Coming Up For Air

One more week after this week of my crazy insane schedule. I am experiencing an overlap of my summer evenings classes in Zoom and my morning/afternoon classes in the schools. My evening classes will end a week from tomorrow. So my blogging is kind of like sending up the periscope at this time.

One would think sleep would come easily but when I get in a period of time like this sleep is not so easy. But there are weekend naps πŸ™‚

Coffee is my best friend right now. πŸ™‚

I already have my crash and burn session planned for the weekend after this coming one. lol

Until then it is teach in the morning 8-12, teach in the afternoon 1-3:30, and teach in the evening 6:30 to 9:30. Oh and lesson plan in the afternoon.

Then after next week a glorious thing will occur.. I will have my evenings free. It will be a wonderful.

Until then please understand if I do not respond to comments right away.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Conversations Yesterday

Yesterday one of my friends took me to my Rheumatology appointment in Omaha. We had a good time of fellowship on the way there and back. It was such a nice day that as we were driving back we had the windows open. We came to a red light and I noticed some construction workers on my side of the car.

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They were Hispanic, so I greeted them in Spanish. They looked at me like they were wondering who the crazy old guy was in the car. One of them responded, so I decided to continue with:

Necesitas comer tamales hoy- You need to eat tamales today.

He told me their work required Mexican power. I answered with Verdad pero necesitas comer carne asada- Truth but you need to eat carne asada.

Before we drove off I told him- Dios te Bendiga- God Bless You.

At the clinic there is a coffee shop. Yes I always find the coffee shop. While I was waiting for my order, I saw a woman from India. I greeted her with Namaste, which surprised her a bit. We chatted for a minute while we were waiting.

It is fun to greet people in their languages, One of my hobbies is to learn greetings in other languages. I can only greet in 30 languages so far. Doing so shows I respect them. It also opens opportunities to share Jesus at times.

The appointment went well yesterday. They even gave me my COVID booster, but no sticker or lollipop. Is that ageism? lol

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Coffee and Planning for the School Year

One of our local Rotary Clubs in my city has adopted the school where I teach Family Literacy, They have done wonderful things such as raising money for new playground equipment, donating books, reading with children and more.

They have also arranged speakers to come in and talk with the moms in my class about various topics such as healthcare and finances.

Tuesday morning we had a coffee meeting. The school principal, assistant principal and I met with four people from the Rotary. We discussed many possibilities for their involvement this school year which begins in ten days.

Coffee while discussing the school I love being at made for a wonderful morning. The realization that my summer is almost over dawned on me that morning. Pun intended- dawned on me πŸ™‚

Next week I will be in the building preparing my room, meeting with teachers, and contacting students. After the past two years I realize I will need to be ready for anything.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

I So Relate to This Poem- Morning Brew β€” Big Sky Buckeye

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com Another morning Alarm clock droning Sleepy head’s warning Waking and groaning Β  Almost hitting snooze Crawling out of bed Mind singin’ the blues Brain needs to be fed Β  Morning brew ready Caffeine right on time Never unsteady Brilliance set to rhyme Β  Arriving at work Second cup inΒ […]

Morning Brew β€” Big Sky Buckeye

Coffee Shop and Deep Conversation

Yesterday afternoon I went to my favorite coffee shop for a few hours. My nephew came for a quick visit from Wisconsin. Due to it being a HOT summer day, I had Moroccan Mint Iced Tea instead of coffee.

My nephew and I covered many topics. He teaches in Wisconsin so we compared notes on teaching during the COVID year. We also covered sports and international travel. He is the one family member who shares the travel bug with me. Once a person gets bit by the travel bug it never goes away.

There were also opportunities to bless the workers with my jokes. πŸ™‚ Although my nephew expressed his condolences to them for enduring my jokes. lol

After my nephew left, a man from Iran who I chat with at the coffee shop stopped at my table. He asked about the classes I teach and then wanted to know how his accent is. When I told him most Americans would understand him, he smiled.

I have been teaching online the past few weeks, so it felt good to get out and about again. Stay tuned tomorrow for my news about the change that happened this July. πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Wellness Wednesday- The Unknowns of Chronic Illness

An experience I will never forget is being in Rio do Sul Brazil, visiting a friend’s acreage that had fruit trees, and picking an orange off the tree and eating it. It was so sweet and delicious. Nothing like fresh fruit as in freshly off the tree. πŸ™‚

The one thing I like about summer where I live is the plethora of fresh fruit. I love fruit and actually can’t choose a favorite. I also love fresh veggies. Needing to eat gluten free doesn’t bother me so much because I can still eat fruit and veggies and of course meat. Sadly in the winter and spring we don’t have much variety, so I enjoy as much as I can while we have it. But I know they will be back the following summer.

It is the unknowns of chronic illness that are not so easy to handle. What will the lab results be? What will the doctor say this time? Will I have a flare up? Will I need to let go of things I love to do?

Part of living with chronic illness is wondering if things we enjoy will still be doable. One thing I love is international travel. COVID shutdowns took away plans for summer 2020. Spending money on doctors prevented travel plans for this summer.

