5th Graders, Paying It Forward and Projects

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! I so love spring and am very excited to be getting the garden together while I “grow” a number of other projects!

A couple of weeks ago I had the joy of guest-teaching about Point-of-View to a friend’s 5th-grade class. I developed a very basic workshop several years ago, to present at a monthly Liberty States Fiction Writers, a wonderful group of pay-it-forward kind of folks. Took me about an hour to put together a simple PowerPoint, and now I have another workshop-with-slide-show to add to a growing resume!

The kids were phenomenal. Most looked interested (as in, only a few yawned), and many of them asked all kinds of great questions. A few even groaned when their teacher said we had about 10 minutes left before they had to break for lunch—how cool is that?

Aside: For those of you who don’t know this, I’m putting it out there: I want to talk to big groups of people on a regular basis. I have a variety of topics.

Workshops are: writing-related; educational/occupational therapy (including assistive technology, handwriting, sensory, etc); parenting. (That’s what happens when one’s interests are all over the place, lol.) Anyone who wants further detail, y’all can contact me here or message me on Facebook.

Glad I put fingers to the keys this morning to write about jeans! (I’ll work on putting that together as next week’s post. (Working hard to keep things short and sweet here. )

Here are links to a couple of things that caught my interest:

This one is for dolphin lovers—like myself. They are SUCH incredible creatures.

This post by Tammy Dennings Maggy spoke to me big-time. (Have a feeling it will to many of you as well.) Please take a moment and welcome her back to the blogosphere!

As always, please feel free to SHARE—not just my content, but any or both of the articles above as well. As the lovely Jane Porter once said in a workshop I attended, one can never underestimate how far-reaching what one says and/or does is, or who you’ll touch. (I paraphrased. Don’t remember where the notes are to that workshop.)

Have a wonderful week, folks, and a very Happy Mother’s Day to whomever the greeting applies!

Joanna

 

 

 

 

Don’t Spend Your Birthday Like I Did Mine!

Hi all. Hope you enjoyed the previous weekend and, like me, are already looking forward to the next one!

Mothers day flowers 2013 My Mother’s Day Flowers–h’ain’t they purty?

Joanna bday 2013  Standard Birthday activities–on Mother’s Day 🙂

I wrote this on Saturday afternoon, while taking a break from an evaluation that shouldn’t have been as tedious to write as it turned out to be. My brain felt about to explode.

That’s how I felt Friday night too, after tentative birthday plans to get me an awesome PB and chocolate icy-cream dessert at Friendly’s wound up sidelined by unexpected trips to my local satellite emergency room.

Yep. I had spent most of my b-day afternoon doing some of the easier parts of the report that took up about seven hours this weekend. A coworker had dropped in. While we chatted I heard a thump that sounded like it came from upstairs. Long story short: hubby was soon calling me from the other room. He’d “blacked out” briefly after choking on coffee and hit the hardwood.

Luckily, he didn’t hit his head, but his elbow certainly didn’t look happy and he had a nice little cut just above his hip that was turning some nasty shades of purple real fast. My darling also has a cardiac history, so we trotted off to the ER. That was about 4:00 PM.

Two hours later we were told he’d be transported to the mother hospital for overnight observation. I went home to pick up a few items for the guy.

Younger son came home and headed out to garage, as per mom’s request, to check if lawnmower was inside. (Hubby had forgotten he’d already asked older son to put it away, so it seemed odd that it wasn’t in the yard when I got home.)

Yucky story short: Mom tunes in to younger son crying and shouting for help from outside the garage. (That horrid sound may never leave my ears.) He was sort of plastered to door, with the tips of the middle fingers of both his hands stuck in the hinged space between the garage panels. Thank God I’m not the panicky type and quickly lifted the door until the gap widened and he could slide his hands out. The boy hit the ground. He panicked, and as the pain set in he got a little hysterical. When his eyes started rolling back I was sure he was going to pass out. (Getting that big kid off the ground would have been a feat. ‘Nuff said.)

Calmed the kid down and headed back to same ER with him in tow. Since I’m the primary insurance holder, the registrar girls had already scanned my insurance card when hubby showed earlier. They looked at me and said, “Oh my gosh, it’s your birthday today?”

“Uh…yeah.”

