Plants and Pussycats

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Due to the sudden appearance of sunshine, I have managed to get a few hours in the garden this week (dodging the sudden hail storms that appeared out of nowhere) much to the delight and bewilderment of the cats.  They truly believe it is for their sole benefit that I am outside and therefore are constantly in the way!

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Pleasant Pilgrimage

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I was so pleased that during my week’s “holiday” I actually got some time to read a whole book from cover to cover and I have to say I found this an exceptionally good book – very poignant and one of those books that I think stays long in the mind with some of the issues written about.

 

Promoting Problems

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I am trying to promote the upcoming TpT sale but things are not going as smoothly as I would wish.  I have the embed code but am not sure where I am supposed to put it.  Other people’s blogs have loads of lovely looking buttons that link you to all the interesting things they promote but I have no idea how to do this!  I am purely going to copy and paste the embed code and see what happens.

Well update is – it didn’t – all I got was the embed code and when I pressed it it linked to TpT saying there is a problem!

Will just try the image and see if that works.

Here goes!

No that doesn’t work either so I am posting the embed code too and fingers crossed if someone clicked on that they will go to TpT.

<a href=”http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/SitewideSales”><img

Painting Over Lemon

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I read this book probably over ten years ago but this week it was brought back to the forefront of my mind as I painted over the lemon yellow colour that my husband had covered the far wall with the week before.  If only he had avoided going over on to both of the other walls, I could have got away with only repainting that as I had a near perfect match but as it was a near perfect does not equate to perfect and so the long slog of painting began and has yet to be concluded. Further woes when (sticking to the script of Driving Over Lemons) other things began to go wrong in the house e.g. water heater tank sprang a leak, bookcase assembled and found to have paint (from a previous owner) all over part of it and now cooker door has fallen off.  

There are further photos to be added to this post but unfortunately the i-pad has refrained from sending them across and I did not save to my laptop so will have to be posted at a later date.

 

Part-Time Pay Full-Time Work!

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Well, I was only going to pop in to school for a couple of hours yesterday but instead I spent the whole day and more there.  The meetings with occupational therapists and social workers went well, but of course took longer than I’d planned, which meant that the training I needed to deliver and the phone calls I needed to make then had to be left to the afternoon.  At the end of the school day, I spent time catching up with teachers and the head to impart info and finally, as I was there on a Thursday, seeing the children perform at dance club and saying hello to our visiting instructor before heading home.  However, a very successful day with progress made on all fronts which sometimes I feel is hard to achieve in my new role as part-time inclusion manager and senco.   This is a job that stretches forever and along with the specialist teaching and planning and researching and making resources that I do is really not part-time at all – it’s every waking moment – which is why I cut out the day to day teaching so I can manage a move across country and which is why I am so looking forward to this holiday so I can try to concentrate a bit more of my life on that job instead.  I’ve already got another full day in school today so this week will have over run by more than a day and a half and of course I can’t really see me wanting to drop a day on my first week back after a holiday.  This is what happens when your job revolves around children – they come first above and beyond all else – I just have to try to manage my part-time a little more successfully if this is to truly work.

Paid and Reviewed

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Well, it’s happened – I have received my first feedback on one of the products I’ve sold and it’s good!  My heartfelt thanks go out to my reviewer Amy who says she liked the colours and it was easy to use – which I am so pleased about.  As let’s face it, when you’re up to your neck in children having a resource that you can’t make head nor tail of or just doesn’t work is simply a nightmare.

With half term coming up, I’m thinking ahead to what resources I may try to create whilst I’m not in school although I also think paintbrushes loom big as renovating rooms in house gets under way and walls need to be painted – Laura Ashley and Craig & Rose 1829 chalky emulsion paint Image

have already been bought in preparation with those vintage colours looking so beguiling.

Possible Pinterest Power?

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I have just taken a look at how many downloads some of my new freebie products on TpT have taken this week (in the past couple of days since I posted them at the weekend) and have been amazed at my Valentine Love Bug Maths and Literacy packet with almost 600!  Up until now, my most popular had only just reached the milestone 500 mark and that has been a couple of months.  This leads me to wonder about the possible power of pinterest as I had posted a picture of this item there and giving credit where credit is due had been inspired to create the resource because of a craft activity pin I saw there.  I of course have no way of knowing whether people saw the pin and found TpT or this is solely teachers looking for freebie valentine learning aids on the TpT site.  Either way, I am feeling very pleased that so many are downloading my resource – it makes it all worth while – now I just need someone to leave a rating please!Image