Friday, June 3, 2022

Friday's Fave Five, 6/3/22

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1. FIRST WEEK of retirement!!  Now, I've been busy all week, but the difference is that I'm slowly realizing that my time is no longer limited.  It's not "I've got to get all this done on Saturday," or even "I've got to get all this done during my 10 weeks off this summer."  Which is the way it's been for the past 42 years!!  I may write an entire blog post at some point about what that feels like.  It is liberating.

2. I've been enjoying these all week.  The flowers at left are from my daughter; the 31 roses and the plaque in the front were given to me at graduation (representing 31 years at the school).  

3. I am slowly getting 42 years of education accumulation cleaned out of our dining room/"big room."  It will take awhile, but I'm getting it done slowly.

4. Spent one morning with Mike at the farm.  He was spreading gravel, and I practiced piano on the Kurzweil we have down there, as I'm playing piano for church Sunday morning.  The blueberries are coming in!!  We won't get the 40 gallons of two years ago, but we should get more than the two that we got last year.  I won't soon forget that night back in March when the temps got down to 23 degrees - we tried so hard to cover the bushes but the winds kept whipping everything off.  We were resigned to getting very few blueberries again, but it looks like the middle bushes are pretty full.

5. My dad is better.  He was pretty sick last weekend with 101+ fever for several days, but a trip to the urgent care, with a doctor we know and appreciate, and a good antibiotic prescription have gotten him fixed up again.  

And now I can take a nap.  Because I am retired.  :-)

Friday, May 6, 2022

From My Children

 Mother's Day - 2022.  Mike came to speak in my class about power generation, and he was the delivery boy for the kids' gift.  :-)

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Charred Pepper and White Bean Salad


This has become a favorite around here.  I've adapted it from a Cook's Country magazine article that called for some more expensive ingredients such as prosciutto ham, which was expensive even before all the latest inflation.  I like to make it when colored bell peppers are marked down at the produce section of my grocery store.  Ordinarily they are 2.00-2.50 apiece, but this morning I got a package of four for a dollar!  Once they're charred, the parts that were a little wrinkled are not even noticeable.

My adaptation:

3 tbsp. oil + 1/4 cup oil

1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp. table salt, divided

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/8 tsp. cayenne (or chili) powder

2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed

3-4 colored bell peppers, seemed, seeded, and cut into strips

1/4-1/2 cup ham diced into small pieces

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds

1. Whisk the quarter cup oil, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, paprika, and pepper together in a large bowl.  Add beans and toss to combine.

2. Heat remaining 1 tbsp. oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add bell peppers and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring every two minutes, until tender and deep spotty brown, about 8 minutes total.

3. Transfer bell peppers to bowl with bean mixture and toss to combine.  Let set for at least 30 minutes.  

4. Add ham, Parmesan, and almonds to bean mixture and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Friday's Fave Five, 4/29/22

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1. My computer has decided to start adding pictures again.  Who knows!!!  I have to drag and drop, not add the usual way, but at least it is doing that!!

2. A rose-breasted grosbeak at the feeder!!  These are only here for about three weeks in the spring, as they migrate to points much further north.  Last year, just about everyone I know who watches birds saw one - except us.  So the five minutes that this beauty enjoyed our sunflower seeds were a great time for us to observe and get a few pictures also.  

3. Rube Goldberg projects are DONE.  It's a great project that my physical science class does each spring, and the students thoroughly enjoy building them - but it's also a great project to look at in the rearview mirror!

4. Mike is mowing again.  He loves getting on that mower and making the farm look nice.  And he does a good job!

5. Really good Beta Club trip today.  We went to the local food bank and worked for a couple of hours, organizing food, and, of all things, stacking toilet paper.  :-)  They unwrapped, counted, and stacked 4,200 rolls of toilet paper!!  Then we ate at Fuddruckers, and went to a nice local mini-golf place.  All in all a good day.


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Fire Baptized Holiness

 On our recent trip to the Carolina coast, we saw so many little churches that I started writing down the names on the return trip.  I only wrote down about the first 75 miles' worth of churches, before we got to the interstate.  But it's safe to say that the Carolina Lowcountry is well represented with churches:

  • Lily Pond Missionary Baptist
  • Greater Mt. Zion AME (African Methodist Episcopal)
  • Mt. Zion AME
  • A second Mt. Zion AME
  • House of Prayer
  • Deliverance Ministries
  • Open Bible Tabernacle
  • St. Paul AME
  • Alpha Apostolic Holiness
  • New Hope Union Methodist Episcopal
  • Sampit Methodist
  • Grace Temple Revival Center
  • Andrews Holiness Church
  • Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
  • Mt. Lebanon AME
  • Crossroads Ministries
  • Pine Creek Baptist
  • Antioch Pentecostal Holiness
  • Spring Gulley Baptist
  • Cedar Grove Baptist 
  • Great Present AME
  • Jerusalem United Methodist
  • St. Luke United Methodist
  • St. Mary AME
  • Shekinah Temple
  • St. Mark Fire Baptized Holiness
  • Upon This Rock Church Ministries
  • Greeleyville Baptist
  • St. John 4B Missionary Baptist
  • Open Door Apostolic
  • True Believers
  • Union United Methodist Church
  • William Chapel Christian
  • Progressive Church of Jesus
  • Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist
  • Manning United Methodist
  • Manning First Baptist
  • Emmanuel Free Will Baptist
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church
  • White House Church
  • Andrew Chapel Baptist

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sample Post from School

Well!! This is a sample post from my school computer to see if I can upload pics from it. I've had a problem getting my home computer to upload pics for some time now. I have HTML on the work screen, but the pictures come out fine on the post. Maybe I can post some things from school instead of from home now.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Robert Lesslie's books

 Robert Lesslie, slain doctor, saw 'Angels in the ER' and wrote hopeful  stories of faith in tragedy

Robert Lesslie was an emergency room physician who practiced in Rock Hill, SC, about two hours from where I live.  He also grew up in the town near our farm, as his father was a professor there.  After his death in a senseless and brutal murder a few months ago (along with his wife, two grandchildren, and two workers outside his home), I somehow came across the fact that he was an author.  I found several of his books on Hoopla through our local library, and have been reading them ever since.

