Evening sites/sights

Moon above the clouds

Moon in the trees

This past Sunday was the big Super Moon of 2017. As fate would have it, Paulina and I were driving on Sunday when the moon was rising and to top it off there was such a heavy cloud cover that the only thing we could see of the moon was a dim light through one of the clouds in front of us. Fortunately I had captured the almost Super Moon on Saturday night right after we had supper. I looked out the east kitchen window and there it was peaking over the horizon floating up through a ribbon of clouds. It was very pretty especially through the trees and with the blue background. It helped that it was not totally dark. As my late great-aunt Mandy would say, “It was not quite dark, dark.” So the pictures above and beside and around that have anything to do with a moon are from that night to the east of my house across the dike.

Sunset on the campus of University of Jamestown in ND on Mon., Dec. 4, 2017

On Monday evening, I went up to campus to check out practice with Paulina and her friends. It was wonderful to be greeted by many of the other throwers. Of course I expected a hi from Alex (former LHS athlete) and Katie (Paulina’s roommate) and Becca (has thrown with her for two years) but when the sophomore from Mandan came and gave me a half hug greeting, I was quite touched. I stayed on the bench just watching and eventually talking to Coaches Clark and Lemm for a good part of the practice. I sure enjoyed the time there and had a wonderful visit with both of those coaches. They have really been great role models and good examples of how to be coaches for these young men and women. As we were leaving the Larson Center to go to supper, I took the sunset picture that you see to the right. Hopefully I have been able to cut the license plates off the bottom of the picture. I really wish I had a filter to take out the things I don’t want shared on the blog. Perhaps that will be one of my Christmas wishes, if not to get the filter, than to learn to use what I already have. Ha!! Often with us old foggies that is more of the problem. At any rate, I went along to eat with the throwers and it was great! Later I went to Paulina and Katie’s room where we watched The Voice to hear the performances of the Top 10 hoping to make the Top 8. By the time I returned to Jessica’s place, I was tired enough to go to sleep and rest up for the second day of twins.

Lily in the bouncer

Marshall holding his own spoon.

It is Thursday as I am writing this, and I have only one more night to sleep here and get up to the twin’s  voices of squeals and giggles and grunts. I have sure enjoyed this week and can’t wait to see them at Christmas. I suppose by that time Marshall will have figured out crawling and Lily will be near pulling herself up. For starting out as premature babies, they have advanced leaps and bounds and they won’t be little babies for much longer. Of course there is always that weekend in Bismarck if we can swing things around to get there. We shall see…. Wishing all of you safe travels and happy days of preparation for the upcoming holiday season!

In Jamestown with the twins

This week I am taking some time to visit my family in Jamestown. I am specifically spending time with Jessica and watching Lily and Marshall this morning. What personalities! I still have that way old idea that at age 7 months babies should be about eat, sleep and some diaper changes. Marshall let me know when it was time for food while Lily crawled over to the toys and pulled out the one she prefers. What outfits. He has finally decided to nap and she is rocking in her swing. I made a dash for the bathroom now might find a snack before round two. I will try to enjoy this week as much as possible. Although the view out the window pretty much says housebound for now. We are being hit with the first December snow. I wonder if that counts as Christmas snow like in Frosty the Snowman

Twins Visit

Marshall, Grandma and Lily. They were looking at their mother afraid she might leave them with me. Ha!!

This past weekend our twin grandchildren came for a visit. They brought their mother and aunt with them, but of course they were the focus of the time together. I took a few pictures but not really that many on the camera that I mostly use for the blog, so the only one I will share for now is me holding them. Coincidently they were 7 months old this Saturday. I think maybe this picture was taken on Sunday just before they went home. They were really good for us on Saturday when their mother had to go to a Farmers Union County meeting in Linton. It was probably because they were still tired from not sleeping on Friday night when their mother was tired and needed her rest. It is always good to have the grandchildren and even the girls around the house. It is even better because it forces us to get things cleaned up and this time, I really went through my room and stacked up the mess into neat piles rather than clutter all over. I am so amazed at how tidy everything is today that I am not really sure what to do with myself. I actually did a little sweeping and picking up just to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand again. I also put up some more of the Christmas stuff, but that is a post for another time. I think it is nearly time to head to school and pick up James so we can go out for the evening. Today is the 36th Anniversary of our first date. I am not sure if he even remembered that. Maybe we can go some place fun to eat. Take care!!

