Saturday, April 19, 2014

Busy three days, couldn't find a moment to catch up......

Thursday I subbed at the Library, so didn't get much done that day.  I did manage to make a batch of cupcake soap bases but haven't gotten to make the "icing" for them.  Friday we went on an all day odyssey to the Zoo.  We had to been in town at 9:30 for Mokie's obgyn appointment.  Made it and it was a short and sweet appointment, she went in while I and the 4 girls waited in the car.  Done and over we had 5 and half hours to kill before the ortho appointment, we had no idea they were on the same day.  We took the kids to the home resources, I got some marble tile and some tumbled tile for two bucks, I think I am going to make soap dishes, the girls got a free game.  Done again and only 5ish hours left.  We took the kiddo's to eat and then killed an hour plus at the Goodwill.  I got a new in the box  Imusa granite mortar and pestle, now I actually have to learn to use it.  I have used the little one that Lady got me, it is very pretty it is marble and goes so well with the marble baking slab, my rolling pen and my other marble this and thats.  I am thinking I might use some of the marble to make mosaic hot pad but not sure.  I got a bunch of cool soap carriers at Goodwill as well and then some small ones to accompany them at Walmart, so I will have a more professional look this year.  I got some new fangled sipping lids and straws a new produce from ball, they are great.  Well after a long day of pittling here and there we went to the dentist a half hour early and got right in.  Well the criss cross rubber bands that Yogie had worn for 18 were no more, all but one of the teeth came down to where they needed to be so she only has one more band to wear and will be wearing it until mid June and then one more appointment after that, so close but no luck, it will be almost a full 5 years when the braces finally come off.  I know I am tired of the never-ending appointment so I know Yogies is exhausted with them but she looks so much lovelier with her beautiful teeth than the crowded crooked ones would have,  I just have to remember that the finish line is near.

We got home last night prepared to quickly do up the BBFC cards, sheets and tags.  There was a todo going on and finally got to down load around 8:30 to 9, and then this morning it was back to where it had been when we got home from the Zoo, we should have just down loaded and did our thing and stayed off the computer, would have been a lot less stressing, but what do you do?? lol.  This morning the distribution went off with no hitches and plans being thought of for future tweaking.  I got home from delivering the produce I order for a few shut-ins and then the baking began.  Booboo helped me make one peach, one pineapple, two coconut cream, one lemon meringue and one nice scalloped potato dish for potluck tomorrow.  We will make the coleslaw in the morning.... I am well and truly tired, having a lemonade with some kick and going to bed.

I pray that you go to Church somewhere tomorrow, tomorrow we celebrate the Lord's conquering of death, he arose and Glory be to God that he did for with out his rising and overcoming death we would all still be lost.  I pray that you celebrate the Lord's salvation tomorrow with some one you love and hopefully in the loving arms of Christ Jesus knowing you will spend eternity with him...tomorrow. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The concert!!!, Strawberries and cream lotion bars, ..........

I had lamented that I would not get to make cupcake soaps so I could make pipe-able soap to pipe on them and Lady Hero lent me a silicone cupcake mold to make them with until I can get one.  Yay.  I made a quick batch of strawberries and cream lotion bars as soon as I got home, and will be making the cupcakes this morning before I go to work this afternoon.  The lotion bars came out wonderful and are in their little cupcake papers, no, you can't make them in them but you can put them in after they set, so they are still pretty.

We went to the concert yesterday.  It was surprising, in two ways.  One the little little kids were wonderful and the teacher did a wondrous job with them.  She really is good with the little little kids, she brought out the best in them.  The older kids not so much.  The concert started with all of the grade school children being seated. The preschoolers through the 4 grades were seated as normal, they filed in with all the manners they had been taught and then came the 5th and 6th they came in and found seats among the audience, and some among the singers.  I was really really disappointed to see that they were totally ignored in their education.  They had supposedly been learning how to play instruments since the last concert in December, obviously not, as all but a few children who were part of the choir were ignored by their educator, and the administration didn't care or were in support of a teacher not doing her job in educating them.  The concert went on, two children who are in guitar lessons got to play (their teacher did her job) and then the 3rd through the 6th grade singers took the stage.  The majority of the children were in the choir bleachers but a couple of groups of children were in front with microphones, for the most part the children at the mic's were children of teachers or people who work a lot at the school.  The concert began and a few other children, besides the ones with mic's in the front, had speaking parts but you could not hear them at all.  The children in the front totally overshadowed the other children.  You could clearly hear them, and they did well their parent should be proud of them, but why is it that these few children were front and center, and allowed to control the focus of the program?  Why did all the other children get to stand and listen to a few carrying on a play in front of them, even some of the members with speaking parts were being silenced because they had no mic's, as the spotlight seemed to be on a chosen few children, who for the most part have parents either as employees or volunteers of the school?  Is that fair to all the other children who's day to shine was taken away from them by what?  favoritism? or just plain lack of caring that they were educated at all? as they sat in the audience and watch other children preform, their instruments who knows where at home or in a lockers because their teacher and administration let them down??  I am truly disappointed in the concert that was put on, I feel sorry for the children who were thrown away and their education didn't matter so that a few could shine in the spotlight.  Why did so many have to pay the price for a few? Why is it allowed, and isn't it a form of bulling to allow this to happen in such a public manner?? I am upset and I would hope I am not the only one, my children were not the only ones who's school let them down yesterday.  I think maybe it is time to get a real band teacher and let the singing teacher do what she obviously does best, teach very young children to sing.  Okay, climbing down but still very upset that my children lost out....

