Weekend in a Nutshell

1 07 2007

I was looking forward to this weekend, both because my class was canceled and it was supposed to be a lot cooler, a welcome change from feeling like I walked out of my house every day into a sauna wearing a snowsuit. Not fun. I do know people who truly enjoy that weather, and I secretly think they were born on the sun, inheriting sun-filled skin that enables them to walk happily in sweltering heat and humidity without even a glisten of sweat. I do not understand these sun-creatures.

I started Saturday with a nice hike – checking out a local trail I had been wondering about. Since I’m out of shape, I took it slow and made it short, but it was great to be out in the woods again by myself, and I vowed to never again wait this long into a summer to start hiking. Today I took a long bike ride and explored the rail trail nearby, and discovered it’s actually really amazing – part of the trail rides alongside a large patch of conservation swampland and in other parts dense forest. It was an amazing ride, but I think my curiosity go the best of me, because I explored pretty far and then grew tired even before I turned back.  Kinda forgot that rule that you actually have to bike the same distance back as you biked there. I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow – oops.

Apparently I judged the groundhogs to hastily, thinking they had used the space underneath my deck simply as a quick-and-dirty nursery, and then left me wondering where they all went. They didn’t go far. Today I heard noises outside (they make this really weird squeaking sound) and when I peered out the window, I saw two of them playing with each other on our deck. Later on I saw all 4 of them wandering the back yard, intermittently returning to their home beneath our deck. So they are back – all is good.  I can continue practicing to be the awkward, bird-watching, squirrel-feeding old bat I’ll no doubt end up being.

My cat seems to be intent on waking me up at approximately 6am every morning, including Sunday, by approaching the bedroom doorway and letting out an obnoxious cry.  For no apparent reason.  Right now he’s laying next to me on the couch, obviously tired and trying to sleep, and every couple minutes or so I wake him up.  For no apparent reason.

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Empty Nest

19 06 2007

There have been no sightings of the groundhog family in the past couple of days, so I started to wonder what was going on. This site tells me that shortly after the babies are born and can eat on their own (which I saw them doing the other day), the mother leads them to another den. I can’t believe how sad I am over this news! (yet another example of my 60-year-old-man alter ego) I had visions of watching them grow throughout the summer living under our deck. Bummer. Maybe they’ll come back to visit.

I had my first classroom management class last night and I am SO psyched about it. I finally think I’m taking a class that will actually teach me how to teach the stuff I’ve been learning in my other classes. Thank goodness.

E. comes home on Thursday and I’m glad – I really miss her. I just hope she won’t go crazy in the summer heat without a beach in site. 🙂





Baby groundhog!

16 06 2007

I can’t believe this one let me get this close without doing the usual ferocious scurry – ha!