I love my work, but no kidding, it’s officially “fall break” for me as of 3:45 this afternoon and I’m loving it already. It’s not that I won’t be working through the whole thing, but more that I won’t have to go to campus for 11 days. It was my intent to ONLY teach online at some point in this career change thingie that I did. That hasn’t worked out just yet, but really, I’m grateful for the experience of teaching face-to-face. I have way more fun with the students when we are all together in class. I do have fun...hence, why I love my job(s).
October arrived in glorious splendor. The weather the past few days has been utterly and completely delightful. Tuesday evening, I met a friend and we paddled Lake Vesuvius for the first time (my first time, but she had been there once before). Vesuvius is just across the river in Ohio, even closer than Greenbo, I discovered. How is it possible that I’ve lived in this area for all these years and never ventured over there (all of 10 miles) to check it out? It’s in Wayne National Forest and full of cool hiking trails (at least, from what I could see from the water, there are caves and cliffs...cool stuff to explore when hiking). It was becoming dusk, but I snapped a couple of quick photos.
|Lake Vesuvius, Wayne National Forest, Pedro, Ohio|
|More Lake Vesuvius|
In other exciting news, the hummingbirds have not yet all left for Mexico (or where ever it is they go for the winter). The ruby-throated ones are gone, but there’s still a green one hanging around my feeder. I refilled it yesterday morning and saw the little hummer several times. I LOVE hummingbirds.
You might remember that I planted sweet peas and morning glories in early summer. Honestly, I believe it was just too late to plant them. Nevertheless, the sweet peas vined voraciously, but never bloomed. Then they withered and died. Such is my luck ALWAYS with sweet peas. The morning glories were spindly and finally seemed to want to live and began growing up the poles. Yesterday, when I stepped out to collect the hummingbird feeder, I noticed a single bloom. It was so marvelous, that I took a photo. If it blooms anymore, the deer will discover it and that will be the end of my morning glories. Tis the season when the deer become bolder about foraging in yards for food.
|Morning glory - heavenly blue|
This morning, I was driving to work, and no kidding, I saw an eagle fly over the highway. At first, I thought it was a big hawk, then an owl, then even a heron, but then it became obvious that I was seeing an eagle in the wild. What a thrill that was! Just before my class, I Googled to see if there really are eagles known to be in this part of the state. Sure enough, eagles nest at Yatesville Lake, and I was only about 6 miles from Yatesville Lake when I saw the eagle. Lawrence County in Kentucky has all sorts of wildlife – not only eagles. They have bears, cougars, and wolves. Of course, all of those have been spotted in my county...but we have more civilization here.
I have plans for my time “off”. I need to paint the bathroom ceiling, and the family room. Oh what fun! There are closets to clear out, and it’s time to shop seriously for flooring once I decide what to do. I thought my mind was made up, but now it’s not. Then...there’s another very important project. More about that later.