Sunday on the porch….

sundayblog2 (1)We rescreened our porch this summer and I have to say that I’m really loving it.  I have been trying to spend as much time out here now that it’s relatively bug-free. Those roaches still find away onto the porch but Nutmeg is a good hunter.  We even got a cute little bistro set from Ikea to replace the white plastic table and chairs.  They were not comfortable at all.   The bistro set, perfect for Sunday coffee and blog writing.  I’d really like to get a glider out here.  Gliders are my favorite!!

Work is going well.  School started last week and after a few little hiccups, we are starting to settle in.  I have to say that the past few years have been getting better overall.  The interpreters have a home in the school.  It’s great, we can store our books, dictionaries, professional development stuff, and have a comfy spot to plan for the classes.  This is the first year in a long time that we’ve had all three grades of Deaf/Hard of Hearing at the same time.  When the finish hiring people, we will have four interpreters at our school.  Wow, the department is growing!

Next week, I have a meeting with the union, DTU, and the district to go over changes to the interpreter contract.  Change is slow but it’s happening.  This has been my goal for the past three years.  It’s amazing to see it finally shaping up.  Eat your heart out Norma Rae!

 

Healing Heartstone

Things I would love to do this summer break would include:

  • Whisking off to Europe
  • Renting an RV and seeing our country
  • Going to a beach house for the next 2 months
  • Cruising the high seas and stopping off at various islands

What I am really doing this summer isn’t as glamorous.   This week I’m focused on things around the house that need repair.  Being a homeowner sucks at times.  Yeah..I said, it sucks.  You can’t just call a landlord to come fix this and that.  You actually have to schedule the appointments AND pay for things to get fixed.  WHAT?!?

Screenshot 2015-06-08 at 8.11.37 AMI love our little 1926 bungalow, but she needs some love.  The bathroom is finally done and paid off and I love it.  I think the next big project will be the backyard.  Our neighborhood, Riverside, has really small back yards and with the grown trend of saving water we want to put in a hardscape with a little firepit.  In the meantime, there are lots of things that need to be fixed.  So today is the day that “Mr. Handyman” comes and fixes all those things.  I’m really hopeful that it will only be a one-day project, but past experience is telling me that isn’t going to be longer than that.

This summer also brings lots more workshops for me.  End of June I head to Orlando to attend Silent Weekend, in July I’m going to Nebraska for an EIPA 3 day workshop and then immediately upon return, another 4 day workshop and then the EIPA test! EEP….I’m freaking out about that last part already.

Nutmeg, our little fur ball, loves this time of year.  It means full days of enjoying the screen porch and catching lizards.

I’m hoping that between workshops and home repairs we can head out to an adventure

I hope everyone enjoys their summer, whatever it brings.

Update since I sat down to start this post:  Handyman doesn’t fix roofs.  That means the carport repair is on hold.  UGH.  Still need to find someone who does brickwork around the bottom of the house and now apparently a roofer.  Hoping the tree service people don’t have any problems.

 

 

This is getting harder #IAmGrateful 1/14/15

So we have been renovating…wait..refurbishing…no…we gutted the main bathroom and are having it redone.  This has been a very long process.  I’m just about over it.  If I could..I would blink it back to the ugly bathroom it was.  Nearly 4 months ago they demo’d the room and it’s been unusable.  We were told it would be done by December 15th…umm…yeah…there aren’t even walls all the way around the room.  Today the tile guys came and spent three hours in my home and left it a mess.  They even locked Nutmeg in a room where she didn’t have access to food, water, or her litter box.  I’m a tad upset about that.

I guess I shouldn’t be so negative and got on with my grateful list.

  1. That we are fortunate to have a 2nd bathroom in our home.
  2. That we can afford to get our house updated.  Although, looking back I didn’t think I was going to be 4 months without that bathroom.  Sometimes my time is worth more than the hassle.  Oh wait…right..grateful.  I’m grateful we can update our bathroom.
  3. That it’s a short work week.  There is a teacher planning day on Friday.  No kids, no interpreters needed.  YAY!  I am going to a workshop but that’s okay..that’s self improvement 🙂