I love lavender. I still can't grow it! Help me seasoned flower gardeners. The Nerdy-Wordy Gardener
It's definitely dog-days-of-summer. I've often wondered why they call it that as most dogs are smart enough to find a cool spot. Never-the-less, we're here.
Best thing about August, Fall is coming, baby!
I'm already seeing fall décor in stores. I love pumpkins and all that's autumn!
Author Walt Whitman agreed. He once said, “Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard. Give me the splendid silent sun.”
With autumn comes all the great school activities. This has been a really exciting week in education. My only granddaughter, Emma, started kindergarten this week. Meep.
Speaking of exciting, wow! Congratulations to Shelbyville Central High School students who were announced Thursday by the state as a “5” school. The results are based on last spring's composite test scores.
Find out in Saturday's Times Gazette what all that means. I'll give you a hint--------------- SCHS is No. 1!
I had the privilege of attending the school assembly Thursday when principal Tim Harwell announced the exciting news. I really want to shout out congratulations! Actually, I got to do that at SCHS this week. Thanks, guys!
So often newspaper reporters have to write things we wish we didn't. That is the truth that perhaps only seasoned journalists might have experienced within a weekly beat.
When schools get “1s” and the district does not fair well, people should be told that too. I also believe we have a calling to share positive news, like SCHS's “5.”
I have to admit the SCHS assembly Thursday was emotional. If you know an educator or SCHS student, tell them how proud you are of them. The school has achieved something very significant. You guys rock!
If any other schools/educators want to share highlights or thoughts from this recent accountability report, I'm all ears or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at the T-G today, we have a party for a co-worker. I came out of my comfort zone and made a “lemony-yellow squash cake.” I will reserve sharing the recipe, which I adapted from a popular magazine. If all goes well, I'll share next week. Just in: my Grandkids like it!!
I think I may have hit upon a cake recipe which can also be a tad healthy for our little picky eaters. We often have veggie protests, but the summer vegetable in this cake is disguised within a lemony sweet icing.
I have to admit I was a picky eater as a child, which according to my family, is an understatement. My, how times change. I wish I refused a little more food these days.
Food isn't really on my weekend event pick list this week. There is a great church event, however, I want to tell you about--the “One Hundred Men in Black” musical 4 p.m. Sunday at Whosoever Will Let Him Come church, 219 E. Cedar Street. I have no doubt that Gary Haile will be glad to see you.
Sharon Catlin says she's happy to see the Monarch butterflies who've finally arrived in her yard. I recently had a great time visiting with Sharon and her husband, Patrick, who maintain a certified Monarch watch station. If you want to attract these orange and black beauties on their way south, do what Sharon does and plant colorful and fragrant flowers such as lavender and cone flower.
Though I haven't seen Monarchs this week in my woodland area, I have enjoyed a lot of Swallowtails enjoying the sunny-colored goldenrod. I enjoy taking photos of this most wonderful creation.
Your “sunshine” this week comes from retired NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Jr., who said as a teen, “I just kinda want to make my own name, you know.”
We should strive for as much.
I am so glad Dale Jr.'s family, especially his 1-year-old daughter, escaped that terrible plane crash in East Tennessee on Thursday. Our prayers are with you all.
Have a blessed and safe week.