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If it’s Sunday

It must be time for..

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s THEME…

ME!

Sorry.

 I am heading out for

SPRING BREAK.

Report Cards are done.

Assessments have been recorded.

Assemblies  enjoyed.

AND I AM EXHAUSTED!

So as we RECHARGE..

And yes FOLKS…YOU NEED TO RECHARGE!

Give yourself a break!

WE WORK HARD!

It’s OK to say NO!

No…I don’t want to go to….

NO…I don’t want to go out tonight… ( I plan on going to bed EARLY!)

NO…I don’t want to …

YES!

I just want to stay in my COMFY clothes ( PJ’s, sweats. yoga pants, etc)

I want to eat JUNK FOOD

and

I am binge watching whatever the remote lands on..

I AM NOT MAKING ANY DECISIONS!

YIPPEE!!!  Spring Break!

Now…I am a GMA!

After a few “ME” days…

I am having 3 ( of 4 ) of our grandkids to spend a couple days!

I am NOT wasting a minute of it!

IN COMES PINTEREST……………..

St. Patrick’s Day  GREEN FEAST!

We are having a party!

and…  PAINTING!

Painting CLOTHES…. Painting T-Shirts…TUTUS!

I AM SOOOO  EXCITED!

PINCH ME!

NO!

I’ll be wearing MY GREEN TUTU!

HAHAHA

Now…I am NOT making ALL of these…

Just getting ideas! 🙂

Of course…Corned Beef & cabbage!

And GPA’s HAT!

And then..

Gma & Gpa will…..

SLEEP  FOR  A  WEEK!!!  🙂

So…enjoy YOUR time OFF!

I know I will!

Nibits for Newbies..2.28.16 WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

Nibits for Newbies 2.28.16

If it’s SUNDAY
It’s time for
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!
This week’s theme…
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART!
My school is ALL in!
We have been practicing…collecting our $$$…and earning our
PUPPIES!
Our WHAT?
Our PUPPIES!
Necklace lanyards with PUPPIES for each $$  level  earned!
These are MINE!
Just enjoying the FUN!
You knew this was coming..
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT????
So get out there!
Get physical!
Jump rope for heart!
Click below for info.

Get Your Hands DIRTY!

Get Your Hands DIRTY! 🙂

The SUN is SHINING!
The birds are “chirping”.
My chickens are laying EGGS!
It’s almost SPRINGTIME folks!
We gotta get ready!
So …how?
What do I do first? Then? Next?
( Sound familiar? )
We in NORCAL are ready to…
GET OUR HANDS DIRTY!
We have 3 raised gardens…
And an extra large garden.
 Yes…We have our own windmill.
( NO..it does NOT pump water…BUT IT LOOKS SO COOL!)
Last year.. 12 ft. tall SUNFLOWERS!
Corn, tomatoes, garlic, onions, tomatillos, cilantro, peppers,
green beans, squash, pumpkins, grapes
In the beginning…(sunflowers)
And our helpers…
Our granddaughters ( & new grandson) LOVE DIRT!
Best friends with WORMS!
(Put your coffee grounds into your garden…worms LOVE THEM!)
We also have 2 chickens..
Snow white (Black..I know…SNOW WHITE has BLACK HAIR)
and Rapunzel (  She used to have yellow feathers..)
Granddaughters named them..
Thank You Disney!
We also live in the suburbs…NO FARM!
We just grow what we use & use what we grow!
So Valentine’s DAY is usually the “day”.
START YOUR SEEDS!
HUH?
How? Where?
HUH?
We use seed starter kits.
( Lowes, Home Dept, etc)
We put one seed in each “pot”, water daily,
and keep in the sun..
INDOORS!
(Usually on MY kitchen table for a while). 🙁
As the seeds sprout…we move them into a small greenhouse outside for acclimation.
As the seeds gain height and leaves…
We plant them in the garden(s).
We try to plant/ sprout / acclimate/ plant in the garden
at different times.
That way we always have produce ripening.
I also have herbs:
cilantro, parsley, basil, rosemary, chives, mint
growing year round.
This year we are trying something new.
( In addition to what we already have..)
Straw Bale Gardening!
Researching it now.
Looks promising!
(I think I may propose this one at school too).
Great for growing plants in a small space!
OK..then what?
We have ALL of this summer produce!
What do we do with it?
(You can only eat so much…so fast!)
Well…
Hubby cans!
(Yes…HE  CANS!)
* This year SANTA brought him a new pressure canner!
Happy hubby…Happy  wife! 🙂
Peaches…yummy!
Salsa, spaghetti sauce, tomatoes.
ALL kept in storage for WINTER!
And me?
I dehydrate..I dehydrate WELL!
I Love my dehydrator!
My new LOVE is
PERSIMMONS!
I can’t wait to dehydrate them this fall.
Persimmons to snack on..ALL YEAR LONG!
YUMMY!
And so…
it’s time..
( Actually..we are just starting seeds..you see,
The farmer’s time table for planting is:
“When you can put your bare behind on the soil
& it is WARM..
time to plant!”
I haven’t actually tried that…
I  think I will wait for a little more SUN and make a good GUESS!
It’s almost time!
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!  🙂
If you are looking for a fun gardening unit for your CLASSROOM..
*click on the FREE PREVIEW..:)
 

