Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 233, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Today was the first day of school.  Not a great start for me.  It was a really rough day.  Anyway, it is over and I only have 174 more student attendance days!  We got new lanyards to wear at school.  We are trying to improve our security and will need to carry our building keys with us.

Day 232, Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Coco and I went to puppy class.  He is really such a good little guy, but he has some things to work on.  We didn't have a good night!  Another dog bit Coco's tail (and nipped my behind) during recess!!  I knew the other dog was being aggressive, so I picked Coco up to walk around.  He jumped up to grab Coco's tail and pulled his hair.  Coco sat under my chair the remainder of class.  Hope that dog doesn't come next week...we will leave if he does!!

Day 231, Monday, August 19, 2013

When I got to work this morning, these flowers were on my desk!  Jennifer left us a note to say thank you for helping her get the new school year going.  Let 2013-2014 begin, my 26th start to a new school year.

Day 230, Sunday, August 18, 2013

I have been walking outside with Coco everyday.  I bought new shoes to walk in.  My other shoes were not giving me enough support and my feet were starting to hurt.  I usually buy Nike's, but these are New Balance and I really like them.  I'm sure part of it is because they are new, but they do come up a little higher on my ankles.

Day 229, Saturday, August 17, 2013

There is a new shopping plaza across the street from Costco in East Peoria.  A Potbelly restaurant opened last week.  We ate there tonight.  I love those pop chips!

Day 228, Friday, August 16, 2013

Pekin is known as the "Marigold Capital of the World".  These flowers are not my favorite, however, I bought them because the buds were such a bright yellow color.  I am surprised at the size of the flowers.  They are as big as softballs!  Love it!

Day 227, Thursday, August 15, 2013

This is my latest Zentangle.  I like working on the larger pages.  I found something similar on Pinterest.  I love how just a little pencil adds so much dimension!

Day 226, Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Coco and I walk by these flowers everyday.  They are the most beautiful color of purple.

Day 225, Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I went to the car wash.  My car had some sort of icky stuff on the windows.  This car wash has multi colored soap!

Day 224, Monday, August 12, 2013

Jim has gotten a hummingbird at the feeder.  Now we have 3 different feeders.  It is lots of fun to watch these little guys.  They move so fast.

Day 223, Sunday, August 11, 2013

We met the kids at Olive Garden for lunch today to celebrate John's birthday.  I got my pedicure this afternoon.  I usually have red polish, but went with a pink glitter polish this time.  Nice for a change, but I will probably go back to the reds!

Day 222, Saturday, August 10, 2013

This dog has been chewing on everything today!  At least it is one of his bones this time!

Day 221, Friday, August 9, 2013

Stacie gave us tickets to the Chiefs game tonight.  We haven't been to a game yet this summer.  This team is now a farm club for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Here is Jim enjoying his hot dog at the ball park.  My favorite part was the fireworks after the game!

Day 220, Thursday, August 8, 2013

We have had lots of construction at school during the summer.  Today, the contractor filled in the trench with concrete.  Hope it dries before someone puts their name in the wet cement!

Day 219, Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My annual stop at the day lilies patch.  The light behind the larger flower is my headlight!

Day 218, Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nikki had another great class tonight.  I love to stamp cards with my friends.  She creates the best cards every time.  So happy to be starting my Christmas cards!

Day 217, Monday, August 5, 2013

My card swap girls had a dinner date at Osaka.  Great friends, great food, great time!

Day 216, Sunday, August 4, 2013

We were so happy to be out riding our bikes this morning, again!

Day 215, Saturday, August 3, 2013

We rode our bikes down to the river front this morning.  It is about a 5 mile ride down and back.  We are standing on the platform on the sidewalk over the river.  If you look back to day 112, there is a picture of this same spot, only this railing is almost underwater and there is a kayak where I am standing taking this picture.  Amazing what water can do.

Day 214, Friday, August 2, 2013

My flowers have been doing great.  The weather has been really cool for August.  Next year, I will try the tiered pots again, but not as many together.  It is very hard to move the arrangement.

Day 213, Thursday, August 1, 2013

Our school registration started today at 1p.m.  Me, Jennifer and Cindy are ready for the parent's to register their children!

Day 212, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Coco and I walked to John and Stacie's to borrow the charger for the ipad.  We couldn't find the cord for the ipad at school.  I loved the sunflowers at Clark's house, next door to John and Stacie!

Day 211, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My hibiscus has been getting a new bloom almost everyday.  The center is almost neon yellow and hot pink.  Love, love, love this flowering bush!

Day 210, Monday, July 29, 2013

I went back to work today, after having 6 weeks off.  It was a great summer and I was sad to see it end.  We got new desks and new carpet at school.  It took us most of the day to get everything back together again.  Thanks to Mr. Goss for letting us get new digs!

Day 209, Sunday, July 28, 2013

Today we had a huge party at our house today!  We celebrated John's complete response results!  Goodbye Lymphoma...see ya NEVER!  We think there were about 65 or 70 people from 2 to 4 p.m.  It was awesome to see so many people gather together to celebrate with us.  John had a smile on his face the entire afternoon!  Love you, Johnny Mac!  So happy you are feeling well again!

Day 208, Saturday, July 27, 2013

We went to Glen Oak Park to watch the tennis tournament.  We ate lunch at Mr. G's, because Jim wanted a Chicago style hot dog.

Day 207, Friday, July 26, 2013

John told me he wanted "that cake from Costco" for his celebration party on sunday.  I have a whole cart full of cake!

Day 206, Thursday, July 25, 2013

Peyton and I went to the zoo again, today.  I wanted to see the tigers, again.  All four of the cubs were still there.  The zoo keeper told us they were going to ship the cubs to different zoos, soon.  I was happy to see them one last time.  Of course, we went to Avanti's for "You know", lunch!

Day 205, Wednesday, July 25, 2013

Coco had to go to the puppy spa this morning.  We went early, so after I dropped him off, I stopped at Coal Miner's Park to walk.  I walked 1.6 miles in 29:48 minutes, at a 3.3 mph pace.  I was happy with that!

Day 204, Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I picked up Peyton to spend the afternoon together.  I asked him what he wanted for lunch.  He said, "You know."  Avanti's?  What are you going to eat?  Again, he said "You know."  Yes, I know, he wants spaghetti sauce and bread.  I introduced him to this meal a few months that is all he wants to eat!

Day 203, Monday, July 22, 2013

I had to do some errands to get ready for the party on Sunday.  I stopped at Culver's to get a little treat.  I love the lemon ice with raspberries.  I can only get it in the summer!

Day 202, Sunday, July 21, 2013

Today I reached 100,000 steps for one week!  While we were in San Diego, we walked everywhere.  Sometimes walking 18,000 to 21,000 steps a day.  As you can see, John is right there with me.  It makes me happy to see him walking this much everyday!