June 4th

Day 156 — A gorgeous, though windy, day.  Work went smoothly, though it’s getting harder and harder to motivate the kids.  They’re done.  They don’t want to be in school anymore.  Neither do most of the staff.  But it’s not that much longer — a few weeks — and let’s face it, teachers will try to get the kids outside as much as possible.  So, it’s not that terrible, really.

Spent an hour and a bit last night watching my youngest grandson at soccer.  These little guys are so cute.  They don’t actually play soccer — just run around with a ball and play a few games like “What Time is it Mr. Wolf? and Red Light, Green Light”. Honestly though, I think  the biggest attraction for them is when they get to break for snack.  You’d think they’d never seen a wedge of watermelon or a slice of orange before!  It’s hilarious.  But all part of that group social activity they need at that age.

It was a nice little break in my otherwise work-overload week.  I sat on the grass, smiled and even managed to read a few pages of my book.  Score!

Saturday Night

Just a very quick blog to state how very, very, very happy I am to be on Christmas break!  Finally!  Yay!

This is how I’m looking at it:  two whole friggin’ weeks of Friday nights!  Yahoo!

Am I happy?  You bet your sweet patootie!

To everyone who works in a school —  you know what I’m talkin’ about!

So, go do your happy dance!  Dance! Dance! Dance!

I feel like a loon and that’s the way I wanna feel!

Merry Christmas!

Labour Day Monday

Well, it’s Sept. 3rd, Labour Day 2012.  I am avoiding any kind of labour today.  It’s tough enough facing being back at work.

I think we’ll go to a movie this afternoon and then to our favourite pizza restaurant — Famoso’s.

It has turned out to be a very cool, wet and windy weekend.  so much for the forecast of beautiful, warm and sunny we were promised.  Saturday night was particularly crazy.  The wind was unbelievable.  Made me think that we were somehow getting some of the tail end of Hurricane Kirk.

Don’t know if that’s really possible this far North, but wow, those winds really came up fast.

Thank God today it’s sunny.  Still cool — only 13 degrees.  Technically, we’re still in summer, but we Albertan’s can tell, Fall has descended upon us.

Tim and I went for a bike ride this morning and it made me sad to see all the leaves littering the ground.  The fields are being harvested, the geese have started migrating.  The frogs aren’t croaking quite so loudly or frequently in the slough on the corner, and the calves are looking heavier and less gamboly as they graze in the fields.  I’ve started wondering where we’re going to spend Thanksgiving this year.  And planning our holiday for Spring Break.

My month is meted out in meetings and emails and once again, I’m living for the weekends.

And, as this is really, unofficially the last weekend of summer, I decided to just enjoy it, blustery though it was.

Tomorrow it’s kids in the hallways and coffee breaks and bagged lunches.

Labour.  Day.

Well!  I got the nicest surprise when I checked my blog today.  Grandmalin has nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger award.  I am so tickled.  Thank you!

I really, honestly was surprised, because most of the time I don’t feel like I’m being very creative at all.  Mostly just blithering away about stuff that I think no one will find interesting. (Well, maybe one or two people who know me and humour me, but that’s it.)

Lately, I haven’t had a lot of time to blog or to catch up on other’s blogs.  It’s been a very busy time here at Casa Larson, in the wee town I live in.

Work has been nuts — we’re heading into the last two months of the school year and everyone starts getting very nervous and stressed out about jobs and assignments for the next school year.  Education is often not a pretty career choice.

I have big exciting news that I can’t share yet — it has to wait until after Father’s Day.  Suffice it to say it involves travel and my favorite musician.  I am so stoked I can barely stand the fact that this ‘event’ is 4 months away.  How, oh how, will I make it?!

So, now on to honouring, or attempting to honour, the requirements of my award.

Here are the rules for those nominated:

  1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. List 7 things about you that people might find interesting.
  4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Kreativ Blogger Award.
  5. Leave a comment on the blogs you nominate to let them know about the award.

