Monday, February 27, 2006


My passion

Soapmaking is a unique process. I love mixing the oils with the lye water and watching it turn into soap right before my eyes. Then taking herbs from my garden and sweet smelling essential oils and adding it to my new soap to make it beautiful and smell great. Then the hard part comes, waiting. Soaps need to cure once they are made to help harden them. Im always amazed after each batch of soap I make. I really never know how it will turn out.


Buckeye Crab Races

What the heck are Buckeye Crab races, you ask??? Well, I was asking myself the same thing last week. My husband and I belong to our local Moose Lodge here in our little town. Saturday nights they usually have a band or dance with a DJ and serve a fabulous dinner. This past Saturday, however, we were treated to crab races. I went ( mostly for the fish fry they served that night) and had the best time ever.

There is a "racetrack" set up. The man doing it brings along his crabs ( crawlers, he informs us, not hoppers- blush) we pick the hermit crab we think is going to bring us to victory. There is an entry fee. One catch, you must pick up your own crab! Yes, reach into a bin with 100 other crabs and pick it up and hand it to the guy. From there, you name your hopeful crab. After everyone has chosen, we go over the rules......1. no blowing your crabs 2. no banging your crabs 3. no pointing at your crabs and finally 4. no leaning over the finish line. (I cant help but giggle as I type this. ) Our crabs our placed in the center of a round track. When our host lifts the cover, you should have heard the commotion. People screaming out, "go Disco", " go Speedy", "go you stupid lifeless crab". The races are comprised of 12 heats. The winner of each heat then goes on to the "Championship Run". My poor crab, "Scooby" ( thus named because of his green shell emblazened with a characature of Scooby Doo) was not a winner, but we had a ball!!!

I cant wait for April, when we have our next chance at crab races!!!

Friday, February 24, 2006



Im a strong believer in giving back to your community. Living in a small town ( or in my case, a village), its slow paced. Everyone knows everyone and everyone else's business, but its nice sometimes, too. Our school is small and welcome parent volunteers. Im fortunate to be able to help at my daughters' school volunteering when they need me.

On Mondays, I volunteer with the Ohio Reads program. This is a program that lets volunteers come in and read with or to kids ( K-5) that may need help. Im assigned to Miss Dixon's morning kindergarten class. These kids make me giggle. You never know what is going to come out of their mouths. The teacher has a basket of books for me that she's picked out and I like to take books that were my daughters' favorites once in awhile, too. But, without fail, I usually wind up reading the same 4 books over and over. Repetition is good at this age, right??? I hope they enjoy me coming as much as I enjoy being there. By the way, I must pick up Alphabet Mystery for myself because Ive learned to like it as much as they do.

For the past 2 months on Fridays, Ive been helping with the SWAT program. The State of Ohio has a horrid standardized test that they inflict upon 3rd, 4th ( of which my oldest daughter is in) and 5th graders called the State Achievement Test. Our school has implemented the SWAT program with the help of teachers, aides and volunteers to work in small groups and break down parts of the test to prepare the kids. Its been a fun, learning experience. Im assigned to Mrs. Russ' 4th grade class ( NOT my daughters class, because in her words, that would just be "weird"). They are a great bunch of kids. The section that I helped with was the Comic Strip math, aka story problems. Now, I was never a fan of math in school and NEVER fan of story problems, but the kids and I had a great time working them out. I had a cheat sheet with the answers, but I never used it. I had more fun working it out WITH them. I hope they saw that having the answers and working them out are two different things. Today was my last day helping with them. EVERY one of them thanked me and it really meant a lot ot me. Im going to miss my Fridays with them.

I feel so grateful that maybe I touched the lives of one of the many kids I have worked with just in my volunteering.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


What's all the hubbub?

I admit that this blogging thing is new to me. I had a blog last week that I had a couple of posts to, but chickened out and deleted it. I have a few blogs that I like to visit daily, but have never posted to until today. Too afraid, I suppose. They are so organized and interesting and I think........what's so interesting about me??? Why would anyone want to read what I have to say?? Shrug. Im giving it a try and hopefully I learn something about myself through this process.

In real life, Im not a shy person, so why am I on a blog?

Im not a quiet person in real life, so why am I on a blog?

I love to read, I love to write, but why am I so inhibited on a blog?

Weird, huh?

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