Jenna's agenda for Monday, August 21:
6) rays/goin’ postal
7) little shop 8 games . . .
9) something scary
Allow me to explain: First thing, we went to Kylee’s house to pick her up at 8:30 a.m.. Check off 1. Next we went to the pool. When we arrived, there was a note on the door:
A birthday bash is held at the pool each year on the Friday closest to the 21st. We have missed all three years however. We were in Roseburg this year as I suspect other two as well. I thought it was cool that the pool was getting an eclipse for its birthday (LOL) It was just Jenna, Kylee and me in the pool. There were three lifeguards there. What troopers, allowing us to be there. They had even allowed the girls to go down the slide that had been turned on. Check off number 2.
|the large slide hadn't been turned on. They went down this small one|
I thought there would be more from the class as we had made reference to watching the solar eclipse from the pool. Our instructor had a much better view as she was watching from a city closer to Madras. We had accumulated several pairs of glasses since summer began and Miss J managed to give away all pairs except for one. I had already given those to Roland figuring there were other pairs in the car.
|this was taken earlier this summer|
Kylee had a pair - which she had torn in half so that both she and Jenna could watch at the same time.
Kylee had wanted me to take her home for a half hour or so, but I thought we’d be watching the eclipse first. I ended up driving to the park by myself as I didn’t know if I’d make it back in time to watch with Roland. As I had mentioned before, neither Jenna nor I were all that impressed as we had been expecting to see the Corona. I think a lot of people were as we made our way to Kylee's house and found many with paper glasses on their faces looking towards the sky. They lost interest before the passing was complete.
The skies seemed overcast. Not as dark as we had anticipated. The skies were really smoky that day and the next. Worse than Medford was. I had a killer headache – my breathing was almost as bad as it was in Utah. Even Roland has been affected. Check off number 3.
Now Jenna was hoping I could take them to Happy Doughnuts – which is on the other end of town. I was willing to drive them there, but did not want to make the drive just myself (I think driving up and down Old Pacific all day is what contributed to my leg becoming sore in the first place) and by the time I got to Ray’s (the local grocery store we call Rip-Off-Rays) there weren’t any maple bars (or many doughnuts of any variety for that matter) Jaime specifically wanted maple bars because Monday was maple bar day at the Happy Doughnut; oh well . . .) so no check-off for number 4.
I had come home to change my pants and returned for Jenna and Kylee just before 11:00. I hadn’t planned on adding laundry to the agenda, but realized that it needed to be done. Kylee loaded my car full of cans and bottles to take to the recycling because each return of bar-coded bottle or can (has to be readable and not bent) add up at 10 cents a can, but I had to go to the library for summer reading before they could turn in the cans.
It was our last day at the for the children’s reading program at the library and Jenna and I have been volunteering each Monday. I don’t know how I became the story lady, but I have told stories at each event. After story time we have had an activity except for the day of the solar eclipse. Story time felt like an afterthought. The children were more involved in the activities they had already started - which is okay. Here are some samples of most of the activities that we did for the last two months:
|Sponge Bobs birthday was August 10|
|Solar Eclipse activity Aug 8|
|display case as of August 8|
|pin the eclipse over the sun|
|we created fairy gardens on Aug 14|
|house to go in the fairy garden|
|learning the planets on Aug 21|
|this was our last day of summer reading|
|tiles created on the last day|
|making slime Aug 21|
|cover photo for facebook page; rocks painted at the festival|
Check off library. So I took the girls to Rays, dropped them off with the five or six bags of cans, and went to the laundry mat. I told them I’d meet them at Goin’ Postal – which is just next door to the strip mall (I guess you could call it that) where Ray’s is located. It’s still a good walk.
So we were home and up to number 7. Both enjoy scary movies, though I don’t know why. Little Shop of Horrors is not all that scary, but because the plant arrives on the day of the full solar eclipse, Jenna decided they needed to watch it in honor of that day’s eclipse. But they had wanted to wait until it got darker.
They started working on number 8. Asking questions from board games mostly. Kylee did have an opportunity of playing Balderdash with the rest of us as we introduced her to Family Home Evening. Kylee fell asleep as they watched Little Shop and started from the beginning the next morning (after she had gone to the pool with us again of course - the smokiest day - not a good workout because we did not breathe the air) The girls were well behaved and at a lower volume than Jenna had been with Annette.
We returned Kylee to her house just after three. I'd forgotten that I had agreed to work a shift at the library, and so had Jenna go with me as I did not have time to take her home.
The smoke had lifted by Wednesday morning. Back to a better pool workout.