Gathering Graces 2/16/2018

*As Paul and I participated in the Professional Development Day for the Kellogg School District, the snow continued to fall all day long.  When he arrived home, he could take the snow blower Christy and Everett gave us out on a maiden voyage.  Boy does it work great.
*For lunch today, 16 different people made soup and we had a soup competition at lunch.  If you liked one of the soups, you were given “soup bucks” to put in an envelope at the table.  Soup makers with the most bucks received prizes.  Well, my rendition of Grandma Naydeen Taylor’s Cheese Soup won fourth prize, and $25!  I was so excited.
*After lunch I was in charge of two sessions.  I talked about students who have had trauma in their life learn differently and behave differently, because their brain actually changes.  We watched a movie, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, that addresses this very issue.  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are a way  to indicate what trauma people have experienced in their lives.  Despite the fact that is was a snowy Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., my second session had a really great discussion about how we could implement some of the strategies addressed in the movie in our own school district.  And both session participants agreed that the majority of the students we work with in the Kellogg School District have experience many different types of trauma, and they are now the majority.  And there needs to be a shift on how we are dealing with these students.  It was a very exciting afternoon.  I am fortunate to work with some really wonderful educators in this school district, who really care and want what is best for the kids.
*After Paul took  care of the snow on the sidewalks and driveway, we had some dinner and watched a couple episodes of The Crown.  I was particularly intrigued with the episode when John and Jackie Kennedy visited Buckingham Palace. 


Gathering Graces 2/15/2018

*Happy Thursday!!  And Happy Birthday to my son-in-law Travis!!
*It was nice to talk to Zoe on the phone this evening.  She had a few questions to ask me.  As we talked on the phone, she was making Travis a birthday cake.  All three girls are gathering together, along with Travis, Jason and Jimmy, for this long weekend to spend it together.  I don’t know why, but it just thrills me that they want to spend a weekend together.  I can’t wait to hear about all their adventures!  Part of the time will be in Meridian, seeing and visiting family and friends, and part will be in a cabin in Donnelly, Idaho.
*I spent some time this evening preparing for my presentation at our school district’s Professional Development Day.  I will be showing a movie titled Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  I have two different sessions in the afternoon.  I am looking foward to sharing this information with other educators in our district. 
*We are also having a Soup Contest at lunch, which I will be a competitor.  I decided a few weeks ago I wanted to make a cheese soup recipe I had received from Paul’s Grandma Naydeen Taylor years ago.  But I couldn’t remember where to locate the recipe.  I looked it up on Pinterest, and found a similar one, but it wasn’t quite right.  I looked through a file of recipes on my cookbook bookshelf, but it wasn’t in that file.  I remembered I had a box in the basement with recipes in it, and, after only taking a few recipes out of the box I found Grandma Naydeen’s recipe. If I remember correctly, back in 1989, she gave each of us a soup recipe at Christmas that year. Some got the Cheese Soup recipe, and some received a Taco Soup recipe.  So Cheese Soup is what I am making for my soup competition entry. 
*I knitted a coaster tonight using a different pattern.  This one has stripes.  I am enjoying learning how to create new patterns.  I look forward to sharing all my projects I have completed with Debbie Diedrich when she returns home this weekend.  And I have some questions to ask her about some other aspects of knitting that I have been struggling with as I try new yarns.


Gathering Graces 2/14/2018

*What a beautiful, snowy Valentine’s Day today.  I am a fan of the snow, so I love watching the snow fall, and cover the world in a blanket of white.
*When I arrived at work today, I realized I had not eaten breakfast.  I used to be a horrible breakfast eater.  Then I discovered this amazing steel cut oats and flaxseed instant oatmeal from Safeway, and now I have a bowl of it almost every morning, with a little pink Himalayan salt and real maple syrup on top.  And a cup of coffee with frothed milk on top.  But that did not happen this morning.  It could have been because my morning routine changed a bit this morning.  Since lent began today, Paul and I started a lenten devotional this morning, based on the book of Matthew, and that may have been part of the deal. 
*Despite the fact I didn’t have breakfast, it was a really great day today, and two students brought me Valentines.  Logan brought me a box of chocolates and a nice card, and Rylee brought me a little Valentine cake and a white rose.  I am sure going to miss these two next year!!

