Monday, June 29, 2009


Yes, that's me,,feeling kind of stressed out right now. Tomorrow is my last day in my current work position. Today I have to go interview at another school that I do not even want to work at because of gang activity in the school and also its a lot farther for me to drive every day. I desperately hope the principal doesn't offer me the position. I had to apply because the Human Resource workers kept urging me to apply for it. I felt kind of pressured into it.
I keep hoping something will happen so I can stay where I am at now, I like it here and I love the wonderful friend that I work with. But I also applied for two more positions that are as close as this school.
I keep trying to contact the HR people to find out what is going to happen if after tomorrow I have no job yet. I don't know if I can draw unemployment, or even if I will have health insurance.
I was reassured at the end of May that I would not be without a job but now I am not trusting them so much. I mean how can you treat a person who has worked for a system for 25 years, half of their lives, this way. Just leave them hanging not knowing whats going to happen. But I guess there are so many people like me now days so I try to not whine about it too much but its really getting on my nerves. Please keep me in your thoughts and send good vibes my way. Its pretty scary trying to figure out if your going to be able to pay your bills or not.

I hope every one had a great week-end. We are finally getting a break from the horrible heat and humidity this week.

Thanks to all my blogger buds!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Good Read!

This is a book that I have been reading lately. Its really awesome too. It has excercises to do in it to learn to help make your life alot happier. I figure I wouldn't mind having more happiness.
Plus the book is so wonderfully illustrated by Joan Perrin Falquet. I really LOVE her ART! So if you want a good book to read then I highly recommend this one. And check out Joan's art at her website. It also shows some of the book at her website.
Hope everyone has been having a great week!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Whats been keeping me busy these days!

So now you know what I have been doing in my free time. My garden is coming in big time right now. Mom and I have been canning pickles, shredding zuchini for bread, and freezing squash.
I have alot of tomatoes but they are slowly turning red. The cucumbers are coming in hugh numbers, thus the need to make pickles. I have done a little bit of Art in my journals too but mostly I am outside. Its been so HOT here since last friday. I have to work outside in the early mornings and its nice then as the humidity isn't so unbearable. I also have to work in the late afternoons, after sun has gone down some. But even in the late afternoons the humidity will make you soaking wet. Tonight we are getting some late night thunderstorms and hopefully a little rain for the garden.
Tomorrow night we close on our house that we have been trying to sell this past year. It will be so nice to get that off our backs. And I only have 6 more days to work and then I will be off until August. I still don't know what my position will be when I go back to work at the beginning of the school year. I am trying to not worry about that right now. I am just going to enjoy being off in the summer.

I hope every one is doing well and stay cool if your weather is as hot as ours is at the present time.
I will be posting more when I am off work! Miss you all!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Big Events in our part of the woods!

So this week is a big musical event for middle Tennessee. First off, we have the annual Country Music festival. Its a biggie here in Nashville. Country music fans come from all over the world to meet and get autographs from their favorite Country music artists. Its a four day event but they are kicking it off today with a big parade in downtown Nashville(glad I don't work downtown). The days are filled with concerts and meeting their stars at booths set up in different venues. They use to call it Fan Fare but changed the name a few years ago.

Next we have Bonnaroo that will kick off tomorrow. Its a little southeast of Nashville in Manchester and what a line up they are having there. The biggie is Bruce Springsteen. But its a four day music filled event. I heard on the news this morning that 800,000 fans will be here this year. I wish I could go but my "all day concert going days" are over now. I don't mind the "sit in a comfy and cool venue" concerts. But the "standing in the hot, humid, and buggy fields" well ,uh, No Thanks.
So now you know all about our big week of music and tourists galore.
I hope every one is having a wonderful week!

Monday, June 08, 2009

monday's musings

Well its been a few days since I have posted. Its been a busy few days too. I had to work summer school registration at a different High School on Thursday and Friday. It just so happened to be the one I work at before I moved to where I am now. I enjoyed seeing a lot of my old co-workers. So far I really haven't heard much about where I am going to be. I met with a sweet HR lady on Friday afternoon. She said with my seniority that she will not have any problem finding a place for me. That's kind of reassuring but I really want to stay where I am at. Daniel would like me to stay there too and be off in the summers. Its a good possibility that I can but its not definite yet.
Good news! Looks like we may be selling our house this week. And investor has offered us cash for it. Bad part is that we will only break even and not make any thing off of it. But at least it will be off our back and less money coming out of our pocket each month. Its been on the market for a year so its time to let it go. Please keep your fingers crossed that it will all work out.
I have been doing some art lately. The picture above is one that I have done in my drawing journal. I like the way it turned out too. Usually I hate every thing I draw by free hand.
I have also discovered Zentangles. I have known about them for a while but now I am really enjoying them. They are so easy to do and it helps to keep my mind of of troubling times. Below is one I did and I also used some stencils in with it too.

