Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Learning A New Skill

My youngest daughter, Melissa, and I took a weaving class this morning at my local yarn shop, and we fell in love with it.  We have wanted to take a weaving class for a few years now, but just haven't had the opportunity until now.  I paid for hers as part of her Christmas gift from me, but taking it with her was a gift to me as well.  Our teacher could not have been nicer or more knowledgeable, and the experience was wonderful.  I was amazed at how involved the process of warping the loom is!  The weaving part is the simple bit.  The class was three hours long, with one more three hour class next Saturday, to learn how to take it off the loom, and practice warping it again.  
I chose two skeins of yarn I purchased at Rhinebeck this past year, but Melissa chose some funky handspun, along with two colors of Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool for a unique looking combination that I never would have thought of, but that everyone seems to love.  Can't wait to see the finished product.



I spent Thursday and Friday at an AVID training this week that was held on the campus of Tidewater Community College.  I earned an Associates degree from there in 1988, and I don't think I've been back since, so I was amazed at how the campus has changed.  

This was the view from the classroom/meeting space I was in.
It was a great two days, with lots of great teaching strategies that I can use with my 2nd semester students starting this week, but the highlight for me was this young woman:
She came up to me on our first break to remind me that she had been a student of mine when she was an 8th grader and now she's a high school English teacher.  I thought that was pretty cool.
Meanwhile, Gracie continues to snuggle with me in the evenings after work, becoming quite vocal if I don't sit on the couch in a timely manner.  Too funny, but also too cute.


  1. Good for you with the weaving Rose, you know I have several looms and just love to do it.

    1. I'm definitely enjoying it but my daughter has fallen in love with it!

  2. Oh, those bossy grey cats! Mine is a talker, too, and she really insists on routine.

    How lovely to meet a former student/now fellow English teacher. That's a Day Maker for sure.

    1. And a female cat, to boot. You're right, meeting my former student was definitely a day maker. She is passionate about teaching, which is a breath of fresh air these days.

  3. So cool that one of your former students was there. Awesome. And weaving - so cool. Can't wait to see the finished products!!