Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Let's Set the Record Straight

In regards to yesterday's blotpost...
#1 First of all, our oldest daughter is one of the cleanest, neatest, most tidy people I know. I did not need to clean her room for our exchange student...I just needed to clear it out. And to do that...I needed to clear out and organize our attic and garage in order to store the items from her closet, dresser drawers, shelves and desk to prepare room for our new daughter.

#2 Emily's Barney shirt...I thought it was adorable then...and I think it is adorable now. We need our four year olds to go back to watching Barney and Big Bird on TV instead of what they watch now. Maybe we wouldn't see some of the attitude that we experience in the High School classrooms that we do today.
(I'm sorry, we had a bad day at school today. We have been instructed to not speak to the media, so I will not give out any more information)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Those Were the Days

Most of you know that I spent the month of July cleaning the attic, the garage, and Amy's room in preparation for our foreign exchange student...And on many days I had a wonderful trip down memory lane. I found sooo many goodies!
This was taken in about 1993...we had been on a family trip to Yellowstone (that explains Amy's shirt...but Emily's shirt? Barney??) And my haircut? Hubby's?? And the socks...I notice that Emily and Dad wear socks...Mom and Amy, do not...who else remembers the early 90's? Was it socks...or No Socks??

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Mania

It was Monday...all was the Monday after Homecoming Weekend! I started the day with a Student Assistance Team meeting at 7:40 a.m. and ended with an evening meeting of our local Chapter of
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a honor society for key women educators. The organization promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Yes, that is me in the picture, second from the left. I enjoy the meetings as it usually includes dinner, entertainment, a program and a chance to visit with other teachers outside of school.

This is my membership pin and my President's pin. My president's pin was worn by one of our charter members and first chapter president. I feel honored to have it in my possession.

My Daddy's Birthday would have been today. He would be 91 if he was still alive. He died in 1988. Here is his picture on our wedding day in 1981.

Scott and I went out to run some errands early Saturday morning. NO, we did not get a puppy. We did end up downtown and stopped at the pet store. This sweet Basset Hound was oh, so lovable.

Check out the size of his feet.

 do you think Callie and Lucy would have responded, if we had brought him home??

Friday, September 25, 2009

TGIF & Don't Miss this Give Away

This week is the start of our Fall Celebration on my Etsy Team Old Farmhouse Gathering. To show appreciation to all of our followers, we have assembled these items into one basket and we are offering them to all of you. Please leave a comment over on our OFG Blog for an opportunity to win. This basket is filled with items that would retail for over $150.00.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Things in my House Thursday

My Harvest Swap Package
This was my first time to participate in an official blogland swap. I 'registered' several weeks ago. My partner, Marie, is obviously no novice. My package arrived and I was delighted to find a fabric-decorated hat box tied with twine. While the box alone was darling, there were even more goodies inside the box.
Check out these photos. Everything has found a new home here!

My favorite holiday just happens to be Thanksgiving.

Thank you so much, Marie. Everything is perfect!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Whatcha Workin on Wednesday?

After work, I don't really feel like working anymore...I honestly don't know how I managed when I worked all day and then came home to housework with school-age children...I must have been a lot younger, with a lot more energy! Tonight Scott, Line and I ate dinner out...half price pizzas at Minervas...Yummo!!

My OFG Team on Etsy has launched their Autumn Celebration. We have 200 members and all have made tremendous effort to create new items for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Check out all the talent and variety by clicking on the Celebration Banner.
My listings include this Three Spooks Pillow...I made two and have sold the first.

And you will remember the batch of pumpkins that I dried...first in my oven...then out on the deck...

One of my favorites is my Stuffed Turkey...I have mine on my dining room table for the whole month of November...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday's Tip of the Day

When making homemade crescent rolls...make sure the tip of the triangle is securely pinched and tucked underneath the roll before placing on the baking sheet. This prevents them from uncurling as they rise and bake.

This week is our Yeast Bread week in Basic Foods class at Central. We have used nearly 75 pounds of flour in two days. We make dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and pizza. If anyone would like recipes...please post a comment and I can make it happen!

Monday, September 21, 2009


It is Homecoming Week here at Central. This begins with Coronation, as the Queen and Marshall will reign over the week's festivities. Some of you remember that both of our daughters are Queens. This has never before happened at CHS...siblings being crowned the Queen. One of our school counselors (Barry) refers to me as the Queen Mother. Now...if I had anything to do with this, I could write a book and retire from teaching.
I cannot remember a time when I have been more proud...because the Queen and Marshall are selected by their peers.

Love someone who doesn't deserve it. ~Author Unknown

Kindness matters.
Always be a little kinder than necessary. ~James M. Barrie

Hard work pays off.

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

How beautiful a day can be When kindness touches it!~George Elliston

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. ~Karl Reiland

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~Plato
There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile. ~Attributed to both Zig Ziglar and Dr. Kenneth McFarland
Life is short but there is always time for courtesy. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. ~Dave Barry
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~James Matthew Barrie
You two will always be my queens!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Yes, We're Ready for Some Football...and some Eating...and some Shopping

The first home game...Line's first Division I College Football game. All the students wear gold. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings for the traditional pre-game fare of wings and Nachos.

Emily and Line are sitting with Denise and Natalie in the student section...the third section from the left...about a third of the way down from the top...see them there? Maybe if you click and enlarge the do you see them??
There was plenty of the Bison beat the SeaHawks 59-28.

We left Emily with her friends Denise and Natalie. (Remember them from the Fargo Marathon Relay Team?)

While visiting Emily, we also manage to eat well. Here's Line and Jake waiting for their dinner at HuHot. (Is that Matt at the grill?)

Jake was able to join us for dinner, but then he was off to Minneapolis with his coach, as he is president of the NDSU Lacrosse team.

We have a new favorite store at the West Acres Mall...STABO. They have the special Norwegian chocolate and Makrellfilet.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Are You Ready for Some Football?

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Whatcha Workin on Wednesday?

...Preparations for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Can you believe it is already mid-term? We have 4 terms, therefore, 4 nights of conferences each school year.

...So tomorrow, I will teach all my classes from 8:10 till 3:20. Then we return to meet with parents from 5 to 9 tomorrow evening.
...Since I leave for school before 7 a.m. and won't return until after 9 p.m...Yup, that makes a 14 hour work day...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Making Memories

We spent the weekend in North Dakota...
It is my Mom's birthday in September, so a celebration was our main objective. Since Line has never seen a buffalo, that was our secondary objective. Thank goodness for the World's Largest Buffalo in Jamestown...we were certain we'd see him, as we knew he doesn't go anywhere.

There is a buffalo ranch near New Rockford. We saw a small herd there. The big guys with woolly faces were most impressive...the babies were the cutest.

While in Devils Lake we spent the afternoon at the Sully's Hill National Game Reserve. While we enjoyed getting out of the car to hike up the 195 steps to the scenic overlook...the only wildlife we saw were Prairie Dogs.

We took my mom out for a nice dinner. The cute waiter brought an apple turnover and ice cream dessert. We sang Happy Birthday and shared the dessert.

We gave Grammy a new TV for her birthday. Her old set had blacked out in March and she has been without. Emily and Line wondered how someone could survive without TV or a Computer...well, she does get a newspaper...

Here is Grammy with her gentleman friend, Ken and his son, Bruce.

And Grammy with Emily and her newest granddaughter, Line.

This is How You Party When You Turn 95

Great Grandma celebrated all weekend. Her Assisted Living Facility hosted a lovely party for her. Hubby and his sister are there by her side...