Monday, May 23, 2011
A day that was supposed to be a complete washout turned out to be quite a sunny day with the bright blue skies I have been missing. Possible severe weather, tornadoes not ruled out, is due in around 7:00 tonight, but right now it is hot, breezy and shiny.
I took three of my 'grads' shopping for camping supplies this afternoon. They were positively giddy with excitement, and hanging on to their last special activities before leaving this school to go on to middle school. They were taking pictures of food in the groceries store (the calamari really tickled their funny bones), taking pictures of the door handle of the bank, and saving the foam water cups from the bank as mementos from their shopping trip with Chris. They loved the entire shopping trip and did not want anyone to help them bring in the groceries when we got back to school. There were a LOT of groceries - enough to feed 20 people for 3 days.
I saved some of the shopping for my other three grads, so they could also go shopping with me tomorrow. I can only fit 3 in my car and still get the food in. The Fusion has a lot of trunk space for a hybrid, but hybrids just don't have a lot of trunk room.
By the end of today, I had enough drivers and people sharing chaperone help that we are a go for a Wednesday departure.
I had two generous offers this weekend. I am terrible at delegating; partly from being a perfectionist. One of my father's favorite saying was, "If you want a job done well, do it yourself,' and I'm afraid that stuck. However, one sweet parent offered to organize the drivers and chaperones for me since I have been so busy with the musical. She has done a fabulous job with that and it was a tremendous weight off my shoulders.
Then last night, one of my friends asked what I still needed to get done to have the camper ready and asked me to leave a list in the camper. She came over today while I was at work and mopped, made the bed, and cleaned the fridge, Big Daddy Frying Pan, and my cooler for me. I am grateful to both of these sweet people. Funny, I always happily offer to help people out, but never think to ask for help. When it gets offered, I am so happily surprised.
If you've never seen a Big Daddy frying pan, here it is in the trunk of my camper with a folding chair and a whiffle ball and bat for scale:
And with my hand for scale:
That's how you feed 19 hungry kids!
I had 40 minutes between the end of the school day and my appointment with my acupuncturist, so I got a lovely walk in. Then I also got a power nap when I was 'marinating'. Once the needles are in, they get left in for a while to do their magic. I felt so relaxed, I just fell asleep.
Tomorrow I find out the results of my biopsies. I have chosen not to stress over them, but wish me luck.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I've been working on ironing out some health issues - the old; back and hip pain, and the new; GERD and difficulty swallowing. Tomorrow, I go for my third acupuncture treatment and on Tuesday I go to get the results of my endoscopy and biopsies.
I have found over the years quite a few things that are effective in getting back in balanced health, and have been learning a few new ones:
Not letting health set backs define me
Maintaining a positive outlook ~ a sense of humor is an added extra
Fresh cabbage juice (for the gastro/esophageal sores)
Lots of fresh, organic fruits and veggies
What does not work as well for me is the pharmaceuticals. I tried the Nexium which both my D.O. and the gastroenterologist wanted me to take, but quit after a few days. It may have reduced the acid in my stomach and soothed the sores in my stomach and esophagus, but it also interfered with digestion. I decided to try juicing cabbage and drinking cabbage juice every few hours to help heal my digestive track, eating fresh pineapple to aid in digestion, and increasing my intake of probiotics. This tact seems to be being very effective.
It will be interesting seeing my gastroenterologist on Wednesday and discussing courses of action. He is from India, and I keep wishing he practiced ayurvedic medicine. Instead he is an MD practicing western medicine. I will be interested to see how open he is to alternative approaches to wellness, bypassing the prescription medicines.
Meanwhile, it's been an extremely busy weekend between the spring musical on Friday and Saturday, and getting ready to take 17 children camping this coming Wednesday - Friday. I got a LOT done today and aside from shopping for the groceries needed to feed 20 people for 3 days, I feel pretty ready for the next and last venture of the school year.
My weights, pedometer, and balance board are packed, I have my Kindle loaded with Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, some mysteries, and the book I am currently reading, 'Unbroken.' It looks like rain (surprise!) every day we will be camping. It doesn't look like steady rain, rather isolated thunder showers. I count this as a good thing because it means there will be down times when the children will have to be in their tents. That gives me time to snuggle up in my camper and have some quiet reading time.
Lucille is still in love with Mike, and cute as ever.
But we have had problems with Stella. Since poodles can be so fru fru, and are not included, for some bizarre reason, with the sporting dogs in the dog shows, most people don't know that they were bred as hunting dogs. Duck hunting, specifically. Little Lucille is just too much of a temptation for Stella, who has caught, and injured Lucille twice. Lucille has proved to be a rugged little girl with a very positive attitude and is healing up very nicely, but I have had to make a special poodle-proof playpen for her to be in during the day. Lucille can have the run of the yard if I am outside, but otherwise she needs to stay in her little yard for safety's sake.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Aladdin is done, all went well - the children are happy with their performances and it was a real parent pleaser. I am proud of my students for all of the work and effort they put into the production. Now I can finally put on one hat instead of wearing so many. This is the first year I have tried to direct the musical without a musical director. My aide, who retired, always took on the music directorship while I directed the acting, blocking, etc. This year, I added the role of music director and vocal coach to the production., this in addition to teaching. Now I know that that is just too much for one person. I did it, and did it well because I am a perfectionist and I want all of the children to shine in each production. But the cost to my health has been too great; I think I need to consider adding a background in music to the requirements for my new aide.
Oh, I am also the make-up artist and costume designer
Now I can put my feet up this evening before organizing and shopping for the end-of-the-year camping trip tomorrow.
Friday, May 20, 2011
When I came home from work today, Mike was with his new girl. She was following him everywhere, and he was wrapped around her little... little, well.. talon?
The little chick I brought home night before last finally made her way outside, found Mike and imprinted on him. He is now totally smitten, and has named her Lucille. It is so sweet to see the tiny little chick following Mike's every move.
I need to get a picture of the two of them No time today though, between rehearsal and opening night, this is the first time I have had to even sit down for a minute, it's dark, and the chickens are all tucked in for the night.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Lucy and Eleanor
When I got my chicken eggs to hatch last spring, I ordered Plymouth barred rocks and black australorps, because they are great layers, friendly, winter hardy, and I thought they would look great as a flock. Then a friend gave me her favorelle chick, a French variety of chicken. Lucy is our only red hen and is of quite a different nature than the other chickens even though they have been together since they were little chicks. She's a little ditsy, and is often left behind by the other girls.
Recently, Lucy has become broody. She has been sitting on the eggs and scolding us when we gather them. The other girls are content to lay their eggs, then go about foraging. Lucy REALLY wants to hatch a brood. The problem is, none of the eggs are fertilized, so they are not destined to make her a mom.
One of the parents at school ordered eggs this year to hatch at school. She ordered Plymouth rock and black australorp eggs, but the order got mixed up. Some of the chicks are red; they look like they are probably New Hampshire Reds. They are not really what she wanted, so she said I could have some.
Well, I really don't need more chickens, but I got a little present for Lucy. Isn't she cute? I hope she makes Lucy a happy mom.
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