Lesslie told good stories.  I've always been a medical person wannabe, and have thoroughly enjoyed both the substance and style of his writing.  He was also a dedicated Christian.  Though his books were not overtly Christian through and through - they were mostly inspirational stories - he still got the Gospel message into them at some point in each book.

A couple of days ago, I finished Angels In the ER, Book 2 (released less than a month ago).  This was in the final chapter and was very touching what with the news to come about his tragic death after this was written.

One day, when I depart this body and find myself in the presence of the Lord, my time—however it will be measured—will be filled with the praises and the wonder of Jesus. I know that I will once again be able to hug my mother and walk and talk with my father. There are a lot of people I want to see as well: family and friends, grandparents—some of whom I never met on this side. And I will seek out Peter and John and the apostle Paul, as well as other giants of the faith—men and women whose words and deeds have guided and molded my journey and my heart. We have no idea what heaven will look like—only that it will be perfect. And because of that, I know that one day, when I’ve experienced the presence and joy of that surrounding host of saints, I will find myself walking . . . in a field of lush, green grass, surrounded by gently rising, conifer-cloaked hills. The words of Jesus will echo through that glade: “Behold, I make all things new.”

Friday, September 3, 2021

Friday's Fave Five, 9-3-2021

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1. Starting up with our blanket project at school again.  I'm always amazed at how the students love to make blankets, which are given to underprivileged children at Christmas time.  We have such a good time, and students often take them home to work on there as well.

2. Great dinner with some of our family members this week.

3. Trying to get this made into a poster for a bulletin board.  Isn't it perfect for that!!

4. Partial day off of school today.  As a teacher, I have a half-day workday and am going to substitute in a fifth-grade class for a couple of hours.  But our junior high and high school students are out today.  We had almost half of them absent on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week - several with Covid, and an outbreak of strep and flu as well.  So our administrator called off school today for grades 7-12 so that, coupled with Labor Day, they can have a really good break to rest up and hopefully get well.  Even if I have to go in, it's nice to have an extra-long break from the classroom.

5. A secret trip to the Farmers' Market.  Yesterday I told my boss I was leaving for a few minutes to go to the bank.  Which was true.  And then I realized I was going right by the Farmers' Market and had the opportunity to get some fresh vegetables on a Thursday morning, without having to go through the Saturday rush.  So I did!  Got tomatoes, okra, peaches, squash, and a beautiful cantaloupe.  It was a treat for a school morning!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Say the Right Words at the Right Time

 I've been reading 25 Ways to Win With People by John Maxwell and Less Parrott.  While it's a good book overall, and I will review it on Goodreads when done, this part really stood out to remember.  It's from the chapter "Say the Right Words at the Right Time."

  • The wrong words said at the wrong time discourage me.
  • The wrong words said at the right time frustrate me.
  • The right words said at the wrong time confuse me.
  • The right words said at the right time encourage me.
Another good thing I read was in the chapter on "Remember A Person's Story."  It encourages the reader to ask about other people to find out where they've come from.  This is the part I liked:

  • Requesting a person's story says, "You could be special."
  • Remembering a person's story says "You are special."
  • Reminding a person of his or her story says, "You are special to me."
  • Repeating a person's story to others says, "You should be special to them."

Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday's Fave Five, 7/30/2021


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1. Visit yesterday with a precious lady who means a lot to me.  I only get to go visit about once, maybe twice, a year, and with school starting soon it will be awhile.  

2. My room is almost finished.  I went on Monday, put up another bulletin board, and put this assortment of pictures up on my side wall.  Just decided to share the wealth of my bird infatuation with the students this year!!  Maybe one of them will take up the interest.  These are all my photos.

3. We had a mortgage burning at church last Sunday night!!  It took 16 years, but it is paid off.  Mike, as head of the deacons, got to do the honors.  He's in the white shirt.  But the pastor said that Mike is doing it because there's no risk of his hair getting burned in the process.  :-)

4. Our favorite restaurant is open again. We were invited to the "soft" opening recently, and haven't been back since because it's reservation only right now (they are short on staff), and they are mobbed with people wanting to get there again.  They were closed for 15 months due to the moratorium on restaurants imposed in April 2020 due to Covid.  In the interim, they did a lot of refurbishing the tables, chairs, and floors.  We really enjoyed getting their delicious food again.

As you can see, it's right on the lake.  When Mike was working a M-Th job for awhile at the nuclear station, he would get off and meet me there at 7:00 on Thursday.  The restaurant usually wasn't too busy on Thursdays, so we'd get a window booth and just decompress, looking out at the restful lake setting.  So we do like that place.

5. Good summer eating.  We've enjoyed a lot of summer squash, corn, cucumbers, okra, and tomatoes the last few weeks.  Mike will grill some kind of meat on Sunday and we'll eat off it all week, surrounded by good vegetables. If we have to endure these impossibly hot temperatures, at least we can eat well.  :-)