Saturday, August 30, 2008
This picture, taken from the driveway, is of balloons directly over our pool house.
Ginger has fits whenever she sees balloons! I think she thinks she is protecting us by her endless barking. . .
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Off my soapbox!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"If you see me going some place, you may go there too."
"If you hear me saying something, you may say it too."
"If you see me doing something, you may do it too."
I've been thinking about that all week. I especially thought about it when I took something to eat in the den even though we don't eat in the den. The ramifications of example are the best teacher there is.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The rapidly changing path of Tropical Storm Fay has borne out three other limitations of science.
- Science changes - it is workable but not permanent.
- Science is fallible - it makes mistakes.
- Science cannot change God-ordained restrictions. Scientists cannot change the direction of a tropical storm just as they cannot change the speed of the rotation of the earth or the speed of the revolution of the earth around the sun. There is absolutely nothing they can do except attempt to predict which way the storm is going to go.
As of right now, it looks like Tropical Storm Fay will not really affect our weather. It changed directions greatly over a twenty-four hour period. It's a disappointment that we probably are not going to get the hoped-for rainfall. But it makes a great example for use in my classroom right here at the start of the school year.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The orange room is really different--for the first time our rooms were painted colors this summer, instead of the usual blah pale yellow they used to use when they repainted. It is not quite as intense as this picture would make it look--it's actually a pretty shade. The painters made a mistake at first and painted it pink. I didn't mind it too much but everyone else who looked at it said it was way, way too pink for a classroom. My principal said that if anyone at school got sick to their stomachs, he could just send them to my room and they'd be inside a Pepto-Bismol bottle. So everyone else, at least, is relieved that it is now orange.
Friday, August 15, 2008
But now my room is done, and five sets of lesson plans are in place for next week, and tonight I will meet new students and welcome old students back and just generally be gushy. I can do that just fine, but it's not as easy as it used to be.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Mary Lee was not here - she is in Cleveland visiting her friend from art camp. I talked to her briefly on the phone today - she wants to move there. :-) She flew alone yesterday for the first time. It's kind of hard on a mother to watch her teenage daughter disappear through security at an airport knowing there are all kinds of crazies out there.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
- Andrew goes to see Ernie Haase and Signature Sound today. He's been thrilled about this for weeks.
- A group of teenagers were here Thursday night. They swam and then played a rousing game of Monopoly. It always blesses my heart when good kids can get together and have good, clean fun.
- I went to a yard sale this morning and got seven hats that would be perfect for the play "Our Town" if we do it this fall. Maybe that's a sign?!!
- Two people made the peach muffins recipe posted below. One said "yummy" and the other one said they didn't quite turn out - were a little gummy. I do remember that happening a time or two, and wonder if humidity might have something to do with it? Or maybe they just need a little more flour.
- The Olympics opening ceremonies (what I watched - I went to bed at 10:00) were an incredible display of technology and pageantry. Each segment was fascinating. However, during the segments about the "spirit of harmony flowing throughout" etc., and similar ideas portrayed several times, I couldn't help but think that paganism doesn't have to look dark and black - it can be displayed in beautiful and entrancing forms such as what was shown last night. I always think of what my dad said about China after spending eight weeks there - "If the world is dark, then China is abjectly dark."
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I remember telling him once that I needed 15 minutes to discuss some missions matters with him. Two hours later, I finally had to get him to stop telling stories as the kids were out of school by then! Or when Mike was in the hospital with back surgery, and he was telling stories so intensely that he didn't notice when Mike's supper tray came. . .and the food started cooling. . .and got colder, and colder. Dr. Rice was oblivious, he was having such a good time talking to Mike and me one on one.
I remember Dr. Rice's love for the Monterrey missions work, and will never forget watching him hand out Scofield KJV study Bibles to a hundred or so Mexican pastors during the Bible conference in 1998 that we took about 30 people to Mexico to participate in. People were his love, his heart, his ministry. He had no need at all to extol his own virtues and was not out for himself. He was a great man.
Monday, August 4, 2008
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups peach puree (5-6 medium peaches pureed in blender, including skins)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, then peach puree. Add in flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and vanilla, and stir just until well mixed. Line 12-muffin and 6-muffin pans each with paper liners. Fill until all batter is gone. Bake 350 for about 20 minutes or until slightly brown along edges of liners. Makes 18 really, really good muffins and something very different from the usual peach recipes!
First you blend the peaches - skins
Then you make the muffins using a Peach Bread recipe from the Rassi Cookbook which calls for two cups of peach puree. They might not be real dramatic to look at, but they are delicious. They're flavored with cinnamon as well.
My family likes these so much that I put up several freezer bags of peach puree each summer so that we can have peach muffins several times during the winter as well.
And there's fresh peach jam behind the muffins as well - made last week. It's been wonderful to have peaches this year. Last year there were none, and we missed them.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I've also found a website called Faithful Reader that has wonderful book reviews, and one reviewer in particular, Marcia Ford, who has very similar thoughts to mine about books. For instance, about one author who wrote one particular novel that I thought was better than her previous things I'd read, Marcia Ford comments on an award the book won, "It's certainly the best, or among the best, from [this author] and the accolades it has received should encourage her to maintain the higher standard she set for herself with this book."
But the neatest thing was what happened when I finished a book this evening called The Mending String by Cliff Coon. After finishing the book and then reading the acknowledgements, he thanks the members from his writing critique group - and one of my old roommates from college, a good friend over the years, was mentioned! I'm sure it's her because he lived in the same town. She's been interested in writing for sometime, but I didn't realize she'd gotten her name into something put out by Moody Press! My claim to fame!
Friday, August 1, 2008
I'm trying very hard to get resources that are educational, not just time fillers. That's why it was good to find things like animated cartoons of a number of famous classics; also a set called "Liberty's Kids" that shows two child "reporters" who are reporting on the history of our nation during the Revolutionary time period. Also there are a lot of NOVAs, National Geographics, and History Channel Modern Marvels out there if one searches. Some of the Modern Marvels can be very interesting - we're getting Candy, Fireworks, and Computers, for example. I try to get DVDs where possible, but if a VHS is available really cheaply, it is sometimes an option.
It's just very heartwarming to see new resources and books being used once the school year starts. It is a "ministry" for me.