Last day of my summer vacation
I had taught two classes in the two of the days of this week. I teach on MWF mornings. I have 40 students total in my two composition classes, they are good kids. Lots of football players from all over the U.S. and some baseball players and then the girl soccer players. Oh yes, there are volleyball players too. What was funny the first day of class on Wednesday was that I had asked the registrar on Monday to have one of my classes moved, since they are back to back, together in one classroom. I was hoping for the same room, even the same building would be better than walking across campus in the 10 minute interlude between classes. This is what happens when you let computers take over the master schedule for the whole campus.
As it turned out I got the floor above (in the same building). I thought that I would go to the original classroom on Wednesday, during our first class, to tell them where our NEW classroom was for Friday’s class. I realized quickly that something wasn’t right when less than half were in the original room with my missing about 12 students. So, I went to the NEW location while I gave the first group an assignment to write down for me what their semester schedule looked like.
When I got to the newly assigned classroom, I asked if it was Comp I class to the filled up classroom (well about 13 students were there). I asked who their comp teacher was and they said my name. I told them *I* was their teacher and that I had to figure out what to do. I thought quickly. I saw there were MORE people in the second room even though I had my ppt presentation all set up in the other building. I told THEM to work on their schedule for the semester while I went back to the first room to retrieve the 8 students.
After this 15 minute snafu, things were normalized and the students were NOT ready to leave because we had had such a short time together. Today, I had my own problems with technology where I had a hard time with the projector to work with my laptop. I got through it but that is the advantage of being in the same classroom when they are back to back…no need to fix all the technology again.
Anyway, I am glad we are off to a good start. I have some very respectful students, most of them are. They e-mail me and call me Dr. or Professor. I told them they could call me by my first name, the one I sign off on when I e-mail the whole class. In any case, I hope that we all have a good time together because I realize some do NOT like to write long, formal papers. I told them today that this is NOT high school anymore, we are in university now.
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What a fun day it was yesterday to be honored for passing into the 6th decade. It started out with sleeping in and then washing my hair before I met up with my folks and we went to a famous garden and nursery about 30 miles from our place. Since it was their open house, they had plants that were 20% off so I used some of the money my Dad gave me for a birthday present to buy a nine bark tree. For some reason I really like those trees, maybe because they have such a depth and variation of color. We have so many box elder trees that just have your usual green leaves…these are a deep accent to any yard.
Then after we had a dinner at a restaurant back at my hometown, we to to work and started cleaning the Carnegie so it looked ready for company at 6:00 p.m. I had invited about 35-40 people with over 200 postcards sent out to tell of our Art Show and Sale for four days. We got at least 25 friends of mine showing up over the two hours. I was pleased that my cousin showed up with 14 photos his dad’s 1939 aerial shots of my hometown. Also, my folks were there along with my hubby and the intern who has been working all summer helping to get the Carnegie ready for the big days ahead. A highlight was having a high school classmate of mine come to this celebration and she also had been to this same nursery and got a big hydrangea plant with white blossoms. Both big plants are sitting in the lobby of the Carnegie until after all the festivities are over with on Saturday.
After the last guests had left at 8:30 we went to the bar and restaurant so that we could eat supper…I also wanted to have another birthday treat. Turns out that they served a glass of beer and also deep fat fried Oreos. We had a fun meal with my cousin and his wife and then it was time to go home about 10:00 p.m. So it ended up being a LONG but fun day. These are the following people I want to thank for coming to my b.d. party and helping to eat the half sheet of cake.
Thanks to Carol S. Judy E. Jerry K. Janna B and Ken M. Sheldon R. Rae F. Sue H. Mary G. Lynn M. Jim and Kerry S. Anne and Mike M. Twylla and Jim, Phyllis H. Dylan, Paul and Jan, Les and Bonnie and my folks and hubby. I think it will be a rather mundane celebration next year but we will help celebrate my husband’s moving into the next decade next April. Fun plans are in store!
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It may seem like summer still, may even feel like it with the temps, but we ALL know that fall is just around the corner…that means cold again. We went to a bonfire last night with friends because of the Blue Moon celebration. It doesn’t happen often but when the full moon happens in the same month, TWICE, well then you have what is called a blue moon. I don’t know that I have experienced this before so it was fun to be among friends and talk about that among many other things.
I took a picture of the full moon the night before and then I took a picture of the sunset the next night, last night. I think that we have beautiful sunsets even though our horizon is flat, flat, flat. See what you think.
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Today I saw there were severe mudslides in Almaty. I have a suspicion I know where this might have happened. When we went up to the mountains towards the end of our stay in Almaty, we traversed some rugged roads where a LOT of the Kazakhs liked to go for a weekend out of town. I had heard something of a dam and some disaster that had happened many years ago.
Then I also saw something about a sleeping sickness that leaves a mystery about why people are taken down and sleep. Different theories about that illness. The place where it is happening is north and northwest of Astana, the current capital. I can’t recall the small village’s name where people have suffered from this sleeping sickness. It was a long article about how one woman named Lubya had been stricken down about five years ago.