Nibits for Newbies 2.7.16 Valentine Bags

If it’s Sunday

It must be time for….

NIBITS  for NEWBIES!

This week’s theme…

  VALENTINE  CARDS

It’s that time of year…

Kindness cards, Friendship Celebrations, Valentine Parties

Whatever YOUR site chooses to call it.

IT’S  HERE!

The time of year when we color,cut & glue

to show our FRIENDS  that WE LOVE THEM!

Pinterest has LOTS ( I mean LOTS )

of Valentine IDEAS!

These are a few from one of my collaborative pinterest boards..

Click on link to follow..

https://www.pinterest.com/firstgradeflair/valentines-day-elementary-resources/

( Click on this pic for a FREEBIE on my blog)

WE LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY!

But WHAT TO DO WITH ALL OF THOSE VALENTINE CARDS???

How to MANAGE them ALL?

2 days before our “Friendship Celebration”..

*we are NOT allowed to call it a VALENTINE celebration

(seperation of CHURCH/STATE thing..)

we make our BAGS!

Now I have done LOTS & LOTS & LOTS of different types of  card holders…

(Again…THANK YOU PINTEREST!)

But I think the MOST important thing to remember is…

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT THEM?

If you have 25 students…these take up a LOT of space!

So the choice is yours!

Just remember…

ALWAYS…ALWAYS…make 1 extra!

(That student who was absent on CRAFTY day…will want a bag on PARTY day!)

ALSO….

Have your kiddos write THEIR NAME ONLY on the cards.

One in each bag…PLOP..PLOP…PLOP!

NO need to MATCH their friend’s name to the bag.

One for EVERYONE!

When we open our bags…we say THANK YOU to each person who gave us a card!

MANNERS COUNT!

So good luck.

Check your CRAFTING SUPPLIES.

Find our where you want them be..they will be there for two whole days.

AND enjoy!

Don’t forget to make one for yourself!

I am sure your kiddos will have “TREATS” for you too!

Happy Friendship DAY!  🙂

Nibits for Newbies 1.17.16 I ALMOST QUIT!

If it’s SUNDAY

It’s time for

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s topic…

I ALMOST QUIT!!!!

What a WEEK!

For those of you who don’t know me,

I teach first grade at a low socioeconomic,

high gang neighborhood,

TITLE  1  ( low performing  ),

MULTI languages,

and VERY NEEDY FAMLIES!

I have been at this school for 16 years.

All in grade 1.

I LOVE my school.

I LOVE my job!

I just can’t let go of some things.

I work with kids from the VERY best..

( I have had a student who got a FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP to HARVARD!)

She was amazing in grade 1…and amazing when I watched her graduate from high school.

AND…

I have taught kids who have been “lost” in the gang world

and I have never heard FROM or ABOUT them again.

One of my “lost souls” is now a paraprofessional at our school!

Proud teacher here…he turned it around & is MAKING IT!

So my problem isn’t the CLASSROOM part.

I just can’t quit trying.

I can’t leave my emotions at the door.

And it is making me ILL.

I have a student who is destructive.

He is a time-bomb waiting to explode.

BAD family.

NO support.

Mean, angry child.

Parent refuses to get help for him.

Easier to “look away”.

I can’t.

I tried.

And now…he is trying to destroy my classroom,

my students, and me.

