Saturday, June 30, 2012

Spirit of Classroom Past ~ Part III

When it's raining outside the children have recess in the classroom. They love the toys they get to play with. Here is a school made from counting bears.

At the top left are the lockers. Going clockwise, next comes the bathroom and then the office. The group of blue bears are students in a classroom, with the teacher at the front. The long hallway is the entrance, to the left is the recess area and finally another classroom, this time for the green students.

The bears were a popular building material.

Wooden blocks were well liked.

As were linker cubes. A fortress, perhaps?

Students also liked creating things from scrap paper.

A few students just liked to color.

And at least one student would do a portrait of me. With a friend. We look remarkably alike, don't we?

Giraffe #73 thinks he would be perfect for rainy-day recesses.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Theme-It Thursday

Jessica Hische
is for Jacks. Jacks was originally called Knucklebones and was played with the ankle bones of a sheep. The game has many other names, such as astragaloi, hucklebones, dibs, dibstones, jackstones, onesies, and snobs.

The game consisted of tossing all the pieces on a surface, such as the ground or a table, throwing up one of the knucklebones, picking up one or more of the others and catching the one that had been thrown in the air before it dropped.

Berlin, Antikenmuseum

Today the knucklebones are made of plastic or metal and have six points. 

My Mother's Jacks

My mother was the best Jacks player I knew. She was proficient in such variations as Around the World, Eggs in the Basket and Piggies in the Pen.

Piggies in the Pen

J is for Juggle. I've tried to learn to juggle many times. I practiced with rolled up socks, but all that happened was that I dropped a lot of socks. Maybe this video lesson will help me learn.

How to Juggle Three Balls

And when I become an expert at juggling three balls, I'll try these tricks. Well I can dream, can't I?

Juggling Tricks

J is for Jump Rope. I love watching my students learning to jump rope. It takes an amazing amount of coordination to get the rope to the ground just as you are about to jump. This group from Denmark has certainly figured it out.


And if one rope is good, two are better. Are you tired yet?

38th Annual Double Dutch World Championship

Giraffe #72 says, "Let the jumping begin."

Monday, June 25, 2012

Color Of the Week - Cerise

The word Cerise is French for cherry. I would love to look out the window and see these beautiful Cerise tulips in my yard.

Spring Tulip

Or this lovely dahlia. It's a work of art.

The first recorded use of the word Cerise is from Crochet Explained and Illustrated, by Cornelia Mee. London: David Bogue, Fleet Street (1846), p. 117. Here is a portion of the text.

"One skein of shaded cerise, 2 of plain bright cerise, and 1 of black crochet silk, and 3 bunches of No. 6 steel beads are required."

I wonder if they had instructions for crocheted flower pots in 1846?

Cerise pink pot

Would you like Cerise-colored hair?

Cerise Hair Colour

I like this beautiful 80s vintage dress in Cerise.

80s Vintage Cerise Pink Crochet Dress

And this Cerise-colored handbag to go with it.

Longchamp Travel Bag Cerise

Bath time with almost-Cerise Giraffe #71.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Monkeying Around

When I was young my mother made me a monkey. I named him Monko. Monko has been my friend from the moment I met him.

He's had a few minor surgeries. His stuffing has escaped a time or two and I may have liked to swing him by his tail. But through it all, Monko has kept a smile on his face and love in his heart.

Monko has a pal who likes to hang around. Don't be fooled by that innocent grin. Turn your back and he'll be swinging from lamp to lamp.

My socks and pajamas are beset with the sneaky little critters.

Monkeys are everywhere.

Can you spot the two that are the same?

Monko has a fearsome buddy.

But don't worry, he's not quite as frightening as you might think.

Giraffe #70 wants to join the fun.

And he's brought the whole family.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Theme-It Thursday

Jessica Hische
is for Birch Tree. The white birch is the national tree of Russia. The website, From Russia With Love, explains about the white birch. 

>>The word “birch” is very ancient and is connected with the verb “to keep, to take care”, since the Slavs considered the birch as the protecting people gift of God.<<

White Birch Forest

Cottage Birch by Rick Harris

Russians drink the juice from the tree. Spring is the main season for harvesting this juice.

Harvesting white birch juice

B is for Blueberry. Blueberries are perennial flowering plants. They are native to North America.

I love blueberries in oatmeal and muffins. When I found a recipe for Blueberry Breakfast Pies I decided to give it a try.

Blueberry Breakfast Pies

I've never been very good at making pie crust, so I bought pre-made crust at Trader Joe's.

I thawed one crust. It was between sheets of plastic wrap so I smoothed out the cracks with a rolling pin.

My largest biscuit cutter was too small to fold over the pies with filling inside so I put one circle on top of the other. Then I used some extra crust to make a mini pie.

I didn't bother with the sugar sprinkled on top or the dip. I knew I would like them just fine all by themselves. And I did!

B is for Bottle. I like to collect interesting bottles. Most are wine or beer bottles that I have asked people to save for me after they have finished the contents. I love interesting labels and shapes. Sometimes I'll put colored water in the bottles. Isn't this tall one beautiful?

I love the toreador's hat on this bottle.

The name on this label makes me laugh.

This label is like a beautiful painting.

Giraffe #69 likes B is for Bottle.