Category: thank you

Mrs. B

By , October 4, 2013 6:47 pm

One of my earliest art memories is of Mrs. B who used to bring her lamb to school every spring for us to sketch … and take turns feeding with a baby bottle.  How cool is that when you are 5, 6, or 7 years old? Or any age for that matter.  If my college physics professor had brought a lamb to lectures I would have retained so much more information.  (Note to all teachers and professors:  Bring a lamb for greater long term retention.)

Mrs. B was my beloved art teacher in my early elementary years.  I vaguely recall that she was a very sweet, grandmotherly lady who we all loved.  She was not very tall and seemed rather elderly.  I think she had short, white hair. Maybe that’s why she seemed old, perhaps she was really 25 and prematurely grey?  I suspect not, but who knows?   It is so funny how childhood memories work.

She had a big, exciting cardboard box full of fat, paperless crayons clearly meant for little, imprecise hands.  Since they had no paper wrappings, the fat crayons had bits of all the other colors stuck to them.  Yellow, the lightest color, was particularly contaminated.  I was never quite sure how I felt about that…

We had no glue sticks back then and used to stick things with a thick white paste that smelled lovely (almost as good as fresh damp “ditto copies” smelled) or “rubber cement” that smelled nasty and rubbery and came in a glass jar that had a clever lid with a built-in brush.  The rubber cement was fun because of the cool design of the brush-lid.  Plus, you could apply it to a desk (naughty!!!), and when it was dry, you could roll it up and make a rubber ball with it.  Plus, the ball bounced really high!

A few kids in my class liked to eat the white paste.  Not me though, I swear! It’s probably a good thing that nobody ate the rubber cement.

Today I did one of my favorite Mrs. B projects with my little ones at school.  It is not original, but it is simple, and super fun when you are little.  It obviously made a big impression on me!

Thank you Mrs. B.  I think of you often and hope I will make as lasting an impression on my little ones that you made on me.  Without the lamb though…but I do have a few chickens.

PS.  This post started out as an intro to a much-loved Mrs.B project, however it turned into its own tribute to Mrs. B.  I will post the very simple project that inspired this memory in the next few days.

Pay it Forward

By , July 10, 2009 6:07 pm

Oh my goodness! For once I was actually in the right place at the right time for something cool!

A few weeks ago while I should have been doing laundry, I just happened to stumble on a post by MooMama (I love MooMama’s natural parenting blog, but usually I just lurk on occasion). MooMama explained that, continuing a “pay it forward” idea that she took part in, she would send a surprise to the first three people who commented on her post. The catch: those three people would have to send a little something to three other people, and so on down the line.

Loving this idea as a fun way to spread some random goodness, I squeaked my comment in in 3rd place!

MooMama‘s little package arrived earlier this week. You can see what lovely little goodies she sent in the photo above! A potholder made by one of her daughters – age 8, the same age as my oldest daughter (aren’t those colors lovely?), a cute bee magnet, and set of homemade kindness cards – perfect for the theme of this swap.

Now it is my turn to pay it forward. Since we are going away to France next week, I unfortunately won’t have time for nice homemade things, but I thought perhaps a little simple something from France might make an interesting surprise.

  • If you want a little surprise from France sent by me, and if you are interested in paying it forward, then be one of the first three comments on this post and I’ll contact you to get your address.
  • Please continue the sharing by sending a little something to three other people, who in turn, should be willing to send a goody, etc.  By the way, keep it simple!  You needn’t send anything fancy.  It is the gesture of connecting with a random “stranger” that is so meaningful.
  • You don’t have to have a blog yourself, but you must be willing to pay it forward to three people.  Please let me know what you do, so that I can publish it here.
  • Finally, in my case, I am afraid you’ll also have to be a bit patient. I won’t be in France until the end of next week and shipping might take a little longer too (unless you are in Europe).

So, who wants to join in?

PS. You might also enjoy checking out the pay it forward posts from my two fellow commenters on MooMama’s blog: Nicola of Which Name? and Little House on Green.

Aw Shucks … (Blush)

By , September 4, 2008 9:05 pm

Here is a catching up, but grateful post:

On August 5th, Arwen of Walk Beside Me kindly bestowed upon me a Brillante Weblog Award! Thanks so much and I am sorry I didn’t officially “accept” this sooner. You must all be tired of hearing me make excuses for my summer…but it has been busy (really).

Anyhow, thanks so much Arwen. The longer I have this blog, the more I really appreciate nice comments and gestures like this one!

Here are the rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

I am going to nominate seven of the great many nice blogs that I have “met” via my Unplugged Project. I have “met” so many great blogs through the project that it is hard to pick just seven!

Julie K in Taiwan
Bella Luna
Raising Explorers
Learning Through Living (Explore Academy)
Homeschooling Fun
My Family Loves It
Bare Baby Feet

Thank you again Arwen, it was a lovely surprise!


Kate from Homeschooling in the Garden State just sent another bit of blog love my way, an I Love Your Blog Award.

