Schoolwork & A Book Signing

I was so thrilled to have a day where I was home and could work on schoolwork all day, but it didn’t quite turn out as anticipated. I spent the morning organizing my Geography notebook. Walter started working on the roof of the house (the overhanging part). That work has to be done before the end of the month if we are to keep our home insurance.

After lunch I had a visitor who had arranged to stop by—a complete stranger. He had started reading my memoir, had purchased copies for his three siblings also, and wanted me to autograph all four books. He and his siblings also grew up in Zambia and had gone to Sakeji, but it was after my time. So anyway, we ended up talking for close to five hours. Not only had we gone to the same two boarding schools in Africa, but our parents were in the same mission so we had a lot of mutual acquaintance. I think I met his parents once when we lived in the Zambia in the early 90s.

Needless to say, I didn’t get much grading done! One of the things we talked about was the Sakeji hymn, which sparks such an emotional response in anyone who has attended there. So this evening I pulled out my autoharp for the first time in months and played through the hymn. Somehow I’ve got to figure out how to find time to play some more . . .

I also cooked some chicken and started a new knitting project today when taking a quick break from school. We are into the time of year where I am working on projects I can’t show you!


Today was already a very busy day. I had my class this morning. I planned to spend the “lunch” hour baking cookies and running errands in preparation for this evening’s writers’ group meeting.  Instead, Walter brought a guest for lunch—a friend from college days whom we hadn’t seen for at least a couple of decades. What a big surprise!

The first batch of cookies were already in the oven when he arrived, so I was able to finish baking the cookies while still getting to visit. It was so good to catch up with him!

But after he left, I had some other catching up to do—errands to run, critiquing to do, and getting ready for the meeting.

I made it to our critique meeting sort of on time. We are down to just three of us at the moment, though we are still hoping that others will rejoin us before long.

Our speaker for the regular meeting was Tex Thompson, whose enthusiasm and expertise I have enjoyed on several occasions. She came all the way from Dallas to speak to our group and I was hoping for a great turnout. I advertised tonight’s meeting to the other two local groups I belong to as well.

*sigh* Six people showed up—seven, if you count Tex, and of course I do count her. That didn’t detract from the quality of the material at all, of course—I was just sorry more people weren’t there to learn along with us. The cookies were also a hit, but I brought plenty home. Six people cannot polish off a whole batch of my molasses spice cookies without help!

After the meeting, Tex and I splurged on some sparkling water at Jack-in-the-Box before she headed home to Dallas. She has been such an encouragement to me and I am so glad she made the effort to come. Now I’ve got to figure out what to say at next month’s meeting!

When I got home, I had plenty of stuff waiting for me—like grading papers and preparing for tomorrow’s class, getting a bunch of materials together for a tutoring session to bring a kid “up to speed” before he joins Story Quest, and planning for tomorrow’s two knitting classes.

A Visitor & A Reality Check

Today I was privileged to receive a visit from my friend Connie, whom I hadn’t seen since last February, when I visited her at her home in El Paso. She and her husband are in town for a visit and it was so good to see her! Connie and I have been friends for twenty years, since she and her husband first moved here. We were neighbors for many of those years, until they moved away a few years ago.

So it was good to take some time out of the day and catch up with an old friend over a mug of tea. We will get to see both her and her husband on Sunday at church, so I’m looking forward to that too.

10-25-18 Connie & me

After she left, I started working on our lodging in Colorado when we go for Flynn’s wedding. I had hoped we could stay with a friend, but it didn’t work out, so I realized we’d need to get an Airbnb, since I will be making the wedding cake and I need a kitchen to do that.

I have never stayed in an Airbnb before, and I have heard from multiple people how inexpensive they are—and I guess that’s true, if you’re comparing it to renting multiple hotel rooms. But all I can say is—Yikes! I went ahead and booked the place, but I’m in absolute shock over what it’s going to cost. (And yes, this was the cheapest one I found that had the features we need.) I am going to have to rejigger our budget for the next several months in order to make this work. It may take me a few days to recover from the blow.

In a Nutshell . . .

I have been busy working on grades this evening and ran out of time to blog. I will try to rectify that tomorrow because on Thursday things get crazy!

The big news of the day was that we are going to get a very welcome visitor later this month—someone we have never actually met. More about that later . . .

Also, Lucy and her friend Martha made over 80 heart-shaped cookies and delivered them to the university library for the students who are studying for their exams. Wasn’t that sweet of them?