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Teri Parris Ford
My life as a woman, a mother, a teacher, an artist, a dog owner and a lover of life.
Interests: art, drawing, painting, reading, writing, teaching, digital & analog photography, travel, walking, mothering and general exploration.
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It's official, today I am 58 years old and I don't feel old yet. I remember my mom explaining how she never felt as old as she was and wondered if that was universal. I'd like to think I don't... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Autumn and my birthday is just a week away. The weather is cooling way off and feeling very fall-like. It's been quite amazing. Erika had a weekend festival to go to an hour away from the MN house, so I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
It was a good week but exhausting. My whole body ached from all the work I did, but I am also working out with Tony Horton every morning. We had a visit from the secretary of education mid week that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Here's what I wrote on Facebook last night with the picture here; "It's been one of the busiest starts for the new school year! While every year is crazy busy, this one has been nuts! Getting older means getting home... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
I came up to Rochester for the special weekend. Jim and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time together with the most amazing weather. We took a lot of walks (I got over 15 miles... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
On Tuesday I got the official word that I could go back to life like nothing happened. I am totally healed from my surgery and the smile on my surgeon's face was pretty big. He was beyond pleased with his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Monika had a conference this week at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL for work with all expenses paid. She offered to share her room with me, so all I had to do was buy a flight and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Nice theaters had big Barbie boxes to take photos in. We went to our local theater in Madison where a poster on top of a glitter pink backdrop was the best they could do-- not so cool. I was very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
We went to see Barbie this week on Tuesday, cheap seats day. I will do a separate review as I had a lot of emotions and thoughts about the movie. It was a very fun summer outing for us girls.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
I finished Summer School eagerly and although the gig paid $40 hr, it did not turn out as I had hoped. A synchronous zoom class turned into a free for all as all of my students were all over the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Hmmm... my idea to get one big project done per week this summer hasn't really panned out but I'm getting lots of little things done. Mostly, I'm spending time with family, and healing my insides... and that's okay. Jim and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
The end of Week 5 marks the half of summer vacation, which is always kind of sad. It goes so fast but the second half is alway more exciting and fun. I am 2/3rds thru summer school and got paid... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
July 4th hit on a Tuesday, so no summer school on Monday or Tuesday, so it felt like the whole week was a bit of a holiday. I kicked off the week with my post op appointment to go over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Most people have heard of a hysterectomy, so when I mention my having surgery that is what I say but there was a lot more to it than that. Here's what my insurance paperwork said I'm getting, "laparoscopic hysterectomy, right... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
I've made 5 t-shirt quilts now. Not a one is perfect. When I was a little girl I had a crazy quilt my grandma Parris had made and I loved how not perfect it was. I mean super geometric quilts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
I decided to take each week this summer and do some kind project. I have 10 weeks this summer and spent the first week at Jessi's house. I left Sunday morning, my first free day of summer. Jessi's yard was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Jessi had wanted a dog for years. I grew up with my mom's dogs but had never had one that was mine. After doing quite a bit of research I realized our family needed a dog. I had read an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
It's been very warm in Madison and wonderful pool weather. I had several students come in to school this past week with sunburns and blisters. In one of my classes we were all talking about getting a lot of sunshine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
I wish every weekend was a 3 day weekend, but then I guess it not make them so special. Jim came down for the holiday and I almost finished painting the kitchen. I am slowing ticking off a long list... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
I got sick again last week. This is the 3rd time I've been sick this school year, more than any other year I have taught in 25 years. I'm not sure if it is because I'm older or if there... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Prom used to be Mother's Day weekend but this year it came the week before. The weather warmed up just in time for a wonderful weekend. I still have photo duty-- which just means setting up lights and cameras, getting... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
I took my Animation classes to see Super Mario Bros on Friday and boy, what an amazing day it was. We had to walk to the theater (28 min walk according to Google) to save on transportation costs and we... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
My students finished the yearbook today and suddenly it feels like school is almost done! There are 44 days left until school is out; or 31 school days. Yes, I am now counting down! Prom tickets go on sale next... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Weather in Wisconsin in April is crazy. We had 80's all week and now snow is back in the forecast. We got one last great day yesterday (Saturday) and rain all day today which is supposed to change to snow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
At what point did Easter become meaningless in our household? Monika asked yesterday. Jim came down for the weekend so we could celebrate his birthday. We went out to eat to a Jordanian restaurant for an early dinner with Erika... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2023 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog