Hurray for good friends like Linda and Adrienne.
September 22: the first walnuts fell at Justin’s.
Rice harvesting started at about the same time.
On a day when the wind blew smoke from the King Fire toward E Nicolaus:
We always begin with a welcome, recent information, and a potluck.
Lillian Smith, an RLEHS member, told us about Master Food Preservers, a public service community outreach that provides up-to-date information on food safety and preservation.
The second speaker was local resident Norma Jean Thornton who has entered baked goods in recent county and state fairs and won!
Finally, everyone in attendance was asked to judge the Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest. There were six entrants, therefore make a good decision meant a lot of tasting.
L-R, back row: David Marquette, Charlea Moore-3rd place, Shirley Breckenridge-2nd place, Harold Horrell-1st place. Front row: Nicole Brogdon, me, Kellen, Stacey, Odin.
This was a fun event and everyone had a good time.
**Skaug Family: Did you spot Rae Haynes who was visiting from Arizona?
Happy Birthday to me. A big thank-you to everyone sent messages by phone, text, email, or card-sent-in-the-mail: Justin & Jennifer, Thais & Lenin, Phyllis, Paula, Adrienne, Maria, Carol, Glenn, Leone, my dentist, and Jeannette from the temp agency. Whether family, friend or business, it’s nice to be remembered.
After the parade and with equestrian support to clear the crowds, I drove #7 down the bike path and parked it close to where Joyce and I had the RLEHS information table. Kids and adults all enjoyed exploring the fire truck and getting their pictures taken. A few times, I had to turn off the rotating red light so the battery didn’t run down or tell kids not to climb on the hood. Our day ended at 4 and I drove #7 back to the garage. However, within 1/4 mile, #7 was about to catch on fire, I pulled into a parking lot. By the time I’d gotten my few belongings out of the truck, FIVE local residents had stopped and were helping!
Since several had already called 911, I called Tom Ray and he was there in moments. As one guy crawled under the truck to see where the smoke was coming from, another used a fire extinguisher from the top – oops, someone got a face-full. A highway patrolman showed up although the 911 emergency had been cancelled. He said, “I know I didn’t have to come by, but I was close. A fire truck on fire? No, that can’t be. I had to see for myself.”
End result: I learned about what position all those other levers should be in before driving off. The emergency brake was on. I got back in #7 and drove it to the garage. That was enough excitement for one day.
We were at Del Paso Elementary this week. This year, we tested only at grade levels TK-K-1. Each teacher was also expected to test 1 or 2 students in their class, so team members also served as a substitute for up to an hour.
My favorite story of the week had to do with first grader Dhritesh (pronounced “dur-TESH”). We gave one test per day so I worked with Dhritesh M-Th. He was delightful, sometimes grabbing my hand as we walked to the testing room or hopping, skipping, and twirling down the hallway. Either way, he talked the entire time. Some excerpts:
Monday: it was such a fantastic tale, I couldn’t follow along.
Tuesday on the way to testing: “When I go to sleep at night, I turn into a vampire.” What do you do all night? “I play outside and have fun. But if bad guys come, I go back inside and get in my bed.” On the way back to class, “Don’t tell my teacher about the vampire.”
Wednesday: “The other Dhritesh is sick today and stayed home.” I’m so glad you’re feeling good and can work with me today. “The other Dhritesh wanted to be here, I will tell him when I get home.”
Thursday: “Yesterday was my birthday. My name is Davey now. I’m six. I had a party and got Batman shoes and a Batman shirt. Look on the back.”
Friday he spotted me, stopped and pointed and very sternly said, “You forgot to come get me today.” Thank you, Dhritesh for making me smile everyday.