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This has been a great week!

April 6, 2016

And it has been fabulous! Classes have gone smoothly. Students have been engaged. I went to an inspiring after school meeting with WFU and Donor’s Choose.

So why am I pooped!?

Speaking of Donor’s Choose. These are the computer-related books for The Great Computer Mystery! We just got some more in yesterday and they haven’t been cataloged yet! Can’t wait to get them all into the hands of students!



Glen Miller Moonlight Serenade

April 2, 2016

Dr. Who. Season 101. Episode 9: The Empty Child. Rose and Jack Harkness discussing business while dancing and drinking champagne.

100 Book Club (and then some!)

April 1, 2016

This young man is the newest member of the 400 book club at school! Wow!


He’s a man of few words, but he was very proud to add this very special book to the wall of fame.!

What to do with photos?

April 1, 2016

I realized I had multiple copies of some photos on my phone. That’s what started this adventure. Well, maybe I should say restarted. Back in time before phones were as smart as they are, I decided to digitize all our photos. I had to use a scanner though. Phones are much faster.

Decisions to be made include:

  • where to keep the digitized photos for perpetuity. I’ve already got pix in several places. Too hard to find and not good for sharing. I mainly used photobucket before. I don’t think I’ll keep it because it’s not easy to maneuver.
  • what editing app to use ( I almost typed software here. How yesterday.😉 )
  • how to organize the photos.
  • which ones to keep. I’m trying to approach this like weeding books, but I’m finding it to be much more difficult.

I’ve tried a couple of apps on my phone.

  • Heirloom – not bad. It allows you to keep your photos in albums as well as to share them. Lacks an editing component, and it’s kind of clunky.
  • Camera+ – this was more what I was looking for. You snap the pix of the pix and edit right there. Much easier to save to the camera roll than Heirloom.
  • Aviary – this one is on the computer (although there is also a version for the phone) and I haven’t used it yet.

I’ve spent days reading all the best organizing advice. The one I like to most is to make a folder for each year and then put folders in that folder for events, or just number the photos in chronological order. The issue comes with those photos that you have no idea of time. I’m going to make some folders with just names and then see if I can narrow it down.

A couple of pix from my Mama & Papa Raper box.

Return to writing, day 1

March 31, 2016
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imageThis is my favorite chair at my favorite time of the day. It’s dark right now, but it won’t be for long. The sun is just starting to peek over the horizon and before long, it will be in full sun. Most days, the chair sits through this magnificence alone. I go to work long before there is sun, but there are days, like today, when I get to sit here and enjoy this wonder.



I used to write

March 30, 2016

I used to write a lot. An event in the last few days made me go back looking for a date. A date on which I remember writing. The date ended up being 9.15.07. I looked through a lot of posts to get back that far. Some things I only wrote about once, but there were many, many topics that came up again and again.

  • Education in general
  • Teaching
  • NC General Assembly and budgets
  • What it means to be a Christian
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Learning

So, why don’t I write so much anymore. Well, I do, but it’s on Facebook. That’s a shame. Facebook doesn’t keep things like a blog does. I could never go back through Facebook and find a post from 9.15.07 to reread. I also noticed that as I progressed through my MLS, writing happened less and less. A habit was broken. Time, energy, topics. Everything revolved around completing course work.

I started writing to work through my childhood, and it went on to absolutely everything else. I am a generalist. I keep  trying to do blogs on specific topics and I fail miserably.  So, I think I’ll give the daily writing a try again. I have a new app called balanced that helps you start new habits. Writing. That will be what I add today.

But the furniture is white . . .

March 30, 2015

We painted the walls white. I say that with some trepidation. In my home-improvement related reading, I’ve found people have very strong opinions about white. We’d had deep blue walls for years, and I was just plain tired of it. OK, it also looked like it had been around for years. Paints of the past were not of the same quality as those found today. We also live in a center townhouse, so we only have windows in the front and back of the house. White really brightened things up. What became quickly evident however was that the white furniture that looked fabulous next to the blue walls made the house look like a sanitarium. After searching miles and miles of paint chips. We decided on Valspar’s Jekyll Sans Souci Green with black accents. Valspar has a nice little color selector that allows you to save your colors. I’ve got nothing to disclose here. I paid for the paints I used at Lowes.

Here’s the chip.

jekyll sans souci green

Here are a couple of pieces before the painting.

bathroom cabinet bar cabinet

This is just too much white.

Here are the two pieces of furniture we have in the dining room halfway done.  I used semi-gloss on the bases and gloss on the tops.

dr table half done DR display half done

The top of the table had been painted numerous times. The original finish just didn’t hold up well and I just kept trying different things.

Here are a few of the finished pieces.

finished book case finished DR display finished dr table finished hall short book case finished office


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