Friday, October 17, 2014

Lesson 327: Storms

Batten down the hatches, Readers.
Fall storms are upon us.

With hurricanes in the Atlantic and Pacific coming at us this week,
the US getting ready!

Eloise likes storms.
There is something about the power of nature I enjoy.

Grandma and Kenyan both had simultaneous heart attacks reading the sentence above.
They are tied, dead even for the Severe Weather Chicken Award.

Judging the skies over the Erie area tonight,
I thought we'd get a rain out for Friday night football.

We escaped the predicted rain and 20 degree temperature drop.

Eloise's favorite fall passtime carried on as usual.

Under stormy skies my Huskies played hard against the Bison of LeBoeuf tonight.

Darn it all!  Try as we might, we didn't come out the victors this time.

Bison stud Austin Combs was a little too much for us.
That's okay though,
because Eloise has possession of his football.

This football has been one of Eloise's unsolved mysteries for a good five or six years.  I found this football in the park behind my house all those years ago.  I tried to find Austin to return his orphaned pigskin, but I could never find him.  Lo and behold, the boy came into Husky territory tonight and trounced my team. I'm curious to know what he was doing in my back yard, five fingers worth of years ago.

I have your football, Austin.  You can come to the Lamp Post any time for it.  A sweet little boy named Sam will hand deliver it to you when you pull in my driveway.  Beware.  My Husky bites.

I guess I should first mention Sam doesn't take to losing well.
Here is Sam last Sunday, reviewing the playback of Penn State's loss the day before.

Sam bid farewell to the baseball diamond last weekend.

He and his teammates played his last game of fall ball for the year.

Thanks, Coaches!
We'll see you in the spring.

My girls,

they've been busy decorating the Lamp Post for fall.

The paint on their fingernails is a bit harder to remove than their Essie version.

The winery across the street, Six Mile Cellars has had a continuous stream of traffic.

No, my mother was not on this trolley.
She just walks over.

The hubby has been doing some yard work.

He grooms the lawn of the Lamp Post so nicely!

Once in awhile he slips some lawn decor past me.

Eloise's Book Picks of the Month:

A children's book--but great for anyone:
Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick.

It is actually a picture book.  Don't let the size of the book fool you.
My students and I are reading this one together.
It is a parallel story--two stories are going on simultaneously, 50 years apart.
We are trying to figure out how they connect.
Awesome read.

For adults, I recommend 

If I could write,
I mean REALLY write,
I'd write just like this.

It's non fiction, and not just about running.

Chin's descriptions are perfectly worded.
Everyone needs to have a Timmy in their life.

Timmy had a gift few possessed.  He always found a way to the essence of things, to extract from day-to-day living, the little pleasures that warmed your heart and touched your soul.

Everyone needs a friend like this: individual I could trust with my trust.  A person with candor who would tell it to me the way he saw it.  One with a sense of adventure, verve, who took life by the horns.  Someone with genuine eyes.

In truth, I'd long for a description of me, written like this:

In public, Cambria was very proper in her mannerisms--grammatically abiding, never swore, was seldom drawn into gossip--and people had a hard time breaking the ice with her.  She was stringent with her reveal, and gave away very little about herself.  Mostly, she preferred to linger on surface topics before divulging anything personal...almost as a rite of initiation one had to endure to get a peek into her private world.  

When, I haven't had my nose in a book,
Eloise has been out on her Roadside Find Bike,

photographing nature

during the prettiest time of the year.

I've also been having some fun with the Team Adrenaline Puncher.

By a twist of fate, Eloise has possession.
It's been endless fun.

I've also started my next challenge.
This one will take a little longer than 58 days.
Eloise is learning MATH!

I signed up for a free Khan Academy account.

Khan's slogan is

Eloise agrees.
I've joined the movement.

You can do anything you set your mind to.

Right now, my mind is set on two things:
1.  Winning the 58 Day Wellness Challenge
2.  Figuring out math

My plate project for the 58 Day Wellness Challenge is working well.
I realized I have some very bad habits I need to break.

As for the math--I signed up for the most difficult course--
The World of Math.

Eloise is proud to report I've mastered addition and subtraction with 5's and 20's.
Just 892 skills to go.

The cool part is that you get rewards when you finish levels.

You earn badges along your journey.
Currently I'm at the Meteorite level.

The Khan site charts your progress and encourages you along the way.
As you can see, I'm Just Getting Started.
There is lots of math in store for Eloise.

I'm hoping to earn these rewards this weekend:

I'm all for good habits and a dose of inspiration.

I'm a shoe in for Persistence.
I cannot wait to earn my Awesome Streak.
The tens subtraction tripped me up though.

The Khan Academy doesn't only offer free math tutorials and courses.
I found this awesome course on Java Script and Animation.
I am going to begin this one very soon.

In fact, there is so much available to learn at my fingertips,
I signed up for several courses, 
some a little more challenging than others.

I'm about to take the Learning Community by storm.
That's because,

Take the world by storm this weekend, Readers! If you are reading this blog, then you have the potential to do just that.  Take a look around Khan Academy and learn something new!  

This week's photo video is set to an amazing song.  It isn't well known, so please give it a listen.  It is titled Thunder and performed by Nuttin' But Stringz--a musical group that combines rap, hip hop, and stringed instruments.  They placed third on America's Got Talent several years ago, and I've followed them ever since.  Amazing talent.  A perfect song, for this perfectly stormy blog.