*Paul and I enjoyed Chinese food take out from Wah Hing tonight, and watched a couple episodes of The Crown.  It is so interesting learning about a person’s life who has been a part of my life ever since I was born.  There has always been Queen Elizabeth.  Paul also sang love songs to me at various times throughout the day when he would pop into my office.
*I got a very appropriate fortune from my cookie after dinner. I am working on making it come true this year.
*But it wasn’t all flowers, and hearts and chocolates today.  There was another school shooting today.  And, according to news reports, this is the eighth school shooting so far in the first seven weeks of 2018. What can I do?  What I do every day with the kids I work with at KHS.  Give them a smile.  Let them know they matter.  Let them know they have a purpose.  This is sharing God’s love with them.  I want them to know someone cares.
*As I reflect on the “day of love”, this is what love really means to me....
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.                  
I Corinthians 13: 4-13


Gathering Graces 2/13/2018

Kellogg Sunrise

*When I returned home from walking this morning, it was light out, and the sun was starting to rise.  When I was driving home, a was fortunate to catch a photo of the beautiful sunset filling the sky with orange colored clouds.  Beauty in the sky at the beginning and the end of today.

Kellogg Sunset
*I didn’t work today, because I will be working on Friday during a Professional Development Day.  So I started off the day getting my hair cut, colored and highlighted.  It it always fun to get a new look for spring!
*Later in the morning I drove to Wallace and met with Susan P. Halley, who is the director of the Sierra Silver Mine Tour.  This popular tourist attraction in Wallace has relocated to a new building on Cedar Street, and I got a sneak peek at what it is going to look like inside, and it is going to be fabulous!!!  I have worked at the SSMT for the past eight summers or so, and plan to return this summer again. 
*For about six months or so I have not been able to download books to my Kindle Fire from the “Cloud”.  I would always get a error message telling me it would not download, and to call Amazon Customer Service.  I finally called Amazon Customer Service today, and spoke to a very nice lady who helped me troubleshoot the problem, and, by the end of our conversation, I had success.  I can now download books to my Kindle and read them.  I was particularly glad about one book I just purchased, it is a Lent Devotional that Paul and I want to start tomorrow, and I was hoping we could read it from the Kindle on Wednesday morning.  It looks like we can.
*I headed out to Pinehurst Elementary to meet with my amazing drama kids.  We had a great time singing, and one girl brought out her recorder, and we played around with that for a while, and we did our final videoing of the students today singing “Do Re Mi”.  It is such a fun time working with these students.
*After sharing my comment about learning the sign language alphabet in fourth grade, I had a few fellow Sunnyside Elementary students comment on remembering they learned the sign language alphabet as well.  It was fun to read their comments.


Gathering Graces 2/12/2018

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.  Ram Charan
*I went to feed the cats at Christy and Everett’s house this evening, just as the sun was setting.  We get to see beautiful sunrises at my house, but we miss the sunsets, so I was glad I was there to catch some photos of the beautiful sunset tonight.
*This afternoon the library was a buzzing with lots of seniors taking their Math and/or English placement test for North Idaho College.  They also got to talk to one of the Financial Aid representatives, and are working their way toward their goal of attending college next fall.
*We filmed the after school drama kids singing Do-Re-Mi today.  They are doing such a good job.  We will finish up doing some more tomorrow.  Some of them got up again and sang a song for everyone again.  One of the girls, who had not been there before, sang the ABC’s using Sign Language.  It was pretty cool!!  And he is a fifth grader.  I told her that I remembered when I was in grade school, maybe fourth grade or so, and there was a book about Helen Keller that had the Sign Language alphabet in it, and a bunch of us learned the alphabet in Sign Language and would communicate that way to one another for a while.  I still remember it after all these years.
*It was a quiet night at home while Paul was at play rehearsal.  I made a French Dip sandwich,  watched some TV and relaxed. 


