|My mom's empty classroom. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.|
I haven't fallen off the face of the blogosphere, but wow! It has been a long time since I've posted. Several things have been going on in the meantime. My mom retired from her kindergarten teaching career and I helped her move out of her classroom; 20+ years in the same classroom = a surprising amount of stuff! Weeks and countless hours of sorting, packing, throwing away, giving away, and hauling papers, books, DVDs and videos, pictures, posters, activities and worksheets that she used to supplement the curriculum, and all the toys, puzzles, and manipulatives that belong in a kindergarten classroom.
I also spent 6 weeks as a teacher's aide in the same school's summer school program, teaching Medieval
history to a class of mostly 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. It was a lot of fun!
|Rose, White & Blue Parade group. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.|
On a less positive note, I had the worst exzema/allergic dermatitis I have ever had! My hands and arms were red and swollen from my fingertips to my elbows, my hands (palm, back and in between my fingers) and the tops of my feet and in between some of my toes were covered with thickened, itchy, burning skin and large water and blood blisters. Still don't quite know what triggered it, but 6 weeks, and a round of Prednizone and prescription corticosteroid cream, along with lots of lavender oil, tea trea oil, and bandages later, I'm mostly healed. I think it was triggered by a combination of the heat (we've had a lot of early heat, and I do get heat rash occasionally), the humidity (we usually have dry summers, but this year I can't seem to get my skin to dry off), my allergies to cat hair (my housemates have 2 cats that are allowed to go everywhere but in my room) and dog hair (my housemate dog-sat for a friend and brought the dog into the house a few times), and something else still unknown. Unfortunately, I pretty much lost the use of my hands and fingers until about a week ago when the swelling went down and the blisters stopped draining and started to heal, so all the cooking and sewing projects that I had planned to do this summer had to take a back seat to getting my arms and hands healed. I hope to get back into my Historical Sew Fortnightly and Historical Food Fortnightly challenges soon. That is, after we get the ant invasion in our kitchen sorted out ...
|ready for the Ren Faire in 2013. Photo: Virginia Urbach.|
My niece and nephews, along with a lot of other local kids, go back to school this coming Monday, and will be participating in their school's hot lunch program once in a while. We hear so much about healthy meals, and people not liking Michelle Obama's nutrition guidelines and how they are interpreted by American schools. Food and nutrition ideas have changed over the years; here are some lunch suggestions from the _Woman's Home Companion_ magazine in 1916. I wonder how many of these lunches would be considered acceptable these days?