Weather your storms this weekend readers.  Learn to bend a little with the wind.  Trust me.  You won't break.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Lesson 326: Discovery

Happy Columbus Day weekend, Readers!

It's time to discover the world through Eloise's lens.

By the way, that is not Christopher Columbus on my t-shirt.
That is Oliver Hazard Perry.
We'll be learning about him soon.
Consider that photo your teaser,
as well as your motivation to do a little of your own research.
Thank you Amy Smith for the shirt!

That Christopher Columbus--he was all about discovery.
What an enticing word discovery is!
I love the act of finding something new.

I love finding things.
That's probably why I love this channel so much.
Check out this Discovery Channel commercial:

Readers, if you are unfamiliar with the Great Lakes region,
check out this project, made by one of my former students.
He is in his twenties now, and used a drone to create this video of the neighboring town,
which happens to be the hometown of Mr. Lamp Post:
North East, PA 
Yes, two words.
And, yes North East is in northwestern Pennsylvania.

I really enjoy living next door to my parents.
They bring me all their Retired Old Fart magazines when they are done with them.
I can't wait to read them this weekend!

This one really has me intrigued.

Thank you, Hubble Space Telescope!

To find out what it discovered, PLEASE click the link below.
Don't miss this one.

I discovered a great blog post with photos of children from around the world.

Check out how some children have to get to school.

Click the link below:
How children get to school

My favorite was this brave, little trooper.
Look at the number on her shirt!
God bless her!

My workout group looked for incoming ships along Erie's Bayfront on Thursday evening.

Darkness is encroaching on our workout time,

but we don't care.

We carry on anyway--under the light of the fading sun,
or the light of a hundred lamp posts.

My group is just so darn encouraging,
I can't give them up every Tuesday and Thursday.

They've been helping with my Waist Management on my 58 Day challenge.
I'm 48 days in and feeling great!

My fabulous friends ran some big distances last weekend,
and a couple more are headed for more challenges in a couple of days.

Here is proof that wearing "the shirt" is a badge of honor.
The race shirts come with a smile of confidence.
Eloise encourages you to sign up for a race and train for it.
You will never regret the challenge.

This is how many more meals I have to eat over the next 49 days.

This was my breakfast plate this morning.

I had to take another snapshot of the area behind my kitchen table. 
Yes, it is an odd place for a wind chime, 
but I couldn't bear my new gift from Friend Bri 
to be outside weathering an Erie winter.

I'll move it to the back deck next spring.

Did you discover the canvas print of Sam on the rock, 
hanging on my wall?

It is one of my best captures of all time.
I named it Sunset Splash and have entered it in several photo contests.

I discovered last week that facebook has a message tab marked "Other."
These are messages from people who are not your official facebook friends.
I found a message from a contest judge, 
letting me know that this photo had been chosen as a cover finalist,for a cash prize!  
All I needed to do was verify the location of the shot.
The message was three weeks old by the time I discovered it.
The judge tried to find me, but Eloise Hawking was a mystery.
Drat!  Burned on the pen name.
My over used saying:  maybe next year....

Ellen discovered that she CAN do math, 

but needs to study and practice every, single night.

We always knew that our sweet Natalie loved to cook and bake.

We discovered this week that she can read a recipe all by herself!

We discovered that we had 46 pairs of "new" socks,

all created from the One Sock Bin.

I emptied it on the middle of the living room floor.
The only one who felt any shame over the event was the dog.

Sam discovered 1,000 ways to carve his pumpkin on the Pumpkin Light Night at Headwaters Park.

He also discovered that turning on his flashlight in the middle of the perfect shot,
made his mother very angry.

Sam has been into things that lock lately.
He loves this little cash box Ellen passed down to him.

Somehow, Sam managed to lock both keys inside of the box last week.

We picked that lock with everything from paperclips to hairpins and nothing would open the box.  "This is a job for Grandpa," Mother Eloise announced.  We passed the box along to Grandma one morning before school.  After a full day of lock picking, neither she nor Grandpa was able to open the lid.  Not wanting to be duped, they took the box to a locksmith.  I can only imagine the locksmith's expression when he finally opened the box to reveal this lovely set of handcuffs.  Who says the adventure has to end at 70 years old?

Natalie frequently goes shopping with her class.  
She came home last week with this diary.

 Sam was very interested in the lock and its tiny keys. 
He quickly showed his sister how to work the lock.
Soon, Sam wanted a diary of his own.
Try finding a diary with a lock and key that ISN'T pink.
Sam, the Do It Yourselfer by nature, just ended up making his own.

I found it hidden in his top dresser drawer---
mostly because he told me it was in there.

So Mother Eloise took a peek.
Big mistake.
Girls are soft.
What in the heck does that mean!?!?!?!

Beware Brenden.
Don't make an enemy out of Sam.
He'll write about you in his diary,
then his mother will take a picture of it and put it on the internet.

I am going to have a word with my son over this one!

I assure you, Sam is not an abused child.
He grabbed the wrong end of her hot curling iron.

And the greatest joy of all is that Sam more space to write future entries!

There is no photo video this week.
My iTunes account is screwed up ever since I did my last update.
Oh, how I despise Apple Updates!

I'll make next week's video,

extra good!

Discover something new this weekend, Readers!