Gathering Graces 2/11/2018

Me, Brandon Church and Paul

*This afternoon we had my Bran Muffin (Brandon Church) over for lunch before he heads out on his new adventure.  He was recently hired as a dispatcher for the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office in Montana.  He will be moving to Superior, Montana soon to start his new job.  Congratulations, Brandon, and good luck.  We pray all goes well, and we will come visit you soon!!
*Today’s sermon was about listening.  One of Pastor Dave’s lines that really stuck with me was, “Do you listen to understand what is being said, or do you listen to respond?”  It is a good thing to check ourselves as we are in a conversation, and how we listen to the other person.
*I got a little Sunday afternoon nap today on the couch, being warmed by the fire.  Then Paul and I headed over to visit Christy and Everett’s.  I had found a house key that I thought was their key, but wanted to go and make sure.  Yep, it worked!! 
*My thinking from yesterday paid off today.  I took some time and did some brainstorming on a project I am thinking about and wrote notes, did research, and found out a lot of information.  So Saturday wasn’t such a waste.  Things were turning inside my mind.
*It is time for another installment of 52 Cups of Poems today.  Since this is Valentine’s Day week, I wrote a poem about the beginnings of Paul and mine’s relationship.  You can find my third poem,  You Were the Quarterback….You Were the Basketball Star here.
If you haven’t had a chance to read my sister Christy’s 52 Cups of  Poems, you can find them here, here and here.

52 Cups of Poems: Cup Three: You Were The Quarterback...You Were The Basketball Star

Since it is Valentine's Day week, I decided to write a poem about Paul and I, and how our relationship began back in the summer of 1982.  When I was a freshman at Kellogg Junior High School, Paul was a senior at Kellogg High School.  His name was well known, because he was the quarterback of the football team, he was a starter on the basketball team, and plus he was really good looking.  During that summer of 1982, a group of us hung out all summer, and Paul was also home from college and was a part of that group.  I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that he would be interested in me.  But by the end of the summer, I was proven wrong.  Here is a little glimpse into what I was feeling that summer.

You Were the Quarterback….You Were the Basketball Star

I remember looking up and seeing you watching me with your intense blue eyes, and thought there was no way you were interested in me.  You were the quarterback.  You were the basketball star.  You were not interested in me.

We visited one night in your parent’s basement, talking about all kinds of things…getting to know one another.  You had just returned from a softball game.  I was recording records onto cassette tapes, using your stereo.  You were the quarterback.  You were the basketball star.  Why are you interested in talking to me?

During the week of church camp, someone said they thought you liked me.  I said no way.  Remember, you were the quarterback.  You were the basketball star.  You were not interested in me.

Later that week, you approached me rather shyly, asking if I wanted to go to the camp “bonfire”.  I said I would.  Wait a minute.  You were the quarterback.  You were the basketball star.  Why are you interested in going with me?

The night before I went back to college, we walked around town.  We watched semi-trucks rush under the freeway bridge on Interstate 90.  We sat in an old mining car and talked and talked.  Our first kiss was on my parent’s front porch.  You were the quarterback.  You were the basketball star.  Soon I found something else out about you.

It didn’t matter that you were the quarterback.  It didn’t matter that you were the basketball star.  What mattered most is, even way back then, was you were a man who loved God, loved his family, and soon loved me.  That has never changed.


Gathering Graces 2/10/2018

*I have been comparing what is happening in my life to what is happening to the plants in my yard and garden outside.  As the temperature dropped outside, and the plants and seeds came to a standstill, I felt that same way all morning.  I had wanted to get some work done in my office.  Instead, I got a lot of work done on the couch in a horizontal position.  But I was thinking about a lot of things.  So I may not have looked productive on the outside, but I think a lot of productivity was happening on the inside.
*As I look at the day overall, I did get some things done.  I worked on and wrote my weekly poem that I will share tomorrow.  I read up on doing some knew knitting projects, and worked on that some.  Throughout the day, every two hours, Paul and I took readings on Toby’s blood glucose levels to share with our veterinarian.   I listened to quite a few episodes of Revisionist History.  I learned why McDonald’s changed their French fry recipe back in 1990.  I listened to two stories about the lawyers who helped crack the colorlines of the Jim Crow South.  And an interview with songwriter Bobby Braddock, and the differences between what makes a good rock-n-roll song, and a good country song.
*Thank goodness Christy needed some help getting some things out of her basement after her successful purging.  Around 2 p.m., Paul, Bill and I arrived, went down to the basement, and broke down cardboard boxes and hauled garbage bags and other items upstairs to either be put in the pickup for a dump run, or put items in the garage or other rooms upstairs.  We all worked together and felt very accomplished.  (And it got me off the couch for an hour or so!!)
*I was hoping to attend the Wildcat boy’s basketball game tonight, and honor the seniors in both basketball and ROTC, but Paul had some business to do at the theater, and didn’t make it back in time, so we stayed home.  I had cooked a roast a few days ago, so I cut some of it up, toasted some sourdough rolls, made some au juis sauce, and had some delicious French Dip sandwiches and French fries for dinner when Paul got back home. 
*We both were in the mood to watch a movie, so I found one on Netflix called The Finest Hour.  Paul built a fire, and we settled in to watch the movie. I had never heard of this movie, but it looked like a good story. Paul and I enjoyed it, but it makes you not want to go out on the ocean in a boat for a while!!  Here is what the story is about:
On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker's sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, coxswain Bernie Webber takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds.


