Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Little Things Thursday April 16

These are some of the kids before going into the bee garden.  Kids have to wear the bee bonnets-adults are optional which was good as it would have been hard to take pictures with one on.

Last week co op had an annual mandatory meeting for returning members.  They are going to divide people into groups for subbing and said that even if you were not called on to sub they wanted you there the whole afternoon anyway.  With the space we have I don't see how that is possible as there is not enough room for everyone.  They are not sure if they will divide up into six groups on call to sub three times a semester or three larger groups to be on call ten times a semester.

Three times a semester is reasonable, but ten times is not.  Today I got to read the volunteer forms which say nothing about groups.  It does say on that written account that if you are not needed to sub you can leave the campus.   I wonder what will happen if they decide to do the three groups on call ten times after people have been assigned to teaching and those people decide ten times is too much.  Co op will be in a bind.

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Monday, April 13, 2015


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tulip Center

This was the last good day of my passover tulips.  I did not edit this to look like a painting, it came out of the camera this way.  I did not realize this until I looked at in my editing program as I did edit for midtones, shadows, etc... but no special filters or other editing was done.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Scavenger Hunt Sunday April 12


This was one of the last days of my Passover tulips.  I liked how the sun was shining on the yellow center and I also liked how it looks more like a painting than a photo.  I did not edit it to look like this and did not realize it had this painted look until I was editing.


Some of you know that my oven did not work...for two weeks.  This means I did Passover without an oven.  Monday my heating element got fixed and my oven works about 95% of the way.  The temp does not heat up well on broil and 500 degrees.

This is the broken element and I also wanted to show off my retro stove.  It is thirty years old and has that telltale light yellow stovetop so popular back then.


We went on a field trip this week to a bee company.  We went there a few years ago but we did not get to see their bee garden as it was too cold.  This time it was 85 and 80% humidity so we were able to see the bee garden.  When I saw this I knew it would be perfect for this prompt.

What I'm Listening To:

In February some of you may remember that I spoke about Jim Weiss coming to our support group and my saying how wonderful he is.  These are a few of his cds that we have been listening to and they are wonderful.

I leave you with Peace:

 The top letters are Hebrew which reads from right to left.  That first letter is the Shin, the sh sound.  The second letter is lamed, the l sound the next letter is the oh sound and the last letter is the mem, the m sound.  Put it all together and it says Shalom.  There is no Hebrew for y'all. :)

By the way Shalom does not just mean peace-that is a poor translation of the word just as Torah does not mean law.  Torah means instruction.  Shalom means:

"“completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.” It is translated “success” and used as part of an inspired blessing in 1 Chronicles 12:18Shalom is applicable to an external peace between two entities—such as individuals or nations—and to an internal sense of peace within the individual." from

Yeshua also has this as one of his names- Sar Shalom-the leader, chief, commander or prince of peace.

Shalom friends!

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Friday, April 10, 2015


1) This is my entry for the i heart faces photo challenge.  This week the challenge is pastel.

2) My oven did get fixed on Monday after two weeks without it.

3) That same day my a/c went out.  It is now working again but maybe another two weeks for it to be fixed.

4) We have already had numerous 85 degree days with 80 % humidity and it only gets worse from here on out, so a/c is important.  We have it run all year round just to battle the humidity.

5) Today is the day returning folks find out what the new volunteer requirements will be.  I will not be there but one of my friends said she will tell me about it when she gets home.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015


This is charoset-a traditional Passover dish that symbolizes the mortar used when we were brick layers in Egypt.  There are many different recipes out there but the basic building blocks are apples, nuts, sweet red wine, dates.  I did not have dates this year so I used raisins, sometimes I will use both.  I also add in other dried fruits too such as cranberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, figs, apricots depending on what I have on hand.  I also add bananas and applesauce into mine and if mangoes can be found I have added them in also.   You also add cinnamon in as the spice, but I add in cardamom, cloves, allspice, mace-all those mid Asian spices.

I remember one year I was at a community Seder and I was asked to pass the charoset since it was sitting right in front of me.  I did not recognize it however because it was all white.  They did not put cinnamon in it which would have helped define it a bit better.  So the takeaway is...charoset should never be all white in color!

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