Graduates of Distinction, More Fresh Veggies, Spring Walks, Family Reunions and Such

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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22. plapman
1:26 PM GMT on May 30, 2014
Good morning Weather.
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21. WunderAlertBot
4:23 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
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20. WeatherWise
4:14 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
My Pretty Little Baby Swan Goose from the Riverwalk this am - I found two great big Swan Geese with one little fuzzy baby. I found another pair with just one little baby. The baby stayed right in its mom's shadow most of the time.

Beautiful Baby Swan Goose
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19. BriarCraft
11:33 PM GMT on May 17, 2014
Being named as one of the teachers who most influenced an honor grad has got to feel good. Teacher, mentor, friend, co-worker, or whatever, there is no higher praise than to know you made a positive difference in someone's life. That makes up for all the times you felt unappreciated and makes it all worthwhile. Good for you! Bask in the glow. Such kudos come too rarely to most of us.

I'm stumped on the mystery greens in your latest farm delivery. The stem does look similar to bok choy, but the leaf does not, IMO. The rainbow chard and strawberries certainly look yummy.

I love your Play Patio! So what if it started life as a carport? To have one place where you can spend the summer enjoying your meals and doing just what you want and watching birds -- what's not to love about that?
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18. calpoppy
9:26 PM GMT on May 17, 2014
The little hummingbirds in the nest that we spotted on our hike have hatched. When they look more like hummingbirds and not gray fluff that breathes I will sneak a pic in!!

Congrats on the award, makes it all worth while! My DIL works at a charter school where the kids there either can't handle regular high school, or have to work or are pregnant. She helped this one boy get his dream to go to a camp in Colorado for kids who need a break from their not so good lives. He had to write an essay, and my DIL was with him on every step. Some parents don't speak English but they get their point across to her that they would do anything to help their kids. Teachers make a huge difference in kids lives, but they can't do it all, gotta have parents involved too!!!
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17. WeatherWise
10:06 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
Hi GG and Sandi, Thank you both for stopping by. Thanks GG, I have been a bit busy but a fun busy.

And no thanks, Sandi to your invitation to the bottom quarter grass and weed pulling. I am so sorry about your fish! I hope you will test your water and if it checks out get you a couple of more fish not expensive ones to put in your little pool as new starters to see how they do.

Perhaps you are tired of my postings of photos from my son's Coast-toCoast walk across England. But here goes.

Day 7: Orton to Kirkby Steven

More Day 7: Orton to Kirkby Steven Looks a bit like it may have been a little wet in this photo or perhaps the night before - not sure as there was no comment with the photo.

One more Day 7: Orton to Kirby Steven - I really like this view perhaps from his window or could be from a restaurant or a shop.
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16. sandiquiz
6:42 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
When you have finished pulling up the grass.....I have lots in the bottom corner of the garden that needs pulling out. But like you, I will wait for the rain before I try!

Still not seen any of my seven fish...:(
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15. GardenGrrl
6:30 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
Hi, just catching up on blogs. My goodness you have been busy.
What an honor to have former students select you as the teacher that influenced them. In a perfect world the teachers would make the six figure salaries and the CEO's the five figure.

How neat to have the bluebirds nesting. Great shot too. Glad you are posting these. Am happy to hear son's trip is going well and your garden share is still delicious and bountiful. Have a great day.
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14. WeatherWise
5:54 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
Two little patches of wirey type grass - were easy to pull up this am after the drenching rains of yesterday and overnight. Still need to get the hoe out for one little spot that was still dry even with the drenching rain. Not much water gets to the area of the overhang or underhang which ever it is called right next to the house.

These are the grasses I was talking about yesterday over on another blog.

Hope everyone is having a beautiful day.
Thank you Jane for dropping by! I started out with first grade for 4 years - my real love, 2nd a couple of years and then was out for about 9 or 10 years when my children were young. When I came back into teaching there was an opening for 4th. I took it. At the end of the year a teacher pulled rank and asked for the 4th grade position. So I went down to 3rd - what a wonderful favor she really did me even though she did not mean to do me a favor in taking my position. I loved third and taught it for the rest of my career. I was a pioneer in the technology age - learn to use it and taught other teachers to use it. I actually checked each teacher off in my school for the technology requirement for the state license. There came a point that they could not get it renewed without meeting tech standards. I also taught with technology in my classroom - loved my LCD projector and anything tech. I was sysop for my school before they hired special techs for that. I was webmaster for my school website until I retired. Some of my work was scaped up by others and is still out there on the web. I am always finding them out there on the web by doing a search like this one - will try to embed and see if it works in blog:

