Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back from our "Funeral tour" but.....

Back from our "Funeral tour" but never again said my wife. The trip was just too long for 'old' people like us. The driving was just too long, the finding hotels was just too painful, her lack of meds too upsetting, meals too unlikeable, the trip back too weird.

First, we had to 'leave' right after funeral number two for our granddaughter's other paw-paw; he was just 49. From there it was a VERY LONG DRIVE to get to Dallas area but we could not find a hotel due to the upcoming Dallas/Giants game.

When we finally got to OK City things seemed to turn 'nice' We got to visit with family and friends and had a great time. There was a strange funeral service but still it was nice, then we had a nice meal with family and ended the day with more family time then a nice hotel stay.

We headed to Fort Worth which is where the trouble began. The hotel we had panned on was 'not right', it turned to be an old hotel reimaged to look nice but no way. It caused us hours of looking before we could find a hotel with space for us that night.

After finding a hotel in the DFW/FW area, it turned out to be really nice, so nice that we booked a second night even though it was a long way from my wife's sister.

After a really nice time with my wife's sister, a great day visiting, having lunch, and visiting with her dog, being turned down filling my wife's prescription, we were now ready to head home - we thought.

The next morning we found a nearby Catholic Church and stayed for a great service before heading back home. My wife was without her meds because Texas would not fill them even though she had a legal Louisiana prescription. So we had to wait til we ot to Louisiana to get it filled making the trip home 'looooooooooooong and stressssssssful'.

The trip home started nice with a nice lunch at the Collins Street Bakery but as we drove it just wore on my wife. As we got nearer and nearer to the Louisiana state line we got more and more on edge. Finally we had to just stop at small grocery store in DeQuincy and just get out, walk around, purchase a few small items before getting back on the road.

Finally after hours on the road avoiding the swollen Sabine River we made it home about dark. The cat was very glad to see us, the dog spent another nice at the PP boarding place before we would go pick him up tomorrow.

All in all it was a very strange "funeral tour" but my wife is now convinced that we will never do it again, She said "we will fly" from now on. No more long drives.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Awoke and started thinling about death......

Awoke and started thinking about death and about all the things that I need to do before it gets me so that my kids have what info they need.

Then this morning my wife took our granddaughter to school. The our grandkid's mom called to tell my wife that our grandchild's other grandpaw passed away during the night. He was much younger than us but we knew he had cancer and was in the hospital with not much time to 'live'.

He was my granddaughter's FAVORITE pawpaw. She always loved up on him, hugged him. He took her fishing, camping... I played third or fourth fiddle to her. Her mawmaw gets more attention than I do.

The other day at her birthday party she never even noticed I was there. I hate the feeling but I will just live with it for now. One day she will miss me.

We have been trying now to deal with THREE deaths in one week. One relative on my wife's side, one relative on my side and now one on OUR side of the family. Been one service already, got one to go to out of town and just waiting on the day and time for the "our" funeral.

Just got news that the 'our side of the family funeral' will be early Friday, leaving us just enough time to get out of town to make my family service.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Another "new" teacher wants/asks for help.....

Another "new" teacher wants/asks/emails me requesting help. I have NEVER turned down a request. Maybe that's why I am not making a ton of money on TPT. I just never say "no" to ant new teacher who ask for my help.

Over my 27 years of teaching I had dozens upon dozens of student teacher in my classroom from the university, and not once did I ever say "no" to any of them. That's partly why I came up with my own website - www.louisiana101. It was just to help them out. The name came from an early college class I took way back when. 

I remember each of them fondly and many went on to teaching - and many ARE still teaching. Some went on to become asst. principals, several to become principals. But I can say they all began with me way back in their early days.

Her question again started to make me think about items I have done for my store and items I need to do for my store. Sure I currently have over 570 items in my online store but I also have more I can do. The items I've done over the last two weeks have been selling about one or two a week - for "new" items. I loe the fact that I must be helping someone out there.

Maybe I'm not "teaching" anywhere but I am teaching. I still have contact with new teachers in my subject area. Thanks Kimbely.
And many thanks to all those that preceded her.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey has finally moved on....

Harvey has finally moved on and with it comes dryer weather. Now that does not mean DRYER non-rainy weather but at least less rain and just maybe my yard can dry out somewhat. I can at least take the dog out in the mornings and sit in the rocking chair on the front porch for a short while.

I might get to finally go somewhere to eat later today, my son's restaurant, our favorite restaurant or two or three or four, any place just to get out of the house after a week of being cooped up inside. I have been going "stir-crazy".

When I have taken the dog out, the ground is mushy and the yard is full for limbs, branches, leaves blown down by Harvey's winds. But for now the tree is still standing, for now.

I really just want to go over to Walmart just to walk around. I don't really want to BUY anything just walk around, meet people I know, visit with strangers, just talk to someone else for a change.

I have to go put my shoes on and get ready to take the dog out for his early morning constitutional trip.

Did that, now planning for our 'lunch' trip to CiCi's, my son's store, for a little pizza and salad plus just a time away.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Why do I need to study history?

I taught history for 27 years and loved most of my years - except for teaching world history. I did love American history and my own Louisiana state history.

"And it was then that I realized why I am a HISTORIAN.  I am a historian because each child that learns about American/Louisiana History from an outdated textbook, or is taught to believe that the study of history is only a grudging requirement for academic purposes, is being short-changed.  The history of our country/state is complicated, so chillingly complicated, that certainly there must be a parceling-out of that knowledge or a student would be overwhelmed.  But, to negate the reasons for studying our nation’s/state's past by not giving a better justification of why we study it is terrifying.

I hope my students will someday appreciate why their historian teacher made the effort to provide a fuller historical picture for them, countering the arguments presented in their limited school texts with each homework assignment.  If nothing else, the lesson I learned at school (albeit my student’s middle school) is that as a historian, sometimes it isn’t the big philosophical questions that matter, but the small, everyday questions that are critical.  That it is important to convey that History is not singular, but plural.  That point-of-view matters.  That History is a constantly evolving field, dependent upon curious scholars.  That History is more than old textbooks full of the long-dead; History is also our future.  And that is why we study History."

I know I need to get out to the country to cut grass again but it rains almost every day. I did get most- only most - of my city lot cut on Monday before it rained again.

I'm tired of looking at all the "going back to school" pictures on FB. I kills me because I can't be there with the kids of my former students. It just makes me sick.

So I just sit here creating one item after another for my store online. I have created about 15 different items in the past two to three weeks. Some have lead to others and those have lead me to - well you get the picture,

I've done several monthly activities celebrating its such as women, the Honey Bee, Military, Asian, Jazz,  etc, etc, etc. I have done a long list of them. See them at I also created several for festivals. See them at

I've also been creating a big list on general history items plus I am running sales at TPT for these and most of the rest of my online store.