This weekend, Hubby and I are off to do some sturgeon fishing near the mouth of the Columbia River! We're taking the "Big Boat" on this adventure. The "Little Boat" gets used for drifting in local rivers (Santiam, Alsea, Siletz).
Oh, and for your viewing entertainment, here are the bodies from which I stole the heads. What a beautful garland they make! This bike is at the entry to our driveway!
So, I'm taking advantage of this healing time to read in my new favorite book. It's called Possible Side Effects, by Augusten Burroughs. It's full of true (probably a bit embellished) stories from his life. In case you're wondering he wrote Running with Scissors.
Here are some of my favorite quips from Augusten:
"Sommer blew on her tea and then took a quiet sip. Her face revealed nothing: was it too hot? Just right? Her expression remained something I couldn't measure. I was accustomed to reading faces in order to understand things. I was illiterate with Sommer's mask."
"'I had this dog once,' I said. 'I bought him from a pet store on the Upper East Side. He was old, for a puppy. A year and a half. And all he did was run in circles. I'd trip over him, because he circled my legs. And to get him off me, I had to walk over to the dining table and tranfer him over to one of the legs.'"
"The phrase 'old money' has always made me sad. Reminding me of the bald fact that I come form generations-deep dysfunction and have all the pedigree of an electric chair."
"If I had to have a baboon heart like Baby Faye, what better guy to do it?"
Varigated Sage and other herbs...
View in back...Hebe, Cardoon, Wysteria, and Climbing Red Rose...
Looking up at the Black Locust in full-bloom!
"Tequila Sunrise" Columbine! Makes me want some tequila right now!
These Digitalis are about 9 feet tall! I grew this bunch from seed! Because they are biennials, I had to wait a long time to see the results! I think it was worth the wait!
Ooo-Ahh...pretty "Bunch Sage!"
This is Jupiter's Beard. It is my absolute favorite flower, besides all of the others. However, it spreads seed quickly and I am diligent about keeping it contained. I have 2 varieties...this deep pink and some pure white.
Four Fairy Gardens!
It appears that after school, our principal had asked her to meet in the office for a "one-on-one" discussion. Being a teacher for years, I can tell you that whenever a principal comes by your room in the morning, and says, "I need you to come to my office after school," it's never for a trophey or award. It's always something...either something a parent is upset about or that you've mistakenly left something "confidential" on top of the copier for everyone to see and you're in BIG trouble! The teacher, in the meantime, has a lump in her throat for the ENTIRE school day, along with a sick feeling in her stomach, wondering what it will be today...
Anyway, my friend went into the office. After the door was closed, the principal said a lot of very negative and mean things...such as, "It has come to my attention that you are a difficult person for many others to work with.Recently, 3 other co-workers have come to me to let me know that you have either hurt their feelings or made them feel nervous when they try to work with you." When my friend asked, "Who said this about me? Maybe I should talk with them and resolve this," the remark was made, "I am not at liberty to reveal that information."
Interviewers on national news programs are notorious for picking on folks by saying, "How do you feel about the fact that many others are questioning your motives?" or "Several people have expressed the opinion that you don't have a clue about your own job." If I were being interviewed, I'd say, "Who? Give me some solid evidence of this statement and I'll answer it!" It's just a way to air ones personal gripes in a passive-aggressive manner, isn't it?
So, here's my survey question:
Should a principal/boss/supervisor be allowed to say to you, "Others have come to tell me ____ about you," but not have to reveal whom those "others" are? Along with your "yes" or "no" answer, please give an explanation.
Oh, by the way, the teacher friend I spoke of at the start is an amazing teacher. Yes, she is curt and to the point, but, like me, she has 30 high-needs students in her classroom and very little support from the school district. We both devote our energy to our students, first, as that's who we're really there for...
Oh, my! I read what Carnivorous Hippy wrote about the cream cheese lid! When I turned the lid over, AAAACCCKKK!
In college, my turntable on my old Pioneer Stereo could play forwards and backwards. Everyone in my dorm would bring me albums to play backwards. We'd scream when we listened to "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen! There were others, but this song, in particular, got us!
Here are some scenes from yesterday...
A view down the back pathway.
Barbie heads in the herb garden...nothing more to say...
The wisteria is in full-bloom along the back of our shop. We cut it back hard 2 times each year to encourage the big blooms!
My newly revamped compost area. My husband and son reconstructed the original compost bin to have more open sides, for more air flow. I love it!
Wallflowers and Japanese Honeysuckle, along with some lavender just waiting to burst into bloom!