This is what we call “satellite interference”! Our weatherman calls it “80% chance of rain”! J The rain started just moments after I got home yesterday and it was still raining last night when we went to bed. I can’t believe we are having such a wet, wet year. I haven’t been this late planting the garden in years.
Drinking a different coffee this morning called Eight O’Clock- a stronger, smoother coffee than the Maxwell House and Folgers I usually buy. And, according to Consumer Reports, an “earthy, fruity 100% Columbian” coffee that is better than Starbucks and several other pricey brands. I read about it in their coffee ratings article in the spring “Food & Fitness” issue I told you about before. I’m really enjoying the magazine and making some new food discoveries. Gary gives a “thumbs up” to this coffee, which is a little more expensive than our usual, but has twice the caffeine. The magazine also included this bit of trivia: Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee daily- more than any other nation.
I got a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday. My great-nephew, otherwise known as my GREAT nephew, sent me an origami elephant. Isn’t it adorable? I just love it and have added it to my office collection. I can’t believe Tyler is so talented with such a complicated skill. I have tried it several times because I admire the results so much. I am not good at it! Nice to have a family member now who is- maybe he will take requests! Thanks buddy!
I can’t believe the week is almost over! Time flies when you are trying to get a dozen things accomplished. My list is long this week because I’m trying to block out anything and everything that would interfere with my surgery and recovery days next week. Gary is even working the weekend so he will be off both of those days.
We have our field trip to Ft. Washita next Thursday so please pray that I am well enough to accompany the children. I really, really want to go and take pictures of them at the mountain man rendezvous. We are off Friday for Easter weekend so even if I’m exhausted by Thursday afternoon I will have days more to rest. J
I can’t wait to show you a photo of our new hallway mural. A couple of the first grade teachers came up with the idea after seeing another school’s mascot in their hallway. So our talented secretary is making it a reality for us! A bulldog puppy and a welcome sign will now greet visitors as they enter our door! When it is completely dry on Monday we will take a class photo in front of it for our keepsake books.
I also have two other completely unrelated photos to share. I’ve been meaning to work them into a post for the last week or so. The first one is of Fat Fabian, the best fish we have ever raised. We bought him from WalMart about three years ago because I had been having so many problems with tropical fish. (We had terrible water problems where we were living and it was also a much colder house.) We paid less than a dollar for him and he has been great entertainment! He has also outgrown two smaller tanks and is now crowding himself out of a ten-gallon tank. I added the “fat” part to his name last year!
The other photo is our cactus that Gary planted from seed years and years ago. I can’t remember when he actually planted them, but I know it was at least ten years ago. I laughed at him at the time. The seed packet said “grow your own cactus garden” and contained about six different kinds of seeds. I knew from reading, and from previous attempts of my own, that cactus grow very, very, very slowly. I had a pot that is actually no bigger than a quarter and he started them in that. I kept it on my window sill for months and months before the cactus even sprouted. I was tempted several times over the years to just toss the pot out. I forgot to water them for months at a time. It was years before I even transplanted them, carefully with tweezers, to a small bowl. But time and patience have resulted in the little beauties you see here. I used the penny for "scale". We did indeed grow our very own cactus garden! J
I leave you today with my favorite quote of the week: “Save our planet! It’s the only one with chocolate!”