I also wonder about 2022. If the treatment I am on works well, I hope to travel internationally. If the treatment does not work well enough, will it mean letting go of one of my favorite things to do. I love experiencing other cultures, drinking coffee in another country, eating the foods of the culture, and best of all interacting with and getting to know the people.

So I will be praying that traveling to other countries and sharing the love of Jesus is not one of the things I will have to let go of because of living with chronic illness.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Saturday Afternoon at the Coffee Shop

Yesterday afternoon I hung out at my favorite coffee shop. I know that comes as a surprise. πŸ™‚ I had Moroccan Mint Iced Tea and a gluten free blueberry muffin.

The past two years my teaching assistants were two young women I met at the coffee shop.

The first one for the school year 2019/2020 I joked with as she was playing chess with her cousin.That led to a conversation where I found out she had lived in other countries and had a little experience teaching English. I recruited her and she was a wonderful assistant, but she was preparing to move out of state the following school year.

The second one I met while she was working in the coffee shop. She was wearing a t-shirt that said ‘my one shirt’ so I joked with her that there needed to be a tip jar that said Hannah’s shirt fund. We got to talking and I found out she had helped with a preschool, I recruited her and she was the best possible assistant I could have had for the pandemic year with a blended class.

Lo and behold yesterday I saw a young woman studying and joked with her that homework is a lot of fun. We got to talking and I found our she is studying Early Childhood Education, I talked with her about my need for a new assistant for this coming school year. I think I may have found my assistant for 2021/2022.

My favorite coffee shop is a great place to connect with people. I also like that all of the coffee they serve is made from coffee beans from Ground for Change which is Fair for Life similar to Fair Trade. That means no child labor. One of my few splurges is to buy coffee beans for my home from the coffee shop. I usually buy the Brazil beans because I have visited Brazil twice and love Brazil. πŸ™‚

For some reason coffee shops are great environments for me to write. I did another proofreading of my upcoming book, wrote two blog posts, and checked out other blogs.

That was my Saturday. How was your Saturday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

1st Dose No Problem- Yet

This will teach me to not spend so much time watching YouTube videos by people with the same chronic illness I just started treatment for. Each one I watched talked about how rough the medication is the first few times taking it.

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So I went out and bought ice cream and Greek yogurt to be ready for easy eating. I cleared my schedule for the day to be able to stay in bed. I planned out shows to binge watch.

Then I woke up this morning feeling normal-normal for me. I had no side effects. I think it helped that people were praying for me.

So since there are no side effects, can you guess what I will do with a cleared schedule today? If you guessed go hang out at a coffee shop, you are right. πŸ™‚

My goal for today is to stay in the air conditioning. It will be another hot day but not as hot as yesterday. Yesterday we go up to 107 F, 41.6 Today it will only be 95 F, 35 C.

What are your Friday plans?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

When God Wants Us to Pay Attention

Yesterday after my citizenship class, I hung out at the coffee shop. I know that surprises you. Hanging out at a coffee shop is part of my normal routine. God will at times try to get our attention even in the normal routines in our lives. When he does it once, it gets our attention. When the scenario repeats, it as if he wants us to pay attention to something.

I shared in my post- June Is Here-Now What?– about my idea to make short films out of my short stories. The next day I joked with a student in the coffee shop that homework is fun. That led to me finding out she is a film major at the university in my city. The idea of making short films our of some short stories I wrote in my other blog- encounterswiththeancients.com keeps coming to mind. The young woman liked one of my stories and wrote down some suggestions.

Yesterday when I was in the coffee shop, I saw a different young person studying. I joked with her that homework is a lot of fun. That led to me finding out she is also a film major at the university in my city. I shared with her about my idea of making short films. She read two of my stories and liked them,

She had some helpful ideas and seemed interested in helping make the short films along with a few of her friends. We sat and talked for about an hour. We talked about possible locations for filming, how to edit them etc.

Similar scenario with two different people. I believe God wants me to pay attention.

Thank you for reading, God Bless.

A Relaxing Summer Friday

Yesterday after I did onboarding with the public school system here, I hung out at. Can you guess? Yes a coffee shop.

One of the fun things for me for me about hanging out at a coffee shop in the summers is seeing fellow educators I usually only see in passing during the school year. When we run into each other in the summer it is time to catch up on life,

Yesterday I ran into my friend who is a French professor at the university in my city. We met in the coffee shop when she was speaking German with her husband. When I hear other languages being spoken, it draws my attention. I greeted them in German that day and we chatted.

Back to yesterday, it was wonderful to see my friend again. Last summer was the shutdown so no hanging out at the coffee shop. It had been a long time since I chatted with my friend. We talked about Europe, places we have both been to there, French food, and teaching language.

Life is so interesting when one day i can interact with a fellow educator who is trilingual-English, French and German- and the next day teach English for friends from Cuba and Mexico, I get to practice my Spanish with them too. I will also see my Brazilian friend and practice Portuguese.

It is funny that I am trilingual as well but in English, Portuguese and Spanish, So my French professor friend and I have to talk in English with each other.

Life is back to normal for me. I wonder if I should say that because my life has never been normal. lol

What will you do this weekend?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.