Sunday, August 19, 2012

BTW - Back to Work

No matter how much a teach enjoys the summer or how happy we are at the end of the year, we love a new school year.  I would dare say that it is as exciting for us as it is for the kids.

That being said I am a bit stressed.  Conflicting schedules surround me. Right now this feels like a waste of time.  The children packed their backpacks putting in them pretty much everything they thought they needed. Too many notebooks and pencils to be sure and then I will get notes that they are unprepared for class.

I have to do two heads of hair right now...

Fred -Our Garden Pet

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tonight I only earn 1/2 star.

Sent from my Kindle Fire

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's On

And the school year begins as it always does, hours of meetings where there is a nugget of value in each 10 minute block.  Nice back to school gifts but you know what they want in return; nothing is free.  We hear more of the research about engagement and we are not engaged... well, maybe just me.  I was sleepy all afternoon.  I wonder if anyone else just wanted to continue their planning and preparation for the students.  So much goes into the first day and there I was 'yawn' ....sitting.

In a moment to more meetings.  It's that we always say the same things because there is always someone new in the room.  Others have found other ways to serve, safer ways perhaps.

My coffee sits in the coffee press and I try to clear the cobwebs.  Tomorrow I need to decorate my room, hang my rules, finish my power point and silly 1st day quiz and just make sure that I am ready for the students.  I do like my job but one of the many things that I like about it is that I loathe sitting all day and that won't ever happen in a classroom - not for the teacher.

Between tuning out to make my shopping list or scribble ideas for lesson plans I have to catch that one thing that I am going to need to know to be successful this year.  I do more doodles and planning on these days... so despite the torture, they turn out to be quite useful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Waiting for the oatmeal to cool...

Today we start allergy shots.  He is tough so I don't think it will be a big deal.  The big deal is going to be getting him to the doctor each week to get the shots.  Today I will take him and next week I may have to take him to work with me so that I can get him to his appointment.  After that, who knows.  We have to work on getting my oldest a driver's license this week.  I am hopeful about the allergy shots they should really improve his quality of life over the next year or two.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

My FIRST cantaloupe

My ODD cantaloupe

More Peppers

I didn't plant this.

On your mark...

This will be one of those weeks for me.  I need to continue to do my lesson plans and build a website and work ahead in my class and buy school supplies...

I ordered a shoe rack to put near the front door because we can never locate our shoes and I have had one on my amazon "wish list" for months.  As soon as I did that my son said to me that he was worried about school supplies.  I was so happy to have purchased their uniforms that I completely forgot about their school supplies.  I will also have to pay my rent 1 day late.  I still feel good though and am not too overwhelmed.  (just a little)

Today I have to sit down with my calendar and organize life by the hour.  My garden brings me peace.  It is such a miracle.  I now have 7 cantaloupes and some little ones starting.  My tomato plant that fell under the upside down planter and was crushed except for a few tiny leaves near the base now has flowers and may actually produce fruit.  We pick cucumbers almost daily and have eaten and cooked with tomatoes from the garden and it looks like my pepper plants will provide me with peppers enough for the winter through.  I will chop them and freeze them.  I am growing 5 types of peppers and they are growing so well.  I am not even sure how to use all of them.  I have never cooked with an Anaheim Chili Pepper but I am looking forward to it.  I picked what looked like a jalepeño pepper this morning it had turned red and was so sweet with just the tiniest bite and fruitiness.  My basil plants are flourishing; I only need to step outside to smell them.  In the bottom of one of my pots of tomato plants is one coleus (I think that's how it is spelled) I don't know how it got there but it's welcome.

One of my cantaloupes looks completely different than the rest but the seeds all came from one fruit so I am fascinated by this one.  I will post a picture of it in a moment.

I have peace.  In the past few years things that I haven't undstood have plagued me and I have stopped trying to figure them out.   I feel possible.

My Cantaloupe Patch

Tomatoes & Peppers