Saturday, June 25, 2016

Treasure-Hunting Teacher Scores Big

I am SO excited about teaching 7th and 8th grades next year.  I have all kinds of ideas for my classroom.  So, I've been out shopping, and today I went to get a ___________ which I found for FREE on Craigslist!  Score #1.  I will fill in the blank later, when I do a post on the ___________ .   I cannot do it now because it is a surprise for my new students and I have discovered that some of them read this.  
So, for now, it stays a secret.  (If anyone wants to guess and gets it right, I will personally go to Ken's Joys for you and buy you anything you want from there, within reason of course.)  
Anyway, my son and I went to get the free __________  and on the way I saw the above sign.  Score # 2.  Below is the one I found about two days ago.  Perhaps there is an impending epidemic?  

And of course, since it was Saturday, I stopped at every garage sale I drove past and snagged these two amazing Mission arts and crafts (his favorite style) chairs for hubby.  Score #3.  He was happy!
And yesterday I got this entire bin of brand-new math manipulatives for $5, and a handful of ex-library books for 75 
cents each.  Yay for summer.  Yay for thrift stores, garage sales, 
and free _________s.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Strange, Ominous Signs in Alaska

This sign was posted at the base of a cliff next to the waterfall at Mendenhall Glacier.  No explanation is needed.  

Okay, my husband just told me that it wasn't that obvious.  He says it could mean that if you are in Alaska and Bigfoot throws rocks down on you, then jump off the mountain.   

I don't think so.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lancaster County Signs Are Getting Bossy

Participles, participles, participles.  If goods are baked, then they are baked goods.  Fortunately, if flowers are cut, they are still cut flowers.  But, since the first two words are written in the form of a command (as in,  "you bake"), then the second one reads that way too.  
  1. a word formed from a verb (e.g., goinggonebeingbeen ) and used as an adjective (e.g., working womanburned toast ).

So, grammatically at least, this sign is telling us to go bake some goods and cut some flowers.  No thanks, I have to paint the back sun porch on my house today, and those eleven big windows are going to take quite awhile.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

You Say Potato, I Say Pa-ta-toe, You Say Strawberries, I Say . . . StrawBerris?

We decided to go for a family drive in the car the other evening, and I just happened to find two different misspellings of the word "strawberries".  
The first one I found the funniest because of the pronunciation; the second one, well, you know.
I always have my class say it out loud with me, "Change the 'y' to 'i', then add 'e, s'."  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hiking in the Mountains with Mr. Marmot

 We began our second day at Denali packing up our campsite, loading everything into our backpacks, and heading off for the hills.  We hiked four miles up into the mountains and enjoyed the lovely views and a hoary marmot which ran across our path. (Yes, that is snow in the picture. It snowed on us five different times during this one hike.)

After our hike we took it easy and jumped on the bus for another twenty mile (or so) ride into the park where we got to see another grizzly bear.  
 We also enjoyed seeing the caribou and moose antlers at the Toklak visitor's center fifty-two miles into the park.  (These are not horns; animals which shed every year have antlers; animals which keep theirs [like sheep] have horns.)  
After the bus ride we set up camp at the Igloo Campground, about thirty miles into the park, where we would be staying for three nights.  There were only seven sites at this campground so it was pretty quiet.  It was around thirty degrees every morning and it rained every night; thus the tarp, which helped the rain situation but not the temperature.  I wore a knit cap and pulled my sleeping bag all the way over my head every night to help that.  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Be Sweet to Bears

After our delightful whale and dolphin sightings, we drove about six hours north and arrived at Denali National Park around midnight.  The camping check-in office closed at eleven p.m., so we slept in the car.  Not fun.  But, after two years of planning and saving, we were finally in Denali.  The next morning we set up camp at the Riley Creek Campground near the entrance to the park, then purchased tickets for our first bus ride into the park. 
 This was taken at Polychrome Overlook.  To get here the bus drove around a tight curve with a 770 foot drop on one side.  I did not look down.  On our very first bus ride we saw sheep, caribou, and a grizzly bear.  This made the whole trip worth it.

