Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
A few years ago I tutored (through TI) kids at Julia C Frazier Elementary School. This school is in a poor area in Dallas (Fairpark), 100% minority and 98% poor, and yet they have managed to accomplish something special with their kids - passing the TAAS test. When I quit working for TI, I stopped tutoring, but decided that was the school I wanted to get my donate school supplies. In years past, it has been a nearby school, but I decided my small amount of supplies would have a bigger impact at JCF. I am so impressed with this school and these teachers for what they have accomplished. Here are some statistics from the Dallas Morning News about the school:
|School (District)||Percent passing||Percent poor|
|Kerr Elementary (Allen)||98.6%||3.8%|
|Bowie Elementary (Richardson)||97.8%||7.3%|
|Julia Frazier Elementary (Dallas)||97.6%||97.9%|
|Hyer Elementary (Highland Park)||97.4%||0.0%|
|Aldridge Elementary (Plano)||97.3%||8.3%|
|Austin Elementary (Coppell)||96.2%||5.6%|
|Anderson Elementary (Frisco)||95.8%||2.4%|
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I've started volunteering at a local cat shelter. I clean cages and give the kitties love. This shelter, New Beginnings Cat Rescue, is a no kill organization, which is very important to me. I just can't believe that any healthy pet has to be put to sleep. Can you imagine killing this cute kitten? She was a day away from being put down when NBCR got her. Thankfully, she has been adopted along with another kitten by a wonderful family in the Garland area. And no, it is not us!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I didn't put out birdseed/squirrel food yesterday and this afternoon when I stepped outside to do so, I noticed that the squirrel had tried to feed itself. I'd just put this bucket of seed on the back porch a couple of days ago, so this was the first time they've tried to feed themselves. :)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I can't wear my wedding ring any more (I've gained some weight and haven't had the ring resized.) and I'm boycotting diamonds because of DeBeers' historical treatment of workers and their actions during WWII and then the whole conflict diamond thing...if you don't know, watch Blood Diamond. The price of diamonds is artificially high due to DeBeers having a 100% monopoly (things are slowly changing, I think it might only be a 90% monopoly now) and controlling the number of diamonds on the market at any given time. If, by boycotting diamonds, I can help (I know - 1 person's actions can't really help) the situation, I'll buy other gemstones. So for our anniversary Johnny gave me a new wedding ring that has all sapphires. It is so beautiful and my mother-in-law gave me sapphire earrings to match. I'm so lucky!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here is a card I made for my step-dad when he was sick. I'd gotten the Achoo image in a swap and thought it was perfect. I used my Bic pins to color the image and it is layered on a tissue - a clean tissue!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The same day I was getting soaked at the Kenny Chesney concert, Johnny, his mom and sister were in Nacogdoches for a family wedding. Johnny's mom's cousin's granddaughter Susan Floyd married Jayce Murray. Left to right, Wes (brother of the bride) Kasey (sister of the bride), Debbie (mom), Susan and Jayce, Ken (father) Bobbie Jo (grandmother and Annette's cousin) and Don (grandfather).
My friend Amy had tickets to the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday, but didn't have anyone to go with her. So while I don't like country music, I knew how much Amy wanted to go. So I went with her. However, thunderstorms threatened to ruin the evening. It poured rain for an hour before we were supposed to leave. But then it started to clear up and I headed over to Amys, but there the tornado sirens were going off. However, it looked like it was starting to clear up so we decided to take a chance and go. It was clear the whole way up to Frisco, but just as we entered the stadium, it started to rain lightly. The first band, Lady Antebellum was already playing, so we decided to stay. The rain started to get harder and we were getting wetter and wetter. I was wearing my yellow rain coat (I've owned it for 11 years and this is its first use.) so my torso was still dry. I wasn't as cold as I thought I would be, so all things considered, I wasn't yet miserable. As you can see from the photo, we were a good long way from the stage. During the intermission between bands the severe lightening prompted our decision to leave early. During the walk around the stadium to the exit, it (of course) stopped raining and lightening. Just as we reached the exit, Miranda Lambert came on stage, so we decided to hang around a bit. We were standing at the top of the seating area shown at the extreme right in the picture. We had a much better view than in our seats! We stayed through Miranda's set, but then the wind started to pick up and there was more rain starting coming our way, so we left. Amy had seen Kenny in concert before, so she was ok with leaving without seeing him. All in all, a wet and cold evening with country music, but hey, what are friends for?
Friday, May 1, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Jupiter is our shy kitty. While we can pet him most of the time, we still can't pick him up. It was a big breakthrough when he sat with me. I was asleep in my recliner (I was sick) and when I woke up, he was sitting down by my feet. I didn't want to scare him, so I sat there without moving for 3 hours. I watched that same episode of Robin Hood 3 times since the DVD remote was the only one I could reach.