Jelly Bean Math

Hi Yelloworangerose, Glad you were able to view my son's photo links that I posted. I feel the same way - just like being right there.
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13. YelloworangeRose
1:58 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
The photos taken by your son is very nice. Its like i am actually standing there while looking at the pictures.
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12. JanesVacation
12:16 PM GMT on May 16, 2014
I'm glad you found me! I love your cozy play patio. I always like to hear from teachers and former teachers on WU. What did you teach? I am currently teaching computers and technology to grades kindergarten through 8th at two private schools. It is fun and challenging keeping up with the rapid changes in technology.

I have light frost here on the ground this morning with an early morning temperature of 34F. Not much has budded yet, so hopefully there isn't very much damage. I can normally put flowers out in the yard on Mother's Day, but I'm glad I didn't!
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11. WeatherWise
6:17 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
Hi Sandi, Thanks for the info about the photos! I loved the granite stone cottages, too. And the tower. I wanted to link all photos but ran out of time, especially the one of the church with the old grave markers. Interesting history.
He has gone a long ways, hasn't he? I can see Shap on the map. And am guessing he will probably be to Kirby Stephen, next.

Interesting to follow the Coast-to-Coast.

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10. sandiquiz
3:11 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
Love the new photos from your son... they are so evocative of the Lakes area, with the granite stone cottages. The tower belongs to Shap Abbey, built between 1200 - 1450. The tower remaining is the West Tower and dates from about 1500. It has the distinction of being the last abbey to be dissolved by Henry VIII, seeing its last service in 1540, as it was the smallest in the country, having only 12 monks.

He must be nearing the Yorkshire Border, if not already crossed over from the Red Rose to the White Rose.
The locals call Yorksire "God's own County" :)

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9. WeatherWise
1:46 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
Hi WatchinTheSky Thanks for the Congrats on the reception and honor.

I was so lucky to get the Box Turtle photo - Thanks for taking a look and commenting.

I don't know - do the western bluebirds like boxes. I took a peek into the box this am. You just will not believe it! It makes last year's nest in the box look pitiful. Just imagine how many trips those little bluebirds had to make to fill that box like that and all the while avoiding the vengeance of the robins with every trip. I am simply amazed!

WOW! What a NEST!

I was so shocked when I opened the box to take a peek. This cup was completely empty a few days ago. Last year the nest did not even fill up the cup. WOW! These bluebirds have been hard at work even while fending off the robins with each trip they made to the box.

Hi YelloworangeRose, Thanks for coming by and for Congrats on the recognition.

I love those bluebirds, too. I am always amazed by the way they can shift their posture or ruffle their feathers to look almost like an entirely different bird.

Hi Ozgalah Thanks for sharing the back of your whistler in your garden - It gives me an idea of what it must have looked like. That is thing about taking a photo of a bird. Before you click they are facing one way and by the time you click they are in an entirely different position - forever moving. They definitely do not pose for you.

That is neat your "free greens" self seeded lettuce and love the drunken wife part. Funny - your husbands sense of humour. Lucky you with the baby fennel. Would love to get your recipe for the fig and fennel bread. Sometimes I am lucky enough to get fresh fennel from the farm and there is a small time period when figs are fresh and in season at the farmers market. I never know what to do with the fennel except use for a pretty bouquet and for the figs other than to pop them in my mouth. I never knew I would like figs before buying some from the farmers market. Yum!

Hi Skyepony Thanks for the Congrats.

Yes, they were very nice strawberries! Needs no sugar, syrup, cream at all just perfect for popping in the mouth. I am really enjoying them.

Hi Sandi Thanks for being pleased for me. I figured you would appreciate it as so seldom we ever hear from most of our former students. It was a good time for all - students, teachers, parents and admin pride..

That is so true about the protection from sun, rain, and all by my little play patio being under my carport. My car perhaps would not like it if it were animate. That happens to me sometimes too especially in comments. Sometimes I come back an hour later and in a different window there sits my comment never posted and yes if you click away from page comment is gone.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday. I had an early walk as I saw rain on the radar and still see it moving closer and closer and getting darker and darker outside. I plan to visit the nursing home this am and figure just about the time I am to leave is when the boom and rain will come. Can't believe the week is almost gone.

