Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day!


I was a middle school Activities Director for 20 years which means I did lots of crazy things.


One of our "go to" websites was Brownie Locks.


Looking through the list of monthly, weekly and daily crazy celebrations provided my Leadership class with a lot of fun ideas.


One of my favorite Crazy Days was Hagfish Day when everyone wore ugly outfits.


As a former math teacher and a long time dork, I decided we would celebrate Pi (3.14) Day on March 14 at our house this year.


I invited JP and his girlfriend to come for pie and they requested strawberry - easy in our area where strawberries are a year round crop.


The kids were busy today so they asked if we could celebrate Pi Day on March 13 pointing out that this year the entire month is 3.14.


The table setting was dictated by the colors on the pitcher ( a vacation memory from a week in Taos, New Mexico) and the sweet blue hydrangeas I picked up when I was buying the strawberries at the produce stand.


The table was only set for dessert because JP insists on going to our favorite Mexican food restaurant whenever he comes to town.


Simple blue place mats, favorite yellow napkins. yellow handled flatware and of course the numbers 3.14 all made a festive table waiting for the slice of red for my primary color scheme.


Alas, there are no pictures of the slices of pie topped with vanilla ice cream - it was dark when we ate dessert and JP took the second half of the pie to his friends who got a kick out of the concept of celebrating Pi Day.


If you notice on the list of "days", tomorrow is National Quilting Day so I should do a post about the quilts I have made.


Or, the little quilted pillow I am making for a blogging friend, but


tomorrow my volleyball team has their first tournament and I will be in a gym all day and later there is a St. Patrick's Day party on the lane so I won't be posting.

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I also noted that tomorrow is True Confessions Day so I will 'fess up' and admit that 

I have been avoiding work today
I am way behind in responding to e-mails 
I have been putting off going to the gym today
and
my Creative Space could be better described as Chaotic Space.

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53 comments:

Vicky Hunt said...

How fun! I have never heard of that website but will be checking it out! The table and the pie both look great. I've never made a strawberry pie. How do you make yours? Have fun at the party tomorrow...:)

Blessings, Vicky

Susie said...

What a fun way to celebrate pi day, with delicious pie. That magazine, made me think of our baby sitters. When mom would have these sisters baby sit my siblings and I , they would bring a magazine like that with them...Too funny. Blessings for a great weekend, xoxo,Susie

Kim M said...

As a former teacher myself, I can relate to all the crazy celebrations and school days! They were usually my favorites...especially when they involved pie! :) Enjoy your weekend!

Merlesworld said...

I was scratching my head thinking what is PI day and to celebrate with a pie very clever.
Merle.....................

bobbie said...

Happy Pi DaY!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That pie! That pie! I need to go get some!

I also need to sign up for potato chip day and sleep day... I need some of both badly. Actually all three including pie!

Have fun with all your activities and Happy Pi Day...

xo

Sheila

NanaDiana said...

What a fun post, Carol. Your table setting is lovely and that pitcher is so pretty. Strawberry pie (PI) sounds good to me. I'll be over at 3:14 for my piece. xo Diana

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I'll be join Diana for a piece of pie. LOL - I LOVE strawberry pie.
I will never forget when I moved to So CA from Ohio - we had never heard of fresh strawberry pies only jelly.
I lived not far from a little restaurant that made home made fresh strawberry pies with miles and miles
of whipped cream on them - they were the very best strawberry pie I have ever eaten. So it's one of my very favorite pies.
What fun days you had a school.
Enjoy your weekend. Hope Steve's shoulder has healed.
Mary

Pamela Gordon said...

What a fun post and a fun celebration of pi day. I love your table setting and centrepiece and the pie sure looks delicious. Have a great weekend.

Diane said...

Your Pi and Pie day turned out great. That strawberry pie looks delicious. What fun all of the "days" are!!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

The pillow looks so lovely and someone will treasure you making it for them. Happy Pi day and your dining table looks so nice.

Sam I Am...... said...

I should tell my daughter about the website as she is a teacher and I love Pi day as I was a computer scientist before retiring so I am all about numbers! Love them! I also love pie and many, many moons ago when I was pregnant with my first child I could not get enough strawberry pie. Thank goodness there was a restaurant in our area that was famous for it so I had a steady supply. Your table scapes are always lovely. I bought strawberries yesterday (they're probably from CA) and I was just going to eat them plain but now.....? Enjoy your weekend!

