It’s Sunday again. The day a teacher spends grading, planning, grocery shopping and counting the days until Spring Break. Here is my weekly list post.
1. This morning I went to coffee with friends, and then did a tour of the yard, to see what it needs. I love my yard, but it definitely wants a lot of interaction. I bought this house two and a half years ago, and it was beautifully landscaped. The owner really knew her plants. It has fallen on me to maintain it. At first I was a little terrified of the prospect, since everything was so lush. It has definitely been a learning project, and one I enjoy so much. Today my son and I made a list of to-dos for the next month. There are some areas that need new plants and some areas that probably need cutting back. I’m never sure, so I either look things up or just experiment. So far so good.
2. The apple tree lives!! Two weeks ago I wrote about the apple tree in my yard that I dug up and transplanted to my daughter’s yard. I’ve been watering it every couple of days, and encouraging it to take hold and survive. Friday I went back to check in on it, and lo and behold! There are little leaf buds all over it! I feel so satisfied that it didn’t die. My experiment worked, or at least so far it’s working!
3. Friday I went to an IEP meeting for one of my students. He had not been diagnosed as a person with a learning disability, despite the fact that he flunks every class. I had him last year in seventh grade. He’s a sweetheart, and I thought he couldn’t read at all. Later he showed that he reads quite well. He just never manages to figure out what I want him to do. I asked that he be tested, and it never happened. This year I asked again, and this time my daughter, who also has him in a class, chimed in. It was clear that something was off. He is smart, charming, really a great kid who should’t be struggling so much. Finally he was tested, and sure enough. He has a significant learning disability and his schedule was changed immediately. That was validating. I think he’ll do much better now. Yay for perseverance!
4. I’m planning a trip to Taos (again) this summer, to Jen Louden’s writing retreat. I decided to drive again, and am meeting in the Sedona AZ area with a fellow retreater who I met last summer. I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time on Air BNB, looking for just the right place to stay while we’re in that area. It’s like I have to enter each little cottage and imagine where we’ll sit, who will sleep where and what the views will be like in each place. It’s exhausting and I soon give up! I’m thinking today is the day to decide! Or maybe tomorrow…
5. Doing this writing challenge is interesting. I write every day, of course, but I do no other creative things at all. Prior to this I was doing a lot of doodling in my sketch book and journaling, but it seems like writing a post a day is consuming every drop of my creativity. I think I need to learn to diversify! I suppose once I’m only writing a post or two a week I’ll be back to other activities. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll be neck deep in my garden by then!
I suppose five little bursts of randomness is enough for today. There is still planning, grading, grocery shopping and laundry to be done. Plus counting the days until Spring Break. I hope you’re having a beautiful day.