ELPAC training

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. This one-day refresher course is required before we can begin testing. One of the retired teachers in the room thought our presenter was perhaps an anesthesiologist because “he really puts me to sleep.”

We had to do an additional 2 hours on our own, online, taking the calibration quizzes to qualify to be a tester.

Sophia Avery Carson & Lola

Thais and Lenin went out to dinner tonight and I got to stay with the kids. Lola joined us.
Sophia and Lola created an elaborate scenario and built their own “home” surrounded by a fence. After about an hour, Avery came downstairs and said, “I’m not going to play that anymore. It’s hard being the dog.”


at Four Seasons Westshore. They were going to cancel if no one volunteered. So I volunteered. I was lucky because another very-experienced resident was also there to help.
I set up my lap top, projector and screen and showed a looping slideshow of the Chili Cook Off and 50 Bikes for 50 Kids.
This Friday, the group was quite small. (Yay, less clean up at the end!)
Crete Island neighbors, Leslie, Judy, and Silvana:

50 Bikes for 50 Kids

8:30 am arrival.
The first room where everyone registered and got their t-shirt and students met their build team.
The second room was set up with 25 bike-building stations.
The first 25 students building their bikes:
Meanwhile I set up a skills course, the last step in the process.
In the afternoon, 25 more students arrived. There were two build teams from Four Seasons Westshore. My neighbors Matt & Colleen worked with a high school girl who preferred no photographs.
Ray and Lynn worked with an autistic high school boy:
The skills course had several volunteers throughout the day.

Four Seasons residents also donated $290 to 50 Bikes for 50 Kids which meant our name got onto the banner.

Conference playoffs

A Sunday afternoon of football! Yes, I sewed but I also had some fun in the kitchen. My neighbor Kathie brought me a piece of warm Cranberry Apple Cake – yum! The candied walnuts were for another neighbor Judy, a special request. 🙂
Later I took her a bowl of Walnut Mushroom Risotto:
And the Patriots and Rams are going to the Super Bowl.