Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The generous and talented Mel of Creative Clutter has honoured me with this fabulous award! Thank you so much Mel - my first ever award, which I gratefully accept.
As is usually the way...there are certain rules which should be followed:
(as Mel said, she is not one for following rules so refers to them as guidelines! "..ie. do what you like, give it to whomever you feel is worthy of the accolade...")
1. Post picture of the award with a link back to person who honoured you
2. Pass along the award to deserving persons whose blogs you have just discovered.
3. Leave a *note* informing aforementioned recipients of your bloggy award-love.
So... here are some treasures I have found in my few short months blogging:
1. Lisa of Girl Can Create
2. Tamarak of Tamarak's Table
There are so many women I have met through different blogs and different challenges. At first I thought I was to give the award to a limited number. Then visiting Mel's other blog, Clutter to Shine, she said the original post asked that 15 (!) blogs be awarded. So I am adding to my original list!
10. Leana May
Please check out these wonderful women and their blogs!
Thanks again to Mel. I wish everyone a most lovely week!
Spread the Joy!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We still have one PA Day Monday - but that is a stress-free day and a chance to start the wheels turning for next Sept.
The problem this week will be moving ALL of my stuff (25+ years accumulated stuff!) from the portable into the school! I have not been able to do much before now as there was another teacher who was moving out.
Being in the school will be a big change. Air conditioning, other teachers close by to name 2 big changes. But now I have to rethink what my room will be like.
Still no access at home for downloading photos from my camera. I was able to do a bit last week, but after Thursday I won't have access to the school computers. Any suggestions???
I am so looking forward to the time to create, take photos and write. July will be month to create a collage a day, a photo a day, and photographing the 50 things I like. I hope to start work on my Mom's recipe books I am making for my children. These are all part of my "101 Things to do in 1001 Days".
To end off, I want to share a video of a song Michael Jackson had a big part of - "We Are the World" . (I have tried to upload the video but with no success - computer whiz I am not!)
The 3 deaths last week were a shock.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
These photos are from near Whistler, near Vancouver, B.C. .
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I lost my father at 20 and my mother would go on to raise 5 children on her own. She never remarried, never even dated. She became both father and mother.
Parents have such an impact on us, whether for good or not. To lead by example, to nurture, to love - we should all be blessed with parents like Elizabeth"s.
Many years ago I heard someone stating that children should be happy, carefree, well loved. As a teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience, I must say I do not see many children like that in our schools. Children have too many burdens and worries. Many come to school not knowing how to print their names, count, recognize colours or how to socialize with other children. Many have shorter attention spans and don't enjoy reading or even listening to stories. They are used to TV and video games entertaining them . In their short lives they may have experienced little praise, love, affection, bonding, fun activities with parents and siblings.
Parenting is a privilege. Children are precious souls. We should be ensuring that all children receive nurturing and care. Neglect, whether physical or emotional, should be a criminal charge.
Well. I will get off my soapbox now! (I feel very strongly about early childhood education and the need for good parenting skills.)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Play - Dance - Create
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Next I traced my open hand. When I looked at it I realized the opposite is a closed fist, so I did that as well and brainstormed words for both.
I also added business items and added the magazine page.
There were other pages started -1 coninuous line; adding stamps and fruit stickers, making circles.
I'm still having difficulty truly defacing the book - taking it for a walk, slinging food at it, taking it into the shower, or adding dirt.
At least I haven't given it a name!
I will try to get more destructive and "down and dirty" in the weeks to come.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Since I add milk to my tea, I wanted to see what would be the colour of the page with milk added to the tea. So I then spooned some tea onto the left side.
So I took the book to the sink and lit up a long match and set fire to the page in several spots.
There are a few holes and rippled edges.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
It promises to be fun, creative, and take us places we may not want to go! I hope I am up to the challenge. Not matter - let the adventure begin!
My first step was to write my name - in many different ways. Had no white - made block letters - then the letters are white inside! As I worked down the page I realized I was placing my name in the wrong sections - but wait - Jamie said there was no wrong, no mistakes. This definitely is my kind of project!
I thought I would peek in the book. I had kept it in the bag since I bought it. I was very good about not looking too soon!
The first page I opened to said "break the spine". How could I do that?? Books are my friends, they are to be treated with respect. So, I closed the book and visited a few blogs. Jennifer set hers on fire! If she could do that, surely I could bend the book back a little.
So I gingerly took the book and snapped it. "Ouch!" I then apologized to the book.
I have a feeling that this won't be the worst I do to it!
As I am into report card writing mod now, just taking a few minutes free time a day to play with this book and visit the blogs of a wonderful group of women, will be a very welcome break.
And I may not be able to post pictures for a while until I get the upload terminal (have no idea what it is really called) fixed. In my rush to upload some pictures tonight, I pushed the plug into the computer. Ughhhh!
I have many more wonderful blogs to visit and fellow adventurers to meet! Looking forward to this very different adventure!
Our class did an international postcard exchange this year and we received over 90 postcards - mostly from the U.S., but some from Britain and Australia. The children loved receiveing them and we had fun finding where each originated. We sent out 90 as well - a bit costly but worth the effort.
Here are 3 of my favourites.
Here I was ready to post them and what did I do - but push the terminal into the computer! I had taken photos and was ready to upload. But in my zeal, I pushed too hard, the wrong way! My son-in-law may be able to fix it but not until Sunday.
So - my dilemma - do I wait to post til Sunday (but will also be doing report cards!) or post first the words today and the pix later (part 1 and 2)? As you can see I decided on the second!
You could use your imagination and try and guess where they are from:
1. 4 koalas sitting in a tree
2.Durham Cathedral where the Harry Potter films were made
3.Smith Falls/Chimney Rock/Toadstool Park
Stay tuned for part 2 - coming soon!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
(Better late than never!)
There is something about the history and art of these unique totems that always affects me.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
When Leah at Creative Every Day intoduced June's theme "Sound", I was not sure how I would use it this month.
This morning I was awakened at 5 and as I lay in bed, I could hear a virtual symphony of birds outside. First one bird would start and then another would pick up the refrain. As I listened, I could pick out so many different bird calls. I could just imagine them calling to each other, sharing news and gossip.
Normally I am not an early riser - 7 am is early enough! By the time I am awake, the regular noises of the street drown out the birds. Yet this morning I did not go back to sleep as I usually would and instead listened to the music.
It was such a pleasant start to the day. I might not have focused on them if I hadn't been nudged by the "Sound" theme. Thanks Leah!