Sunday, November 20, 2016


Living in Atlanta, we are able to keep our patio plants and goldfish outside from April to Oct. or Nov. 
The orchids were brought in the first part of October.
Had our first frost last night, so the rest of the plants and Goldie the Goldfish had to come inside for winter!! 
This is Goldie's second winter inside!!
He does a great job eating mosquitoes in the birdbath!! 

Sunday, November 6, 2016


 Being a teacher and getting parents involved is no easy task. Any day of the school year is a Great Day when you invite Parents to Breakfast, have an Open House or have an International Day.  So it was at
In the Real World at the Work Place 
you have, Take your Child to Work and some
have Take your Dog to Work, but few, if any, 
have Take Your Parents to Work!! 

 They offered an awesome breakfast
of donuts, bagels, tea & coffee.

They also fed us a great lunch.

Our Guest Speaker was Grant Imahara from Myth Busters. 

Visited my Baby's desk, by the window : -)).

No bike rack under a tree next to the school building here!  
30% of the MailChimpers ride, walk or take Marta 
to work at the Ponce City Market. They secure their bike in the bike room with showers and lockers provided for those hot, humid Atlanta walk/rides to work.

This is the Atlanta BeltLine made out of bicycle tubes.
The air valves indicate exits on the interstates.

The Art Teacher will be thrilled to know that the ARTS  & HUMANITIES continue into this work place. 

The photos show knitting covering the huge support pillars in the building.
When visiting another school, most teachers enjoy "reading the walls".  
Art work and murals cover ALL the walls;
Giving the MailChimper an office
to brag about and enjoy! 

This mural shows the Diversity in All, yet how we are still connected.
Look closely and you'll note how it's like a flow chart with lines connecting to each figure! 
It was "Awsomeness" walking through
the MailChimp campus,
seeing all the parents at their kid's desk, 
being shown what they do at "work" 
and meeting working friends of the kids.
Thank you Sharon for sitting with me!
 HI to Marti and to Alejandra!!
So very proud of you Baby Girl!! 
Love ya!! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


San Agustin de Rough Seas
April 10, 2002 - Oct. 18, 2016
Augie loved the water! 
He loved the out of doors and watching for deer!!
My Aug
Father's Day Fishing Trip 
Augie and his Sissies!!
The Girls grew up and moved out on their own!!
But when they returned - Aug would cry with delight!! 
Full Winter's Coat,
moments before his spring shave down!
Celebrating our Anniversary - 2014
 Everyday, Augie waited at the front door for me! 
Thanksgiving - 2013

Augie jumped into Mom's lap for the photo!
Christmas - 2013


Mom and Augie - 2015
My Heart is broken!!
My shadow, my most loyal friend is gone. 
You loved your family so purely and unconditionally.  
Augie woke up with me,
then watched me out the door. 
When I came home from school,
Aug was always there waiting for me!
He didn't like going to bed alone
so when he was ready for bed,
he'd stand at the office door,
grunting until I went to bed.
Augie was ALWAYS in the family
Thanksgiving & Christmas pictures.
One time - making a flying leap onto Mom's lap!
Already the house is empty and much too quiet!
I miss you Augie! 
I Believe in Heaven, the Here-After for ALL souls!
So Dear Aug,
I look forward to having you by my side
when we meet again!!
Love ya Aug!! 

Sunday, September 25, 2016


 summer flowers
apple cider
cool weather 
hot cocoa
Sadie and Aunt Ashley
hiking in the woods
cool crisp air
red, yellow & orange leaves
hoodies & sweat pants
and the
fireplace a blazing!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Sitting on the patio, enjoying the cool 
- finally -  
morning breeze!!

When pigs fly . . . . 
I'll retire??
We'll take a cruise to Alaska??
We'll tour the National Parks?
We'll go hiking?? 

My yellow orchid in full bloom!

Danny doesn't think the car is washed 
"when it rains!" 
Thank you Hun!! 

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!! 
Loving these three day weekends : -))

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Norman - bottom right
Nov. 1973 
This is Norman.
I bought Norman in Nov 1973
for my first apartment.  
After growing out of ceramic pots through the years and too large to transport from different places we lived; 
We planted Norman in my parent's
backyard in 1986. 
Norman continues to grow and seems very happy!! 
His permanent residence is now with Mom
in St. Augustine!