fuzzy, black dogs

fuzzy, black dogs
All three of my fuzzy, black dogs -- Bob, Ace and Lilly.

Phillip's Scenic Overlook

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What Would You Do?

It looks like school has started yet again. My teachers have got me working hard putting their classrooms together so that they'll be ready when the students start to arrive. Of course, they're working just as hard as I am to have everything ready to go.

The funny thing, though, is I'm looking forward to school and the assignments that ensue. I've been known to take on some of the students' assignments on my own time and share my results later with the teachers.

Last school year, one teacher asked the students to write about what they would do if Thing One and Thing Two came to their house. The work I turned in, which follows, was a bit longer than any of the students' work.

Thing One and Thing Two raced into my home.
They messed up the kitchen and dad's shaving foam.

Round and round they raced. They were looking for something.
They tore up each room by running, bumping and jumping.

I stopped those two Things in the hall with my rope.
I stopped so maybe they'd leave... Well, I hoped.

I asked, "Why are you running all around the house like that?"
"The hat's missing!" they both yelled. "The Cat! His hat! The Cat lost his hat!"

I just stood there and blinked. I didn't know what to do.
Should I look for the hat with Thing One and Thing Two?

"We'll find that hat," I said with a start.
"A Cat with no hat is like a Cat with no heart!"

I said, "Let's start low." So we went down the stairs.
Down in the cellar we found mom's old broken chairs.

We looked in the bathroom, the den and the kitchen.
We looked in my sister's pink colored bedroom. And then...

That's when I saw it. It fluttered in the breeze.
It was outside her window on a branch in the trees.

I said the hat was too high. We needed a ladder.
Those Things said, "Too high? Ha! That doesn't matter!"

Thing One jumped upon me. Thing Two did as well.
Could our tower be high enough? I just couldn't tell.

Those Things reached. They stretched. They went higher and higher.
I reached and I stretched until I started to tire.

Then Thing Two yelled, "Aha! I got it! Let's go!"
Then they jumped off of me and they ran. Go! Go! Go!

I watched as they went. They ran out of sight.
They'll give that hat to the Cat and make everything right.

You know, I finished the assignment. Funny, I never did receive a grade. I just hope I passed...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Happy Augustinia!

I have returned from my Olympics-induced  coma. I am back and ready for more. But, before we go any further, I'd like to wish everyone a very happy Augustinia!

What exactly, you may very well be wondering, is Augustinia? It is, in fact, a brand new holiday (taa-daa!!) that falls in the great month of August. The premise behind Augustinia is very simple. There are a few things that I need, sort of, and just don't want to spend my money on them.

So, voila, my brand new holiday I created will take care of that. I'm already thinking of the gifts that may come my way.

While this may seem shallow, it's really not. It's all a part of my new savings plan. Couple Augustinia with the coupons I always keep in my wallet for shopping and I could save a considerable sum of money.

On top of that is my retirement fund. My retirement fund consists of an antique glass milk container and the coins in my pocket. See, I try not to spend any loose change when I make purchases so I'll always have a handful of coins to go into the jar.

It seems I need to work on my follow-through where that's concerned. The last full jar went towards a matinee viewing of "The Avengers" in 3D, along with a large popcorn and all the usual accoutrements. The previous full jar went towards an evening viewing of "Captain America," along with the large popcorn and, again, all the usual accoutrements.

Regardless, I even have other back up plans that are much too numerous to mention here. Some I have yet to put into motion. And some I have. Until the first pan out and the latter commence, and should Augustinia not work out properly, I have one thing to say to everyone...

Happy Septembras!!