Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fell in the Lake

I've been hoping that Maggie would have learned a little caution around the water,  but,  I'm not sure she has.  Just a couple of days ago, she was walking along the sea wall and  peering over it into the lake.

Last night, Don came in with a large 'fish' net that we can use to retrieve her if she ends up in the lake again. Yes, she can swim. She is a natural dog paddler, but there is no place where she can actually get out of the least not near by. And since she is not cautious, we certainly may have to use that net some day. Of course, I'm hoping that we don't. It isn't big fun to have to run her to the house for an instant bath. It really isn't that easy. I end up as wet as she.

Thank you again, Don, for saving Maggie's life and for thinking ahead to another time when there may not be anyone around  with arms long enough to retrieve her.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Garden of the Gods

PaPa and Caleb explore at the Gardens of the Gods in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It was a very impressive place with the huge orange rock formations jutting straight up out of the ground.  Here we see PaPa and Caleb exploring as John and I took pictures. I'll post some even prettier pictures of the rocks later.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Great Granddaughter

I am happy to  announce  the arrival of our first great grandchild today, August 17, 2014. Her name is Ava Monroe.  She was born on her uncle Brandon's birthday. That will help me remember the date. At this age, I need all the help I can get.  

We have not yet seen her close up, or held her, but I love her already. 

Thank you Brittanie and Daddy for choosing to make a good home for this little sweet wonder.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ORU Friends

In earlier years we would announce a dress code before a get together, so that our pictures would be color coordinated. In recent years, we've failed in that department. This  time was especially bad. Therefore I am now making a pact with myself to remember to talk about what we will wear on further outings.  Why do I care? Well for one thing, I really like to see our pictures look nice in a layout. It is hard enough to choose a color scheme for the page when there is no issue of clashing going on in the picture itself.

We girls have had a pretty rough time getting it all together this summer.  This is the first time in months when we were all together, so we celebrated birthdays...four of them.  We only had two present who did not have a birthday since we last met.

I, the oldest one there, was one whose birthday we celebrated. The others were Jane, Robin and Paulette.

We were lucky to have chosen the Winking Lizard in Peninsula. Generally a very busy place, Monday is one of its slow business days because the scenic railroad train does not run that day. We were able to take all our presents in without stares. We spent all the time we wanted without tying up a table or causing the waitress to be concerned. A person on the wait staff even had time to take our picture.

I've been fairly busy verifying, or at least trying to verify numbers of political emails that pop up in my inbox every day. It is very time consuming, but important. 

I received one today about Jane Fonda and John Kerry that caused me to be cynical.
I remember things that happened back in the anti-war days. I was already much in tune with politics, having had to read so many books in high school history and political science classes. 

I remember all too well the  book 1984, in which news was rewritten constantly. That is so easily done these days. And we can see facts change from day to day. When we are old enough to remember some of these things, I must repeat, it really makes one cynical. By the way, 1984 was my favorite book ever, and so was it Hillary's...but for different reasons, I'm sure. It scared me to death , but it made Hillary want to be one of those in control.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


I've soooo many pictures, and soooo little time.  My brain is slowing  down and my  list of chores is getting longer.  I'm frantically trying to finish the book about our trip to Colorado, while all our grandchildren's recent activities are going undone. They are piling up, up, up.  I love doing this, but I am being weighted down. 

It makes me proud of Caleb to see him emulating his daddy and his PaPa. He's a good boy.

While it is still summer, although most of it is gone already, some students are already going back to school. Why so early and why are we in such a rush to start the new year? Is is because our students are falling behind others throughout the world?  The amount of time they spend in school has nothing to do with it. I can name a few reasons our education is getting poorer. 1. There is no real discipline in class. Kids know they can get away with most anything. 2. Parents generally are not supportive of teachers and school policy. 3 Kids do not have good habits, for example, keeping a decent bedtime. 4. Kids who cannot keep up are shoved ahead, making them unable to catch up to the others. 5. Mixed classes slow down those children who can do well.(By mixed, I mean those who learn quickly and those who don't.)  6. They are teaching our children many things that are not only unnecessary, but many things that are counter productive...just look at the new core curriculum. 7. They are trying to funnel everyone into college, whether they should go or not. 8. They have dumbed down the curriculum so much that students have to take and pay for remedial classes in college. 9. The attention span of students is getting shorter. 10. Too few students have good study skills or care to work hard. 11. Teachers unions forbid firing  poor teachers. Oh my, I could go on and on.  

If you are in a position to put your children in private schools or home school, as a former teacher, I would highly recommend it.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Guitar/ Ukelele

John, a saxophonist, picked up playing the guitar while a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. He likes to play for relaxation.  Little Caleb wants so badly to play along.   He doesn't seem satisfied to just sit and listen. If I  could, I would love to teach him. His ukelele is quite cute, but it just doesn't sound right. I hope to see the day when he can play right along and make music with Daddy.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Museum of Discovery

Ron and I enjoyed the museum with Caleb. It was difficult at times to keep up with him, since he was quite familiar with it and knew exactly what he wanted to do. I learned a lot, mostly that I could just let him go and follow him. We did see a lot of things in the time we were there. I particularly liked to see the sign admonishing parents to keep track of their children lest they be given a bhp of expresso and a kitten to take home.  lol  I can see it could very well be a problem. The children  could dart from one activity to another in break neck speed.

And speaking about keeping track. Some have been following trends in population, for example.  They have noted that  for the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.