Saturday, January 30, 2016

This old man

Boy, this old man had a really good/bad night last night. Lets see, the GOOD is that I slept really good because I have a knack of going to sleep almost the minute my head hits my pillow. The BAD is that I had bladder issues last night which woke me up every couple of hours.

The GOOD is that I felt good when I got up about 6AM. I felt BAD because I had to get up to go to the bathroom too many times last night - at 10, 12:30, 1:45, 3 and 6. But I did go back to sleep almost instantly each time.

But I also had one time at 12:30 when I rolled out of bed and fell to the floor as my feet would not grip the floor. I had to struggle to get up. When I did, I was okay but with my mini-stroke, my left side does not really work well causing me to struggle to get back into bed and try again.

Then this morning my oatmeal boiled over creating a mess in the microwave. But, once I got that cleaned up, things took another turn because my meds were wrong in the Pill sorter organizer compartment

that's holds my daily dosages PLUS I dropped one pill. It rolled somewhere and I still have not found it.

When I finally sat down to read my emails, check
for the problems I had last night, and read the paper and eat what was left of my oatmeal I could breath deeply. As I think back on all of the time from 10PM till now, I think, okay at least they have not started putting dirt on me yet.

I just have to smile and move on.

I did get one more item added to my TPT store...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Simple to Elaborate

You never have to many things in your online store, it's a lot like Wal-Mart which has thousands of items....
because you just never know what the next customer is looking for - from .50 to $5.00 - I have over 360 items and stocking new ones almost every day.

and I have simple ideas to elaborate ones.

I keep working on my store but very few people seem to notice. As another once said "Sometimes, the knowledge that I'm mortal, insignificant and replaceable paralyzes me. How can people have this knowledge and still "commit to being a force in the world? It's so easy not to bother." She also said "I'm too white" and I have to add "I'm too OLD." But I keep plugging along in hope that someday some will notice me.

But until that day, I will just keep moving forward because this is just something that keeps me stable - remember I AM "The old man and his blog".
*Note that the publication of this post indicates that I'm still bothering, although I have no idea why.

Nearing the end of the month

As the days dwindle down to the end of the month. I just uploaded a change to my favorite power-point -

because I needed to. It may not sell any better but I know it looks better.

I have a few other items I working on as we get to the very end of this first month. A dear friend of ours just passed away and has gone to meet her husband who passed a couple of months ago. It makes me even more worried about MY future. I'm just not ready to pass on. I still have hopes and dreams of what I want to do for the 'rest' of my life.

I want to still teach somewhere, anywhere. I know the school board won't take me back without huge amount of paperwork and a butt-load of money. Private schools want me to teach 6/7/8th grades. The charter school will have me but I really, really, really don't want to go there - but may have to.

I want to go back to coaching. I think about it every year - I wonder if I can stand up to the grind. My brain says yes but I really wonder - has the game passed me by already?

I may as well get back my TPT store and upload a few other items.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The last week of the 'new' year

Ever wonder where the days are going? We spent Sunday afternoon in the country with our granddaughter but it was cold and windy so we got nothing done. Monday was slightly warmer but just as windy. Tuesday has been rainy and will turn much colder this evening. Temps will go back down to the low 30s tonight.

I did get a new item uploaded to my TPT account and set up a new sale of a few items for the last couple of days this month.
I have used this type of items before and they were successful.
I have several other ideas which I may work on hold for today since I can't really get out. And I didn't. Barely took the dog out today because it was so cold for him. I wanted to take him out and he only stuck his nose out from under his covers and just looked at me and did not move. You could just see it in his eyes.
My cat slept with me last night but ended up moving around to much til I put him out the door about 5:30 and I went back to bed and slept til 7:15.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday to Wednesday

Things went from really bad to very good. Tuesday night was sickening. I felt really back, wanting to throw-up,   sick as a dog and just wanted to go to bed. I was not evening wanting to watch any TV. When I went to bed I was out like a light.

I slept solid till about 6:30 got up went to bathroom came back an slept til 7:30.

I have to say "Thank You internet". without you I would have no place to make my thoughts known. I don't care that no one reads this blog, It about my daily world and my 'alone time', my time before I die so to speak. No one really cares but at least I have a place for my thoughts, feelings, etc.

Today has been pretty much a 'nothing day'.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday morning

Tuesday and there has been no comments since last November and only two views yesterday. So that tells me I'm typing just for myself to hear myself. It's funny that I just love to read myself I have been re-reading my posts from 2011.

