.  This is it... no more ( I don't think the cat counts).  Thankfully Beth doesn't leave until September 19 (Drexel is on a quarter system)... so I don't go cold turkey, empty nest all at once - stay tuned for that tearful blog post.

Ok, I must go get some things done.  Have a great quilty day!  Please know that while I may not post or leave comments I am thinking of all of my blog friends.


Monday, August 20, 2012

What you can accomplish with friends....

Last night I was tuned in to Bonnie Hunter's Live Quilt Cam.  Granted it wasn't the smoothest of video streams, but still, you're with a fellow quilter and it is amazing how that inspires you to get one of those mundane tasks done.

While I was listening to Bonnie, I video chatted through Facebook with Amy.  Again, the inspiration level was amazing.

So, what did I accomplish?  I am going to use up a bunch of leader-enders in Bonnie's pattern Rick Rack Nines.  Last night my task was to put the twosies on the foursies so that I can then add threesies to make ninesies.  Does that make sense?  Today I pressed them, and Bonnie's assembly line pressing is great when getting 270 pieces pressed!!!

So, when Bonnie gets back from Bali, I hope to  tune in and get some more accomplished.   I think I've discovered the reason for going on a retreat.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My classroom

Back Language Arts side

Front Social Studies side

Front Language Arts side

Back Social Studies side
I thought you might like to see where I spend at least 180 days of the year, as mandated by the state of Pennsylvania.  I had some extra motivation to get it  ready early this year.  As some of you know our twins will be heading off to college this year and Abby will be the first to leave on August 25th.   

I teach two subjects, Language Arts and Social Studies, so the room is set up so that one subject is represented on each side.  

We have one week of summer break left.  We have two in-service days next week, and the students return on the 27th.  

I think I"ll go get some last minute sewing done.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

More camera action

I am so glad Kevin and I decided to buy this new camera for 'our' Christmas present last year.  I am by no means a photographer, but taking decent pictures is so much easier with this camera and the lenses.
First up, the morning glories.  I love morning glories... probably more than I love pansies.  This week we finally had one of the red ones bloom.  The blue ones have been blooming for a week or two now.  

This morning I was able to get a picture out of the bedroom window of a female goldfinch feeding off the seeds from the Coneflower.  Everything bloomed so early this year because of the warm spring.  It was amazing to watch her balance on the waving stalks.  

So enjoy the pictures.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Bird on the steps.....

Kevin walked over to his parents house this evening (only two houses away) and came back to get the camera.  He found a baby mockingbird on the steps leading up to their deck.  Momma of course was squawking at him and letting him know his attentions were not appreciated.

So I walked back over with him and we got some amazing pictures.  The baby just sat there; it didn't fuss, didn't try to fly away, and Mom only fussed once.

I love his fuzzy head.  Don't think I'll ever get that close to a bird again.