Got the younger one home by nine. Older guy needed a ride to a practice for an upcoming affair he’s part of. Dropped him off and headed back to hospital to wait for hubby to be transported. Made it home a little after ten.

Here’s hoping next year’s commemoration of the day I was born is a little less dramatic. Boring works after that.

Never boring, however, is Nadal at a final on clay. We’ll take Rafa’s win in Madrid!

Have a great day and a great week,

Joanna

Job Description: Mom Wanted

Yay! Post number 235!  Hope you’re all enjoying this day. 

Celebrated mine and my niece’s birthday and mother’s day yesterday with snacks, homemade pizzas and dessert. We had my brother and his family, my mom and later, my son’s friends. Couldn’t ask for better. Spent this morning running around a little but now settled in and enjoying my yard, the breeze and my laptop!  (Weather on the north-central east coast has been awesome all weekend.) Special thanks to my good friend Diane Lang who sent this to my inbox and never minds my sharing her wonderful emails! 

    

It’s Mother Day today. I wanted to send a reminder of how much all moms do for us. If we had to hire  a mom this is what the ad would look like and I’m sure more could be added on! If moms received a paycheck our annual salary would be around $125,000. I think Moms are priceless!
Make sure you tell your mom how special she is this Sunday and all year long!
Happy Mother’s Day:
 
Help Wanted: Mom
Must have a beautiful  smile, warm eyes and a loving touch. Highly motivated and energetic individual with the ability to multi-task, negotiate, and manage time. Must be a self-starter and be willing to learn new tasks at any time. Must be organized, delegate responsibility and manage a budget. Patience is a must. Must work well under pressure. Must be responsible, caring, disciplined and have good managerial skills. Listening skills a plus. Must have a reliable car. Position requires long hours, overtime, weekends and holidays. No sick or vacation time. Pay is low, appreciation is rare but you will learn a lot from this position.
Diane Lang, MA
Counseling Educator
www.dlcounseling.com
Thanks again, Diane! Hope you’re enjoying your day, too. 
Catch the rest of you later in the week!
Joanna

Assuming You’ll Observe Mother’s Day…

How will you be spending it?

Happy Saturday everyone. I’ve got today laid out–in honor of Mother’s Day, my birthday and my niece who turned a whopping six earlier this week. (I’m sure she’s the girl twin my favorite Fran Fine gave birth to before the show went off air, right down to the fashion sense and the whine. :D)

  Hubby threw this one together last year, spur of the moment, right out of our yard. Aren’t they gorgeous?

After dropping off one kid at work, one at detention and then doing a whirlwind of food and last-minute flowers/card run for mom and my sister-in-law, we’re looking to spend the day making pizzas, possibly BBQ a burger or dog and enjoy birthday cake.

Tomorrow I’d LIKE to do NOTHING. That, however, will not work-me mam is big on Mother’s Day and is sort of disappointed we’re keeping it simple here. She would have loved a Sunday-afternoon pranzo (i.e., meal) to celebrate the day. I’m much more into the All-American idea of giving mom the day off. Not to be but it’s okay.

So how will you be honoring mom (including yourself) this weekend?

Have a great day and Happy Mother’s Day!

Joanna

Wanted: Moms

Good day all! Here’s another gem from Diane Lang that I had to share:

      

Look how much we do each and every day! Being a mom is the greatest job in the world.  For all Moms – enjoy your day!

Help Wanted: Mom

Must have a beautiful  smile, warm eyes and a loving touch. Highly motivated and energetic individual with the ability to multi-task, negotiate and manage time. Must be a self-starter and be willing to learn new tasks at any time. Must be organized, delegate responsibility and manage a budget. Patience is a must. Must work well under pressure. Must be responsible, caring, disciplined and have good managerial skills. Listening skills a plus. Must have a reliable car. Position requires long hours, overtime, weekends and holidays. No sick or vacation time. Pay is low, appreciation is rare but you will learn a lot from this position.  

Who knew? And would I sign up again? Some days, I’m not so sure, lol, but as my boys get older and I get to know them I know this was the call for me. Happy Mother’s Day to you too, friend! Thanks for sharing this. You are a dynamo mom!

And to all of you out there who share this ‘vocation’—may your day be blessed with joy, peace, family and fun! Every one of you rocks!

Catch you later this week,

Joanna