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Preparing for SNOW!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is the day that SNOW should begin. It could be that it will be a big storm, and we will keep this snow until Aril.

Winter's beauty is best seen in nature, where all becomes very quiet. My favorite walks are the winter walks, tracking the steps of animals who have crossed the path earlier in the day.

Birds on branches, heavy with the wonderful white, visiting my feeder for food. I sit near the window, watching their actions in the early morning.

Preparing for snow is a mental shift, bundling up against the cold. Summer's breezes replaced with the cold North Wind.

Preparing for snow also means physical labor. Snow blower is ready, wood is cut and stacked, ready for burning in the living room stove.

Snow pants, coats, hats and mittens are out. The crampons and snowshoes are ready. I am prepared for snow!

  
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FERRETLOVER1 11/26/2014 7:44AM

    It's really great that you can see the beauty in snow - thanks for the lovely pictures and words.

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WILSONWR 11/26/2014 7:39AM

    I miss the snow down south, but I'm glad we don't have it for months during the year!

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NELLJONES 11/26/2014 7:37AM

    We'll be getting snow here today, too. No one ever wrote a song about dreaming of a White Thanksgiving.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/26/2014 7:30AM

    already snowed here. keep warm.

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MAWMAW101 11/26/2014 7:28AM

    Love the pictures but not the snow!
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NASFKAB 11/26/2014 7:17AM

  lovely pictures thanks for sharing

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SMITHKRISTI 11/26/2014 7:10AM

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MSFROGGIE 11/26/2014 7:07AM

    Beautiful pictures!! I'm from Florida, so I love seeing the snow pictures.

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MAMISHELI53 11/26/2014 6:49AM

    Snow IS lovely...but I like to enjoy it from the warmth of my livingroom! emoticon

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BA5454 11/26/2014 6:31AM

    emoticon Lucky! We've already had that first snow and it was beautiful, unfortunately we don't live in a place where it stays. Hope you have a wonderful time!

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MSLZZY 11/26/2014 6:21AM

    You are prepared indeed. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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LUVS2BIKE101 11/26/2014 6:16AM

    Can't wait to make "first tracks"!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/26/2014 6:12AM

    Gorgeous pictures!!! Thanks for sharing!

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TORTISE110 11/26/2014 6:02AM

    First snow is the best!

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TWEETYKC00 11/26/2014 5:58AM

    I hope you stay safe and sound there.

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EMMACORY 11/26/2014 5:54AM

    Love the pictures of the red cardinal. Since you are ready for snow, I will let you have any snow that is thinking about coming to Cincinnati this year. I prefer the warm weather. emoticon

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PATSYB7 11/26/2014 5:49AM

    Beautiful pictures--I am ready for snow, too! Have a wonderful day!

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MONTREALESTMOI 11/26/2014 5:47AM

    Beautiful pics

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ROX525 11/26/2014 5:44AM

    You are all set...Let in snow (in your neck of the woods). Stay safe. Bless you.

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KLMEIRING 11/26/2014 5:33AM

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CHERYLHURT 11/26/2014 5:27AM

  Gorgeous!

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MARYJOANNA 11/26/2014 5:20AM

  Lovely photos!

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GHOSTFLAMES 11/26/2014 5:13AM

    Same here.

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More coffee

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Some mornings just call for a hot, comforting drink.
Now I drink my variety of cafe au lait- 1/2 hot coffee and 1/2 hot milk with a little cinnamon for seasoning. My morning program at school is relatively quiet right now, but the day is still young. By 9:00 (it is 7 right now) this place will be hopping!

  
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KIPSTER52 11/25/2014 8:36PM

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THROOPER62 11/25/2014 5:41PM

    emoticon coffee and cinnamon

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/25/2014 5:15PM

    I can't get going without a cup of coffee in the morning! I guess dealing with a room full of kids would need at least 2 cups!

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NELLIEH1 11/25/2014 1:40PM

    Your coffee mixes sound so yummy...and aromatic! Maybe I'll try some of your coffee ideas on the days when it does not matter if I sleep all night. emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 11/25/2014 1:31PM

    DH is teaching PE this week. Says the kids are pretty wired, looking forward to the holiday and the break from school.

