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Fabulous Five For Friday ~Growing Plants & More!

Hello there!  We've been quite busy preparing, taking and finishing our Math MCAS test!  The kids prepared and worked so hard!  In addition, we're still finding time to stay busy in other ways!

Check out your state's Department of Agriculture

Every state has its own Department of Agriculture ~ even Massachusetts!  All you have to do is a Google search and check out your state's Department of Agriculture site which contains free information and resources.  I'm on the mailing list so I signed up to receive free materials to plant pollinating flowers.  In our kit, we received germination pellets (which expand when wet), pots and seeds.  This is how it looked when we first planted the seeds:


Advice From A Tree

I used this amazing poem by storyteller Ilan Shamir:

If you love this poem as much as I did, there's even a book:

Click on the book to read more at Amazon!

Old Favorites Made New!

My students and I LOVED these delightfully written and illustrated books by author Bethan Woolvin:

Click here to read more about Little Red and here to read more about Rapunzel!

Beall's ~ A Florida Department Store

When my husband and I were recently in Delray Beach, Florida, we went to Beall's (in Florida, they call it Bell's whereas we were pronouncing it with a long e).  We purchased some really well-priced and summer-themed items like this:

Click on the pic. to read more!

If you're in the market for some fun-in-the-sun as well as unique items, check out Beall's!

Need a New Book to Read...

If you're in the market for a new book, you need to check out this new book:


I've just begun reading the book ~ it's about a woman who spies on her NYC neighbors with her camera.  I'm already hooked!  You can click on the book cover to read more details!

Thank you for visiting the blog today!  I hope you'll have a wonderful week ahead!


Happy Mother's Day and Have a Wonderful Week!

Hello there!
As the weekend winds down, I just wanted to tell you about a few new things!

New Blog Post!
Check out my new blog post on Conversations from the Classroom ~ this is the collaborative blog in which I post, too!  You can learn about Canva ~ a great place to make graphics like this one below:


The Capital Grille ~ Fine Dining For A Special Occasion

I've always wanted to go to The Capital Grille!  My husband's 60th birthday was on Saturday, and we dined at this fine dining restaurant.  Like I tell my children, "it's a once in a lifetime opportunity!"  Check out this beautiful birthday dessert!

My New Car ~ A Honda CRV!

My younger son's Andrew had a 2005 Camry while I had a 2005 Honda Pilot (which I loved and took care of meticulously!).  Anyway, two weeks ago, Andrew called to tell me that his car was unsafe ~ I've been expecting this call for some time.  Andrew lives in Allston (which is part of Boston), and he was thinking of buying a new car.  I suggested he take my beloved Honda Pilot, and I would get the new car which would be parked in a suburban driveway.  Check out my new obsidian blue car:

 I just love that new car smell and the low mileage...I'm still figuring out all the new options, and I'm adjusting ~ it's definitely a learning curve!

That's my quick check-in for now.  Thank you for visiting!  I'd love to hear what you've been up to!

Have a wonderful week!

Welcome to a Wonderful Wednesday Hodgepodge!

Hello friends!  I'm so happy you're here to join me for this week's installment of:


1. They say you learn something new every day. What did you learn yesterday?

I learned that my students still get really excited to chew gum during the MCAS (state test).  Between chewing gum and sprinkling magic glitter on their desks, taking these tests is little more fun!

2. Have you ever had a now or never moment? Elaborate.

When my husband and I were in Florida, we had the great opportunity to kayak in the Everglades!  I'm obsessed with this giant swamp and how important it is to the ecosystem.  I loved being able to get up close to all the amazing birds!

Click here   or on the picture to read more about the Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve.

3.  April 25th is National Telephone Day. Do you still have a land line or have you gone mobile only? When you receive a text message do you respond immediately? Last time you turned your phone off?  In two or three sentences share with us a story/memory/incident from your childhood (or something current if that's too hard) where the telephone is featured.

I absolutely still have a land line!  I don't carry my cell phone on my person so I do NOT respond to text messages immediately.  My phone is OFF right now!  

Last May my husband was putting on his shoes on the side of the bed when his hip replacement dislocated, and he fell to the floor in agony.  Of course, he was alone in the house, and his cell was on the bureau on the other side of the room.  Lucky for him, the house phone was on his nightstand, and he was able to call 911.

4. Close call, at someone's beck and call, call the shots, call a meeting, call it quits, call in sick, call on the carpet, wake up call...which call have you 'heard' recently? Explain.

I recently had a close call with my "elderly" Honda Pilot.  It had an exhaust leak; the dealer said it would cost $1,500 to repair (that's what the car's worth ~ more or less!).  Luckily, I was able to bring the car to an auto shop that specializes in exhaust work, and my car is all fixed at a cost of $235!

5. What subject do you wish you'd paid more attention to in school?

I wished I paid attention in English ~ maybe I would have learned how to write better at an earlier (younger) age!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

If you want to read my whole blog post about primary sources, click here.
Have a wonderful rest of the week, and thanks again for visiting my blog!

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