Cottage Retreat {Celebrations}

July 21, 2014
Celebrate the big and little throughout the week at www.ruthayreswrites.com.

Celebrate the big and little throughout the week at http://www.ruthayreswrites.com.

selfieTammy’s cottage is a highlight of my summer. The BONS meet together for stories, sharing, and relaxation. We wrote too. The cottage is quiet and I found valued quiet time to focus writing an article. We arrived Saturday afternoon and stayed over through Sunday evening. Unfortunately, I did not post that evening due to no internet access. Ruth kept us updated on a softball tourney her daughter was playing in. S was playing great and the team was successful. Ruth was being a great mom, cheering her daughter on, and connected us via text messages. She was in our hearts. We missed you!

I celebrate friendship, connections, encouragement, laughter, fishing, ice cream, campfires, notebooks, revision and writing!

MHG.fish

After everyone left on Sunday evening, Tammy took me in the row boat. I caught my first fish ever!

 

Tammy caught the largest Bass. I caught 2 Blue Gil and 1 Bass. Lots of fun in the rowboat.

Tammy caught the largest Bass. I caught 2 Blue Gil and 1 Bass. Lots of fun in the rowboat.

 

Tradition: sitting around the campfire sharing stories and laiughter. Tam had fun keeping the flames going.

Tradition: sitting around the campfire sharing stories and laughter. Tam had fun keeping the flames going.

 

Ruthie and Tammy enjoying relaxation.

Ruthie and Tammy enjoying relaxation.

 

A new tradition: being creative with art. Last year we knitted. This year we painted.

A new tradition: being creative with art. Last year we knitted. This year we painted.

 

Tammy's birdhouse sits on the porch, displaying more beauty.

Tammy’s birdhouse sits on the porch, displaying more beauty.

BONS means writing and writing I did. I worked on an article, added to my notebook (Thanks Ruthie) and received a new one from Tammy. I didnt get a picture, but I clicked away on my computer. The cottage is the best setting for writing.

BONS means writing and writing I did. I worked on an article, added to my notebook (Thanks Ruthie) and received a new one from Tammy. I didn’t get a picture, but I clicked away on my computer. The cottage is the best setting for writing.

 

I usually share a book when we meet, so I had a book treat for each. I LOVE ice cream, so this book captured some laughs. We celebrated my birthday with ice cream bars afterwards. :)

I usually share a book when we meet, so I had a book treat for each. I LOVE ice cream, so this book captured some laughs. We celebrated my birthday with ice cream bars afterwards. 🙂 Oh, and it was National Ice Cream Day yesterday too. How fitting!

 

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SOLC: First Grade Inspiration

January 17, 2012

Yesterday, I spent time in a first grade writing class. They were discussing revision strategies. Yes, at first grade. Revision is delightful, although it’s not always as elaborate as we might be thinking.

One student I conferred with was writing about football. He had written, “One afternoon, I played football.” I asked him what his purpose was for writing this piece. Jay said, “It was a great game. We won.” He had definite purpose.

We talked about how the action in the story could help share his purpose along with the illustration he had. I left and Jay busied himself with writing. When I checked back with him, he had written, “We played in the field. We won a trophy.” I then noticed a star between the last two sentences. I asked about the star. “I forgot to add in that he (pointing to his picture) threw the ball to me and I caught it.”

A large smile spread across his face. He was inspired and thrilled with his work. I was thrilled that my conferring had inspired him.


SOL: AllWrite!!! Summer Institute

June 21, 2011

Inspiring! Uplifting! Encouraging! Three words to describe the past two days at AllWrite!!! Summer Institute.

Katie Wood Ray shared her passion for books and encouraged us to keep reading. Debbie Miller share her thinking in giving students choice in books. Terry Thompson shared how graphic novels can increase comprehension. Ruth Ayres shared her writing lessons from a special swim instructor, Nate, which touched my heart to tears. And, Gordon Korman shared how time to write allowed him to create his first novel – in seventh grade.  I am refreshed!


March Madness – Slice of Life for 31 days

April 1, 2011

This year, I have learned to be creative.

I explored poetry and found that I have some hiding in me.

I pushed to find stories, to create humor from the conversations I hear.

I learned from others.  Reading the slices refreshed my spirit. It lifted me from the negativism around me into a community of writers who were willing to risk, to reflect, to rejoice.

I am part of a larger community and have “met” many wonderful writer:

  • I used my notebook and collected ideas.
  • I recorded blog sites.
  • I commented on 87 different blog sites (not counting the students who posted). 🙂

This year, I grew as a writer.


SOL 15: Trickles

March 15, 2011

Ideas

flow

in

trickles

Sometimes they go

fast

Sometimes they seem to sputter

out like an old jallopy

Comments

excite my thinking

Reading posts ignite a spark

creating images

on paper

Slice of Life fuels my writing

to think,

to create,

to write.


SOL 13: Sunday Afternoon (yawn)

March 13, 2011

1:57 p.m.

Nothing like a restful Sunday afternoon to refresh my soul. (yawn)

Time to grab my notebook, pen, and pick my favorite spot to write. (yawn)

I love snuggling (yawn) with my favorite lap blanket (yawn) in my cozy chair. (yawn)

An added bonus is Kip, my cat, (yawn, yawn) who curls delightfully on (yawn) my lap, (yawn)

contentedly, peacefully, (yawn, yawwwwn), purring…………

4:03 p.m. (eyes open, yawn, stretch)

Ahhh – the nap was superb.

Back to writing.

(True story :))


Winter Books

February 5, 2011

Throughout my blogging days, I have posted books about the current season or holiday.  I have listed all my books (hopefully) that I have posted in the index.  I highly recommend perusing it to see if a title stands out.

Below are a few books about winter that I have blogged about.  Enjoy!

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Snow Ponies by Jason Cockcroft (a favorite of mine!)

Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Samms II and Jean Stoick.