I let him get to me.

I let him question myself.

What am I doing wrong?

Why can’t I help him?

Where did I mess up?

Maybe I don’t “have it” anymore…..

Maybe it’s time to find something else….

And so…

I LET HIM GET INTO MY HEAD!!!!

I wasn’t sleeping…

I kept trying to CHANGE things

 ( classroom set up, behavior plans, groupings, schedules, etc..etc…etc..)

and my other “littles” were suffering.

I knew it.

But I kept “trying” to find that 1 thing.

That 1 thing that would bring him into OUR world.

Peacefully, calmly, without cussing, hateful words, destroying papers,desks,etc.

We KEEP TRYING!

THAT’S WHAT WE DO!

Now…

MY school support is AMAZING.

Admin, psychologist, staff, etc, etc, etc…

GOT MY BACK!

BUT..

things take TIME.

I am trying to survive TOMORROW!

I don’t have TIME!

I have IST’d…RTI’d…Behavior planned myself to pieces!

I have MORE DATA than LESSONS!

Nothing.

NADA.

NOPE.

And so…

I forgot the MOST important thing about teaching.

The OTHER students!

They have hung in there with me.

They hug me when I am EMOTIONALLY drained!

They write me LOVE notes

and KINDNESS cards!

And …they are learning!

He has NOT hurt them!

Their scores are climbing!

So…I am letting go.

I am letting go of the realization

that ALL kids can learn.

He will learn.

He will get help.

He is  a survivor.

It may be this year.

It may be next year.

Mental illness DOES start young.

I have SEEN it.

I have LIVED it.

I am a survivor.

And so.

I WILL NOT  QUIT!

I LOVE  my job!

I am doing lesson plans.

We have Valentine’s to make, Chinese New Year, the President’s….

We have reading groups where we talk, and giggle together!

We have math where we GOT THIS!

And so…

I think we will PAINT!

( Always makes ME happy!)

 🙂

Thanks for the “vent “!

Happy 3 day weekend!

As MLK says…

“I HAVE A DREAM!”

Clean up, Clean up..everybody clean up!

Clean up, Clean Up…Everybody Clean UP!

Can you hear the song?
Here’s a link to help you…
My NEW YEAR’S Mantra!
CLEAN UP!   CLEAN UP!
I LOVE to start the NEW YEAR with cleanliness!
NO …I AM NOT  OCD ( quite the opposite ).
I like to start the year off with a clean slate…doesn’t always stay that way!
🙂
So here I  go!
MY Closet!
ICK!
Keeping these…pants together..skirts…etc
Hubby even did his shoes! 🙂
Pile to GO!
Cleaned out my closet…found my LOST slippers!
YIPPEY!
Pile of unneeded hangers!
Gave some of them away with donated clothes.
Kept some…yes..I got rid of the WIRE HANGERS!
HAHAHAHAHA
So I am DONATING 2 bags of
“UNUSED” clothes & shoes
( Doesn’t fit, holes, haven’t worn, aren’t going to wear…)
to Goodwill.
Have you tried this COOL  closet  trick?
Take ALL of your hangers and turn them
BACKWARDS!
As you wear something…
turn the hanger forwards.
Next year…
ANY hanger still turned backwards…
YOU HAVE NOT WORN IN ONE YEAR!
DONATE IT to someone who will!
The Christmas Decor!
I LOVE my Christmas tree.
I turn on the lights, sit in the dark, and watch it twinkle!
But…it has been up since November.
( Yes, before THANKSGIVING!)
I didn’t have Thanksgiving at MY house..so..
UP WENT THE CHRISTMAS DECOR!
Makes me happy!
But…Time to “CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP!”
Gma loves help! Such a decorator!
It takes a LONG time to put ornaments away!
You have to touch each one…remember when or where you got it…
the memories are sometimes OVERWHELMING..
Sniff..sniff..giggle..giggle
We started this years ago…
When we travel, or have a special place…
we buy an ornament.
BUT…NOT ALL PLACES HAVE ORNAMENTS!
so…
we buy a KEY CHAIN…write the date or special place
and hang it on the tree!
Our tree is about remembering the fun times TOGETHER!
Newest member of my snowman ornament collection.
Don’t forget the year!
Little sister got married last year in HAWAII!
We were ALL there!
So FUN!
This is why we keep things!
My hubby made these in PRESCHOOL!
Circa 1965-66
They take their VIP place at the TOP of the tree!
and last…
ME!
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions…
I don’t need ANOTHER thing to worry about!
But..
I have changed my eating habits!
( Lost 15 pounds on the way )
My new favorite “treat”…
APPLES & Peanut Butter!
But wait!
 Isn’t Peanut Butter FATTENING??????
Here’s my SECRET..
Slice apples ( I buy mine pre packaged & sliced ). 🙂
Put them single layer on a plate.
Put 1 Tablespoon ( Yes I measure ) peanut butter in a small zip-lock bag.
Close bag. Microwave PB ( mine about 20 seconds).
Snip ( tech term) the corner off of the bottom of the PB bag.
DRIZZLE over apples!
It’s like FROSTING the cake!
Every apple has PB!
Lick your fingers clean!
YUMMY!
3 Weight watcher points! YESSSSS!!!!
So…I am beginning my
CLEAN UP
mode.
I should start on the kitchen cabinets, or the bathroom…..
I think I hear
APPLES & PB
calling me!
Happy New Year’s,  my friends!

