Life goes random

It’s been a week of great difficulties and a very few random small accomplishments.  Since the big troubles are outside the scope of this blog, here are some of the random things I accomplished this week.

I sewed some fabric masks for my nieces to wear in grocery stores.

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I repotted my window cacti, something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, but I feared the spines.

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I bought the metal pots a while back at IKEA and then drilled a hole in the bottoms for drainage.  A very heavy duty gardening glove saved me from the spines.  And I used a technique I learned on Gardner’s World, where you put the old pot inside the new one and fill dirt around it and then it leaves the perfect sized hole for the plant when you take it out.

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And yet I still got dirt everywhere.

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I also used an egg carton to start some pepper seeds.  I’ve never succeeded at growing peppers, but maybe this year?

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More seeds still to plant.  It needs to be a bit warmer.  I had to put chicken wire around the new raised bed where these seeds will end up because the puppy (who is now 35 pounds!) keeps digging all the nice loose dirt out of it.

.And I did more work on my slippers, which were developing holes around the patched areas.  I don’t know why I don’t just knit new ones, but I’m entertaining myself with different techniques to stretch out their lifespans.  This time I tried needle felting.

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I didn’t have foam or a felting mat so I used my fingernail brush.  Other than the awkwardness of fitting it into the heel it did the job.  I used some of the multitude of fiber I have on hand for the spinning I never seem to do anymore and stabbed away on the inside-out slipper bottoms. It seems to have worked, and it doesn’t show from the outside.  A little more time added to extend their lives.  I’m running out of techniques though, so this might be their last chance and then I will have to pick up the knitting needles.

Other random accomplishments this week:  I ate a lot of cookies, got into zero fights with my housebound teenage sons, and reread a huge number of comfort novels.  All good things.

This is Spring Break week for three of us according to the school calendar.  Kind of meaningless under the circumstances.  My husband is still going to work, but has a furlough week next week as his company cuts back on payroll as orders are drying up.

My high school is going to attempt online school starting next week.  We had an exploratory Zoom session on Monday to see how that would work.  74 of 90 teenagers showed up for it, which was an encouraging sign.  It was so good to see them again, even if only in little squares on my tablet screen!

All but two of the 90 have signed up for the Google Classroom my teaching team has created, so we are hopeful.  We have an integrated project planned that isn’t overwhelming to get started, and a special ed teacher involved to add extra support.  Fingers are crossed.

Hoping you are all safe and healthy, wherever you are.

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Johnna

Hello from Washington. I am a knitter, spinner, and quilter who is constantly looking for the next fiber hobby to add.

2 thoughts on “Life goes random”

  1. Love your slipper repairs.

    As the parent of an autistic 16 year old I can honestly say that I love Google Classroom. I’m frustrated with the other teachers that aren’t using it. My son has missed so much just because of the unorganized mess. I asked for help on one of his assignments this morning and they told me to google it like I hadn’t tried that before asking! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I guess I cry and eat cake instead

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    1. I was kind of amazed to find out how many teachers in my district weren’t using it. I get it for the elementary kids, but by the time we get to high school considering that every student in our district gets a Chromebook after grade 5, it seems like such a useful tool. Makes it much easier to communicate with parents too, as they can check the calendar as well to help their students. The district had to do a restraining to get everybody up to speed so that we can all these again.

      Of course it doesn’t solve the problem for kids who don’t have access to Wi-Fi and so on. And the more we find out about Zoom, the more problematic it is. We are all just stumbling around in the dark at this point, but hopefully it will keep improving.

      I’m sorry you’re not getting the help that you should. If the teacher is really responding that way, considering we’re all still getting paid and we’re supposed to be helping our students, you might want to go up a level and contact a counselor or principal. And the special ed teacher who is still supposed to be supporting their students.

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