Sunday, November 22, 2015

Celebrating Being Busy



              Many celebrate each Saturday or Sunday with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build and the rest of the wonderful community that celebrates together.  

Always celebrating sunsets!

A busy week all the way through Saturday. I am grateful for my friends and family. My writing group has connected again, and it was a delightful evening Tuesday. Although some were missing and will join in later, those there responded to each other's ideas and left inspired to keep going! I am doing PiBoIdMo and am filled up with ideas, so it was especially nice to share some and get feedback for them.

I started having Imogene for a special time on Wednesday. She is such a book lover already, and I am happy about that. We read and read, and ended at MacDonald's, her favorite place. 

On Thursday, I observed two lessons given by the young teacher with whom I'm working. It was a joyful time to see how he's growing as a teacher.

Breakfast very early with two former colleagues started my Friday. Incredible pancakes and talk made a good start to the day, which ended with Ingrid and our special time together. It started snowing late and we had quite a slippery time on the way to her home! We sang holiday songs and made up some of our own to make the time go fast. I was glad to get back home, cozy and inside! Wintry weather has certainly arrived.

I wrote a poem for Poetry Friday that meant a lot to me considering the political fray happening this week in response to the refugees. I celebrate that people are speaking up against such exclusion.

Two friends and I met yesterday at a coffee shop to discuss our 're-reading' of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. We talked on and on, then about other favorite books, noting each other's recommendations. It was great to connect this way.

And now it's Sunday, time to gather my lists for the week, anticipate Thanksgiving, our day to show gratitude for the lives we have. I hope each one of you enjoy the day, and have a good, good week with your family and friends. For the first time I'll be on the 'other' side of Grand-People's Day at my school, visiting Ingrid as her "Grand-Person" instead of welcoming others as a teacher. Change is good!

23 comments:

  1. So glad that you had such a nice week. Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Jana, and the same wishes back to you!

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  2. Driving in that snow with precious cargo is nerve wracking. Enjoy your day on the other side of Grandparent's Day. It is one of my favorites.

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    1. We have a plan for the food, Bernadette, and will enjoy it thoroughly. I hope you do, too. Yes, that drive was not so fun! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Just reading your celebrations fills me with joy and peace - you spend your days in a remarkable way, dear Linda, always seeking the good and making the most of whatever endeavor. You are an inspiration.

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    1. Thank you dear Tara. I do wish that we lived closer! Wishing you a restful and thank-filled Thanksgiving.

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  4. I should do a PiBoIdMo wrap up post. It's been fun. Lots of participants seem to be particularly enthusiastic. Whatever gives us that push. Thanks for voting. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I'm glad you shared about your contest, Earl. Yes, I do love PiBoIdMo, but now need to get going on some of the ideas! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  5. Grand Person is quite the title! A lot of lovely busy in your world Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. The school started this tradition before Thanksgiving as Grandparents' Day, but soon realized that many others came to visit because they were here for the holiday, like aunts & uncles, cousins, and on. Thus, it became Grandpeople's Day. I love being one of those, of course.

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  6. So glad the slippery path didn't make you more acquainted with snow than you would have liked at that moment, Linda.

    The array of sunset color makes me glow.

    I know your grand & you will have fun at school this week.

    We smile at the thot of our trek to see our daughter's grands, my lively 90-something + 80-something inlaws who cook, rake, drive, bake - do it all. She's
    post-college career gal flying in from Boston to enjoy them. And she does that every chance she gets.

    Ingrid will be loving her grand memories of you at this age, when she is at our Anna's age. Happy, happy holiday week to you & yours.

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    1. Thank you for sharing about your own family, Jan. I have such wonderful memories of my own grandparents, and love now being a grandmother. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  7. What a beautiful sunset. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. It sounds like you had a fabulous week. I wish you a wonderful time of thanks this week.

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    1. Thank you Crystal, and I wish you the same. Glad you liked the picture. I'll never tire of seeing beautiful sunrises or sunsets.

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  8. Retired no way means rest. I like how you find the energy and joy from all the things you do during a busy week. You are dong the things and meeting the people that matter to you. Have fun with the writing!

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    1. Thanks, Terje, yes I seem to be filling up the days! Sometimes now I relish a day at home!

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  9. Wow Linda. You sure know how to fill a week with an amazing and interesting balance of fun, family, and things that keep you connected to the world of teaching and students. You are an amazing resource and I imagine that young teacher feels grateful to have you working with him. I agree about sunsets- there have been so many breathtaking ones to celebrate this fall. I love that your granddaughter is a already a book lover. That doesn't just happen. Happy happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I know that everyone needs the long weekend after the busy fall, finishing up evaluations, etc. It is a holiday for many kinds of thanks.

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  10. What a week! Special times with both grand girls and this week you're off to be a grand person. Gorgeous sunset, have a glorious Thanksgiving week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ramona. I know it will be a nice one. Hope yours is, too.

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  11. Linda, I am hanging on to your words, "Change is good". I am believer in change but yesterday I was at a wake of a very dear friend realizing that his sudden death brought a group of longtime friends back together, questioning change. Instead of grieving we celebrated memories but today I am left with the notion that we all changed in those moments together. Would our lives reconnect or would we be changed by the time spent together? Then, I think of your poem about political unrest and connect that to a disturbing dream I just woke from. Maybe jet lag and the wake have created this foggy, restless feeling that change is happening too fast. Maybe I will explore that feeling more deeply at a later time. Thank you for setting my thoughts in motion.

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    1. It sounds as if you've been in such a whirlwind, Carol, from NCTE to the lost of your friend. I'm so sorry for you and other friends and family. No matter when, this change is not good. Thanks for sharing with me.

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  12. Thanks, Linda for your note. I do feel like I am spinning in space so I need to stop and breathe in the fresh air. Happy Thanksgiving.

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