Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Old Childhood Friends

While staying with my mother, I've been dabbling a bit with my watercolors. Here is a little watercolor painting of some toys I used to play with as a kid.  They were leftovers from my older brothers.  At some point and time our pet dachshund got a hold of the grumpy one and chewed him up a bit. I think the blue one has a couple of bites out of it too judging by the looks of things.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

An Update

I have not made any update of my life lately and thought that I'd give it a shot today.  I am at my sister's house caring for my mother while sis and her husband have a little respite. I am really enjoying it here so far.  I have been busy so far so that it has not become lonely.  Today will be slower, now that my work is done. So far, my visits with Mom have been pretty good.  She seems a little more like her old self now that her hearing aides are working better.

I like it at Martha's house.  It has a homey ambiance...which sometimes I feel that my own home is lacking.  I like being in a quiet place.  I enjoy listening to the birds sing.  It has been windy and a bit cooler than I  had anticipated and I have not brought long pants with me other than flannel lounge pants. (I cannot help but think of one reader from Australia who would use the word "pants" for something else, it is not long underwear that I am wishing for).

My job situation looks bleak right now.  It is tough trying to find a library job.  I do have some leads...but there are many of us competing for the same positions.  I find myself questioning whether or not it was all worth my going to grad school...but here I am and I must look forward.  I have been trying to figure out what one does with an MLS if one cannot find a library job.  I have applied for 7 library positions lately, 2 of which have been given to someone else.  I did a long term sub job at a small country school district east of where I am located.  It took me about 50 minutes to drive there-not quite half way to Syracuse!  I was in a middle school/high school with approximately 415 students.  I liked the people there very much.  The school has some issues...but it is a tiny rural school with a tiny budget.  Not fair to compare it with schools in suburbs of Rochester.  The librarian there is retiring, but by law the job must be offered first to a person that school district had to let go a few years ago. I keep checking the website to see if there is any news, but so far there is none.

For the summer I am working 2 days a week as a secretary at a Christian camp located on our lake. I start next week. I think it will be a nice job for the summer, but I wish it was a little more hours.  We are really having to S-T-R-E-T-C-H our money this summer.  Speaking of camps, my son Allen will be working at another Christian camp this summer and leaves today. I think it will be good for him.

My artwork has been neglected for months and months.  I had hopes of working on it while at Martha's but I am having difficulty motivating myself. I have been reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hounds of Baskervilles which is turning out to be a pretty good read.  It is a classic that I got for free on my kindle.

I am stealing a picture off of Martha's computer for my post. Since we shared a bedroom as children, I feel as though I am entitled to it!  LOL! An oldy but a goody of my daughter Audra and her grandfather...circa 2005?

Sunday, June 03, 2012

7th grade orchestra concert

Here is one of my favorite daughters during the 7th grade orchestra concert on Thursday night.  They sounded wonderful!!!!