SUMMER! FINALLY! & A FREEBIE!! WAHOO!!!

Can you see my "HAPPY FACE?"

YES!
School is OUT for SUMMER!
Here in NorCal...it's warming up, it's DRY ( Drought ), & it's TIME!
We are beginning our summer vacation..

Because we all know....
TEACHER'S DON'T DO ANYTHING IN THE SUMMER!
Really?????

It's OK...I enjoy EVERY minute of it!
So my friends...a peak into my SUMMER ...

Before we go any further...
I live in the SUBURBS of the Northern Calif. valley.
NOT ON A FARM..
We have neighbors on 3 sides...
My hubby, AKA...Farmer WITHOUT a Farm, LOVES to get his hands
DIRTY!
So I help..sometimes...most of the time...when I want to...
this weekend was the beginning.
Celery going to seed. I cut the tops off celery from the grocery store.
Root it in a "baby food" jar of water.
Plant it. Let it grow. Eat the stalks. When it goes to seed...Pull  it out, hang it upside down in a brown bag...shake!   The celery seeds will shake out of the dry flowers. 
I use celery seed in salads..I also will save to plant next year!

Artichokes! 
His "PAPA" plant (4 yrs old) has 6 artichokes right now!
Yummy! Dinner tonight!


Tomatoes.
We have 4 gardens right now. He has planted about 20 tomato plants!
( He cans his own salsa later in the summer). Lasts ALL Year!
Me? Not into HOT salsa..he also grows about 20 different varieties of peppers!
But..I LOVE  picante! We grow EVERYTHING to make our own salsa!

My yellow squash..not too happy..needs more sun!

Our newest members of the family!
Goldie & Blackie..original HUH!?
We have a chicken coop from last years' chickens.
They got too loud for the neighbors & went to a friend's farm.
We shall try again...different breed...maybe a little "QUIETER!"
And NOOOOOO  roosters!  Only hens in our hen house!
Love fresh eggs!

We live in grape country!
We planted grapes on our fence. We have 4 varieties.
LOVE ME SOME FRESH GRAPES!
I use them in juices too!

Today we harvested  GARLIC & ONIONS.
Here are garlic heads..about 15-20 cloves on each one.
Now to dry for a month or so...then to my kitchen!

Garlic..about 25  plants harvested.

ONIONS! We harvested about 200 onions.
Now to dry..then to my kitchen!

You know you have good soil when you have LARGE worms!
( Large worms = LOTS of castings (POOP) =  healthy plants!)
This one scared me...BIG DADDY 
About 6-7" long!

Our newest "FRIENDS"...
2 baby doves..not really BABIES...more like TEENAGERS!
and their MOM...
SHE still feeds them nightly on our fence.
( MOM....they are ready to leave...QUIT ENABLING them!)
So we listen to the birds...giggle at the chicks..and 
enjoy the show!

That's how I start my vacation!  How about YOU?

Thanks for hanging in here for the LONG post...


Just for YOU...A FREEBIE!
ENJOY!
(click on picture)


Happy Summer! :)
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School's OUT for SUMMER!! (Can't YOU hear the MUSIC??!!) :)

Hello! Hello! Hello!
I know...the excitement is in the air!
SCHOOL IS OUT!
I know...
we  ALL  feel it!
FRAZZLED!
So..I am linking up with 

for her

So what do I do to RELAX????
Garden! Hubby & I have 4 LARGE gardens in our backyard!
Lots of veggies! Hubby ( AKA  "Farmer without a Farm" )
LOVES to garden...I just "Help out"...Love to grow our own food.

We have 4 young grandkids ( 3 granddaughters 5,3,2 and 1 grandson 10 months)
We spend as much time as possible with them. 
Taking them fishing is our new fun time!



And of course...
READING a BOOK...NOT A PD BOOK...
JUST A FUN TO READ BOOK
BY the Pool...unplug & Relax!!!!! AHHHHHH..
I can hardly wait!


So when YOUR school year is over....
What do YOU do to RELAX?
Here is the most important part......

THE  GIVEAWAY!

HURRY ENTER TODAY!



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You Oughta Know Blog Hop ...BINGO!

I am linking up with
Jasmine @

Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

for 
This month is our LAST MONTH OF SCHOOL!
Paper is running low,  not making a lot of copies ( of anything ), and 
we are ALL TIRED!
But...the kids are still here & need to stay focused & on task!
So..
WE PLAY BINGO!
Not just ANY BINGO...make it yourself BINGO!
Here's how it goes...

First,
 I use a HFW list we have used ALL year.
Next,
 I give the kids a "recycled" paper...
I like to keep those I print on one side.
Colored  is ALWAYS preferred.
Then, 
We fold the paper into 16 squares.
( If the kiddos fold it "differently" it really won't matter).
After we have our "squares"
I put the HFW list on the doc camera.
I try to use 50 words or so.
We have studied these words ALL year...they SHOULD be able to read them!

SO...they write 1 word (of their choice ) in each square.
(If a "friend" made 20-24 squares...it's OK)
Once EVERYONE has written their choice of words..
WE PLAY!

I have them put their paper into a 
plastic report sleeve.
(We use the one in our desks that have the 120 chart on it.)
They get out their expo marker & get ready to play!

I use a blank white board  on the doc camera & write 1 word at a time.
We chant it, spell it, read it.
Then another word from the list, and another. SLOWLY!
IF they have the word, they cross it out with their white board marker .
ANY 4 in a row ( we call it a line ) is a 
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!

That is why it doesn't matter how many squares they use...
4 in a row is a WINNER!

They win 1 SKITTLE candy.
I choose 4 winners per game!

Then we erase our boards...
and PLAY AGAIN!

FANTASTIC  HFW  practice!
They begged to play again tomorrow!
We shall see!

Here are some pictures of our
make it yourself BINGO!




Have Fun!
We DO!


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Wordless Wednesday 5.20.15

What a week!
FYI.....Totally NOT school related...
If you have been following along..
MY DAUGHTER GOT MARRIED 
THIS WEEK!
I have 4 kids...twin boys, another boy, and then...our baby...
A GIRL!!! WAHOO! ( Thought she was going to be a boy...)
SO...little one got married!

I am linking up with
Christina @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice
for




If you are married....How did YOU celebrate?




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Wordless Wednesday 5.6.15

Happy Wednesday!
Special Wednesday for ME!
My twin boys trun 30 years old today!
They are the nicest men you will ever meet!
One had a wonderful family ( wife & 3 kids )
the other is a volunteer at heart..a teacher, too!
Hubby & I have raised 4 fantastic kids..
TODAY is their DAY!

I am linking up with Christina @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice

for.....
Wordless  Wednesday!


Today...multiple   photos...  :)




Animal Reports are  DONE!

How do you complete major projects?



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What's on MY WISH LIST for next year?

My WISH LIST?
Oh...it's A LOT!
I am linking up with
Chandra @ Teaching with Crayons & Curls
for
WHAT'S ON MY WISH LIST for NEXT YEAR???



WOW! 
A girl can wish...can't she? :)
Now hop over to 
to see other 
WISH LISTS...   :)



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Currently May 2015

MAY????
ALREADY???
WOW!
I am linking up with 
Farley @ Oh' Boy 4th Grade


for...

CURRENTLY


What are YOU doing TODAY???
:)



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