Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Day 31 Au Revoir!

So long, fare well for now
Our time together has been fun
Writing for thirty-one days was how
We exchanged ideas and entertained a ton.

Blogging is both hard and easy
Some ideas just come to you quick
Just make sure it isn't too cheesy
Writing can sometimes be a trick

So keep on slicing my friends
You won't be sorry you did
Writing easily sometimes depends
On what happens to you as a kid

Monday, March 30, 2015

Day 30 Dogs in Dresses

I have seen lots of photos of animals dressed up in costumes, dresses, coats, and sweaters.  I have often wondered why would you want to do that?  I figured it is fun for the pet parent, not for the pet.  I went over to my friend's house and she had a frilly dress on her CoCo, her Yorkie.  CoCo didn't see too excited to be wearing this crazy dress.  In fact, she looked a bit embarrassed to be seen in it.  I asked my friend why she dressed CoCo in this outfit and she just said she thought it would look good on her.  What?  Fur looks good on dogs, not dresses, is what went through my mind.  

Oh, I put a sweater on Ziggy when it is really cold and snowy outside.  He is very uncomfortable when he's cold.  On cold days he comes in shivering even though he had a sweater on while outside.  He doesn't mind his sweater.  When I hold the sweater up he comes running to put it on.  I don't think he would feel the same if I held up a tutu for him

Halloween is a big "dress up your pet day" and people spend a lot of money on costumes for their pets.  They are pretty funny and some pets actually seem like they like to dress up for the day.  I haven't gotten a costume for Ziggy for Halloween.  He would probably try to chew it off or get tangled up in it.  Do you dress your pet for any holiday or occasion?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Day 29 Easter

                                                       Everything is new and fresh
                                                       Always a time for family and friends
                                                       Spring is so sweet
                                                       Tulips, daffodils, and dandelions
                                                       Eggs to hunt and eat
                                                       Renewal and resurrection 

                                                      Traditions for dinner
                                                      Inspiration is everywhere you look
                                                      Making memories
                                                      Excitement for little ones

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 28 Happy National Something On A Stick Day!

Yes!  It's National Something On A Stick Day.   So, you can go enjoy a corn dog, popscicle, or lollipop.   I plan to celebrate by eating a "dum dum!"

There are many national celebration days ever day of the year.  Some days have more than one thing to celebrate.   Yesterday was National Joe Day. Yep, if your name was Joe, yesterday was your day.  Hope you didn't miss it Joe!   In addition to National Something On A Stick Day today is also National Black Forest Cake Day.  Today is basically eat-everything-that-is-bad-for-you-day!

Here are some of my favorite National celebration days:

January 31           National Backward Day
February 28         National Tooth Fairy Day
March 28             National Peanut Butter Day
April 9                 National Name Yourself Day
May 3                  National Lumpy Rug Day
June 2                  National Bubba Day
July 24                 National Drive-Thru Day
August 10            National Lazy Day
September 19      National Big Whopper Liar Day
October 15          National Grouch Day
November 30      National Stay Home Because You're Well Day
December 29      National Tick Tock Day

Friday, March 27, 2015

Day 27 Weather Watcher

Are any of you weather watchers?  Here in the midwest we are especially concerned about storms, hail, and the ever dreaded tornado.  Many households have weather radios that alarm when severe weather is in the area of the listener.   These alarms are especially helpful if you live in the country where there are no city sirens.

Does your family have a plan when the city sirens or weather radio goes off signaling a tornado?  It is  very important to know what to do and where to go to be safe.  We all tend to panic a little (or a lot!) when there is an impending tornado or severe thunderstorm.  This is a normal reaction and hopefully we will be on "auto-pilot" knowing exactly what to do when there is bad weather.

So as we go into tornado season, be prepared.  You and your family will feel more in control and safer.  It's better to plan ahead than frantically running around trying to figure out what to do.  Like the old saying goes, "hope for the best but plan for the worst."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 26 Hello Almost 7th Graders!

Can you believe it?  You 6th grade year is flying by and you will soon be on your way to 7th grade.  This causes some concern for many of you but you will be just fine.  Promise.  Change is sometimes scary but more often it is a good thing.  The move to the JH is a good thing.  As Dr. Suess says, "Oh the places you will go."

I had a few students come up to me in a panic about scheduling.  You will know what to do and when to do it when scheduling time comes.  Your homeroom teacher and school counselors have the road map to creating a schedule you will like.  Oh, you may not get every class with friends or get the class you wanted but you will have a say in some of the classes.  Don't worry too much about not being with you friends every second of the school day next year.  You can still be friends and you will more than likely make new friends.

So, take a deep breath, let it out, repeat...you are going to be just fine.  Think of JH as a bit of an adventure.  Oh, and you are going to learn lots of good stuff too!   Plus, your 6th grade teachers will miss you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Day 25 Waterfalls

Waterfalls are beautiful.  They are one part of nature that attracts sight-seers, explorers, and adventures.  A waterfall can be the result of snow melting on a mountaintop or overflow of water from an elevation down a steep hillside.   My family and I went on a hike while on vacation in Oregon in a forest called Ten Falls Trail.  The trail was about 4 1/2 miles long but we planned on the whole day for the hike.

The first couple of waterfalls we saw were on the smaller size.  They were very pretty but we could hear water rushing and splashing ahead on the trail.   We knew there were some bigger, more powerful waterfalls up ahead and the farther we walked, the louder the water.  We eventually turned a bend to see a very big waterfall.  This waterfall was so big there were trails that went behind the falling water.  We got wet from the splashing water but it was summer so this was quite refreshing.

It took several hours to make the winding hike to see all 10 waterfalls.  We stopped along the way for many pictures, lunch, and to visit with other hikers. In all, our waterfall experience was amazing.