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Slow Down July!

By: JanesVacation , 4:58 PM GMT on July 13, 2014

The first day of summer vacation was 5 weeks ago already! Yikes! Where has the time gone?

I am beginning to stress out over the things I think I should be doing! Instead, I will enjoy the day - hope you all will, too!

My nephew took this picture of a sundew, an insectivorous plant native to Michigan. I thought it was pretty!

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24. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:06 PM GMT on August 11, 2014
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23. SBKaren
10:58 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Boy I sure haven't been around much.....much more on FB than here. Well, it's August 1st and we are leaving for our first vacation on Sunday. We'll only be gone 5 days, and then a week and a half after we return, we take another 3 day-er up to more mountains.

I met with a few other media center colleagues to make a district wide curriculum map for keyboarding and library skills for the elementary level. I've dabbled a bit with my lesson plans, but not too much.

We've had quite a few family visits so far, with more expected in August - hopefully while we're home! LOL

It's been an unusually hot summer. We've had some marine layer in the AM but lots more monsoonal moisture coming up from Mexico bringing with it humidity. Ugh! Don't like humidity. At least it will be dry in the mountains! I've been checking their weather and they've had their fair share of thunder/lightning storms, but we should have some good weather. Of course, this time we are staying in a cabin, so a storm or two would be fun! I guess that only happens when we tent it! LOL
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22. GardenGrrl
3:01 PM GMT on August 01, 2014

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21. sandiquiz
9:27 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)

Thanks for your wishes:)
Have a great week!!
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20. sandiquiz
8:24 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
How great that she can travel down with "dad", that means she will have caught up with a ll the news with him, so you can have here all to yourself when she gets home!! lol

Have a wonderful week, and we will "see" you when the visit is over:)

Take care, and enjoy:)
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19. PugetSoundPost
3:46 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
Sounds like you are pretty excited to have your daughter, and now other relatives coming too! Are you planning any special events or outings while she is with you? Or just time to visit and "catch up"?
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18. JanesVacation
6:43 PM GMT on July 30, 2014
Everything is close to "spotless" for Amanda's arrival on Friday night. She is riding home from Chicago with Steve. It is just a quick plane ride from YUL to ORD and then she takes a train to meet Dad. I'm excited. I also found out that my younger sister and her son are going to come on Monday and spend two nights with us. She has some time off work and Jack loves swimming in our pool. I'm hoping for warmer weather since it is only 69F again here this afternoon. (WU is predicting warmer for the weekend and the beginning of the week!)

Yes, August is almost here. But, I still have 4 weeks of vacation before school begins. 4 weeks seems like quite alot!
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17. sandiquiz
3:37 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Now, I wonder who you want the house looking nice for? :-)

I bet you're getting excited!

Enjoy the cooler temperatures…… And July is nearly over :-(
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16. JanesVacation
12:21 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Cool, dry and sunny after a short rainstorm blew through yesterday. Going to do some painting today. Fresh coat on the front door and some touch up in the dining room. Want it to all look nice! Also, going to get out for a walk while the weather is cool and fresh. 3-4 times a week hasn't been happening lately when it is hot and humid.
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15. JanesVacation
12:22 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Foggy and humid here this morning. The weather hasn't been the greatest.My nephew and his girlfriend came over yesterday and we were able to sit out on the deck and have a glass of wine and a snack - so that was nice!

My flower garden is likely at it's peak righ now. Everything that is going to bloom is doing it's thing. Steve said I should take a picture. I will do that sometime to remember it when the seasons change. I forgot the snapdragons this year and the zinnias didn't do very well. I transplanted a couple of zinnia plants into pots on the deck, they may do better there up off of the ground. We will see.

Getting ready for our doaughter's visit. She is flying into Chicago and riding home with Dad on Friday. Excited to see her, haven't seen her in person since we were vactioning in Florida in February. She'll be here for just a week. Her husband isn't coming this time, so we get her all to ourselves!
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14. sandiquiz
11:23 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
LOL - do you know it took me almost a year after retiring to stop dreaming of "school"!!!

Dreams are such funny things. I had a recurring dream as a child of picking up stones and dropping them into a basket, where they would change into coins! Did it mean I would be rich, or poor? I am neither!
Also at times of stress I dream I am driving a car up hill. It stops halfway up, and when I try to stop it rolling backwards, by applying the brake, nothing happens and I slide back down the hill!
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13. JanesVacation
6:08 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
What a difference a lightning storm and a cold front can make. Yesterday it was hot (90F) and today it is a cool and sunny 65F. I actually prefer it today when I can get out and enjoy the garden without the heat and humidity to drag me down. We had an inch of rain with the lightning last night so my watering for the day is complete!

Sandi, don't joke about one more week in July! I had my first dream about school starting the other night. I never sleep as well when it is hot and humid, so I will blame my dreams on the weather! I love my job...but July is just soooo wonderful!
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12. sandiquiz
2:13 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Hi Jane, thanks so much for the tip about using the old up loader to get a photo from an Ipad.... It worked!

I couldn't, however, get to copy the url to post it in a comment box, only in the header! Baby steps!!