Last night was bad until about 2 am then the cat left the room, I rolled over and went sound to sleep. Just before I went to sleep I thought about what has been keeping me awake at night. The only thing I have had different is my Crystal Light. I used to be drinking Lipton Green Tea so I may need to go back to it just to see if it makes a difference.

Other than that, I slept til 6AM.

Been spending my morning searching Pinterest for ideas that I can turn into something for my own lesson ideas. Also listening to Pandora in the background.

A busy day to say the least.

My newest TPT item -
I'm still piddling with several other items.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday morning was better

Monday morning was better but very cold outside - at least for done here in SOUTH, south Louisiana. When I got up, looked outside, there was frost all over the rooftops, the ground, and even the cat did not want to go out. They decided just to hang out until it got a little warmer outside.

I checked my BP/BS numbers, all good, my weight was good so things are back to what I have to call normal - are near normal. I then made my oatmeal, read the paper, watched the online version of our newscast, and tried to read a few emails.

Our one female cat is lying on top of the printer next to me. She seems happy because the one cat that aggravates her is up on his ledge in the front window sound to sleep. The dog is not stirring. But even if he was, he would not come out of his kennel or go outside,

I have ben reading a blog tell you how to “get students engaged”, I have done so many of her suggestions over the years that it make my head spin. She says to "put students  themselves in other time periods" which I have done many times during the year, "have students free think a single word or idea from a chapter" again many times. I love what she is saying but I want some NEW ideas, something I can really get into. My jump-drive is filled with over Gigabyte of stuff I have done over my 27 years of teaching. Plus my TPT site has lots of stuff I have written, created, but never got to use in class.

I was just one of my old blogs from Feb 2015 and came across this:
It seems like my mornings every day are the same.
   1. Get up head to bathroom
   2. Go back to my scale, weight myself
   3. Get my pants, put them on
   4. Come to my desk and take my BP  and record it and my weight on an excel sheet on my computer
   5. The take my BS and record it
   6. Record the time of day this is all recorded
   7. Put my socks and shoes and brace on
   8. Take the dog out of his kennel and take him outside to do his business
   9. Come back inside give the dog his treat
   10. Then give cats theirs
   11. Feed all the animals
   12. Finally, sit down to check emails
   13. Eat some dry cereal
   14. Drink some Crystal Lite
   15. Read the online newspaper
   16. Check in on FB
   17. Check in on this blog
   18. Read a few other blogs
   19. Check in on several of my teacher sites
   20. Go back to bathroom
   21. Listen to my wife's alarm go off for the tenth time

It looks much like this morning, two years later. Today it would be:
     1. Get up, head to bathroom    2. Weight myself, go to my desk and take my BP/BS  and record it and my weight on an excel sheet on my computer oatmeal
   3. check emails

   4. Read the online newspaper
   5. Drink some Crystal Lite
   6. Eat some oatmeal
   7. Put my socks and shoes and brace on
   8. Take the dog oute its outside.COLD  of his kennel and take him outside to do his business
   9. Come back inside give the dog his treat
   10. Then give all 3 cats theirs
   11. Feed all the animals
   12. Check in on this blog
   13. Read a few other blogs
   14. Check in on several of my teacher sites
   15. Go back to bathroom
   16. Listen to my wife's alarm go off for the tenth time

Maybe even longer today cause its cold outside.

What did I forget???????

Wait. I know what I forgot. It came to me in what I thought was time to get up. But as I went to the bathroom I looked at my watch and it was only 2AM. 2AM? Oh my God. I came back to bed, made our newest cat move over, then our/my oldest cat came in, made him move over, got back in bed and tried to go to sleep. It did not happen.

I tossed and turned all night until the newest cat jumped down and left the room, he was then followed by the oldest cat. I got up and closed the door, got back in bed, looked at my watch - 4:30AM. I rolled over and just before I went to sleep I though - "Why am I tossing all night?" - then I realized - I did not take my meds before bed last night. Then I fell out to sleep. I woke up at 7AM.

Got up took my BP/BS readings - all good - except a little high. Weight is normal. Took my meds, fixed some oatmeal, and got on my laptop. I will be sleepy during mass today that's for sure.

I guess that did not happen. The priest did a Latin mass today and the church was OVERCROWDED and I could not even find a place to park by the time I got there which was my normal time. I came home and took the dog out again, then sat in the rocking chair on the porch and enjoyed the sun, and went to sleep. I slept for nearly an hour and a half.

