The busy season is here once again. It seems as if fourteen different things are simultaneously occurring! One act play is perfecting their UIL offering. Basketball teams are winding down the district play. Both boys and girls teams are doing very well! Tennis is mostly on hold due to both of those activities. The first of the TAKS testing begins in March, so teachers are honing skills for that big event. The elementary students went to San Angelo on Friday. Thank heaven the sun came out in time for us to spend a little time at the park. Picnic lunches are much better in the park than on a bus! The symphony was wonderful. I use that word because some of the younger children had never been to such an event. The symphony hall itself is a sight to behold. I enjoyed the look of wonder on many little faces. It’s those special moments that make this teaching job a delight. I’m listening to the Who playing in the other room. They were one of the top bands when I was a youngster. I’m having little flashbacks as I type.
I have to say that the super bowl ads are an extreme disappointment. It seems as if the majority of the ad agencies decided to run bozo ads. My team is not playing, so I’m pulling for Peyton Manning. I like who he appears to be. Russ says he has a super work ethic. He is always running plays or checking the play notes. He doesn’t sit and chat with everyone; he is busy planning on the sidelines. I just like him.
Just when I thought it might get warm; along came Sunday, and the cold wet weather again. I cannot shake this cough and congestion in my lungs. I’ve been through two rounds of antibiotics and it is still sticking like a tick. I spoke with my son-in-law in Houston; he was sick at Thanksgiving, and he says he is still not well. I just need some warm sunshine and I’m sure I’ll get better.
The blood drive on Friday was well attended. In spite of the worry over the health of her Dad, Valerie Gossett was being her usual gentle and efficient self, making sure everyone was taken care of properly. I haven’t heard the final count, so I can’t report it. We were in a bleed down against Rochelle. Go Richland!
Mrs. Gossett is still looking for more box tops. If you have any, please send them by your student or some other student. You can also mail them into the school office, and Mrs. Mask will get them to the library.
There’s a school board election coming up. Good citizens, willing to serve their community and its students are always needed. This is an important position. The deadline to put in your nomination is posted with the school if you are interested.
I understand congratulations are due to Franky Soto. Franky placed 5th with his champion steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show. He will be eligible to go to the sale. Way to go Franky! Hausti Burkhart and several others are headed to stock shows around the state. We wish them all the best of luck. Good showings mean richer purses. Rich purses mean better college funds!
Mrs. Smith is once again running that one woman juggling act called UIL. She is a wonder and inspiration to everyone. She loves UIL passionately, and does everything she can to assist our students in their quest for medals. We love you Mrs. Smith!
We are in for more rain this week. I can only praise God for that. It has been dry for so long. Mind you, I’m hearing stories about trucks and tractors getting stuck out in pastures. That’s the price you pay for heavy rains. I have my chief focus on the flowers that will appear next month. We are going to have a bonanza of a flower crop! I can’t wait to see the fields alive with color! I will have a clear view of my flowers this year. My sister Dee and her husband Dave have worked magic on my front pasture! Dave loves to work outdoors, and he has cleared most of the mesquites and briars out of the way. I love it! I can’t wait for the flowers! I am going to miss them. They are off to Florida to visit friends. I have so enjoyed their visit. It has made the absence of my son and his family a little easier to bear. They are special people.
I know from the church bulletin, that we have many sick folks in the community. I think many in our church have this crud that gets in your lungs and refuses to leave. Donna Hill is recovering from minor surgery. George says she’ll be up and about in no time. Good luck girl. Todd Lewis was busy working next door to us. He’s doing quite a bit of clean up on Ruth’s property. It looks real good. Please send up a prayer for the sick in our community. We need prayer for our government, our President, and our precious troops and their families. It was good to see Fort Hood is about to overflow with returning troops. I can only imagine the jubilation on base! Bless you all and have a blessed week.