Thursday, September 24, 2015

the fourth week is over

Another weekly catchup. It has been a good week, with my classes going well, things with my troubled friend are better, and I am getting plenty of exercise. I have done hikes regularly, played some good golf, weights and yoga daily, and two bike rides most days. The greenhouse it doing well and the two new trays have some sprouts while the first two have 4 inch lettuce. Within 10 days I will be eating lettuce. No kayaking with my kayak friend since the river should be flooding and I wouldn’t want to put her on it even if she wanted to. The house is in good shape and only a couple little things remain to be fixed. I have hiked with Rob the last two days and we had a good time chatting on a variety of topics. Claire Gallo is doing better so that is a relief.

Friday, September 18, 2015

third week done and I have survived

Another weekly catchup. My classes are going well and my problem student didn’t show up at the last class so I am hoping she has dropped the course. I doubt I will have such luck. Things in the hollow are doing fine except for the solar which is still giving me problems. Today, with a lot of sun and running the generator for three hours, I got the batteries the highest so far (1 1225 4 1240 7 7 1250). I have never gotten 1 above 1255 and 4 and 7 past 1270, which is full. I hope to charge them a little more tonight and there should be sun for part of tomorrow. My greenhouse garden is doing well and the new trays have very small seedlings. My troubled friend is doing much better and I think I can take a break from contacting her this weekend. I was very worried a couple of days during the week but I think things are really getting better. I will be going kayaking with one of my other friends tomorrow. Looking forward to that. I think we are getting a 2% raise in November so that would be good. I have been doing my weights and yoga, biking (often twice a day), playing golf very well, and a very little amount of piano practice. I bought a new phone today because Verizon had a good deal on an LG 4. I have phone and internet but I have to get my email and music on Monday at Radford. Claire Hall seems to be doing very well and I hope to see her for dinner on Friday. I wrote a very good response to Dr. Schnecker’s response to my BBB complaint and send it this evening.

Friday, September 11, 2015

second week of classes done

Another catch up entry. A lot has happened since the dinner disaster with Claire. She did apologize and I told her when she and Maddie want to try dinner again, to just give me a call. I have finished my second week of classes and everything is going fine. The student who cheated on the surprise quiz and slammed the door apologized for both things and was fine in Thursday’s class. My second Realism and Naturalism class on Washington Square was very good, and Jenna’s presentation was outstanding, hopefully a good model for the other students. Kelly seems to be doing much better and though I don’t think she is out of the woods yet, she is calmer and a little happier. I have been in touch with her through email, text and phone almost every day and I think my support is helping. Talking to her today was much easier, certainly not crisis mode. Alfredo doesn’t understand why she got in touch with me but I really don’t care. She got in touch and I have to be there for her as I have been for the past 25 years. When she is back to her old self, things will change I’m sure but for now I want to be available whenever she needs me. I went kayaking with my friend last weekend and we had a lovely time. We went from Dudley’s to the Arsenal bridge and paddled very slowly chatting a lot. I have been doing my morning hikes when I can, weights and yoga every day, 2 bike rides almost every day, and golf almost every other day. The hollow is in good shape and the lettuce is up (about 2 inches) in two of the trays and I am hoping the other two trays will sprout soon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ist day of classes

This will be a long catch up. It is Tuesday and I have now finished my first day of teaching. It was rough having 4 courses but I got through. I think it will be more interesting dealing with the literature. I slept poorly last night and tonight, though I got a nap between classes 2 and 3, I am tired. I did ride my bike along the new river for over 50 minutes and after I finish my blog, I will try to do another ride on the Tech campus. I did my Lumosity training so that’s good. I haven’t heard from Darya so I’m not sure what is going on with her. I have been in touch with Kelly and I will talk to her tomorrow. I hope I can help her with my support. My dinner with Maddie and Claire turned out fine, except that Claire wanted to return home so I drove her back (fortunately with Maddie in the truck) and then Maddie and I went for steaks at Bull and Bones. She is a wonderful young lady. I have the house in order and two trays in my greenhouse have come up so I should have lettuce in a few weeks. I trimmed around the house, took the tractor out, did some walks and checked out the generator. I went out to walker creek and caught 5 nice bass. I have been biking a lot and tomorrow I hope to play golf in the morning before I head to the dentist.