Friday, April 29, 2016

spring break

I'm wrapping up my spring break, and have been bringing the dogs someplace different each day to go hiking.

Today, we returned to one of my favorite trails, you've seen it before.  The one with lots of boardwalks and planks.  Last time, it was covered in snow.

Sadly the beaver dam remains, flooding one of the longest boardwalks. We still found plenty of other ones though.

 This is my favorite part of the trail.  There is moss all over the ground, so even though the trees haven't leafed out, everything looks lush here.
This is obviously the part of the forest where the fairies live.
 We came upon this new dwelling...just the right size for a sheltie!
Then we came upon the swamp, where the beaver lives.
This is the trickiest place to walk.  There is a narrow strip of land between two bodies of water.  Then more planks to walk.

I'm happy to report that both dogs made it across those boards safely and independently!   Forest agility course!

Here is a little creek that feeds into the swamp.

 I think we walked about 3 miles in all.  It was perfect weather for hiking, not too hot, not to cold.

Here is a little be more about the Rensselaer Plateau.  I'm lucky  to live at the base of the plateau. People who live at the top see a lot more snow than we do, and have a really tough commute down off the mountain.  The roads are very steep and twisty.  Don't know how they do it in the winter months.

A few of our students will have summer jobs here!  How lucky are they?
Thanks for hiking with us!  Now, we're hitting the hammock for a nap.  Gotta rest up for the final stretch of school.

Monday, April 4, 2016

we got snow!

We may have had to wait until April for real snow, but it was worth it!

OK, we had our winter fix.  Now we're ready for spring.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

three day quote challenge ~ day three

Thanks so much to Caren for nominating us for this quote challenge!  It has been great fun.

Since this is a dog blog, I HAVE to throw in some fun dog quotes!

One of my favorite quotes of all time,
"Happiness is a warm puppy."  ~ Charles Schulz
Puppies make my heart melt.  I dare you to be unhappy around a puppy.  It's impossible!

When I see a human baby...meh.  When I see a puppy....I have to put my hands on it!  Must be the fur factor.  I have the same reaction with panda bears.  I hear you can go someplace in China and for $150 they will let you hold a panda on your lap for 20 minutes.  Is that on anyone else's bucket list?

 Then there is,

"The average dog is nicer than the average person." ~ the late, great Andy Rooney

Which I guess is why so many of us would rather be home on the couch with our dogs than out on the town or, god forbid, a party!  Dogs are really good company, and they don't care what you look like, smell like (in fact the smellier the better), or what kind of car you drive.  Relationships with dogs are easy and they make you feel good!  Relationships with humans are tough, and they often make you feel like crap!  Dogs will never let you down.


"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." ~ Will Rogers
I don't want to ever think about a life without a dog.

                                      Life is simply better with them.  Dogs rule.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Three Days of Quotes - day 2

Can I make up my own quotes for this challenge?  Not sure if that's allowed in the rules, but that's what I'm going to do!

Continuing on with my teacher theme.......

I'm hoping to get a student teacher next Fall.  I can always use help, and it's nice to have some youth in the room!

I was thinking...... what words of wisdom from my decades of experience could I give to a newbie?

What would my inspirational quote be?

What I really want to say is, "Why are you going into teaching?  Are you crazy?  Do you realize 50% of your yearly evaluation will be based on your students' test scores, and a first year teacher will get the toughest students?  Hope you have a plan B!"

OK, I guess that wouldn't be very inspiring.

These seem to be my most common quotes in the classroom:

"Play fighting leads to real fighting."

"Less talking, more writing."

"Can you wait five minutes to go to the bathroom/water fountain/locker/office/cafeteria?"

"Don't let other people ruin your day."

"Don't bring ice cream in my room.  We have mice." 

"That's your phone, THIS is your calculator.  Just in case you were confused." 

Hmmm....again, not very inspiring.

One teacher gave me advice that I have heeded, "Don't go in the faculty room.  The minute you leave they will be talking about you non stop."  I would suggest that as well.

I guess I would tell him/her:
"Pick your battles.  Most aren't worth fighting."
"Laugh a lot.  Kids are funny!"
"Use their slang words.  They will roll their eyes, but at least they're paying attention."
"If you get called a "gangsta" or a "pimp", take it as a compliment." 
"Most days are going to be really hard and exhausting, but every once in awhile you will see the impact you've had and it will be the best feeling on earth."

And that feeling will have nothing to do with a test score.

Ok.  I think I exceeded my quote limit.

Tomorrow, I'm going to have to do some sort of dog related quote!