Tuesday 7. April 2020

Are we having fun in quarentine yet? As an introvert and a person who enjoys being home, this is even getting to be a little much for me. Being farm people we are able to get out and do things, the guys more than me, be feeding time is more enjoyable now.

The guys have started fertilizing at Gramma and Grampa’s, keeps the boy from getting too stir crazy. We would hate to have to work on school work…

The weather has warmed up and the few rainy days we had have passed, so getting outside and doing a little picking up around the place…another nice thing about being out in the country, our nearest neighbor is half-a-mile as the crow flies…so it’s just me and the dogs.

Being one who doesn’t get too worked up about these type of things, haven’t been worrying, but have been being cautious…watching how things develop. We are thankfully in an area of the country where we are having cases of the virus but not many, less than 10 in our county and less than 10 in the county to the south of us…haven’t heard on the other surrounding counties. Think it may give some of us a false sense of being able to get out more than we should.

I try to continue to look at things on the “glass half full” side…at least at this point. It is a scary time, but I continue to pray…what else to do but look to the Lord for guidance and comfort.

Until Again,

M.

Monday…I think it’s Monday

This no school for at least four weeks is really starting to feel real…getting to be like summer vacation, have to look at the calendar on the wall to double check what day it is.

We have been pretty fortunate out here in the boondocks…only one case of the virus here in our county. There are several in our state, mostly on the other side…thus far not too many on our northwestern side.

Cannot get over the craziness of it all…I completely understand the severity of the situation, but I feel like so many people gone off their rockers…just as so many have completely ignored the seriousness of the matter. I’m standing in the middle saying, I just need a half gallon of milk and one four roll pack of tp and we’ll be good for a week or so.

Part of me wonders, as a believer, if this isn’t God’s way of thinning out the herd, so to speak…and trying to teach us something.

If nothing else, 2020 has started off as a real shit show…the world is in shambles, my marriage has fallen apart, my job sucks (not working now that schools are out) and I feel as though I’ve lost every ounce of control in my life.

Calgon, take me away….

M.

Tuesday 3. March 2020

Just finished a glass of whiskey and Coke…was one of those days…love those junior high kiddos…but I tell you…some days they run a person ragged.

One group of the seventh graders are pissed at me because I turned them into the office for continually refusing to mind me during study hall…when I had it and yelled for them to stop being loud and hopping all over the room they reacted like I was out of place…had had it with being ignored…they have seldom ever heard Ms. P raise her voice. Thursday they will be getting a visit from the principal on their poor behavour.

The seventh grade started with another new math teacher today. The original math teacher passed away in January…the following two quit…yeah, a spunky group…they are my favorites after being their aide all last year, but man…they are tough on teachers they decide they don’t like. Have to say, this new one seems like she may last, she was stern with them, told them one strike and they were at the office…she would not tolerate their antics…maybe if the others had started that way they would have lasted.

The major plus of the day was getting one of my kiddos to sit and focus long enough to recite for me a personal narrative paper that was due days ago. I don’t mind writing for them as long as they tell me what to write….if that gets the work done some days…just tell me what to write…team work.

Tomorrow is a short day…I get off early…my brother and I are headed down to state to watch my niece’s team play basketball…not a big fan of basketball, but going to state is a big thing and it’s her senior year…so road tripping we go! Not so sure I’ve ever road tripped with my brother…should be interesting.

Besides that, a fairly dull day…dull is better than crappy!

Until Again,

M.

Monday 2. March 2020

Had quite the day at school today…have to say those junior high aged kids are an absolute joy and an absolute frustration to work with. They can test every nerve but when they know when of their favorite adults is having a hard day…the joy they bring is such a gift.

This morning while coming into my study hall one of the 8th graders asked if they could give me a hug, being an aide it’s okay, and gave him a side hug…he said, you smell good and walked away. It was such a small thing, but it made me smile…crazy kids.

One of my favorite students from last year is always glad to see me, always has a big smile and has to give me a hug. This kiddo doesn’t get anything done for the other aides without pulling teeth, I can give him the I’m disappointed in your not doing your work or not doing the type of work I know you can do, routine and boy…he will start to accomplish what the others had been on him for days for. At the end of the day today he gave me a balloon dog he made in art class, just because.

Seriously thinking about going back to college so I can teach…agriculture…crazy, but I think I’m going to do it…have some big cheerleaders pushing me and thinking it’s something I’d really enjoy. My family doctor came up with the angle of ag teacher being I love working with the kids and find such joy when they come to the point in a class where the light comes on and they get it! She also knows I went to college for agriculture and that is my first love. Mentioned it to my lawyer last week and he’s like….start getting information….ag teachers are in high demand. Everyone keeps telling me I’m still more than young enough, just turned 47, feels like a bit of a pipe dream now.

With all of that being said….have chihuahuas watching me with dropping eyes…past their bed times.

Until Again…

M.