|What amazing color in the sky this weekend|
I went kayaking last weekend, and it was remarkable. To be on Butternut Lake this late in the season was a definite perk of the above mentioned weather conditions. There were SO many boats on the water, it seems that fishing must be good. I don't know, I don't pay attention to such things. I went with my friend and co-worker Lisa on Butternut Lake. We did not see the eagle like usual, and not a ton of other birds- other than a few jittery ducks. There were duck hunters lurking about, they were probably nervous.... Like the decidedly jumpy blue heron that couldn't decide where to land.
This weekend, though, I did a bunch of things here at home. Even if it was beautifully sunny, I did a lot of things in the house. I always feel more energetic when the sun is glowing and skies are blue, so I did some purging of stuff from my bedroom and did some cooking to use up and preserve some of the veggies from the garden. And I went for a 4.5 mile walk Saturday and hit up the gym this morning. And though I procrastinated until this afternoon, I also made some grape juice that will eventually become grape jelly. The grapes were crazy this year- they apparently appreciated the weather even if our trees did not!
|Just enjoying the scenery|
Homecoming is done at school now- THANK HEAVEN- if you speak to me regularly, you will know that homecoming stresses me out. The frequent interruptions, the feeling that children are stalking me, and just the general over-the-top excitement make me twitchy. No one was ever rude or anything, but I am going to be glad to not have that waiting for me at school. We really have such a nice student body at the high school.
I have been doing a lot of new lessons- including the intro to photography unit that I did for my Intro to Art class. That meant that I was doing a LOT of talking and I do mean a lot!! I do not like to stand up there an lecture, but fortunately- this was photography. And they learned a smidge about filters and editing and composition and they got to play on their computers for a while when I wrapped up the lessons. With a purpose! I am so pleased with this unit. I have added a layer of composition concepts that I will continue through the semester. I had a couple of my photog friends allow me to use their images for my presentation, and they really added a lot of depth to my images. It was amazing how much I learned by interpreting and discussing compositional elements in the photographs by these fine photographers. I doubt they read this, but thank you to Kelly Marquardt and Derek Ace for allowing me to use your shots.
|Some late evening color|
This school year is sort of weird. The previous years I've had this particular configuration of elementary and High School (and I have had a LOT of configurations), I've had the ability to catch up with my elementary grading/record-keeping/cleaning up and the like on Wednesday. Monday, I prep for the week, and Friday I break down the supplies from this week and plan for the following week..... Well, unfortunately, I have this year an additional class and one hour less prep time. :/ While I of course enjoy the children (little little children), this additional class is not good for my mental health. I'm so stressed out by Friday I am almost catatonic. I don't have one minute that I am getting ready for something or cleaning up after something else. I am BLESSED to have 2-3 high school students who come down to help me a few times a week. I would never get anything up on the walls if I didn't have them. It just wouldn't happen. And then there are the things that I have to do that I have no choice in.... that is annoying too. At least the days go fast I guess.
Anyway, fall has kicked in and one way I know THAT for sure is that the MA is back doing his thing at the wreath and Christmas tree ranch. With this extended grow season, the entire garden didn't get ripped out yet, and I am not sure where I am going to plant next years garlic next week... And now there is a lot of dead stuff ie: beans, basil and tomato carcasses, that will need to be cleaned up. um... yeah, no. I won't be doing that most likely. After my days, additional things that involve a lot of walking just doesn't happen. Unless it is for my mental health- a walk to the stone house, or some similar route. But we shall see. I might feel ambitious.
|Frost and fog|
|The giant wasp nest|
I have a few things coming up here in the next month or so, all joyful things I will have you know! :) And hopefully a quick trip to Bayfield will begin it all next weekend. I have a few things I need to do there! :D
I began this post in the late afternoon and am just finishing it at bedtime. Pretty typical. Lol. I hope you all have a good week. Full of light and color and joy!