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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hello, Birthday, and the Pumpkinvine


July has been a whirlwind! The last few weeks have been a blur. I have been coming home and then pretty much crashing after dinner. Also, I have been celebrating since Wednesday, and this new job is an amazing birthday present! It makes turning 45 a lot more fun. I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to have so many good people in my life. Thank you for being part of my life. :)


Also, a small group of us biked the Pumpkinvine (a nature trail in Middlebury)as a YA program after two cancellations due to stormy weather. Here is a link about the Pumpkinvine if you are interested: http://www.pumpkinvine.org. I'll be able to snap better pictures this fall when I'm not on a borrowed bike. ;)

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekend

Friday was a busy but fun day. I woke up early and took care of Tiny (26 pound lover cat), hopped on the toll road, stopped at a BP gas station to pick up caffeine. I accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in the next county! It's a good thing I left really early; I still made it to the 'bary on time. One of my colleagues drove us through the countryside and treated me to lunch. It was really sweet of her; I am touched. We also worked on crafts for next week. (It's still summer reading until the end of the month.)After the 'bary, I drove back home, and met up with Steve to take care of Tiny for the last time this year. Then, we came home, and I crashed pretty early--probably from the adrenalin of the new job and new schedule. I'm looking forward to going back on Monday.

It's Sunday afternoon already. The weekend passed by quickly, and I am trying (unsuccessfully) to relax before week two at the library. So far, I watered the cats (Steve feeds and scoops), worked out, went grocery shopping and bought fruits and veggies for the week, put away groceries, watered the thirsty spider plant on the front porch (I need to move it to the back--less sunlight), and filled the bird feeders. On Saturday, Steve and I tended to Minnie the Cat, attended a surprise birthday party at the park, and visited Hacienda for dinner. I took a long siesta on Saturday and went to bed early. I woke up later today. I really want to go to the lake or the beach today, but it's not in the plans. Maybe next weekend. :)

I've also started reading teen literature again for marketing purposes. Although I like teaching, I much prefer reading rather than grading in my spare time. It doesn't feel like work. I just finished a book by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Elizabeth Gilbert's sister) entitled heaven is paved with oreos. (The title is in lowercase on purpose.) It is a fun, coming-of-age book about a girl named Sarah Zorn. She's an intelligent fourteen-year-old who is beyond her years. Sarah goes on a trip to Italy with her grandmother (I'm envious!) and she encounters many adventures.

That's all for now! I will post again soon. Thank you for reading! Have a good week! xoxo




Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Bun is Back! The First Day



Hello! I am nodding off while writing this post, but I wanted to share my first day with you. It has been a little over six years, but it is good to get back in the proverbial saddle. I did not realize how much I missed librarianship until entering the library doors today. Everyone was helpful and kind and welcoming. I arrived at 8:20 a.m. today and brought flowers for the branch. I filled out paperwork, read circulation and policy manuals, perused Kirkus and Library Journal, visited library websites, and helped out at the service desk.
Thank you for your kind words and support.I really appreciate you! I will most likely be asleep by 9:30 p.m. Good night! xoxo

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Insomnia and New Career


I am now paying for the siesta I took this afternoon; it is almost 3:00 a.m. and I am writing instead of sleeping. Steve and two of the four cats are sprawled out on the bed. Perhaps a king-size bed is not out of the question. The weather is slightly chilly, so I am donning Hello Kitty pajamas and curled up on the couch with a favorite grey blanket.

Oscar is taking advantage of the fact that I am in the living room; he stared at me with those gorgeous orange eyes and begged to be let out on the porch. So, I caved. He is now camped out on top of the cat condo, and probably will not move until dawn. Lucky cat; sleep still eludes me. Hopefully some almond milk will help. I now stand corrected: the two youngest cats are running back and forth and playing out on the porch.

Well, you may already know this, but if you don't, here goes: I GOT THE JOB!!! :) I received the telephone call last Thursday. On the week of July 4, I will be starting my new gig as the Teen Services Librarian at Middlebury Community Public Library. I am looking forward to it, although it is odd not to be going back to an adjunct teaching gig--at least, for now. When I learn my new position, I may be able to teach online or a blended course if the schedule allows it.