The day before a break is always a hopping day in every school I've been in!

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DLITE719 11/25/2014 10:53AM

    I enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning while I read the paper and listen to the news. emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/25/2014 9:46AM

    And you will be able to hop along! Have a great day!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/25/2014 9:44AM

    Short week at school this week for us due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The kids are wound up so I'm glad.

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NASFKAB 11/25/2014 9:38AM

  thanks for the tip cinnamon in my morning cup of black coffee

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WILSONWR 11/25/2014 9:15AM

    Have a great day! Your coffee sounds good!

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KONRAD695 11/25/2014 8:43AM

    It's 8:41 and I'm right there with you. Started at home. Now I have one of the robust strong hand pours from a coffee shop. emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 11/25/2014 7:43AM

  I love my coffee! I normally drink it black, no sugar. This is the time of the year when they do put the fancy creamers on display in the dairy aisle. I usually buy one (white chocolate raspberry or something with caramel) and add a bit to one cup every day but not always. Sometimes I just forget and end up tossing it but for the first couple cups it's pretty good.

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RASPBERRY56 11/25/2014 7:31AM

    This sounds like a plan for me as well - though the weather (for now) isn't all that bad, I'm a bit stressed right now, and warm drinks have been known to help.........enjoy your bevvie - sounds yummy!

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TWEETYKC00 11/25/2014 7:19AM

    Enjoy!

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FERRETLOVER1 11/25/2014 7:14AM

    I'm not a coffee drinker...I love tea, especially flavored tea. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 6:58AM

    LOVE cinnamon in my coffee. So healthy, too.

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Simply happy

Monday, November 24, 2014

Our hike yesterday was a safe one in spite of lots of ice on the trail. We were not the fastest people on the trail. In fact, one couple passed us 6 times as they ran up and down the mountain 3 times. I give them credit for hiking with speed and agility that I can only dream of.
I am simply happy to hike the 5 miles safely once yesterday.

  
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GRAMMYEAC 11/25/2014 1:28PM

    Hike at your pace... It is worth the time to stop and marvel at what Mother Nature hides around our mountains.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 11/25/2014 9:43AM

    Congrats on a 5 mile walk. On a good day I can do 3 miles but normally 2 miles is my limit.

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TWEETYKC00 11/25/2014 7:20AM

    Sounds like a good hike!

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MSLZZY 11/24/2014 8:38PM

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REGILIEH 11/24/2014 7:13PM

    Yes! We want you to stay safe! Safety first!

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KIPSTER52 11/24/2014 3:07PM

    look on the bright side, you get to enjoy the scenery more then the couple passing you 6 times.
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MAMISHELI53 11/24/2014 11:20AM

    Definitely! I walk like a penguin...I'm not about to risk a fall and BREAKING my hip, when I'm awaiting hip replacement!

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MAMISHELI53 11/24/2014 11:20AM

    Definitely! I walk like a penguin...I'm not about to risk a fall and BREAKING my hip, when I'm awaiting hip replacement!

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/24/2014 9:56AM

    Sounds like the perfect hike to me :)

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/24/2014 9:37AM

    I agree with DebbieFromMt, you miss a lot when you are just running. The beauty of the mountain, the wonderful stillness of nature, the relaxation of just being outside. Lucky you!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/24/2014 9:21AM

    Running up and down the mountain? Sounds like some of crazy kids in Missoula that run up and down Mt Sentinal (ok 19 - 20 year olds I guess that's the age to do it). I agree with you. Hiking it once would be good enough for me too! You miss some pretty awesome stuff running that you can enjoy just hiking. I'm with you Jackie!

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NELLIEH1 11/24/2014 9:11AM

    Yes! and with the joy of savoring the process! We would not speed either...for sure!
Jimmy wants to do Washington for our 50th! :)

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WILSONWR 11/24/2014 8:48AM

    It speaks a lot of you to even do the hikes in such conditions. Safety is the most important thing on such treks, and you did right by going slower!

