Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Thoughtful Gift from a Student

Friday was the last day of school for my students.
Elementary teachers usually get cute gifts from their students. 
High school teachers might get a card.....maybe.  High school students just don't roll that way..... I don't take offense.  I usually get a hug and a "see you next year" or the famous " you are my favorite teacher".......whatever;)
This year I got the most thoughtful gift from Kassidy, one of my favorite ( yes, teachers have favorites) students.

I LOVE IT!!!!!! Totally cracked me up!!!!
My students learn show much from's amazing!!
Kassidy told me I have to grow the cow first and send her pics. Definitely will!
She told me she thought long and hard about what to get me and as soon as she saw this she knew she had stumbled upon the right gift.
Silly girl......I knew she was one of my favorite students for a reason:)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Kidding" Around at Home & in Chicago

So I am in Chicago on a 2 day field trip with 40 of my 9th grade students.

Our first stop was Notre Dame University.
Had lunch and a quick tour and then we were off to the Windy City!

Lots to see in this big city!  It is my first trip here so it's pretty exciting......Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Field Museum, Medieval Times......

......taking selfies with your favorite dinosaur from Night at the Museum movie.   Not sure about this selfie thing.....makes you look like heck and really distorts your natural hair color.....seriously.

And so while I am having fun in Chicago, Gwen is at home having her babies. She is killing me!  I knew she was going to do this to me. She refused to pop those kids out on Monday and on Tuesday at 2:00 in the afternoon while I am taking silly selfies my students, my mom sends me this picture.
I know Gwen did this to just mess with me.
All is well with Gwen and her babies but her and I are going to have words when I get home.

But more importantly is what in the heck is up with this Chicago morning traffic?????? Who has patience for this every morning!?!?!
Our boat tour of downtown Chicago is at 10:00 and I am not missing lunch at Bubba Gumps so these cars need to get moving!!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

How the Outdoor Cat became the Indoor Cat

This is Jangles.
He is  was  my "outdoor" cat.

He and his buddy Jingles should up at my house around 8 years ago. I started feeding them and provided nice outside lodging for them.  Last year Jingles passed away to cancer.  I didn't want Jangles to be outside by himself this winter so I brought him in early November. 
I forgot I had "Sucker" written on my forehead. 
He has not been outside since early November.
I have talked to him about it.  He ignores me. 
Today I had the sliding door opened just enough so my "indoor cats" could enjoy the warmth and sun in the screened in porch.  I reminded Jangles he was an outdoor cat.
This is where he sat for awhile.  Then he went back inside.
Guess he wasn't interested in the great outdoors let alone being an outdoor cat.

Maybe it wasn't warm enough for him to be outside yet...........

Monday, April 6, 2015

Chick Day on the Farm!!

Today was chick pick up day on the farm!!!

Meyer Hatchery is only 30 minutes from my house so its nice to be able to go there and pick them up....not to mention it saves on those shipping costs!
I have been stressing on what chicks to order....checking the chick availability chart regularly.  I have really, really been wanting to get Blue Laced Red Wyandottes and I almost had them!  On Easter morning I checked the availability on my smart phone and there was 6 females available! By the time I logged on to my computer and got to Meyer's they were gone!! Really??  Who less was looking at Blue Laced Red Wyandottes at 9:00 am on Easter morning??  
Lucky for me there were other chicks of interest so I clicked away and I could pick these girls up on Monday morning after 10 am.

So, in Box 1 on the left are 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 3 Welsummers, and 4 Speckled Sussex females.  I placed that order first.  Then I got to "thinking" and went back on to Meyers and ordered 4 White Plymouth Rocks and 8 Assorted Rare Females just for the heck of it.  These girls are in Box 2 on the right.

So, now I have 22 new baby chicks because I really needed 22 more baby chicks:)

A rare breed chick.......maybe a Polish one?  Kinda looks like a White Crested Blue from the picture in the catalog????

Well......I have no clue.....I think a Silver Laced Wyandotte....

And I believe a Speckled Sussex female......

.....and just because she is already a character I had to add this again!!

So, everyone is getting along so far.... they are not even 24 hours old yet!

Someone has a little attitude already........

.......opps, she must have heard me talking about her!!

So, much fun with chick days on the farm!!!

(ps.....I still want some Blue Laced Red Wyandotte females....;)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pathetic Chickens

These are my pathetic chickens.
I go to work everyday.
They just hang out and do whatever chickens do during the day.

Which obviously entails them hanging out on my bench and leaving chicken presents for whom ever might sit down on the bench to relax for a moment after a hard day at work.....
maybe like me???
Seriously girls....give me some respect!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My Beezus and Ramona

This is Beezus and Ramona.
They were born last year.  Their mom's were yearlings who should not have gotten bred.
I became their Mom.  The one with the bottle.  That was like 8 months ago.
They haven't forgotten.
They still think I am their Mom.  Everyday when I come home from school they are waiting for me.
Perhaps they are suffering from separation anxiety.



Ramona with a piece of wool in her mouth after she plucked it off of Abby's back because that's what goats like to do to sheep.

Beezus drives me crazy.  She makes me laugh.  She follows me everywhere. She has no clue that I am not goat and she is not a human.  All that matters is that she and I are stuck together like glue.

I tried for the longest time not to name them.  When I give them a name then it means I end up keeping them. 
 So,  what did I do?
I named them after two of my favorite story book characters growing up.......Beezus and Ramona.
I don't remember how many times I read Beverly Cleary's books when I was in grade school.
But it was a lot of times.
I guess I passed that tradition on to my own "kids".

Monday, March 9, 2015

Gardening Hope

Sunday the temperatures broke 40!
It was like a heat wave!

The garden is still covered in snow and I know its better to have a gradual snow melt than melting too fast.  The temps this week will be in the 40's and low 50's.  I promise to be patient......

.....but its hard.  When its sunny and 40ish outside, inside the greenhouse its so warm reaching into the high 50' it felt like 60 degrees inside! 

I tempted myself with some new seeds when I was at the feed store this past weekend.  I am thinking the lettuce will be going in within a week or so.  The "Nest Egg Gourd" seeds I thought would be something fun to plant this year!

Its been a long winter and as I watch the snow gradually melt away,  I am planning out new ideas for the garden.  Its hard not to want to rush things but I know I have to be patient. 
 Patience is not one of my best attributes.....but I am working on it:)
I should probably read all my gardening and seed magazines I got in the mail last month.
Probably should go buy more seeds too.....maybe some new garden pots....definitely buy new garden gloves........oh, and definitely buy new garden boots;) 
Goodness, so much to buy......better get that list going!!