Monday, June 30, 2008

I need some help


These are four of the fabrics I brought back from Hawaii. Here is what I need help with. I will put one of them in my bedroom. It will be the second set for that room so I can wash and let air the fabric I bought three years ago. I love how the fabric frames the window in my bedroom (the closest neighbors are now the horses on the back land.)






The other three I plan to use in my classroom. The room is quite large (for me). I need two curtains 30"x22" and two 30"x 32" (2x2 in the in the front corner of the room- so it is essentually 30"x54" for each window pannel). The second would be for a mock bulliten board- right next to the window behind my desk. I never sit at my desk during student time- it is where I do planning. I only have it in the front because I spend many hours planning and I need natural light! That area could be floor to ceiling - or anything in between. The last piece would be for my bulliten board in the front. It is 42" square. I will be doing a "rewards board" there.

So, again - here are the choices.








What do you think?

Sometimes you just know!



On the night of the tornados I took this picture of the clouds. The air was really strange. I had forgotten about the pictures...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

College

I love Suzi Orman- don't get me wrong.

But her advice about kids and college definately comes from a woman with no children.

College costs are NOT what they were when I went to college. The average class (at a junior college on the east coast) is about $500. Tuition for junior college is close to the same as a four year - six years ago. I am in sticker shock!

My son made it through- but my daughter has not. I am afraid that by the time she decides to go the cost will be so high she/we will not be able to afford it.

Agggg!

I love the people who say "the scholarships are all out there- just grab the golden ring!" True, if you are a child who begins college the semester after high school. They disappear soon after. People LOVE giving sholarships tojust graduated freshman and will renew them. A 25 year old freshman- or sophomore- or a transfer student- the money disappears..... They offer loans....with big price tags.

My first years of teaching- if I had taken out loans for college- it would have taken me about 4 years to pay off the $7000. it cost for me to go to four years of public college. The starting teacher's salary is now 3 times what I made 25 years ago. That same college (the cheapest one in my home state) would cost about $40,000. That means that it would take 5.7 years to pay off the debt- dollar for dollar. That is for four years of college- not six. And that is becoming a teacher....

Don't fool yourself that a child can make it through five years of college (the average now for years in college is six years) without help. Sure they can do it- but they will have the debt of a house and will have little chance of getting out from under it easily.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Beginning Year Twenty- Seven

Scott awoke this morning and grabbed my hand. "Can you believe we have been together for Twenty-six years?" "How did it go by so quickly?" "I mean- I know it is true because Jen will soon be twenty-five, but wow, did you ever think you would be married this long?"
It is difficult to believe that it has been that long. Our children are settling into adulthood and we are in a place that we love. It is really time to take the opportunity to fall in love again. Sometimes, I become complacent. It is easy to just do day to day with your best friend.
We are really beginning to look forward to year thirty! Maybe that big day we will not be attending a graduation or birth (or maybe we will:>)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What is it to be a Grandmother

A Grandmother- it does not seem possible. I remember my mother saying, "I never feel over 40." Now, I am in those shoes. I don't remember becoming old enough to have a daughter get married. And now there is the baby!

I just want to do everything I can to make sure the next generation has what it needs to be the best. Here is this child. He is so precious. He is so attached to his mommy. He will need so much love to grow into the man who can change a small piece of the world for the better.

The amazing thing is that he uses his sign language to call for Jen- but when he is verbal it is dadadadada. To me that means that he is so secure that his mommy is close enough to "hear" his sign for her- that he has no need to call her verbally. Nicholas pulls in everything. He just is bright and shining and interested and shy. Those eyes are always watching and he can hear the slightest comment:>)

What is my role? Love, Love, love. Support, support, support. Teach, teach, teach. They are such a wonderful family. I am so glad that I could be with them and they could be with my mom.

Yes, Hawaii was wonderful. I spent my six months of allowance on little tiny things. The result of the trip was priceless- time with my mother, my daughter, my son in law and...my grandbaby!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tornado alley




Scott insisted that we drive by our old house to see if it was still standing. It was. Three houses to either side also stood- everything else looked like this. The bottom was the lot we were going to build a house on. It had a view of the valley. We were both sick by the time we got off the hill.

