Early this morning I got up and ready for bus duty. It's one day a week, and I really don't mind. I like the time with other teachers and greeting the students as they come off of the buses. Today was different. As I was getting my last few things together to walk out the door Sarah asked me why I was up and stirring around. "You don't have school. It's all over Facebook."
I don't have Facebook, and I had checked the river level anticipating it might be high, but I didn't check the school web page or I would have known that it was cancelled. At least I didn't go to school and then find out....
I have done that before ;-)
I've enjoyed the day at home. I ran some errands and while I was out snapped this picture of the back way into town. Unless you drove on the overpass...you couldn't get in or out. Once the river crests, it goes down quickly, but the back water can linger. I didn't get over to the bridge to take any photos..but I'll try to remember next time it floods.
Flooding is a way of life in our county. School regularly cancels for running water that covers the mountain roads and back water that sometimes takes days to allow access to many who live behind it. Snow is also crippling for us. For the past three years, school has been cancelled at least twenty to twenty-five days during the winter and flooding months.
Since I live in town, I can generally go just about anywhere I need to go and today was the day to get caught up on some things like car maintenance and stocking up the freezer from our local meat market. After holiday weekends, I'm never quite ready to get back to work and this day was just the thing I needed.
Monday, November 28, 2011
It's been a busy few weeks and I have so many things to write about, but for today...I'll update with pictures.
Big news....I PASSED! I found out last weekend that I am now a National Board Certified Teacher! What a relief! This was one of those things I took on last year and wish I hadn't. It was so hard and time consuming. I'm glad it's over. John brought flowers to me :)
Ben is back on the swim team. He stopped swimming several years ago to focus on scouting and karate. The coach finally talked him into coming back. I'm a swim mom again! I love this activity and have been so happy that we encouraged our children to do this. They are all good swimmers (which is truly a skill to carry through life). Emily and Sarah are lifeguards. I hope Ben gets his certification now too.
None of my siblings could make it in for Thanksgiving, but we still enjoyed a quiet dinner at my Mom and Dad's house. The lighting isn't great in these...but I'll share them anyway....photo editing is definitely something for me to learn soon.
Dad and Mom
Ben, Emily, and Sarah
The meal was amazing....and the company just as good.
I think we may have all had a little too much to eat :) (especially Emily)
I love this picture... (Sarah looked just like the other two until she saw the camera in my hand.)
I think they enjoyed the meal!
Wiley enjoyed a little turkey too!
Broccoli growing in the garden....maybe we'll eat it for Christmas if it doesn't freeze too hard.
Friday, November 18, 2011
|I didn't take a close up of the ladies, but this is the college pool.|
In Januay we will move to a new HEATED therapy pool!
All in all, it's been a lot to take in at once...crippling arthritis and loss of vision! I find that I go through the adjustment pretty quickly...first, disbelief, then tears and grief (usually over in about thirty minutes), and then resignation. The only thing is, I know I have been a little more quiet and pensive to those around me....not always responsive when I should be. I've tried not to feel sorry for myself and most of the time am successful, but it does get a little overwhelming at times.
I often remind myself how these conditions are treatable. However, it has and will significantly change my life. The rest of my journey is going to be much different than I ever envisioned. I have always been in control and independent. The bigger the challenge the better. Now, big challenges are just too big. Things have gradually changed. I am now really glad when I don't have to drive so much (teenagers are coming in handy!). I no longer work myself to death getting something finished. I'm in bed much earlier at night. I have to pace myself. For the most part, I've been able to keep doing everything I've wanted to, do but with a little more difficulty. Take the garden project...that would have been tackled completely two years ago. I think though...this more methodical way might be better. The things I love to do like sewing, needlework, playing piano at church, gardening, backpacking and hiking may become harder and at some point, even impossible.
I'm learning to take better care of myself. I am watching my diet, taking preventive steps, and investigating all the treatment options available. I started water aerobics back in the spring (at the college) and have met the nicest bunch of ladies there. We meet three nights a week (I go as much as possible, but some weeks don't make it at all!). They are the sweetest people full of nothing but kindness. Exercise is a little iffy other than that...but I have hopes to work on some core strengthening.
The most wonderful thing about this whole year has been that I've slowed down. I'm taking things in, pacing myself and just enjoying each and every moment. I've noticed that now I don't procrastinate as much and even though I don't feel like I'm working as hard, it seems like more is getting accomplished. I'm really feeling good about moving forward.
For the next few months, I'll have more appointments, more adjustments, more acceptance....but best of all, more chances to soak in this beautiful, wonderful life. It has been a hard year. I've lost special people in my life and had some unpleasant health news....but I've also developed closer friendships, I've met new friends, stretched my faith, learned to accomplish things slowly and to savor every moment.
No...life isn't the same anymore...but these changes seem to be bringing as much good into my life as not...maybe even more.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
It has been a reminder to me all week to look for the beauty everywhere.
We celebrated my mother's birthday Wednesday night and I realized as we left the restaurant that I hadn't taken any pictures....I'm going to have to do better on that front. My parents moved closer to us three years ago. After living away from them for over twenty years, it has been a wonderful time together. I am cherishing every moment.
The week closed out with afternoon tea with my neighbor and friend. I chose to ignore all of the things needing my attention at home and we spent several hours just having "girl time". I believe it is so important for women (and men) to establish a network of friends. Afterward, we took a walk down the street to the college for some fall pictures.
This is one of my favorite trees in our whole town, but it wasn't quite at peak that day.
Ginkgo trees are absolutely amazing in the fall!