Sarah said...

The web site is new to me. I'm going to share it with my friends who still teach.
Your table setting is just where I'd like to have a piece of strawberry pie. Love the yellow and blue and the way you put the napkin across horizontally.
Happy Pi Day!

Consider It All Joy said...

Well, I think I'll celebrate Happy Pi Month - I mean it's a great excuse to consume pie everyday - yes?!?!?! Your strawberry pie looked fantastic, I think I just gained 5 lbs thru the computer! Nice tablescape as well!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the hydrangeas. so pretty. i love knowing weird & different holidays. just fun to celebrate a important event any old day!! so fun! ( :

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Such fun today! The pie looks so good and sounds like you have a fun and busy weekend ahead!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

As usual I love everything! But my heart favors hydrangeas and I so love it. I don't know if I've ever had strawberry pie, my Mom would make cherry, apple, pumpkin but not other fruits. Looks pretty good! I like weird holiday's always a need to celebrate something!

Patty Antle said...

I know you love numbers so happy Pi day. My husband told me first thing this morning since he was a math major. enjoy all of your festivities!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That pie looks yummy! I've been wanting to bake a cherry pie for about two weeks now - I think I'm going to have to do something like hand pies (afraid I'll eat the whole thing if I make a whole pie) :)

Jeanna said...

What a great way to celebrate Pi Day! I love strawberry pie and we get them in Florida year 'round also. Love your tablescape also.

Blue hydrangas are my favorite :)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Happy Pi day! Looks like you are celebrating in a really fun way. The strawberry pie looks so yummy and you had me with a scoop of ice cream on top.
Enjoy your weekend and you deserve to goof, especially since you have been accomplishing 100% with all your to do lists.
Happy BD Albert.
XO,
Vera

pugsmom said...

I missed going to the gym today too. That makes three years in a row. :-(
Love all your colors and numbers and letters.
Sandra

Botanic Bleu said...

Would love celebrating Pi day, especially with strawberry pie, with you. As a former math teacher, I love celebrating math.
Several times I have given sterling silver pie servers as wedding presents to former math students whose families I knew and was invited to their weddings. Of course, I always made a corny comment in my good wishes to them to enjoy their Pi server. They got the joke.

Judith

Botanic Bleu said...

Would love celebrating Pi day, especially with strawberry pie, with you. As a former math teacher, I love celebrating math.
Several times I have given sterling silver pie servers as wedding presents to former math students whose families I knew and was invited to their weddings. Of course, I always made a corny comment in my good wishes to them to enjoy their Pi server. They got the joke.

Judith

Cozy Little House said...

I just love that table now that it's bigger. Was pretty to start with. Now it's beautiful!
Brenda

My Garden Diaries said...

Ha! Love that true confessions idea! Sounds so very familiar!!! You are such a creative soul...seriously....these days are just fantastic! And to carry them over into your home to celebrate is just plain fun!!! My beans love any reason to celebrate and this is such a perfect example of throwing something unique and new out there! Why not celebrate?!! Makes life rich! And your table and pie look amazing!!! Happy weekend lady! Nicole xoxo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great photos of fun!♡

Hillside Garden said...

What a lot of important days in your life and how creative you are. I like your kitchen with the table and the coloured chaires very much. It seams so light!

Sigrun

Izzybeads by Laney said...

You blog posts are always a delight to view and read, Happy St Paddy's day for Monday :)

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Enjoyed your post so much! I am a science teacher and miss doing all those kooky things we used to have time for. Remember Mole Day?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am so very, very behind my favorite BLOGS! Carol, you must have been a super middle school teacher. I am loving this age group because they love to still play! I just played SIMON SAYS in French yesterday with my B day kids and they loved every moment of it while speaking some French.

You were a math teacher? GOD BLESS YOU! I taught math in French for 7 years and it was a stressor for me; the language part was fun, coming up with great math games was scary, as I am not really a number person. But your idea here for PI is fantastic. What you do is brilliant. You take your ability for numbers and apply them into your art. That is differentiation to the max. BRAVO! And I love the brightness of your dining room. You make me happy!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Dear Dork : Your pie looks wonderful and so does the table! :)

I have to confess that I saw one of my son's Facebook friends wish us all happy Pi day and I had to go Google it ! :)

I know, you are shaking your head sadly at me ...

