Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
(this was actually reported by a teacher)
After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following:
"We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Florida .
"Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass. They ride around on their bicycles and wear name tags because they don't know who they are anymore.
"They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there, but they don't do them very well. There is a swimming pool too, but all they do is jump up and down in it with hats on.
"At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts.
"Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night --- early birds. Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.
"My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren."
Monday, May 18, 2009
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW****A beautiful sunny day!! A little cool, but I think it's suppose to warm up nicely later :)
I AM THINKING****About my youngest daughter turning 17 tomorrow!
FROM THE LEARNING ROOM****Metric system, linear graphs, Modern China, snakes (Yuck!) I hate even reading about them...sorry ;)
I AM THANKFUL****As always, for my family...(and a very sweet Aunt that has been helping me with the quilting)
FROM THE KITCHEN****oven baked chicken and homemade potato salad
I AM WEARING****Long plaid shorts and a v-necked black t-shirt with a cat on it...black flip flops to match :)
I AM READING****Nothing right now...too many things I'm working on
I AM HOPING****That my son's Tourettes might let up in severity...his tics have been so severe the last week that he's been hurting and having trouble even falling asleep. He is suppose to go see a new pediatric neurologist later this month...I don't want to have to put him back on the meds, but it has been SO severe that I'm afraid we might have to.
I AM CREATING****I have Sam's quilt top pinned together..now to try to do the actual quilting...(He and I have both been working on them a LONG time...they've been done for a while and I just was leary of doing the actual quilting..I've not done it before) I'm going to put a border around mine. It is almost big enough to go on my queen size bed. Sam's is smaller..more like a nice throw...I've also got a scrappy, plain old square top that I started a while back. I'm going to use it for a throw on the couch. Then last night, I started trying to put something together for my oldest daughter. I'm thinking a raggy quilt. So, I've got 3 or 4 squares started to see if I like it or not. She wanted it purple, pink, green and orange. Her fave colors are purple and orange...so she said to just do whatever..so that's what I'm doing. We'll see how it goes. I have nothing in orange so I guess I get to go fabric shopping :)
I AM PRAYING****For God to heal my son's tourettes and for blessings on my family
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS****To go fabric shopping...(which I think I'm going to be doing very soon! :)
A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK****schoolwork, celebrating my daughter's 17th birthday...Time sure flies doesn't it? .... Plant the morning glory, watermelon and pumpkin starts...
The picture I'm sharing is of my daughter Sarah....This is Sarah (on the right) with her friend Hattie..they were getting ready to go to prom....(not together..they had dates)...HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY!! (tomorrow)
Thanks Peggy for hosting the daybooks!! If you would like to participate visit Peggy at
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW ****A beautiful sunny day!! What a wonderful sight..No Rain!!
I AM THINKING****About the garden..we actually got some of it going now..15 tomato plants, 16 zucchini, 4 green bean starts (we're also planting some seeds,)sugar pea pods, we also have seedlings of watermelon and some prize winning pumpkins (for Sammy :) we're going to get some brussel sprouts, cabbage green peppers and some green onion going this week as well. Oh yes, some yellow crookneck squash too!
FROM THE LEARNING ROOM***just trying to get as much done as we can...I really don't want to have to do schoolwork all summer. That, and I'm trying to pick out what I'm going to order for next year.
I AM THANKFUL****For my family (always:) For the rain ending and the sun coming out! Forthe yummy oatmeal-raisin cookie candle from my daughter..and for my Aunt buying me the foot I needed for my machine so I can finish Sammy's quilt :)
FROM THE KITCHEN****Yummy strawberries, cool-whip and shortcakes..and as always a a pitcher of coffee to drink with my vanilla-caramel creamer I just got!!
I AM WEARING****A green skirt and black top
I AM READING****Nothing right now..I've been working on finishing my quilt and Sam's..
I AM HOPING****That I might get Sam's quilt done this week..I don't know..it's my first to actually quilt. Well...I just hope I get SOMETHING done on it!!