I am sorry your dad fell, he has my sympathy! But us oldies are made of stern stuff, you know! lol

I had breakfast with a friend, and she wanted to see my bruises! I am amazed at how far the bruising goes. It begins at the bottom of my shin, all the way up to the knee and around the back! But I can bend it, swing it, walk and apart from a tender spot on the knee cap itself, it does not hurt!

Only a week left of July!!! lol
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11. JanesVacation
4:56 PM GMT on July 22, 2014
Warm and humid here these past 2 days. Gotta have that heat and humidityor it won't seem like summer even came!

My Dad took a fall on sunday, right after I had finished reading about Sandi's tumble. He didn't turn out as well as Sandi did, but he is up and around. Looks like he was in a bar fight with a cut on his forehead and over his nose. He is 84, but he didn't break anything despite landing face down on the wooden deck.
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10. JanesVacation
8:53 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
The most gorgeous weather occurred this weekend...sunny and warm, but not too humid or too warm. It was exactly perfect. *sigh. Lots of good things happened as well...my niece had a healthy baby girl (she was a few weeks early, but things seem to be going ok.) Her name is Madelyn Marie and I am anxious to meet her via Skype.

I took a quick picture of a bluebird that landed on our deck today. We don't see them very often, despite the fact they are known to nest in this area. It stood still for me until I ran to grab my phone.

I'm headed over to check out Sandi's blog to see her thoughts on bee stings. Mine hasn't completely disappeared yet. Although it is feeling much better after a week. The Mister was bitten by a horsefly this afternoon while swimming. I have no idea what is up with the insects around here this year. Enjoy whats left of this weekend!
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9. sandiquiz
11:59 AM GMT on July 20, 2014
How is July going? Only 11 days left, we're two thirds of the way through already!
Hope the sting didn't bother you too much.

I hurt myself somewhat, on Thursday night, when I took a tumble down from a grass bank onto a concrete decking. But this morning all seems to be okay, no lasting damage, I am pleased to say.
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8. sandiquiz
8:19 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
Sorry you got stung.....nasty old bee!
Left more detail in my blog :)
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7. PugetSoundPost
11:22 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Hi Jane, Here in the NW most high schoolers on down are in school until about the third week of June, then begin again after Labor Day. Some colleges are out in early-ish May but most in our area finally hold graduation in mid June (but they don't begin until late September). A very different schedule from those of you in the east.

July has been hot for us - much hotter than usual for any part of summer but certainly for the first half of July. We have had every day this month, save for one, in the 80's and 90's. And no rain except for sprinkles a few times that haven't measured. This trend seemed to begin this spring - not as hot then but you could start to see that it may be leaning toward a hot summer.

My zinnias are about to bloom - at least some of them. Nice buds are setting and they look good. Your sundew photo is very pretty and that is a new plant for me. How big is it? The photo looks like it may be macro photography?
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6. Astrometeor
8:25 PM GMT on July 14, 2014

Nashville goes all the way to the end of May, so primary (elementary-high school) kids get 8 weeks of vacation. It's offset a little bit with 2-week breaks in between each quarter during the school year.


I know the county above us still has kids who work the farms. Not a majority of course, but my friend has worked on his family farm all of his life.

I don't think I would like something close to a year-round school. No time off, no relaxation. Like how Europe and most companies have to give vacation days to their workers, the kids get their vacation days during the summer.
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5. JanesVacation
3:54 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Here we have 11 weeks of summer break. In my opinion, it is too long. It is a throw back to the agricultural roots of our area, but children are no longer farm workers in the summertime. As a teacher, I would like to see students in school instead of in front of the television. I think one day it will change.

I was stung by a yellow bee while working in my garden this morning. I had gloves on, so it could have been more painful than it was. I haven't had that happen in years. Not sure why it happened today. I was clipping some bushes and looked down at my hand when I felt the sting. I've looked all around and I don't see any signs of other bees. I guess it's Monday and the bee was having a bad day. A baking soda and water paste made it feel better.
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4. sandiquiz
11:42 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Oh, Astrometeor, I am sorry you begin so early... but I bet you broke up early, too.

The kids in High School here still have a week to go before their Summer vacation begins! They have seven weeks off and go back the second week of September:)

The university kids began their vacation at the end of June, and begin again third week of September.
The primary kids only get five/six weeks and begin the new term usually the first week of September.

Hi Jane - have a good week!
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3. GardenGrrl
10:16 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Oh cool shot of a sundew. I have a whole collection of insect eating plants; pitchers, nepenthes, sundews along with orchids. Have pretty much killed off all my bonsai. Tropicals are doing great in the house.
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2. Astrometeor
8:28 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Quoting 1. sandiquiz:

Hi Jane,
Yes, the whole of the summer is flying past..... But there's still August left:-)
What a great photo your nephew took:-)

I wish August was a break. Metro Nashville starts school on August 1.

Since I've graduated, I report to college about mid-way through August, but in the meantime, I have to get my Eagle Scout project completed. No vacation for me. :/
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1. sandiquiz
6:58 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Hi Jane,
Yes, the whole of the summer is flying past..... But there's still August left:-)
What a great photo your nephew took:-)
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