Cars are rarely allowed on the main road, only buses are usually there.  There is no hunting allowed inside the park itself, so the animals are used to only buses (quiet buses, stopped, with quiet people taking pictures inside) and come quite close to the road.  It was absolutely amazing.   I'm so glad God made bears.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Misspelled Signs Agian [sic]

-5 points for misspelling "Russell" twice
-5 points for using text typing for the word "for"
+1 for spelling the word "puppies" correctly
To see more misspelled signs and grammatical errors, click here.

  Here is what wikipedia says:

"The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting
It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated."

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bye-Bye SCMC 2016, Sniff Sniff

I was so busy singing that I only took a few pictures, and here is the last (except for the picture of my husband kissing the Mennonite mannequin, which I am a little hesitant to post.)  The chamber choir was lined up ready to enter the backstage door at the Choral Festival last night.   More pictures will hopefully soon be posted at the SCMC website - .  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Shenandoah Christian Music Camp Dress Rehearsal

Children's Choir directed by Wendy Good
This evening was spent at Covenant Presbyterian Church in dress rehearsals as we prepared for the two concerts tomorrow afternoon and evening.   

Friday, June 10, 2016

Singing in the Gym at SCMC

We enjoyed listening to the Mass Choir directed by Lloyd Kauffman at the Shenandoah Christian Music Camp this evening. 

And, someone's transportation is patiently waiting for them until rehearsal is over.  

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Two Ladies and a Menno Mannequin (with 80's bangs)

   This lovely mannequin greeted us as we descended the stairs for breakfast this morning.   To see more pictures from the Shenandoah Christian Music Camp 2016, click here:  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ohio Music Geeks Nerd Out During Break

We are all working hard on our music here at the Shenandoah Music Camp, although we don't all have matching outfits and headphones.  

Monday, June 6, 2016

Yes! We Saw Whales!

The next morning we cooked breakfast at our campsite, jumped in the rental car and delighted in the scenery as we drove south to Seward around Turn Again Arm.  Supposedly Captain Cook was looking for the Northwest Passage back in 1778 and spent two weeks exploring this arm looking for a way through to the Atlantic Ocean, which he of course never found.  (The Northwest Passage does not exist, unless one goes under all the ice in a submarine.)  As he was exploring this arm he kept calling to the pilot, "Turn again!", thus the lovely name.  

We grabbed some coffee and boarded our ship for the shorter, less expensive whale-watching tour.  I told Joseph not to get his hopes up (nor was I), as we probably wouldn't see any whales.  Silly me, we saw seven.  Five were orcas (killer whales) and two were humpback whales.  One of the humpbacks even stuck his fluke up in the air.  Yay for whales.  
(I did not take this picture.  My camera is not that good.)  
Mr. Otter entertained us while we waited to board the ship.   

These loud sea lions were fun to watch as were the Dall's porpoises which swam along with us and leapt in front of the ship.  It was an amazing day enjoying God's wonderful creation.   I can't wait to tell my students about it.  

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Bomp Bomp Ba Bomp, Dip-De-Dip-De-Dip Blue Moon

 After climbing up the mountain and back down, I was ready to relax a little bit.  We enjoyed fish tacos overlooking the port of Juneau and then walked around the docks.  Then we headed out to enjoy the Pacific Ocean at low tide.  All these live mussels attached to rocks I found most interesting.
At the close of the day we drove to the Shine of St. Therese and gazed at a most lovely sunset around 11:00 p.m.  On the way back to our tent we stopped to observe a rare blue moon rising over the mountains.  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's a Beauty Way To Go

For our next excursion we could have taken the easy way up on the tram, but we chose the cheaper, more scenic route, four miles zig-zagging up a mountain.  And back down.  

 We also visited an abandoned gold mine and the quaint little St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox church.  I always read the historical markers (history geek, I know) and what was fascinating about this church is that the priests learned to speak the native language and had the scriptures translated into the local Tlingit dialect.  As a result, many of the Tlingit people were baptized and attended worship services.