Monday, December 16, 2013

There was no school today because of the recent snow.  Over the weekend we got a lot of snow.  The picture above was taken from my balcony when the snow had barely started....I think we got over 8 inches and the roads were a mess for a while.  Today it looks like they aren't so bad...but that is in town and I am sure the country roads are still a problem. 

Working at the school has been a challenge lately.  I guess the children are excited about Christmas.  They can't seem to sit still for very long or concentrate.  But then I think there is a lot expected of them for first grade.  For instance, number sentences like 2+3=5 are no longer called number sentences but equations.  True, this is the correct name but hard for a 1st grader to comprehend.  They are now being taught the cumulative you remember what that is?  Much easier just to say that 2+3=5 is also true for 3+2=5.  They aren't getting it...nor are they understanding fact families.  Do you remember being taught that in first grade?  Personally I never attended first grade so I have no comparison.  I started school in second grade due to childhood illnesses so I missed out on a lot. 

During the snowstorm I kept busy by making a to-do list and trying to complete it.  I have over twelve to-do items and completed about half.  Do you make to-do lists?  I enjoy crossing off the items done and it actually helps me to get things done that I usually procrastinate on doing. 

Today my to-do list will include...paying the remaining bills for the month, fixing the school children's gift bags, cleaning the apartment and laundry.   Of course I take breaks to check messages on my new Iphone and computer and read a little on my Kindle.   Most recent read was "The Color of Heaven" by Julianne MacLean.  Very good book and well written. I finished it at 3:30 this morning...another night where sleep eluded me. 

An update on my is better.  I think now the cold is making it achy.  My physical therapy sessions ended a few weeks ago and I don't have full movement but it is getting better and I think when summer gets here it will be much better than it is now.  I am still undecided as to whether I am glad that I had it done.  Time will tell and it is done and I just have to keep working on it.  

Now to get busy on that to-do list.  Have a great day!

Monday, December 2, 2013

I have had a lot going on lately.  First, I am done with physical therapy.  My knee still isn't as good as I thought it would be but since I stopped PT it has actually improved and I am starting to feel good about it.  I can actually go without my cane now but still take it if I am going to have a long day where I will do lots of walking. 

On Thanksgiving I went to the movies on a "date".  We saw the new hunger games movie, Catching Fire.  I liked it...he didn't.  But then he didn't like much...and I think that included me after I took his hand off my thigh in the movie theater. my age I can't believe I am even trying this again!  

On Friday my phone quit....turns out that my daughter purchased a new Iphone for my grandson and somehow things got mixed up and my number was given to him.  We got it straightened out with Sprint and then I decided for $50 that I would get a new IPhone too.  I got the is a skinny little phone.  I had a choice of blue, pink or white.  Since my grandkids had blue and pink I took white.  However, I had to buy a rubber case (in case I dropped it my daughter warned me over and over not to drop my phone!)  The case is red and black so you can't even tell what color my phone is. Next I had to learn to use it.  My grand children had some good laughs at my expense....especially since I said....someone is calling me and words are on the screen...turns out it was a text from Sprint.  
I can get my mail...facebook...and a lot more right on my phone!

I had my grand daughter Hailey on Saturday.  I haven't spent much time with her and I actually enjoyed our time together.  We went shopping.  Tried out the scents in bath and body works...bought her some cool shoes at the resale shop and watched some netflix together.  

Yesterday my grandson Andrew called and wanted to come over.  I said sure.  We went to see the movie Delivery Man.  I was hesitant to go to this movie with him...he just turned 13 and I knew he would have lots of questions about sperm donations and he did.  I guess I handled it ok.  The movie is actually very good and entertaining.  Later we shared some of his birthday cake which he brought he left last night he said that we had a good time and he liked coming to my place....and was going to come more often because I could die someday....interesting.

Today our school is closed for records day.  I am heading out shortly to take the bus to the casino.  I have only done this one other time and I had an excellent time.  I hope today goes well too and that I can get on the bus okay with my stiff knee.  So wish me luck....and I hope you all have a good Monday.