Snow on the Brain

Snow on the brain. Friday, students couldn’t concentrate with the 8″ to 15″ forecast of snow for the weekend.  I had the 5-year-old students measure varying snow depths on a meter stick. Their eyes! Most had never experienced a local snow. 

Weathermen foamed on about the upcoming blizzard; grocery store shelves emptied of breads, eggs, milk; everyone decided they needed gas – even though warned not to drive during the storm. My sister and I waited in the snow party line at the ABC (liquor) store. Snowmageddon.


Sunday afternoon. We’ve about binge-watched all that Netflix has to offer. I’ve sewed an entire quilt top. We’ve sweat pant-ed, hot cocoa-ed, fudge brownie-ed ourselves to the extreme. No school tomorrow; maybe not on Tuesday. 


I’m not complaining. I rather like sleeping in. Think I’ll make chili and cornbread tonight. Oh, yeah . . . I have a bottle of Bailey’s.


Stay warm! – – Joanne



Ceiling Tile Works of Art

I love to visit my school’s art room to see what the students are working on under the encouragement of our fantabulous art teacher. A recent project was painting ceiling tiles for the art room and hallways.




I’m ah-mazed at the vibrancy, depth and skill these young people displayed in their works. I just had to share a few close-ups of the tiles with you.



Can you recognize the budding Mondrian, Warhol or Lichtenstein?



I wonder if I can sweet talk a few into my classroom domain? 😉

I hope you enjoyed the mini-gallery display. 🙂

Have a good week! — Joanne

F-0 Tornado! What?

It’s been muggy, hot, with afternoon thunderstorms and lightening. Last Thursday, my little school by the sea was caught in a mini-tornado that lasted all of a minute, was only an F-0 and was contained in a small 5-block area. It was gone as soon as it appeared.


tornado14-front house
school gymnasium to the right of white house

Tornadoes aren’t the norm for our area. (Hurricanes? Yep.) F-0. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Tell that to the house next to our school gymnasium. They lost their top floor. Other homes lost roof shingles and windows.

back of home, roof ripped away, no top floor
school gymnasium, back entrance  – – boarded windows on side

The school gymnasium lost part of the back roof and had many windows blown out. The light pole (bottom of above photo) was ripped right out of its base – – onto parked cars.

boarded up windows, broken fencing


parked cars, recipients of gym building debris


a light pole in another life time


Across the street, an old beach cottage lost windows and part of its slate roof. Next door, a surf shop’s windows blew out.



Beach goers use the gym parking lot during the summer. The two lot attendants’ hut was hurdled across the lot and thrown down into the street. They were hurt, but are mending. Many of the vehicles lost windows.



Many thoughts: Grateful our parking lot friends are going to be okay. Thankful that school is out for the summer. Humbled.

It’s been six days since. These photos were taken with my iPhone and do not convey the damage adequately. The images show the “cleaned up” after version. We are used to wind and rain, edge of hurricane storms. NOT tornadoes. Crazy weather.

w.o.w. – – Joanne



Sand Castle Day :: Summer Break

















Sandcastle / DJ on the Lawn Day. Everyone walks across the street to the beach for a few hours of fun, then back to listen & boogie to a DJ. Beautiful clear skies, sand buckets, bare feet, dancing, popsicles . . . I can’t think of a better way to spend the day. Awards and report cards tomorrow and “sayōnara” until fall. Woohoo!

Snow Day::Off Day::Yay! Day

It doesn’t take much to stall an area that has limited snow removal equipment. Sledding and bucket lists go hand-in-hand around here. 

snow day-yard2

To some, mostly north and west of the coast, snow is a dirty word.  It might seem ridiculous but announcements of  “2 inches accumulation” and “school closings” are music to the ears in our house. 🙂

(1 block from school)

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::A Wonderful Day::

Bear with me. This is NOT a DIY, artsy or home post; but a “things I love” post.

The alarm sounded. I grumbled. It was cloudy and breezy out. Another indoor recess day? *sigh* Didn’t bode well for our annual One-Mile Run.

For the past 20+ years, our school has participated in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, running along the Atlantic on the boardwalk located one block away. So, today as I manned (err, womanned) my post, I took a few photos with my cell. Still a little worried because of the clouds and breeze. Little did I know that a wonderful day was in store . . .


MileRun 1


Starting at the old fishing pier the kids took off, blasting by the now empty hotels. They ran past the old 1895 deWitt cottage (my post), sandy play areas, surfers and die-hard beach goers.




Runners sprinted under the scaffolding for holiday light show (Up already? It’s still October).




These fish sentinels watched over the six- through fourteen-year old student runners. 

So what was the wonderful part?




Witnessing older students enthusiastically cheer on and escort students who find physical activities extremely difficult. I love kindness. Kids can be so cool.

AND, recess was outside today! 🙂


Note: All students depicted have a signed media waiver. However, I chose to use ‘back-of-head’ images!

Have a good week! – – Joanne