Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Okay, I know that's true, but East Pocahontas is now underwater so we've had enough rain.  Unfortunately, the forecast is for rain to move in again late tonight or early tomorrow and rain for 3 days.  So much for drying out.  Hwy. 67 N. is closed.  Hwy. 67 S. is closed.  The highway between Portia and Black Rock is now closed.  That means the only way out of Pocahontas is west toward Ash Flat or go south from Imboden to Strawberry to Bald Knob and then back up to Jonesboro or south to Searcy.  Wednesday, Denny, Alicia, Matthew and Mitch flew over the area to see and document the flooding from an arial view.  There's water everywhere!  Fortunately, Mitch and I are on the west side of Pocahontas in the "dry" area.  Probably 20% of our school population is affected by the flooding.  Sadly, they are the students that don't have a lot to begin with and now they have nothing.  Once the levy broke there just wasn't time to get their things out.

Northeast Arkansas, Southeast Missouri aren't the only areas affected by weather conditions.  The storm system that came through here also affected Texas and Oklahoma.  Another system hammered Mississippi and Alabama with EF4 tornadoes.  Hundreds of people lost their lives in that system because it went through cities.  Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville.  So much destruction!


Friday, February 11, 2011

A Week of Snow

I began this week excited over the prospect of a snow day.  It is now Friday and the fourth day spent out of school due to snow (Tuesday was the only exception).  I made Tuesday count.  The PJHS student body voted on Who's Who for the yearbook so I'll be ready to snap pictures as soon as we are back in school.

I can't say I really accomplished that much while off.  I watched the snow fall on Wednesday, read Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, and enjoyed the day off with my husband.  Thursday I tallied Who's Who votes then Mitch and I escaped to Jonesboro to see Matthew and Alicia.  Today I decided to edit my blog site.  Okay, I know you can personalize it the way you want but I'm having trouble doing just that.  It's been changed but that's all I can say about it.  I need a lesson.  I need to get up and accomplish something to make me feel good.

I know I have spent most of the time conveying my thoughts on this blog.  That's not bad.  But I will try to do more than that in the future.  So bye for now and hopefully more interesting posts will come later.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Snow Day

We are out of school for snow today.  Yeah for today, but we'll pay in May.  (Okay, really it will be June but May rhymed.)  It has given me time to catch news programs I rarely get to see, read some blogs, and yes, do some needed housework.

For some time now, after listening to one newscast after another, I have begun to worry about my freedoms as an American citizen.  Just today there was an article about Michelle Obama and her push to get restaurants to reduce the size of meals.  Even though we are in hard economic times, she isn't bothered by cost but by portion size.  What right does she have to meddle into my personal business? None.  Now, let's stop and think.  "Shrink portion size but not price and blame it all on the government and obesity."  Might sound good to many restaurant owners who may be operating close to the red.  What about these economic times when one meal is shared by two or more people?  Cut the portion size and those people can't afford a meal.  What about people who can't afford a cook stove and share one meal a day from a restaurant?  There are people out there that fit that description.  Many people.  Yes, it would be less expensive if they prepared their meals at home, but not everyone can do that.  Looks to me like Michelle Obama has topped Marie Antoinette.  Marie Antoinette is famous for her quote to the starving, "Let them eat cake."  Michelle Obama will be known for taking away the cake and leaving the starving doing just that ...starving.    Doesn't she understand that economics plays a big part in what people choose to eat?

Think I'll go find some cake.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What have you read lately?

Yesterday I read The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher.  It's a young adult novel about a time in the future when the United States is no more.  An extensive drought followed by melting glaciers and man's abuse leaves the world fighting over water and mega water companies controlling governments.  Interesting Sci-Fi novel.  Check it out.

Over the weekend I read Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick.  Fallen angels and stuborn teenage girls equal a great read for 8th and 9th graders.  Second book of the Hush, Hush series.  Can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Learning about Watercolors

If we have the time, Paige is going to give me a lesson or two in watercolor painting.  In preparation I decided to do some browsing to see what I like.  After much contemplating I have chosen Jennifer Comstock's florals as my inspiration.  We'll see how it goes.