Archive for April, 2010

Back to spring again

April 27, 2010

The higher temperatures are gone for now and we are back to spring. Thank goodness. We have had some rainy times and the days have been in the 60s lately.

I took these pictures today. They are of my neighbor’s house. The poor man passed away last year and still his house is vacant. Another neighbor and Jim have been trying to keep it mowed in his honor.

The irises are so beautiful. I hope to paint something like this, this summer.

We have a few by the fence but it would be nice to have some out front too.

I have one more class for the semester. What a relief that will be when it is over. It has been so much work. We got a take home test and will have a test besides next week. Next I have to do the practicum in the fall.

I went to the school I am supposed to work at in the fall. Sometimes it seems exciting and other times it makes me nervous as I am concerned it will be like being a new teacher all over again, now for the third time. I will miss Scott, Tammy and the paras. I was starting to make some friends too…………I talked to someone today that had worked with some of the same people in the building for decades. I’ve never had that chance. I can’t imagine what it is like to grow up in a place and live there one’s whole life.

The kids at school were contemplating going on past their masters and while I have the ambition for that, where would it lead me? I can’t work long enough for the state pension. Add another 4-6 years for another degree and it pushes me that much closer to 60. Who would hire me then? In Iowa, they bought out all the teachers with advanced degrees so they could hire younger, less experienced teachers that they didn’t have to pay as much. Last year brought no raises and freezes for most people and early in negotiations this year there was talk of a pay reduction.

Jim is off to help his mom for a bit. When school is over for the year, hopefully we can do things together for fun.

Tonight, I couldn’t get to sleep……..

April 23, 2010

It is raining steadily tonight and the upcoming day is supposed to bring more of the same. I know there were flash flood warnings out earlier. Moderation would be nice.

Two more night   classes and then only the practicum is left in the fall. The people in class are driving me crazy. Last Sunday, one sent out an e-mail saying I was being difficult and managed to send it to me too. Someone decided that they needed to spend 6 hours checking links. While mine worked for me, they didn’t for her. When I heard about it, I went in and revised them in around 20 minutes. I wrote and informed them of the changes and eventually she wrote back and said she owed me an apology. Reading the group paper so far shows the same tone so I imagine several of them were complaining back and forth about their imagined grievances. We ended doing the project they insisted on from the beginning. Everything I started they did over, to “fix it” as if some other thought would automatically be better. I drove in weekend after weekend, 50 miles round trip for things they insisted we meet over which could have been done before class. Definitely some passive/aggressive issues going on and yet……….here I am once again made out to be the bad guy. It is so discouraging.

One of my bosses at the co-op is leaving. She has been supportive and helpful. I don’t know how I would have survived this job without her. She taught me a lot. I understand her reason for going and would have done the same in her shoes.  I will miss her though.

I am working on setting up a field trip for the special ed students to take them to the Kansas History Museum and maybe the zoo. I am waiting on a call back for zoo prices and then will take it to the principal. I don’t want that grant money I got going down some black hole somewhere.

Tulip time at Lake Shawnee

April 18, 2010

Jim and I visited the garden after church today. It was so beautiful.


April 14, 2010

Last night I had class at Washburn. It didn’t start on time so we ended up getting out about 15 minutes late. It was still somewhat light so I stopped at a grocery store on the way out of town. The parking lot was fairly light and I could see a security cop inside so I parked in front of the store and went in. When I exited the store, the cop was sitting on the curb next to another woman, smoking. I walked a little further down and I saw a man on a bench. He made some remark like “sexy”. I speeded up, opened my door, got in and locked it. The man came to the passenger side and started trying to open the door numerous times. I hooked the horn and told him to go and back out and drove away as quickly as I could. I couldn’t decided if I was more scared or more angry. The security cop never moved. When I got home, I called the manager and e-mailed the grocery headquarters this morning. One of the women at work said I should file a police report. I left early for a doctor’s appointment today so I called from home. I had to give the police my age, weight, hair color, etc. They didn’t consider it an incident as he didn’t get in the car. They did give me a case number but I don’t expect much from that. I got an e-mail from someone at the company and one from the north Topeka store inviting me to meet him. That creeps me out. There were times this morning I was feeling like I wanted to go home and stay there, kind of a post-traumatic stress thing I suppose.

