Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Sunday, April 26, 2015


I am happy to say that my dad's surgery went well and he is recovering on schedule with a minimum of pain. I spent Friday night in his room with him, as he was still pretty out of it, and we wanted to make sure he could get help when he needed it. Although sleeping in a chair is not exactly restful, I did okay, and it was worth it. I couldn't have done it if it had been during the week, and it allowed my mom to get a good night's sleep, as I know she didn't get much rest the night before the surgery. I hung out with them most of the weekend, but am going back to work tomorrow. He is being discharged from the hospital tomorrow, but will be in the same facility for the rest of the week in the rehab portion of the building. He wasn't too keen on the idea, but we convinced him that it would be best for him and mom to build up his strength before coming home.

I came home before dark today so I could spend some time in the yard weeding. I felt like I needed to spend some time outdoors getting some exercise after spending so much time just sitting around at the hospital.

I also picked up my new glasses this week; one pair of sunglasses and one pair of regular glasses, and I'm pretty happy with both of my choices.


My lilacs are so beautiful, aren't they?

And our strawberry plants have the prettiest blooms.

After I finished working in the yard, I picked some of our asparagus to roast, sautéed some mushrooms, and put it over polenta with cheese for a quick and easy dinner.

And Gracie took a nap on the book I just finished. Such a sweetie.

I know this post is a bit scattered, but it was a choice between this way or no post at all. Have a good week!




  1. Despite your fitful sleep at the hospital, you look rested and relieved. That's what reassuring news will do for you, right?

    Gratitude gives us a great appetite for simplicity, both in our food and our desires overall. Your yardwork felt wonderful, and I'm sure your meal was the best you'd had in ages. (Polenta with fresh asparagus and mushrooms sounds perfect to me.) And those lilacs--heaven-scented. They are among my favourite flowers, and yours look spectacular.

    You're heading into the week with a renewed sense of joy. I hope it can carry you a long, long way.

  2. This post seemed like a good news post, all the way around. I'm glad things went well with your father.

    (And your glasses are great!)

  3. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

  4. I'm so glad your dad's surgery went with him. Isn't it sad that we feel we have to stay at the hospital to make sure our loved ones are cared for? That night was such a gift to your parents.

    I'm catching up on blog-reading and I was so moved by your recent post on teaching literature. I have the same approach and doubts that you do. I think it's true that good teachers are self-reflective; I also think that SLOs and PDPs are not going to help the unreflective change! I think that students learn from thoughtful teaching even if the unit doesn't go the way you planned. It is a journey that you are taking with them.

  5. So glad your Dad is doing well. A very stressful weekend I am sure. You look great in those new glasses.