Tag Archives: Spring Break

Goodbye March

31 Mar

IMG_0019I don’t do much gardening anymore;
I only keep a box and
a few pots on my stoop.

But, like March,
the season of the flowering kale
has come to an end.



In its place comes April,
full of hope and new possibilities.



I have replaced the kale IMG_0020
with pansies for now.
Later, I’ll put my dahlia tubers in pots
and change up the pansies
for something that can take
the heat of summer.

And so, Spring Break ends,
this month of daily writing ends,
but the journey
around the sun

Spring Break

26 Mar

Spring Break is
staying up late Sunday night
and waking up
Monday morning
after the dog
whose needs must be met.

Spring Break is
a cup of coffee followed by
a pot of tea
left of the burner
to stay warm all day.

Spring Break is
watching the neighbors
climb into cars,
walk to the bus stop,
going to work
while you stay home.

Spring Break is
joy at the graded papers
left at school
so I can read and knit
and walk the dog
to my own drummer.


Spring Break: Day 1

25 Mar

Although today is the first day of Spring Break, in my mind it began at 4 p.m. yesterday. It won’t really feel like Spring Break until Monday when I won’t have to do to school. An informal poll in my classes let me know that most students were enjoying a Staycation. That was a new word for most of them and they really liked it.

My plans for today are simple.

  • drink coffee and write this post.
  •  read/knit/drink tea
  • nap – maybe before lunch, maybe after
  • take a couple of walks with Lucy

I’ve only ever gone away for Spring Break once. Mostly, I like to stay home and regenerate, so I can finish the school year strong.


Countdown to Spring Break

18 Mar


10 miles there & back

9 days without school

8 hours at school

7 traffic lights to drive through

6 hours of teaching

5 minutes of passing time

4 quarter hours in the car commuting

3 teammates

2 Humanities classes to teach

1 morning meeting

 Blast-off to Spring Break

Sleeping in on Spring Break #SOL15

27 Mar


I am, by nature, a morning person. I am aware that this can be annoying to night people, so I try not to be too cheery too early around them. In school days, I generally get up around 5 to drink coffee and mess around on the computer, reading or writing, until it is time to get walk the dogs, get ready and go to work.

I had hoped to sleep a little later during Spring Break. Maybe get up around 6:30 or 7. Alas, Fiona did not realize it was Spring Break. Lucy don’t get up until she has to, or until she hears foods sounds emanating from the kitchen. Fiona is like a Swiss train, even during Spring Break.

So, I’ve been getting up a bit after 5 every morning this week. It will mean an easy transition back to work on Monday. And that’s a good thing, right?

Countdown to Spring Break #SOL15

20 Mar


It is almost 6 a.m and that means:

9 hours

540 minutes

32,400 seconds

10 division word problems

a dozen writing conferences

1 recess

about 10 pages of The Lonely Lake Monster,  our read aloud

1 more sack lunch

1 recess

23 report cards to hand out

until Spring Break begins

but who’s counting?

Spring Break Tally SOLSC 30

30 Mar

Spring Break is almost over. I go back to work on Monday,where, all the rest & relaxation of this week will probably disappear because we have conferences starting on Wednesday. That means two 12 hour days. Not good for a morning person. Ah well…

As Spring Break winds down, I thought I’d take stock of what I intended to do and what I actually accomplished. Here are my lists.

Things started before Break, but finished during Break

1. The adult sweater I knit for the ASA Gala auction. (see picture below)

2. The Interestings by Meg Wohlitzer

3. Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

4. adoptions finalized for 2 puppies (Biscuit & Trixie)


Things started and finished during Break

1. The child sweater I knit for the ASA Gala auction. Both will be turned in today.

2.  Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

3.  Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

4. Dahlias planted.

5. ORELA test for Middle School Language Arts


Things I intended to do during Break, but didn’t

1.Take a nap everyday. I only managed this once, on Thursday.

2. Go through my files and shred. UGH. Such a mundane task.

3. Hang the pictures I had taken of the girls in December. I’ve had the prints  and the frames for a while. But I used the frames to block the sweaters. Maybe I’ll hang them next week.

4. Start The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Obsessive knitting kept me from starting this book. Just one more row. I really wanted to turn the sweaters in at church today.


Here’s a picture of the sweaters. They look OK, but  I am not thrilled with my color choices. I wanted something that a mother and daughter could wear together without the mother looking like she was a little girl. They look better here than they do in my house. I think I just need a little distance form the project.





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