Monday, July 6, 2015


My first and best wondering of the day was:

Hmmmm...I wonder when that writing camp thingy starts?

Today!  Boom!

So here I am.  I am a mom of five who taught first grade way back when.  Before kids.  A few years ago I filled in at my kids' school for a teacher on maternity leave.  Then another.  Then another.  It's a Catholic school, what can I say?  Last year, I went back full time to teach second grade.  I have the best of both worlds because I have the enthusiasm of a brand-new teacher with the confidence of someone who has nine years' experience.

I am also a sort-of, kind-of, wanna-be writer.  I am excited and thankful for this time to focus on my own writing during the down time of summer.

I wonder about lots of things.  Some get written down.  Most just float around in my head.  Lately, I have been wondering about next school year:

- I wonder if I have the courage and the skills to teach the way I really want to teach.

- I wonder what a classroom looks and feels like where students are actively engaged in authentic learning.

- I wonder if the teacher I WANT to be gets in the way of me being the teacher my students NEED me to be.

- I wonder if I should do away with my desk to make space in my classroom.

- I wonder if I could burn all the workbooks.

Outside of teaching:

- I wonder why I care so much about having others' approval.  I wonder what my life would be like if I didn't.

- I wonder how someone as social as I am can love activities as solitary as writing and reading.

- I wonder why thoughts that feel so poetic in my mind and heart can fall so woefully short on paper.

- I wonder how an author can write a book and have a life at the same time.

- I wonder what it feels like to see your writing in print.

- I wonder what my children will do with their lives.  I wonder which of their interests will stay with them and which are passing fancies.

- I wonder (living in south Louisiana) why God created mosquitoes.

- I wonder what it feels like to stand inside the Arctic Circle.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Catholic Woman's Almanac

Moments of Gratitude
 - Sharing memories of a friend who passed away.  Laughing and remembering.  Felt good to celebrate his memory.
- Seeing old friends at a high school reunion
- Visiting with extended family to celebrate my father-in-law's retirement
- Watching my five-year-old trying in the swimming pool, building confidence and feeling so proud

Beauty in the Ordinary
I have been going for walks in the neighborhood and been struck by the "greeness".  Appreciating the beauty of mature trees that give cool shade and frame the Victorian houses like a snapshot.  

From the Kitchen 
Made recipes that I found on Pinterest- Cheddar Bacon Ranch Bread and Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark for Father's Day.  Yum!  Also, Oatmeal Scotchies (see post).  Can't wait to try Breakfast Burritos.  If they are a hit, I will definitely stock some in the freezer for busy school mornings this fall.

 WORDS!  Reading a book that talks about moving from this life to eternity and how it is a processing of letting go of words.  Also, my son is a bit of a linguistic geek.  He got an etymology book for his birthday and he now has me fascinated by the roots of the words of our language.

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge

Cute containers 
Secret Door
Bites of Heaven

Looking Ahead
I want to say the rosary every day but I think I will start with a goal of three times this week.  I have two writing projects to complete.  Excited that my sister and her kids will be in town!

 Happy, confident little swimmer

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Oatmeal Scotchies

These are a favorite cookie of our family.  Years ago, I had a crush on a guy who I worked with and he told me he liked these cookies.  I had never heard of them but promptly marched myself to the store, purchased a package of butterscotch chips and baked him a few dozen.  Fast forward one husband and a few children later.  I remembered these yummies one day, marched myself back to the store for a package of butterscotch goodness and introduced them to my family.  I suggest you pick up a bag and introduce them to your family.

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c (2 sticks) softened butter
3/4 c granulated sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
11 oz package butterscotch flavored morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in oats and morsels.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9-10 minutes for crisp cookies.  Cool for two minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.  
Makes about four dozen cookies...
(if you don't love cookie dough as much as I do!)

As much as I love these cookies, I would never make them for anyone but my family, UNTIL NOW.  If you make the dough then bake them, the cookies spread so thin, they resemble lace cookies and almost completely fall apart.  This makes for LOTS of eating bits as they fall apart which is yummy but leaves you feeling sick with a delicious but unattractive mess.  We scarf down the pile quickly enough but I was determined to refine the process so I could bring these treats to a party.

It is important to refrigerate the dough before baking them.  I made the dough at night and baked the cookies the next morning.  The result was perfection!