Sunday, 27 March 2016

How I Kick Butt on a Sleepy Sunday Afternoon.

It's Sunday afternoon and I have taken it a little easier due to it being Easter and, technically, Spring Break Weekend. We lost Spring Break Week because of snow days so I can't complain.

I am at the end of a semester and I have a final task I have to accomplish over the next four days. Truth be told it is small but significant. Two to three pages of writing and research. I am not underestimating it as I often find research to be a little daunting. So I am going to make a plan and get it done.
Timeline:- Submit by Monday evening.
Step 1 Make coffee, Easter lunch is demanding a little too much of my energy.
Step 2 Make sure I have the correct tools and I am comfortable. Pencils sharpened, slippers and cardigan. CLEAR SOME SPACE!!
Step 3 Read the task and understand what it is asking me.
Step 4 Break it down into timely goals. How much do I want to get done by the end of today?
Step 5 Jump in. Take small breaks. Get as much done as possible, more if you can!

Mine is a three part task on the Industrial revolution. I will try to get the first part done by this evening.
Planning and implementing is a very important strategy for me. This motivates me and that is the key for me. Once I get started on a project it flows.
Is there something that you need to accomplish on this wonderfully sleepy Sunday afternoon?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Hello Friends

Hello Friends,
Still working on my studies for a teaching license. Almost half way through.
Had 5 snow days and that really helped me catch up on some things. (and that is why I am taking some me time and creating this post!)
I my absence I have found that Windows Live Writer no longer works well with Google. I ave never liked posting directly from Blogger o if anyone can suggest an app fro writing posts I would appreciate it.
Not going to make this long but hope to post again soon. In the meantime here are some shots for you.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Fall Finds

Hello Friends. I love the Autumn season and so I thought it would be fun to post some Fall related things.

Found this night-light/ oil diffuser from Bath and Body Works and bought the Leaves oil insert. It gives off a wonderful fresh Autumn Smell


Love, Love, Love this sweatshirt from H&M which will be great for cold school hallways.

Stripped an old Christmas wreath and freshened it up with Dollar Tree finds

And fall wouldn’t be quite the same without Yankee Candles.

What are your favorite fall finds?

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Pajama Day

It is a pajama day today.
When I was in fourth grade, a novelist came to talk to my English class. She told us that being an author meant sitting at the kitchen table in pajamas, drinking tea with the dogs at your feet.
J. Courtney Sullivan
It is a rare treat for me and that’s what makes it so special. My son is away for the day and I have no pressing appointments or responsibilities at hand.
And this is where I get most of my work done. Thinking and praying about the year ahead. What a luxury!
I am thinking organization and have a few posts planned about some of my wonderful discoveries.
I am planning and re-evaluating my roles and making a prayerful road map.
My prayer for 2015 includes, not just one word, but words like productivity, co-operation, establishment, enjoyment.

These words may not be very awe inspiring to read. Believe me, after transplanting life, loves and home,  across the Atlantic these past two years, these words and what they encompass are a balm to my soul. 
Finally, a revelation for me is that ‘online’ community and all that it brings is a necessary part of my life. The inspiration and creative expression that I gain from being a part of this community is a life line to me. SO, this will definitely be a part of my to do’s this year.

So please forgive this dusty little corner of mine and my missed opportunities with you. I am looking forward to our journey this year.
From a girl in tiger print Jammies sipping English breakfast tea with the dog at her feet a big thank you for the opportunity to thrive. Hey! maybe this is my encompassing word for 2015. Thrive. What about you?

Here are some pretty sparklies for you.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

I Can Still Blog Right?

Hello friends,
Are you still out there in Blogland? It has been a long time. When I started my new role as Instructional Aide for 40+ hours a week and registered for online classes for licensure I knew my online presence was going to be severely limited. Who are you kidding? It has been non existent. I would like to say it has been because I have been pouring over the books but basically life has bombarded me for most of the year.
However, all work and no play make me a dull girl. So I decided it was time to get back in the saddle. Digi Scrapping, or Scrapping of any kind will probably have to be on the back burner but I can still blog right?
When Autumn moved in I started to get all nostalgic. I love the colors and the warm cozies that it brings. I added a few Autumn colored Dalias and a few squash to the mantle in a rustic display and filled a jar with Candy Corn. My son ate a handful of Candy Corn and declared that he was now ready for Christmas. I loved that moment.
I have realized that small touches are important for all of us. SO, today I downloaded a downsized Christmas planner from Organized Christmas (anymore than the basic five planner sheets and I get that nervous feeling in my tummy). Yes I have determined that friends and loved ones will at least hear from me this year even if it is not a home made card.
I have also gone a step further and downloaded Traci Reeds 2015 Life Planner. It is a planner with Project Life in mind. At least if I am going to keep filling my computer with photos I would like a keep a journal of the memories for those days when I might actually get to put them in an album.
Well that’s it from me. Plain and simple. I think I have forgotten how to blog. Thank you for being on this journey with me. Here’s a couple of photos for you.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Where Have I Been?

Hello Friends. Where have I been you ask. That is a good question. Changing life and culture over the last 20 months took its toll on me. Going through change and struggle tends to make me less creative.


I posted this picture in 2010 as part of a project I was doing. It was the cry of my heart and remains so even today. (PGCE  = Post Graduate Certificate in Education). One of our desires in returning to the USA was so that I could pursue  a teaching license. Little did I know that living in Virginia would make it even more problematic.

My BA is from a non-regionally accredited school. Which for Virginia means that it is unacceptable. So, after a lot of research and praying about my options I have begun another BA. I am enrolled at Western Governors Uni’. WGU is an online school and competency based so I am praying that I can reduce the time to licensure from 4 years to 3 years.

One tremendous blessing was being able to transfer from substitute teaching into a temporary contract position for most of last year. Due to budget issues they have not yet renewed my contract but I am praying that they will.

So this is where I have been. I am hoping to get back on the blog bandwagon again. Thank you for your readership and friendship.


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Happy 80th Birthday to my dear Dad today.  After a year of chemo he has bounced back. Thank you Lord.

Took four months off from blogging only to find out that Windows Live Writer no longer is supported and won't upload!  That's pretty disappointing as it used to make me look good.

I am taking a breather from studying Algebra. (trying to pass a school assessment for registration to a teacher licensing course).  I am having a hard time wondering why simple math has to be expressed in complicated terms. Hubby says it's to learn formulas that get very complicated later on. I guess I'll buy that. 

I am celebrating moving back into my own space. 

We fought letting my 15 year old have his x-box in his room at the sacrifice of my space and sanity. We finally gave in and I have my craft space back. I am thrilled. 

And in honor of that space I finally finished a LO from two years ago.

 Love this photo of my little sister!
Ah well, back to Algebra.