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Day 70: Susie sells seashells by the seashore

18 Mar

Today was a fabulously gorgeous day.  The sun was shining.  The birds were chirping.  There was even a warm gentle breeze blowing around.  It was a perfect day to be outside.  Too bad I had to work!

It’s amazing how much of a distraction weather can really be.  I see it all the time in my students, but it affects adults pretty badly too.  It doesn’t even really matter what weather we are talking about either.  (Remember weather voodoo?)  Snow, rain, sun, wind…they all have the power to send minds wandering.  All day long, all I could think about was getting outside.  While I was sitting in a classroom, my mind was lying in the grass watching clouds go by and enjoying the sunshine.  At least today wasn’t a teaching day!

After work, I did get to enjoy some quality outside time.  Today’s giggle is my afternoon as told in shell pictures!

Today was a beautiful sun-shiney day.

Scott and I decided to walk down by the beach.

The wind was perfect for kite flying!

We had a great time!

Those are the shell fragments I picked up at the beach today.  Most people only pick up whole shells, but these tiny little shell bits were underfoot while kite flying and deserved to be taken home.  Yes, I said kite flying.  I’m a kid at heart, remember?  And me and my Strawberry Shortcake kite had a blast at the beach! (yeah…Scott too)  😀


Day 61: Rainy day ducky!

9 Mar

Remember back in January when I wished to see something happy in the news?  The sentiment still stands.  Aside from the usual misery, a new issue has taken center stage in the local papers…education budget cuts.  What is wrong with this country that we don’t even blink at the millions of dollars paid to movie stars, but quibble over the salaries of public school teachers?  Who deserves more money?…a celebrity who can take a pretty picture or a teacher who educates and shapes young minds?  Who’s doing more good?  Who’s got the more important job?  Ugh!

Very few people realize how much teachers are responsible for besides the few hours they spend in the classroom.  There are hundreds of hours of prep work, extracurricular activities, parent conferences, professional development, community involvement, and personal hardship that are all associated with the job.  I may only work 10 months out of the year, but I work damn hard during those 10 months.  I have a major problem with people calling my salary into question.

That being said, I really do enjoy my job.  Even with all of the hassle, where else could I be this creative?  One of my extra duties today was revamping the garden display outside of the school.  A few years ago, I worked with the kids to make a unique painted birdbath out of clay pots and glass stones.  It really was beautiful.  Unfortunately, the cold New York winter took its toll, and the birdbath did not make it out alive.  I used the salvaged clay pots to create a cute snowman that was on display all through this winter.


Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the whole thing.  He spent most of the winter buried under the snow.  But it’s March now.  The weather’s getting warmer.  The crocuses are up.  I am soooooo done with snow!

Today I refashioned Mr.. Snowman into a cute little rainy day ducky!


The back side is cute too!


I love her little rain hat and umbrella!  She’s all ready for a spring shower!