day 20 of social distancing. school is out until may, but according to the california superintendent of schools, most will not reopen until the 2020-2021 school year. no announcements have been made in my district, but the powers that be are making sure the school marms of their virtual classrooms are well-versed in distance learning of all stripes. we’ve had professional developments all week – webinars, zoom meetings, work-at-your-own pace trainings and whatever else you can imagine. i’ve been texting and emailing parents, ZOOMing with kids, and shoring up our google classroom.
the 5th grade teachers at my school probably have it easier than most, since we’ve been using google classroom for a couple of years now. we don’t have to reinvent the wheel – just add a few spokes. keep the kids in the wagon. make sure no one falls out.
but spokes or no spokes, trail guides missing, signs turned the wrong way, and dangerous rivers up ahead to ford…SPRING BREAK has arrived.
i’m a free agent until april 13. kids: you’re on your own till then.
dashboard: this is where i keep my grocery store pandemic gloves and mask. i try and limit my market runs to once a week. i figure the uv rays will kill whatever lingering germs are clinging to the surface. if you’ve got a scientific reason why my method is flawed keep it to yourself. i am on a mission to unclutter my mind this week.
tour of moss cottage environs anyone?
let’s start out front. the chinese pistache trees are still leafless. they’ll be bare for the next few weeks.
in the driveway the echium, agave attenuata, aeoniums, lavender, and aloe are competing for the same space. i let them sprawl.
the echium candicans are determined to take over as much of the driveway as possible.
masses of painted lady butterflies compete with the bees for nectar.
check out this giant bee on his tippy toes. if you know what he is please do tell!
look at this one i caught in mid-flight!
the weather is warming. when i’m not busy in my virtual classroom, i’m outside.
this is my nighttime perch for watching the moon and venus.
front porch vista.
outdoor rooms, windows, light, air, trees. i need those.
the world grows dim and brighter at the same time. how is that possible?
i don’t know, but it is.
if you’re on the frontlines i applaud you. so far no one in los angeles is banging their pots together or singing from porches at predetermined times as they are in italy & spain & the uk & so many places (!) for their healthcare workers, but our hearts are with them all the same. brave people doing brave work – like my dear sister. who has been given strict instructions that under NO circumstances whatsoever is she to die.
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- laughter has always been good medicine hasn’t it? “It was a limpid dreary day, hung as in a basket from a single dull star. “
2. “For weeks now it has been evening,” – a stark reminder of the times we’re living in
3. happy times for goats in wales.