This weeks prompt is Celebrate. There are a lot of things to celebrate this month for me. We have Easter and Earth Day and those are big thigns, more the Earth Day then anything. There is also the car shows this month, one here in town and in the town over. The Farmer’s Market is opening soon which means lost of grilling and fresh foods for us. I love this time of year. It’s so easy to be happy and free……. as long as you don’t mind the wind, lol.
This is not the way I wanted to start my year. I have the school now, technically since the first of the year, but it will officially be mine after the 17th when she has all of her stuff moved out. Things are not going well so far.
I looked over the books and, even thouh Ihave been doing them since I started working here I didn’t really know just how much was owed her. Now that I have done them I can see that there is over $1,000. 00 due her from outstanding debts!!!!!! One of the parents I know will not be paying up anytime soon and now just got a 90 day notice from their work!!!!!!! Great! I mean I feel bad that this is happening to them but it also effects me pretty bad as well.
And now one of my students, even though they are only here 3 days a week, won’t be coming until I get some other stuff taken care of with my new teacher. I can’t say that I was surprised by it but for all important reasons it shouldn’t be a problem since their paths shouldn’t cross if they were picked up on time.
I want need the kids to be out of here by 5 every night not just when I have class but also for myself. I would like to get home at a decent hour and be able to spend some time with my husband, you know? But now this has come up and there are problems. But like I said it’s not really a problem, just puts a snag in my plans.
Oh well things will change. Right?
Most days there’s not a lot to do around town which is why I am glad that I will be working soon. I’ve been told that, many years ago, there were poetry readings here, potlucks and a real sense of community. I want that. I want to be able to ask people for help and have it not be a problem. I want to be able to do things here and for people to enjoy it.
Take New Years for example. I heard that it was a nice performance, for about 10 minutes. The music wasn’t very loud and they seem to do the same thing over and over again. Kind of anti-climatic to say the least. It just made me really glad that we didn’t drive over there to see it. Oh well maybe I will become more active in the arts scene/world. It would help with the kids.
With all the talk of it being a new year and things changing I almost forgot about S leaving. She leaves on the 8th to take a trip with some friends and then comes back to finish packing and leaves for good on the 17th. That is this week!! I have to go down and get my business license, change all the bills to my name, and figure out what to name the place. I am starting to get really scared.
This week’s prompt for H O T is “This time of year”
I love/hate this time of year. I worked retail for 10 years so I have seen some of the worst behavior out of people at this time of year. Cutting in line, nearly running over people in the parking lot, pushing in the store, it was incrediable. I couldn’t believe that at a time of year when we are suppose to be “nice” and “giving” to each other can be so cruel and barbaic to each other. At least that’s how I felt my first two Christmas’s working retail. I was appalled at how such a beautiful time of year, with the lights twinking and the smell of hot apple cider and pine tree’s could get so ugly.
Even though my hometown wasn’t that big when I was growing up there were still some beautiful display’s around town by the local stores. Downtown Petaluma was always nicely done with wreaths on light poles and Christmas displays in store front windows that were not only selling the items in their stores but also setting a tone for the season.
That’s what I like about Bisbee. There is no big flashy display. There is a simple Festival of Lights, which we didn’t go to this year, where they sing Christmas carols, the cheerleaders perform and then Santa arrives. Most of the business’s have some display in their window, entered in the holiday display contest, and of course the lights.
Last year we didn’t do anything as a family on Christmas Eve but Savie and I drove around and looked at all the lights people had up. This year I doubt hubby will want to go (since he finds my seats uncomfortable and willing be working until late tomorrow) but we will again drive around looking at lights only this time we will have some popcorn to go along with it.
So I’m a little conflicted about this holiday. On one hand it’s a beautiful time of year with displays and lights and good cheer but on the down side things like this happen because we are way to commericalized.
Last night was by far one of the easier nights of keeping my kid happy. There are things we do to keep them happy. Drive 2 hours to see family, stay up late putting some new toy together, cutting the crust of their sandwich. Well last night was all about Savie (with a little bit of me thrown in).
Last night we went to Old Bisbee to see Santa and go to a couple of art galleries. It was a lot colder then I thought it would be but once we got uptown it little warmer. Our house is always colder then most since we are right on the side of the mountain but that’s another post.
Anyways we went uptown and drove around for a minute to find a place to park. Sometimes I love going uptown and seeing the tourist walking around all dressed up. This is not a dressing up town. Most of the restaurants are fine with the T-shirt and jeans, even the nicer ones. They don’t look at you funny or anything like that. But anyways back to last night.
After finding a place pretty close to where we were going to be we got our jackets and hats on, grabbed a flashlight from the glove compartment, and started walking up the street. When we drove up the street we saw a horse and carriage waiting for people so Savie wanted to go say hi to the horse. Just as we walked up my phone rang and I got into a short conversation with K about nothing. Savie decided that she wanted to take a horse ride. It was pretty nice but I felt kinda bad for the “ranch hand” since he had to jog along side the horse, I don’t remember ther name, because we have a couple of storm drains on the street and they won’t cross them.
After the horse ride we stopped in at 3 different art galleries and saw some of the beautiful artwork that has been done. Even though we go uptown at least once a week the galleries are usually closed the days we go up there. After that we headed to the coffee company to get hot chocolate and music then over to one more gallery to see some more artwork and….Santa!! I was hoping that she would be willing to talk to him since she’s been talking about it for while. But it was not to be. We got there and the tears they were aflowing. She did the same thing last year but I was hoping that since it’s been a year and she’s older that maybe this year would be different.Oh well there’s always next year.
All in all we had a good night even if she did have a meltdown at he end but then again it was bout 7:30 at night and she didn’t take a nap even though I thought she needed one. Oh well no big deal.
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