Connie said...

Good Morning Carol, I enjoyed reading your post last night on my phone, but there is no way that I can write with those tiny keys, to comment. I don't know how people do it:) I think that your Pi Day celebration is wonderful . . . you are such a clever gal. I worked eight years as an activity director in an assisted living building with 93 residents. Each year around Halloween we would have a Crazy Days Week with a new theme for each day. One day was wearing your clothes inside out. The residents loved it, but the aides would give them trouble and try to help them dress. That was a good test to see which of the aides were actually paying attention and reading the bulletin board :) Do you miss teaching? Silly question of coarse you do, but retirement is so sweet :)
Keep Smiling.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Kathy said...

I completely missed that it is really pi MONTH. Hmm. Does that mean pie every day?? 8+)

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
The pie looks so yummy. What fun all the special days you had with the kids at school. I bet they really miss you. Your table setting for desert looks beautiful. What fun.
Kris

My Little Home and Garden said...

That strawberry pie looks (looked) delicious!

podso said...

How cute your dessert table looks! Your house always looks so filled with light. But of course not at night when you ate that good looking pie!

The Gathering Place said...

Spring flowers, fruit pie, and quilts. Doesn't get any better than that!

Stacey said...

Hi Carol. :)

I have that your volleyball girls didn't do so well. I bet things will get better with more time and practice.

I made a pie today on 3/15. My son's birthday is 3/14 and he requested a pie but we were gone all day. Tonight some friends are giving him a party so he took the pie with him. :)

Your strawberry pie looks amazing. It's one of my favorites. Your table is precious too. You pull the coolest things out to decorate with.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Even the strawberry pie works with your primary colors!
Wait! There's a World Sleep Day? Next year, I'm celebrating that one!

must love junk said...

You're so funny! (And creative!) I really like the 'true confessions day' and your honesty :)
Susan

Kelly said...

I never knew there were so many special days on the calendar! LOL! I bet you enjoyed your job as an activities director. My youngest son is in the 6th grade (middle school) now.

Mimi Sue said...

Your pi(e) looks delicious! I miss the strawberry fields of Santa Maria! Mimi

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your table looks so pretty! And the pie looks yummy, I love strawberry anything. :)
You are so creative. I'll bet you were a fantastic teacher and the students just loved you!

Doreen@househoneys said...

The larger table is beautiful!

It's been years since I've made strawberry pie Carol. You are so creative and you must have been an awesome teacher!

Jen Ham said...

Carol, you are the most awesome, creative, talented, beautiful, witty woman ever! The pie looks amazing, the quilts look amazing, your house - amazing, you are AMAZING! Love you, Jen

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Carol,
I have never heard of hagfish and what an interesting calendar. You are a very creative lady. Your quilts are wonderful! Your table looks so inviting set for dessert and your pie really looks good. I would love to have strawberries all year round. What a treat that would be! Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Sue said...

We planted a blue Hydrangea last year and I wonder if it made it through the Polar Vortex this year? You're so funny saying you are a nerd - if so, then you are the best kind of nerd we all love to visit everyday.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Carol, the pie looks delicious and what a fun celebration. Have fun at you lane party, which sounds like a fun celebration also..Happy St. Patty's Day..Judy

Clara / Rosewalk Cottage said...

I love your quilts and they look good in the wire basket. I'm going on a quilt retreat this coming Sunday and look forward to finishing the quilt I started last retreat. Lol.
~Clara

Art @ Home said...

I love your centerpiece for Pi Day. I'm so stealing, um, I mean, "borrowing" that idea next year.

Beware the Ides of March! I got sunburned at a horse show in Atlanta. :/

I hope you've accomplished everything you wanted today during your "P" Day!!! I can't wait to read about your projects.

xo,
RJ

fiona anderson said...

Potato chip Day sounds perfect to me, I absolutely love them. My stomach has just rumbled reading this post, must be the pie. I'm off to find a snack !

Candy S said...

I love the idea of celebrating Pi day. Your desert table looks wonderful. Blue and yellow are always my favorite colors. The vase really sets everything off beautifully. I am way behind on getting my emails taken care of too.