Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Another assignment in...but no rest for the wicked - weekend intensive this weekend. Sigh - stuck inside, with a forecast of gorgeous weather, trying to sift through the sawdust...
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
After four days back in school, I went today to the annual spelling workshop. I think that this is my seventh time. As I compel the other teachers to attend every third year, I figure that I'd better show up, myself. Even after going so many times, I always like to think about those predictible spelling rules. There's something wonderful about language! Did you know that there are five reasons why a word might end with a silent final E? Or that I and O may say their long sound when followed by two consonants? It's heady stuff, I tell you!
However delightful spelling may be, sitting from 9am to 5pm makes for a tiring day, especially when followed by an hour-long freeway free-for-all. I arrived home rather fatigued and ready for some relief. After digging in the garden for half an hour, I came in for a favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice.
At this moment, Elizabeth and the hateful Caroline Bingley are "taking a turn around the room", while Mr. Darcy states that his "good opinion, once lost, is lost forever." Sigh. Pure pleasure!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
My legs are hollow,
And so’s my tum!
I love to eat
Food cooked by Mum.
I eat my vegies,
I eat my spuds,
I eat my meat,
I love my puds!
Sweets or savouries,
Fruits are fine;
I’ll eat anything,
And choc’s divine!
There seems no end
To food that’s nice;
I’ll have some pasta…
Please, more rice…
I eat all day
And sleep all night
I start again
At morning’s light.
I think I’m growing,
I think, it’s…up!
I think I’m just
A healthy pup!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Though yesterday was a hugely busy day from morn till night, nonetheless, we managed to squeeze in some family time outside in the gorgeous day!
For now though, life is careening along at a frenetic pace...but I’m glad that at least it's nice out !
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Lea and I went out for lunch together - kidless! - for the first time in a billion years. Like, since we've both had children! And we both spent our birthday money from my mum on new Pandora beads!!
We celebrated sweet Chrissie's 11th birthday yesterday. It was wonderful to be together, though we missed Andrew, who is working on a farm in Alberta. The true Canadian cowboy! Chrissie got a violin for her birthday - she desperately wants to play. Maybe E could give her some lessons...?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Unfortunately, with the warmer, sunnier weather, and the moist, rain-soaked earth, this is actually what my garden looks like! Groan.
Of course, we couldn't go to the US without shopping! Gerry was raring to buy a radial arm saw, so we all traipsed through the big box store (one we don't have in Canada). I was slightly amused by the big flag hanging from the ceiling; would you see that kind of thing in NZ?I preferred to buy cheese at Costco (so much cheaper!!) and of course, made a special visit to the local scrapbook store. It felt like a real holiday!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Terry, the neighbour across the road, comes over frequently. He is a landscaper and has a little Bobcat that he drives over to help out with all kinds of jobs. He also has three Jack Russell terriers. Little Spud always sits on Terry's lap when he comes over with his ever-present cigarette and a drink. I told you Coalmont is unique!
PS - three days after the fallen tree fiasco, Bob the Lumberjack was finally (reluctantly) found on the road with his WWII fighter pilot father, and was thoroughly thanked and paid. With money, too!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Some of you commented that you found the wee 214KB clip of the Rumba Toccata in "Trialling the Music Clips" , too blocky and unclear (picture wise).
And others have asked for a clip of the Grand Finale concert performance.
Well, here is the posting that combines both those requests!
This clip is only a little larger but the Rumba Toccata performance is a whole degree better, in my opinion. If perchance, it is a bit jumpy the first time, let it download fully, before clicking the play button the 2nd time. It should play a lot better after that.
Let us know how this one works for you!
(right down to the very last morsel! And such wonderful study fodder too!)