Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coping in Coronaville

So during this bizarre time, has most things changed for you or are some things just like a normal day?  For me, I am a home body. I go to work and my hubby and I occasionally go out on the weekends. So staying in isn't hard for me. Now my hubby has a different opinion. LOL  I have no problem sitting down for a couple of hrs and reading a book, watching a movie, working on a painting etc. Being a teacher though means I am still on the job right now even though my students are not in my classroom. The hardest part is, things keep changing. We get one thing planned and boom! They've changed things yet again on us. So it makes it hard to say the least.  So during this time, my friends and I at #Gr8Blogs wanted to share some ideas for you and your cooped up kiddos (if you have any). 

Explore National Parks in 360 virtual tours.
I think this is a cool idea but I have yet to try it out myself. If you do, let me know what you think about it. 

Virtual Field Trips
These are some of my favorite lessons in my classroom.  I am a shark lover as you may or may not know, so the Georgia Aquarium and their live webcams is a staple in my class and home. I love all of their cameras. 

Make on FB
This page on FB is offering free art lessons. I want to try these out myself! 

I love this site and am proud to be a part of it.  A few of the coloring, activity and craft pages on there were created by me.

Fun Ideas you can do with your kiddos that don't involve a tablet screen.
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I love this guy and have had the privilege of meeting him a couple of times when he visited our school. He teaches kids how to draw using letters and numbers, He has a youtube page with tons of videos, you can buy his books and the link above takes you to his fb page which right now he is doing live events at 2pm est/ when he can.. So much fun for any age. 

We use this site every day in my room and in PE. It offers hours of fun videos that keep your child active. You will find fun and silly videos, dancing tutorials, mindfulness, yoga, brain exercises, how to videos and more. 

Some Fun Hands-On DIY Ideas
Just click on the picture to make it bigger. 

And last but not least, I want to mention a fun workout site I adore. It's called Refit Revolution.  They offer fun, cardio dance workouts.  You can find them on FB,  FREE workout videos on YouTube, and on their website   
If you want to talk to me about what videos I love or the ones that are good for cardio, a warm up, balance etc, leave me a comment or find me on FB.  

Here is their Workout Challenge if you want to give it a try. 

Stay Active! Stay Creative! And most of all Stay Healthy!

These are indeed unprecedented and bizarre times. What are you doing to stay calm and sane? Please share in the comment section. But before you go, click over to more #Gr8Blogs for more inspirational advise.

Cat Michaels

Rosie Russell

Julie Gorges

                                        Chris Gorges
                                        Carmela Dutra
                                        Sandra Bennett
                                        James Milson
                                        Auden Johnson

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Very Superstitious......

Very superstitious..... writing's on the wall. 🎵

Do I have you singing yet?  If I've lost ya, just go to Youtube and search for Superstitious. 😉

Let's talk superstitions! Do you believe in them?  Don't really believe they cause actual happenings but still do them anyway?  I always knock on wood when I think I've jinxed myself by something I've said but it's not really something I worry about if I don't. This year, February has an extra day, February 29th. Marking this year as a Leap Year, which offers many traditions and superstitions for this special day/year that only occurs once every four years. 

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Have you ever watched the movie, Leap Year?  It's one of my favorites. In the story, the lead actress is going to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on this day, which is an Irish tradition. I searched to confirm if it was true or just movie lore. It is said that even though now and days a woman proposing is not an uncommon thing but that hasn't always been the case. Long ago, there were stricter rules on this and women could only propose on February 29th. 
What is your take on this? Is it okay for a woman to propose or are you more traditional?  What about just once, every four years? 

Ready for a superstition?  According to my research, in Greece, it is considered bad luck to marry not only on that day but during that year.  In Scotland, it is said a baby born on this day will live a life of suffering. 

On a happier note, in a town called Anthony, located on the Texas/New Mexico border, they celebrate by having a four day festival. During which they hold a huge birthday party for all the leap year babies! 

So I ask again, d
o you believe in superstitions? Any good ones you would care to share? Hit the comment section below or find this post on my FB page and comment there. 

While on my research road trip, I came across this old saying, author unknown..

