Marching Along…

…or so I thought. I was well into the second semester loving my time as a substitute teacher.

Then came the Covid19.

Oh boy. School would be closed, social distancing entered our vocabulary , and, of course, now that I am 60, I am in the group of citizens that has to be careful. I also have my cancer history that makes me even higher in the “careful/compromised” group. I have to worry about Jim and family members and friends and myself. It’s a time that we don’t know how to behave, because we have never been here before.

Kasia just doesn’t know how to behave or what to think. I think she seriously wondered what was going on. She was used to me being home over a block of time for summer, but this bonus has her shaking her chow/golden head. I have seen a ton of memes on Facebook about dogs begging for no more walks. We aren’t quite there yet, I think, but as two “old” girls, we go along as best as we can.

We are fortunate, Kasia and I, to have such a pretty place to take our walk to. I am sure if we were still in the city, we’d be frustrated as to limited walking spots, but down here, we have several different ways to walk and they all are scenic.

Stay well, my friend. Please wash your hands and stay healthy. Let’s all be around to say we got through the storm together.

Missing My Zush

This is my favorite selfie of me and my Zush, who left me for her halo three years ago.

February is just about over, and I always loved it for one reason. February was my Zushie-girl’s birthday month.

My Zush at 6 months.💚💚💚

Kasia, my personal trainer, has had sole rule for the last two and a half years. I’d love to get her a “sister “, but she still savors being queen of the castle. I said to my buddy Kathy, who was Zush’s foster mom, I am waiting patiently for the day.

In the meanwhile, Zush has my heart in heaven, and Kas has my heart on earth. I always have loved and will love my girls.

Facebook Musings

I have never been one to get in people’s faces about ANYTHING posted on Facebook. Somehow, people think it’s ok to get on mine.

You guessed it… it’s election related.

**sigh**

I respected people’s rights to their opinions. Jumping on my paper throat has led me to block people for the first time. I despise having to do that, but feel it’s the only thing I can do, short of not posting-period.

Things have been busy in school and I come home exhausted. Opposing political opinions thrown at me with venom have really gotten me cold on Facebook.

Hopefully, they’ll get quiet when their party loses.

Musings on a Friday Afternoon

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The work gods have been keeping me busy.

A good buddy of mine, unfortunately, has had some medical issues. She likes how I handle her class. I have been busy with second graders, among others.

I am feeling the after effects today. Fifth grade boys had me losing my voice a little and I still feel a little under the weather today. It hopefully is for a “little”, because I am scheduled to work on Monday.

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Kasia is happy Momma had a day off today. We had some good walks today.

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Flip side of this? I lost a couple thousand steps by realizing, after the fact, that my meter is on the desk.

This kind of sums up my January. I am hoping for a better February.

Wrapping up 2019

It’s been a while, but I figured I’d post to tie things up for 2019.

School, for the first semester, has been awesome. I actually wake up in the morning and look forward to what I’ll be experiencing during my day when I am in. There is never a dull moment, and being surrounded with wonderful co-workers in a supportive environment, I truly have never been happier.

My Kasia girl and I are enjoying our semester break, er, not so much. Jim and I have been pretty sick for a few weeks and are trying to get back up to speed. This sweet face looks at us and you know we need to get better for each other and for her. I have always tried to keep her content.

So with Jim, we had our seventeenth anniversary this year, and are trodding along toward number eighteen. It has been an experience, dealing with medical issues of late. As my buddy Bonnie says to me, “For better, for worse…” and indeed it is. We take care of each other as best as we can, because we have each other. Enough said!

Finally, I am beginning my sixth year of ” retirement”.

I am pleased to have ended one job, embarked on a part-time career, in an area with spectacular sunsets with my family that I love.

Who needs more than that?

I wish you, my friend, a wonderful and healthy 2020. Here’s wishing you smooth sailing and pleasurable days in the year to come.

Thanks for reading.

Thankful

It’s that time of the year, albeit a bit later than usual. Thanksgiving is upon us once again.

I have come to grips with my late father’s view on why he always hated this time of year: the drop of the leaves and the bareness of the trees , in later years, reminded him off death. I understand that now.

I respected my father’s view, but at this point of my life, although I have experienced a lot of deaths, I have also chosen this time of the year to be thankful.

Another Thanksgiving means I am physically here, which is good. I have a husband and pup and family who love me and although we aren’t as young as we used to be, well, we are still here.

I am thankful to have found a second career in my lifetime , which I never though I would have the opportunity to do. They say that working with children is incredible, and I heartily agree. Although Jim and I don’t have any children, I am sure he feels like we do because of the stories I share with him when we are together. We chuckle and enjoy the antics. We have even met my students when we are out and about.

Kasia has taught me to persevere. We keep moving on together, through our aches and pains, and we take each day as it comes. There is a certain peace I get when I walk her, because I make it a point to observe what she is observing, although, agreed, I am at a little higher level. I try to appreciate every day with her.

Finally, I am thankful for you. Thanks for taking the time for reading my blog. Although I have not been writing on a daily basis, I am grateful for those of you who take the time to read my musings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Big Week

Actually, Friday is the big day.

Jim’s Mom, the “senior” Mrs. C, turns 101.

Wow!

I think of how lucky Jim is, to still have his Mom. My Mom passed away at 89. I know there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her.

I know, with Jim’s Mom, she has let me in on some hints on the care and feeding of her only son…lol…and her insight and wisdom that has come my way in the past twenty years has been tremendous.

For the record, there’s nothing wrong with Jim in the above picture. We had travelled up to see my mother-in-law in rehab a couple of summers ago and she was doing so well,she wanted to push Jim.

She’s the best! I can only hope to be half the “Mrs.C” that she is.