Friday 56

I have done this before and need to get into the habit of doing it again.



The Friday 56 was created by Freda from Freda’s Voice


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*It’s that simple.

For this week’s book I have chosen All the Answers by Kate Messner


You could totally fall and die then. Any field trip with the word “adventure” in the title had entirely too many what ifs swirling around it.


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)


Several years ago I began reading about something called CSA on other people’s blogs.  They were talking about how wonderful it was to be able to get a box of fresh vegetables every week.  They also loved that they were being introduced to new vegetables.  I knew then and there, that this is what I needed.  I grew up in a family that was one generation off the farm and yes we had a huge garden.  I don’t ever remember having store bought canned vegetables.  During the summer we ate fresh and during the winter we ate vegetables that we had canned or frozen, depending on the vegetable.  I don’t have the space or the desire to garden so this would be a perfect fit for me and my family.  Sadly, for there wasn’t any program near us.  I live in Eastern Iowa, along the Mississippi but close enough to the farms that people weren’t doing this.  Finally this wonderful idea moved to the midwest, but the farmers were only promoting this in the bigger cities.  If I wanted to join a CSA, I would have to drive about an hour or more to pick up each week’s package.  Figured that this would negate the benefits of getting the fresh vegetables, plus I really didn’t want to spend over 2 hours on the road every Saturday (or whenever pickup would be).  I can think of many better ways of spending my time on a Saturday. Finally, I heard of a CSA that was just across the river (state boundary) however they were including fresh mushrooms.  Since I am allergic to them, that wouldn’t be a good idea. Fast forward to the middle of June this year, and I hear about a CSA program from a farm about an hour or so away.  The best part is that they would be delivering to a town only 20 minutes from where I live.  Now since I work in this town, it wouldn’t be that big of a problem to drive out there once a week during the summer (when I am off) and pick it up.  Today was the first day and I am so excited.  You can see in the picture above what all we received.  Of course I have already had a tomato.  Yummy.  Already planning on how I can use the potatoes, corn, and cucumbers.  Excitedly looking for recipes for the zucchini and summer squash.  Both of these are foods that we didn’t have growing up.  I believe because my dad didn’t really like them, because I have discovered that my mom grew up with them and really enjoys them.  Can’t wait to see what next week’s bundle includes and to see if we get to try any new veggies.

Let the good eating begin.  Oh and if you have a recipe for the Zucchini and summer squash, please feel free to send it to me.  Thanks


Two Part Summer

For years now, I have always mentally divided my summer into two parts.

Part 1: This started the day school ended for the summer and lasts until the last day of the county fair.  Here I think I have lots of free time, except I am pushing a child to get her 4-H projects done, including the write ups.  This is a never ending struggle that always last up to the very last minute.  This year she finally finished everything around 11:30 pm the day before conference judging, had to be there at 7:00 am. Every year I beg her to begin working on her projects sometime in October, but like a typical teenager, she believes that she needs to sit around the house and not accomplish much of anything.

Part 2: This begins the day after the county fair ends.  All of the sudden, my brain switches into school mode.  I will wake up in the middle of the night with an idea or two or three or…. I then need to get up and write these down or I will forget them.  I start making lists of things that I need to get done in my classroom so that I am ready for the first day.  I start going into school to work, so that I can access the copier before there is a crowd of people and it breaks down again.  So this year the fair was a week and a half/two weeks early.  I was really hoping that my mind would give me a break for a couple of weeks.  Sadly that didn’t happen.  Yes, I was already thinking up new ideas for this year, and today my brain wanted to sit down at my computer and lesson plan book and plan out an entire semester for one class and start to gather things for my other classes.  I even tried to concentrate on planning for the state fair this year.  My daughter has to be there early on a Friday and early on the Sunday, since it is a 3 hour drive, have decided that it would be better to go out and stay for 4 days.  But that didn’t help.  Even as I was researching and planning for the fair, my mind was thinking school in the background.

It won’t be long now.

Slow Down

Hard to believe that the county fair is only two weeks away.  Usually that signifies the end of the summer to me as I start back in my classroom right after.  This year the fair is a week early but still, I have so much to accomplish and feel like I am running out of time.  Haven’t met one goal yet this summer, yet I have been working on a few of them.

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

While in Des Moines recently, I visited the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. This was a nice little park located not to far from the State Capital.  Basically it was a bunch of different sculptures located in a city block.  It was nice to walk around the block and look at the different sculptures.  There were several people walking around and a couple of families with kids.










Overall, while I enjoyed my visit to this park and the pleasant walk looking at the different sculptures, I am not sure that it is an area that I would visit often.  I really wish that there would have been some information about each of the different sculptures, the artist, the inspiration behind the art piece, etc.


The Seventh Wish

The Seventh WishThe Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a cute book about a young girl that learns that the easy way out is not always the best. She finds a fish that talks to her. She uses this fish to make wishes on, almost always on helping her friends do well. Sadly she discovers that is not the best way to go. A young friend that hates basketball and isn’t really good at it, struggles when he makes the basketball team, another friend has trouble in school after she passes the English test and is able to move into regular classes instead of English Language Learner classes as her English is not as good as she needs it to be. Did her well meaning wishes actually hurt her friends? In total there are 7 different wishes, but do they actually solve the problem or hurt it even more. A quick fix is rarely the answer one needs.

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