Sunday, March 6, 2011

Still Winter To Almost Spring and Back to Winter

When there's not much to report, I can always count on the weather and visiting wildlife. We've had both this week. Early in the week I looked out the kitchen window and spied these beauties!

At one point one of them came up to the bird feeder to find out what leftovers were laying around. He didn't stay long and even this little herd moved on pretty quickly. I have no idea where they migrate to and from. This area, as most of you know, is in the middle of a subdivision with subdivisions all around so I don't know where they might be living.

By Saturday morning we were having a bit of a thaw and the edges of the pond were just water with the middle on the slushy side. When I looked out the window I saw these guys making their way up from to the pond to the bird feeder. Once we start seeing ducks you start to think Spring can't be too far behind, can it?

Sadly, our hopes of Spring were soon dashed because Saturday afternoon the snow started falling and when it was all said and done we had another 3 or 4 inches on the ground again.

Friday night was bowling. We were in 6th place I think but we've probably dropped down a place or two after our sad performance. We started by having to give the other team 50 pins. The first game H and Bill had great games, both over 200. I, sadly, did not even get my average. We won the second game and were up about 30 pins. The other team really stepped it up the last game and though we had great hopes in taking that one and winning 1 and totals, it was not to be and we only ended up with 1 point.

The rest of the weekend has been fairly uneventful. We stayed home last night and watched Robin Hood (the version with Russel Crowe that tells what happened before he became the Robin Hood we all know). Lots of fighting, death and violence.

Today the sun finally came out and even though there was a fresh layer of snow on the ground it was nice enough to take the pups to the high school for a little frisbee. They were happy!!

A couple of times the wind got under the frisbee and carried it across this little stream. Thankfully both Zoe and Charlie remembered to jump it instead of falling in it. Once the frisbee actually went right in but Zoe retrieved it without even getting a paw wet!

I thought this picture looked crazy! I have no idea what happened. It was very bright out but most of the pictures were either washed out like this one or too dark. Weird.

They had so much fun and are now sleeping soundly like good little pups!

H is out tonight. He has the suite at the Palace again and is treating some people to a Piston's game. They're playing the Wizards, Andy! You should have flown in for the weekend and you and H could have made a night of it.

I'm preparing for a busy few weeks. The ESL dept. (that's me now) is preparing for our annual ELPA testing which is an annual test given to English Language Learners to see how much they've improved in English. We have to test every student in four areas, listening, speaking, reading and writing, and have until April 15 go complete it. While I haven't done any of this kind of testing myself yet, the other girls tell me it's quite intensive and a bit stressful. If you don't get everyone tested by the end date your school is penalized for each day you aren't finished. We should have enough time but there is a week of Spring break in there so we have to work around that too. I'm hoping things go well. There's already been a bit of tension in our department between two other aides. I'm staying neutral if it kills me. They are having a bit of a power struggle and I'm just waiting until they're finished so we can get started testing. If the teacher would just step in and handle it that would take care of the problem but she doesn't really like to do that. She's in her own little world, doing her own thing, and let's the rest of the stuff get sorted out between us three aides. That would be fine except the other two struggle for all the power. It's kind of interesting to sit there in the middle and watch them go at it but also I just want to get started and get the testing over with so we can get back to helping these kids learn English!!

Ok, that's it for the week. Only two more weeks until Spring officially arrives. We are ready for it here. If only Winter would cooperate and leave!

More weather reports next week.

Have a good week!

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