Tulip time in Gage Park

April 11, 2010

Jim and I went to look at the tulips after church today. The flower beds were ablaze in color. It makes me want to paint them.

Sunny Saturday

April 10, 2010

It is a beautiful spring day. The trees are all blooming in Topeka, causing untold numbers of people to suffer from the pollen. My tulips are all blooming. It seems like the time to plant. Jim and I went into town and bought some red and black raspberries. I also bought some seeds and asparagus roots. Jim is now working on getting the rototiller tuned up so we can get them planted. I had hoped for some red currant plants but the nursery was out of them right now. We will have to try back later.

The house is a disaster. I was just thinking that our biggest problem here is disorganization. I have been working on that at work.  I cleaned out a lot of excess paper that the previous teacher had left. At home it is harder because there is personal attachments to the things we have. I keep thinking if we got things organized at home, things would stay that way. It takes so much time away from the actual project when we are hunting for parts.

I went to Washburn this morning to practice on the presentation we have coming up in about a week and a half. I will be glad when it is over. It has taken up a lot of time. My appointment with my advisor got cancelled last week so I see her this week. I am hoping she says there is just the one class left. She is the one running the class I am currently taking.

Beautiful sunset

April 7, 2010

Tonight there was a beautiful sunset. Just the other day, it was in the 80s. It has been windy and rainy the last few days. It was about 60 this morning but will get down to around 35 tonight. Crazy weather!

I was feeling pretty upbeat about the move to the high school in the fall. Now I am not sure what is going on. At the end of the day, my co-worker and I with about 8 other co-op employees got a e-mail that we are to go to a mandatory meeting on Monday night after school. It has something to do with one of the schools consolidating with another district. I am not sure what that means but I know that the two of us have been more recent hires and the other teacher in our building wasn’t told to come……

Easter blessings

April 4, 2010

I found these in my front garden today. It was a nice Easter greeting. A week ago, all I had were some miniature purple iris. I also took a picture of the blooming dandelions that adore my yard but I will spare you. I personally love them but I know many people are not fans. I am of the opinion that if God planted there, they can stay there. It is good enough for me 🙂 I have never been a fan of the perfectly groomed, grass only yards. Where is the variety?

Jim and I went to church this morning and then Easter  brunch. It was  very pleasant. The sun shined for most of the day too. I think we got into the mid 70s.

All that being said, it is a melancholy time. Heather and Scott had things they needed to do with his family so we didn’t see them. All my siblings, except Colin and his family were at my mom’s in Wisconsin. Jim had seen his mom earlier last week and I talked with her for a bit today.  I talked to a few friends on the phone and everyone seemed to be doing well, which I am grateful for. If anyone out there is reading this, I hope you had a good Easter.

New directions

April 2, 2010

I was offered a different position for this upcoming fall. I will be a high school special ed. teacher for the same school district. I have to laugh as some of my students are relishing leaving me behind. They will be surprised in the fall, I imagine. For me, it means  I will be able to walk to school instead of battling trying to get onto the highway.

I am mostly excited but have some misgivings. It will mean having to learn a whole new faculty and administrator. It will mean learning new procedures. I will also be doing my practicum at the same time but at least it will be only one. I will miss the department I am leaving behind at the middle school. I may eventually end up back there but they couldn’t say when or if that would happen any time soon.

It is Good Friday today. It is hard to understand the event being commemorated as “Good”. Jesus had to suffer so much and so many people don’t even care….

I have to go in to Washburn to practice the presentation tomorrow morning but plan on leaving early as rug hooking is also tomorrow. I started a small mat to use up some of the scraps I had around. It isn’t my color preferences. There are a lot of dulled blues……… I am definitely a person who likes bright and pastel colors but not greyed colors.

I am working on saving for that embroidery sewing machine. I figure if I can save up half of it, then I will try to find a one year same as cash deal to pay the rest. Maybe at Mother’s Day there will be some deals.