Seven interesting things about me:

1.  I love red cars — once wrote a piece about them that I read on-line for CBC radio.
2.  I always root for the underdog — it’s just so much fun, and worth it when they come out on top.
3.  I dabble in many things — but never really master any of them.  I blame it on time — the lack of.
4.  Being a mother and a grandmother are the two things I’m most proud of in my life.
5.  Back in the days of drive-in movies I was a lover of drive-in food — corn-on-the-cob, foil-wrapped burgers, fries in little card-board boats.  Yum!
6.  I weighed 104 lbs when I got married.  165 lbs when I gave birth to my son.  Yikes!
7.  Reading Mark Helprin’s A Soldier of the Great War changed my life.

There you go — some stuff a little personal, but the best I could do.  (It’s hard!)

Now to nominate bloggers I admire (this is going to be harder — I admire them all):

1.  SoulDipper
2.  KateShrewsday
3. Wightrabbit
4. Sweetandweak
5.  LyndaJeffersPhotography
6.  Grandma 1947’s Blog
7.  The Laughing Housewife.

For those I didn’t nominate I will still give a shout out to you as being great motivators and wonderfully creative human beings.  Reading your blogs often gives me a lift when I desperately need one.  Anyone who dares to put themselves out there in front of the big ol’ scary world deserves an award.

I hope you are all having a lovely Spring weekend.

Ciao for now.

Well!  I got the nicest surprise. . .

Friday, and I’m leavin’ on a . . .

. . . motorcycle.

Yup, the hubby and me are heading out on the highway.  Taking off for the weekend on the bike.  I can hardly wait to go.

I haven’t been able to post lately as my ‘regular’ computer was having major problems.  There’s a ghost in the machine — and I mean that literally.  Every time I hit the reset button I’d hear this teeny, tiny woman’s voice, but I could never make out what she was saying.  I called my son, who’s great at fixing computers, and told him.  He said, “That’s creepy, Mom.”

I thought so, too.  So, while we’re hittin’ the open road, he’ll be hittin’ my hard drive.  He’s such a good son.

As a result of my computer problems I haven’t been able to download or upload any pictures, which makes me quite sad, because I actually had some nice shots to share.  Next week.  I’ll bombard the site with ’em.

I am hap, hap, happy to be finished work early.  We’ve had a busy week with field trips, parties and cleaning up the classroom for the end of the year.  The kids have been pretty well-behaved, but they’re bored and their need to be constantly entertained is extremely draining.  The next time I’ll see them is next Wednesday when they come to collect their report cards.  It will be hard to say good-bye to some of them — they’re leaving for the high school next year.  Some of these kids I’ve worked with for the past seven years.  It’s amazing to see how far some have come, and disheartening to see how little improvement others have made.  Still, for the most part, they are a great bunch of kids and I’ll miss them.

Well, gotta go load up our gear and then it’s time to get out of Dodge.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Talk to you again on Monday.

Monday, and the countdown begins. . .

It’s Monday, June 25th and we’re in the homestretch as far as the school year goes.  This is crunch week for the kids writing exams and wild week for those who don’t.  There is so much planned for this week, it will be like a whirlwind every day, I’m sure.

I’m getting to this a little late this a.m., but I wanted to make sure I posted today’s pictures and get a few words on to this white space (well, on my blog page it’s green, actually).  Anyway. . .

. . . the weather is lovely today — looks like we’re finally getting some summer.  The weekend was fantastic, I got a little bit of a burn working out in the gardens.

My rock paths are becoming visible again, cleaning between the rocks is such a chore!  Trying to get all the clover and self-seeded poppies and dandelions and, and, and. . .I had very sore hands and fingers after a few hours of that.  But it felt good to be outside in the sunshine and the breezes.

I’ve started a new book by David Adams Richards.  It’s called The Friends of Meager Fortune.  Richards writes beautiful, haunting stories about the people of Eastern Canada.  And his books always have the most poetic titles, in truth, reading one of his books is like reading a very long poem.  He has such beautiful phrasing and his images sometimes stab right into your heart.   If you’ve never read one of his books I urge you to pick one up.  He is amazing, and he’s Canadian.

Well, I’m going to have to wrap this up — time, sigh, to get ready for work.

Six more days!