Thursday, October 27, 2011

My sis and I had a fun day a couple weekends ago at the Ventura County Harvest Craft Fair (or some such name).   We didn't buy much and I think we enjoyed the senior craft shop in town more than we did the craft fair!  The gentleman at the craft store recommended a local diner and we enjoyed our lunch very much.  For the price of a little drive to get together we had a very nice day!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A little of this, a little of that.

Happy 80th Birthday to my DAD!   October 7, 2011

This has been such a long week. We have our new speech therapist on board at work but she's so new and needs so much guidance. Fortunately her 2nd school is going to be a breeze to catch up on even if there are more IEPs out of date. The 1st school seems to have the more difficult children.  I've been at the 1st school every morning this week instead of my own (before my class shows up) and spent two afternoons helping prioritize assessments.  We'll have a lot to do but should have it all done by the end of the month.  I never thought the extra work within a work day would wear me out but there you have it.  I think it's the ingrained horror at having outdated IEPs (huge regulatory No No).  I woke up early today thinking about it and wondering how much help our newbie is going to need. 

Sis was going to come visit today and now can't so we decided since we've both been tired we'd both stay home. She's going to try again in a couple of weeks.

Fall is finally here. We've had deliciously cool nights and I'm enjoying the quiet of no fans and the warmth of a comforter. I'm sure we'll warm up a time or two before winter arrives but for now it's delightful.  We had a lot of rain this week.  One day it just poured the last few miles of my drive home.

And the next morning it looked like this
on my drive to work:

Knitting projects are slowly coming along.  I decided to set aside the stash-busting donation shawl once I realized that I needed to make some modifications.  The yarn stretches like the dickens and what I thought would take 5 skeins looks like it will take 3 1/2.   I'm going to shorten the brown end and use just 1/4 of the skein on each end.   Each color panel is 12 inches long and stretchy so 36 inches plus the brown border will be plenty for an over the shoulder shawl. 

Now I can focus more intently on the other two projects, one a surprise and one not, and maybe finish up my "bee" mitts, too.  

I've finished reading the third in the "Green" series by Julie Pace Christie.  They remind me a bit of the Mitford series by Jan Karon and are comfortable, sweet reads.  I'm now reading a 2nd book by Sharon McCrumb, Once Around the Track.  Like her previous novel, St. Dale, it's a character driven story using a NASCAR theme.  It's not so all about racing that she gets distracted but a fun read about a culture I only know peripherally.