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Daily Life

Foto Finish: Heading to the Water

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This guy was heading toward the water at the Wildlife Refuge.  I just loved him and how casual he was.  He was definitely ready for a swim!!

Here’s my Foto Finish…..

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What’s your best or favorite shot of the week….or any time??  Please join in Foto Finish and show it off!!  Want to know more about Foto Finish, just click here.  Grab the button above, link it to this post on your blog (or wherever you share your photos), and enter the linky below.

I’m also linking up with….

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I can’t wait to see what your Foto Finish is and be sure to check out other Camera Critters!!  

 

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Macro: Mushroom

 

 

It’s time for another macro for Monday.  I went back in time for this one.  This is about 2 years old and was taken at my parents house.  They’d been having a rainy year, so there was all kinds of mushrooms all over their yard.  

Check out this brightly colored mushroom….

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Be sure to check out the other macro photography here….

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Be sure to come back here on Saturday and join in Foto Finish, where you can link up and share your favorite or best shot of the week!!  To find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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Longhorns

I just downloaded these from my camera and I just had to share at least one of them!!

We went to the Wildlife Refuge after the rains. It was amazing to see everything to alive and bright since we’ve had a drought the past couple of years. There were huge herds of longhorns enjoying the green grass. Some were grazing and some were just laying around.

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Also, I’m going to be bringing back Foto Finish this weekend. I hope that you’ll join in and link up!! If you’d like to find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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Macro Monday – Turtle Face

I haven’t posted any photography in awhile and I’ve missed it very much.  I like few things more than taking photos and sharing them with others.  That means that it was again time to join up with Macro Monday!

Here’s my up close and personal macro of hubby’s turtle….

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I’m going to try to bring Foto Finish back, and I hope that you’ll join in.  You can read more about it if you click here and I hope to see you linking up this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!!

 

 

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The Good Shepherd

Last week, we worked on The Good Shepherd in my religion class.  I enjoy teaching this one to the kids to help them understand how loved we are.  We are protected by his love and his son, Jesus, died for us.

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I made 2 things for my class to use.  The first is a worksheet.  It’s to match Jesus and his sheep to a sheep on the page.  A line is drawn to match the 2 and then colored to match each other.  The next item is a coloring page.  It’s Jesus among the sheep with the verse from John 10:11 (NAS).

If you’re interested in these activities, just click to….

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You can click here and here to see my kids hard at work on their sheets. My class really enjoyed these activities and I hope that you’rs do too!!  Please be sure to leave me a comment about what your kids did with these pages and if they liked them….thanks!!

 

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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The “New” Boy

This is our newest little guy.  The photo was taken not long after some hard playing.  He just loves to play!!

Here’s our little guy….

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Candy Corn and Jesus

It might be Fall Break here, but I have a new FREEBIE to share today!!  This one celebrates Jesus and Halloween.

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There is a coloring page for the kids to do what has the colors of candy corn and how they remind us of Jesus poem on it.  There’s also a Bible verse on the page.  Also included is a poster with a colored candy corn, the Bible verse, and candy corn colors poem.  This makes for a great little activity to talk about how we can both our faith and Halloween.

Clipart © The Itty Bitty Teacher and it is used with permission.  The cover frame © KB Konnected and the cover background and used with permission.

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If you use any or all of these freebies, please leave me a comment.  I love to read your comments and input….and know how you use them.  I truly create by the feedback that I get!!

 

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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Back-to-School Sale

It’s time for back-to-school andThe Schoolhouse is having a SALE!!

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The sale will take place in both of my stores.  The sale is for 20% every item in my shops and I’ll be adding more products throughout the sale.  There’s also some freebies, with more on the way!!  Remember, I have Christian and educational printables….and I take requests.

You can click here to visit The Schoolhouse at Teachers Notebook.  The sale dates there are 4-8 August.

 You can click here to visit The Schoolhouse at Teachers Pay Teachers.  The sale dates there are 4-7 August.  If you use code BTS14, you’ll receive an extra 10% off for a total of 28% from 4-5 August.

 

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Flashback Friday: “The Letter”

As many of my readers know, I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s back!!

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I have always been a fan of Bette Davis, but while hubby was away (one of the times he was in Iraq), I was up very late and The Letter came on.  The opening scene is Bette firing her gun over and over as a man tumbles down the steps.

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From that moment on, I was enthralled!!  I couldn’t take my eyes off the tv.  

