Hi, How'dy, How are ya?

Welcome to "The Country Schoolmarm"! Get yourself a cup of coffee (I take mine strong with vanilla creamer), grab a seat, and chat a while! Isn't that what country friends do? Now, all we need is a porch...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's Been a While...

     Phew... You all have been busy! I have been trying to keep up on reading through Feedly and Facebook! I do feel like a cheater reading on Facebook. 

     I haven't written much because, I haven't had much to say! God is good in His protection, love, and blessings! My school has grown from 60 (you know, when you all prayed because of fear of not having a job) to 200 students.
 (I am in this picture...)

     What God can do! I have had the blessing and privilege to see this school over the 14 years I have taught there. I was their first fourth grade teacher. I started with 5 students. This past year, I had 22. It was one of my favorite classes ever. We had such a great time! I guess with all of that talking to them, I ran out of words. I talk so much and write so much as a teacher that it is sometimes refreshing to be silent. But, I missed you all and love you all. I didn't want you to think I had forgotten you all, because I have not. 

     We did not get the pool open this year, so I do not have any bat stories for you. That is just fine with me. I have spend the summer thrifting, purging, and cleaning the house. Oh, and working on my classroom.  Because my room got moved. Again. Ugh. I also did not have a car for a bit. A deer attacked it while I was driving to school on the turnpike. Truly. I did not hit him; he hit me. He crossed the westbound and eastbound lanes to t-bone me in the driver side door. God so showed mercy on me. It could have been a lot worse. 

Charlie and Bailey have been my faithful companions this summer. 

     So have Etsy and Ebay. Yeah. That again. They should have a support group. EEA. I think you can figure out what THAT stands for. Aw, gee. No Benadryl was involved in any part of my purchases. I have changed my style around a bit, so THAT probably is a bit of the impetus for my friendships. I have the whole house pulled apart to revamp my style.  Right now my style is "Get the stuff put away and vacuum, for crying out loud". My craft nook/closet (the closet is in the room, not the other way around) is coming along. Although, right now it is a battle of wills-clothes versus crafts. I will keep you posted on that! So, I guess I have painted a picture in your mind of my house as a war zone. I am not going to try to convince you otherwise. It is. Truly. 

I did do some crafting. I did a couple of garage sales.
  This is my dad at the sale. We were bored so we stickered ourselves. My mom thought he wasn't priced low enough. He wasn't selling. Lol. The "open" sticker flew off the tent we were using. Think of it as a gold star on his forehead. 

     I have been trying to sell more with etsy, rather than eBay. I still am not sure which gets more exposure. I do have a sale running now until the beginning of September. The coupon code is "backtoschool14". 

I hope this finds you well! God bless! Lots of love and hugs!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Thank You...

These pictures are from my class trip to Washington, D.C. in April.  Students sensed the gravity of the sacrifice, service, and loss on our behalf.  It is an outstanding and poignant reminder of what Christ did for us.  
The most special part of the trip was to meet a group of WWII and Korean War veterans that had traveled from Michigan.  What an honor and blessing it was to have the opportunity to  shake each man's and woman's hand and thank them for the freedom that I do not deserve but enjoy.  There was a lot of reflection by the students that day.  It was a trip that the class and I will never forget.
My heartfelt, but insignificant, thanks to all those who served, lost loved ones, and continue to serve for the freedom to live a life that is free.  Thank you all for paying the price for that freedom for me...


Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Meditation

Philippians 4:6-7 "Do  not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

     I struggle with anxiety and depression. A lot. Sometimes I wake up and it just feels tortuous to get out of bed and go to school. I worry about having to leave the house all Sunday afternoon.  I love my job. Very much. And there is nothing that triggers it. Nothing I can put my finger on. This frustrates the loved ones around me terribly. They so badly want to say something or do something to fix it. 

     This is the verse of the day on the Bible Gateway app. It was just the verse I needed. I thought I'd put it out there since there are a lot of bloggers out there struggling with different concerns in their lives. Our hope and meditation is realize His promise of "the peace which surpasses all understanding. " We don't have to understand it, we just have to ask for it. It is given to us, through the Holy Spirit, because our relationship with God has been restored through Jesus's death on the cross. How deep the Father's love for us!

"How Deep The Father's Love For Us"
By Stuart Townend

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Blessing and Love,

Thursday, May 1, 2014

So, that happened...

     I turned 40 on this past Tuesday. Now before I tell you any more, it is funny the reactions that you get when people learn of said birthday. 

     Young people (39 and under) feel sorry for you and offer condolences to you with fear that it will one day happen to them. 