Nibits for Newbies 12.20.15

If it’s SUNDAY..

It’s time for

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s theme…

MAKING  MEMORIES!

Short & sweet…

This GMA takes pictures!

LOTS OF THEM!

I have  HUGE tubs FULL!

Someday my 4 kids and 4 grandkids will have to decide which ones

THEY want!

I LOVE going through the pictures, reliving vacations, people who have come & gone, etc.

So…the holidays are HERE!

MAKE MEMORIES…and take LOTS of PICTURES!

Here’s my fun ones…

ENJOY!

My next attempt at Pinterest..BAKING!

My next attempt…Pinterest BAKING!

OK…so my LAST attempt
at PINTEREST baking
was…
OK.
NOT GREAT! But ALL was..OK.
(Here is my post on THAT project…)
So…I pulled up my BIG GIRL PANTIES…
and began again!
I have always LOVED my neighbor “grandma” who makes CANDY
and gives it to us for CHRISTMAS.
WELL….IF SHE CAN DO IT…I CAN DO IT!
Maybe?
(She has been cooking for 80+ years…and LOVES IT!)
( I was TAUGHT to cook when I was 8-10…40+ years ago…
BUT  I DO NOT LOVE IT!)
I do it…I try..I don’t enjoy it!
TG…Hubby likes to cook…I  like to clean..
we do well together!
Did I tell you the story of my first biscuits?
Young bride…cooking for new hubby…
made HOMEMADE biscuits.Pictures in cookbook were so nice!
MINE were as
HARD AS ROCKS!!! Actually, did throw one and it hit the fence with a thud!
As a young bride…I was DONE!
NEVER wanted to bake again!
And then I found biscuits in a CAN! POP! DONE!
No more ROCKS! 🙂
So…cooking & I have never been….GREAT.
We have been …good…but NOT GREAT!
So, here I go again!
PINTEREST! YOU KILL ME!
Everything is so…PERFECT!
I CAN DO THAT!
Just follow the recipe…read the directions…look at the pictures!
If you do…it will look exactly like it does on PINTEREST!
RIGHT?
I decided on
ENGLISH  TOFFEE.
I LOVE Almond  Roca!
My mommy LOVES it too.
Maybe I’ll make her some.
MAYBE?
Here is what I wanted:
Looks GREAT!
I am an educated, 50+ year old woman!
I can do this!
So here I go:
(in pictures: )
YES…I FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS
(to a TEE!)
Sprinkle chopped nuts on the BOTTOM!
Melt one POUND…YES!
One POUND OF BUTTER!
( No , I cannot taste…too many weight watcher points!) 🙂
Mix sugar, corn syrup, water into butter.
BOIL until light brown!
Spread sugar mix onto cookie sheet.
Sprinkle chocolate chips onto warm candy.
Spread chocolate.
Sprinkle with FINELY chopped nuts!
Freeze until hard.
Break into pieces!
Hubby tried them..
THUMBS UP!
So…Now I will bag them up and share with neighbors..
AND MY MOMMY!
I think this has been a PINTEREST  SUCCESS!
YEAH!
Might try it again…Maybe… 🙂
*PS….
While I was making candy…hubby was cooking too…
He made homemade CHILI
( that he is going to can in jars with the Pressure Cooker!)
( Too much..PRESSURE :)…for me!)
AND….
Crock POT ribs!
YUMMY!
Will be ready for dinner!
As the clean up person…
I do ask that he uses
Crock POT liners..
Easy Clean UP!
Do YOU use them?
You will. The BEST!
So enjoy the holidays my friends!
I might cook…again!
Maybe. 🙂

I Love Pinterest…Sort of

OMG!

