Thursday, November 20, 2014


30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Day 20 - GADGETS
Some people are and some people aren't, but I am.  I'm a GADGETS person.  I love technology and enjoy playing with it and learning how to use it.  I'm married to a GADGETS guy as well, so between us, we have 3 phones, 2 laptops, 3 iPads/tablets and one printer.  And those are just the things that are hooked up and working.  I also have a computerized die-cutting machine and new sewing machine is billed as a "Sewing Computer".   In fact, I can easily get swept up in whatever GADGET I'm working on and have hours pass without me even realizing it.  Of course, I like it best when my GADGETS are working well, but around my office, I'm often the one that is called to troubleshoot the tech problems.
Are you a GADGETS girl?  Do enjoy the challenge of a new device or avoid it at all costs?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Day 19 - PLAY
While yesterday we focused on work, today, our focus is on the opposite--PLAY.  I don't know about you, but I have several hobbies, most of which I've enjoyed for quite a long time.  When I have no pressing work to do (or when I want to avoid housework), I generally choose some sort of creativity as my PLAY.  I love to PLAY with paper, pens, fabric and even computer programs.  As with many hobbies, the supplies are almost as fun as the activities itself.  And, I seem to need to spread things all around me before I can become inspired enough to PLAY with them--which isn't too much of a problem unless it is spread out on the dining table.  ;-)
What do you do away from work and responsibilities?  How do you unwind?  How do you PLAY?  I hope that you find this Instagram challenge a bit of PLAY--I do!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Day 18 - WORK
A well-known quote from Confucius states that "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to WORK a day in your life."   I have been fortunate enough to experience WORK that I love, both in the home and out of it.  With both, there have been some days that are better than others.  With recent education reform here in Louisiana, the difficult days as a teacher seem to be much more frequent than they used to be.  Because I teach very young children, I tend to have more freedom in choosing what works best for my students, but am alarmed by the growing trend of teaching to pass tests at any age.  After all, there really is no greater WORK for a child than his play.

I WORK in a variety of different settings as an inclusion teacher, so I spent a lot of time in my car, as well.  That, too, has its ups and downs--like when it is cold and rainy outdoors--but for the most part, at this point in my life, it is a welcome change from being in one classroom all day long.  
What does WORK mean to you today?  Do you WORK from your home?  

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Moment

30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Day 17 - A MOMENT
It is often the little things that mean the most.  That fleeting MOMENT when something happens and you feel so blessed to have been a part of it.  Sometimes, it is hard to capture it on film because you never know exactly when it is going to happen, but those little bits of time are forever etched into your mind and memory and you are thankful for.  The MOMENT when you say "I Do" . . .when a song comes on the radio at just the right time . . . when your tiny newborn makes his first cry.  There have been lots of those MOMENTS for me, but one such moment was captured by our photographer friend, Stan, right after our wedding ceremony and we'd exited the "altar" area.  I love this picture!
Do you have a favorite MOMENT today?  Or perhaps there is one that recently happened that just took your breath away.  Thanks for sharing with us all!-

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Favorite Place

30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Day 16 - FAVORITE PLACE
When I began thinking about my FAVORITE PLACE for this post, I kept thinking about one of my favorite songs as a child.  Long before DVD's or VHS movies, the major networks would air some of the classic movies once a year, like "Peter Pan" with Mary Martin, "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cinderella".   I loved them all, but especially loved Cinderella.   I thought Lesley Ann Warren was beautiful and her dress when she goes to the ball---Oh my!--Gorgeous!   My favorite song from the movie was "My Own Little Corner" and Kathy and I often sang it as we played and pretended.  It reminds me of those special places that you can be totally yourself and dream about the future.

(Just in case the embed doesn't work, here is a link to the video clip:
Where is your FAVORITE PLACE?  Are you like me and have so many that it's hard to choose?  What makes it your favorite?

Saturday, November 15, 2014


30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Day 15 - ADVENTURE
Are you an ADVENTURE-seeker?  I love the idea of an ADVENTURE, but I'm not exactly a dare-devil, by any stretch of the imagination.  Several years ago, Valine and I set out on what we called our "Thelma & Louise ADVENTURE"--a side-trip to the Grand Canyon prior to our stay in Las Vegas.  Since I had just broken my arm and had surgery, our plans were turned topsy-turvy from the very start, but we didn't let it stop us.  After we picked up our rental car, Valine drove while I assumed the position of navigator.  One of the first things we did was stop by an old deserted ghost town, Chloride, AZ, with the intention to see the wonderful cliff murals.  We followed the signs painted on the rocks until we wound up on a rugged, dusty road that seemed to lead nowhere.  Our ADVENTURE began to spook us a bit and we finally turned around without ever seeing the murals, but we did end up with some great photos and another fun story to tell.
What does ADVENTURE mean to you?  Is it striking out on the "road less traveled", exploring a new antique store or going in search of something?  Can't wait to see your interpretation of the prompt and learn a little bit more about your life.

Can you believe we're halfway through this month?  There is so much to be thankful for, isn't there?

Friday, November 14, 2014


30 Days of Thankful 2014 - Day 14 - EXERCISE
Over the last few years, I've begun a semi-regular EXERCISE routine.  I say semi-regular, because I get into the swing of working out regularly and then something seems to happen to put a kink into my habit.  Sometimes, life just gets busy and other times, there have been illnesses or injuries that get in the way.  But ALWAYS, once I get out of the routine, it is so much harder to start again.  While last year, I was working out with weights a couple of evenings a week and running on a couple of other days, this summer I pretty much stopped all of it after injuring my wrist.  (I know my wrist doesn't doesn't really affect my running but, . . .)
This fall, I'm getting back in the habit of EXERCISE.  I've started running again and am now looking for somewhere to get in some upper body strengthening workouts.  I'll keep you posted . . .

What does EXERCISE mean to you?  Is it something you do regularly, or something you wish you did regularly?