Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Disclaimer: As I have answered this question in one of my initial posts, I am more or less repeating an one of my earliest posts on Return of the White Robin. So for this Fun Monday post, I might be cheating...once again. This entry refers to one of my first Fun Monday posts. I continue to blog partially because the kind of camaraderie that exists with blogging buddies including the Fun Monday crew.
Alas, I am back. As you know robins return in the springtime, and spring is here at last with figuratively and literally. In the summer of 2006, I started a blog called The Spring of the White Robin. As fall arrived, keeping up with my job as a seventh grade science teacher, carrying out various responsibilities at church, and maintaining the blog became difficult. Something had to go; so the blog was shut down on September 23, 2006. You know robins fly south for the winter. Now, that spring is here robins return as is my personal blog. Besides, I want to play a blog game called Fun Monday. Tristan of Brothertons asks the players to describe, "how would you like to wake up?"
What follows is my first entry on The Spring of the White Robin, which includes an explanation of the blog name and how I started blogging.Why in the world would a sixty year old woman want to start a blog? Well, my involvement with all of this originated from reasons other than starting my own blog although my reasons are related to the world of blogdom. My original goal was merely to be able to comment on another blog. A friend had written a blog, and I desperately wanted to leave my own gems of wisdom as a comment. This particular blog at the time only allowed comments from members from the Blogger.com community. So I registered, enrolled, and logged-in with a display name, username and, of course, a clever as well as secret password.
All right, fine, so how was Spring of the White Robin born? Well, among other things, I imagine myself as a great writer. Okay, so my writing is not so great, but I have a great title. Strangely enough, there is such a bird as a white robin. Maybe there is not an all white robin, but there are robins with white feathers where other robins have red feathers, a robin white breast so to speak. So in my fantasy world where I AM the great writer, I write a tale for preteens about a young girl having grand adventures and creating splendid inventions during the spring, in which our heroine simultaneously discovers a pair of white robins. Of course, my novelette is adored by young girls everywhere; and thus, I am an instant success. By now, if you have read this far, you may be thinking, “Why in the world would a sixty year old woman want to start a blog? The white robin story s*cks.” I have to admit that Blogger has seduced me with the opportunity to post my picture. Even though I am old and gray, I like this picture taken by my photographer son. And the overalls are one of my favorite things to wear. Hence, this blogging began as the desire to comment and as the vanity of having my picture along side my profound, humorous, and more often than not boring comments.
Final Note: Although this entry refers my desire to be a great writer, I really do not cherish the act of writing itself. I know several bloggers that enjoy blogging as an outlet for their wonderful and clever writing. I mostly blog to communicate with others.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thinking about the summer season reminds me of the summers of my childhood. In the days before home air conditioning was common place, water play was important to children. I remember the joys of running through the sprinkler to cool off. Do children still do that? If it was very hot, my parents would fill a wash tub for me to cool off in the yard. Our wealthiest neighbors always had a kiddie pool. Luckily, these kind folks were always willing to share the water fun with the neighborhood children. In this picture depicting summer fun in the early 50's, I was not old enough to attend school. But in those days, school always started after on the Wednesday after Labor Day. Whatever kind of summer fun the children of today have, that summer fun for the most part is over for the year.
Good-bye to summer fun. There is no more running through the lawn sprinkler. (Darn it.) I am off for School Organization Day for the 2007 - 2008 school year. Sigh...
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The Other Bear and the Uncaring Bear at Uncaring Bear , this week's Fun Monday hosts, are requesting, "Share with us a little white lie that you may, or may not, have gotten away with. Perhaps it's something more sinister than a little white lie - maybe even a deep dark secret that you've kept buried for years! All the better! Now's your chance to get it off your chest and confess."
Nowadays, I do wear glasses, and I wear them all the time. I miss the days when my vision was perfect. I really cannot imagine what possessed me to lie about needing glasses. I need them now to see, to read, to drive, to compute, to eat... honest. You do believe me. Right?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I am not a picture of athletic prowess, but as a child I could run fast and seemingly fly over the high jump bar. In kindergarten, my teacher said that I was the best skipper in class. Now, granted this was kindergarten, and maybe the teacher was being kind and found something for each child to excel in or be best at doing.
