then, frustrated as my other errands didn't go nearly so well.
Once home again in early afternoon, I needed a nap, overwhelmed by spring allergies and the tiredness at the end of the second week of my new job. I am now the Site Supervisor for the nearest Early Head Start program, which serves infants and toddlers. We share our building with the state preschool/Headstart program for the 3-5 year olds, and I am loving the work, but it is a federally-funded program with lots of paperwork, details and a steep learning curve. I also find that the four days I work give me little access to a computer, or time to read and catch up on all of you... I miss you grrls!! (and a few guys:)
I spend three of my four mornings doing direct care and the fourth day on administrative tasks. Some afternoons are spent on chores (we moved the furniture around last week and set up partitions in preparation for taking on babies, as our oldest toddlers prepare to depart the program); others on home visits to our families. I spent Thursday afternoon making felt with one of my toddlers and eaching his older brother, who had been in my knitting classes at the charter school I just left, how to spin with a spindle. Their mother is interested in getting some donkey manure from me for her garden, and a friend came by our house the same afternoon to pick some up as well... they do more than bray!
Living a holistic life, with the various aspects of it touching and overlapping each other is an essential value to me, and one that will serve me well as I serve the families in this nearby community. I am thrilled that my co-workers have all been so welcoming, that our cook thinks to buy organic food, and serves a wonderful lunch the three days we have children, which we eat family-style, with the toddlers learning to serve themselves and clear away their plates. One of my first changes has been the introduction of cloth napkins to enhance our dining experience. I loaded two garbage sacks in the car this afternoon to take to our free box, and shared decluttering ideas with another mother.
I am benefitting as well, in having the shortest commute I have had in 21 years of living in these mountains. The earlier afternoons have allowed me to sit on the back porch and admire DH's handiwork:
He has been busy all week building new raised beds, tilling a large area which will be a potato field this year and moving manure onto it... he also cleared out 150 years' worth of dirt which has been sifting into our earth-floored basement to build up these beds.
The view of the flowering cherry tree isn't too bad either!
We are planning what to plant, though most of it can't go in for another month because of the danger of late frosts...
Tomorrow is Dye Day for some of us from Foothill Fiber Guild, with our most famous member, Sara, directing our endeavors... I have three skeins of wool soaking and ready for a fun adventure, and will have something to post this week - Life is Good!