Yesterday we bid farewell to another school year and summer wasted no time  getting started.  Placement announcements were made last week and for the next school year I’ll be heading back to my previously assigned elementary school.  Paper work to bring A3 with me on an inner-district transfer was submitted, but my request will not be considered until August. 

A final co-worker gift was finished by the skin of my teeth (meaning that ends were still being woven in the morning it was given).  It was an impractical, fluffy blue shawl made of a mohair-silk blend and adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Some friends surprised me with early birthday gifts and a student and his mom made me a fresh water pearl necklace.  I’ve already broken in the gardening tools and have been wearing the necklace.  Everything was completely unexpected and much appreciated.

I’m going to miss everyone there very much.  

Yesterday afternoon my parents drove down for a quick visit.  They arrived with a passenger in tow.  My mom had rescued a baby hummingbird that she found on her porch.  He was covered in downy fluff and still unable to fly or care for himself so she’d brought him in and had been caring for the waif.  Because his hungry little self demanded food every 15 to 20 minutes they had no choice but to bring him along.   The girls got to feed and admire him as he ate and stretched his *wings within the safety of his enclosure.

While here my mom took a gander at my pitiful garden. A 2-second glance at the soil was all she needed to declare it too acidic. It needs a healthy dose of dolomite lime and sand.   They didn’t stay for long, but they took A3 home for a solo visit to grandma and grandpa’s. We will pick her up in a couple of days.

The house was eerily quiet without her bouncing around, but I still wasn’t able to take an uninterrupted bath.  Mr. Steven just can’t stand not having free access to each and every room of the house.  He likes to alternate between wailing pitifully and reaching under the door as he demands entrance.

He used to be able to reach his whole arm between the floor and the door, but he’s grown so large that only the tips of his paws fit now.

Today was my DH’s birthday.  He detests birthdays so the celebration was limited to having an ice cream cake (with no candles or song) after dinner.  I also had my spinal tap this afternoon.  So far there’ve been no signs of the much-feared headache.  The doctor gave strict orders to stay horizontal as much as possible for 24 hours.  We should know the results in about two weeks’ time. 

The girls’ final report cards came home. A3 had some forward and some backward steps, but we’ve planned summer lessons around her wrestling camp to get her up to snuff for 5th grade, where ever that shall be.  A2 rocked her report card and scored the equivalent of all A’s and B’s (they don’t use letter grades in elementary school).  She’s also reading at a late 11th grade level.  A2 will begin art lessons tomorrow as her summer activity.  A1 ended up with a 3.5 GPA and she lettered in track.  Cheerleading practice already started and will continue throughout the summer 5 days a week, beginning at 7:00 am.  During her practice times I plan on walking the track to try to get into shape.  Who knows, maybe by August I’ll be able to run a little bit.

Time to go lay down again… I don’t want to push being up right too much.  Cheers!

*I just spoke with my mom and she said that they’ve let the little fellow go.  He’s been seen roosting on and eating from the big hummingbird feeders outside their window.  Hopefully he’ll find a safe place to sleep and be alright.



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6 responses to “Done

  1. Oh, I love those kitty paws!!! I can almost touch them 🙂

    The shawl looks nice and cobwebby.

  2. knitwonpurltoo

    It’s official. Your family has a gift with animals. The shawl is gorgeous. I’m so glad you’re done with the lumbar spine puncture. Hope the next few days are headache free!!

  3. Sounds like your summer is off to a running start!! Love the shawl, it’s beautiful! Wishing you and all the family a very happy summer!

  4. Good to read the spinal tap is over, and also work responsibilities, – free as the humming bird now. Just need a little feeding station from time to time and a cosy nest to rest in.

  5. Gillian

    Yes! What is it about cats and closed doors, especially if they are on the other side from you. I can’t go to the toilet without Tigger thudding against the door trying to barge it open.
    What an active summer you all have ahead. Hope the weather is kind to you.
    Good luck with the LP results
    Cheers Gillian

  6. Roxie

    Gorgeous shawl! Lucky girl! Lovely gifties for you. Well deserved! Your mom is Mother Nature in her alternate reality – right? Steven will tell you that cats and closed doors are natural enemies. It’s a fact of life.There is no right side to a closed door.

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