Sunday, October 23, 2016

Our Furry Friends are Such Faithful Friends

This cat, this very special cat, came to live with us
seventeen years ago.
Callie was adopted by our daughters, but when they left for college,
she adopted me as her human.

She is my helper cat.
She follows me from room to room.

Correcting papers...

cleaning house...

and creating in the Sewing Studio.

Today, I am so sad to tell you that she is not doing very well.

Hubby and I think she has suffered a stroke.

A week ago, she was herself,
engaging, social, such a sweet kitty.

On Monday, we came home 
from work to a very different cat.

We are just keeping her comfortable,
hoping she will sleep away in the comfort of our home.

Give your pets an extra hug tonight.

Take care,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Apple Pies ~It's What You Make After Picking Apples ~~And Then You Entertain Guests

There are some excellent Pie Artists in my Foods classes.
In each lab, two students make the homemade pastry...
and two students make the apple filling.
Then, together, they assemble their pie.

All together, we made 21 pies.
Each lab invites an adult guest to join their table for
pie, ice cream, and coffee.

While everyone uses the same recipe,
each pie looks a little bit different,

Guest Day involves learning the proper way to set the table.

We discuss the Host and Hostess duties when you are entertaining...

One student serves the pie, another scoops the ice cream, 
while a third student pours the beverages.

Plus, I expect them to be on their best behavior 
and use their best manners while eating with their adult guest.

Today, we enjoyed visiting with parents,
grandparents, a youth pastor, teachers,
our librarian, and our school resourse officer.

Enjoy the sweet taste of the autumn harvest.

Take care,

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Apple Picking...It's What You Do On the First Saturday in Autumn

and when your favorite college football team has a bye week,

and when your Foods classes are making Apple Pie on Monday!

Our good friends have an apple tree in their backyard,
with branches heavy with luscious fruit.

The guys went up on ladders 
to reach the top branches...

While Patty and I stayed below 
to gather those that fell to the ground.

Just the right amount of tart and sweetness!

An added bonus...
The neighbors down the street have a pear tree.

The fruits of our labor.

And later that evening...
after our afternoon chores
(and maybe a nap),

We gathered downtown for some live jazz music
and dinner with friends.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Take care,

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Homecoming 2016 ~Now a Memory ~~In the Presence of Royalty

Tuesday's Dress Up Day was designated by grade.
Seniors wear black.
Technically, I am a Senior.

Freshmen wear white.
Here they are gathered around my demonstration counter 
to evaluate their Banana Breads.

Out of 21 loaves, there were only two that did not look right.
Perhaps they used the wrong leavening agent...

Wednesday...Jersey Day.
But bigger news was about our Homecoming Royalty.
These lovely young women are in my super study.

Congratulations to our Queen, Madison,
and to Kate, a member of the Royal Court.

Of course, this was a perfect opportunity for Sweet Treats!

Thursday's Dress Up Day...
Wear a Wacky Random Outfit.
We have some creative students,
and this day was quite entertaining!

And Friday...Spirit Day.

You might wonder if there was any 
teaching and learning going on?

We all did our best!

Take care,

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Mania ~High School Homecoming Week ~~It was Pajama Day Today

It's Homecoming Week here 
at Central High School.

Today's theme was 
"Come As You Are"

aka "Pajama Day".

It is surprising that any of the the students 
took the teachers seriously today!!

Show your School Spirit!

Take care,

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Labor Day Weekend ~It was a Tough One ~~Why Do Some Find Pleasure in Destroying People's Personal Property? #heartbreaking

This weekend we visited our family farmstead.
Many of you remember that the waters of Devils Lake 
have swallowed up farmland and destroyed the homes in the community.

For generations, our family had cared for this home...
painting and repairing to preserve this treasure.

Last year, the water had receded and it was the first time
in years that we could get near the house. 

While the water damaged the home beyond any hope of restoration,
this weekend's visit was disturbing.
As we approached the yard, I sensed something very wrong.

Someone...had broken every window in the house.

...every single window.

I am angry.

I am sad.

I am frustrated and disappointed.

Why would anyone in their right mind think it is okay to
trespass onto private property and intentionally damage
personal property?

What is wrong with people?

Equally upsetting,
people are using our property as a dumping ground.
Old television...

Old furniture...

Old shingles.

I am heartbroken.