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  • COVID-19 Discomfort/Grief ...

    3/28/2020 10:41:39 AM, by MIMULUSBUG

    SLBROOKS3 recommended article about grief associated w/COVID-19 pandemic, it was very thoughtful so wanted to share the link w/my Spark People too: https://hbr.org/2020/03/that
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  • HISTORY OF FOOD TEST: Y2K pinto beans & can roast beef Best By 2014

    3/26/2020 2:16:49 PM, by MIMULUSBUG

    Dear SP peeps, I decided to clean out, reorganize & evaluate items in my two pantries; check the condition and dates on the cans and label cans with the 'best by dates' with black sharpie pen so I could see dates better on shelves, etc. I did find several cans of stewed tomatoes that had leaks along... Read more

  • Hump Day - life is settling into a routine

    3/25/2020 4:47:05 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    There isn't much new or exciting to report. I miss my students and it is small consolation knowing that we are all doing well and most likely will survive whatever comes out way. I have healthy food, good books, my Kindle and my pets. My sweet son goes out regularly to pick up necessities a co... Read more

  • And the beat goes on . . . . .

    3/20/2020 5:24:01 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today I woke up earlier than I have been waking the rest of this week. I was even able to get some serious work done, not just struggling to do the minimum necessary. I spent most of the afternoon on my work computer and was able to concentrate. The congestion isn't completely gone but on day 5 of t... Read more

  • Monday - trip to doctor and generally good news

    3/16/2020 10:12:11 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    I have things to do for school and got started today on them. I called my doctor and he said I HAD to come in since I had respiratory symptoms and they can't risk missing someone who MIGHT possibly be sicker than I thought. He put me on three prescriptions and agreed it is my usual garden variety br... Read more

  • Bored and worried

    3/15/2020 7:13:18 PM, by WILDKAT781

    Here in WV we still have no positive tests. But I know darn good and well it is here somewhere. Just worried about the whole thing. I am just wondering how everyone else is doing and dealing with this. Our schools have been closed. Our Walmarts have cut hours. Everyone is afraid. Our church ha... Read more

  • Sunday - Time to admit the unthinkable!

    3/15/2020 12:53:40 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    I have been forced to accept that no matter how much I would like to deny it, I am NOT invincible, but at high risk and am already sick so it would be stupid and dangerous to go to work tomorrow regardless of the mandate that we must report. I will call my principal and also my doctor and get an exc... Read more

  • Latest update

    3/14/2020 9:24:47 AM, by NANCYPAT1

    Got a call last night that we teachers are required to come to school even though it is closed. There is talk of janitorial work for us and possibly making packed lunches to distribute for our students around the county. In poor communities, school meals are often the only healthy food some of our k... Read more

  • The Weekend couldn't have come soon enough - but it arrived with a bang!

    3/13/2020 5:57:24 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today started at a lovely 3:00 a.m. wake up. Since I had to finish the FBA and BIP and Manifest Determination Review and the IEP that I had been avoiding all week because I wasn't sure what direction I was going to go in. I have been struggling with these fairly extensive reports because the student... Read more

  • Are you sure it is only Thursday???? And then tomorrow is Friday the 13th!

    3/12/2020 7:40:17 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today was definitely another day this week! One of my students went home with another seizure. After the fact, we were told that she had a med change and for the next few weeks she is going to be having a lot more of them. It would have been nice to know in advance since this time she was in the bat... Read more

  • The week goes on and on and on and on . . . . . . .

    3/11/2020 4:08:48 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today started with my 2 girls from Monday afternoon still being suspended until Friday when they will return and 1 girl home sick with some type of cold/flu virus. By 8:15 1 of the boys was sent home sick with a stomach virus and really sick with diarrhea and vomiting. The at almost 10:00 another bo... Read more

  • Mourning death of beehive :-(

    3/11/2020 4:44:59 AM, by MIMULUSBUG

    With the warmer temps we finally went out and checked our lonely surviving beehive that went into winter; and they did not make it. 39 We are bummed and mourning the loss, trying to evaluate what we could have done differently to help the hive make it through the winter. This bee-keeping le... Read more

  • Mourning death of beehive :-(

    3/11/2020 4:44:59 AM, by MIMULUSBUG

    With the warmer temps we finally went out and checked our lonely surviving beehive that went into winter; and they did not make it. 39 We are bummed and mourning the loss, trying to evaluate what we could have done differently to help the hive make it through the winter. This bee-keeping le... Read more

  • Monday - Full Super Moon, time change - where is the escape hatch?

