Time to go back to school children

I think we had a very unusual summer — it started from winter straight to a hot summer — not sure what happened to the so called four seasons. I think we actually skipped spring this year, which made the trees, grass, flowers and gardens as well as myself confused as to what was taking place. I am selfish for I like the rain now and then, so that I do not have to water my plants, flowers and tomatoes. However, at the same time, it is not good for a lot of rain for the people that must work outdoors, plan picnics, vacations and the little ones that like to go to the pool, and especially now that the pools will be closing for the season. I am sure that a lot of kids are not ready for school to start, because that means they must go to bed earlier, get up earlier and not be able to play on their iPads and cell phones anytime they wish. At the same time, I figure a lot of parents are ready for school to start and to send their kids to school, knowing they do not have to worry about them if they are bored and hopefully developing skills and learning many things. Now on the other hand, teachers will have all the responsibilities to take care and teach their subject matter, which requires a lot of patience and discipline.

Children come from many different backgrounds, wants and likes and also it seems these days that there is a lot of peer pressure, which places stress on not only the student but also the teacher and parent.

When my children were in school, I thought that smoking cigarettes or drinking a bottle of beer was horrible, but the times seem to have changed and it is a worry about drugs. It is sad to see what is happening to the youths all over the country and the many situations that they must face and must encounter growing up.

What happen to our Mid-Ohio Valley where at one time, you could leave your house door unlocked, keys in your car ignition, bikes in your yard and with no fear that they would be gone the next morning.

Things have changed so much in my lifetime — some for the better and some not. Many things take place today that I never dreamed would ever happen. I am sure there will be much more to take place down the road.

The daily TV and newspapers are full of people arrested on drug charges, break-ins and breaking the laws, here in our little town. I would love to see things go back to the way they use to be. Not to worry if our children are outside playing and have to worry about if they will arrive home safe after school. Whoever thought our students would have to show picture IDs to enter their school, plus not allowed to have backpacks. We used to hear about things like that in New York and Chicago, but surely not little Parkersburg. Even going into any government building now, one must empty their pockets and go through a scanner to get entry, not to mention surveillance cameras. I am praying that this all will eventually turn around and change for the best.

You hear in the news all the time about how dangerous it is to visit Israel. We were there last month, and believe me, traveled from one end of Israel to the other, and at no time felt any danger at any time or place. I actually think there is more crime in our little town of Parkersburg than in Jerusalem. (Now of course you do not go to the Gaza strip.)

Below are some recipes for the kids after school. Until next week!

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Zucchini Bars

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups shredded zucchini

Preheat oven to 350. Beat together oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add zucchini. Bake in pan for 10-15 minutes. When cool, add frosting.

Frosting:

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup margarine

2 teaspoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

Beat together and spread over cooled bars.

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Fruit Smoothie

1 quart yogurt

1 cup frozen fruit: strawberries, pineapple, raspberries, etc.

ice

1/4 cup honey

In a blender, blend together all ingredients.

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