Monday, May 23, 2016

Table Decorations

I'm not much of a flower arranger, or table decorator, or very much of a decor person in general.  So planning for this rehearsal dinner in ten days was a bit of a challenge.  Since it will be a Hawaiian theme, color was the main concern.  Well, about two weeks ago, I found sixteen bouquets like this one, at a yard sale, for fifty cents apiece!  Not bad!  That was eight bucks for all of them - and they had tags inside that said the original owner purchased each for $15--which comes to $240 for all of them together.  And they looked like new.

The problem was - they were too high to put in the middle of the tables, for people to see over the top easily.  And I wanted more color than just orange and yellow.
So I invested in about $25 worth of more silk flowers at Hobby Lobby.  (Half price.  But I would not have spent what they were asking at full price.)  I got blue, purple, teal, and pink.  And yesterday and today, I've been pulling out flowers, replacing them, and pushing the ones in there down further to make the bouquets shorter.  It's really gone more easily than I expected.

And these are the final centerpieces.  I will add leis from Party City, and some kind of grass mat underneath.  At least that is the plan.  Hopefully I will remember to take a picture of the final tables before they get used.  Not bad -- sixteen centerpieces for $33.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Now THIS.....

...is an amazing low country boil!!
Shrimp, smoked sausage, fingerling potatoes, red potatoes, Peruvian potatoes. onions, corn on the cob, lemon, and a lot of Old Bay Seasoning.  Delicious!!
Very thankful for the lovely party that Mike's sisters, hosted by Sue, gave for Andrew and Teah tonight.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday's Fave Five, 5/13/16

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1. Last night we had supper with dear friends.  Always nice to see them and talk over things with them!!

2. Their daughter is making cupcakes for Andrew's wedding.  Yesterday she brought us a sneak preview.  Delicious and beautiful!

3. For Mother's Day, my children went together and bought me a new hand mixer (much needed and appreciated) and a bouquet of flowers.  Mary Lee brought the mixer to Sunday lunch.  Andrew was out of town on Sunday, so he brought the flowers Friday night instead.  He said all the Mother's Day cards were "sappy," so he got this one for the bouquet instead:
Kind of says it all!!  :-)

4. All my senior classwork is done, graded, averaged, and turned in.  It makes for a nice week to have the extra break from when their class hour met.  They are a bright and enthusiastic class and will be missed.

5. And finally, a funny:  One student in the senior class (the kind who is going to graduate "magna cum lucky") :-) told another teacher "Well, I think I might miss Mrs. Bailes."  The other teacher told us that at lunch, and since the boy really, really didn't like English class, we all got a chuckle out of it.  Yesterday she came into my room and said "I didn't tell you the whole story.  What he really said was - 'That Mrs. Bailes.  I'm gonna miss that ol' lady.'"  Kinda puts a different spin on it!!  Yep - Me, the ol' lady!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Misc. - 5/9/16

--I just came in from the gym.  I was doing my usual routine on the recumbent elliptical, when I felt something soft, not part of me (insert smile emoji here), inside my T-shirt.  Weird feeling.  While walking to the ladies' exercise room, I reached up inside - and it was a sock.  A blue sock.  One that has been missing since last fall, which was the last time this shirt was worn and laundered.  I'm just glad it didn't fall out while I was walking or when someone would have seen it.

--Today was a Monday that represented everything that people talk about Mondays about.  Frustrating day.  I do hope Tuesday will be better.

--Here is a picture from a year ago, when we had 15 sightings of rose-breasted grosbeaks at our feeders.  (We saw one more last fall - an immature.  It was brownish and streaked, but definitely one of these, because there was a faint triangle of pink right where it belongs.)  This year, we have seen--none.  Nor have I heard of any, other than a couple of sightings mentioned on a bird list I follow.  Last year many of my friends had sightings at their feeders.  It would be interesting to know why last year was such a boon, and this year was such a bust.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Lot of Jam


 Well, I have not blogged in a long time, for several reasons:  spring is always busy for a teacher; other things going on also; and topics that I'd like to think through, being personal topics not really for the internet.

But this - I want to put out there.  :-)  My daughter and I worked hard yesterday and made 60 four-oz. jars of strawberry jam.  She got the jars ready and I made jam.  They are going to be table favors at son's rehearsal dinner in June.  I ordered the stickers, which turned out a little small, but are still nice.  We will probably tie raffia around the jam jars when we set them out, but that can't be done now while they're being stored.  It was a good few hours' work!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Request For Obama, Jackson, and Sharpton

Yesterday a 28-year-old police officer was gunned down in Greenville, SC.  He was trying to talk with a self-proclaimed gang member who was suspected of trying to obtain a gun, and the young thug shot him down in cold blood.  The officer never even drew his gun.  The thug ran away, and, when close to being caught, killed himself rather than surrender to authorities.

Oh, and this 17-year old gang-member murderer was released from prison after serving 251 days of a 10-year prison sentence for a felony--strong-armed robbery.  He was convicted in adult court for that crime, after years of juvenile offenses.

The police officer leaves behind two young sons and a pregnant wife.  He was known in Greenville for his ability to work with young people and to be a positive force for curtailing gang activity.  He had a Purple Heart.  He was an Iraq war veteran.

I would like to ask President Obama, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and others to make a statement about this death, as they have about so many others.  Does it matter that this officer was white, and the assailant was black?

I would like to hear from these three leaders about THIS death.




Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday's Fave Five, 3/18/16

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1. Son is MOVED OUT into his own apartment.  Mike helped him last Friday; they worked like troupers and were done by noon.  It is in a nice complex, and they are on the back side, where their view is of grassy areas and woods, which is nicer than looking out over a parking lot.  We went over in the evening to see how it looks, and they are getting things in order.  He will live there until the wedding, and it will then be their first home.
And this is what his old room at home looks like now!!  Renovations to come...

2. An impromptu trip to a baseball game on Saturday.  Mike works this weekend and next, so we decided fairly suddenly to make the trip to Columbia to see his beloved Gamecocks play baseball.  It was the first time I had been in Founders' Park - it is a beautiful baseball stadium, and we had a very nice Saturday going to the game.
On the way home we decided to stop at Fatz Cafe, since I had a $20 gift card for there.  We stopped at one partway home, had a nice meal of soup and salad (didn't want to eat too much too late), paid for the meal - and then realized we hadn't used the card.  Oh well.  That means we can go again, to the local one.

3. Daughter passed a very important evaluation this week at her job!!

4. Today is the Fine Arts Festival for our school, and I am NOT making the trip - the first time in four years.  As much as I love the kids, and watching them perform, it is a relief not to go this year.  It is a huge day - leave at 5:30 a.m., ride a bus for two hours, watch students perform and go to awards ceremonies all day, leave about 6:30, stop for supper, and get home around 10 p.m.  I do not have any groups performing this year, so another teacher is going instead to be the "long arm of the law" with the students.  So I instead get to work at school (no classes - most students are going) and do a little substituting for an elementary teacher instead.  It is a relief to have a year off.

4. I have all the junior research papers and all the senior journals graded, and during today's workday I will finish the senior career projects.  I want them DONE and off my mind.  It's a good feeling to get all the paperwork done.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The REAL List For the Guy You Should Marry

Yesterday for the nth time I saw one of those memes that floats around regularly, about what kind of guy a girl should look for and marry.  It always includes statements such as "Marry the guy who dances with you to your favorite song, under a full moon."  "Marry the guy who kisses your eyelids tenderly when you are upset," etc. etc.

Well, sweet romance is all well and good, and has a lot to do with the initial attraction between a man and a woman.  I get that.  But romance alone does not make a good marriage.  I am afraid that Disney and other factors have upped the ante so high on romance that it's almost impossible for most men to meet.  Or girls to lower their romantic expectations.

However, romance does not make a marriage.  Most girls may not be willing to see this, but it's possible to be married to a man who seems decidedly unromantic where flowers and soft music are concerned, yet is decidedly romantic in the truest sense of being a good husband.

Marry the guy who says:

  • "We will stick together through thick and thin.  We will not think divorce.  This is permanent."
  • "I'll help you babysit.  I like children."
  • "Your car needs an oil change.  I'll get that done."
  • "I would stay here and be with you.  Now.  But we'll wait until marriage."
  • "I'd love to impress you by taking you to that nice restaurant, but it's beyond my budget."
  • "I wish we could see each other tonight too, but I made a commitment to my friend, and it's important to keep my word."
  • "We will be faithful to church."
  • "I care more about my relationship with the Lord than I care even about you."
  • "I am a sinner.  I will fail the Lord and I will fail you.  I will do my best to make amends with you whenever necessary."

No man will be able to meet everything on this list.  But a good man will meet many of them.  And I guarantee you that this is a better list for a solid marriage than a man who dances with you in the moonlight.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday's Fave Five 3/11/16

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I have been a very poor blogger in recent weeks.  Maybe the next few weeks will be better.  In the meantime:

1. Last night we saw Andrew's new apartment, and he and Mike moved a desk into it.  That one piece of furniture about finished them both off - neither realized how heavy it would be, moving it up three flights of stairs.  Yes, the apt. is on the third floor, but it has a balcony and a nice view NOT over the parking lot.  It has recently been renovated with new appliances, and everything else is nearly new.  He is getting a nice apartment, and he and his fiancee will have a lovely place to start out after their wedding.

2. Good week at school, especially with the class that is most difficult to teach.  They enjoyed what we did this week, and that is always good.  The class below is another one, using whiteboards to practice spelling for an exam. 


3. Last Friday evening after we went out to eat, Mike let me run into my favorite store.  On a whim, I bought a long sweater, lightweight and with spring colors.  It was more than I usually spend, but it was pretty.  Got it home, it fits, and will get worn this spring.  Probably a lot.  Now I have to buy a skirt to match it. . .

4. Last Sunday evening we went to a nearby city to hear Andrew sing in the quartet he helps with.  We always enjoy getting to hear them sing.

5. Saw ML last night also--she stopped by to see the new apartment.  Always good to see my daughter in the middle of her very busy weeks!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday's Fave Five, 2/26/16

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1. I am getting a daughter-in-law!!  Last Friday evening my son proposed to his girlfriend...and she said YES.  Andrew has been beside himself ever since.  We are looking forward to this great event in our family!
2. The ring that Andrew gave to Teah is a family heirloom.  It was one of Mike's "picks" from his father's estate.  It's nice to know that she will be wearing a ring that has sentimental value to the family.


3. Andrew met Teah via Skype, over which they talked with each other for a year before meeting in person.  She was doing the same thing in Poland, that he was doing in China - teaching English as a means of ministry.  Andrew's best friend is Teah's sister's husband.  So Andrew and his best friend will be brothers-in-law!

4. In other news:  On Sunday, Mike was working, so Mary Lee met me at one of our favorite meat-and-three restaurants for lunch after church.  We have not seen very much of her as she has been extremely busy with the second-year evaluation program for teachers in our state system.  She and I had a lovely lunch!

5. Mike had a big test at work yesterday and passed with a 92.3%.  I'm always proud of him when he does so well on these written tests he has to take several times a year.