    3/9/2020 8:23:50 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today started with being exhausted before I started out. The kids were all tired and nobody felt like doing much work. We ALMOST made it through the day . . . but 15 minutes before the end of the day - all \##=*% broke out! Two of the girls started acting up. The whole thing was stupid, deliber... Read more

  • Cousin's death & diabetic complications

    3/8/2020 9:57:16 PM, by MIMULUSBUG

    Well folks, I got some bad news this Saturday, My cousin Shirley died. She was 68 years old, a diabetic that had to do dialysis because of her failing kidneys :-( She had been trying to get over the flu, but it became pneumonia and just overwhelmed her. Meditating about her death, has rededi... Read more

  • Sunday - I'm late, I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!

    3/8/2020 9:40:35 AM, by NANCYPAT1

    Daylight Savings time makes me feel like I am perpetually late until I get used to it. Even when I am not late, I feel like I am. I woke up and felt like half the day was gone, and it was only 8:00. I just felt like I was behind schedule. I was successful in reaching my goal in the Winter 5% C... Read more

  • Friday - Ready for a Challenge that doesn't require thought

    3/6/2020 4:34:55 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today is my great nephew Finn's first birthday. Yesterday he had reconstructive surgery to give him a pallet (was born with a cleft pallet and cleft lip - lip surgery was in August). Things seem to be going well. He will have to learn to eat all over again now, but with a little bit of love and pati... Read more

  • Thursday starting to move toward the weekend

    3/5/2020 4:44:40 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    I am way past ready for the weekend to arrive. Today was yet another challenging day and I am worn out. Started with one of my students having a seizure on her way to my classroom. This is scary and she has only started having these this year. She has been in my class for 3 years and the seizures st... Read more

  • Hot dogs, baked beans & Dr. Pepper for dinner...

    3/5/2020 11:02:00 AM, by MIMULUSBUG

    With my broken foot I have not been "exercising" much- mostly hopping around the house w/help of walker or cane; or big "exercise" of plopping down in the recliner and "moving the foot rest up and down frequently". But good weather & a pretty blue sky got hubby & I motivated to get out and m... Read more

  • Wednesday - over the hump now and sliding into the second half of the week

    3/4/2020 4:15:04 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Another long day in an incredibly long week. Figured out why I couldn't find a paper I should have had signed on Monday - turns out in the second meeting, I was so flustered that I forgot to get the signatures. I will spend tomorrow tracking people down and getting them to sign for me. I have n... Read more

  • Maple sugar shack field trip

    3/3/2020 10:56:40 PM, by MIMULUSBUG

    One of our friend's farm has a nice spring & creek and is forested with quite a lot of sugar maples. So last year they tapped their maples, boiled sap down in their kitchen and had home made maple syrup last year. They loved it. So they built a sugar shack this fall with extra equipment (wood stove;... Read more

  • Tuesday - tired but eating healthy as it is a meatless dimmer

    3/3/2020 8:09:59 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    I am really exhausted today. Yesterday took a lot out of me and I basically collected my thoughts and printed off behavior plans today. It took forever some were 20-30 pages long and I needed to do 8 of them. Tonight is our veggie night and I had Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and car... Read more

  • Just don't even ask!

    3/2/2020 7:12:20 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    My day started off great. I had a sub to cover classes for my general education teachers to attend my meetings - she arrived early and we had time to visit as chat before the kids arrived. I was in a great mood and felt completely prepared! Then the kids arrived! At 8:45 I went down the hall f... Read more

  • Sunday - Special events at church today

    3/1/2020 5:19:49 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today our Bishop visited our church. He conducted the service and preached an excellent message. He also confirmed a new member at the service. After the service, we had a delicious pot-luck brunch and we celebrated our pastor's wife's birthday. Ed and I picked my friend Phyllis up a and broug... Read more

  • Saturday - resting and recharging!

    2/29/2020 2:24:30 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today is a day of rest and recharging my batteries! My week was filled with challenges that were difficult at best and overwhelming. I stuck to my plans and made it through but was feeling pretty beat up by the end of the week. Today is a day to relax and recharge my batteries emotional... Read more

  • Dinner

    2/29/2020 9:58:23 AM, by EIPURIRU

    One pot meatballs and homemade curry. Another kitchen sink dinner. Left over turkey meatballs, dried coconut, frozen peas and carrot, dried nori, plain ramen noodles, half a bag of cabbage mix (coleslaw). For the curry, coconut milk, African spice, salt, pepper and a drop of soy sauce. I made enoug... Read more

  • Today’s Breakfast

    2/29/2020 9:50:58 AM, by EIPURIRU

    Kitchen sink oatmeal (pretty much whatever fruit and oatmeal I have on hand + half water and coconut almond milk). Usually it’s plain oats but we are low so I saved it for the kids. Today I used Quaker Walnut and Date. I added my usually mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, dried coconut and milled flaxseed. T... Read more