Returning to a full-time position at one location after six years of piecing together jobs will be good. Librarianship is going to be fun again, and I am going to (again) pour my heart into it. Having a steady job will allow me the freedom to pursue writing and other creative endeavors without the worry of finances. So, I didn't get a coveted full-time teaching job. That's okay--I think I'm meant to be back in the 'bary where I can use my degree, and the overwhelmingly positive responses on my Facebook account confirms it.

Okay, my eyelids are starting to droop, so I am going to sign off. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 21 & June 22, 2016


Malbec and insect repellent do not taste good together. ;) I need more practice using bug repellent. (Note to self: keep mouth closed when spraying.) I spent about a half hour outside in the garden tonight and about a half an hour this afternoon. There’s something grounding about photographing perennials and strolling through the yard in my bare feet, especially since there’s been a lot going on personally and professionally. Thank goodness jury duty was cancelled today; the thought of being sequestered in the middle of uncertainty absolutely terrifies me. This is the second time in three months that I have been summoned, and then the trial is cancelled.

I had a job interview last Friday for a full-time position, and I am waiting to hear back sometime this week. The part-time adjunct teaching gigs have fallen through this summer due to low enrollment and college closings. I was not expecting this setback this spring and summer, but I am doing my best to roll with it. It’s not worth my health not to—during a wellness checkup last month my blood pressure was high for the first time—perhaps because the medical assistant repeatedly gouged my cold, clammy middle finger in the attempt to extract blood.

Anyhow, I am cuddling with Steve and the kitties, playing music, taking photographs of animals and flowers, working out several times a week, and writing poetry. I am also doing my best to reach out to family and friends and not to retreat from the world, even though that is what my introverted self really wants to do.







Saturday, June 04, 2016

Poetry Garden

Happy June! It's been a little soggy the last couple of days. That is good for the yard. I meant to post earlier, but life happens. So, here's the blog. Enjoy!

On a whim, since I've been writing so many poems recently, I decided to add that component to our garden. So, I decided to paint the flower box and the birdhouse purple. Perhaps I am paying homage to Prince. I was drawn to the dark, lovely shade of purple. Before my anxiety (and perhaps some common sense) grabbed a hold of me, I worked through it and took a chance. It's only paint, right? The end result was pretty good. The only change I made (thanks to Steve) was that I painted the words with white paint instead of black. (The black paint did not show up well and the scribble looked ominous.) Doing something creative in the yard has inspired me to do the other mundane stuff, like cleaning and pulling weeds.

Bushes,flowers,fruits,plants,trees,vegetables,and words work well together, probably because greenery appeals to the senses. Gardening and writing is a popular combination. The writers Wendell Berry, Robert Frost, Gwen Frostic, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman are only a few I can think of that combined their love of farming and of nature with poetry or prose. (There are so many more that I need to discover! Please share with me your favorites!)


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Random Musings and Lighting at The Electric Brew


Hello! It is Wednesday, almost the start of Memorial Day weekend, and I am waiting for Steve to arrive home. The kitties and I are hanging out on the porch listening to the birds and watching the warm day pass by.

Although I was initially disappointed that several teaching gigs dried up this late spring and summer, I now realize that it was a disguised blessing. I have not had time off for a long time, and I am still earning some income filling in for absent instructors, tutoring, and visiting classrooms. Also, our MV book has spiked a bit in sales, so that is good. Karen and I are working on other writing projects, and will be presenting programs at Gen Con this summer. I have also put my name in to sub (percussion) with the LaPorte County Community Symphony. We will see what happens. Steve continues to catalog and teach online classes. He is writing more, and I am so proud of Steve for pursuing writing. He is such a good writer, and his work needs to be out there.

Since January or February, I have been writing poems like a maniac! I cannot stop, nor do I want to! The poetry group, WordPlay, founded by John Homan, has been a godsend. The group meets once a month at a charming coffee house called The Electric Brew. This event inspires me to write more often, and the writers are creative and kind. I am so happy to call them friends.


There is something interesting about the lighting in The Electric Brew. There is a light that tends to flicker on and off during the poetry reading. I wonder who is saying hello?