Idaho Cairns Posted November 24, 2012 Share Posted November 24, 2012 Sorry for the absence but I got all caught up in that ugly election thing the last of October--I'm a political junkie of sorts--less serious than a few years back. What we learn in a democracy is that our individual philosophy and beliefs don't always reflect the will of the voter--such is life, this is my umpteenth presidential election since voting for Barry Goldwater in 1964 so I know how it goes. Embarked on some reflooring that has turned out to be bittersweet--new hardwood floor in kitchen and entry went down absolutely beautifully with a wonderful installer but the new carpet was an absolute disappointment, had to order it removed, the stuff is so cheap looking and about half the thickness of the old carpet, retains every footstep, and worse the carpet crew honcho made the mistake of talking down to Sammi and Bonnie's Mom during the process and that WAS a mistake! I saw that storm cloud come over her face while she was on the phone with the contractor and I knew it was one of those irretreivable moments and just sat back and waited for inevitable. It came so we are waiting for the dust to settle and to make a serious upgrade in what will be going down--of course at the hands of another contractor. Bonnie and Sammi were just thrilled with all the coming and going, jumping up on all the flooring guys, the hammering, the sawing, etc. but they hated the air compressor that would come on at irregular times, usually when they were standing near it, plus all the pieces of cardboard and old carpet they had to go by during the mess in the house. Still they handled it all with their usual Cairn aplomb--down to and including getting licks in on the hardwood guy when he got near enough to the floor for them to get in his face. I should have found them little hard hats and pencils to stick behind their ears they were so in to the work going on. Even more time consuming, I offered to take two classes for a Adjunct Instructor at the University because she fell and hurt her ankle, thinking it would be a couple of classes, heard nothing and then got a call at 9:00 a.m. on election day saying I was to meet the first class in two hours to lecture on Induction, Deduction, and the Argumentative Speech assignment--not only that but the fallen instructor was not coming back (ankle broken) and I had to take both classes to the end of semester, something I hadn't even anticipated doing! Now I am "employed" again--completely unplanned. I haven't taught in six years and even tho it was great to stand in front of 25 college students (love college kids!) once again--I had forgotten how much work it is to teach properly AND learned how very, very difficult it is to be the horse that gets changed to mid-stream--the instructor whom I replaced had taught the class very differently than I teach so that has kept me jumping for three weeks. I am spending this weekend grading which I have always disliked and which brings out every procrastinating bone in my body--tomorrow. So, not posting here has been a combination of things that have taken me out of my recliner, away from my dogs, and way, way out of my routine. I appreciate your concern--I should have just dropped a note to let you know I was going to be shy of some posts and I do apologize for not contributing recently. After years of leisure, all of a sudden I am far busier than I really want to be so.......? Soon I hope. Did I mention that as I write there are three grand girls upstairs snoozing --- yep had them here for Thanksgiving--kinda an unusual one as I was nailing oak trim to the counters on Thanksgiving morning while the wife was trying to make the feast! Whew, that was a close thing--she doesn't like anyone in the kitchen for any reason when she cooks and SHE WAS COOKING yesterday--all day! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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