Friday, March 27, 2009

Teeter Tottering in the Snow

Yesterday it was 75° and this morning we woke up to this

and 20°. Crazy weather! So we went from this:

to this:
overnight and it's still snowing. Sigh.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining (although my flowers probably are) it's just odd. I had already thrown myself whole heartedly into spring.

If it's going to snow, then bring it on. We could certainly use the moisture, but I think I may have jumped the gun on my spring gardening. Grin! You would think I would know better. This is exactly the reason we are warned not to plant until May. Mother Nature always tucks a trick or two under her belt and me being a foolish human, falls for it once again!

The good news is that this gives us the perfect day to buckle down and work on school. Well, the kids would probably argue with that statement. Not such good news to them, but it seems as if we've been tending to ranch duties a bit more than school lately. Keeping everything in balance has always been a struggle for me. I often feel as if I'm standing on a teeter totter and forever running from one end to the other in an attempt to keep it balanced although there are days I just stand in the middle and simply do a lot of leaning. I like those days the best! Grin!

I know I'm not the only one. Some days are easier than others and honestly. some days I'm simply too pooped to keep both ends of the teeter totter in the air. Some days one end just crashes into the ground and some days that end happens to be me! if I'm being honest with you though, I'll have to admit that the school end is mostly the end in the dirt. I've visited with a lot of homeschoolers through the years and they always tell me that they too are afflicted with the "We're always behind" syndrome. On the worst days I bemoan the fact that the kids won't graduate until they're 25. LOL!

On the best days I fondly recall the day DS's college professor (Ds is taking concurrent classes at the college) asked to meet with me and then proceeded to gush over what a wonderful job we've done homeschooling this kid. Or the day the kids stood up and addressed 70 strangers (I'm an Air Force brat and all of my parent's friends are military officers) birthday celebration with a poem DD had written and a speech from DS. Then they mingled and visited and my parents where overwhlemed with over 50 letters about how amazing their grandchildren are.

Those are the days I need to recall when I struggle to help them understand the concept of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Heck, I have a hard time grasping that! So we trudge onward...into the snow...or the heat...or the rain...

Wouldn't surprise me one bit if we experienced all of that in one day around here.

As for me, I'm off to stir that pot of stew simmering on the stove. Y'all stay warm and here's wishing you a balanced day on your teeter totter!


Broken Y said...

I started off on a new foot this week - we start at 8:00am and finish by noon. I grade everything the minute it is done, plus, I started Pre-K with the K's! I am exhausted! We take Friday's off! That was this week . . . can't say that it will go that way next week . . .but my intentions are good.

About the weather - 10-12 inches of snow expected in Kansas! Right now, a constant sheet of sleet! Fires are going and it's nap time!


cottonpicker said...

I think it's a conspiracy!! Walmart and the feed stores start tempting us in February with little tomatoe plants, pretty little flowers with the hope of "getting away with it" only they know the little beggars are going to freeze and they will have the privilege of selling us some more..can't prove it but I think Obama has something to do with it....

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

I thought I was the only one on a teeter totter!!! ha ha I can't imagine what would happen to my teeter totter if I home-schooled! It would be more of a merry-go-round!! ha ha
Like P said...we're covered in ice now...YUK..DH is diggin out the flashlights, praying against a power outage. My cousins 10 miles south are without power...
Have a wonderful will probably be 50 by Sunday!

Traci said...

The teeter totter is such a tease too because when you're up in the air life seems so effortless, but then once you hit bottom it takes sooooo much effort to push back up again!

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