Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's Saturday!!

Yesterday evening Dennis and went mountain bike riding at Ritter Park with Jane and Buddy Lake and saw two of these guys! That's a barred owl if you couldn't guess! It was about 8:30 pm and getting dark and I saw this big bird swoop down from a tree. I thought it was a hawk after one of about 1000 squirrels that live there but then when it landed in the tree, it was an owl!! One girl was jogging by and said that she often sees three of them there. We saw two and thought that was really, really cool. They didn't seem to mind the four of us standing there with our mouths hanging open, staring at them like they were aliens either!

It has been a very busy week with all the "workshops" I've attended for dear old Cabell County. I feel like I am already back to work - blech. My sys op training was a real brain smoker. Heaven help me get the hang of those files, folders, settings, and steps to keep the wheels grinding on those old computers!!!! haha

Went out for my 3 mile walk this morning hoping I would beat the heat. Not so. It was already 81* at 10:30 this morning and I was sweating like a piglet!! Time to go cool down!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Where did the weekend go?

It's been awhile since I've done my blog, huh? Seems like only yesterday though! I spent Friday at the Board of Ed learning how to use the "Smart Board" in the classrooms. It's pretty amazing actually. You can show your computer screen up on a whiteboard, then write on it, slide images around with your fingers, let kids come up and work with it. Amazing how technology has advanced so quickly. I plan on doing some lessons including famous works of art and using it in my classes. We'll see how that goes! I can also put my lesson notes on a memory stick and carry it with me, plug it into the classroom computer and "viole' "!

Yesterday was way hot. Dennis and I decided to go to Beech Fork Lake and paddle yesterday evening. The water was great (we swam) but these darn horse flies were buzzing our heads continuously every time we got over to the side to park the boats! We started using my flip-flops to whack em. Blevins' 5, horseflies, 2. Score! Where do they come from?? I suggested we paddle close to these people swimming near their boat in the hopes of luring them to a "more inviting area" but they seemed to have a thing for kayaks! We've paddled that lake a zillion times in the summer but I don't remember ever having to fight off so many these little monsters! Anyway, we survived and it was fun getting in some cool water on a hot evening. Next time, bug spray........
Jeepie - still running like a top!
Poison Ivy - finally gone!!!!! Yay!
Propane - got the credit forms filled out and mailed back in. Hopefully, we will have a nice big white tank in our yard in the next couple of weeks. Pretttty..... I think it would be fun to paint it up like a submarine!