     People in their fourties welcome you into a special, secret club. There is a secret handshake and passwords and all, but I don't want to tell you and lose my membership. I just got it, after all. 

     People 50 and older still call you a "youngin'". That's nice. 

     Now students, well that's where it is interesting. There are two reactions there. Students around the fifth grade age-level know how to schmooze. "I thought you were 30!" Heh. Nice work, kid. You still failed the spelling test. Kindergartens and first graders? 40 is the kiss of death. My principal announced my birthday in chapel and everyone sang happy birthday. I hated that. Then her words were, " If Mrs. Wise were to run around the chapel for every year she was born, she would be very fatigued" I am pretty sure that the kindergartener I was sitting next to thought that meant I was 100 and ready to keel over at any moment. He kept eyeballing me. I think I worried him. 

     But, my day was a blessed one spent with my "children", friends, and family. 
     My class decorated the "living room" side of our classroom with balloons and their shining faces. After the pent-up excitement of the promise of popped balloons ( NOT by me) and the rush of sugar, the parents took them outside to run laps and pop balloons (those that survived the throwing of the balloons and exclamations of, "Happy Birthday!")

     They also sang their own version of "What Does the Fox Say?" entitled "What Does the Owl Say?" In their song were the many phrases that I say, apparently a lot:  you're done, air high five, all that and a bag of chips, great minds think alike, gold star, you're my favorite, anything from The Princess Bride, counting, I didn't drink my coffee yet, Stewart is having a bad day, What day is it, you're a nut, boop yourself in the head, walk of shame, and, my personal favorite... I'm going to jump off the deck. Gee. I need new material!!!!

     My own family was so sweet in celebrating my birthday. My husband made me lasagna, and my mom brought more cake. Cake is really a weakness of mine. Both cakes were from my favorite bakery, Bakers of Buffington. Gee, I am predictable. My school family and my real family know my weakness. It blesses my heart because of their thoughtfulness in celebrating my special day. 

     My husband continued this thoughtfulness during the weekend before and after my birthday in taking me to my very favorite antique flea market, Shupp's Grove. The first visit was their Spring Extravaganza which was filled with prims! The following weekend was their garage sale weekend (the first Saturday of each month). I met so many nice people that day. I love to hear the stories behind the items they are selling. I met this sweet lady, Joan. We talked for a while. She told me about the old store her father ran. She was selling some really nice prims. Another couple I talked to gave me good tips to make sure that my tent for my garage sale didn't blow away ( it's hard to make change and hold onto a tent. I was always fearing that I would do a "Dorothy"). I go to this flea market often. A little too often. I kind of have a "Cheers" relationship with the people there. Everybody knows who I am. Is that good or bad? I am not sure, and I bet my husband has mixed feeling about it as well... 

     Here are a few of the goodies I picked up on my excursions...

     I actually got the little stove with some birthday money. It's a toy stove from the 1920's. I got it on eBay for $20 including shipping. I don't know if that was a bargain, but it was so dear. Then, it inspired me to look for vintage wood and metal toys. The little iron and rolling pin were a bargain. The feed sacks were the big score. They are the heavy, rough cloth with make-do patches. I got them for $3 each. They are in great shape!

     I  just think this little stove is adorable!

     Now these next two items I love, but I am interested in some creative ideas in using them. The sieve I got for $10. I am not sure whether to use it on the wall, suspended from the ceiling??? What do you all think?

     My mom picked up this strainer for me at a garage sale for $2. I always wanted one. I saw some ideas for using it on Pinterest (and by ideas, decor, not food. I am pretty sure that would be a disaster!) . I was just curious as to your ideas! :)

     Well, that is all for now. I have actually been plugging away at this post for most of the week. I feel bad not posting. I miss all of you. I will start plugging away at some posts on my field trip to DC, spring decor pictures, and a tutorial of sorts! Whew! Big plans! 

     Before I forget, Charlie says, "Hey!"

Love and hugs,
The Marm

Friday, April 11, 2014

New on Etsy and EBay!

     I just finished adding some new goodies to my etsy store and ebay store.   My eyes can bearly stay open.  Time for this marm to hit the hay!  It was a long week.  I will have to tell you all about it when I am sure that I am typing coherent sentences on here!  Yikes!

Thank you for stopping by and looking!

Love and hugs!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Confessions of a Pinkeepaholic- My Pinkeep Swap with Wendy

Seriously.  It's a problem.  Remember the Pumpkin/Benadryl Epidemic of 2012? This is worse.  Waaaay worse.  Do you know why?  Because it is not a seasonal thing.  Do you know why else?  Benadryl is not involved.  Ugh. Houston? Yup.  There's a problem...