There are SOOOOO  many wonderful things on PINTEREST!

I have THOUSANDS of pictures

of things

I want to make, create, cook, send to others, etc, etc, etc…

So  this weekend…

I jumped in!

Now I must preface this…

I don’t cook much.

Hubby is the master chef

I clean. I clean well!

So….as an educated adult…I CAN FOLLOW A RECIPE!

Sort of.

Our family cookie exchange is coming up.

I thought it would be CUTE

to have a CENTERPIECE of lollipops

for ALL of the kids to take home.

SO…

Here is what I wanted to make

LOOK HOW CUTE THEY ARE!

OK.

I CAN DO THIS!

I went to my favorite

WALLY  MART

and got my supplies!

Hubby wanted to know WHY I was buying

100 candy canes in November!

BECAUSE I CAN! 🙂

So here is my day…

Get out candy canes  & sticks.

Lay on waxed paper.

MAKE SURE THE STICKS TOUCH THE CANDY CANES AT BOTH TOP & BOTTOM!

Need white candy melts for centers.

Well…my oven maybe a little warmer than 300 degrees.

MELTED  QUICKLY!

A LITTLE large?

Hmmm…doesn’t quite look like the pinterest picture.

Hmmm.

So..use my fingers to “squish” the bottom & top

TO THE STICK!

OK..then

melt chocolate (microwave)

DO NOT BURN!

Go slow & stir often!

White chocolate SMEARED into the middle.

Yes, I dripped all over some.

YES, I used my FINGERS to get in

all the nooks & crannies!

And YES…my sprinkles look like a 5year old did them!

NOT EXACTLY like PINTEREST…

But I will bet

 the 20 kiddos

 who come to the family cookie exchange,

Won’t CARE!

PS…They haven’t SEEN PINTEREST!

Yes…I am putting them into a “CUTE” basket….with foam…surrounded by Candy KISSES!

It will look great!

AND NO ONE,  will say a word!

If they do...

THEY GET TO HOST THE COOKIE EXCHANGE NEXT YEAR!

HA!

So…I love Pinterest…sort of

🙂

Nibits for Newbies 11.1.15

Nibits for Newbies 11.1.15

If it’s SUNDAY..
It’s time for…
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!
This week’s THEME????
Keeping YOURSELF Healthy.
OK…So it’s ALL ABOUT ME!
I came back from FALL vacation..a little…OK!
A LOT…OVERWEIGHT!
A cruise will do that to YOU! 🙂
It wasn’t the cruise’s fault. Been packing it on lately.
SO?
DOCTOR’S  APPOINTMENT!
UGH!
What do you mean…
STEP ON THE SCALE!!???
NO!!!!
So..I did..and then we talked…
ALL IS GOOD…Blood Pressure good…low cholesterol…etc., etc. etc
BUT…..TIME TO LOSE THE WEIGHT!
Eat less…exercise more!
NO MAGIC!
( BUT I WANT MAGIC!)
NOPE!
OK…So hubby ( my biggest cheerleader )
and I joined Weight Watchers!
This is NOT my first round with WW..
Just my most CURRENT.
Why am I telling YOU this?
KEEP ME ACCOUNTABLE!
I NEED YOU!
Keep asking me “How’s it going?” etc etc
So ..I count points, I drink water, I ride my bike DAILY!
I feel good…only had one peice of candy on Halloween!
I track ( on my phone )…daily!
Hubby is my cook ( he loves to find new recipes & cook )
Me? I do not cook!
Everything is going good.
Weigh in is Wednesdays.
We will see how it goes.
We are in for the long run.
NO Quick fixes!
So…I have laid it our there for you!
My life in a fishbowl!
What do YOU do to keep YOURSELF healthy?
Healthy teacher is a HAPPY teacher!
Hang in there!
Wash your hands often…germs will be spreading like wildfire!