Gathering Graces 2/9/2018

*What a fun day of being out and about, visiting people, and having a great time.
*The morning started off at The Bean having coffee with Christy and enjoying catching up on the things of the world.  I now have my “usual” at The Bean...the London Fog.  And I want to thank whatever Facebook friend of mine went in and ordered one after I posted about it last week.  I hope you enjoyed your London Fog as much as I do.  It was also fun visiting with April Muhs (also known as April #3 in my life), who talked to us about participating in the Radio Brewery trivia night on Wednesdays, and how their team needs someone who knows about Pop Culture.
*After coffee I stopped at Yokes for a few things, and headed home to make a bowl of Coleslaw to take to my book group today.  I had a lovely surprise when my friend Kellee stopped by the house with her friends Lea and Diane, and I got to meet them and visit for a few minutes.  They were so fun, and it almost made me want to jump in the car with them and join them for their annual girl’s weekend in Montana.
*The Huckleberry Book Club all gathered in Pinehurst to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  We all agreed it was a fascinating, yet somewhat horrific story of children being taken from their parents in Tennessee and sold to wealth families.  Nancy prepared a delicious crab casserole, and we also had sweet potato salad, coleslaw, muffins, French bread, raspberry cobbler and lemon bars. 
*I got home and rested for a bit.  Christy said if she tackled her basement her reward would be dinner out tonight, and she invited Paul, Bill and I to join her and Everett at The Hilltop for dinner.
*Before dinner, Paul and I stopped over at the Fairbridge Inn to watch our friend and former student  Brandon Church in action as he trained a former student, Jenna Garland, to be a front desk worker.  Brandon got a new job as a dispatcher for Mineral County in Montana, and will be moving to Superior next week.  It was fun watching them both work, and visiting with them briefly before we headed to dinner.

*We left the hotel and swung by and picked up Christy and Everett.  Bill chose to drive himself.  We headed out to Kingston, and out to the newly renovated Hilltop Inn.  Paul and I have only been to The Hilltop once, about six or seven years ago for a graduation party.  The Hilltop now has new owners and they have renovated the inside, so I was glad this is where Christy chose to eat, because I have been wanting to try it.  It was fun sitting in the corner booth, and being a part of a bustling business.  Two or three people kept checking on us, making sure we were getting our drinks, getting our orders in, etc.  Paul, Christy, Everett and I all ordered and enjoyed grilled oysters.  Bill had an appetizer of popcorn shrimp and sidewinder fries. 

*Somehow we got taking about jobs, and how Paul had worked for Kellogg Transfer a couple of summers in college, and then at the Lucky Friday mine.  That led to Bill talking about working in the Cell Room at the Bunker Hill, and how Dad also worked in the Cell Room, then became a Maintenance Mechanic for the Zinc Plant, then was promoted to a supervisor position in the Mechanics Department.  After a few years, Dad realized he really hated being a supervisor, and quit that position, and worked for the “Bull Gang”.  His last couple of years at the Bunker Hill was working in the Warehouse.  We also had a fun visit with Craig Lewis.  He is a classmate of Pauls, and he and Paul visited about playing footbal together, the Kellogg sewer project, our tagged vehicles in front of our house that needed to be moved, and how retirement is coming soon.  Paul said once they both retire, they should go do some fishing together.
*When we arrived home, Paul started a fire, and I finished knitting the dishcloth I had been working on, and I listened to another podcast Bill had recommended called A Way With Words, about language and linguistics.  Clark enjoyed stretching out on Paul’s legs and the warmth of the fire.

