Sunday, January 13, 2019

I was looking back at my blogs and I seem to be in hibernation.  I went from three or four projects over the weekend to one if I'm lucky.  Getting back into class work has taken a bit of my spare time.  I did get a few things done this weekend.

Yesterday I made some homemade ice cream.  It is an easy peasey recipe.  One cup of cocoa mixed with 1/2 cup of water.  Mix well then add to 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk and six cups of milk.

This morning I saw the funniest thing.  We feed the deer in the winter.  Every morning there are two bucks that spar while waiting for me to feed them.  This morning the bigger of the two was standing in the middle of the meadow with a bewildered look.  At his feet was the antler of the smaller buck.  They must have been jousting and the antler shed.  The bigger buck kept sniffing it and looking around, like ''did I do that?" I wish I had the camera.
All I have left is to rack my wine.  I'm still losing batches.  I lost the hard apple cider.  I still haven't figured out what the problem is.  I got a new cleaner for the equipment, but that hasn't helped.
That's all of the excitement at my end of the world.  Have you been doing any projects?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Back to class...

I haven't posted because as of January 2, I am back in school.  I have to take a re-certification class to renew my administration and teaching certificate.  There are a lot of firsts with this.  

It is the first time I have taken a class just to re-certify.  Classes have always been for a reason; to get more endorsements or to get my masters.  I'm having a difficult time taking a class just to take a class, so I picked a hard one - action research.  Ouch!  

It is the first time I have done an online class in this digital age.  For one class I now have 3 new e-mail addresses, three new passwords, and an online locker.  I still have no clue what an online locker does.  I looked in it and there was nothing.  I wish I could cram some of the things in my office locker in there: tons of photos, student work from long ago, a dead plant or two, coats, a Nepali dress, an African dress, and a set of grungy clothes in case I need to work with the chickens or in the garden.  Somehow, I don't think any of that goes in an online locker.  If anyone knows what I put in there please fill me in.  

It is also the first time I have used the new APA format for papers.  Did you all know that you no longer are supposed to space twice after a period?  There should be an age limit on this.  I learned to type on a typewriter.  Muscle memory dictates two spaces.  I tried to be aware typing my first paper and I was only successful once.  I spent more time deleting extra spaces than typing the paper.  Argh!

Anyway, don't give up on me.  Posts are probably going to be a bit scarce until April.  Either that or they will be like this one filled with new revelations.  Like the new virus my computer has after downloading or uploading all this class stuff.   In an attempt to alleviate my fears that I may be too old for this digital age learning, I am going to post some peaceful images from the snowshoe excursion Ella and I took on Sunday.