Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Vacation! Yipee!!

Hello everyone! We are on vacation. I seemed like the time between February vacation and April vacation elapsed in slow motion! Suffice it to say we are all very happy to have a week with no set schedule. If I could only wake up at 8 am everyday I would be a happy person. School has a new website that I wanted to add a link for in hopes that it would come up on google http://www.woodsidescrc.org/

We spent this past weekend in Bath, ME with family. R's aunt had purchased a home up there about a year ago and this was the first chance we had to make the trip up to check out her new place. R's brother also lives in Bath in the historic district. It is like a different world in Bath. The town has a total of 9,000 residents. In our town there are just under 9,000 kids enrolled in our school system. There is a hometown feel that is certainly different from anything I have experienced. Anyway Aunt J's house is beautiful. She has worked with a decorator and completed her family room, dining room, hall and vestibule. The colors are so relaxing, all beautiful shades of green, cranberry and buttery yellow. She has offset the colors with lovely shades of white. Even though her house is professionally decorated it feels like home. She is very generous and has offered the use of her house whenever we would like. We are hoping to go up again during R's vacation in August. I wouldn't mind going up with the kids before then just the three of us but we'll have to wait and see.

So I have a bit of a mystery that I am hoping someone reading can help solve. Today n discovered an interesting piece on the beach down the street from our home. It is a piece of pottery. I'll do my best to describe this find and I will post pictures as well. So here goes: The outside is glazed in a dark brown. Where the ocean has worn away the finish the pottery is a creamy white. The piece is rather heavy and quite unusual. It is almost completely in tact. It is rather heavy and oddly shaped. It measures 4" tall with a circumference of about 8". On one end of the piece there is what looks like a base where you might set it down on the table. This ring is reminiscent of the bottom of a tea cup. The other end of the piece is rounded. Along the sides there are four channels that are about 1" wide, 1/4" deep and run the length of the piece. At one end of each opposing channel there is a round hole that runs through the piece. The hole is about 3/4" wide and the pottery inside is finished with the brown glaze. So I think that is a complete description. In looking at the piece I first thought that maybe it was some type of fishing weight, but then I thought better of that as pottery certainly wouldn't withstand the abuse it would receive. In finding the finished looking bottom I am thinking that this should be something that might have been used in a home. I hope someone will know exactly what this little gem is because the curiosity is driving me crazy. So if you have an idea or any great links to east coast potter research sites please leave me a comment.


Monday, April 7, 2008

Long Time No Write

Hello Everyone! It is hard to believe that it has been so long since I have last posted.

First a bit of business: Kyra thanks for your comment! I want to send out your pay it forward gift but I never got your snail mail. I think you can leave it as a comment and then delete the comment and I will get the email with your snail mail. As soon as I get your address I will send along the cards! I hope you will like them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Anyway back to the post :)

So March was a very busy month. I spoke at the Stand for Children event Conversation about Education. I actually opened and closed the meeting! Had to put on my 3rd grade teacher hat to get everyone's attention at the beginning. We had about 50 attendees. It was actually a larger turnout than I had anticipated so I was so excited. Many of the people in the room were new to us so that was great too. Senate President Terry Murray attended with Rep. Vinny DeMacedo and Rep Tom Calter. They answered many great questions from the audience. I have to say that the audience was quite impressive. Their questions were well thought out and eloquently stated. Yeah for active parents wanting to become more educated and involved. Unfortunately the Senate President painted a bl eek economic picture for Massachusetts. She predicts that property values are going to continue to plummet and that we will truly be in the throws of a recession with layoffs across the board. So hold on you fellow New Englanders we are in for a bumpy ride. Stand is now in the process of gearing up for our Day on the Hill. Stand members from across the Commonwealth are going to pack the state house on Tuesday April 15th. We have meetings set up with key legislators...a total of 85 meetings will be held that morning. We still have space available if anyone out there is interested and would like to see the political process in action. Every meeting has a trained facilitator so unless you are that person, you don't have to say anything just be there in support of funding education. Something different for us this year is that we actually have a revenue piece to our platform. Revenue is a problem in MA and the fact that STAND is trying to help support and create solutions is impressive.
Anyway there is more information on http:/www.stand.org

Well that's all for now. I'm sure I'll think of more to say later.

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