*What a full and wonderful day I had being out and about in the Silver Valley.


Gathering Graces 2/8/2018

*In my search for another podcast to listen to, I found the Relevant Magazine podcast.  I have subscribed to this magazine for a couple of years now, and follow their posts online, but forgot they also had a podcast.  I listened to a couple of episodes and enjoyed the banter of the four hosts and also the guests who talked.  The magazine brands itself as a magazine that focuses on Faith, Culture and Intentional Living.  I like their articles.  I look forward to exploring this podcast more.  If you want to check it out their website, which also gets you to their podcast, you can go here.
*Today I solved the FAFSA problem with a couple of students.  I was working with two different students, and  they would get to a certain page on their FAFSA application, and it would not let them move forward to the next page so they could sign and submit their FAFSA.  It was driving us all crazy.  Then it hit me.  The problem may be the Chrome browser.  Occasionally I will be on certain websites, usually if I am trying to order something, and something goes a little wonky in the process.  If I switch to Internet Explorer, the website works.  So I went into Internet Explorer yesterday with the FAFSA, and guess what?  No glitches, no problems, the FAFSA was signed and submitted, and I had a senior with one less thing to stress about! Woo Hoo!!  I shared the information with the other senior, and she got hers submitted tonight as well.
*I don’t know about you, but often prayer overwhelms me.  There are times when so many people in my life are hurting, and prayer overwhelms me.  There are times when I have hurt in my life, and prayer overwhelms me.  But I pray anyway.  Because prayer is a gift.  I believe in a loving, merciful Creator.  And I get to communicate with this loving, merciful Creator.  And I believe He wants me to talk to Him.  So I do.  Even though at times it is hard.  Even though at times it is overwhelming.  I pray.  I I believe praying is a good thing.   Prayer is a part of who I am.


Gathering Graces 2/7/2018

*Today was all about talking to seniors in English classes, and making sure they are keeping on track, and doing what they need to do to go to college.  It was a great day, and they had a lot of questions, and are working hard to get through the college application and college acceptance process, as well as figuring out all the financial aid as well. 
*Paul and I received a really nice surprise from a co-worker who gave us some really delicious rolls that I served with our roast beef dinner tonight.  We also had baked potatoes topped with mushrooms sauteed in butter and bleu cheese and roasted broccoli.  I am really becoming a fan of roasted broccoli.  To make this recipe, you cut up the broccoli and then melt coconut oil, and mix it with salt, pepper and minced garlic, and toss it all with the broccoli.  Then roast for about 8 minutes, toss in the pan and add red pepper flakes if you want, then roast an additional 7 minutes.  So, so yummy!
*We had our P.E.O. meeting at Sandy’s house, and she did the program after the meeting, and shared about the time she lived in Indonesia, and what it was like living there in the early 1970’s as a military wife, and some of her different experiences, and how she loved living in that country.  It was fascinating hearing about her Indonesian adventures!!  She also shared about Bali and how beautiful that was, and told us all to put it on our Bucket List.