Commercial Break- I have heard so many people express a lack of enthusiasm to blogging recently.  Due to the copious amounts of snow, I would say there's a relationship (DUH!).  Do you feel like this?

      So, yes, I have been absent from the world of blogging for a good chunk of this school year.  My mind is clogged with participles, Jamestown, Cause and Effect, and other random bits of information that roll around the thing that is my brain.  Plus, it is only now starting to thaw out. My brain.  Apparently NOT the weather for it be SNOWIN' outside!  
     For this winter, my brain  has been like, you know, in the morning when you have to leave the house, you start your car ahead of time so it will be nice and toasty when you get in (assuming it has a full tank of gas...).  Once you finally are ready, you dash to your warm car and focus on driving the icy roads to school (the sad thing is that this metaphor is true).  In between that, school, and navigating the icy roads back home, everything else is a blur.  I just have not been inspired to blog this year because my stories are blurred. I get home and think, "What was that funny thing that they did? Oh, look! The couch!  Zzzzzzzzzz..."  Don't get me wrong, I love my job, my class, everything!  God has been so good!  It is just hard to share the stories for this year though.  This class of 22 students and my aide and I are like a family unit.  You know when you have family stories, and you try to tell them to someone outside of your family?  You are laughing so hard the whole way through the delivery of it.  Then, you get to the reaction... Crickets in the night.  You realize that you had to be there to get it.  Well, a lot of my stories are like that... Like the Projectile Vomiting, Part 1 & 2. Funny, but I fear "the crickets" for that one... Or gagging...

Now, where was I?  Oh, yes.  Pinkeep hoarding.  Right, right...

     So, my mom got me that coffee make-do cabinet a few month ago.  I treasure its prim-self, and the fact it is from her.  Well, it has become a home to pinkeeps. Okay, a palace. Or a condominium complex.  I don't know what it is about pinkeeps, but I just love them- making and (Shhhhh...)buying them.  So, when Wendy from Ravenwood Whimzies says it is time for one of her annual pinkeep swaps, I am on it like gum in a kids hair!  Pinkeep Swap?  Did someone say Pinkeep Swap? Hotdiggity dog!
"Mama, you's knows you gots a lot of keeps over there, rights? You gots a little bits of an obseshin'."

     My partner was Wendy, the host of the Spring Pin Keep Swap.  Wendy, as many of you know, has the blog Ravenwood Whimzies.  I think I found her etsy site before her blog.  But, it has been a privilege to get to know her these past few year.  She is a very sweet and talented lady.  You MUST check out her blog! Great prim tutorials too!  So, God is so good in his infinite mercies. ALWAYS.  I had had a long day at school last week, trying to get report cards done, a cold windy blacktop recess duty, and it was my good day for planning periods, and I got nothing done.  I was beat.  I felt like one of my hamsters on his squeaky wheel. But, when I got home... God's timing through Wendy... Ahhhh.  This wonderful package awaited me when I got  home... (Sorry the pictures are blurry.  I only have my ipod camera right now...)
Erasers and chocolate- the way to a  teacher's heart. Oh, yeah...
Is this not the cutest?  Is she talented or what?  I love the dancing one in the middle!
How thoughtful is this?  I love Nasturtiums!  I can't wait to plant these!
"A Sweet Friendship Refreshes the Soul"

And now, what you all have been waiting for....


Look at the little dangling scissors charm!
Such big floppy ears! Love the band box!

The Pinkeep Condo... Oh, dear...
     This is her temporary home at "the condo". Once I get "Winter" off of my dining room table, she is going to have a better spot for Spring! I hope to show Spring pictures soon.  It would help if it actually felt like Spring, maybe?

Wendy is extremely talented, as many of you know.  I have the privilege of owning and cherishing a few of her creations...
This was my first purchase two years ago... Moo-moo...

Lizzie Bennet, my rabbit.  She is looking for her "Mr. Darcy".  Please not Mr. Wickum...

My peahen... Penny

My crow, Winston...
My pinkeep swap with Wendy from the Fall.
Thank you so much, Wendy, for hosting this swap and allowing me to be a part of it!  Thank you for your lovely swap gifts that I will cherish always.  Well, the chocolate is gone.  

Check out Wendy's blog page here.  After that visit, drop by her etsy shop to see her gorgeous creations!  Beautiful spring items have been listed! Please support our small businesses and artisan friends!

Blessings, Hugs, and Lots of Love to All of You!  I MISS YOU ALL!


P.S. Thank you all for caring about my absence from the cyber-world.  It means a lot!