What is this? Gale force winds. Temperatures in the 40s and 50s (even the 30s at times) Dark skies. I can’t remember when we’ve had so many days when I had to convince myself to get out of bed and get moving. We did have some gorgeous days this past week when it was cool in the morning (needing socks for yoga cool) but well into the high 70s by afternoon. But we’re back to cold weather …well, cold for us, anyway.
I got to yoga yesterday morning, stepped out of the car and immediately went rummaging around the trunk for socks, hat, leggings, extra jacket. (I definitely have never learned to travel light. I’m prepared for anything) I went to the rest room to add on some layers…looked a tad ridiculous with the leggings under by yoga pants that stopped mid-thigh but hey, I never did look particularly classy.
We went to Croissant and Company afterwards to reward ourselves for sticking it out. Actually it hadn’t been bad at all. Sometimes it’s worse in the parking lot than on the beach. Still coffee and a pastry at the local French bakery with friends is such a good way to begin the day. (after yoga, I mean.) I call Croissant and Company, Cheers without the booze. We know everyone…the owners, the wait staff, the bakers, the patrons. Love that place.
Busy week…Met with the dentist who’s going to do my root canal (ugh) next Friday, went to a funeral (Celia was only 66 and perfectly fine until she wasn’t), visited a friend in the hospital (another friend who was fine until she wasn’t and needed bypass surgery and ended up having complications,) lunch with my good friend, Mary Anne (who is still doing well three years after a Stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis) and with my dear sister, Eileen, who is almost as busy as I am.
I had two “Audubon days” too. The Audubon club in Venice sponsors a program for second graders in south county to introduce them to Florida birds. They send teachers into the classroom with a power point and activities and lessons to teach kids how to use binoculars. Finally, we meet the kids at the local rookery where herons and anhingas and egrets are in the process right now of building nests and raising babies on a little island in a tiny pond right in the center of Venice.
Great program and this year I’m working with Cranberry’s second graders. Yes, back to my old stomping grounds where I have the extra treat of reconnecting with old friends. And, much as I’m loving being with those cute little second graders, I am so incredibly happy to be heading home after a couple hours. I wasn’t meant to work more than a few hours a day, not any more anyway.
Oh and I had a mammo…which I assume was fine because my doctor didn’t call me the next day and I figure if things are bad they call right away. They certainly did with the last cancer. They called within an hour for the esophageal cancer. So I think I’ve dodged that bullet, for now anyway.
We’ve seen a few movies lately. The Florida Project was really good. Four of us drove to north Sarasota to see it. One hated it (right, Ann?) but I think the rest of us really liked it. Or maybe like isn’t the right word. It’s terrible, it’s horrifying, it’s honest and if you teach kids or have taught kids, you spend most of the the time thinking “Thank God that kid isn’t in my class” and “Oh my God, I’ve had so many kids like that” and “How on earth can a kid ever get OUT of this mess.” And Jerry and I saw The Darkest Hour…great movie. We especially liked it because we’ve been to the bunker where Churchill’s war room was and to Parliament where so much of this took place. We want to see The Post next…probably on Thursday.
And we went to a party last night…fabulous food and wonderful friends. (Thanks, Martha) Most of the guys got hooked on the Patriots game and most of the women talked and talked and talked. (what else is new?)
I just finished reading Manhattan Beach (thanks, Deirdre)..liked it a lot. And I’m listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Thanks, Linda) Thoroughly enjoying it. And I started The Trouble with Goats and Sheep (thanks, Anne). Loving it.
And one of my New Year’s resolutions was to work for one hour a day on “my book” about teaching …Umm…that hasn’t gone so great. I owe myself (what’s the date?) fourteen hours already. Maybe this week.
Love to all…stay warm. Stay safe. Hmm…I need to find a good picture before I send this out.