Sep. 11th, 2009 06:06 pm
deltamiss: (Teacher Miss)
Of the fifty-eight students I teach, only FOUR made an A on the first writing assignment. I decided to take the bull by the horns early on this year and attempt to correct some rampant problems.

So today we worked on identifying parts of know - nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, verbs and interjections - and their relationships. I shouldn't have to do this unit in eighth grade, but I do. We began with prepositions and conjunctions because every single child who comes to my class is under the impression that it is impossible to begin a sentence with 'because' - because some fourth grade teacher was too lazy to explain the difference between dependent and independent clauses. No offense to any fourth grade teachers, but I'm sick of it.

While listing the subordinate conjunctions, the word 'where' came up. A student raised his hand and asked, "Which one?"

Which one???

I had an inkling what he meant because I see it all the time, but I wanted to hear him ask the question. I looked at him quizzically.

"You know. W-H-E-R-E or W-E-R-E?"

W-H-E-R-E did this notion that the two words are interchangeable originate? It's beyond me, but it is a common error - more common than anyone would believe. We W-I-L-L learn the difference T-H-I-S year.
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
Last year when I participated in Project 365, the field across from the school was planted in wheat. This year the field was planted in corn, which now is done and needs to be cut down. It's actually an eyesore.

But, it looked pretty good this morning just after sunrise against the cloud-streaked sky.


Sep. 6th, 2009 08:17 am
deltamiss: (Bloomin' Parsley)
Last spring when I cleaned out the terra cotta containers to plant new flowers, I found a sweet potato grown from an ornamental vine. That had never happened before. This morning I found one of the new sweet potato vines blooming Never had that happen either! Both the potato and the bloom have been on the burgundy colored vines.

It's a pretty little trumpet shaped flower...

deltamiss: (Bloomin' Parsley)
I had just about decided to whack down the explosion of ageratum because it wasn't blooming. This week they decided to break out, but the flowers are very small compared to last year. Maybe I'll fertilize next year.,,or capture the seed and plant them in a sunnier spot in the spring.

deltamiss: (Baking Miss)
Last year around Thanksgiving or Christmas - probably Christmas - I bought a gingerbread quick mix. Then I found out Melanie doesn't really care for gingerbread so it got put into the back of the cabinet and forgotten. I found it last week and decided to make it for myself, but I didn't want a super sweet icing of any kind on it. It was delicious with a lemon glaze. Who knew?

When I was at the grocery store yesterday, I decided I'd make another one and share with the rest of the family. I just knew if Melanie tasted it, she would like it.

Why is it when I find something I really, really like the store stops carrying it? Not a package of gingerbread quick mix to be found. Maybe it's a seasonal thing. Anyway, my second choice was a spice cake mix. Okay. I've decided that lemon glaze goes with anything. I may try it on chicken next time - if I don't eat it all before I can use it. Seriously, I could drink this stuff!

deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
I needed something quick and easy tonight for the grands and me. They absolutely LOVE spaghetti noodles with Italian salad dressing. This was the perfect night for pasta as Melanie and Jeff wouldn't be home for dinner, I was starving and the recipe is quick. Only...I wanted something different than what the kids were having. I'd seen a few people on Food Network mix pasta and chickpeas so I decided to try it. I didn't stop to look up a recipe - just used what I had. I'm glad I did!

This recipe is so easy a...well...a caveman could make it. ;D

Pasta, cooked (I used spaghetti, but I'm sure you could use other types)
1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 can chickpeas (garbanzos)
1 large clove garlic, halved
2 tbls. olive oil
1 tbls. fresh basil leaves (optional)

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in skillet. Add garlic and sauté about three minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to boil; reduce until most of the liquid is gone. Add chickpeas and stir, stir, stir until they begin to color. Maybe three minutes - I didn't count. Turn off heat.

Add pasta to skillet straight from the pot - I use long tongs to transfer the noodles which adds a tiny bit of pasta water and makes a nice sauce. Mix well. Mound pasta in bowl and top with shredded basil leaves.



Aug. 20th, 2009 04:14 pm
deltamiss: (School House Rock)
A LOT got done in my classroom today. In fact, with the exception of the lettering on two bulletin boards, I'm finished with it. That gives me two days to work on lesson plans. Good job!

Only two short meetings today, thank goodness. Tomorrow and Monday are totally free, at least for right now. I should be able to get copies of the autobiographical project done and a couple of weeks worth of lesson plans.

A co-worker brought his fourteen-year-old son to work today. James brought his Pineapple Conure with him. Talk about FUN! There wasn't much opportunity for interaction, but the bird did agree to sit on my finger for a few moments. It rode around on James's shoulder all cute. Finally, there were a couple of minutes when James nor I were working like Turks so I took advantage and snapped a few pictures of the bird. I hate the lighting was bad, and I really hate I didn't get a picture of James, but oh, well. ;) Besides, three of the four pictures I took were blurry. :(

Meet Tango...


Aug. 11th, 2009 03:47 pm
deltamiss: (Hip Hip Hooray!)
Two exciting things have happened today.

1. The AC in the car is working again. It's been broken for...let's see...well, too long. Way before school was out. The best part is it only cost $109. I expected it to be a LOT more than that.

