Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


There was a significant brush pile at the edge of the property when we bought the Cookie House. It's been growing ever since. The pile is too close to the trees to burn safely, so I've been hauling armfuls of branches to my fire ring. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


I'm finishing up an assessment class this week. Next up, grammar and children and young adult literature.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Just looking

(Don't worry, Julie. He's not coming inside.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015


I almost feel like I'm sleeping in a tree house. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Dad rototilled my garden this week. Each year it gets a little bigger. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Farmer's market

Apparently I only go when it's raining.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dorm room

I staked a claim on the desk in the corner near the window.
Our office has been relocated to the dorms while our hall is being renovated. Our new digs are pretty sweet--we have a window, a kitchenette (with stove, sink and microwave), an adjustable thermostat (with air conditioning that works) and a private bathroom!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bed & Breakfast

Villa Alexandrea

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Niagara Falls

Julie, Libby, Amanda and I soaked in the majesty of the Niagara Falls over the weekend. Julie had attended a week-long conference in Ontario, Canada and we decided to meet in Niagara for a short vacation. 

Getting to the Falls on Friday proved to be a bit of a hassle. First, there was a run-around with the Secretary of State over Libby's Enhanced Driver's License (they decided to hold her official card until her birthday at the end of the month). Then, after we cross the border with her license and birth certificate, we took a wrong turn that led us into Toronto traffic, which was the worst traffic I have ever driven in. But, we made it. As we walked toward the Falls on Friday night and I heard the thundering of the water and felt the mist in the air I could feel my stress dissipating.

It was a wonderful weekend, full of sister and friend time, lots of water, sunshines and international cuisine (Lebanese, Mexican and Greek).  We made it home Sunday evening after an uneventful drive and border crossing. 

The Niagara Falls, which consist of three falls shared by New York, USA and Ontario, Canada, are some of the most spectacular falls in the world. Water from Lake Erie flows down the Niagara River and drops more than 165 feet at the Falls before entering Lake Ontario. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge linking Ontario, Canada (left)
with New York, USA (right) near the Niagara Falls

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Wrapping paper can transform copy boxes into fun storage boxes.
Once again, I packed the items from my desk at work into two boxes and hauled them home. This move was less traumatic than last year's job insecurity, though.

The offices and classrooms in our hall are being renovated over the summer, and so everyone who works on the second or third floor (including the president of the university) is being temporarily moved to the dorms. 

It seemed easier to take my boxes home for the summer than to pack them up and have a moving company move them across campus to the dorms and then back to our office in the fall. However, I did my share of packing and sorting as I helped to prepare the items in the tutoring room for the move. We had to decide which material to discard, which to move to the dorms, which to put into storage, and which to move to our temporary home in the library. 

Friday, May 1, 2015