Hi everyone :)
Well it’s Sunday afternoon again… the weeks seem to be going by quicker and quicker lately. This week I’ve been busy at school (nothing unusual about that)… busy with night classes (nothing unusual about that either)… but I’ve also been busy making jam! Yes I made some plum jam yesterday and I’ve already tried it and it’s delicious LOL
My week actually didn’t get off to a great start. On Tuesday morning I woke up to a ‘metallic’ smell and as soon as I turned on the light I got the shock of my life! Toby had clawed at his throat and made his whole neck bleed… wasn’t quite as bad once he let me clean him up a bit but it definitely required an emergency trip to the vet. It turned out that he’d gotten some sort of infection and he’s been on antibiotic and steroid tablets all week along with getting special cream rubbed into his neck three times a day.
Toby hates taking tablets so I ‘hide’ them into a small piece of cheese and now he’s totally convinced that cheese it a necessary part of his diet. I had to inform him that as soon as the tablets stop so does the cheese!
Last week my Tuesday night class ladies didn’t turn up and I wondered if they’d gotten their days mixed up… sure enough this week they arrived promptly for class so this week I’ve done two night classes.
We had a school band from Australia come to school this week and the girls from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar in Melbourne are extremely talented. The girls all sing and most of them play at least two instruments. They certainly kept our kids entertained!
I realised that I’d missed the start of the NZ Masterchef Master classes this week but thanks to TV on Demand I am now all caught up. It’s not quite the same as watching it on the TV but it’s a whole lot better than missing out completely.
My class has also started making recycled paper from our old newsletters, activity sheets and other paper from the recycling bin. We had a ‘ripping’ good time on Wednesday afternoon getting the paper prepared to be soaked overnight. The kids said it was heaps of fun and some of them ‘imagined’ that the paper was someone they didn’t like as they were tearing it up. I totally get what they mean about that one!
Earlier this week, Mikayla informed me that she had RESIGNED from her job at Pak’n’Save to ‘focus on her studies’. Please, she only works one day and two evenings per week… and her classes are only four days a week! I remembered what Nigel Latta had said about teenagers not being ‘right in the head’ and have come to the conclusion that he’s not completely wrong! There’s not much I can do about it now because by the time I found out about it she’d already done it… I just hope that she knows what she’s doing.
On Friday we had a Teacher Only Day and it was FULL ON! It’s actually the first time we’ve closed the school for a TOD in over three years but they made up for it by making us work extra hard for the whole day. We’ve got another one in the school holidays in July and I’m pretty sure that will be just as busy.
On Saturday morning Carey (who teaches next door to me) and I went out for breakfast. Last year we went out to Third Place for eggs benedict and had such a great breakfast that we went back again and it was just as good this time around. Great food… great company and a gorgeous view out over the lake… what more could you ask for to get your weekend off to a great start?
I’m super proud of myself! The last time I ‘tried’ to make jam Krystal was just a baby and it totally didn’t work at all and I wasted a huge amount of apricots! This time though it was smooth sailing and lots of happy little jammy moments LOL
Now for something that I haven’t done for ages… I’ve actually got a ‘traditional’ layout to share with you. This one is for a class I’m teaching at a retreat in two weeks time and I’m really pleased with how it all turned out!
The paper is from My Minds Eye and it’s really beautiful to work with. I love the soft blues and greys and the flowers just added the perfect finishing touch:
I also added a very cool resin embellishment that I coloured to match in with the colours on the layout:
I’m really looking forward to the retreat and I’m hoping that the ladies are going to learn some good techniques during this class.
So that’s it from me… I hope you all have a wonderful week xx