Wednesday, August 20, 2008


In my school district, we have teacher days on Monday and Tuesday, the day off on Wednesday and then the students arrive on Thursday. Today is that in between day. It's the day you make sure your laundry is done, you get a good night's rest and wake refreshed and ready to start the day on Thursday. We had Open House last night and all but one family made it. It was an hour and a half of students, parents and siblings. It's a really busy night making sure we have transportation and emergency information. I am exhausted by the end of the evening.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Back to Work

Today was the first day back on contract for teachers. A day full of meetings and getting the classroom ready. I wish I could say that everyone appeared full of excitement and anxious to get started, but that is not true. I believe that teachers who do not enjoy teaching should not teach.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Trail Riding

We went trail riding yesterday with two of Loren's friends and their 7 year old sons. I had forgotten exactly how loud and excited a boy that age can be. They were enthralled with the river, rocks, spiders, horse flys, etc. They got hot when we took a short break at the river so both boys decided to swim. One of them went skinny dipping and the other took off his jeans and swam in his underwear. They were alot of fun to watch - such energy. I had forgotten how quiet the woods can be and how much I enjoy that solitude when I ride. I guess I'll stay home next weekend when they go to explore the cave.

Cole registered for his senior classes today. It was really sad. I know he's a senior - but it hit me this was it. My last high school registration ever.... I took pictures which he hated - but someday he'll like the scrapbooks, right?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Best of the Best

Yesterday we drove to Springfield, MO and watched the Best of the Best Calf Roping. The best of the best were there, including Trevor Brazile, Joe Beaver, Fred Whitfield, Cody Ohl.... the best 20 calf ropers in the country were there competing for $100,000 in cash money. The final four ended up being Trevor Brazile, Ryan Jarret, Josh Peek and Cimmaron Boardman. The third round was fantastic with Ryan Jarret winning the fast time in 6 seconds. It was an amazing calf roping that they will have again next year. (Of course, Trevor took home the most money at the end of the day. He is the most consistent competitor.)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Perfect Summer Day

Yesterday was the perfect summer day. The temperature was in the 80's. there was a nice soft breeze. The mowers had come and mowed so there was a smell of freshly mowed grass. It was a charming day. The granddaughter came home around 6:00 with a fever, however. She has hand, foot and mouth disease which involves a high fever and small blisters forming on her hands, feet and mouth (hence the name). She has laid on the couch watching Noggin ever since. Oh well - the day started nice!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Too Fat

I went in for a doctor's visit today. Just a check up. My blood pressure is too high and so is my weight. I hate exercise - but apparently if I want to live to see Camri's kids I better exercise and start really watching my diet - not just when Loren is around to see me eat.
It was so hot today 100+. The humidity made it feel 120 I think.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Vinyl Fencing

About 10 years ago, we replaced fence with white vinyl fencing. At the time we were told it was mold and mildew resistant, basically maintenance free. What a load of .... I spend 4 or 5 hours every year scrubbing the white fence and removing the stuff attached to it. It does not work well with the mules as they figured out how to push on it and knock it out. We have to have a hot wire around the top to keep them in. Oh well, nothing like scrubbing fence when it's 100 degrees outside.