Homecoming weekend

This past weekend was Homecoming at the University of Jamestown. This year they decided to host a full blown everyone reunion. Usually they pick the classes of 10, 25 and 50 years. That is way too far apart, but such is how it was always done. This year they encouraged everyone to come back and boy did we come back. They even had a parade. Granted it was only around the library square, and they only circled it once instead of twice like they were planning. Paulina and Katy and Alex were on the float representing the athletes. Ha! The throwers rode and the runners walked. Makes sense to me. In these pictures you pretty much see coach Clark, who has retired from being head coach but is still part of the team as an assistant. Throwing Coach Lemm is also in the picture, but she is walking. The track team won the float award. One of their posters bragged up the fact that the girls’ team has a very high GPA (3.5) and boys’ cross country is right behind with a 3.46. They have earned scholar athlete awards and the teams were recognized for that. I am glad they put an emphasis on that too. Anyway, thought I would share those pictures now that I found them on the card. I will post more as I dig them up.

Another Monday

Today begins my sixth week of this long-term substitute stint. I have one more full week and a couple more days after that. I won’t say I am counting the days because I really enjoy this school and this room. There is never a dull moment and no two days are the same. The students are pretty good and the other teachers and staff are great too.

Sunrise

The only real negative, which is pretty much my always negative, is that I have to get up so early. In the beginning we were leaving home with the sunrise, but lately I can’t tell because it has been so dark and gloomy and even raining, thus it is hard to tell where the sun is.

Today I will be late getting home because I have to wait for James to get through with football. Instead of having practice they are watching a motivational movie here in Hazelton. I am nearly starved and will probably by out the grocery store because we need to stop for a few items before we go home. Yikes!

I have been using some of my free time today to put together some “to do” lists for the rest of this week. We are heading to Jamestown to the college homecoming and I want to take some things along including some garden produce and maybe some baked goods. Hopefully I find some time to make somethings. I am so happy to say that my knees are feeling much better this afternoon. I don’t understand what happened, but it seems that since the heater was turned on it was much better.

Well that is it for now, have a great day!

Twins Baptism

Left to right: Sydney holding Marshall, me, Nate and Victoria holding Lily. Those were the sponsors. Marshall’s other sponsor was unable to attend.

Yesterday the twins were baptized. The silly officiant (grandmother) in her haste to move the ceremony along said Marshall Anthony as Anthony Marshall the second time she dipped in the water. They were darlings during the ceremony and that was a big thing. Not a peep from either of them as I handled them and got near the baptismal fount. I am not sure if it was because they just knew something was different in their fancy clothes or if they were familiar with grandmother. Perhaps neither, those two have minds of their own.

Grandpa and Grandma with grandchildren

We also found a bit of time at the end of the morning’s festivities to gather up the grandchildren and grab a picture on the couch in the fellowship room of the church in Jamestown. It is such a beautiful room and has been kept up very well. I remember when the whole big carpet remodeling project was completed then the women purchased the new couches and chairs and I wonder if some were not perhaps just recovered at the time. I should have taken a picture of those chairs so comfortable for meetings. So, this is it for now, we are off to another week of school.

Rain, rain and more rain

Rain water outside the school in Linton.

We must be getting some residual from the hurricanes or maybe just some normal fall rains, not really sure since I didn’t check the forecast. We knew it would rain today and oh boy do we need it. The garden and all of the fields will be happy to drink the wonderful water, but….it is so cold. There are reports of snow in Montana in the higher elevations, again a wonderful sound as it will likely put a stop to the fires where it is falling. All good as long as it warms up again when the moisture quits. We have not officially made it to fall on the calendar, so we are not so interested in seeing winter on the ground.

Today was Homecoming for the football team. The two schools, Linton and HMB both had some in school activities of their own then those who were free or so inclined, headed to Linton for the final big Pep Rally. Up in HMB where I have been working as a substitute, the high school finished off the interschool volleyball tourney early this afternoon, there was a mini-pep rally with introductions of the volleyball and football players and stats people then the entire school headed outside and down Main Street for a parade. It was pretty neat and I have some pictures, but cannot post them at this time.

I am in James’ classroom while the game is happening in Linton. I refuse to go outside because of the rain. I might melt like the witch in the Wizard of Oz. I would be heard fizzling into nothing screaming, “I’m melting, I’m melting!!!” We cannot have that because of the plans for the weekend. We are heading to Jamestown in the morning for a weekend with the girls. The twins will be baptized by none other than grandma, me!! It will be at First Congregational UCC there which is where all three of our girls were baptized as was Jaxon, so this is sort of THE place for us. Anyway, I will enjoy the weekend, I hope. We are packing the swim suits and hope to have a fun time in the pool with the grandkids on Saturday night.

Last comment about tonight. I would have gone home with my sister, but I heard the game was on the local access channel and I decided to stay in the school and watch. Great idea!! The game is on the channel that the school does not get, so I am listening to it on the radio, but not the same as watching. I still refuse to go out and stand in the rain. Every time I walked outside today, it felt like I was soaking wet when I got inside, not my idea of fun! Oh well, we love the rain, I will just keep telling myself!!! Enough your weekend!!!

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