Still alive and well

25 Jun


The Coast off 17 Mile Drive

Life continues to be swamped. Pretty much seems that the 2 hour per day commute kills my blogging and chore time. So, then on the weekends, I’m so busy making up chores that I am just not getting the blogging done then. What to do, what to do?

School is going well. I have about the sweetest, most well-behaved class I can imagine. My issues with them are on such a point of refinement that I can’t believe it. It’s amazing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again . . . I love teaching 2nd grade!

His favorite dessert!
Greg’s favorite dessert — his grandmother’s famous cheesepie!

The kids are doing well. They are loving their summer programs which is wonderful. Greg just had his birthday — thankfully he’s older than I am again so I can resume giving him a hard time about how old he is now.

Greg’s dad is still doing okay but is, honestly, fading daily now. It’s very sad to see. I stopped by to see them for a few minutes on my way home today and left there feeling very sad. He’s starting to be in a lot of pain and that’s hard — living from pain pill to pain pill. We’re seeing changes but no changes for the better anymore.

I had let my feeders get empty — even the birds are feeling the effects of my commute and schedule. I filled everything up this morning. I even made some Zick Dough for them. They were so glad. A pair of Pygmy Nuthatches came into the feeder while Ruthie and I were sitting on the deck basically under the feeders.

When the gulls and crows team up

When Gulls and Crows are willing to beg together for food,
you know there are some quality scraps being handed out!

The picture above was taken on the famous 17 Mile Drive between Pacific Grove and Carmel, California. 17 Mile Drive is a closed, gated community that includes the Pebble Beach Golf Club — among many others. It is also a preserved forest however. The Del Monte Perserve. The trees are Monterey Cypress. It’s amazingly beautiful which beaches, views, birds galore, fancy-schmancy houses, and shopping opportunities at The Lodge at Pebble Beach — sure, I can afford a picnic basket from The Market at Pebble Beach — can you imagine why the birds vie for the leftovers? And, you pay $9 for the privelege of driving through — that said, it was pretty gorgeous and since I haven’t done it in about 20 years, I can’t honestly mind. We were on our way to have dinner in Carmel with one of Greg’s business associates from the DC area. He and his wife were on an anniversary trip to Big Sur. We had an utterly fantastic dinner with them — great food, great wine, and even better — great conversation. Oh, and great dessert!

Rose Garden

The Oregold is on the far left — looking wilted.
I pruned everything so its hard to tell the new from the old!

Today, I planted three roses in my yard. They were free so if I end up not liking them, I’ll be more than willing to tear them out. A neighbor of my in-law’s bought a new place and thinks that roses are too much work. Whatever. Her loss, my gain. My mother-in-law got 3 and I got 3. One is Oregold — a beautiful yellow. One is a thornless red that seems very hardy. I have no idea what the third is. They all had tags on them that seem not to have survived the transplanting process. Oh well. The Oregold is the most unhappy about being transplanted. They had to sit in my mother-in-law’s carport for a couple of hours waiting for me to get them today. I put them in the ground with a good cup of organic rose food. Then I pruned them pretty severely. They were wilty and had buds all over them. I want them to get themselves established — not work on making pretty flowers right now. So, I went from two roses to five in one day. I hope they make it. It was really nice to get out in the garden and water them in and water the rest of my plants. Everything looked so nice out there — although we have gotten NOTHING done on the backyard since we put in the drainage. Sigh. We’ll get there!

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8 Responses to “Still alive and well”

  1. jayne 26 June, 2007 at 2:54 am #

    Hey girlie! Nice to see you again, and to hear that all is going well with your summer class. So sorry to hear about Greg’s dad… I hope they can keep him comfortable. I’ll keep him and all of you in my prayers.

    Hope to see all the pretty photos of those lucky rescued roses! :c) Hugs to you. Have a beautiful day ahead.

  2. Miz S 26 June, 2007 at 3:05 am #

    You sound super busy. I’m so sorry about your father-in-law. Thank God they have you and Greg near by.

    2nd grade is awesome, I know. I teach 1st grade now, but I taught 2nd for several years and I miss it sometimes.

  3. mon@rch 26 June, 2007 at 4:15 am #

    I have been wondering about you and understand about being busy this time of the year! Glad that everyone is doing good and did you say 2 hour commute? Ugg! Thanks for keeping us updated!

  4. Lynne at Hasty Brook 26 June, 2007 at 5:27 am #

    I’m very sorry to here about Greg’s Dad. I’ll keep him in my prayers too.
    The commute sounds aweful but at least your class is satisfying!
    Hang in there! Hugs to you. 🙂

  5. Mary Carlson 26 June, 2007 at 6:50 am #

    Hi Liza – I’m so sorry to hear about your FIL – I will keep all of you in my prayers. A note about your roses — a friend of my daughter gave us a bunch of rose bushes they had pulled out of their yard — these were old and well established rose bushes — and on a whim planted them all. We weren’t sure any of them would take, but it turned out that all but two survived. We had one we were sure was dead, but left it in the ground over the winter months and this past spring it sprouted and is now doing well. So, even if you think your roses won’t make it, give them a full season to make sure. I look forward to seeing some lovely pix of your roses, if not this year, certainly by next year. 🙂

  6. robin andrea 26 June, 2007 at 7:30 am #

    I’m glad you had a chance to update the blog. I’ve been wondering how you are doing. So sorry to hear that your FIL is in decline. Love may not heal but it is great comfort.

    I love how you describe your 2nd graders. That is just the best.

  7. Neefer 26 June, 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    Sorry about FIL.

    Be sure to give those roses plenty of water. That is what will most likely help them survive. I would take it to the point of what seems to be overwatering. It isn’t, tho, because the roots are not established.

  8. Mary 26 June, 2007 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi Liza, your schedule has allowed some great views and that’s a good thing. I’m so sorry about your FIL and I hope he will be more comfortable. It’s hard, I know.

    The kids are happy, the birds are a little hungry, but other than that – everything seems well!

    I’m not a rose expert but I agree with neefer, they’ll need a lot of water to get established. And I know you don’t get rain :o( LOL!

    Take care, Liza. I check in every day to see how you are doing with your wild summer.

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