The Boy and His Dog

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I went to the Door to walk the Dog,
But Dog wouldn’t goo.
Dog has four legs; I have but two.
My mother is calling me, what shall I do? Continue reading

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Sometimes Life Happens

It’s time for my weekly study about Women in the Bible, and I’m not ready because life got in the way. I am a home school mom of a young lady who wants to graduate this year but hasn’t quite finish all her eleventh grade studies, and I’m trying hard to see if we can make it happen. I can do the planning, but most of the execution is going to be on her. On the bright side, if she can keep up with the pace, she’ll be all the more prepared for college come September 2018. Wow! Did I just say that? It’s hard to believe that I’m almost finished home schooling. This last year, with only one student, is definitely proving to be the hardest.

So while you wait for my study on Rebekah to be ready, I thought I’d share a memory from exactly three years ago today. My number 2 son, Bobby, was off to a rough start for the new school year, and he clearly needed a break for a couple days. Part of the beauty of home schooling is spontaneity. So he and I took a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Shenandoah mountains, just a 3-hour drive from our house, for a long-weekend getaway. Actually, it did us both a world of good.

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Learning My Numbers

When my son Bobby was very young, he had a hard time remembering his numbers. He easily recognized 0, 1, 2 and 3, so I focused on helping him learn the other numbers up to twelve. While playing the card game “Phase 10,” I came up with the jingle for Numbers 6 and 9, which actually helped him to identify those numbers. Later that day, while the children were taking their naps, I sat down and wrote all the other stanzas below, based on the characteristics Bobby had attributed to the numbers.

Someday I hope to have these rhymes made into a children’s book. Is there an illustrator among my readers who would be interested in doing the artwork? Continue reading

Tea Time

Cup of Tea blue 2 (1)Before I sit to cup of tea,
I look the choices over.
A dozen or so blends I see,
Of some I’ve tasted never.

Old Earl Grey is not for me,
“I Love Lemon” lies,
Chamomile tastes like a tree
With cinna-stick surprise.

Then I behold with gladsome glee
The one that I like best,
And I sit down to cup of tea
And calmly take my rest.

 

January 14, 2002 ~ posted, though not written, in response to the Daily Prompt: Tea
© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Photo taken in Milton, Florida, 2017, for Encore! Old Pianos with a New Song

Mountain Photo Challenge

I saw Nancy Merrill Photography‘s post in my Reader list this morning, and decided to play along, since I absolutely love the mountains!

Here are some of my favorites….

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Lovers waiting for the sunset, Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014

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Rainbow Falls in Sapphire Valley, NC, 2012

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A monument to our fallen heroes, near Newmarket, Virginia, 2014

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Stone Mountain, North Carolina, 2012

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Narrows Falls, Sapphire Valley, 2012

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Acrylic painting of Narrows Falls, 2013

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Evening view from a mountain near Luray, Virginia, 2012

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Triptych acrylic painting of Virginia mountain sunset, 2013

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Virginia countryside outside Culpeper, 2013

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Panoramic view of the mountains on Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014