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SWEETNEEY 11/24/2014 8:08AM

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NASFKAB 11/24/2014 7:57AM

  its better to be safe than sorry & you enjoyed your hike thanks for sharing

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NASFKAB 11/24/2014 7:57AM

  its better to be safe than sorry & you enjoyed your hike thanks for sharing

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1CRAZYDOG 11/24/2014 7:31AM

    Wonderful you had a good hike!

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FERRETLOVER1 11/24/2014 7:23AM

    Speed is not important on a hike - you might miss something gorgeous - what's the hurry? Glad you had a safe hike.

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IOEINC 11/24/2014 7:05AM

    Always better to be safe than sorry!!! Glad that you had a good time!!! It is not so much how fast you hike, it is more that you slow downed to enjoy it and the "smell the roses!" emoticon

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MARGARITTM 11/24/2014 6:31AM

    Sometimes it is good to go at a pace that you can enjoy your surroundings.

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PATSYB7 11/24/2014 6:24AM

    Glad you had a nice hike. DH and I had a great walk around the neighborhood. We tired out our furbaby! Enjoy your Monday.

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EVILCECIL 11/24/2014 6:21AM

  Congrats on the accomplishment.

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I need it!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today is our hike up Mt Monadnock. I have spent a lot of time sewing, and really need a day of hiking. Look out Mountain, here I come!

  
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GRAMMYEAC 11/23/2014 10:43PM

    What a gorgeous day for a hike! Hope you had a wonderful time!

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NELLIEH1 11/23/2014 9:52PM

    oooo...lucky!! Hope you had a lovely climb and soaked it all up for wintah! (Or do you try again before heavy snows?)

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/23/2014 5:36PM

    Fabulous photo!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/23/2014 5:13PM

    Have a ball hiking!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2014 11:34AM

    Beautiful picture of your beloved Mt. Monadnock. Have a blessed Sunday.

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MAMISHELI53 11/23/2014 9:29AM

    emoticon There she goes again!

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NASFKAB 11/23/2014 8:28AM

  enjoy your hike thanks for sharing the lovely picture

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NASFKAB 11/23/2014 8:28AM

  enjoy your hike thanks for sharing the lovely picture

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KONRAD695 11/23/2014 8:26AM

    Hike away my friend. Enjoy the outdoors. emoticon

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NUTRON3 11/23/2014 8:05AM

    Have fun

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/23/2014 7:40AM

    Wonderful - have fun

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    Wow!!!!!--a life achievement!--Lynda emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 11/23/2014 7:24AM

    Enjoy!

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LUVS2BIKE101 11/23/2014 6:46AM

    What a lovely place do do some serious thinking!

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Turkey's on the Wall

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Our school is having a coloring contest.
The students in my Before School Program organized it, and will be the judges. They are having such a good time with this project!

  
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KONRAD695 11/22/2014 11:46PM

    I forget how cool stuff like that is. emoticon

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NELLIEH1 11/22/2014 9:58PM

    great fun!! emoticon Thanks for sharing

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GRAMMYEAC 11/22/2014 9:52PM

    Just takes a little push and some support for the kids to make these kinds of events work! Kudos for fostering their creativity!

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MSLZZY 11/22/2014 7:53PM

    Kids always love these projects and it makes the competition fun.

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REGILIEH 11/22/2014 7:20PM

    They are so blessed to have you!

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68ANNE 11/22/2014 3:45PM

    I can remember doing things like this
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DEBBYFROMMT 11/22/2014 2:28PM

    How neat! What a wonderful thing for the kids to do!

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PUPPIES4ME3 11/22/2014 9:56AM

    So much fun for everyone. emoticon

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JCLJR4547 11/22/2014 7:36AM

  GREAT FOR THE KIDS!

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NASFKAB 11/22/2014 7:35AM

  great

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1CRAZYDOG 11/22/2014 7:23AM

    Gobble, gobble! Glad they're having fun!

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FERRETLOVER1 11/22/2014 7:16AM

    What fun! emoticon

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LOPEYP 11/22/2014 5:47AM

    Nice!

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MARYJOANNA 11/22/2014 5:20AM

  Looks like fun!

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