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But first, a little about the movie.  The film is in the film-noir, drama, mystery, and crime genres.  The Letter stars Bette Davis (Leslie Crosbie) and Herbert Marshall (Robert Crosbie), along with James Stephenson (Howard Joyce – her lawyer and husband’s friend) and Freida Inescort (Dorthy Joyce).  There’s also several other minor players in this movie.  Some of them are quite shady and eerie!!

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Gale Sondergaard (Mrs. Hammond)

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Victor Sen Yung (Ong Chi Seng)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This movie was directed by William Wyler and released by Warner Bros. in 1940.  It was nominated for 7 Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards in including Bette Davis for Best Actress in Leading Role, Max Steiner for Best Music Original Score, and William Wyler for Best Director.  Other nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Stephenson), Best Cinematography Black-and-White (Tony Gaudio), and Best Film Editing (Warren Low).  The Letter didn’t win any Oscars, but it did win 2 awards at the 1940 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Letter from IMDb….

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

And here’s one from TCM….

A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.

One of the most interesting parts of this film is that in the beginning, Leslie (Bette Davis) begins making lace (crocheting).  She’s seen working on it throughout the movie.  The representation of the lace is much like the crime that she committed.  It’s a web of lies and deceit.  It continues to grow.  By the end of the movie, it’s this beautiful lace shawl that Leslie wears to a secret meeting.  It is one of the best figurative objects in film as far as I’m concerned!!

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I highly recommend that you watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and it never gets old….or boring.  The Letter has stood the test of time and is definitely a classic that’s not to be missed!!

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Now quit reading this post and go watch this movie!!

 

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Surprise!!

So kiddo and I went out yesterday and did a little shopping and took care of some errands.  When we got home, there was a message on the answering machine from my Dad.  I couldn’t figure out why since I’d just talked to him early in the morning.  So, I call them right away to see what’s up.

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Low and behold, they inform me that they’ve decided to come see us THIS weekend!!  My mom has declared this a little mini-vacation.  She’s determined that she’s not going anyplace or do anything the whole time that she’s here.  YAY!!  I’m so happy and excited.  I love my parents so much and I love it when they do little things like this.  It’s a different schedule than usual though because Mom has to be back to work on Monday instead of them leaving as usual on Monday.  But, they’re also arriving a day earlier than usual!

I’m so looking forward to some special family time.  To top it all off, we’re supposed to have a cool down and possibly get a little much needed rain.  It should make for a wonderful weekend and for some enjoyable time together.  Now, it’s time to plan my menu!!

What do you have going on??  Any surprises in your life??

 

 

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The Commotion

So I know, you’re wondering just where I’ve been.  Well, I’ve not been sitting idle, that’s for sure!!

Kiddo has taken a “break” from her volunteering at the animal shelter.  The schedule of working with Doc has changed and it just doesn’t work with us homeschooling through summer.  We’re enjoying having a little more time on our hands though.  Then again, it’s not in our hands….it’s spent in the books!!

Homeschool is going well.  So far summer has mostly been spent on Geometry.  We also have some science labs planned, but we’ll handle those after Miss K’s last summer visit to see my parents.  She’s also working on Latin, but I’m just not much help.  I know teaching her, I should be, but I never liked foreign language.  All’s not lost though because my Dad happens to be great at Latin, so she gets a lot of work in then!!

My weight has been stable for going on 2 years now.  I’m still walking when I can.  It should be more often, but it is what it is.  At least I’m getting some activity in!!  I’m very happy with where I’m at and I know those final 10 pounds will come when it’s time.  The one thing that I haven’t done much of is photography and I’m really looking forward to getting behind the camera again.  I miss it and just haven’t taken as many opportunities as I should to get photos.  

I’m happy to say that my shops are doing alright.  I’m trying to keep them stocked with new printables.  Don’t forget if you’re in need of educational or Christian printables, be sure to check out my stores (the buttons are in the left-hand column)!!

So what else can I tell you!?!?  Other than that, life is just busy.  We’re always doing something and trying not to let things slip through the schedule.  Unfortunately, my blog does seem to suffer a bit.  It always picks up once school starts, and that’s just not far off any more.  RE is just around the corner.  Can you believe it’s July already??  I’m thrilled though because the heat is on!!

How’s your summer been??  What have you been up to??

 

 

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Happy 4th of July

I want to wish all my family, friends, and readers a very….

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So proud to be an American where I can think what I want, despite the disagreement of the others.  

Home of the free because of the brave!!

God Bless the USA!!

 

 

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