I feel much better now but I am now worried about my wife. I know they had a lunch afterwards but still she should be home by now.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Another good night

I may be 'self doctoring' myself but last night was another very good night. My sleep was very good and long. My cat slept with me most of the night, not moving a muscle. Until 7AM when I got up. Wow. 7AM. I have not slept that long in - well a very night time.

I have been taking a double dose of one of my high blood pressure medications and it has seemed to help. I will tell the doctor about it at my next visit. The med SAYS  to take one every time my BP is over 150. It wasn't till two nights ago. The last two days it has been down but still up near the 150 cut off mark so I am not taking any chances.

My doc will be happy that I have slept well and that my BP is down, that I am eating better. I have been having oatmeal every morning for the last two months which I like because it is cold outside.

My wife is done with my laptop now that the honor band program is complete. I get to get back to checking my emails, reading the paper online, working on my TPT projects, and working on this blog.

Even if I will tend to bounce in and out of this blog while I do other projects...understand I'm not far away. I still have things to do later such as take the dog out, feed the cats and dog, eat my oatmeal, wash a few clothes, check emails thru out the day, check/type other project ideas, work on my webpage, ect. ect. ect.

Life goes on.

I even felt so good I got one of my TPT items do this morning...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Feeling much better this morning

I got up this morning when the cat came up to my pillow at 4:30AM which let me know he wanted to get out of the bedroom. I got up, opened the door and out he went. I figured he would want back in in a few minutes. Therefore, I went to the bathroom, got dressed, walked to my laptop, took my BP/BS, weight and went to take my meds and fix breakfast.

Sure enough, he decided he wanted OUTSIDE on the screened in back porch. I managed to fix my oatmeal, sit back at my laptop before I heard him scratching at the door to come back in. It's chilly out there plus foggy.

It's now 6:35AM and he is now pawing at my shoulder for some attention. So now I have to hold him and scratch him. He will want to go back to bed in a minute where he will spend 95% of the day - typical cat.

All the while wife is still snoozing away, oblivious of what has gone on since 4AM.

No wonder why I'm sleepy during the day. Yet if I don't do this 'routine' he just might do his business inside instead of his litter box outside on the back porch. He tends to eat well, love up on you, he know a few words - like me telling my wife I'm heading to bed at night and he will beat me there. He snuggles at my feet and stays put from about 10:30 to 4:30-5AM. Then we start all over.

A side-note - yesterday my BP was high but I took some extra high blood pressure pills sever times during the day and this morning my BP was much, much better - PLUS I slept really good.

Now maybe I can deal with AT&T about my email login that still does not work.

It's 7AM, I'm getting droopy eyed but I have to gather all the trash take it out, walk the dog when the sun comes up, feed all the animals, and watch a smidgen of TV........
It's 7:30 and just woke up from abrief catap. Wow.

I sy\till have trash to do, cloths to wash, dog to wall, cats/dog to feed.

I just want to SCREAM

I just want to SCREAM. I'm sorry but having telephone people who can't seem to speak ENGLISH or even understand it just makes me want to scream.

My website changed from Yahoo to Aabaco and suddenly I have issues with the new company and the jerks that answer the phone. They all are ------ and you can "understand" the words they are saying and they don't seem to understand 'plain ENGLISH'. It just makes my blood run very hot. My temperature sky rockets every time I try to talk to them. No matter who I get, they ALL seem to come from the same neighborhood in India.

Why do companies that do business over the phone hire these people? Are there no middle United States English people around anymore?

I woke up this morning very early worrying about health issues and I don't need this to anger me and make my blood pressure go up this much.

I have my webpage open and I would like to move it to another company but can't find one yet. I am also listening to Pandora TRYING to bring my blood pressure down to near normal. But am also dealing with AT&T over my email login that they have locked me out off. My password is the same as it has been for years plus my emails come through just fine on my smart phone.


Just trying to make it through the morning without a heart attack. It's tough but I'm trying.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New posts, no coments, no friends

Ever wonder why you don't have readers, commenters, no nothing? I do, all the time. Every day I think about the hundreds even thousands of blogs out there on the internet that get tons of hits. And mind gets none.

I mean, I used to when I was on Xanga. I had readers daily, artists, friends, writers, bloggers. Here on this site I get nothing. But as I look around and surf the blogs here I find that most of them have not posted in a year or so. Rarely do I find some that post regularly. Then to here I generally don't find what I am looking for - middle school teachers. I have found a couple, Mrs. Levinson, Woodbridge Middle School, and Local History Notes . But then I have some 20-25 blogs sites on my laptop, many which have not updated in over a year.