Oh, and I heard from my younger son that is on a mission trip which I will explain to you after he returns. I have learned to tweet! Hahahaha! Tweet, tweet not as in birds but as in twitter! Had never ever fooled with it before! But that is the wave of the future. Even our school system is wanting teachers and admins to tweet and have so many followers whereas before admin frowned on teachers using social media in any way. We had a new supt and several other new admins that are moving into the digital age with a sweep not nailing the shades down as the older system. Okay, off to the nursing home to visit some really sweet folks.

Moon Bluebird Blue Skies Little Bluebird

Full Moon

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8. WeatherWise
11:35 AM GMT on May 15, 2014
More Photos From My Son's Coast to Coast Walk Across England

Day 5: Patterdale to Shap

More Day 5: Patterdale to Shap

One more from Day 5

Day 6: Shap to Orton

Such lovely photos of awesome scenery. Hard to believe it has been a week already. Today is Day 7 for him. Can't wait to see new photos.

Looks like it will be raining here soon so I should get out for a quick walk before it hits. It is already raining in Roanoke and Blacksburg and will reach us soon.

Local Radar

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7. sandiquiz
7:15 AM GMT on May 15, 2014
What an honour, I am so pleased for you.

I came by yesterday and said something about your lovely outside patio, and it being a carport, it would protect you and the furniture... but I don't see it, so I must not have clicked POST !! I do that sometimes, because in Flickr you write a comment and press enter and it is posted for I do the same here, and wham...nothing happens!! lol

Have a happy Thursday:)
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6. Skyepony
2:39 AM GMT on May 15, 2014
Congrats & Nice Strawberries:)
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5. ozgalah
11:02 PM GMT on May 14, 2014

Here at long last is the photo of my "free greens" self seeded lettuce called drunken wife (my husbands sense of humour) and baby fennel which I am hoping to use in a fig and fennel bread next week.
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4. ozgalah
10:58 PM GMT on May 14, 2014

The back of the whistler in my garden
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3. YelloworangeRose
10:03 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Congrats on the recognition :D the bird picture is very cute.
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2. WatchinTheSky
6:04 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
Congrats on the reception! Indeed, the kind of feedback one likes to get.
Was just taking a closer look at your Box Turtle photo, a good one! I have had no luck at all getting our Western Bluebirds to move into the box I put up. House wrens one year, fence lizards last year, hmmm...
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1. WeatherWise
4:46 PM GMT on May 14, 2014
From my last blog: Thank you Ozgalah, GG, and Sandi for your comments!

Hi Ozgalah! Hope you are having a great week. I am sure my son is having the time of his life on this 198 mile Coast to Coast walk across England! He is right in his element hiking. Only thing, he is probably missing his doggie - a rescued grayhound that is his hiking companion at home. I am guessing "the old country" means England or the UK. Hope you have a wonderful trip whenever you go.

Hi GardenGrrl! Yeap, your are right! That would have probably been me if I had only known all of it was going on. I probably would have been out chasing bears through the city.

I am sure he is loving the beautiful country and seeing sights that are so awesome. I think it is pretty much a customary 2 week trip. I can't imagine doing 198 miles on foot in 5 days as that would be 39 to 40 miles a day. I think his days are long enough as it is with 17, 15, or 11 miles a day. 3 miles is about my limit - I would be like my brother - when I told him about the trip - he said he would be out there thumbing a ride and would be showing up at the hotel or bed and breakfast a bit early. He could not believe what my son was doing. He said did you ask him what he was thinking. I told him no but he said he would have asked him that. I did not question as I know my son and hiking is his passion. This was something he wanted to do and was excited to do so.
Hi Sandi, Glad you enjoyed the photos - they are awesome with beautiful views! Just so wide open. I really enjoyed Barb's trek through Turkey and was thinking of my son on his trek as I was following her blog. That was so sweet of her to share with all of us.

I am sure he will welcome the gentle terrain of Yorkshire and good temps. He is well used to mountains and cold as he lives in a colder part of our state. Thanks for the information on the area.

Well, I think I will go and check out the water and see if I have hot water and no more leaks. Need to finish washing my veggies and cook them up for Wednesday Night supper at church for this evening. Happy Wednesday! I always say once Wednesday gets here, my week is gone almost! 
CSA 1/4 Farm Share Fresh Veggies Red, Red Rose Nesting 
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