2. I now have access to an oven. Not in my apartment, but upstairs. This is a real blessing because I can cook on my stovetop, put something in the oven upstairs AND cook something on THAT stovetop, too. Holidays - and really any family meal - are a mess around here when the food has to be carted over to Melanie's house. Bokeh has to be restrained or umbrellas toted over the food if it's raining. Seriously. This is BIG! The best part is that the service fee will appear on my next gas bill (we already had the stove). YAY!

Life is good. :D
deltamiss: (Book Quote)
I have a policy about reading: Once I begin a book, I must read all of it.

Very few times in my life have I abandoned a book. In fact, the second time I can recall was just three years ago when I found a distant cousin's self-published book by accident. Pure drivel and so many grammatical errors I just couldn't get through it. The first was Candide by Voltaire.

A few weeks ago, Melanie bought a couple of books for me. One is by the author of Sex and the City...which should have been a clue to both of us. I'd read a load of Harlequin romances years ago as well as The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries in recent years so I erroneously expected One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell to be a cross between them. Was I wrong!

Thank goodness I didn't die with this book in my hands.

Boo Hoo...

Aug. 1st, 2009 05:46 pm
deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
This has been the rainiest summer since I have lived in North Carolina. Perhaps that is the reason one of the herbs hasn't done so well.

I've tried growing dill three different times with no luck at all. Today on Barefoot Contessa (Food Network), Ina Garten visited a magnificent acre-covering herb garden. The dill there was HUGE and FULL. P. Allen Smith (a Southern gardening guru) has videos of his potted dill so large you can't even see the pot! Every website says dill is one of the easiest herbs to grow and perfect for first time gardeners. Yeah, right.

Mine is barely a foot tall, skinny, practically leafless and producing scant two-inch flower heads. I give up. I just can't grow it. *pout*

deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
I have two rosemary bushes - in pots - that are out of control. They are monsters whose roots have wormed their way out of the pot and into the ground. And they are growing sideways! I have no idea why they leaned over this way, but if they keep growing, they'll completely block the end of the porch. From trunk to tip over the porch, they stretch forty-three inches, and from the top of the pot to tip, they are forty inches. Monsters, I tell you!

Question for master gardeners: If I decide to take them out of the pots and plant them directly in the ground, when should I do it? How should I do it? Break the pots and dig them up? The bushes are planted in 14" terra cotta pots.


Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:30 pm
deltamiss: (Gardening Nut)
I told you they were ugly. Maybe it's the band of white...maybe it's the chalky pink color...maybe it's the legginess...I just don't like them.

No news...

Jul. 21st, 2009 08:15 pm
deltamiss: (Gardening Miss)
Nothing of any interest to write about. *sigh* I could make up something. ;)

The only blooms in the garden now are coreopsis and alyssum. There are some petunias, but - and I never thought I'd say this - they are just downright ugly. Mabry picked them so I can't get rid of them. :/

Coreopsis "Moonbeam"...

Alyssum "White"...

deltamiss: (Long May It Wave...)
It was a hot summer Sunday in 1969, and I was in Atlanta for the summer working at Six Flags Over Georgia. Parents of a friend from college invited my roommates and me to watch the lunar landing. We gasped in awe as Neil Armstrong jumped onto the surface of the moon.

I called my parents. Daddy is still a space cadet...he would have loved being an astronaut.

deltamiss: (Shells & 'Shrooms)
Patterns in nature are fascinating, aren't they? It's interesting how some patterns repeat in objects that are totally unlike each other, too.

Or is it just me? Do you see the similarities that I see?

Click on the arrow box in the lower right corner for full screen slide show.


Jul. 18th, 2009 08:46 pm
deltamiss: (Gardening Nut)
We've had a good bit of rain lately - nearly six inches in June alone, and it rained Thursday and Friday a lot. Would you believe even after all that, we are still in a moderate drought? There is a good chance of rain every day next week. Maybe we'll pull out of it yet.

So what happens around here when moisture builds up and the days stay overcast? 'Shrooms!

There is a rather large colony growing in one of the large pots...pushing their way up around the spent lilies. I suppose they won't cause any harm, but I'm thinking of going ahead and transplanting the lilies into the ground tomorrow in case the roots begin to rot.

deltamiss: (Gardening Nut)
Mabry and I were fiddling around with some pots this afternoon and a small green bug jumped out at me. It was a little shocking until I realized just what it was.

The whole family came out to see it, and Peyton wanted to take a picture of it with my camera. By this time, the little critter was getting a tad tired of being poked and prodded and ogled so he jumped right on the camera. And he crawled all over us after that.

We also had a visit from the Thief King. Jeff found an old glazed, lidded jar for Bokeh's treats, but guess who found a way to open it? Yep.

And next year I'm planting lots of dill just for the caterpillars. Mabry found one on a garden trowel today. When she petted it, it shot out its antennae. Cool!

Wanna see? )
deltamiss: (Default)

Name That Herb...
Originally uploaded by deltamiss2002
Since I'll be leaving tomorrow for nearly two weeks, I harvested some herbs today. I'm hoping to send these to one of Melanie's friends who likes to cook.

I have too much to do before tomorrow so I'll say so long now. Y'all try not to do anything of any magnitude before I get home. :D
deltamiss: (I am such a sheep!)
Borrowed from LJ friends...

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to do: leave in plain font

I have; I haven't; I won't. )


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