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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

Coal Creek Farm on Facebook

The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


The Substitue Blogger

I got to be a substitute teacher for four days this week at my children’s school. The school employs two teachers that are married and one of the teachers became very ill requiring some surgery, so of course the spouse needed to be there too and then another teacher had a terrible medical problem…it was not a good week for high school teachers.

It’s usually not hard to find a sub for one teacher, but to fill three spots very quickly is tricky in a small school.


This is our administrator. She’s a great woman and a good friend of mine. I emailed her early Monday morning and told her if I could bring Levi with me I’d fill in for a bit. She said, “YOU ROCK!”  I took that to mean yes and went to school.

She was filling in for the math teacher and this is what she learned: Diet Dr. Pepper is the cure for what ails ya, but it is not the elixir needed to teach Trigonometry.  Good to know, good to know.


Because our school is small, the elementary children know all the high school teachers too.  We made a big card that all the kids signed to take to the hospital for our sweet teacher that was missing in action.


I had so much fun hanging out with all the kids.  They let me take lots of pictures of them.  The elementary kids were always up for me snapping photos of them in action.

I do think somebody, somewhere needs to do a case study on how boys and girls pose for pictures.  I have some research that I could submit to the study right here.









Am I the only one seeing this?  Am I?  There is a big difference, right?


One more time, boys….


and girls.

I think when I grow up I’m going to be a high school teacher.


Levi was quite the trooper all week.  He’s the reason my early class got donuts.  During one of my classes he was watching a movie on my computer while wearing earphones.  The class was quietly working on their assignment as I sat and watched them, Levi said, “Mom?”   I replied, “Hm?”  and then for all the class to hear he said a bit too loudly, “I love you.”  There was a huge eruption of awww’s and laughter and we all got our dose of cuteness for the day.

Today, I’m recovering and repairing the damage that being gone from the house has caused.  We can use napkins for toilette paper until they run out and then what?  The cats have been eating dog food and the chickens have been eating pig food and you don’t want to know what I’ve been eating.


The End

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