Friday, March 31, 2017


Had to get that done this week, and I was a little stressed about it.  But I got 76% on the multiple choice(wasn't as familiar with the vocabulary as I thought I was) and 90% on the written(yeah, two part thing).  Funny part was we had to watch a video for the written part and it was one I'd seen in a previous history class so I didn't have to watch all of it, just enough to refresh my memory.  Which was fun as it was a cool video about a third grade teacher giving their students a object lesson-which lasted three days total-about discrimination and how hurtful it is.  Then they went back years later and talked about how they hated the teacher at the time for doing it, but after they were very grateful the teacher had gone to the trouble.
Rain keeps digging up the snow peas! Agh! Have to keep an eye on them as the first time some had slugs eating them.  Good news is i can see them getting bigger and so I know they're still good.  But the other rows don't seem to have lost their seeds, but some are so small spotting them would be a miracle. Figures.  Seedling tray is sprouting, though keeping it watered is a bit tricky.  I can't pour water in one side or the plants don't get watered equally.  Most of them have grown more than one of the seeds so I need to do some thinning either today or tomorrow.
Keep seeing a lot of places hiring lately, which is weird but I currently have two jobs(applied for another one that's full time but no word yet aside from a assessment thing that most places want done now and is very annoying)I'm not terribly interested in them.  I have to say that two jobs can be stressful given I never have a day off anymore it seems.  But the substitute teaching one I can set up around my work schedule so no conflicting stuff.  Next week is spring break though, so I'll have plenty of spare time(ha ha ha, not. Got plenty to do around the house anyway and school stuff to work out)and to laze and such.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


This is kind of a follow up to Gardens as it affects them.  While I love rain as it cleans everything up and makes the whole area smell awesome, it does do some things I want to mention regarding that.
Pros being that I don't have to worry about watering the garden I planted-save the in house seed tray I set up yesterday for when our crazy weather calms down so I can plant them outside-with the hose set up as the normal water I'd use won't be available until April 15(wow, taxes day, go figure)so we-my dad and I-had to hook up a set of hoses from the house to the pipes so we can still water them until then.  And hope the rain gives the grass enough while we're at it as it uses the same water the garden would.  Plus it keeps the birds from eating the seeds I just planted, though my sister helped with the cauliflower(teased her about trying to plant it on the onion row for some strange reason, but it shouldn't matter) and my brother helped with the second row of peas.  The other two and the onions were me while my dad spread pre-emergent weed killer(I think) on the grass to get rid of the thistles and dandelions that always grow.  Here's hoping anyway.  Another plus is that walking the dogs kind of washes them at the same time.
Cons being that whoever walks the dogs has to remember to dry them off or they could get sick(the smaller dogs at least, though our old larger dog's age might ruin her ease in drying herself off).  The rain could wash out the seeds if I didn't plant them deep enough(here's hoping) before they have roots to hold them where I put them.  Since most take 8-10 days just to start growing and most were planted within the last week, I doubt any have roots to speak of. And it makes the weeds go crazy since we can't go out there and pull them while its raining.  Plus gives them plenty of water to grow with.  There is good news in that it keeps their roots shallow as long as we get to them right after, but that means muddy shoes/boots and trying not to get stuck.  Though it can be fun(one year my dad got into a big of a mud wrestling match with a few of my siblings with how muddy it got-good thing we were clearing the garden for planting at the time, so the only things getting trampled were the weeds we wanted out anyway).  Then my dad got a few of the trellis pipes up but trying to do that(get the blackberry or raspberry bushes around them) in the rain is about the same as trying to pull or dig weeds.
Oh well, I can watch the indoor stuff, prep old socks(my dad gave me two of his, which I can get at least six strips from)to tie the bushes to the trellis with and clean.  Not like I haven't been doing that all week.  First test in my prerequisite class is coming up next week, just have one assignment left before I can get to it.  Decided that once I get going in my master's my goal is to be done by December 2018(I want 18 months but as I have student teaching to do and you can't rush that they way I can rush the online stuff) so I'll get the second degree 2 years after the first one.  We'll see how well I do.

