Saturday, May 31, 2008


My Dad loved roses. When we moved into this house a biggie for me was the rose bush out front. Actually, I dislike the garden- white rock, little angel with no wings, just not my style- but the rose bush was there- and in pretty sad shape. Last year it bloomed for my parent's anniversay and James' graduation. Here it is a year later. Huge ice storms and no trimming- I thought it was in ruin....nope. Roses again. Sort of like my life. No trimming - just living.



I cannot get my mind around this. It will cost me about $15,000 to finish my masters degree. Should have done it while I was younger!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


It has been raining or trying to rain for over a week now. It is how crops grow in the heartland- but it is an unexpected thing for this native desert dweller. My backyard is a jungle. These roses grown to the side of my house.
I cannot seem to upload the pictures of the overgrown back yard.....Maybe THAT is telling me something!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

The flags will fly in the cemetary today.

The garden will be fluttering.

I will drive up to Post to see them

and instead of driving by

I will sit for a bit and think of the newest graves added this year.

Most of the young ones buried in Kansas are not here.

They are buried on family farms and

in small cemetaries next to the only church in town.

Their parents and sibblings will most likely gather

as I do

near the graves

and remember

as I do

that they were willing to serve
at a time when people think of their service as "a job".

And then I will say a prayer,

One I say every day,

For those who are serving still overseas,

And those who will serve in the future.

For one day it may be my own child or my child's friend

in the garden that I drive by.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

First day of freedom

Watered the plants, commersary shopping, dog walking, slept in (anticipating staying up late), read, sent out emails, and had one of our son's friends stop here on his way to home. (He will be staying with us when he returns to this fort- on his way to his first deployment.)
It was a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Last day

Tomorrow is my LAST DAY!

I am so excited for this summer.

I anticipate- no illnesses, deaths or depression.

Finally! A summer to enjoy!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Day 7

Day seven found us at the clinic for Scott's staples to be removed. It was a quick trip and I arrived back at school for the second half of the day. I felt pretty bad since Scott knew that we would be charged for the day- I am out of "sick days". Bummer. I hated to miss so much school. When I arrived bback one of my students had gotten himself into major trouble....uggg. I hate missing school.
ON the other side- I may be teaching World History next year. That would be HUGE for me. The pressure of working with the intensity of all of the children I have this year would be off. I would have almost all of the SPED kids next year- but they would not be my major responsibility. My job is posted. I am praying for the change. The feeling that I should teach for at least five more years lays heavily on my mind.....

Thursday, May 15, 2008

One week from today

Is the eve of the last day of school. That is so difficult to believe!
Kids are dropping like flies- parents pulling for vacations and given the suggestion to pull so they do not get expelled.... It is an interesting trick.
I have applied to teach World History next year. Grade level chair will fill some of the week and I am hoping to mentor a new teacher. Yes, life is good in Kansas once again.
(Did I mention that: Scott is home and feeling good, the baby has a wonderful new laughing video, and James completed his helicopter check ride?)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Turning into Summer

Without Scott here our fields continue to grow out of control, but the trees are determined to work their leaves out and turn spring into summer!
Happy Mother's Day and Pentecost.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I always read this - but didn't do it!

Maybe you will

Case 1:• $2,000 invested annually in years 1 to 5•

No contributions after year 5•

Assumed rate of return of 10%•

Interest compounded annually.•

All interest is reinvested.•

Total invested $10,000

Case 2:• No money invested in years 1 to 10•

$2,000 invested annually in years 11 to 40•

Assumed rate of return of 10%•

Interest compounded annually.•

All interest is reinvested.•

Total invested $60,000

End result after 40 years

Case one..... Case 2

$343,136.... $$ 328,928

Of course getting 10% right now is not easy-
but maybe it is time to help the kids figure out their IRAs