Kids. More stuff with kids. LOTS of stuff with kids, and a welcome break from incessant studying.

I officially finished my studies at Evergreen for the quarter on Wednesday evening when I showed up for an evaluation conference that was canceled at the last minute. Handed in my paperwork and gratefully went home early.

I officially finish my Geography class tomorrow when the finals are over; I am getting an alternate arrangement so that I can help out at the middle school that afternoon. We are in the last few days of class, and there are several loose ends I need to tie up.

I officially have six days between then and the start of the classes for the summer: three at Evergreen, one online through the community college. I have already read several chapters in two of the books and will be trying to read through the rest of the books this week. I want to focus during these five weeks on the lectures and other assignments, not the reading. While working some extra hours for the phage meeting and chauffering the younger stidkid for rehearsals and finishing those tasks at the middle school. Oh yes, and deciding on the actual paint colors for my office…

I just figured out how to download pictures from the G1 phone, here are a couple that weren’t too bad.

This is the elder stidkid in April, with his grandmere, ready to play the trumpet for a school of K-2 graders!
trumpet solo day

This is a picture of our yard in May, after the blueberries were transplanted, before the apple and pear trees leafed out, the plum in all its glory…

yard in may

And a picture of me from this last week, at the end of a long day, at the fruit stand that is open again!


The trebuchet the stidkid and his friends built for their medieval studies unit. They had significant help from Mr. D, the father of one of the students. You will see him in the video below, helping load and such. For scale, stidkid is the tall fellow in blue — he is about 5’10” tall.

This is the little video of the trebuchet, showing one that backfired, and one that worked.

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