Archive for May, 2011

First day of the future

May 24, 2011

We are in for more  bad weather it seems. After what happened to Reading and Joplin, everyone is on edge. It seems like such an unsettled time.  What is moving though is how many people are thankful to God for what they still do have.

Heather got good news today. The insurance company will cover her roof. I hope that job is done soon so they don’t have more mold issues.

Crafts in America started up again tonight. It is fascinating to see what other artists are doing.


It is over

May 23, 2011

I finished the paperwork. I emptied my desk. I mailed out reports and turned in my keys. Now let’s see what the future has to hold.

Is it over yet?

May 19, 2011

This was the last full day with kids. One girl got the others to sign one of her pieces of art work. She gave me an orange as I often gave them oranges when I have extra ones. She gave me a frame to go with picture she had given me when she was in the 6th grade. I almost started crying, it is so painful.

The nurse said I had to go back to the dermatologist as the allergic reaction I have been having for the last few week seems to be spreading. I was just there Monday but agreed to go in tomorrow afternoon. It still seems hard to believe one  could be allergic to the adhesive on a bandage.

I found out the job I had been offered in Onaga  had been given the elementary teacher who lives near there. She has been traveling from just west of there all year. She just had a baby so this will be a good move for her. Interestingly, I have until June 3rd to accept that job. I am happy for her as I still think that is too far to drive but somehow that doesn’t seem like a good way to treat me.

New Shoes

May 14, 2011

I am not a shoe collector. My feet don’t tolerate much and I end up getting expensive shoes and wearing them until they are past their prime. I was watching Oprah the other day though when Sara Ferguson was on. The thing I took away from the interview was that I deserve better. I deserve to have new shoes when mine wear out. I deserve to have good food so I can be healthy. I deserve to be treated with respect for what I have done on my job. I may not do it perfectly but I try to do what I feel is in the best interest of my students. I am not a pawn to be used and then tossed away. The new district, 40 miles away, is probably a fine place to work but it means more wear and tear on me and my car and life is too short as it is.

I had several days when I was looking toward the new possibilities but by the end of the week I was crashing. I would go into the other room and find my colleagues planning out next year. One said I could stay but this was all set up without including me so I didn’t stay. It was just like at the beginning of the year when I wasn’t included because I was the new person.  I have often wanted that feeling of community where I am part of things. It takes so long though and all the moves in my life doesn’t seem to allow that.

We are working on moving my mother-in-law from Nebraska to a couple of houses down from us. Jim was up there earlier in the week and we will have to go back soon to help her with packing. She is rather frail right now though. They were supposed to go to Montana to see his brother this last week but she wasn’t up to it. It will be good when this is settled so we can get her set up with doctors, regular meals, and such.

No rug hooking this weekend either

May 7, 2011

I woke up with a headache today. I got my treat ready to take in and decided just a few minutes rest would make things better. I woke up at five minutes to 12.  So much for rug hooking.

I wanted to ask my boss a question about what needed to be done if I didn’t take the job so I called up Monday. I got an e-mail back saying that both the director and assistant director would come down Friday after work. Lovely! This week I felt more feisty though than despairing as I had the week before. It went ok but what a pain that was.

My mother-in-law called and said she is going to move into the apartments near us, probably in June. It will be a lot of work, I am sure, but hopefully we can help her have more regular meals and health care. She has sounded very low energy lately.