Just January ~ Currently & Happy New Year!

Happy 2020 ~ a new decade and a new year!  Wow, time sure flies when you're busy living your life!  Now it's time to link up once again with Anne in Residence for:



I want to energize and improve this old blog of mine.  I have even found a Facebook group to help:  Kristen Doyle Branding + Design.  In this free group, Kristen writes:

New Year's Resolution: Make your website look & function better without a total redesign!  If that's you, join me in January for AMP UP 2020!
Together, we are going to take one small step every week to improve your website or blog. I'll give you step-by-step instructions for anything techy, I promise!

If you're interested, please check it out.  I am hoping it's just what I need to get going on this resolution.


Every year, I prepare my third graders for our state test (MCAS).  We always read an article about Pack Horse Librarians who travel to bring books to those who live in rural areas.  While browsing through the "Books With A Buzz" section of my local library, I came across this delightful book:

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, ....The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

As soon as I realized I had found a grown-up version of one of my favorite MCAS passages, I knew I was going to read and love this book!


I've been cleaning and organizing a lot, especially after Christmas.  I won't bore you with the details, but I did give my younger son, Andrew, and his wife, Angelika, a Dyson vacuum for Christmas, and they LOVE it (as do I!).  I'm always amazed at how well this vacuum works ~ especially the lower price from when I bought mine at least  10 years ago (I paid $500!).


We just got Google Classroom at school so I've been busy teaching myself how to use it and to create my own assignments.  My first creation involved a drag and drop activity that used this background.  The hardest part was learning to drag and drop using the Chromebooks.  Of course, the kids will learn quickly as they always adapt so well to technology.


I'm planning my day tomorrow as we have school tomorrow and Friday.  It will be back to reality and back to my routine.  I'll be stopping at McDonald's for my coffee in the morning.  I'm glad it's a short week and gradual adjustment to getting back to work.

Happy New Year!  Much health and happiness to you!  Thank you for visiting the blog!
Susan Krevat


  1. Happy New Year! I hope your year is great! I enjoyed Google Classrooms when I used it the few times.

  2. I've got that book on my shelf right now - looking forward to finally getting around to it. Hope the return to school goes well, and happy 2020!

  3. We had to get a new Dyson and I love it but it's not as good as my original 10 years ago lol

    I think everyone is trying to reclaim their house after the holidays.

    Karen @ For What It's worth

  4. Hello Susan! I'm impressed that you're creating assignments for Google Classroom. Are you using slides for your drag and drop activities? I have created some quizzes in Google Forms, but that's it! That book sounds interesting. I'm always looking for new reads, so thanks for sharing.
    Laughter and Consistency

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