Spring Snow

Last Tuesday into Wednesday, we had an April snow. It seems that every year we have one snow in April. This year it was in late April rather then at the beginning of the month. We got about 1.5 to 2 inches in my area. It took me 5 minutes to unearth my car from the snow because the branches of my maple tree hindered me being able to clean it off completely.

This is me that morning after my drive to work. I had seen the beauty of the sprig snow and was ready for it to melt.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

Meet My Family

When I started this blog, my youngest was five years old and my oldest was almost seven. I always called the youngest the Wee One because he was a tiny little human until recently. He is now taller than me and almost as tall as his dad. My oldest who used to be known as the Imaginative One is now 17 and is the tallest grandkid, something he is proud about.

These photos were taken on Christmas Eve between the rainstorms of that day. Very rarely (ok never) do we dress alike, so these are rare photos.

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Traci

Angel Oak

Near Charleston, there is the largest live oak east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak is located on John’s Island. It’s reported to be between 400 and 500 years old.

It’s free to visit but you need to make sure you are following the guidelines especially the one about not touching any of the limbs. They want to make sure the tree continues to survive for future generations to enjoy.

We stopped there the day after Christmas. When we got there, there were people there but it wasn’t too crowded. However by the time we left, the crowd had picked up. I loved the fact I was able to photograph the tree without too many people in the way unlike how it is in the summertime. There are always tons of people milling around because this tree is a must see. During pre-Covid time, you could bring a picnic lunch and eat while enjoying the tree. Now, you have to be masked up, follow the directed signs to the tree, and are not allowed to eat at the picnic tables.

Enjoy my photos of the Angel Oak!

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Traci

55 Tradd Street

3.5 years ago, I wrote a review about Karen White’s House on Tradd Street series. Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery, Family Secrets, a Mysterious Reporter, and More Ghosts, and A Teenager, More Family Secrets, and a Dollhouse.

We went to Charleston for Christmas week. While there, we visited downtown Charleston and walked around a little bit. One of the places we ended up was at the corner of Meeting and Tradd Street. I had to investigate and find out where the house was located.

I don’t know if this actually 55 Tradd Street because I couldn’t find the house address. It’s either 57 or 55 because on one side is 59 and on the other is 53. I’m going to say it is 55 Tradd Street.

Whether it is 55 Tradd Street or not, it was pretty cool to find a place you’ve read about in a book. It puts a picture in your mind while reading the book.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

West Virginia – Day 1

My husband made plans to go white water rafting for a few of his boys that he took down to Key West a year ago. It was sort of a “family” reunion because the BOYZZZZ (I can’t remember the number of z’s) were back together minus one of them. He also made plans to take Youngest also.

As he was finalizing the plans, my niece decided she also wanted to go. Since she was going, I decided I would go along also. It was going to be my first time away from home since before my mom died in October.

We were supposed to go back to Louisville in March but then the whole quarantine happened so that was a no go. Anyway, I think this was more fitting because Mom loved West Virginia. She had family there that she would go and visit with her family. Then she went to college there. So she would visit there a lot. She was not a big traveler so she either went to Kentucky to visit her friend or West Virginia when she got older.

It was decided I was not going to go white water rafting for 2 reasons. One is that I have done it and had no desire to do it again. Also, we had 8 people which was going to be 2 rafts full. They would need a third raft to fit us all.

My husband and I stayed in a cabin while the BOYZZZZ and Youngest camped out. (My niece slept in our cabin one night and outside the next night.)

The first day consisted of us traveling down to West Virginia and then just hanging out at the camp site. While they gathered around the fire, I took a walk and got some photos of the sunset and some of the beautiful foliage and scenery. Our campsite had these huge rocks just randomly placed around the area. They were pretty rocks, so I needed some photos of them.

Here is a video of our trip down and the first day we were in West Virginia.

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Traci

Oakes Quarry

One of our favorite places to walk is Oakes Quarry. It’s a reclaimed limestone quarry that has the most interesting landscape.

Last night, the Scouts decided to meet there for a social distance walk / get together after not seeing each other for months. I joined along so that I could take photos.

Instead of staying with them, I took off, walked, and explored without the rest of them.

The quarry is located near an Air Force base. Last night a lot of planes were either coming into the base or leaving the base.

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Those ponds disappear when there hasn’t been a lot of rain. I’ve been to the quarry when there has been very little rain. Instead of having those beautiful ponds, it’s dry land.

We had been there a week earlier and had found this stream full of tadpoles. So cool! I went back there last night. There were still tadpoles there but fewer than last week.

