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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

What I'm working on

I'm working on some row-by-row strips from 2015. Yep, I got right to those rows. I have completed 3 and currently working on the one below.
I have pinned the pieces in place to check the arrangement. I'm going to machine applique them in place without using glue or fusible. I like the look and hope the work will last longer.

This row came from a shop in the St. Louis area. I didn't buy the kit so this is using up some stash.

I came across the pattern for these bowl cozies and decided to try them.

They are really quick to make if you have layer cake lying around.

I made one more but have already gifted it to my mom.

You can find the pattern and very clear instructions here.
Credit to HappyHourStitches.com.

Hope I'm not too late to link up with Amanda Jean @Crazymomquilts.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The haul from the reading conference

I got back from the reading conference late on Tuesday. 
I attended lots of sessions but most of them were concerning our state reading association.
Still, I had some time to visit the vendors and collect some books and other materials to share.

In years past I think I came back with much more but this year I couldn't hang out in line for the author signings. I will enjoy reading these and sharing them with students and teachers.

I only bought one book. The one in the middle-Struggling Readers.

I'm in the middle of reading Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross. I recognize so many southern ladies in her books. Have you read them? They are a hoot.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reading with students

Yesterday I was helping an 8th grader with a reading assignment. He had to read "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry and answer a few questions. I remembered the story but needed to re-read the story because some of the questions were text specific.

Anyway, as I read the story silently I laughed at the descriptions and dialogue. My student asked why was I laughing as I read. I told him it was because I saw pictures in my mind and what was happening was funny. Sadly, he said he didn't get that when he read.

Wishing for pictures in my students' minds when they read.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Obsessed with a trilogy

We watched the movie Divergent recently. I had seen parts of it but never sat thru the whole movie.
There was a copy of the book in the room I share at school, so I thought I would compare the book and the movie. The book is better. Then I had to find out what happens next, so I read Insurgent. Stayed up late one night and finished it in 3 days. 

Now I'm reading the 3rd book. It is hard to put down. 

I have other books checked out but can't seem to break away from reading this series.
Have you ever had to keep reading a book? 
Looking forward to finishing but also dreading the end.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Busy Spring Break

A few random photos of flowers Mr. M. kept covering to keep from freezing. The broken sticks are to keep the covers from crushing the plants. And then it didn't get as cold as predicted.




The week has flown by. Last Friday we drove to Memphis to see Garrison Keillor at the Orpheum. Thanks Joey & Jessie for the tickets. He was joined by his pianist Mitch? and singer Heather Masse. It was an entertaining evening of stories and songs.

Then back home-time change-long list of to-do/to-sew/to-read items.
Checked off
Tax forms completed and sent
Cat Sitter book read
Turbo Twenty-three (Janet Evanovich's latest book) read
Ava's Quillow finished
David's Quillow started
Liam and David entertained
Mom's patio chairs painted-Thanks Mr. M
Fannie Flag book read
Recent photos printed and put in photo album!
Fudge made with Liam's help
Four bunny ear drawstring bags made

I think that's it. I didn't think I would get that much done. There are a few things on the list that have to wait for Sunday night-emails and school stuff.

How was your week?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I recommend these books

Well, back to my original purpose for this blog...
I am recommending two books for my many readers.

Tuesdays with Morrie came my way because two of my high school students are reading it in English. They had to have a copy of the book and asked me to buy it. They work after school and weren't sure when they would be able to get to a bookstore. I bought it on a Friday and couldn't get it to them until Monday... so.... I read it on Saturday. It is a great book for thinking about life. Not sure 10th graders are going to be that wild about it but if you haven't read it, you should.

The other book was a Christmas present. I had it on the list to read but had not gotten around to buying it or getting it from the library. The thing I like about Dispatches from Pluto is the writer's perspective on my home state, especially the Delta. We lived in the Delta for a short time in the 70's.
It is a different kind of place. Not at all like the Mississippi of my childhood and youth. Mr. M. wasn't as fond as I was of this book. Maybe you have to be from Mississippi to connect with it.

Now a few photos of flowers to finish up this post.

Weird February weather today but these flowers brightened my day.

Read a good book?