Richland Spring Report

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I am in mother’s heaven. I have managed to see all four of my children in the last two weeks. My youngest son, Shane, and his wife, Earnie, were here for the day on Saturday. My youngest daughter, Christine, and her husband, Bobby, came last week and helped install my floors. Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend my grandson, Dustyn’s, strange graduation, and Tracy now lives here on the property with her husband, Mark.

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The dust storms out west have made for some beautiful sunsets. As I sit down to write the column, I can see a brilliant, orange sun lighting up the sky in shades of dusty pink and orange. The mosquitoes forced me in from the front porch, but the cool breezes just don’t seem right for the middle of June. I am not complaining; these cool mornings and evenings are a blessing.

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By the time you get your paper Thursday, I will be in Stonewall, Texas. The quilting ladies and I are headed to four days of hard sewing. I am looking forward to this trip just so I don’t have to do yard work. I can say for myself that I have done more outdoor work in the last two months than ever in my life. The weather was perfect, the rains were plentiful, and things just worked out. My yard shows the results of all that hard work. Russ keeps me hopping.

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I forced myself to leave the front porch and come inside to type the column. It’s beautiful outside, cool, not much wind and crispy clean. It’s cool enough outside that I will have to get Russ an extra blanket for the bed. I should get my new chickens shortly; with any luck they will survive the hawks, owls, cats and whatever else is out there. Oh, do not forget the snakes. A chicken snake cleaned out my bluebird nest, and I shall add that predator to my list.

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I am excited that Texas is reopening its economy though on a limited basis. Deep in my heart, even though I knew it didn’t make sense, I was hoping that our schools would reopen. The polls are showing the response levels of different states.

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As we begin week four of our social distancing and homebound learning, it is time to take stock of where we are. I feel I am a little more comfortable with this online classroom. I have a way to go, but I don’t feel so frustrated. Most of my students, and hopefully their parents, have reached a zone of comfort. I wish I could say that all of us are totally at ease, but that would not be true.

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I am late getting this edition in again. I think it is a result of several things; the first is I am on this computer for hours every day working with Google classroom. Students, parents and teachers are slowly making themselves familiar with this online teaching tool. The second reason links with the first. Once all the assignments are collected; they must be recorded in another program.

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I had to dig out my warm jacket and snuggly-blanket for the couch. I just don’t do cold anymore. It really is sad that you can live for 21 years in a snowy environment, then start complaining about a cold snap. No fear, 80 degrees is near, and life will be good again.

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We’ve been doing fairly well as far as the sick season is concerned, but it looks as if the flu and strep season is about to hit us here in Richland Springs.