Friday, July 9, 2021

Our Ducks Are Famous!

We sent FOUR broods of ducklings into the world from the courtyard at school this year. The story was picked up by KARE 11 for Boyd Huppert's "Land of 10,000 Stories", which was super cool!

Click on the picture below to get to the story, then click on the video within the story to watch.

The story was picked up by local affiliates across the country.  We heard from friends who saw it in Iowa, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and a woman called me from Cincinnati to tell me she saw the story and wanted to send angels to our students that she makes our of beads and wire...very sweet. 

The story was also picked up by Shepard Smith on CNBC.  Exciting!

Here's hoping YOU were able to enjoy some "cute" nature recently too! 

Monday, July 5, 2021

A Long Absence

It's been awhile since I've posted, and I THOUGHT I was giving up on this blog, but I've kept it going for FOURTEEN YEARS, and guess I feel that I owe it to the THREE of you that still read it to make a quick update.

I SURVIVED THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!  It was frustrating.  It was difficult.  It made me mad.  It made me doubt my abilities as an educator.  It stressed me out.  I wanted to quit.  I want to retire.  That is all.

Here's hoping YOU recently made it through a difficult situation INTACT too!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Explorations Close to Home!

We're starting to feel a little TRAPPED in this incessant Minnesota winter, and, since we can't really GO anywhere, decided to explore an area close to home.

Although the ground is still squishy, and snowy, and a little muddy, it was fun to explore a spot that shows great promise for further visits!

We did NOT see any butterflies...

Here's hoping YOU have interesting places to explore nearby too!!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Flowers Make Everything Better!

After a couple of REALLY stressful weeks at school, I came home to these the other night...

Here's hoping YOU have someone in YOUR life that makes you feel loved and helps you get through the "rough spots" too!!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Gardening with Water!

Duane gave me an AeroGarden for my birthday!  I love gardening and the INCESSANT winters in Minnesota leave A LOT to be desired, gardening-wise.  So...this is a fun distraction!

It's doing pretty well.  Here it is three weeks ago when I set it up...

And here it is now...

Not bad for three weeks of growth!  This batch of seed pods included parsley, mint, thyme, dill, and two kinds of basil.  I've already ordered empty pods to grow my own seeds next.  Maybe marigolds and other flowers for some cheery color as winter drags on and on and on and on...

Here's hoping YOU are doing something to keep the winter doldrums from overwhelming you too!!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Good RIDDANCE to 2020!!

So...I haven't felt much like blogging the months...because, honestly, 2020 has been one big old DUMPSTER FIRE...

Don't get me wrong...there have been some nice moments...a trip to Iowa to see mom in June...a trip to Chicago to see my sister and her family in July...another trip to Iowa to see mom over Labor Day...lots of walks around the neighborhood...time to clean, organize, garden on my deck, etc., but COVID-19 has really done a number on friendships, and happy hours, and school, and shopping, and simply feeling safe going out and doing anything.  

As grateful as I am to have had Duane to share Easter, and Thanksgiving, and Christmas...and weekdays...and weekends...and evenings...and lunches...and dinners...and everything in between (and I'm EXTREMELY grateful...I can't imagine having gone through all of this alone), I miss seeing extended family, and visiting friends in other places, and TRAVELING!!

I'm TIRED of "pivoting" from regular school, to distance learning, to hybrid learning, back to distance learning, and now facing the possibility of going back to "full on" classes of students while still not having been vaccinated to be protected from the virus.  I'm TIRED of being vilified by the public for not wanting to be in school with large groups of students because I want to stay healthy and...alive.

I'm TIRED of masks, and face shields, and of my glasses fogging up every time I take a breath.  I'm TIRED of Google Meets and Zooming and FaceTime "get togethers".  I'm TIRED of stupid people who don't take COVID seriously, and stretch out the timeline for having to wear masks and face shields.  I'm TIRED of mask wearing being a "political issue".  I'm TIRED of 2020.

No "new year's resolutions" this year...just a wish for health, and an end to this WRETCHED pandemic.  I miss "normal", and IF I NEVER HEAR THE TERMS "NEW NORMAL", "SOCIAL DISTANCING", OR "UNPRECEDENTED TIMES" AGAIN, ALL WILL BE WELL IN MY WORLD!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, and here's hoping YOU are healthy, happy, and safe during all of this CRAZY!

BRING ON 2021!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

More Flowers

Before everything shut down mid-March Duane and I drove over to Como Conservatory to see the winter flower show.

I LOVE Como.  It's one of my top five places to go in the cities (I'll add a post about the others sometime soon).  The sunken garden is an enchanting, beautiful, fragrant, amazing space.  Here are some photos from that day...

We also went to Colossal Cafe on Grand Ave. for lunch, browsed a couple of antique stores, and stopped in at an urban farm and garden shop that has the most amazing stuff for sale (beekeeping equipment, plants, seeds, cheese making equipment, live cool!).  Little did we know that these would be our last "browsing in stores" opportunity for awhile.

When things reopen, and it's safe to visit, it's one of the first places I'm going to go!

Here's hoping YOU are finding the beauty around you too!!