Her writeup of all her nominees was so well-done! I don’t know that I can be as entertaining, but I’ll try.

These days real life tends to get the better of my time and I don’t get around as much as I would like, but when I can, I enjoy Celtic Mommy and her projects, delicious recipes and cheerfullness. I have been following her blog with interest since its very beginning, and she is always delightful.

Again, I don’t stop in often enough, but I enjoy reading about Greenemother and her adorable daughter Emma. The Owl and the Pussycat is one of those lovely, relaxing blogs, and the photos are gorgeous!

I also like to visit Becky of Boys Rule My Life who blogs about life with three boys (well, four I guess, if you count her husband). She is raising funds right now to walk for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research. If you can help her meet her goal, that would be terrific. Having had an aunt with ALS, I know it is a horrible disease and a very worthy cause. Here is a link to her ALS Walk fundraising page.

Finally, whenever I need a large dose of reality accompanied by a laugh, I know I can always stop by Jen at Never a Dull Moment. She says it like it is!

Thank you Kate, you made my day!

Another Thank You!!

By , March 28, 2008 8:01 am

I have been so behind on my regular blogging schedule, that I have not yet had a chance to thank Yarrow for her very sweet little gift to me: a wonderfully pretty “You Make My Day” award. Thank you so much Yarrow! If you have never been by Yarrow’s blog, you should pop in. Yarrow of Witchwood is a potpourri of crafts, nature, paganism, green living… all sorts of interesting topics!

Now it’s my turn to pass this along. A few people who make my day are:

+ Jenny of Wildwood Cottage because she seems like such a nice person and I love reading her thoughts on books and life;

+ Jen at Never a Dull Moment because her blog is so very real and she always makes me laugh;

+ and finally my best friend in real life, Wishy of Wishy the Writer, even though she dislikes being “tagged!” -You can just ignore it if you want Wishy!-

I Have a Purpose!

By , February 7, 2008 2:01 pm

First of all, thanks so much for all the get-well wishes I received. I am quite touched! I am feeling much recovered from my last illness thank you. Unfortunately however, I now seem to be developing a cold. I guess we’ll be sharing that at our house soon too. Oh well!

It’s a good thing that human viruses can’t be passed along via the internet (not yet at least), but I have noticed a lot of blog awards flying back and forth out there lately. I am excited to report that another one has landed on my doorstep! Christine of Fruit in Season has very kindly passed a “Blogging with a Purpose” award on to me. Christine writes a lovely blog about homeschooling, family, and life in general. Plus her blog has recently had a beautiful remodel which makes it a real pleasure to linger there. Thank you so much Christine!

This award is especially nice since sometimes I feel I have a purpose, and sometimes I feel like I ramble along aimlessly. Now however, when I see this award on my “Thank You” page, it will be a nice reminder that perhaps there IS a purpose to all this time I spend working on my blog.

The award originated here and the rules are the following:


1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award.

2. The blogs that receive the award must serve some purpose.

3. In their post about the award they need to link back to this entry.

4. Awarded parties must post the award banner on their site. The banner must remain linked to this site.

That’s it!

So, now it is my turn to pass this along to 5 bloggers who “blog with a purpose.” With that in mind, I nominate:

+ Mimi Lenox and her Peace Globe Blog: BlogBlast for Peace. Mimi has created a project called The Blog Blast for Peace whose goal is to unite bloggers from around the globe in speaking out for peace. Two days a year, all the participants blog about peace and fly a “Peace Globe.” This is a huge effort and Mimi works tirelessly at this project. If the creation of world peace isn’t a “purpose” then I don’t know what is! Thanks for your hard work Mimi!

+ The next two recipients I will put together in the same paragraph since they are both blogging toward the same goal: eliminating, or at least reducing, unethical marketing targeted at children: Lisa of Corporate Babysitter (aka. Parents for Ethical Marketing) and Amy of Shaping Youth. Thank you both for all your hard work and research, and especially for having the guts to voice your opinions despite ruffling some powerful, corporate feathers. You are intelligent, strong women. Thank you for sharing your discoveries and insights with the rest of us!

+ I also must nominate Lara Gallagher of The Lazy Organizer for inspiring me to be more organized. Her blog actually makes organizing and tidying sound fun! For me at least, an organized house leads to an organized mind, which leads to a happier me, which leads to happier kids! Thank you Lara for making us all tidier and happier!

+ My final nominee is MC Milker of The Not Quite Crunchy Parent. I feel that MC and I share very similar world and parenting viewpoints. Her blog is a great resource for parenting information, green living, marketing to kids, toys…a lot of the same stuff I like to write about at Unplug Your Kids. If you like Unplug Your Kids, then head over to The Not Quite Crunchy Parent because I think you’ll like that too!

I have no idea if any of you have this award already, or if you even like receiving awards. But I pass this along nonetheless as a thank you to you for bravely “blogging with a purpose.” I appreciate all your hard work!


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