Sunday, March 29, 2009
Woke up to a Spring Wonderland this morning. 3-4" of snow fell overnight. It was very pretty but not very nearly April! I didn't get to see if "hamster-size flakes" feel but I do know there was a bit of sleet
before hand (woke up at 1am & heard the frozen stuff hitting the windows.)
Well I knew it was supposed to warm up. This pic was taken 9 hours later. It's the same tree in my neighbor's yard. It doesn't look like the very wet, very heavy snow hurt any of the trees! Even the magnolia across the street looks ok, not all brown & icky like it has in previous years.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
2) Saint Patrick's Day has nothing to do with snakes. (Snakes have never been in Ireland.)
3) Saint Patrick was associated with the color blue (not green).
4) People didn't always party. (Until as recently as the 1970s, pubs in Ireland were closed on March 17th for religious observance.)
5) The 1st Saint Patrick's Day parade wasn't in Ireland. (It was in New York.)
6) "Danny Boy" wasn’t written by an Irishman. (It was an English guy.)
7) More than 40 million Americans trace their ancestry back to Ireland. (That's about seven times larger than the population of Ireland itself.)
8) Ireland is one island, but two countries (Northern Ireland & Ireland).
Two more myths we found out about later:
9) Saint Patrick died on either March 8th or the 9th in 432. Church officials added the dates, making St. Patrick's Day March 17th.
10) The Blarney Stone is kissed by the tourists, but it is peed-on by the locals.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I thought this was going to be a simple pic. We went to Best Buy, bought a drum set or Nick's Wii & he's a happy boy. No such luck.
Backstory: Nick has been DYING for the drum set to go w/his Wii Guitar Hero. He has the money but, I told him he couldn't have it. He begged for it. I said no. I told him there was no room in his room for a drum set. He said we could get rid of his Lego tub. I said ok, but, he had to keep his room clean for 2 weeks. Week one goes off w/o a hitch. Friday, we're at his school & one of his teachers walks by. Casually asked her how Nick was doing; he didn't turn in a book report, flubbed a spelling test & never takes advantage of extra credit. As "punishment" he has to read the book (even tho he won't get any credit for it), do the extra credit (even tho he won't get any credit for it) and "the contest" as he calls it, starts all over again. He is NOT pleased but, by the end of the weekend he understands.
Fast forward 2 weeks. He gets his 3rd quarter report card and has brought all his 2nd semester grades up and has a GREAT report card! He has done well w/keeping his room clean & is now "qualified" to buy the drum set. We pick the kids up at school which is halfway to Edwardsville, the closet Best Buy. We explain that we're going to go ahead & drive to Best Buy & get him his drums. He's so excited I think he bounced all the way there. We get there & there is only one box & it's a little beat up. Nick says he's sure it's ok, he'll take it!! He wants to ride in the trunk w/it all the way home. He gets it home, sets it up & is happy as a clam!!
Saturday morning, I get back from my Stamp Camp and the drum set is apart & back in the box. Some piece of it is cracked. It works fine but Nick wants a "perfect" set. We go back to E'ville, there is not a set at any Best Buy w/in a 25 mile radius. We check 2 Targets, 2 Walmarts, 2 Game Stops and a Slackers, no drum set for Wii. Nick is truly bummed. Scott check's Walmart's website. They have it, in stock & $15 cheaper. We order, Nick pays $4 for fast delivery & it should be here on Wed. He's DYING for Wednesday now. Hope it all works out!!!! I hate when my kids are disappointed!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
(Becca took these pics while I was driving!)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Anyway, this is a pic I took last year, 6/2/08 to be precise (at 8:32 pm according to my computer) I have NO idea why I took sky pics but, I'm guessing 'cause I thought they looked cool. I have a whole SLEW of sky pics on this day. I'm thinking this is from my back deck, looking over the top of my house. When I do random things, I'm gonna have to journal them IMMEDIATELY so I remeber what, when, how & WHY!!!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
This is a pile of Mardi Gras beads I had at work. I kept them there for special occasions: St Pat's, Red White & Blue days (school colors), Halloween. I always participated in the funky school spirit events: Pajama Day, Crazy Hat day, backwards shirt day. I loved doing stuff to make the kids smile. I had vinyl clings for every holiday and put them up just to make things cheery. Now, I'm gone & I KNOW no one else will do anything like that. But, the beads look WAY COOL piled up like this!!