Journeys

Sometimes I put my foot in my mouth. I have mostly learned how to keep quiet- but sometimes I forget and put my foot in the middle. This foot in mouth disease, I pray, will not stop a good trip beginning tomorrow. For I am ready to be on the beach- enjoying the cool breeze and sweet sunshine- of the baby's sleeping breath.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert

What a shock!
I actually plan on which Mass to attend around Meet the Press.
Who will they get to replace Tim Russert?
Tim was a expert interviewer-who could catch someone in a lie in an instant. Scott and I have been worried about him as of late. He has looked a bit ragged....we were assuming it was the party of having his son graduate from BC.
I will say a special prayer for Tim tonight. Sunday will not be the same!

Tornado

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This is the aftermath of the neighborhood that we lived in three years ago when we arrived in Manhattan, Kansas. I have not traveled over to see if our old house survived- but judging the areas we can see- it is probably gone. An ROTC instructor bought our house. He is, most likely, out of town with the unit.
I am heading out to Chapman today to see if I can help Susan or Rowybush with their possessions. Both of their houses are gone.
I leave for HAwaii on Sunday. Ryan will be here with Scott- so I am more confident that things will be OK.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Just some side thoughts

After a long night of having a big tornado pass within a mile or so of the house....I need something mindless to do.

Thanks Renee for refering me to Dorthy's spot. Anyone who woould like to pick it up and play:>) go for it!My Garden in Garmisch

What was I doing ten years ago?
Hard to believe that 10 years ago we were settled out of the Army and living in Flagstaff. I worked as a teacher on the reservation. It was one of the best jobs I ever had!

What are five items on my to-do list today?
Create a lesson plan for my sub (I leave for a week on Sunday)
Create a lesson plan for next school year positive disicpline program
Find out how to get some finicial assistance to two families who had their houses flattened last night.
Find a book for my mom to read on vacation
Talk to my sister in law/sister/mother/ and daughter (is that cheating?)

Five Snacks I Enjoy:
ice cream
chips and salsa
is there anything else?

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Make sure both of my kids had plenty so they could work in jobs they love (which they both are doing right now)
Make sure my sister and sister in law were taken care of
Start a foundation for schools who are on the brink of getting where they need to go
Join the Peace Corps
Start an artist colony

Five places I have lived:
Kindom of Saudi Arabia
Hong Kong
Germany
Washington DC
Phoenix

Sunday, June 08, 2008

One more week!


We are ready to meet on the plane to Hawaii! The hope is that the baby has heard my voice enough to let me hold him. He takes after his daddy and my son, shy with strangers.
It will be an interesting trip- my mom, my daughter's family and me.

Friday, June 06, 2008

What is that I see?







The first chicks of the season out for an afternoon stroll of their new home turf!
What can I say? As much as
I miss my family- I love Kansas!

I really do not know what I am doing











Green everywhere
I don't know how to take care of these guys.
Do I cut herbs daily when they get to this size?
How do I control the bugs?
How often do I need to water the tomatos?
Thank goodness I know what to do in the classroom!

Thursday, June 05, 2008


In just a bit more than a week I will get to play with the baby! He and I have been chatting on the phone daily. (I chat, he gurgles.)
I never imagined it would be so difficult to live so far away from my daughter and her family. I would give anything to have them drop by- or have him stay with me while she got her hair cut.
Ah- the down side of military life is finally sinking in.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

First day


Today I started with the younger children. I teach extended school year for 2-4th grades. We do a class project of taking pictures and building a book. What did they take pictures of today? The books!
What a crew!

Here one of my "olders" is showing off our daily art project- a beach ball that could be colored!

Obama

I know that some of you do not like Obama. I agree that he does not get close to my opinion on abortion. My question comes- what have the Republicans done about abortion. I contest NOTHING. I have voted for a Republican for years on the basis of this question- and the Democrats in congress are much more likely to vote for limiting abortion than Republicans.....
Anyway....
No matter how you feel on his stance- he is an AMAZING speaker. He is what I wish so many of the politicians were- genuine. His spirit is so high. You can see his light and it is not fake. After his speech last night his wife said to him (I am great at lip reading), "That was good", and he gently said back,"thank you", and gave her a kiss on the cheek.
Don't you think we NEED that type of person running our country?
I do.