Gathering Graces 3/19/2018

*Kind of a normal kind of work day today.  Not much too unusual.  The students who were applying to be part of the National Honor Society submitted their applications today.  I functioned alright with my faulty keyboard.  All is good.
*We played with paper bag puppets in drama today after school.  I am in my final two weeks of working with the students in the PASS program.  It has been a very fulfilling experience, and I hope they have enjoyed it as well.  Today we played around with paper sack puppets.  I love watching students creativity.
*I got home and grabbed my knitting project, and finished the second season of Broadchurch.  I liked how the writers brought the second season to a close.  The final episode tied up a lot of things.
*Paul had forgotten some items in the driver’s ed car at the district office, so after our dinner of cod, roasted vegetables, and cucumber and tomatoes in oil and vinegar, we walked down to retrieve his items.  It was nice getting out in the evening and taking a little stroll together.  Paul shared with me about how students in his Speech classes are sharing about historical speeches, and how they are responding to the content of them.  It was fun to hear about what the students are learning.
*Paul and I also finished up the second season of The Crown tonightNow we will wait a while for Season Three to appear.


Gathering Graces 3/18/2018

*I spilled coffee on my laptop keyboard and my keyboard now has a mind of its own.  I hope someone at school can look at it tomorrow and give me some hope!
*Great dinner at Bill and Debbie's house, with Pork Roast,  onion soup, mashed cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage salad.  It will be our last meal with Debbie for a while as she is flying back east on Tuesday to spend time with kids and grandkids.
*Spent the afternoon knitting and watching Broadchurch and sitting by the fire on this snowy, rainy day.
*Paul had the final performance of The Rivals today.  They had a good-sized crowd who laughed and really enjoyed the show.


Gathering Graces 3/17/2018

*Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  I really didn’t do a whole lot to celebrate, except wear a green pin, and have a St. Patrick’s-themed soup for dinner.  It did get me thinking how there are people who embrace this holiday, and the celebration of it is a big part of their lives.  But not so much for me.
*My day began with a wonderful conversation with my friend April M Lee who lives in Italy.  There was a lot of things I wanted to talk to her about, and it was easier to talk than to write it out.  But schedule a call can be a little tricky because she lives 8 hours ahead of me, but we figured it out, and our hour plus conversation was really good.
*I decided I could start on my taxes and try and get them done today.  While Travis, Molly and their niece Zoe were getting packed up and ready to go, I was muddling my way through my federal income tax.  I am not able to finish, as I am waiting for Cosette to send me a couple forms....then I can proceed.  It will be nice to get that completed.
*It was so nice having Travis, Molly here for most of the week.  As your children get older and live in a different part of the state, you realize time with them becomes less and less, just because of their choices and the nature of their lives.  I am sure all parents go through this, but that doesn’t mean it is easy.
*The afternoon was spent watching more episodes of Broadchurch and knittingI am really enjoying Broadchurch.
*Around 4:30 p.m., Paul and I headed over to Christy and Everett’s house for Corned Beef and Cabbage soup, salad, and to watch the Gonzaga Bulldogs play the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA tournament.  Bill and Debbie joined us as well.  Paul stayed until he had to head up to the theater for his show.
*When I returned home, it was back to knitting and finishing up the first season of Broadchurch.  The entire show is a murder mystery, and the murderer is revealed in the final episode.  It was so well done, and really captured the spirit of a small town, and how things happen in a situation like this, where one of their citizens has been murdered.  I look forward to the next two seasons.


Gathering Graces 3/16/2018

*I had quite the social schedule today!!  First I met my sister-in-law Debbie at The Bean to have coffee and knit and visit.  I didn’t realize that knitting in public helps you meet people.  One woman came in who was fascinated by the way I was knitting, because it was different from the way she learned how to knit.  Debbie explained that this woman knits Continental style, and I knit American style.  Then she showed us some slippers she was knitting.  Aubrey, it was a delight talking with your grandmother!!  Right before we were getting ready to leave, Christy came in to grab a drink between her PT and her nail appointment.
*My next stop was Best Shots, to have lunch with my friend Pam.  We had a wonderful visit.  While we were there, Molly, Travis and their niece Zoe came in to have lunch, too. 
*After lunch I needed a break, so I went in and took, what in our family is known as a “coma nap”.  I slept from about 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It felt really good.
*The next event was attending the production of The Rivals at the Sixth Street Theater.  This production was unique in the fact it is a reader’s theater, and they are reading a story from the seventeenth century, and it is British. This is not the type of show you sit back and be entertained, even though it is very entertaining.  This is a show about listening to the words, listening to the story, and hearing the nuances of the language that Sheridan used when he wrote this story.  I takes a while to get into the rhythm of the language, but once you do, it is very funny!!  Good job to the cast, and Paul for his direction.
*The evening was not over yet.  When we got home, Travis had brought a movie he thought we would all like to watch called Reign Over Me.  It is a movie starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler in one of his few very serious roles. Sandler portrays Charlie Fineman, who has slipped away from reality after the sudden loss of his wife and children.  It was a quite moving story.


