The Lily of the Valley is Shannon’s favorite spring flower,
and these flowers have been growing in our garden for as long as I can
Amy, who grew up in this house during the 1930’s, remembered them
growing in the side gardens when she was little,
and were one of her favorites, as well.
There is a poem written by Jenny Joseph that begins…“When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves.” Although close, I am not quite collecting a pension,
and although close, I have yet to wear purple.
So until then, these flowers will have to do.
A tamed version of Shannon’s “Green Monster“,
with fresh pineapple, strawberries, walnuts, and a light raspberry
As hard as it is to believe, twenty years ago one of my eighth grade
students gave me this coffee mug for a Christmas present.
I still see Melissa in the halls since she now works as a reading
teacher in my school.
and this morning I was able to send her a message of “Congratulations”
when I saw on Facebook her new son, Cole.
How wonderful to see the pictures of her parents and family and to read
the messages from former students. My children are long gone, and even though I am a “working mother”, I am
without diaper bags and bottles.
Possibly this mug needs to be “re-gifted’? 4-25/365 ~Nancy
We spent the day in Chicago Area Lisle at the ICE COLD Spring
Not only did we enjoy presenting to a great bunch of teachers, but we
also made a trip to our favorite grocery store that included lunch.
My students are learning that technology is not just computers.
And they enjoy seeing the “real deal”.
… And that’s my way of solving the problem of forgotten instruments.
Today was our spring all-school fifth grade band concert rehearsal,
and half of my students are members of the band.
It was a joyful sound compared to the August “squawks and squeaks” that
were heard coming from the band room.
Each year near Earth Day we take my fifth graders to Douglas-Hart Nature
Center to volunteer.
They plant native species, remove invasive plants, and pick up trash.
This year we focused on “Mustard Garlic“.
Despite its innocent floral appearance, my students attacked it with a