Entering the Grading Galaxy


(She moans.  Loudly.)

But!  I will return, because I excel in Grading Avoidance–a skill not all possess, but my guess is if you are a college English Teacher, you probably do.  GA, we call it around here.

ToDo List

But I’ve been working on some things.


Like a visit to Arizona to see two of my children and their families over Mother’s Day Weekend.  Grandchildren are the frosting on the cupcake of life, or so the sign in my kitchen proclaims, and my husband and I had a lot of fun, but came home tired.  Mothering is a young woman’s game.

PeterEiffel Tower

Received this greeting from another son and his wife on Mother’s Day, as they took a belated honeymoon trip to Paris, France.  (I’m pretty sure he’s on the Eiffel Tower.) The card says, “Happy Mother’s Day from Paris.”  Awwww.  He’s a keeper.

ChickenFabricReceived my chicken fabric from Spoonflower, along with two textbooks for next year (Yikes! Already??) , and this:


To paraphrase something my students would say, I was like what? I was thinking what is all this?  And I was feeling awesome as I lifted it out of the mailbox.  I won for participating in the Schnibbles parade last month on Sherri/Sinta’s Another Year of Schnibbles, and had sent off my mailing address so they could send my prize.  And What A Prize:


A bountiful harvest of Moda precuts from Avalon by Fig Tree, Simple Marks by Malka Dubrawsky, boho by Urban Chiks, Double Chocolate by 3Sisters, La Belle Fleur by French General, Maison De Garance by French General (those last two were layer cakes), 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine (a book), and a lovely hand-written note from Ms. Schnibble herself: Carrie Nelson.  I was overwhelmed by her generosity and stunned that I even won at all!  I have now lots of fun fabrics for lots of fun projects–all thanks to Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company.  I feel richly blessed to be a part of the quilting community, as well you know, because I say it over and over and over.  And even if I never win anything more again in my life (which is very likely), this one time, hey, I did.

9 thoughts on “Entering the Grading Galaxy

  1. What a wonderful haul, ah, prize!! And your Mother’s Day shots are lovely. I think you hit the nail on the head with “mothering is a young woman’s game” – makes me feel a little better with my love ’em and leave ’em strategy! As to your grading avoidance, can only think “may the force be with you”!

  2. Wow, what a box full of wonderfulness. And those chickens are fantastic! Nice to know the teachers avoid grading and the students avoid homework 🙂

  3. How wonderful to get to visit the grandchildren! Love the chicken fabric, and the prize is pretty darn nice too! School we be out for summer soon, don’t dispair. Working supports quilting…

  4. I continue with my mid year assessments and reporting! Ugh! I hope there is light at the end of the tunnel for you! I saw the sweet little gifts for staff on IG! Lucky ducks!

    1. Wowsers, Elizabeth! You have certainly many things to be thankful for! Congratulations, and what a lovely family you have!

  5. I definitely don’t envy your grading duties. I worked as a calculus grader all 4 years of college and it was dreadful.

    The chicken fabric is great! I love the colors.

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