|Merry Christmas! It was Winter Concert Day!|
This has been a different year with my return to part-time work. I work 3 days a week in my old school and my official job description is .6 teacher-librarian. However, in our province, British Columbia, there is a serious teacher shortage. Administrators (principals) are now providing preparation periods (100 minutes a week required by contract) and there are few substitute teachers.
My .6 teacher-librarian job could be .6 T-L and .4 TTOC (sub) if I wanted but I know that would result in a serious imbalance in my life.
|European Christmas Market|
I am still gardening in my parking lot gardens as I wish to avoid a messy overgrown look in the spring. Winter is (usually) short here and our blooming season is long. My anemones have popped through the ground and a rhodo is threatening to bloom shortly. Soon snowdrops will appear and perhaps I will plant some primroses to help out the winter pansies.
|a misguided rhododendron|
|a beautiful Vancouver day|
It's 6:41 am now! I miss the eagerness of childhood times. My family used to get up very early. We are all larks not owls. We have no children in our household so we miss out on the excitement.
But, we did have some optimistic news on Saturday. My 7 year-old great-nephew has been seriously ill for over two months. The little guy has spent time at Children's Hospital and Ronald Macdonald House but treatment had not been successful. This week, it seems that medications are showing some positive results. We are keeping him in our thoughts and/or prayers. It would be wonderful if the new year brings him restored health and a return to his Grade 2 class.
Christmas brings the New Year. I started writing my blog after my dad died. He will have been gone 5 years in January. I look at the photos on my desktop and sometimes it seems a lifetime ago. So many places visited, people met and feelings experienced! So many changes!
It's almost 7:00am now! Just another hour before Monsieur rises and I can fill the stockings. Daughter will be over so that the day can begin. Merry Christmas to all and wishes for a happy day!