I get the feeling that this site is not where I need to be. Even sites I have listed here on the lower right don't post on a regular basis.  Some of them have not posted since 2013. I guess they have long moved on.  

I guess I not much of a poster either.

Monday, January 11, 2016

What can you do when....

What can you do when you really think you can't do much of anything. That's the way I feel almost every day. There are things   I learned almost everyday - such as there is also at TPT another Mr.E

selling social studies items and has a facebook page like me.

I know, right?

As I work on my TPT site plus my webpage I am beginning to notice an internet swing in Louisiana items. Years ago when  began my webpage there was nothing for Louisiana history teachers. I had even begun a 'paper exchange' of items the a couple of years before that but as the internet grew I figured that paper item exchange was not good enough.

I began my webpage as the need became even more needed. Now it has grown up over the years. And now my own website is getting up there in age. It is even beginning to show its age. I need to rebuild it from ground up.

So from this date forward I plan to spend much more time rebuilding, face-lifting, and making over

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What, Why, When, Where, & How

What, Why, When, Where, & How that is the question.

I would like to ask my own students this question...
If you were the new Governor of Louisiana, what would you do to improve the state during your term(s)?

What kind of answers do you think you MIGHT get?

I might ask them .....

As the new Governor of Louisiana, would you use social media  during your term(s)?

What and/or why type of answers do you think you MIGHT get?

As the new governor, you were elected several months ago.....

When should the new governor take office or control of the state?

When would your students tell you they should take over the job. I think I know what my own students might say.

There are many, many What, Why, When, Where, & How questions that you might ask your own students and you better be ready for their answers because they just might surprise you. I know I have been as I love to present my "What if" questions to my on students.

During  my tenure as a teacher, I was always asking What if... questions simply because that's want history teachers should do. Let the students think for themselves. I always did and wish I could still be doing that now.

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Copied from another blog:

23 Things Every Teen Should Do for a Happy, Healthy Life
  1. Realize that you control what goes into your body.
  2. Realize that it's never too late to start adopting healthy habits. You get a do‑over.
  3. Walk ten thousand steps a day (about five miles).
  4. Have one buddy who shares your ideals about living a healthy lifestyle and who you're comfortable talking with about healthy habits.
  5. Avoid known toxins such as tobacco, bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics, and toxins found in dry cleaning and some cosmetic products.
  6. Regularly avoid the major categories of unhealthy foods: saturated fats, trans fats, added sugar, added syrup, non–100 percent whole grains.
  7. Eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, and arugula three times a week.
  8. Take a multivitamin every day and get your recommended daily amount of calcium through food or supplements as well as vitamin D and omega-3 fats.
  9. Floss and brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day.
  10. Have your waist size equal less than half your height (in inches).
  11. Sleep seven and a half to eight hours a night (in greater than ninety-minute blocks).
  12. Do some kind of exercise nearly every day, including some form of resistance exercise and cardiovascular exercise.
  13. Do one small (or big) form of stress management every day. Have your vaccinations against major diseases up to date.
  14. Commit to not texting and driving.
  15. Have a passion. And do it as often as you can! Safely.
  16. Protect your ears from noise louder than a lawn mower (including keeping your personal device on less than 70 percent of max when using earphones).
  17. Keep your phone and other devices out of your hands (and away from your eyes) while driving (or walking, if you're in urban areas).
  18. Find a mentor.
  19. Practice smart internet safety, knowing that what you write or post can be saved forever, and be smart about who you communicate with.
  20. Eliminate processed foods from your diet and substitute 100 percent whole wheat flour for white flour where you can.
  21. Eat five servings of fruits and veggies per day.
  22. Eat fruit but skip the juice unless you are specifically trying to gain weight.
  23. Wear a helmet when cycling, biking and wear a seat belt whenever you're in a car.

Saturday, January 2, 2016


It's the new year, whoop-t-do.  It's just another day in my book, another hour to just sit and do much of nothing. I did finish a few things for my TPT store.
I also got two others completed. Three chapters in two days and it felt good but now the book is done so now I have to come up with other items that might sell.
I want to do a simple freebie family tree which might get kids interested in knowing something about who they came from.
I don't want anything complicated but something simple - student, mom and/or dad, grandmothers and/or grandfathers. That's it. something to get them started.
Ihave been working on my own family for about 30+ years now. I got my wife's family researched back to about the mid 1700's but she is a French Cajun and they kept very good  records.