Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, September 5, 2014


Why, hello there. As usual, I'm not sure where the time has gone. I just finished my first week with students and for some reason, I'm especially stressed. It's my third year here, I have low class numbers, a great inclusion partner, and an honors class for home room and first block, and yet I am feeling the pressure in a big way.

I know that part of the reason is I have three preps instead of one, and a new textbook to use, so those are new factors, but it doesn't really explain it. I know I'll figure it out, but for now, I'm struggling.

Let's look at a few pretty pictures, shall we? My sweet Gracie, enjoying the morning sunlight last weekend:

Snuggling on the bed with me; is that not the cutest expression?

A lovely spider on the back of the house; it even has an egg sac in the web. Someone told me this is a knitting or zipper spider. Pretty appropriate.

I knit at our first high school football game of the season, like you do. It was a perfect night for football, with a hint of autumn in the air.

And one of our gorgeous sunflowers. The yellow against the blue sky is such a perfect pairing.

And of course, I still have the beach, although the summer is waning. But I'm ready for the lower temperatures; in fact, fall is my favorite season, especially on the beach. It's the perfect weather for knitting and reading, don't you think?

The changing of the season is always interesting, no matter how often I've experienced it. Hope your weekend is wonderful.



  1. We hope to kayak at the Lake next week if the winds are calm….Love the fall love it

  2. Good luck with the new school year, I think there is always an adjustment period of teachers and students. Have a wonderful weekend,

  3. Three preps and you are wondering why you are stressed? I know why! One of my teammates has three preps this year -- after having two for the last five years -- and it is killing him. I think the beach is the perfect place to go to mellow out.
    My first week was absolutely nuts. My caseload is harder than expected because a couple of parents decided they don't believe in ADHD anymore and they are not medicating their kids! I also have too many preps, four subjects, Study Skills, and remedial reading. Here we go.

  4. Love your REAL beach pics, as opposed to my FAUX beach pics! Are you going to Rhinebeck this year? Want to meet up?

  5. Yes and yes! I will probably be there on Saturday but will let you know as soon as my daughter decides. Can't wait!!

    1. It's Saturday for me. I always stay at the Beekman Arms in the village.