These are really addicting to do too. I have my Mom to thank for getting into these. She started doing them and I had to give it whirl. I have always been a doodler and this is so therapeutic.
I have a zillion stencils too and I have been playing with them. The next picture is a combo of two different stencils.
I used water color pencils and fine point sharpies on all of the art on this post. And the good thing is that I have actually been creating some art every day, even if its just a few minutes here or a few minutes there.
I hope every one had a great week-end. And do have a wonderful week ahead!


Thursday, June 04, 2009


How about a basket full of pretty Hydrangeas ? These are the beauties that I picked from my bush this past week-end. I made 2 bouquets of them and gave one to Mom.
Well, I did find out on Monday that my position at the school I am at now has been cut. But I do have some options, hopefully. I can possibly stay where I am and work under a different job title but make the same pay that I make now. I would also get summers off again but that means I would make less money since I would be off 2 months without pay. That's kind of hard when you are use to making more money. Its a lot easier to go from less to more. The other option is stay in my same position and change to another school and still work 12 months. I have applied for that one too. Not sure if I will definitely get either one but I do have 25 years of seniority. Our school system is in a big transition right now. We have 5 schools who where under performing according to the "No Child Left Behind act" that our lovely ex-prez put in place. So there fore every one in all of those schools must re-apply for their positions. That's goes from custodians, teachers, clerical, up to the principals. A lot will not be rehired. Its a way of weeding out the not so good and keeping the good. But it sounds pretty cruel. So there are a lot of people out there trying to find jobs in the system again. But that's just the way it is. Enough of this.

Here are some pictures I took of my flowers and my summer time world at home where I am at peace.
This is a pretty moth that I found on our garage door last night.

Next is my hardy summer snapdragon. Its a beautiful dark wine color and full of blooms. The picture doesn't really do it justice as it was late evening and rain clouds were moving in.
And then we have a pic of my black eye Susan which is also full of blooms.

I Love the color of this Petunia.
This is the flower bed by my deck steps where are these babies call home.
Next is where the hubby and I sit and chill at night after a hard days work.
You have to have those bug torches lit at night to keep the lovely skeeters away.
And here is our outdoor room with Daddy and the Brat.

This what you would see if you were sitting on the deck with us.

And I have a wonderful collection of Buddhas and they really make me feel so Peaceful when I look at them.
And last but not least a view of the garden. Its getting quite full. I have some beans that have not sprouted up yet as I just planted them last week-end. I do have baby squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. I am already eating on the lettuce, broccoli, and white radishes. I am going to take close ups of it all this coming week-end.
And last, but not least, is my little Carlita Kitty who is looking for some bugs to play with by the flowerbed.
And that was a little tour of my world at the beginning of summer. I mowed yesterday afternoon and the time we got ready to go to bed we had a nice steady rain move in to water and refresh the flowers. I went back out on the deck to smell the freshness of the rain. So relaxing.
Please keep your fingers crossed for me that the right place for me to work at will fall in place for me. Its very unsettling right now when I am away from my haven in a world of unknowns that has become my work.
I hope every one is having a wonderful week.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Uncertain Future

This is a picture of the High School where I spend my week days. Its a beautiful old building and so nice inside too. It first opened in the 1930s.
My sad story is I am not sure if I will be here much longer or not. It seems that our School Board has voted to open 2 new Adult High Schools and we do not know what our future is here at our school. They know what they are going to do but no one will officially tell us what is going to happen. In they, I mean the people who run our schools. In fact, we had to learn from newspapers all the news that we have recieved up till this point.
I am so fustrated right now as I don't know what will happen or where I will be working or if I will EVEN be employed. Hopefully we will find out something soon.

So this week-end I spent both days working in my garden. I am sore and tanned a light brown but its a good feeling. Who knows, I may have to open my own produce truck, HA!

I will post more pictures this week of the garden. Its looking really good.
I hope every one had a great week-end!