Saturday, October 29, 2005

Unbelievable...

NH Audubon has their priorities mixed up. Ruth has been such an inspiration to so many children for so many years...the kind of teacher every child should have. Her lay-off starts Audubon down a very dangerous path...what is the point if they aren't working with kids anymore?

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Long time, no blog

Hello! I do apologize for the long stretch (almost 2 months) with no blog activity. Today, though, I am stuck behind the reception desk answering the phone and realized I could actually go online and update! Seems like the last two months have been kind of crazy...I did move to the Village in mid-August and love my new apartment. The cats are sort of OK with the whole thing...Twilly seems pretty well-adapted to being an inside cat while Abbey is in a constant state of "get me the hell out of here" which usually translates into getting into everything she can get her paws on. The chickens are here with me as well -- I have been getting my first little green eggs in the last week or so!

This is also the busiest season at the museum -- lots of "leaf peepers" up here taking in the views. Combine that with unprecedented staff loss (I think I counted 11 key staff members that left this season) and you have one stressed-out museum! The education manager and I prepared about 300 sandwiches on Friday and worked the lunch shift yesterday because there isn't any food service staff since the chef left...

Lots of other things going on as well.

I lost my Nana (mom's mom) on September 19. She had been diagnosed with a form of cancer called multiple myeloma in the spring and had been undergoing radiation treatment when she fell during the night and broke a vertebra in her neck where they had been targeting the radiation. Suffice it to say, they couldn't continue the cancer treatment, so after a week in the hospital and two weeks in a wonderful hospice facility, and going down hill rapidly on the last day, she passed away with all of us around her. Granddaddy (her husband of 63 years) seems to be doing well. He calls me and asks how to cook things :)

In September I was called up for jury duty and had to report every Monday for a selection, though I only got picked for a jury once (a 1 1/2 day car accident civil case). It was a fascinating process, though I'm glad I didn't have to serve any longer.

Also, the Center for Traditional Arts opened their doors on October 8. Exciting! I spent most of my days off in August and September helping them with renovation work on the building itself, and now that they're open, I can go up and demonstrate spinning and weaving! They had a really neat hand-built loom donated to them that I warped and started a rag rug project on. I also have a couple of scarves that I knit on consignment in their store. Not like I'm going to make my fortune, but at least I can recover my materials costs so I can keep knitting!

I have been working on projects...I finished another flower basket shawl with the purple yarn that my co-worker Dana brought me from France. I'm also working on a little bear sweater for a friend's year-old baby. I've gotten some spinning done, too....I broke down and bought a half of a gray alpaca fleece at our Wool Day event in September. If my camera worked, I'd post pictures!

All in all, things are well. Fall is upon us here in NH -- finally a clear day after a week of rain! The leaves are changing slowly and there is definitely a chill in the air and the smell of woodstove smoke. My favorite time of year. Time to start pulling out the wool.


P.S. Despite all this stuff going on, I have been reading others' blogs and have really enjoyed hearing what's going on with everyone. I'll try really hard to be a better blogger.