April Showers bring….Floods!

And MUD.  Lots of mud.  Although to be fair they really weren’t showers but thunderstorms!  And to strike a note of gratitude, our cistern is currently full!


The timing of this particular flood could have been better – it was on the eve of my 8th grader’s departure for the National We the People competition.  The kids had gotten out on the school bus in the morning before the water rose but I had her suitcase at the house.  That’s why I’m contemplating fording the river in this photo!  I was eventually able to make it across and she made the plane with her luggage in hand!  And on a side note – her team won (2nd year in a row) the middle school division of the competition!

I’m hoping, now that winter seems to truly be over, to spread some grass and wildflower seed around the house.  We bring a lot of mud inside these days (I’m so glad I removed all that carpet before we moved in) and a little ground cover should help to keep more of it outdoors where it belongs!


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and More Scarves!

Just wanted to let folks know that we have more scarves knitted (the kids are helping out with the effort) and I have a few more things both on Etsy and eBay.  I’ve applied to be a substitute teacher in two neighboring districts (the third is no longer taking applications – guess it’s too close to the end of the school year to be bothered) but it’s a lengthy process. I’m waiting for interviews and background checks, after which I’ll be able to apply for a substitute teaching license.  I’ve also applied for a few jobs open in the community – as the weather warms up our town is slowly awakening from the winter hibernation (its a tourist town so it shuts down for the winter).

I’m hoping something will come through and soon!  I haven’t had a paycheck since the last week of December and we’ve gone through savings and most of the food I stashed away when I was working.  I’m still in school – about 9 hours a week over the course of 3 days – so that limits my availability somewhat but that will end mid-May.  I still need to take the pedagogy test and attend a class on suicide prevention and then I should have everything out of the way and will be able to apply for my teaching license.

I will be attending “Interview Day” at the university on April 28th and have a job search set up on the DOE job site.  A lot of schools don’t have fall positions open yet (I suppose some teachers won’t give notice until towards the end of the school year).

Please let me know if you see a scarf you would like – your choice for a donation of $18 or more (no charge for shipping)!  They make nice Mother’s Day or Graduation gifts.  And thanks for the encouragement and support as we continue this journey. Although we are getting closer to the goal it still feels like we are on the uphill side!

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No job prospects yet (and not much money in the bank) so I’m trying to revitalize my craft sales!  I have a few things up on Etsy and should have more by the end of next week.  I scored a bunch of that fun frilly, ruffle scarf yarn at a sale and wanted to offer everyone the chance to pick up that perfect Mother’s Day present, teacher or grad gift!  How about a new scarf for yourself for Easter?  For a donation of $18 or more I will send you a hand-knit scarf similar to those in the photos below.  Just let me know your favorite colors and whether you like (or dislike) shiney, glittery fabric and be sure to provide a mailing address with the donation.


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