Think Spring

It's amazing how excited we get at this time of year when we see that it's 5:30 and the sun is still out. "Yeessss!", we proclaim...thrilled at the prospect that spring may actually be around the proverbial corner. It's at that moment that we start to plan. We plan everything from what we will wear to where we will travel. We plan cookouts and long days on the beach building sand castles... days filled with laughter ...the building blocks of our future memories.

My thoughts of spring tend to be focused on endless articles on organic gardening or stacks of seed catalogs that have overtaken my living space. As I flip through the books, I imagine the sun, warm on my head as I carefully pluck the weeds around each delicate seedling in the row. I make lists and diagrams...I plan so carefully. I make new lists and new diagrams...an herb garden...more perennials?

When planting season finally arrives...my lists are lost, my drawings used for scrap paper. I plant my old standbys...every variety of heirloom tomato I can get my hands on....orange tuberous begonias to perk up the shade garden...herbs to keep near the kitchen for cooking, zinnias to add a burst of color anywhere you need it.

So when you notice the sun start to set a little bit later...dream a little dream


Those Amazing Kids!

This week was the kind of week where you realize that you are definitely in the right profession. As a teacher, you seldom get the pat on the back, the compliment from a colleague or coworker. This week I realized that a lifetime of compliments could not compare with the heartfelt compassion and generosity I witnessed in our 7th grade students at my Middle School. Our students raised an incredible amount of money for a young boy named Owen who suffers from Type II SMA. Today they were able to present the check to his mom, and to meet Owen. The children were thrilled beyond belief to meet Owen...bursting with excitement before he came through the door. I know that Owen will be in their hearts for many years to come. They are truly amazing.


Personalized Jewelry

As winter drags its soggy feet along, we need something springy to look forward to. Personalized jewelry and accessories are the PERFECT treat to perk up that "in between" wardrobe. They also make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, communions, graduations, etc...How about the perfect piece for your bridesmaids? Personalized lends just the right touch. Initial Outfitters has a beautiful selection of personalized/monogrammed jewelry and accessories. Something for everyone. I'm now booking jewelry parties in Southeastern Massachusetts, and I'm looking for consultants anywhere in the country. Initial Outfitters has partnered with Charlie's Lunch to open lunch rooms and give spiritual guidance to children who are in need. Check out the site to learn more and to preview the beautiful pieces.


Elle Decor

I have really enjoyed reading Elle Decor over the course of the last year or so. It's a refreshing change from the cookie cutter decorating magazines of the early 2000's. I tend to lean towards the cleancut freshness of contemporary, but I'm not really willing to give up the comfort of an antique that belonged to my grandmother, or that special item you have had forever and could not part with. Elle Decor blends the best of all worlds in a modern, fresh, I've lived here forever kind of way. The March 2009 issue is packed with turn over and over and over again pages. I look forward to every issue. customerservice-elledecor.com
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