Gathering Graces 3/15/2018

*I can tell it it spring at KHS, because the Counseling Center is bustling as ever, with students  wanting scholarship help.  There was some big deadlines yesterday, and I am so proud of those students who are submitting scholarships!
*At the end of the school day, my desk was a mish mash of piles, papers, and envelopes.  I decided I needed to stay a little longer today to sort through things on my desk, tie up some loose ends, and get some things organized before I left for the day.  I am glad I did.  It will make coming into work on Monday much easier.
*Travis drove Cosette to the Harrison exit outside of Coeur d’Alene to meet up with her friend Sidnee.  She would be spending the night with Sidnee and her family, then heading back to Moscow on Friday.
*Later, Travis and Molly went to Coeur d’Alene to visit some of Travis’ family, and they brought their niece Zoe back here to spend tonight and tomorrow night.  There hasn’t been an 11 year old in the house for a while.  It will be fun to have her around!!
*After a very hectic and emotional week, I wanted to sit and knit and watch a good show on Netflix.  I was looking for a good British comedy, but ended up choosing a British show, but definitely not a comedy.  I started watching Broadchurch.  Molly and Travis said it is really good, so I look forward to watching it (even though I have been warned it is a bit dark and grim).
*It was nice sitting up and talking with Molly and Travis, (even though I got to bed way past my bedtime!!)  But it was worth it!!


Gathering Graces 3/14/2018

*What a whirlwind day I had today.  I just went from one thing to another.
*Throughout most of the day, I pulled some of the seniors out of their Government class to talk with them about where they are at in the college process, and hope to keep them on track.
*I had a parent show up who needed to make corrections on her student’s FAFSA, and we got that done, and it went very smoothly.  Whew!!
*Cosette came to KHS today and hung out with Paul, and they both enjoyed hanging around one another.
*From 10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m., KHS students gathered in the library to sign posters with the names of the 17 victims of the school shooting in Florida.  It was a very moving time, and the students took it very seriously, and many were visibly shaken.

Paul and students signing a poster.

More poster signing.
*After I got home from work, Molly, Travis and I went up to the Sixth Street Theater for a photo shoot.  Molly and Travis like to dress like characters and attend Comic Con events.  They wanted some photos of them in their outfits, so we spent about an hour with me taking their photographs.  It was fun!!
*Around 6 p.m. we went to Kellogg High School for an awesome event put on by the KHS Art Department and Creative Writing Class.  It was called A Night of Art & Poetry: The timeless architecture of Kellogg presented through drawings & poetry of Kellogg High School students.  For the first 45 minutes, you could walk around the cafeteria and look at the artwork students created based on buildings in Kellogg.  The artwork was for sale for $20 a piece.  They also created a Buildings of Kellogg Coloring Book that were drawings of the buildings, and sold this book for $5.  At 6:45 p.m., 16 Creative Writing students got up to the microphone on the stage and shared their poems they wrote based on the buildings of Kellogg.  We heard poems about the McConnell Hotel, a building in Kellogg that burned down last summer, as well as The Bean and Being, written about a local coffee shop, Problematic Bones, based on a Mary Jo White’s Chiropractic building, Dirty Ernies, written by one of the football players who recalls the fans who watched the game from the balcony of this local bar, and Looking Up From the Kellogg Pool, a poem about the old Lincoln school/mall. 


Gathering Graces 3/13/2018

*It was a weird day of emotions today.  I just felt off for some of the day, and I am not sure why.  Then it kind of came back in the evening.  I think some of it is the event surrounding Paul and I in our life.  In different areas of our life, there are conflicts, and emotions are running high, and every day there seems to be something new.  Maybe it is all just getting to me today.
*There was a bright part of my day.  The kids arrived this afternoon, and it is so wonderful to see them!!  Molly, Travis and Cosette arrived to spend some time here in Kellogg during their spring break!!
*This summer one of the additions to our yard will be a Narnia garden.  The kids bought Paul a Solar Lamppost for his birthday, and a Aslan plaque.  Last weekend he purchased an Aslan cement fountain to add to the garden as well.  It will be fun to see how it all comes together.  So one part of the yard is our Hogwarts garden, and now we will also have Narnia.  Maybe after the Narnia Garden, we will create The Shire garden.
*The weather was again beautiful today, and the snow continues to melt.  I look forward to when Nikki and I can get out in the morning and start walking outside.  We had taken a break while Nikki’s grandkids were here last week, and walked this morning and it felt so good.  My body missed the walking!!
*Cosette was working on her taxes this evening, and it reminds me I really need to get those done.  Maybe now that I have typed it out, I will remember.
I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121 1-2