                                    Thirty days hath September,
                                     April, June and November;
                                     All the rest have thirty one, 
                                      Excepting February alone

                              Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
                                 Till leap year gives it twenty-nine. 

So why does this occur? A calendar year is 365 days but it actually takes the earth 365 + 1/4 days to complete its yearly rotation. So every four years, we have an extra day to balance everything out.  

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So what are you going to do with your extra day? Does it affect you in any way? I don't really have any plans for this day other than maybe catching up on some much needed sleep after this crazy work week.  I am ready for a vacation. Maybe I can use my extra day and plan a spa day!! 💓

It's fun to read and hear about how other countries celebrate this day. Be sure to check out the awesome #Gr8tBlogs links below for more Leap Year inspired blogs. 

Cat Michaels-Five Easy Things You Can Do With Your Extra 24 Hours on Leap Day

Rosie Russell-We're Leaping and Hopping for Leap Year 2020

Julie Gorges- How Baby Boomers Can Make Leap Year Count

Jim Milson "Happy Leap Year Day! What Will You Do With Your Extra Time?"

Carmela Dutra  -How to Take a Leap on Leap Day
Sandra Bennett-  What Will You Do With an Extra Day

Auden Johnson  How Will You Spend Your Extra Day? 

Chris Gorges A Rare Gift- Extra Time 

Julie Schooler  


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time to Create!

Hi Y'all!  2019 is gone and 2020 is officially here. What? How can that be? 1990 was just ten years ago! Hahaha!  2019 was a rough one for my friends and family. We had to say goodbye to too many wonderful people. So here's to hoping 2020 is a better, happier year for all!

I am not one for making New Year Resolutions but I do try to set some accomplishments that I would like to do that year. These are usually related to my writing.  This year is no different.  I want to get a new children's book written in 2020. I have oodles of ideas and started one back over the summer. Writing is the easy part though. It's getting all the illustrations and formatting complete that is the time consuming part.  Over the years I have gotten better at the whole process thanks to experience and help from others. It's great to have supportive friends in this career.  That is my first tip to anyone who is considering taking the self-publishing route.  Find a group in your field that you can talk to and bounce ideas off of.  There are so many wonderful free groups on FB, you just have to join and see which one fits you best.  There are also paid sites that can be very beneficial, especially if you live in a area where you can attend meetings and conferences. I liked being a part of SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators). Since I haven't been able to focus much on my writing the last couple of years, I didn't renew my subscription.  However, this organization is a wonderful source for any writer/illustrator.

Write, write, write! Create, create, create! That is my next tip. It doesn't matter if what you write or create turns into anything significant. If it is something you really love doing, it can be a great stress reliever. It seems to be a part of you and setting aside some time to do is good for your soul. At least, that's how I feel. Who knows, you may surprise yourself. 
My first painting in 2020. 

Formatting makes me want to bang my head against the wall. Haha! It's really not that bad but it is time consuming and can be frustrating, so be patient.  My number three tip is to really read up on the platform you want to publish in first.  For example, if you plan on publishing in ebook and hardback on Amazon, then read the how to guides first to understand how you need Word setup, or what image size you need for your illustrations.  Knowing this ahead of time will save you a lot of time, because everything will already be ready to upload and you won't have to go back and change everything. 

That's all the wisdom I have to share right not but I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes. 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

December Dreamin'

Merry Christmas! This is a season when memories are made, family is brought together and traditions are made. Please join me and my as I share “Holiday Traditions that Ring in My Season.”
Check out my personal reveals, then visit the other #Gr8Blogs linked at the end of the post for more shared recollections. We hope you'll be inspired to dive into special December Dreams of your own!

And finally, my favorite holiday tradition is driving around looking at Christmas lights!! These pictures were taken on a mini vacation we took to Pigeon Forge, TN.


Traditions can be passed down from generations or created totally new as a new chapter in your life begins. I have shared some of my holiday traditions, in the comments area, feel free to share some of yours. Also be sure to check out the other wonderful #Gr8Blogs links below. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! #Gr8blogs Cat Michaels:
My Ups, Downs and In Betweens on the 2019 Writing Road