I AM CREATING****Again, just working on the quilts..(I actually have started another one, and I'm going to try to start putting some fabrics together to start one for my oldest daughter..she likes orange and purple :)
I AM PRAYING****For God to Bless My Family and my Home
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS****A fuzzy orange blanket that I recieved as a Christmas gift several years ago. I was babysitting a tiny little baby named Lily. It was a gift from her Mother. Every time I snuggle up in it I think of Lily.
A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK****Work in the garden, work on the quilts, work on putting a flower bed in by the front porch. The kids have dental appointments this week..
THE PICTURE I'M SHARING****Is my oldest daughter with her new boyfriend John. He is in the marines. He was in this past week visiting. He left to go back yesterday. He will be going to Afghanistan until January. Please keep him in your prayers.
For more great Daybook entries and to participate in your own blog go to Peggy's at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/ Thank You Peggy!!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Bunny 'a success story,' says Elephant Sanctuary founder
By Rich Davis (Contact)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Bunny walks along the woods at the sanctuary in this file photograph
Ten years ago, under a postcard-blue September sky, I stood outside a million-dollar barn and watched Bunny the 8,000-pound pachyderm become part of The Elephant Sanctuary in tiny Hohenwald, Tenn., southwest of Nashville.
The other Asian elephants had already entered the pasture, Barbara the matriarch lying in the sun in a far field, Tarra roaming a fence line and Jenny and Shirley — best buds, I learned — waiting for the new kid from Evansville to join in.
For an hour, Bunny stood at the barn door, occasionally looking out.
Finally, having dumped a pile of hay on her back, sort of like a traveling lunch pail, Bunny suddenly ambled down the hill and into a whole new world.
A world of purple thistle blooms and a creek shaded by willow and oak trees, without chains and commands, where she could freely roam 2,200 acres.
Reporters are supposed to be impartial observers (Bunny’s move from her outdated concrete pad at Evansville’s zoo wasn’t without controversy), but that morning my heart sang as Bunny began to merrily trumpet.
She was part of the founding herd, and some of the Evansville zookeepers and officials who made the 5-hour drive were in tears, of joy.
“She was a success story,” Carol Buckley, cofounder of the nonprofit sanctuary, said tenderly on Thursday as she described how Bunny is going through the dying process. “I’m still in denial.”
Bunny, she explained, is doing what elephants in the wild do when they realize it’s time to go, to succumb to old age. Since last Saturday, Bunny’s been lying on her side in narrow valley next to a brook, at the bottom of a hill three miles from her fancy, high-tech barn.
Shirley and Tarra are keeping a vigil and won’t leave her side even after she passes, which could be a matter of hours or days.
The law requires a burial within three days, said Buckley, so Bunny’s final resting place will be atop the nearby hill, an area she adored.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Buckley. “It’s like losing a family member, but we’re happy she had a full life, isn’t dying from some horrible, disease (an infection of the bones, for instance) you can get in captivity.
“She had one decade of freedom, but that’s better than 90 percent of the elephants in captivity who don’t get one year.”
Tests indicate Bunny’s body is shutting down; veterinarians are giving her fluids and caring for her.
At 57, Bunny didn’t survive as long as similar elephants who grow up in the wild (60 to 70 years), but Buckley said Bunny has lived longer than Asian elephants in captivity whose average life span is 40.
Buckley is convinced the Evansville Parks Board’s decision in 1999 to send Bunny packing to Tennessee prolonged her life.
Part of Buckley’s goal when she and partner Scott Blais founded the sanctuary in 1995 “was to rescue all the elephants living alone in zoos.”
“I will never forget the effort it took to get Bunny here,” Buckley recalled, noting she lobbied for five years before Evansville officials gave the OK.
“Bunny was loved by everybody in Evansville,” said Buckley, “from those who loved her enough to let her go to others who couldn’t let her go, but still loved her.”
Buckley said Bunny’s calm but playful personality will be missed.
When Jenny died, Shirley was devastated, but Bunny stayed with her friend, coaxing Shirley back to normalcy, Buckley recalled.
However, she said Bunny’s lasting legacy was evident the moment she stepped out of the barn on that September morning:
“That lady was determined never to go back in. She liked to be outdoors more than anything. Because of her, the other elephants started sleeping outside at night, too.”
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
BE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN AND TURN MY MUSIC PLAYER OFF..(It is well with my soul is my favorite hymn) :)