As you may have guessed I hate to see our neighborhood losing trees. Unfortunately we had to have this cherry taken down in our own yard. Actually we had it made into an 8 foot tall snag. It is rotting at the base of the trunk and if we had left it all standing there was a good chance it could be blown over and do damage to the neighbors' hot tub and deck. Sure was fun to watch the guys working in the trees. It was worth preparing sub plans to take a day off of work.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.