Friday, March 17, 2017


They have pros and cons.  Pro's being the free(ish) vegetables, the exercise you get from tilling, planting, and weeding, and the time outside instead of sitting at a computer or reading where you get needed sunshine.  Plus my brother's on a deal about how going barefoot or at least weeding with your bare hands 'grounds' you and helps your joints and stuff.
The cons being after all winter of limited exercise-partly my fault, we do have a workout room that I should have used-and being indoors means that trying to rush and get the ground ready for planting leaves the muscles rather stiff and sore.  Not to mention having to soak my hands to get the majority of the dirt off.  Washed them twice and still they have dirt.  And the constant fight with the weeds is a pain too...
But I think it makes a good St. Patrick's Day activity, finally getting something planted after trying all week.  And I remembered to wear green, if my shoes count-they are a rather bright green.  So we've got two rows of peas(sugar snap and snow) and a row of sweet onions.  Granted, the onions were only because some of the ones I planted last year regrew this year in the same spots so I figured I might as well get the whole row growing if they were doing that well.
Now if I can get to my truck before work tomorrow...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pi Day!

Yes, I spelled it like that on purpose as that's why its a holiday(of a sort, it just give restaurants and such a 'deal' to offer that falls under that category)and it's a math term.  Which means at work we were offering slices of pie half off if you bought food first.  Not a lot of people interested, but I think we made a dent in the number of pies the pastry people made for today.  And there's still several hours to go.  Grabbed two lemon pies for my mom on my way out the door.
Got off on time today, which was a relief as yesterday I got off over an hour late.  Not too worried about it as I had no big plans-just getting the blackberries out of the way in the garden so we could plant.  My dad is trying to make trellis' for them to climb instead of spider webbing out over the garden area-and a little extra on my check is not a bad thing.
Still need to do the stuff on my truck like the parking brake, drain the radiator, change the oil, clean it so I can find where the power steering's leaking, you get the idea.  Nothing that will kill the car, though the brake problem might get me killed, or in a lot of trouble.
Class is a little boring as its a lot of reading and watching long wordy videos, but its short otherwise.  Three assignments done and turned in, but at least twelve more to go.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Day One

Of the last class I need before I can start my master's program.  And it's online. Sigh. Got through the intro stuff anyway.  Just the usual syllabus quiz and reading, though I'm still waiting for my textbook.  Figures.
Got to babysit my nieces and nephew from saturday to sunday.  Given he's too young to need much besides food and attention, it was more keeping an eye out for him while keeping his sisters occupied.  They are kind of at each other a lot right now.  Something about getting a new sibling I believe.
Finally got the garage door people to fix it so it opens now.  After we reorganized the stuff in there to accommodate a fridge freezer combo.  Good thing we did it last week as it snowed last night.  Made it really cold for the door fixer.  But it works now.
Having trouble getting sub jobs for this week as the only day off I have is friday.  But I found one for a junior high P.E. teacher-female this time, last time was male(oops)though it worked out fine-all day.  Kind of kills my day off, but since I only work mornings so far that leaves the afternoon for trying to see how fast I can finish this class-supposedly I can do it in 8 weeks instead of 12, meaning I'd get done in April instead of late May.
I guess we'll see.

Friday, March 3, 2017


Sheesh, spent all of Febuary trying to get into the college (online, unfortunately, but maybe not as it means I can finish early and work when I'm not working otherwise)that has the last prerequisite I need for my masters of teaching program.  Very annoying as it seemed to take them way too long to double check stuff. Sigh...
But now I'm in and registered for the class that starts monday.  Not sure if I'll get the textbook on time-they have to ship it to me and that takes 4-7 days-but hopefully I won't need it right away.
Got a few near blizzards last week so we're back to watching the snow melt off the grass and garden. Sigh.
Saw A Dog's Purpose with my sister tuesday, which is a very cute movie-fair warning, you will want tissues-and better than I'd thought it might be.  Also saw Arrival last week, which is somewhat confusing until near the end.  Though  coworker spoiled the end for me some time before so it wasn't too big of a surprise.
Well, that's it for now.