I have been blogging for awhile, since New Years 2014! It's December already - Winter is here in VA! Thanks for the visit!
By: WeatherWise , 3:59 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Graduates of Distinction, More Fresh Veggies, Spring Walks, Family Reunions, Our Children and Such
Last night, I had the honor of attending the Graduates of Distinction Reception and Recognition Ceremony. An honor for me to attend because one of my former students chose me as one of the teachers that most influenced him during his school years. I think that is one of the highest honors a teacher or now retired teacher could ever receive. Each student that earned Graduate of Distinction was to choose three teachers that influenced them most in their years of school - one at elementary, one at middle, and one at high school to attend this event. An honor for the students that attended as they have worked to earn Graduate Of Distinction: 5 Pillars of Success
Pillar One: Academic Achievement
Pillar Two: Attendance
Pillar Three: Citizenship
Pillar Four: Community Service
Pillar Five: Extra-Curricular/Cocurricular Activities
Such a wonderful evening, each time that I have been chosen for this honor this year and in years past. It was also great as I saw so many of my teacher and administrator friends as well as students from past and their parents. My student's mother had to get a photo of her son and me. If I can get a copy, I will share.
Well, yesterday, was new delivery from the farm. I just put them in the fridge until after my walk this am.
As always, there is one I am unsure of - the one on front right with the great big huge white stems. I am leaning toward lettuce as it seems so tender but could be bok choy but if so not like last week's bok choy. I know the rest, I think. Swiss Chard, Strawberries, Broccoli, A Salad Mix of Different Types of Lettuce, and Kale. Just beautiful fresh produce straight from the farm!
Now, I am in the middle of washing them and as well as still dealing with that hot water heater repair. The so called fixed hot water heater was not fixed. It was not pouring this time but was wet all around it. So, today, repair is installing a brand new hot water heater - so hopefully this will be the one time fix!
I am loving this spring weather in early am and my extra two or three hours as I am getting up at 6 am and walking before the 90 degree temps plus we are having each day this week. My walk is over with by the time I am usually just thinking of getting in the walking mode. That gives me lots of time to get much accomplished.
My bluebirds appear to be moving into my bluebird box and I am SO super happy about that! When you really come right down to it - it is the little things in life that get you excited and make you feel so happy! My true belief is that HAPPINESS COMES FROM WITHIN. I am happy and contented just going about my daily life. Little things make me smile and keep me happy.
I have a couple of Family Reunions coming up soon. One is my family - brother and sister and their families and children of my deceased brothers and sister will all get together - those that can - at my nephews lakehouse. Later, my mother's family or the children of my mother and her brothers and sisters will all gather together at one of my cousin's church community building. I am excited for both events. Family is love and love is family. I could always go home and just get a bath in love just by making a trip home and it is still that way no matter how long it has been.
A lot of you have heard me carry on and on about my children and grandchildren - There is nothing more special!
Oh, and I think I mentioned in the blog at some point about opening up my little play patio area.
This is a photo of my play patio - play as it is just using what I have - set my carport up as my little play area. I eat many of my meals out here - I write, sketch, or whatever and of course bird watching all the while. It makes me happy. When my mother passed away, a few years back, I spent some time at my brother's and he has such a nice screened in back porch. On the way back home, I just kept wishing for a back porch just like his. Then the thought came to me, Shirley, just use what you have. So I got me an area rug and pulled the little green table out there. I bought a Patio Umbrella and pretended it was my patio. When the fall came, I ordered the little wooden table set as did not want my nice table out in harsh winter weather. Somewhere along the way one snowy winter, I fell in love with this little yellow table and chairs perhaps from Stonewall or Pottery Barn. I forget which. Another teacher friend who was also snowed in, in email, GO AHEAD, SHIRLEY AND GET IT - YOU DESERVE IT. Well, that is all it took - I got it and a another little soft pale pink tray table that is not for outside but inside. I fell in love with that too and once again same friend said same thing and I got it. Such is the influence of wonderful family and friends and those that have gone on.
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