it’s time for lots of girlfriends. (Dick went to Boulder CO to visit with son Mike and Nicole who are expecting their first baby in June.) Friday cocktails with Ade and I got to give her Kylie’s doll quilt #3.
A quilting/sewing/crafting event at Cal Expo on Saturday morning
and dinner with Maria and Phyl that evening.
In unison, for the umpteenth time, “The mama called the doctor. The doctor said, ‘No more monkeys jumping on the bed!'”
It’s always fun to hear from or run into former students. This time, however, it was a truly a feel-good moment. Actually the feeling lasted for days, and still makes me smile. Thank you, Jessica for sending me the following email:
Hi Ms. Hodel!
My name is Jessica G—-e (formerly Jessica G—–n). I read today that the book The Giver is being turned into a movie and immediately my mind put me in my 6th grade class in the 2000-2001 school year at Sierra View Elementary with you at the front of the class reading the book to the whole class! I assure you I have not been cyber stalking you (until the last 45 minutes :-)), but I did want to find your email because I thought you may enjoy knowing you had a great affect on me during our time together and I will never forget a few key moments with you during that school year.
One that really sticks out in my mind is when a classmate had copied off of my math test and I had no idea (I really like math, and I imagine I was happy as a clam during the test demonstrating my skills, lol… not paying attention to anything else around me). You called both of us outside and explained the situation and luckily the classmate admitted to what she had done! Believe you me, you scared me silly, and all through jr. high, high school and college I covered my paper (probably over zealously)when taking tests!
Thanks for being a great teacher! I didn’t really realize how important great elementary school teachers are until recently when I have been researching and comparing schools I’d like to send my toddler to when kindergarten comes around and thinking back to my elementary school experiences.
Thanks for listening,
Joyce welcomed everyone to this month’s Sunday Social.
We met at the Calvary Lutheran Church Social Hall.
Sharon King and Randy Aeschliman presented a slide show and updated everyone on “What’s Been Happening in the Dry Creek Parkway.
Sharon was the artist who designed the mural for the Rio Linda Centennial Celebration two years ago. Both are excellent photographers and spend countless volunteer hours working on behalf of the Dry Creek Parkway. After a homeless camp was recently removed, Randy worked to clean up the remaining garbage for which RLEHS was most grateful. Red sesbania is an invasive non-native species which threatens to take over our local creek system. Eradicating this plant is a primary goal. This morning, Randy went out and collected many unwanted seed pods and brought his bounty to the meeting. In this half-filled garbage can are approximately 17000 Red sesbania seeds which will never sprout. Thank you Randy and Sharon for all you are doing for our community.
Mike Graninetti encouraged everyone to come out and volunteer for the next creek clean up project.
Today was our second club ride. We met at LGA at 11 am.
First stop, Natomas Bike Shop.
Devin shopped and made a couple of purchases. Natomas Bike shop gives our club members a 10% discount, but you must ask for it before paying.
Angel thought the super-fat tire bike was interesting. It’s best used on sand or snow.
Ms McManus ran into an old friend.
LaTraye said one day he will be as good as the bike rider on the cover.
Adam noticed bikes with disc brakes.
After riding 6 miles, it was time to eat. Since Coach was concerned about riding in the Natomas Marketplace on a busy Saturday afternoon, she lead the group all the around the perimeter to get to In-N-Out.
Tanzanite is the best skate/bike park in the area. I know nothing about skate parks so LaTraye taught me about the 3 bowls and their levels of difficulty.
Adam took off down the steep slope while Ms McManus decided to walk down the hill and ride up.
Here she comes! Is she going fast enough to make up the other side?
Adam had to put a foot down before reaching the top.
Another successful ride. Once again, we all had a great time. Total miles = 12.
Today WALKSacramento held a Bike Rodeo at a local elementary school. Miha, left, made a presentation in the cafeteria. Terry, right, helped at the helmet fitting station. In the background, Bike Mike from Natomas Bike Shop readies his bike repair station. Mark and Terry made sure each free helmet was adjusted properly. Students could also decorate their helmets with cool stickers. This station taught pedestrian safety. I was in charge of the bicycle drills: riding straight, stopping, avoidance weave, signals for turns and stopping, scanning behind while continuing to ride straight, and a few slow races.
NOTE to Faithful Readers: Everytime my iPad gets too full of pictures, I get bogged down with the process of getting the pictures OFF the iPad and onto a memory card. There is no easy way, I always need to ask cousin Phyllis for help. We have to transfer the pictures onto her computer then transfer them back onto an SD card. Not being computer whizzes at all, it always takes a lot of time. Then I begin the process of catching up. And suddenly four weeks have gone by.
In a frenzy one afternoon, I attacked a couple of unpruned-for-in-six-years crape myrtles. I hope they forgive me in time.
Moving to the other side of the yard and borrowing a ladder from Justin, and with Doug’s help, I was much more careful. Actually I was in pruning and Mom glory. Doug did all the work and I stood nearby and gave lots of advice.
Meanwhile, Odin began cutting the grass in the back yard with a dull kitchen knife. He said he wanted to do the entire two acres if Daddy said it was ok. Very enterprising.