On another note, we had our 75-80 year old box elder tree come down. It just tipped over from its roots. We had to have three guys who are professional tree removers come and move it out of the back yard. Now I put up some yard art to make it look more decorative. Thus the photos. I have been busy with other things going on as well. I’m glad that I have two composition classes for next fall…at least that much, maybe there will be another class.
We are enjoying the GREEN of summer.
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Our old swing tree came down the other day and now we are left with the debris to clean up. It must have been at least 75-80 years old and was a box elder that leaned into the sun. It had a long arm that had been used for years by us kids with a swing on it. I noticed it had been low about a week ago as I walked under it. I thought how strange that I barely went past going under without brushing my hat against it. I mused that it had been much lower than I had remembered it to be.
Little did I know that gravity and age would take it down a week later. What a mess to clean and I appreciate my parents help in getting the chain saw to get the bigger limps taken down. My Dad has all the right equipment except now we will need to hire a tree expert to come and cut up the heavy trunk and get it out of our back yard before all the company comes in about 3 weeks. We will have our Century Farm celebration then with all my siblings here to help remember and celebrate the old farm. My cousin and his wife will be in attendance as well. It should be a grand old time with an old fashioned picnic and maybe some entertainment that my family will put on.
Last night as I was picking raspberries in our west shelterbelt, I heard an “ARF” and looked up to see three fox in the soybean field. Two were fox pups that were playing around about 25-30 feet from me and I saw the mama fox running after something down the straight rows. They leaped over the rows totally oblivious to me because I was downwind from them. Fun to have them in our farmyard, if only they would take out the pesky rabbits that seem to like to eat our vegetables in the two gardens.
Back to the Century Farm celebration, this family event will happen after FOUR days of working at the Carnegie with the Art show and sale of 100 year old pictures from old books. I have framed over 300 pictures and artifacts so that people can donate to the cause of refurbishing the Carnegie for public use. We will also have nine painting party events going on downstairs in the former children’s library. On Saturday we will have the 5K and 10K race start at the Carnegie so I hope that I can keep up this pace. We have a LOT of cleaning to do before the people from everywhere arrive. I hope we have a LOT of people to come and see what we have, the more people, the more money we will make.
Early this spring when the field was dry enough, I went out to see if I could find more Red Wing pottery pieces. Right away I found two and then I have found nothing since…that was probably three months ago. Tonight after I had picked raspberries for the second time today, I went walking in the soybean field again and found other glass pieces that shown because of the rain we recently had. I also found a smaller shard which makes it THREE for this summer.
I was pleased that we got a plaque for our mailbox that reads “Century Farm.” My husband and I along with my parents went to our county fair to be recognized as living as the third generation on the original farm that was started in 1915. I have reason to believe that there was another occupant on this property before my grandpa and grandma came along. I saw in an old plat map someone who had written in many different townships notes to themselves. I saw that there had been a fire in December of 1912 at our house. So, that would explain that my grandpa could erect a house so quickly because there had already been a foundation formed. I don’t have anything to prove that but I am going on that info from the plat map. I need to go to the government records to find out who was the original owner of my grandparents farm. There were no trees that I know of, it was pretty sparse as prairie land goes.
Above is a picture of sweet peas which is a traditional farmyard flower to have. I would also like to have hollyhocks but do not have time to turn over the soil and free it from the deeply entrenched weeds. I was happy to have put in 35 hostas from my sisters and about 30 irises I got from my Mom. I also put into the ground the larkspur. There’s a lot to keeping up a Century Farm…I mowed the lawn tonight and picked raspberries AND found my third shard. That made my day!
We went to a wedding of a son of some friends of ours who we know from Ukraine days. We first met them in 1997 and have continued the friendship by letters, visits and e-mail. They LOVED Ukraine so much that they studied the language and adopted a little girl even though they had three of their own boys (the second son got married today) and one daughter of their own.
The reception was held in an area that was separate and actually on the other end of town that I was familiar with. I had gone to visit Dr. K. many times at his beautiful home but found on my searching that he had died a year ago. He was very knowledgeable about Ukraine’s history and very winsome as well. I also found out that my former Ukrainian landlord and landlady are going through their own trials. She has dementia and he at age 95 is being accused of being a leader of an SS group who massacred people back in Ukraine during WWII. How preposterous is that? He is a gentle soul and now the media, through these unfounded reports, are going after him to demoralize a very gentle soul.
I believe already that we live in a very wicked world, it is in a fallen state. No matter how many laws are passed or how much is done to rectify the problems of this world, it always gets back to how greedy and malicious people are. What is the point of victimizing this old man without any solid proof that he actually did what they accuse him of. Why have the authorities going after him now? To demoralize his more outspoken son?
I’m sad over this whole affair, what kind of lies are being repeated in Kazakhstan? The enemy perpetuates these half truths or lies to further his agenda. However, I know God and HIS truth are more powerful than all these lies put together.
Need some very good news about now. At the wedding I heard about gas lighting which is an affliction of using manipulation to victimize people. That is a small dose of that compared to what has happened to my former landlord.