Monday, April 27, 2009

Pan Got Worried

Frankie and I were discussing a practice in Africa where they pierce a cow in the neck and let it bleed out some. They then drink the blood and the cow heals. Frankie was saying that it seemed cruel although he does think that animals are here on Earth for us to eat**.

Pan, our cat, was laying beside me and right after Frankie said that he bolted off the couch and went under the coffee table.

Coincidence or did he understand?? :)

**I do know others do not believe the same but that is not the point of this particular blog, so please do not be offended.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Frankie and the Riding Lawnmower

We were given this lawnmower. It died after taking the video, but we think we can get it fixed. I hope so because it apparently is just too much fun for Frankie.

Oh and remember that mean looking plant from a few blogs ago? It produced the most wispy white flowers. I was surprised by God's little joke. :)

scary plant flower

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Road Trippin' with the High School

I got the privilege of traveling to Brenham, TX for a regional UIL competition. For those of you outside of Texas this is an academic competition or nerd convention as those jealous ones keep calling it...Frankie.... :) I was the Number Sense coach and one of my guys got to go to regionals.

I had a really great time. The kids that went are really good kids. It was about a four hour drive on the bus and we passed some really cool things along the way.

One of them was the world's smallest active Catholic church.

small church sign

smallest church

One of the main reason I was so excited to go to Brenham was because this is the home of Blue Bell ice cream, which is some of the best ice cream in the nation. We had the time to go the factory with the kids and we all enjoyed $1 scoops! :) Here are some pictures of the place where magic is made. :)

blue bell creameries

blue bell girl

blue bell truck

Finally, I want to share with you the best joke of the whole trip....

Broaddus isd

This is the bus that broaddus Broaddus ISD! LOL! It was an all day laugh. (Say it out loud if you don't get it.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Yard Greens

I have some very exciting news....even if it is only exciting to me! My cherry tree has soon to be blossoms on it now!!

cherry blossoms

We also have some very cool things growing in our yard.

old grain

And some scary things.

scary weed

But of all the things out there, I can't wait until the trees are bigger and producing super yummy things! I want enough fruit and nut trees to make a fruit salad! Now if I can just find that mini marshmallow tree to plant, it would be perfect! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Clean AND Tasty

At a hotel I came across this...

Edible Soap?

Do you eat this or wash with it? I am SO confused!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Paris Hilton Doesn't Do Math

In one of my Jr. High classes we are doing a project where they have to create a cartoon with a mathematical theme. Their TAKS test (state standardized test) is OVER! So we can do fun things now.

A student asked me if they could use magazine cutouts of celebrities and make them be the ones saying stuff. I told them that was fine, but to remember that the cartoon had to have math in it. The student then told me that it would have math and that is why they were not going to use Paris Hilton.


Oh the mind of a middle schooler!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Notte Sento: A Beautiful Short Story


A girl misses her train to Milan and is set to wait overnight in Rome until dawn. However, a chance encounter with a guy changes her plans and the night lights of the capital turn into the background to a tender love story. An extraordinary chemistry made of knowing glances and small gestures fills the few instants that separate them both from the sunrise.

Short film made with 4500+ still photographs.
Official site:

This is one of those films that makes you feel all warm and cuddly. :) I loved it so I wanted to share it. FYI: Notte sento has a literal translation of "Night I hear".


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Trees Are My Friends

Today, finally, after about a week of saying I would and then not doing it, I planted my trees!

I had plans to get up early and work while it was cool. Frankie would be gone most of the day at a tennis tournament (he's the coach!), so my plan was going to work out nicely.

He would come home and see all the trees planted and say, "You have worked very hard today. Let's go out and eat so you don't have to cook." Wait, wait...he would want to go out to eat even if I had sat on my butt all day. He likes to go out to eat if he is tired, because he doesn't want to cook and if he is tired then I probably am too and wouldn't want to cook either....but I digress.

I, of course, had to finish my coffee before I could start planting trees. So after coffee time which ended at 12:30 PM. (It is a Saturday after all people!) I made it outside for my task. I had put the trees in a bucket of water to soak for 3 hours as the Arbor Day website said to. So coffee time wasn't a complete do nothing...the trees had to soak. :) (Baptized trees were my saving grace! LOL!)


With my computer set in the window so I could hear 90's alternative music, I set to work. I got the two forsythia trees planted. They are tiny. I can't even see them from the house! But they were freebies so shut my mouth! They are the first to put out leaves, small but mighty.

little forsythia

Look at that baby reach for the sky!


An hour had past and it was way past lunch! So I stopped laboring to eat a sandwich. It was starting to get hot out too. I checked the weather and it said it was a pleasant 76 degrees. There is no way it was that cool. I think someone was smoking crack at the weather channel.

After lunch, I headed back out but not before putting on sunscreen. Remember children, sunscreen may smell like bananas, but don't eat it! I didn't think planting trees would take sooo long! Frankie made it home while I was still out there...there goes my meal out! (Yeah right!)

There were some tense moments while digging. I unearthed this:



In my attempt to not startle the beast I suppressed a blood curdling scream. Slowly I sneaked up on it, scooped it in the shovel, and flung it across the yard! I was safe again and so was my most prized tree. My cherry tree!

cherry tree

I know not much to look at now, but you just wait!

I still have my apple trees that my mom gave me to plant, but hey they are already sitting in dirt so they should count their blessing instead of complaining all the time! I will get to them this evening when the temperature really gets into the 70's (not the crack induced 70's!).

apple trees

Do you see who is in the window? The ever present supervisor. Man, he is always riding my case! :)

I hope you had a productive Saturday and yes just getting your coffee down the hatch counts! :)

P.S. I am blogging this outside! I love wireless and spring!