What a great way to end summer, wouldn't you agree? Now it is Labor Day weekend and I have been in the classroom several days setting up and out in the community making home visits to my students. This is something new for some Seattle teachers; we are being paid for 25 hours of home visits and we are to make as many as possible before school starts. I have made 11 which is a very good record I think. I have greatly enjoyed the home visits; it is so revealing to see kids in their home setting and it gives parents truly one on one time to talk with the teacher. I think a lot of my kindergarteners are going to adjust to the first day more easily because of these visits.
Anna Rae and I went on a mother - daughter 3 day camping trip to Sol Duc Hot Springs. When she was little we went here every year. But this time marked 7 years since our last visit! It really had not changed much in all that time and we had a lovely time together. The pictures are really spectacular as you can see.
I'm growing this hydrangea for it's black stems which are very striking against the light green foliage. This year my newest hydrangea is Lady in Red. I did not take it's picture because I didn't get any blooms but it has red veined dark green leaves which are really pretty.
There's no place like home. Back in Seattle my lilies were at their peak. They smelled SO good! See the little aluminum pail. I have 6 of these around the yard with a couple inches of sand in the bottom and 3 votive candles in each. It makes for soothing nighttime ambiance.
Evie is one of Jeff and Peggys' much loved dog-kids. Evie and Boo are both so darn frisky I could NOT get a a decent picture of the 2 of them together. Evie has truly startling eyes; one is blue and the other brown.
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.