But on with my track story...in third grade, the activity for one period was to run the 60 yard dash as our teacher timed our speed. All 37 children in our class ran the sixty yards while being timed by our teacher, Miss Spangle. After everyone was finished running, Miss Spangle announced all of student's times except mine. To top this off, she exclaimed that "Michael Haines with the best time is the fastest runner in the class," and of course, the class cheered. Then, my teacher took me aside and told me quietly and privately that she had not announced my time as I ran faster than Michael. She continued that my score was not announced as we would not want Michael to feel badly that he was beat by a girl.
The sad part of that story was not that the teacher lied or that I was cheated out of the brief moment of glory of being the fastest runner in class. The sad part of the story is that I thought the teacher was right, "We would not want Michael to feel badly being outrun by a girl." The good news is times have changed. In today's world, young girls have open to them a wide range of athletic events including softball, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, gymnastics as well as track. You go girls.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
If I was still a drinking lady, I would say that Kahlua and Cream is my favorite treat. Now, I do not mean Kahlua and cream poured in a glass and mixed together. I mean that Kahlua is poured into a glass over ice and then cream is added ever carefully so that the the two are layered with Kahlua on the bottom and the cream or half and half as the top layer. For a year or so, Daddy D made me one of these every evening for an after dinner treat. As you can imagine this drink is calorie-laden. Perhaps, I gained ten pounds that year. However, when you drink this delight, some of the superb alcoholic coffee-flavored Kahlua slips into your mouth with a little bit of cream creating the most delightful sensation. Oh yes, this is soooo good. Daddy D, who has worked as a bartender but by day is a chemistry and physics teacher, would like to remind you that the cream is less dense than the alcohol so that the cream readily floats atop the Kahlua.
Although I no longer drink, I do enjoy some other tasty and maybe should be forbidden treats. As a child, Jujyfruits were my candy of choice at the movie theater. I liked all the flavors except the licorice fruits. To me, licorice tastes like dead bugs in lighter fluid. Daddy D gets to enjoy any licorice at our house as well as of few of the other delectable Jujyfruit flavors. I especially savored the green fruits, which used to be mint-flavored. The current Jujyfruit greens are lime-flavored. The lime is okay, but not refreshing like the mint greens of yesteryear.
Another favorite is raspberries and cream, which might be food of the the gods. Unfortunately, fresh raspberries are not available throughout the year. I did find and enjoy some of this fruit of paradise for this post. Hmmm...yum Finally, when we rent a movie, I like to have baked corn pops. One of the reasons that I like corn pops is that these kernels of air puffed corn almost melt in your mouth with a lovely buttery taste reminiscent of the best movie popcorn. Corn pops are tasty with any beverage. I like to have mine with Coke or O'Doul's, which is a non-alcoholic beer. Well, almost non-alcoholic, the O'Doul's label makes this claim, "Less than 0.5% Alcohol by Volume." O'Doul's is all right but nothing like Kahlua and Cream.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Lynne of A New Jersey Girl is extremely talented photographer and shares her beautiful wildlife photographs on a regular basis. Thus, Lynne is certainly deserving of a Creative Blogger award. Look here and here to see examples of her dramatic photography.
Tod of A Bridge of Cows has declared his blog to be a tag-free zone, which is clever as well as thoughtful and creative. So although Tod may spurn the award, he too should sport a Creative Blogger award.
Sunshine of And the Pursuit of Happiness is indeed a creative blogger. She created the fun and festive blog prom. Furthermore, by organizing a group of guest posters, Sunshine setup an entertaining travelogue through the United States when she was on vacation. Thus, this Creative Blogger award goes to the lovely Miss Sunshine.
Finally, although I could go on and on, I recognize Captain Corky of Corky's Log as a Creative Blogger. Those of you that visit his blog will surely agree that Corky's brand of sarcasm is top-notch. Where would we be without a regular dose of Corky? Furthermore, he and his lovely wife Allyson have created the most fabulous baby. If you visit for the humor, Corky always has a bonus picture of Max to keep his millions of readers happy.If you are a regular visitor to these blogs, you will undoubtedly concur with my choices. If you have not had the delight of these blogs, check them out today. I heartily recommend these five blogs for your regular reading pleasure.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The last exhibit for this Fun Monday is the most charming. My husband teaches high chemistry and physics during the school year so he was the perfect choice to play the character, Dr. B. A. Loon, for the summer Vacation Bible School skits at our church. In the picture, Dr. Loon in his lab apron with the Periodic Chart of Elements is discussing the concept of pressure with the children in the audience.