Busy, busy, busy! Between work, school (oh my, school), summer activities for the kids, taking care of the goats and getting things in place for the house I barely have time to breathe or sleep these days! So please forgive my absence on the blog and enjoy this brief update!
Work is slow and there is some concern about the continued funding of my position. This is too bad because I enjoy the job. On the other hand it means I can easily adjust my hours to accomodate my school schedule and running kids to camps and basketball practice! I’m told it might pick up in the fall when the tourists inundate the area and there is an increase in traffic tickets.
School is hard! A good deal of the difficulty is due to everything, and I do mean everything, being done online. I just don’t have the connectivity I need to keep up with the forums, assignments, messages, material that needs to be downloaded and uploaded, etc. It’s also hard because I’m just way out of practice of being a student and I sometimes find the readings dense, pretentious, or a waste of time (especially in the psychology of teaching course). Since readings are sometimes posted the night before class I don’t always have time to download, print or read them before class, leaving me feeling out of touch and behind. This is week 4 out of 8 and then there will be a 3 week break before the next semester begins. I’m looking forward to it.
I go back and forth about whether to continue with the program – the timing is hard with all of the house related tasks I need to attend to right now and the things I hear from teachers cause me concern about the profession. I spend many hours awake in the middle of the night second guessing all my choices these days! I miss the days of easy confidence I had in my life path!
The house process is moving forward quite (unexpectedly) smoothly. The sellers are moving forward in working on purchasing their new home and all is going well there. The mover is on board and has been given the seal of approval by the mobile home park who also say there are no issues to prevent me from purchasing and moving the home. The septic system is on the verge of going in – weather and waiting for the hay to be baled has delayed us somewhat there. Our current house related issue is setting up a water source – the deep drilled wells that are approved end up in a salty layer and the shallower, wider dug wells that hit the sweet water are no longer allowed. We are researching other options like cisterns at this point.
Fundraising is going well – we have reached the $5,000 mark and still have another 3+ weeks before we close and move the home. Many thanks to everyone who has helped out!
The kids are alternately busy and bored – they are excited about moving into our own home and wish it could happen sooner (they are really looking forward to Internet). They have been to a few camps (4H and Wonder Lab) and are volunteering for various organizations. My oldest is busy with basketball practice and working on homework for her acclerated US history course this fall.
The animals are doing well – the pig is growing nicely and all of our Kiko goats are expecting (they should kid in Sept/Oct). Tinker, our dairy goat, has recovered from her disease outbreak and is not currently contagious so she is still with us nursing Doty for another month. I’m looking for a vet who is more informed about her disease and plan to have her checked again if she has another sore develop (the only real way to confirm the disease is through culturing a sample, and the vet we took her to wouldn’t do that – he is kind of old fashioned).
The first growth of hay has been cut and baled – it produced 3 round bales (the equivalent of 60 square bales). Since we prefer the square bales our hay is going to the fellow who cut it and he’ll give us squares later. We are continuing to make slow progress on barn repairs and hope to have a gutter installed soon to allow us to collect rainwater.
I sure hope you all are having a more relaxing summer than I am!