I've just got to share the good stuff I read.

I love to read. I read every chance I get. If I read something really good, I want to share it with my friends and co-workers. I make copies of magazine articles, read aloud to my students, tell others about good books I'm reading, and keep a book with me at all times.

I love teaching and learning new things. I need a place to share some of the lessons and what my students and I learn. Since my teaching situation is different from everyone else's in my school, I would like to tell all of you in the blog-o-sphere about these great lessons.

Feel free to share what you are reading, teaching and learning with us in the comments.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

One left to read

I have read all but one of the China Bayles Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert.

I looked for it at the library Saturday. The online catalog said it was available. But when I looked it was not on the shelf.

So I asked the helpful young lady at the checkout desk. She looked online and on the shelf-same thing-no book.

She requested a copy from another branch. Now I wait.

Not sure if I really want to read the last book. I have had fun reading these mysteries. I feel like China and her friends are my friends, too.

Well, this isn't really the last book. A new one is to be published in the spring.

Have you read a series and not wanted it to end?

Now I will be looking out for another author to stalk-read- and enjoy.

Happy reading!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mystery with recipes and plants

I have been reading the China Bayles mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert over summer break and into the fall. I read some other books by this author but just started this series this year.

The first one I read was Cat's Claw published in 2012. Then I decided to start at the beginning and read them in order. I went to Susan's website and printed a list of the China Bayles Mysteries. I have been methodically reading them in order for about five months. I went to our local library website and found which libraries had which books. Then I knew which library to visit to check out each one.

I have six left to read. (There are 23 books with a new one expected in April, 2016.) I really enjoy reading a series because the characters become like friends that I am visiting. I catch up on the news from Pecan Springs, Texas each time I read one. The main character is very companionable and has lots of friends. It's a place that is always welcoming and accepting. The conflicts move the plot along and every thing turns out okay in the end.

I alternate reading some of China's stories and some of Stephanie Plum's adventures. Stephanie is funnier but China is more like someone I would have as a friend.

Do you have a favorite author or series that you like to read?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Grass at last

The yard redo is practically finished.

Grass has been replanted.



around here...

and here.

Up there...

and over there.

The gate section of the fence has to be replaced and then we will write the final check.
We are very pleased with the work. Now we, and by that I mean Martin, will plant hardy plants around the outer edges of the yard and in the beds between the patios.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nearing the finish

We are getting close to the finish on the backyard project. The flagstone has been laid on the lower patio. They will work tomorrow on filling the spaces with sand.

Looking to the south.

Need a little grass on the slopes.

A little grass here.

Can't wait to set up the table and chairs on the upper patio.

Lots of grass needed here.

Hope the tree will make it. We love its shade.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Yard Makeover phase 2

Lots of photos today. Pretty self explanatory shots of the work.

The upper patio is finished.

The steps and retaining walls are finished. Just the lower patio and replanting left to do.

We are very happy with the new space. Can't wait to sit outside and enjoy the fall weather.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Yard make over phase 1

Finally the workers have come to make over our back yard. They took out the small patio and prepared the new patios and steps.

They dug up the boxwoods and placed them to the side for later. They saved the sod that was taken up for the new patios. Hope that can be used, too.

Concrete was poured Wednesday. It rained Tuesday evening but not enough to cause problems.

Steps and footings for retaining walls was poured.

The lower patio will be laid on crushed stone, not concrete.

Jane the cat inspected everything.

She looked over the footings.

All good!

Flagstone upper patio in progress.

Looking forward to good times outside soon.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book Bonanza

Here are all the books I brought back from the International Literacy Association Convention in St. Louis. Most are chapter books and many are for middle school or high school. I will enjoy reading them then giving them away as door prizes at our reading conference in December.

Free books are not the only reason for attending the ILA convention. Renewal or revival or inspiration-- call it what you will. I heard some great teachers sharing about their successes with students. I wish I could clone myself so I could read with more students on all grade levels.

I especially enjoyed hearing about high school students who began reading for pleasure again or in some cases for the first time. I loved hearing about challenging students who were hooked by a great book. I want that for all students.

Look for more posts about these books.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Visit from some hummingbirds

Overcast day. Saw two hummingbirds zooming around the flowers outside our back windows.

Taking sips from the butterfly bush.

Having a rest on a branch of the Chaste Lilac.

Taken with my camera with no extra lens.

The birds love to come to our little nook. We have 3 bird baths and lots of flowers.
Love summer!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Choosing a favorite quilt book

I know this is not my sewing blog and these are pictures of quilts but...
A request to share a favorite quilt book has been made by the program chair of Jackson Quilters.
All of these quilts were inspired by something in a quilt book.

The plan for these two came from the book SuperStrata Quilts.
They don't look a thing like any quilt in the book.

Some parts of these two came from the book Fat Quarter Fun with a very broad interpretation.

All four of these quilts have been given away. I guess I can share the books without the finished products. We'll see.