I am thankful…..

My future daughter-in-law with #2 son.

We had a party because she said “YES”!

I’ve been away … Well, I’ve actually been right here in this bizarre southwestern city that clings tenaciously to the heat. I’m wearing a sweatshirt tonight just because I miss the change of seasons, thinking that possibly, if I wear winter clothes, we might experience a chill in the air for longer than the 15 minutes before the sun rises.

But I’ve been away from my blog in order to catch up on reports, lesson plans, grades, and sleep. Another reason I haven’t posted is that I had not had the camera in my hand for a while, and when I did, the images I produced were either boring or totally awful.  I think exhaustion saps creativity and crumples knowledge and skill.

Last week, with a few days away from school, I got some good shots when my little family of six gathered for Thanksgiving.

My #2 son with his fiancee and his brother, my #1 son

My #2 son with his fiancee and his brother, my #1 son

I had handed my camera to someone else for the first shot above; that’s me on the left, toasting my son & his fiancee, who combined their engagement party with my sons’ dad’s Night-Before-Thanksgiving-Casino Night. (How’s that for a mouthful?)

My beautiful daughter-in-law asked that I not post any pictures of her on FaceBook (does that include this blog?) because she is expecting my 2nd grandchild in February. She has no idea how beautiful she looks. Respecting her wishes, I have not included any pictures of her.

What am I thankful for? I am thankful for my family: Two handsome, intelligent, and successful sons; two beautiful, intelligent, and talented daughters-in-law (soon); one incredible granddaughter; and one baby on the way. I am blessed!

All Soul’s Day and Social Security

When I was a girl in small town Indiana, we placed flowers from my mother’s garden on my grandparent’s graves on All Soul’s Day, which is also my birthday. This time of year, the stores abound with fall flowers which bring floods of memories of simpler and happier times of childhood.

It’s midnight in my time zone and I am now officially eligible for social security. I am 62 years old today, born November 2, 1950. My future is uncertain; it is a little frightening to go into these years alone. But it’s not impossible. Just as the seagulls who can stand calm, unruffled by the heavy winds and crashing surf, I too can weather the storm.

 

Our Paths Crossed Again

In June, I spent a fascinating day wandering around Shanghai with a incredible woman I’d met through this blog  (Exploring Shanghai With Flamidwyfe).

I spent another day with Sandi, this time in Florida, USA. Last week, I participated in a workshop in on Miami Beach,  learning IB teaching methodology; Sandi, who had recently returned to the states after finishing her gig in China, joined me at the very comfortable (luxurious) resort. You must understand, however, that while Sandi was toasting her toes poolside, I was holed up in the nether regions below ground. Check out her blog entry. 

Sandi (not to be confused with the hurricane, although she exudes strength and power that could stand up to any storm) and I spent the evening sharing a bottle of wine and years of stories.

While Hurricane Sandy was gathering energy to cause devestation further north, we were gifted with a glorious pastel sunset as a result of her passage near South Florida.

Sunset, Miami Beach, October 27, 2012

Next post: Sunrise