Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I've seen a lots of clever ideas for classroom rules posters on Pinterest. Some are painted on wood, some are hand lettered, others are designed with a computer. I used scrapbook paper, my computer, and stickers from my scrapbook supplies to make this poster for my classroom. Then I framed it with a poster frame. I'm really pleased with the way it came out. I wonder if my students will be better citizens with this artsy approach to classroom behavior.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I don't know what got into me, but I spent four hours yesterday, and another three hours today, cleaning my garage. I should have taken a before picture. I can tell you that the workbench was covered and the whole left side of the garage was filled with boxes, tubs, and all kinds of junk. Now I can actually do some projects in here.
School thoughts have begun, but I'm doing the fun stuff, like making things. I used the computer, scrapbooking paper, stickers, and a dollar store frame to make this sign to hang outside of my classroom door. I was inspired by things I saw on Pinterest. I like the way it came out. Now I have to figure out how to hang it so it doesn't end up on the floor.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
It's 102 degrees outside, so the best place to be at a time like this is inside an air conditioned building. I spent the afternoon at Caribou Coffee updating my class website. Instead of having a website, a separate blog and several wikis, I'm trying to consolidate more of what we do at one location. As part of updating my website, I created a Voki to welcome kids and families. Sometimes I forget how much fun it is to do things like that.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Yesterday was a very busy day, with two classes at Knitting Next Door. In the morning I took a Crocheted Jewelry Class. We used a ladder yarn to crochet jewelry. It was a lot of fun, and super easy.
After that I went home for a few hours to hang out with the dogs before going back for my 5:00 class. This class was a knitting class. We were learning how to knit a shawl. The pattern is called Highland Fling, and is the most complicated pattern that I have tried so far. My evening class had it's ups and downs, and you can read more about that on my Day's Class Notes blog.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
It's taking me a while, but I am almost finished knitting my second pair of socks. I am working on the cuff, and then I will be ready to bind off. I really like the way they are coming out, and I have improved a lot from the first pair I knitted.
Friday, July 13, 2012
My neighborhood association honors people who work hard on their lawns by placing a Lawn of the Week sign in their yards. This house is on my street. Roses wrap around both sides of the house and line the driveway. This transformation has been made in just the last 2 or 3 years. Four of my neighbors have earned this honor at one time or another. I can't imagine why they have never chosen my yard.
I recently bought a Ninja blender so I can make smoothies for my breakfast. It is easy and delicious.
Banana Berry Smoothie
1 1/4 cups frozen berry blend (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) I got mine at Costco.
1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (sugar free)
1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach
1-1/2 Tablespoons Splenda
Dump it all in your blender jar and blend well. Yum!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
This is my west side office, Caribou Coffee. I love to hang out here in the summer. This is kind of ironic, because I don't drink coffee. I often spend two to four hours here on an afternoon. There is free wifi, and I am incredibly productive when I'm here. I have written blog posts, and created websites while sitting at the tables by the window, or lounging in the leather chairs. They have good iced tea, too. My favorite is the Mango Black.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
This is Bailey's usual hideout, but Winnie has taken it over. She is really scared of the fireworks. I was surprised when I saw her hiding there in the corner. When people started shooting off firecrackers in the front of the house, she moved from the end table to the bathroom, which is dark and has no windows.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This summer I'm trying to eat better and get more exercise. In my effort toward improving my diet, I read the book, The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman. The rules are no sugar, no flour, no processed foods, no alcohol, no caffeine (though I refuse to give up my tea). That means I'm eating lots of veggies. It's amazing how good things taste when you're not eating as much. I saw this recipe on Pinterest. You can find the original recipe here. I added in mushrooms and some onion. It was really delicious!
Parmesan Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms
1 lb of fresh green beans (trim off ends)
10-12 mushrooms, sliced
1 small thinly sliced onion
Grill Mates Garlic & Herb Vegetable seasoning (if you don't have this just use salt and pepper)
- Preheat oven to 400.
- In a mixing bowl combine green beans, mushrooms, and onions. Separate the onions into rings. Sprinkle with olive oil and seasoning.
- Spread the vegetables onto a cookie sheet and grate Parmesan cheese over the top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Garnish with extra cheese.
I am trying to get out and walk every day. It's not easy right now, because the temperatures are in the nineties, so I'm out early each day. This house is on my street, but about a block north. There is a lot going on in this yard, but you can see from the fenced garden area, they have put a lot of work into it.