Gathering Graces 2/6/2018

*For 45 minutes each Monday and Tuesday afternoon I get to experience Magic.  Theater magic.  Performing magic.  It is a magical time working with my group  of students who have chosen theater.  I love their imaginations.  I love their courage.  These students are first through fifth graders.  Monday I said they could come to the group on Tuesday and stand up in front of the group and sing a song on their own.  Almost every one of them got up and sang part of a song.  We are working on a group number, Do Re Mi from  The Sound of Music.  I played a You Tube clip of the song to the students, and they sat there watching it, and were so engaged.  I just love working with these students!!
*I listened to the final episode of Slow Burn last night. I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast.  Maybe I am so intrigued with Watergate, because I have these memories of having the Watergate hearings on the television all day, and nothing else was on at our house.  I am sure I thought, as a nine going on ten-year-old that summer that those hearings needed to stop so we could get back to regularly scheduled programming!!
*Inspired by my brother’s bean preparation in the Crock-pot a few weeks ago, I got a ham bone  out of the freezer and let it thaw, and put it in the Crock-pot with some celery and onions, salt and pepper, and some navy beans.  I did this Monday night before I went to bed.  By lunch today the beans were cooked and it tasted delicious.  I removed the bone, and sliced off some of the remaining ham that was on the bone.  I took out the chunks of onion and celery from the beans.  And by lunchtime today the beans were ready and delicious.  I had some for lunch, and a bowl for dinner.  And it was very easy to put together.  It went great with the left over spoon bread from Sunday night’s dinner.
*This has been the week to have former classmates brought to my attention.  Yesterday it was Cecil McNutt. Today I asked the drama kids if they had ever been to a live concert, and one of the boys named a band, called “The Rub”, and he said, “Do you know Cary Beare?”  I said, “Yes, I went to school with Cary Beare”.  Carey was a sophomore my senior year, and is a part of a few different bands, and lives some of the time in Cataldo I believe, and may even have his own recording studio out there.  I have run into him a few times since moving back to the Silver Valley.


Gathering Graces 2/5/2018

*I have always been a bit of a Watergate junkie.  I remember on my first trip to Washington D.C., seeing the Watergate Hotel, and thinking, “Oh, the stories those walls could tell.”  I have  read books, and have quite a collection of books about Watergate, and have read All The President’s Men at least five times.  Recently I have jumped on the podcast bandwagon, finding it something nice to have playing as I am knitting.  Imagine my excitement when I came across a podcast called Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate.  This podcast is at slate.com, and started last fall, and is an eight episode series. This is how Leon Neyfakh, the  writer and producer of Slow Burn, describes the podcast:
Why are we revisiting Watergate now? The connections between the Nixon era and today are obvious enough. But to me, the similarity that’s most striking is not between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon (although they’re both paranoid, vengeful, and preoccupied with “loyalty”), or their alleged crimes (although they both involved cheating to win an election), or the legal issues in the two cases (although they both center on obstruction of justice).
Rather, it’s that people who lived through Watergate had no idea what was going to happen from one day to the next, or how it was all going to end. I recognize that feeling. The Trump administration has made many of us feel like the country is in an unfamiliar, precarious situation. Some days it seems like our democratic institutions won’t survive, or that permanent damage has already been done. Pretty much every day, we are buffeted by news stories that sound like they’ve been ripped out of highly stressful and very unrealistic novels.
The point of Slow Burn is to look back on the most recent time Americans went through this en masse, and to put ourselves in their shoes.
If this part of history intrigues you, I recommend you take some time and listen.  Just go to slate.com/slowburn to find the podcast.
*The next two weeks in the after school drama program, we are focusing on Musical Theater, one of my loves.  It is so fun to work with these students, and to have them get excited about coming tomorrow with a song to sing.  We are going to learn the song Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music, and film it next week.  These kids are so awesome!!
*Paul headed off to play practice, and I got a few projects done that had been weighing on me, some for months!!  Isn’t it funny how a small little project can be put off and put off, and then  when you finally do it, it ends up taking a total of about 15 minutes to complete?  It felt good to check two of those type of projects of my to do list tonight.
*I had an unexpected but fun little exchange with a former KHS classmate.  A few days a week, I have some seniors come to my office at the end of the day to hang out and talk, and one of them is the great niece of Cecil McNutt, who I graduated from high school with in 1981.  Cecil and Dezi were texting back and forth, and so I asked Dezi to ask him if he remembered me, told her to say hello, and then Dezi and I took a photo together to send to Cecil. It was a fun little exchange.  Cecil lives up in Alaska, and is retired from the Coast Guard, and now, if I have this right, works for the Coast Guard up in Alaska.
*February is a time of transition.  As I start looking at seed catalogs and gardening websites to plan what I want to do in my vegetable garden this summer, I am also looking at my life, and what I want to do with it, not only this summer, but beyond.  If you are a gardener, looking at seed catalogs is very exciting, and holds a promise of new things to come.  And that is what February holds for me....a time to reflect and research about new things to come.