I am so fortunate to have this cool park to walk around and explore. You never know what you are going to find when you walk through this park.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

Deidre Hall (TBT)

Today I was talking to someone about seeing the cast of Boy Meets World while on the Disney College Program. I’ve been binge watching the last season of the show. Can you believe that the last season was 20 years ago?

I don’t have any photos to prove I really saw them. Just my memories and stories.

Anyway, Mom loved Days of Our Lives. She was super excited because one of her favorite actresses, Deidre Hall, was going to be at Disney-MGM Studios. Luckily, I was off the day she came to the Studios.

I got to watch her speak and put her hands in the cement. She had her youngest son, Sully, with her when she was at the Studios.

Did you know that they would not put all of the cement hand prints out in front of the Chinese Theater at Disney-MGM Studios? I tried to find the hand prints of the cast of Boy Meets World 5 years later. That’s when they informed that they didn’t keep all of them.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

Not On My Honeymoon

Back in 2000, Hubby and I went on our honeymoon. We had been married for a year.

Where do you think we went?

Well, Disney of course. While there, I turned 25 years old.

It was my first time there since my College Program. I was so excited to show Hubby around the World since it had been 15 or so years since he had been there.

I was also excited because I was going to be able to finally step foot in the Animal Kingdom because I watched it being built while I was on my College Program.

The first few days of the Honeymoon was great. We enjoyed spending time in Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom.

Then the worse possible thing happened while down in Walt Disney World. I ended up with food poisoning. I spent all day Wednesday of my honeymoon stuck in our Mighty Ducks hotel room. All day long, I was worshiping the white porcelain God.

It was either the Key Lime Pie at the Rainforest Cafe or from drinking at the water fountains. I can eat Key Lime pie now but ever since then I don’t drink at water fountains.

The next day I was able to get out of our hotel room. We went to EPCOT and had breakfast or lunch at the Garden Grill. They gave us a free cake since it was our honeymoon. I don’t think I was able to eat any of it because my stomach was still upset.

We left on Friday of that week. I only wished I hadn’t gotten sick. The flight home was interesting but that is a story for another day.

The next year, we drove down to Walt Disney World in order to have a second honeymoon.

Never get sick in Disney. And not on your honeymoon. That’s the moral of my story.

If I Had Stayed IN Bed

I wish I would have stayed in bed.

Some days are like that.

Lately, it seems as though those are more and more days like that.

However, it is usually moments that are fleeting. Not the entire day.

Today was one of those days.

Listening to my son rant and rage about how he is feeling about the whole breakup has broken my heart. He usually has a kind soul who loves life.

I put on P!nk’s Hurts 2B Human album and played the song Hurts 2B Human on repeat and just bawled my eyes out on the way to work. I was a truly hot mess when I got there this morning.

I did listen to a few other songs but I played that song about 5 times.

I encountered some really stupid drivers on the way to school so that didn’t help. One of which pulled over in my lane and slowed way down so that he could get into the other lane so he could get off at the next exit. Luckily there was enough space between us so I could safely slow down.

Four of my co-workers allowed me to rant about the situation because I needed to get it off my chest before the students came in for the day.

Then the day started. I got hugs from students. One in particular gave me a hug several times throughout the day.

I escorted a student to class because he couldn’t figure out how to be sneaky so he wasn’t caught by me, the hallway patrol.

I had some good intervention sessions. In fact, I had some awesome ones. Then there were the ones where I am left in bewilderment on how disrespectful the students can be to each other and me. The one group sees me twice on Wednesdays so they made up for their not so good session. I don’t know why they were so bad during math intervention.

Listening to students get excited about what we were reading made my day. I had students asking questions and wanting to know more and other students using context clues. Those make an Intervention Specialist’s heart soar.

A student decided she needed to hang onto me as I was trying to lock my door. She has no concept of personal space.

During dismissal time, one of my students from last year showed up at the building. I got to talk to her and her mom for a while. It was such a sweet conversation. I love how she asked me if I had traveled anywhere lately.

I also found Swt. Blessings scripture plan for this month. It’s about finding comfort in God. I read today’s Scripture from 2 Corinthians 4: 7 – 9. It gave me comfort during this time.

So although at the beginning of the day and at moments throughout the day I felt as though I wish I had stayed in bed, I would not have had the beautiful parts of the day.

The sunrise today – So gorgeous!
One of my former students posted this today on Facebook. It popped up in my notifications. What a great message.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

My Favorite View – Summer 2019

This summer has been a different type of summer.

The boys are getting older so there wasn’t very many day trips. Let’s take that back – We’ve done day trip. I’ve done some road trips with each of them individually.

The Memorial Day tornadoes change the dynamics of my summer. Even though it didn’t directly affect me, it affected the area I teach in so that made me upset.

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