I pray for you today and I hope that God is in your life.  I pray that you pray for me, as I try to pray for God's love to take away my upset over the repeatedly unfair ways the public school system is allowing our children to be bullied even in it's subtle ways.  I know our school in many ways is a good school, but sometimes it is blatantly obvious that failure is occurring and no one really cares.  It is exactly days like yesterday that make it apparent as to why, more and more kids are being home-schooled across the country.  Public School's can be, and is, unfair and we are paying for it..... done now, but not over being anger for the losses my children, and yours, endured yesterday at the hands of those entrusted to teach them...tomorrow. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Library subbing, tomato basil soap success, pineapple recipes to scope out, a concert not a play.

I subbed at the Library yesterday.  I got to lean how to cover books, it was nice to have something to do, or maybe know how to do more things when all the books are put up and no one is checking in or out books.  I have not actually worked many days in a row so sometimes it is a little disconcerting to try and remember what I have been taught but it is getting easier to be fluid with the job.  I am blessed that the patrons seem to forgive my foibles.  I really like the covering of the hardbound books and know some of the stickers and why they are there.  The softcover books are much harder for me, I have never been good with shelf lining and it is basically the same, so I am challenged at doing it without bubbles.  I did manage to cover two hardbound books upside down but luckily was able to redo them before they hit the shelves.  I do like covering the books, I think time will help to getting it right.

I made tomato basil soap before I went to work yesterday and it came out pretty at this point but I still have to unmold it so it is in the freezer.  I put a little paprika in it to help it keep some of the reddish color, so it won't turn yellow.  I made some with duckies.  I thought since it was not scent that might be appropriate.   I know some of you are wondering why on earth I would make tomato basil soap.  Well one of the qualities it will have is it is good on acne which all teens will appreciate and embrace.  It has a pretty color so that will appeal as well I think.  I am hoping to get to do the piped soaps but first I have to make some cupcake shaped ones.  I don't actually have a cupcake mold, getting soap out of a cupcake pan is a challenge, at best, so I think I will get some silicone cupcake liners on Friday at Walmart before I try the cupcake soap.  So I am putting those on hold for a little while. I ordered three cases of pineapple from  BBFC so am scoping out recipes, some canned, some sweet and sour, and do people make pineapple pie filling?, I will have to see......

I made a mistake I am not going to a play today it is a concert, with a play theme.  I am a little disappointed with the music teacher.  She is trying to fill big shoes, I must admit with the passing of our old music teacher, but both my girls came home and informed me that one will not be able to play her clarinet in the concert because the teacher can not get most of the kids to play or to leaner to play so she is scrapping the whole band performance.  I am wondering so why are they paying her??   She is also scrapping the dance portion for my other daughter's preformance, again why? Is she even doing her job?  I am very disappointed but not as much as my two girls, who are both part of the students who do try and learn, and because of apparent lack of being able to handler her class the student who try are being punished with the students who don't try or are not being taught properly.  The school really needs to address this and decide if she is a good fit for this age of children.  Why is my child paying the price for students who don't want to learn, and a teacher who apparently can't teach unruly students.   Climbing down and shutting up...... well for the moment, maybe some of us parents with the students who are loosing out need to speak up.  I am thinking the student who are unruly are loosing out as well so their parents need to be part of the speaking out... done for real...

I am praying today for your soul, if you are save the Lord be praised.  You know that all salvation comes from the Lord, none of it us of us, so I am so glad the Lord worked in your life.  If you are not saved listen hard, seek the Lord and he will work in you heart and you too can know salvation. Asked and he will receive you.... tomorrow.